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  1. You The part is different in Striker and Sonic Fighter since Sonic has oil shocks, you specifically want the Sonic Fighter one? I would like to keep the shock tower for now, the project will be totally useless without it if I ever come back to it. I could loan it to you though if you just need it as a sample
  2. Great looking build and your pictures are really high quality. A pleasure to see those shiny clean parts in high definition.
  3. Great you got your money back and the seller should have had pictures of the underside. But I must say it doesn't look all that good in the original listing either.
  4. Can these be uploaded by standard (non paying) members. I have few old catalogues and many Marui manuals I could scan at some point.
  5. These really need some sort of brace on the lower chassis where the front suspension and steering are located. They are really fragile there. In addition to that you have the typical Falcon gearbox problems. For now I have given up hope to run one but I do have a Sonic Fighter wreck with which I would like to do something with.
  6. Not sure if this belong here or in the vintage section. I have always liked Ko Propo radio gear, back when I was a kid I always wanted one but couldn't afford it, henceforth the legend of Ko Propo started to grow in my head and it almost was my preferred radio brand before I had even tried one, I also like how narrow their consumer market is, they only make mid to high end transmitters, receivers and servos for surface RC vehicles, that's pretty much it. For the past almost 20 years I have almost exclusively used Ko Propo gear and due to the nostalgia I started collecting some of the older ones. It's fun just to play around with them and try to restore them. I have tried to google a lot but it seems pretty difficult to find good resources in English, I have also tried some Japanese keywords. I wonder if there is some cool stuff available I haven't managed to find. Like histories, catalogues, ads etc. Like these images but in higher resolution and/or translated to English https://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?t=5886 So far I have found that on their Japanese site they have more catalogues available than on their English site but it still only goes down to early 2000s.
  7. Looks great, these Marui super wheelies are really fun, and good for scale builds and super detailing too. For running I would stick with a standard silvercan and get some tyres that are more easily available and you can save the original tyres for shelf etc.
  8. Even the modern Kyosho stuff has plenty of engrish, let alone the old Japanese manuals. Haven't seen typos on parts before though
  9. Thanks for the heads up, gotta check the FB group eventhoughI don't like using social media. Regarding the UTW-2 parts I would like to have an original set to go with my almost new built Turbo Optima Mid, for running I have always used the basic metal ones from the normal Optima Mid. BTW I think I might have an extra set of those since they are almost indestructible, if anyone is interested.
  10. Javelin has to be one of the best looking buggies of all time along with Marui Samurai. I really like the spaceframe construction because the whole buggy forms a single unit instead of having a separate chassis and covering it all with a lexan body
  11. Yeah, the re-releases from Tamiya often have a pretty low effort feel to them, especially the strange special editions. I have noticed that most of the time when they do improvements to the plastics they are still using the same molds, they just machine them bit further, like the roll bar on Hot Shot had added those little support struts for the wing, I think they just machined those into the original molds. We all love Tamiya here, my intention is not put them down in any way. And after a while of just recycling stuff they are now coming up with plenty of interesting new ideas.
  12. Considering the re-releases Kyosho has the benefit of brand new tooling comparing to Tamiya. Don't know if it amounts to anything though.
  13. I consider older Kyoshos kind of like Mercedes-Benzes of japanese RC cars. They just feel so well made and purpose built, conservative box art and marketing just reinforces the picture about no nonsense engineering and quality. I assume bulk of Tamiya's business was shifting plenty of fairly cheaply made (but well designed) injection molded kits that would be easy to mass produce (after the SRB metal phase). Tamiya smartly targeted the mass market. The colourful box art and all the cool decals made Tamiya kits really memorable and now nostalgic. I think out of all the other companies Marui tried to replicate the Tamiya recipe most persistently.
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