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About richb77

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    Bird mountain, Germany
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    RC! Real cars, Motorcycles, Most forms of modelling and scale items. Electronics gadgetry. Oh most importantly, My kids.

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  1. Hi all. I have an unused m05 chassis (racing mini Cooper Version) that I want to rally/tarmac. The car in mind is RWD and I'd like to convert it if possible. Is there a way? Is it worth it? I could at a push leave it FWD if its a ballache. Thanks chaps.
  2. Great!: Thats what i was planning to do ( I stock up on Halfords paints when i go back across the channel). Thanks for that!
  3. I am restoring a vintage wild one at the moment and have a plan for a colour scheme that whilst not clashing with the red cage wouldnt look the best. I was wondering how some people have painted them in a robust manner that they survive some light use. My restos tend to end up ans fully functioning shelfers. Other question (Is open ended and i suspect a can of worms) should i paint them or not? Its not the rarest of vehicles and with the re-re these cage parts are fairly commonplace now.
  4. Thanks chaps. I think I will go with the 36mm motors. Backlash. Yes I have brushless set ups (2) but they are not matched and the boat runs twin motors so will probably be worse than guessing a size. I'll drop some cash on a pair of 3674s and if they dont work, tell the mrs they where only a tenner and try again 😜 Thanks for the sanity check and advise sharing 🍻
  5. OK. I'll come clean. This isnt car or Tamiya related. But i know you lot are bright and helpful. So i managed to get my hands on a NIB Graupner B24 Nimbus boat. Its the GRP hull model from turn of the century and i have been lusting after one since seeing one in the flesh all those years ago. Issue is it was designed and fitted with (2) Graupner speed 600 brushed motors. I want to bring it up to date with twin brushless. I am confusing myself silly with trying to do this and need some guidance. The 600s have are 1845kv (15500 unloaded max rpm on 8.4v nimh) so i am aiming for circa 1800-2200Kv Efficiency means the 600s are about 150W so anything above that is a win. I suspect inrunners are easier (direct swap). I will run 3s Lipos meaning i will get a good but not ludicrous speed increase (and can up to 4s if i want too). Now. The sizes are whats confusing me. I can get 3674 2200Kv motors (36mm diameter x 74mm Long) or 2845 (28mm diameter x 45mm long) now both exceed the wattage of the speed 600, both suit the Kv desire so why choose the heavier, larger and more pricey 36mm over the 28mm? Heat? Torque? How does a brushless measure Torque other than Watts? Thanks for any help as i am going around in circles with this.
  6. Ok. My Mrs is pushing for a thinning of the ranks and i am reluctantly going through what i can part with (I hoard). I picked up this little oddity a while ago which has sat since, not wanting to mess with it (restoration wise). Its odd as i have only ever seen the all blue version with high inlet scoop over the engine and NEVER the white and blue livery. I cannot even find reference to it on the web. Could it be a prototype?? Its marked 1974 which is odd as the car didnt race until 76! Its clean with no corrosion and works just fine in both gear ratios. There is the obvious lack of rear wing and the tyres (after what i assume is close to 40 years) have some minor cracks. The rubber is still supple though and could be repairs with something like stormsure or similar. I chose to leave it as its original. Open to offers. Would possibly be tempted with a 1980's Frog in need of restoration on the grounds that my Mrs must not find out XD
  7. You should be perfectly fine with acrylic auto clear coat. Halfords stuff is pretty **** good IMHO. i would do several light coats, building it up thick enough so you can polish out any orange feel or overspray.
  8. Recalling all the pain and suffering i went through trying to find a pair of these metal brackets (not to mention the cost) i thought i would offer replacement parts up for sale on Shapeways. They are modelled off of my genuine parts and work a treat on my Willy. Holes are pilot and need to be tapped or thread cutting screws used. Standard material option is metallic plastic but metal options are my preferred. Enjoy. https://www.shapeways.com/product/5Q2QPSCNG/tamiya-wild-willy-m38-windscreen-bracket?optionId=61731321
  9. Yippeeeee! Im not the only one...I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE!
  10. In the UK I used to get caught ALL the time. Some retailers mark down the value but your in a world of hurt should the package go missing. So often i would get a delayed delivery with the "You owe HM Customs 1.20 tax and 10.00 to the RM for dealing with it. the tax i could live with but the RM charges where taking the widdle. I have been caught twice in Germany. Its not as bad here as i just get the tax bill...But i have to drive 50 miles to the customs office to pay and collect my goods...Then 50 miles back. That is a P.I.T.A.
  11. If i EVER manage to find/get one...A Vintage Frog! I have been looking for months for a restoration project and NOTHING.
  12. In November I sold my second motorbike (XT660Z Tenere) after I finally got my GSX1400 registered in Germany and learning green landing is completely illegal here :(. So with some free cash I bought something I had hankered after for a while...a Baja 5B. I looked for used but in the end bought a King motor clone. First trip out (after a careful pre run check) I want to keep it civilised to run it in softly...I hit a divot which launched it 3ft in the air and in a roll. It landed hard on the back corner and as I was 20 or so meters away thought I would bring it back for a look before carrying on. It moved about 1m then revved without moving. It turned out It had sheared a steel link from the A arm to the rear hub. Me spinning the motor hand launched the driveshaft into the field somewhere so play stopped until I could get a replacement (which took 6 weeks as it was lost in the mail). Then the weather set in and I haven't run it since. Total usage...3 minutes 23 seconds according to the timer in my Tx
  13. Can you print them yourself? I use laser printer water slide paper (white and clear) all the time. It's brilliant stuff.
  14. I sound like a TOTAL noob here. I've been spraying hard bodies and static model kits for years with Halfords acrylic spray paints. However, for my bruiser build I want to use Tamiya colours. I've used the PS spray recently quite a bit but the TS is new. Can I spray it over halfords White plastic primer? Does it need a primer? Thanks chaps.
  15. I slather my gearboxes in grease. Making sure it gets into all the teeth. Funny how one experience many many moons ago changes your outlook on something. I once saw a gearbox of a friends Hornet that had been made with NO grease. It was newer than my grasshopper with the 540 motor and it was slower than badword. a quick look inside showed why! From that point on i greased the badword out of everything XD. edit. Wow we are prudish...The Devils home is replaced with "badword".
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