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  1. Not Tamiya I know, But a bit of wee just came out....
  2. Nice, very nice. Griffin Spitfire unless I'm mistaken. I'm Jealous, very very jealous. You don't want to know what I'd do to fly that thing. I'd even take flying lessons and get a license.
  3. and BUMP!!! Spend several hours faffing about with a 2wd offroad chassis you had sitting around for a while to change it from a roller to a runner, then go outside and test it for under a minute and rip off a rear suspension arm sliding into an immovable object. It was just going to be a gentle test run..... I guess I'll just wait for the replacement part to arrive then.
  4. I'm 50, I don't think I ever stopped playing, or ever will. Somewhere along the line I stopped being embarrassed about it, not sure where. Luckily the locals at the park when I do go there are all pretty friendly and don't mind the RC's. I guess there would be worse things to be remembered for than being a guy who runs RC's in the park occasionally and always pets everyone elses dogs.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I resent the implication in this thread that Neon/Flouro colours are no longer cool.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. See if you can find an old Kyosho Outrage buggy. Cheap and a great source of parts for your Ultima.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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