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  1. This serves double duty as home office and RC build space: And just down the hall in another bedroom is the local hobby shop:
  2. I know, right? I guess things got out of hand. I'm set through retirement. Don't get me started on the database of spares and hopups! It's all in a spreadsheet with general category, model type, chassis type, kit number, description, build status, body status, etc. Too much data to put in a post. You're right. The LHS closest to me just has a little more inventory, mostly bodies, tires/wheels, and consumables. Yes! I have a pair of DB01Rs built currently and the parts to upgrade them to RR spec, plus the NIB RR. I went through a few phases in this hobby: 1) excitement/wanting to build and drive one of everything, 2) interest/focus on specific model types, 3) collecting/organizing/planning to my preferences/tastes. When I make time for the hobby, I mostly want to build as a way to relax. Sometimes I'll throw a battery in an onroad chassis and run a few laps in the street.
  3. I have about 160 Tamiya RC kits and about 40 body sets. In some cases I have multiples. Some are built, many are NIB. Kit highlights: TRF416X Chassis Kit TRF201 Chassis Kit TRF417V5 Premium Package TB EVO 7 TT02R Chassis Kit Top Force 2017 Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler 1976 Japan GP Special Edition Ferrari 312T3 1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R 1997 Mercedes Benz CLK-GTR 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 TRF801XT Racing Truggy Kit U.S. M26 Pershing T26E3 - Full-Option Kit Scania R620 Highline Grand Hauler FMC XR311 Mad Bull Wild Willy 2 Grasshopper Lunch Box Dark Impact Advan Courage LC70 Mugen (Finished Body) Subaru BRAT EBBRO BTEC Maziora 350R Eclipse Advan SC430 Durga Plasma Edge ARTA Garaiya Xanavi Nismo GTR R35 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 Takata NSX 2008 ORC Amemiya SGC-7 Calsonic Impul GTR 2008 Mini Cooper Racing Buggy Champ 2009 Corolla Axio apr GT TT01R Type E Chassis Kit Sand Scorcher 2010 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 Motul Nismo GTR Tokachi Castrol Honda Civic Vti Raybrig HSV-010 JAS Motorsport Honda Civic Type R Weider HSV-010 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Honda CR-Z Toyota Tom's 84C Toyota Bruiser Newman Joest Racing Porsche Fast Attack Vehicle 2011 Mazda 787B No. 18 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Jagermeister Tumbling Bull Renault Alpine A110 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 425 Toyota Supra Volkswagen Amarok Nissan GTR LM Nismo Launch Edition Heavy Dump Truck Motul Autech GTR Plasma Edge II Subaru Impreza Monte Carlo ‘99 Team Hahn Racing MAN TGS Honda Civic SiR (EG6) Team Reinert Racing MAN TGS Grasshopper II Mazda RX7 Volkswagen Beetle Rally F104 PRO II Dynahead Buggyra Racing Fat Fox Motul Autech GT-R Ford Mustang GT4 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Audi Quattro AZ Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Subaru WRX STI 24Hour Nurburgring 1991 Audi V8 Touring 1998 Ford Escort Custom Mercedes-Benz Actros TRF801X 1/8 GP Racing Buggy DB01R Chassis Kit Lotus Type 79 Wolf WR1 TA05VDF TA05V2R Chassis Kit TB03VDS Chassis Kit Nissan R91CP TA05V2 Gold Chassis Kit FF03R Chassis Kit TB04 PRO Chassis Kit DB01RR Chassis Kit TA06R Chassis Kit TB EVO 6 Chassis Kit TB04 PRO II Chassis Kit TB EVO 6 Black Edition FF04 EVO Chassis Kit Body set highlights: Mustang GT4 Lightweight Body Set Nissan R34 GTR Z-Tune Body Set Mazda RX7 Body Set Subaru Impreza Monte Carlo WRC 2007 Body Set Toyota Supra Body Set Cusco Dunlop Impreza Body Set Ford Bronco Body Set Corolla Axio apr GT Body Set Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 Body Set Castrol Honda Civic Vti Body Set Honda HSV-010 Raybrig Body Set Weider HSV-010 Body Set Honda CRZ Nissan GTR Sumo Power Body Set Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 Body Set Volkswagen Golf24 Body Set Mercedes Benz Petronas Syntium AMG GT3 Body Set LaFerrari Body Set Eneos Sustina Lexus RC F Body Set Raybrig NSX Concept GT Body Set Nissan GTR LM Nismo Launch Edition Body Set Mazda MX5 Body Set Nissan GTR Motul Autech Body Set Team Hahn Racing MAN TGS Body Set Toyota Gazoo TS050 Body Set Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Body Set Calsonic GTR '99 Impreza BMW Z4 Coupe Lightweight Body Set Raybrig NSX 2007 Lightweight Body Set Nissan Fairlady Z – NISMO Lightweight Body Set Tom’s EXIV Body Set Nissan R91CP ‘92 Daytona Winner Body Set Durga Body Set Add another 60 kits from other brands (3Racing, Associated, Axial, CRC, Gmade, Heng Long, HPI, Kyosho, OFNA, RC4WD, and RJ Speed), another 40 body sets (ABC Hobby, HPI, Jconcepts, Parma, Pro-Line, Protoform, RJ Speed, and Sabulatech), and another 60 static model kits (AFV Club, AMT, Aoshima, Fujimi, Hasegawa, Italeri, Lindberg, Moebius, Monogram, MPC, Revell, and Tamiya). I have a bedroom reserved with walls of shelving for all the kits, bodies, parts, electronics, paints, tools, etc. My home office has shelving to display about 30 models at any given time. I have a laser printer with white toner, vinyl cutter, 3D printer, and CNC engraver/cutter and the CAD tools to make custom parts and graphics. To be honest, after 11 years in the hobby I'm questioning how much time I have left on the planet vs. how much material and equipment is in the house. I could keep building, but to what end? I'm thinking about downsizing/selling as other priorities are becoming more important.
  4. Though this video is US-centric, I have to imagine other parts of the world like the UK, Australia, and New Zealand are experiencing similar shipping situations. Some of the highlights for me include: 10% of the planet's shipping containers are tied up in anchor; they're not being offloaded as quickly as they arrive at the ports Ocean cargo shippers have usually been on the cusp of profitability, but since COVID the profits are escalating The degree of globalization and interconnectedness of our economies is mind-boggling Knowing this, and knowing how distributors and retailers add their own markups to stay in business, we shouldn't be surprised retail prices are rising and inventory is scarce. For hobby products, oh well. But if food and energy supplies are impacted, that's when things get serious.
  5. "2006 Dodge Ram 3500 2WD (RWD) Big Horn Edition(SLT) Quad Cab, 4 speed Automatic 8' long bed Fleetside 5.9L Cummins" Say that three times really fast!
  6. What I find kind of funny (and sad at the same time!) is that various countries are now thinking about requiring "driver monitoring systems" in cars to compensate for the complacency that comes with active safety systems like automatic brakes, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, etc. Solve one problem, create another. Rinse and repeat. Meanwhile our cars are bloating with so much additional electronic content in them.
  7. My first computer at age 13 was a Sinclair ZX81 (Timex Sinclair 1000 in the USA). Convinced my dad to spend $50 and promised I would write all my own software for it; he was concerned I would want to buy a lot of software. So with an old black and white TV, cassette tape recorder, and the ZX81, I taught myself BASIC and Zilog Z80 assembly language/machine code. One thing led to another, and here I am today as an engineer!
  8. After an infuriating, stressful week at work, it's finally FRIDAY FRIday friday... (echoing) Time to assemble the bagger for my yard tractor; leaf season is upon us soon... Time to give our minivan some love with lots of maintenance items to address.. The cooler, less humid weather makes me think about painting RC shells again...
  9. This truck should handle and stop like a dream when you're done!
  10. Things have been ok, a little stressful, but ok. Not much RCing my life these days, though there's a stack of bodies to work on and a few chassis to put electronics in. I thought 2020 was crazy with SARS-COV-2; working from home, people hoarding toilet paper, appliances in short supply, ripple effects through supply chains, etc. But 2021 has been even a little more crazy (for me). Had to help my wife move her father into assisted living. My son needed his gall bladder removed. Work responsibilities increased a lot. I'm getting the cataract in my right eye fixed in October. The logistics and the surprises in my personal life with the backdrop of SARS-COV-2, the rudeness of the general public, and the government propaganda keeps me a little anxious. I'd just like a little peace/ignorance/bliss for some time... One nice thing: The weather shifted and we had the first really nice day in a long time. It's been so hot and humid here; I'm looking forward to more September and October goodness. How about you?
  11. 82K miles!!! You have another 400-500k to go on that Cummins B-series! That's a real gem of an engine!
  12. In the past decade of buying Tamiya RC and static model kits, I've never checked the box to see the country of origin. It doesn't matter to me if it's made in Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, or elsewhere. I just care that the end product embodies Tamiya's "passion and precision" brand principles at a reasonable cost point. To me the heart of Tamiya is choice of subject, product design and packaging design, and mold making. Where the parts are shot, the fasteners bagged, the instructions and boxes printed, etc. doesn't mean much to me as long as the factory produces correctly per design intention.
  13. 6WD and Silver Can categories updated. You're still at the top of the silver can list!
  14. My neighbor organized a group drive for Sunday. A few of us are going to take some winding roads from NC up to VA to catch the Blue Ridge Parkway and get some lunch together. It should be a nice day out just enjoying the sights and sounds.
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