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  1. @ChrisRx718, its the Cricut Explore Air 2.

    Its pretty easy to get the hang of. You need to download their software called Design Space, upload your images or you can create them in Design Space but it only has basic shapes etc. unless you want to subscribe and then more are unlocked. 

    It converts your images to SVG after uploading, so the original needs to be of good quality, you do have the option of simple editing before upload but its limited. Then you size it to what you want, load the vinyl into the machine and cut. Its amazing how small you can cut. 

    I am really pleased with it and its opened up ways to do different decals that i would have not even thought about before. 

    I have also used it to produce window masks, panel shut lines of various widths etc.

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  2. Excellent, keeping my fingers crossed for you :) , I'm sure it will look great!

    Yes, the Repsol one. Its been on the back burner for sometime due to work load, so thought i would get it finished while i had a quiet couple of days. 

    First real attempt at using my Cricut machine that the wife bought me for Christmas and I'm really impressed at how small you can get it to cut, i.e. the tyre decals etc.


  3. Interested to see how this turns out.

    I noticed L&L have added a couple of Celica's and Lancia Stratos recently and been tempted to get one if it wasn't for some many others waiting in the pile :) 

    What's the decal quality like or are you going to make your own? 

  4. 3 hours ago, Kowalski86 said:

    If you can get that body done in a weekend, I'll salute you!

    Think I'm being optimistic thinking I'm going to get the chassis built to be honest, wife already has other ideas for using my time :( 

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  5. My understanding is anything under £135 including postage/insurance etc. VAT should be collected by the seller at point of sale and the seller is responsible to pass this on to the HMRC. If i place an order with Aliexpress then the last part of the checkout adds 20% to cover the VAT, which i presume they pass on to HMRC. 

    Over £135 then its collected by HMRC (customs) on entry to the UK and charged to the buyer directly with any handling fees, i presume that's why Tamico and a like will only ship to the UK for orders over 165 Euros to avoid the paperwork hassle etc. that they would have to do. All my Tamico orders since the 165E limit, have been hit by customs charges. 

    Not sure how customs tell the difference with the orders under £135 having paid VAT or not, unless there is some indication on the postage label/invoice attached to the parcel?


  6. 2 hours ago, Busdriver said:

    RC Kleinkram are always worth checking out for all sorts of thinks. Especially if you can keep the order under the dreaded threshold. They do quite a few bag kits if your just looking for a chassis.

    Unfortunately they have gone the same way as Tamico and now have a 165 Euro minimum order, without shipping costs, for the UK :( 

    Used to buy from them a lot.......

  7. Not all today but over the weekend as well.

    2 x FF01 Vectra's from EBay (another 1 on its way with hopefully a good enough for the shelf body.

    Vectra sticker sheet - for the above if its a bit rough around the edges

    Opel V8 TL01 - Ebay used 

    Opel V8 new bodyshell from Tamico - found in their vintage page as I was trying to find something to push an order to 165Euro for UK

    Civic bodyshell for a future build - not box art, Idemitsu??

    Yaris WRC kit - love anything rally related, so why not :)

    Toms GR Supra kit - lovely body so had to have one

    and enough cockpits (touring and rally) to keep me busy for the rest of the year :) 


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  8. Just got confirmation that mines on the way, so disappointing to see that some of the sponsorship decals are missing.

    I had the previous release and regrettably sold it, so was very happy to see it had been released again. I painted the red, its a lot of masking but looked great when finished. Sure I have photos of it somewhere.


  9. Got these this week :) 


    The bodyshell on top of the pile is the Chevron FSL038 LMP-70 BODY FOR TAMIYA F103RM from Banzai Hobby. Been out of stock for ages and got a notification it was available again on Jan 10th, so ordered straight away. Got here last week, I had forgotten all about it so nice surprise when it did turn up.


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  10. On 3/28/2023 at 9:52 AM, one_hit said:

    Non-Tamiya today… WPL D12 Kei truck. What a fun little truck and at $37 ready to run with battery, it’s a bargain



    They are great for the price! Here's mine, had a bit of a hard life though :) 

    Looking forward to see what you are going to do with it.


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  11. Used Tamico a lot over the years and never had a problem,  in fact I'm just waiting for a ransom note from Parcelforce for an order that's just landed in the UK and had customs charges raised.

    You just need to be aware that inevitably it will get stopped by customers coming into the UK (100% hit rate for me, but i know others have faired better and not had additional customs charges), this is due to them putting a minimum order value of 165Euros for orders to the UK. So customs will raise a charge and you need to pay that before they release for delivery to you and the additional £12 for Parcelforce to pay on your behalf. 

    I see the minimum order level of 165Euro is now stipulated for UK orders for RC-KleinKram, somebody else who i have also used may times and never had an issue, their shipping to UK was usually 2-3 days from placing an order.


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  12. Used to be, before the postage costs went up like everywhere else.

    You just have to be mindful that a 'cheap' kit (£70) can cost over £35 to ship to the UK using Fedex (cheapest delivery method, 1-2 days) , so sometimes falls in line with UK prices from the likes of Fusion and TImeTunnel.

    Easy to get carried away and find shipping is more than the parts in your basket :) 


  13. 34 minutes ago, BuggyDad said:


    Have you tended to get an import duty charge with Asiatees orders (assuming over £135)? A likely charge I guess?

    On a related note, does anyone have a rule of thumb for the percentage one should expect to be charged? 

    Everything i have ever bought from AsiaTees has had a value of £13 on the paperwork, never had any problem with customs charges, and I've bought a lot over the past 2 years. I do try and keep it below the £135 threshold but on the odd occasion its been over, no issue.

    Obviously not a guarantee you wont get additional charges, but that's my personnel experience. 

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