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  1. You can download PDF copies from here https://www.tamiya.de/en/service/manuals/
  2. I was thinking about the same thing a couple of weeks ago, should I take advantage of working from home, and do a few big orders from, stock up on some bodyshells, paint etc, enough to keep me occupied for a couple of months or more, or should I not order anything, as in the scheme of things it’s not that important when people are dying. In the end, I placed a couple of orders for bearings and screws, small things that would be delivered by Royal Mail rather than anything from couriers – as others may need their services for more essential items than myself. I’ve soon realised I’ve got a plenty to be getting on with already, and maybe once the situation starts to improve, then I may look to do some orders again, but until we start to see some light at the end of the tunnel, I’m going to avoid ordering anything if possible. It’s difficult as these companies are open for business, and need to be supported, we could well see a couple of stores closing for good over the next few weeks.
  3. You need 2x TT01 front sets (or only 1 front set if you are running different coloured stabilizers at each end) Check out the TT01R Type E manual - page 18 will show you what you need, and how to install it all. https://www.tamiya.com/english/rc/manuals.htm
  4. The 3-Racing Toyota 86 body shell has the correct spoiler, but you'll need to buy the entire body shell to get it which will cost you circa £30. http://www.rcmart.com/3racing-toyota-clear-body-parts-lbd86-p-61987.html?cPath=438_875
  5. The licensing thing is probably down to manufactures no longer having a commercial relationship with some of these companies. Mercedes F1 and DTM teams have recently been sponsored by Petronas – I assume this relationship may extend to their road cars too, perhaps OE Mercedes oils are made by Petronas or a company other than Shell, therefore Mercedes may not want to or be allowed to ‘promote’ a company with whom they no longer have any commercial relationship. This can also explain to missing tyre logos on some bodies.
  6. There's a 10% offer on Ebay UK today until 8pm . I've had an Email from Jadlam this morning selling the egress at £355.45 via their Ebay store using the PERKS 10% code.
  7. For the Suzuki Jimny which is painted PS-59 they use TS-89 Pearl Blue for body coloured mirrors.
  8. One of the largest UK based RC Shops (Modelsport) stocks MIP products, they have the Monster Beetle Diff for a reasonable price of £50, compared to the $60 (£44) that you'd pay from MIP, plus shipping and any import duties, so I assume that once the first batch of pre-orders have been fulfilled for the Hotshot diffs, then hopefully Modelsport will be able to stock the Hotshot diffs too which should be cheaper than buying from the USA and adding all the additional duties and handling fees.
  9. If you're willing to invest a similar cost of the 934 Black Special into a rally car, look at the XV01 which is currently available as the Lancia Delta Integrale. It's a great chassis to build, and there are plenty of hop ups if that interests you too.
  10. To convert the TA02SW to a normal TA02 you need the K-Parts for rear arms which have been discontinued for a while; https://www.tamiyausa.com/items/radio-control-parts-70/r-c-spare-parts-71000/rc-4wd-ta02-rr-suspension-arms-50556 You'll also also need the Skyline body mount set; https://www.tamiyausa.com/items/radio-control-parts-70/r-c-spare-parts-71000/rc-skyline-body-mount-set-50482 There are also a couple of Flange Tubes you need to do it as per the instructions, it's worth looking at a normal TA02 manual for guidance; https://www.tamiyausa.com/items/radio-control-kits-30/4wd-shaft-drive-on-road-(ta)-36150/rc-loctite-nissan-skyline-gt-r-58155 I managed to find a NIP set of rear arms when I got my TA02, whilst the price was reasonable (£7 - £8), I had to pay more than double the original price for shipping from Italy to the UK! There are 3rd party metal rear arms also available, but these are expensive, and may not suit being used as a rally car; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ALLOY-FRONT-REAR-LOWER-ARM-SUSPENSION-S-TAMIYA-1-10-TA02-TA-02/332636589741?hash=item4d72af8ead:g:vXkAAOSw8vZXM3Ud The other and easier option would to buy a TA02SW and convert it to a TA01. Parts are much more common. Assuming you keep the TA02 front suspension setup, from memory, you'd only need a Manta Ray Chassis, and Prop Shaft.
  11. Figured this thread with all the 037 love was the best place to post this.
  12. It hasn't technically been announced yet. I'd guess an official announcement before the Shizuoka Hobby Show in early May, probably released late summer.
  13. They are made in Taiwan - the stickers on the top of the Servo tell you that.
  14. I've got a couple of Alturn low profile servos and they use 2.5mm screws, albeit they are metal geared, I assume the plastic geared versions will be the same.
  15. From the wheels which look like the ones used on various touring cars since the Mercedes 190e on the TA01 chassis, I'd say it based on a 190mm touring car, so I'd hazard a guess at being TT02 based, quite possibly 251mm wheelbase as the Yaris is a small hatchback. Good to see Tamiya releasing a couple of newer rally cars. I know the Hyundai i20 has a limited release in XB format at the moment, but I'd guess thats as they haven't released a light blue paint that matches the Hyundai's paint scheme yet, so maybe that will get a wider kit based release down the line along with matching paint. Now, time to re-release a couple of older rally bodies please Tamiya.
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