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  1. Sorry..... gearbox housings are not the same. The "A" Parts tree for the Super Astute is different. The SA housing has bearing carriers and an extra part "A3" that houses the back bearing for the slipper shaft as opposed to a fixed layshaft on the Astute / King Cab gearbox. See pg 9 of the manual : https://d1hu0eys0tj9xi.cloudfront.net/media/files/47381ml-981-bb2b.pdf @Saito2 nailed it with his first call.... The entire Super Astute gearbox will fit.
  2. Xtra Speed carbon upgrade....... looks nice and priced OK too ! http://www.rcmart.com/carbon-upgrade-tamiya-super-astute-2018-limited-edition-p-83075.html
  3. Following with interest... I'm renewing this year and I want to edit a couple of my entries with all updated pics (including the thumbnail). The old thumbnail remains when I did this last.
  4. Great finds, I love these tales but some folks around here might already be sick of hearing this one. As pictured Egress chassis was found by my uncle in a skip bin / dumpster.... sitting right up on top. This was early 2011, right after I got back into the hobby so while I can't claim the find, I definitely claimed the treasure. I've also picked up a nearly complete Sand Viper with a Futaba MC330CR (ESC) free from a front verge collection. The Egress is now a restored shelfer and the Sand Viper a runner.
  5. You Guy's want to try skateboarding in a public place if you want to get abused... It's mind-blowing how many folks think that any skateboarding is unlawful and an immediate threat to others personal safety, a threat to public domains and property and oh... your already up to no good so probably throw crime in there too. Skateboard = crime I'm pretty sure the same people that invite conflict as soon as they see a skateboard would be the same people that invite conflict when they see an RC.
  6. This is the front shock tower you want, as per @ruebiracer Not sure how it would work with a Vanquish body though, you might have to trim a little bit of nose.
  7. Procrastinating about what is next is one of my modelling strong points too ! I actually enjoy the deliberation as much as I enjoy building and not surprisingly, better decisions are made when you've had weeks to decide the best approach.
  8. I've just landed a tub of 3Racing ultra High Viscosity as per above. You only coat the gears with it and not fill the diff case if using in an unsealed diff. It is seriously sticky !
  9. From a pink champagne Unimog with Barbie wheels to the War Rig..... this is a wonderful place !
  10. So I imagine Hagrid with a Lunchbox..... you're lucky they didn't expelliarmus the controller out of your hand
  11. A different kind of beach run but I guess this still qualifies.
  12. Brilliant ! I just ordered some from RC Mart for my Super Astute gear diff. Can't wait to give it a try, looks like it should be sweet sweet action for the back section !
  13. My wife calls this site "Nerdclub" "Oh...you're on Nerdclub again are you" ! "Yes Dear"
  14. I'm on the same time zone as Hong Kong and it's definitely the 2nd of April today !
  15. Any reason why Stellamodels have (58059) 959 parts as being new products for April...... ? https://www.stellamodels.com.hk/parts-tamiya-kits-c-75.html
  16. The Bronco body looks awesome Mate, that's a lovely job you've done. You're on the right track (excuse the pun). I'm sure a few others will chime in but my initial thoughts are as follows: The Tamiya 54665 aluminium motor mount. Xtraspeed rear lower trailing arms are a good alternative to the GPM rear link kit (only the important trailing arms, not a complete kit). Junfac front skid plate / bumper. Upgrading to machine screws is a good idea and do get yourself an m3 tap so you can cut some thread in the plastic or at least cut the first 6-8mm of thread before fitting the screws, (you shouldn't have to drill). Yeah Racing do some great little screw kits in steel or titanium that will have all the m3 machine screws that you'll need. They are hex screws. Enjoy the build, CC01's are a lot of fun and it will look amazing with that Bronco shell.
  17. It looks to be a standard Tamiya AV pinion and unfortunately they are just not suitable for continued use. You can check with a magnet if you're not sure but I'm guessing that one will fail the magnet test. As per Willy's suggestion, you want to get yourself a few mod 06 or metric 06 pinions from either RW or Robinson Racing. The brushless motor will have heaps of torque so I would say you can comfortably start with a 20 tooth pinion. I would get a 20t and a 22t for that set up.
  18. 1997 I lived and worked there for 8 months and only met one other Aussie in that time so having the Aussie accent back then was a real novelty.
  19. Mangere Bridge.... Now that's a spin out for me ! I lived in Hillsborough for a while and crossed that bridge every day, working in Manukau. I was the only Aussie that anyone had ever met (if they had not been to Australia)... so my nickname of course was "Aussie" How about - "The J Gillham Perpetual Trophy for Continued Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Radio Control Buggies of Mangare Bridge and Surrounds Trophy"
  20. I clicked like for the trophy, not the fried ESC. I'm a big fan of novelty trophies, we build our own for bowls and golf days and they always get a laugh and look great on the shelf. Construct with wood, rivet on a plaque for engraving the winners each year and just bolt on anything relevant or irrelevant..... One of our's is called "The R'Ardon Perpetual Trophy for Continued Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Football in Western Australia Trophy"...... so give it a stupid name also, it adds to the fun !
  21. Awesome ! From memory, I think those three coloured terminals will twist and pull straight off of the motor if you need to solder the ESC wires straight onto the motor. You may need to do this in order to have the wires clear of the steering servo. Is that a steel pinion ? If not, you definitely want a steel pinion (and less grease) !
  22. Great thread and amazing work ! I've ordered parts and was hoping to dye them black if they will take it. Does anyone know if the Shapeways standard white versatile plastic will take dye ?
  23. Restored true to the original car with NIP screw bags and new spare D parts and tyres that came with the car. All other parts are original including the body, wing, TTC cover and wheels. Thanks @mtbkym01 for your help getting the wheels white again The lower eyelets on the rear dampers, the undercowl and the fresh spur gear are the only parts from the SA (2018) kit.
  24. This chapter closes with the last two pics I have of Eggy as a true vintage runner, taken at last years WATC run. Running her with the Technigold fully timed up was heaps good fun too, real vintage nostalgia. Next chapter is Shelf Queen !
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