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  1. I have used Kyosho re-release Scorpion shocks on one of my Raiders. They fit fine and work OK, but not great because they don't have a rubber bladder to compensate for the shock shaft displacement when compressed. Part numbers SC222 (front) and SC223 (rear).
  2. Love that pic ^^^^! I am in the middle of rebuilding a Turbo Ultima right now. It was an eBay find from last year sometime.
  3. Just pre-ordered 2 kits from Tower today. Yep, rather surprisingly, Tower has them listed already. https://www.towerhobbies.com/product/110-rc-wild-one-off-roader-blockhead-motors/TAM58695.html
  4. That makes a HUGE difference in my experience. Do not judge anything until you've removed the protective film. It dulls everything.
  5. If the wire is not staying coiled after winding, try heating it a little with a hair dryer or heat gun (be gentle - don't melt stuff!) while wrapping it around a screwdriver to "set" the plastic insulation in the wires and it will stay coiled a bit better.
  6. Tower is usually the best for US ordering because of free shipping and coupons. Their prices are almost always lower than any overseas seller once you factor in shipping costs. The biggest problems with Tower is that they do not stock all Tamiya kits (looking at you, Fire Dragon - edit: SEE UPDATE BELOW) and the US in general gets kits after most other countries in the world. So if you don't mind waiting and they have it on order, you will probably get the best deal there. Plus, they do not charge your credit card until the item ships, unlike A-Main. That said, A-Main is my 2nd place to look when Tower does not have a kit. The Fire Dragon, for example, is on pre-order at A-Main, so I have one ordered there with a $15 off coupon. But A-Main charges immediately and their coupon codes are nowhere near as good as Tower, plus you can only use each monthly coupon code once, unlike Tower where you can use the codes over and over again. That's why I did not order a 2nd Fire Dragon. And now the coupon this month is only $10, not $15 like last month, so I'm holding off ordering a second kit. 2021-06-26 Update: Tower now has the Fire Dragon for pre-order on their web site shipping probably sometime late August. After coupon, it is a better price than A-Main, so I canceled my A-Main order and ordered 2 kits from Tower since I am not in a hurry for them.
  7. Hi, I had to look it up. This was in June of 2018:
  8. I should add that according to the pictures you posted, Anthony, at least one kit is missing parts in the blisters: The front half shafts, front wheel shafts, and front steering knuckles. It is also possible that the parts are located somewhere else in the box. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate without knowing what parts are missing in each kit. And there are 2 battery packs (or just the boxes?) and motor (Kyosho 600E) and sponge tyres in that box as well which are not part of the stock kit.
  9. The Gallop was considered to be a "high-end" racing car, at least in marketing from Kyosho, but in reality it was too complicated and heavy to be a competitor on the track. It was not very popular compared to the Optima, at least here in the USA. Still, it's one of those rare chassis that is intriguing and unique due to the 4-wheel steering. I own a Kyosho Progress which is based on the same chassis but with a polycarbonate body shell instead of the tube design of the Gallop. The Gallop also had a front diff whereas the Progress used a solid spool in front which doesn't work well on pavement in turns which I learned quickly after rebuilding mine. I got my Progress used. I completely disassembled, cleaned, and rebuilt it with full ball bearings (which were a pain to do because the old bushings were force-fit into the aluminum hubs and gear case at the factory and it required a lot of percussive finesse, swearing and heat to get them out). To say I would not be interested in a Gallop would not be true, as I would love to own one, but the price I would pay wouldn't be fair to the seller, especially when comparing with what eBay thinks they are worth. The seller of these should list them on eBay or be patient finding a forum buyer with deep pockets and high desire to own a NIB kit or 2.
  10. I was being lazy when I asked for the widths. I opened my kit and measured. The 620 is about 2.4mm wide and the 830 is about 2.8mm wide, so I ordered 620 2.5mm and 830 3mm widths from eBay.
  11. @Golden I think you only need 2 850 bearings additional to those supplied by the kit. The car needs 4 in total, but Tamiya gives you 2 (one for step 8 and one for step 25) so you only need two more for step 5. Can anyone help me choose the correct width for the 620 size? ID=2mm OD=6mm, but is it 2.5mm or 3.0mm wide? Both are common on eBay. Same question for the 830 size. ID=3mm OD=8mm, but is it 3mm or 4mm wide?
  12. From page 4 of the Spectrum DX5C manual:
  13. Yeah, most Tamiya kits suffer from this problem. The molds are ~0.1mm too large in diameter so the bearings do not press-fit snugly. It annoys me too, but I must remind myself that Tamiya designs their parts fitment very loosely as a rule. It's just how they are. It's not just the re-releases or only the plastic parts either. I remember encountering this while building the original Super Champ in 1984. The outer rear wheel bearings were very loose in the swing arms back then too. Bottom gearcase bearings were loose as well, if I remember correctly. I think I used thin paper shims back then to eliminate the rattle.
  14. I finally got the two 480T motors that I ordered from Banzai on October 6th! They were shipped via SEA Oct 7th and sat in a US warehouse for two weeks starting Dec 2nd before finally moving to USPS distribution and delivered to my mailbox today. So happy they were not lost.
  15. If you are in the USA and were wanting the 3 alloy gear case hop-ups for the CAT XLS, they are now available on A-Main's website. A-Main support gave me these links more than a month ago before the parts were in stock or available for ordering online when I asked whether or not A-Main would be stocking them. I kept checking the links regularly. For the past week or so, the parts were online, but not orderable so I knew it was only a matter of time. A few days ago they became "live" and orderable, so I ordered them and they have shipped. Now it's your turn! Don't forget to use a coupon (check your email from A-Main, coupons are at the bottom). SCHU7293 - CAT XLS Alloy Front Transmission Housing SCHU7292 - CAT XLS Alloy Rear Inner Transmission Housing SCHU7294 - CAT XLS Alloy Rear Transmission Spacer
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