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  1. From page 4 of the Spectrum DX5C manual:
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Tower's new web site is terrible compared to their old one, especially when viewing orders that you have made. I have an old order still in "OPEN" status even though I've received all items. Another old order is in "NEW" status even though I received all items. I can see pending charges today on my credit card for the VQS kits I have on backorder but the order status page still shows as "backorder". As we all know, Tower only charges when they are about to ship, so I know the kits are pending shipping. Ignore what your order status says on the Tower web site. It's wrong most of the time.
  6. I think Tamiya has been on a bender lately (the past couple of years) where they have been clamping down on retailers that are "undercutting" their brand by pricing kits and parts too low for their liking. I'm talking about Banzai (more than a year ago) and another online seller that was discussed on this forum recently that I can't find the name of right now. Banzai got cut off from Tamiya completely as a result (and still is) while the other more-recent seller had a bit of renegotiating happen before sales of Tamiya products resumed after a few days of suspension. Tamiya has made changes to pricing all over the world recently to almost MAP-style levels (Minimum Advertised Price). Tamiya have redefined themselves as a "premium brand" that therefore commands "premium pricing". You may or may not agree with this assessment of theirs, of course. I think Tamiya did some internal auditing, external discovery, and financial analysis to determine that in order for the company to continue to exist they needed to raise prices and enforce world-wide consistent pricing or face financial ruin in the long term.
  7. Who or what event is being commemorated? I mean, a "memorial" generally means it's a tribute to something, like an event, or someone. Did a long-time Tamiya designer die this year? Perhaps the designer of the DT-01 chassis? I wish we could see a higher quality picture to see the date and the text on the rear window pillar. Anyone in Japan know?
  8. Yes, I run every kit that I build. Problem is, I have no idea when I'll get around to building this one. Way too many in front of it. So Tower responded to only one of my order change requests and told me they adjusted the coupon as I requested, but looking at the order now it's exactly the same as it was so I can't tell that they did anything. Sigh... I hate the new Tower website. Can't cancel a backorder, some links don't work right, plus always pop-ups pestering for email sign-ups. I just did a live chat and got verification that one of my requests was done. It's all done in the back end so the customer can't see it (brilliant). And they merged my second request thinking I created a duplicate ticket by mistake, so a request was made by the live chat rep to have the support person change my 2nd order too. Hopefully it's sorted.
  9. Wow that's $30 cheaper than the backorder I have. That new coupon for $75 is way better than the $45 I used back in August. I need to cancel my backorders and re-order or otherwise get Tower to adjust the coupon. Thanks for the info, you saved me $30 x 2 (for 2 orders)!
  10. Well if the motor shaft is hard to turn, then it can be only 2 possible things: The brushes or the bushings. And since brushes cannot impart that much resistance due to them being springy, it's gotta be one or both of the bushings. Maybe the diameter of one or both of the bushings isn't large enough and the shaft is binding (a manufacturing problem). I would try oiling both bushings using a light oil like 3-in-1, then push the motor shaft in and out (sliding it) to see how free it is, and also spin it manually. Then run it with a C cell and see how it goes (if at all).
  11. This thread is useless without pics! I want to see the motor. I want to see if there is anything inside the can, like rocks, dirt, a washer/screw/nut.
  12. I contacted AMain support and they said they are working to stock these 3 parts in the near future.
  13. Ah yes, the classic 80's hot pink Miami Vice squiggle decal (tm). j/k I have no idea what that is called or where it comes from. Just find a friend and give them a paint brush dipped in hot pink paint and tell them to draw a straight line on the side of your truck front to back. When they reach the door panel, make a really loud noise so they jump. After they calm down, let them finish to the back panel. The hard part is doing it again for the other side. Or. Jump into your 1:1 car with your friend driving and start painting the hot pink line just as the car hits a speed bump. Bump bump. Done. Now turn around and do the other side. Yes, Covid made me lose my mind.
  14. I'm trying to buy U7292, U7293, U7294 for the CAT XLS re-release but A-Main hobbies doesn't seem to stock those parts for some reason. They have all the other hop-ups, just not those three. I sent them a message asking if they will ever stock them. Is there any other USA-based source that has these for sale? Having a hard time finding them, even from UK sellers. Nobody, even Schumacher themselves, has U7293 in stock. Where would you buy them from?
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