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  1. I can't actually remember which re-re I bought first.....actually this will sound strange, but my brother bought my (our) first re-re, a Monster Beetle. I'd had an original back in the day, he was a toddler and loved it. He bought the kit, I had the rest of the gear lying around to get it going. It was a combination of nostalgia and wanting to impress a 2 year old nephew we were besotted with. It did all those things. I also have a re-re Fox, Frog, Wild One and Blitzer Beetle.
  2. I do remember a time when Radio gear was all proprietary and not easy to mix and match with. Also buying a new servo if you cooked one was really expensive, like just get another radio kit expensive. Not too many radios has channel reverse either. Thankfully by the early nineties this had all changed.
  3. I have a Falcon, it was in perfect shape when I got it, but the plastic started cracking literally before my eyes, it got use once. Then stripped down. Then I 3D-ed up all of the bits I needed. Printed them out, fitted them. Test drive. All good now. Just waiting on me painting the body and decalling it. If you want to run it, it's best to have some kind of supply of parts. Oh yeah it drove much better than I thought it would.
  4. I resent the implication in this thread that Neon/Flouro colours are no longer cool.
  5. I'm down here in Australia. You should look at the prices from my end and the delivery costs, especially with what passes for a currency in my country. Having said that, I've pretty much got all the Tamiya buggies I wanted and at decent-ish prices, a while back though. That time was not now.
  6. Ok, now THIS TIME I'm gonna just do a light clean, repair, and install of electrics on this 2nd hand buggy I bought just to get it running quickly, no need to go overboard. Some time later: (looks at collection of parts from completely stripped buggy).......oh well, complete clean and resto it is then...... How does that happen?
  7. I've seen this done on 3D printed projects where they were melted into to object using a soldering iron. They do work well. Your method is probably better on factory produced injected plastics though.
  8. 86 for me, but only because it was when I was working and could finally afford to buy a Tamiya buggy of my own. I went the Hornet (should have got a Frog but hey) and really got in to the hobby. Later on (circa 87?) I bought a Monster Beetle, it just looked so awesome. Yeah, it was a pain in the ******* though, those hex drives aarrrgh, and the steering uprights were fragile too. So much time spent bouncing back and forth between home and the hobby shop. I really liked the look of the Fox and the Wild One but didn't have the money to just spend on nothing but RC stuff. I lost interest in Tamiya's offerings when the Clod Buster and Striker came out. I just didn't like the designs and was then frustrated with the hobby. I'd sold on the MB because of its issues and had a really good original Ultima stolen, leaving me with my original Hornet and a bunch of parts. Yeah so 86/87 would be the sweet spot for me.
  9. See if you can find an old Kyosho Outrage buggy. Cheap and a great source of parts for your Ultima.
  10. When did Tamiya get weird? They kind of always have been. That is to say, they have their own idiosyncratic way of doing things. Look at their kit designs. They have produce a few kits over the years that more or less follow what other manufacturers have designed, pretty much for racing. The rest, the vast majority of their designs are a panoply of strange things that no other manufacturer would do/go down that route. And it gets stranger because after all that, they still produce kits that very precise and go together with a minimum of fuss and have some of the best assembly manuals in the business. Having lived in Japan a few years I tend to put it down to being a very Japanese company.
  11. So, you're working on a buggy around where the motor is and you drop a screw. Make sure you look all over your workspace, get up, move your chair, chack the floor, look under the bed etc.......BEFORE you look at the motor and see said screw stuck to the side of it.
  12. I am actually this sites top empath and psychic and I sense you are trying to say.......Haw...hawwww, Hornet!
  13. This thread, it possibly sounds like a big whinge, or that I have two left hands that consist of nothing but thumbs. This isn't actually the case though. I just like having a place to put all these incidents/accidents for a bit of a laugh, and just to see how many others do similar or the same. If my RC hobby experience was anywhere near as concentrated in terms of **** ups as this thread I doubt I'd be so enthusiastic about it.
  14. Not sure if this one has been said yet but here goes. When using a set of pliers or snips, ensure the part of the underside of your finger, or a fleshy part of your palm is between the rear of the pivot point of same so that they get pinched when you close them really hard. For me, this is a tradition.
  15. This is a tough one. I have all three, though I drive the Falcon with kid gloves, even if a bunch of the parts on it I drew in 3D and printed out. The Falcon was better than I thought it would be. fairly composed in the conditions I drove it in, ie: don't bash it like a modern buggy. The Frog I really liked, it was fun to drive and handled really well for what it is. I used anti-friction grease in the front susp spring tube, that seemed to give reasonable damping. I haven't had gearbox troubles with it yet, still running the silver can. The Fox. I found driving the Fox to be, meh. Which to me means it must be handling well, seriously. Often the better a cars handling the less issues it gives you controlling it. It just didn't seem to have much idiosyncratic about it though. Keep in mind I've never raced any of these buggies, in fact I grew up with a Hornet. Honorable mention: The Wild One. Released in the same era, and handles far better than it has any right to. I love mine. Not so much a racer or even a car that is good for jumps, but it drives almost scale and is so composed over rough stuff. That reminds me, I have to re-fill the rear shocks (common prob with them I'm told) it's not as composed as it could be currently. Honorable honorable mention: The Hornet. Greatest of all buggies. You know it makes sense.
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