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  1. If I don't find it, I will try this route. @Twinfan is correct about its purpose. It fills the hole under the top cover and provides maybe 25% of the surface for the outer bearing race to ride in. The L2 is another example of the strange design issues with the car. There was no reason L2 shouldn't have been molded into the top or bottom cover (or both). There are numerous examples where is seems parts were "forgotten" or missed in the design process. Weird tiny parts like L2 were created to fill the gaps at best or at worst, Tamiya just tells you to stuff foam tape in a crevice left between two parts. Its a wonderful new design let down by a strange half-baked feeling at times. I know, lol. The logic part of my brain keeps telling me that. Thank you. That helmet was actually my grandfather's when he flew in WW2. I will recheck for the part tonight. Perhaps time away will yield more fruitful results. Thanks for tolerating my little rant.
  2. I succumbed and bought a TD4 at a cheap price. Its been an interesting build up to this point where things took a sharp dive. The kit in question was about $100 cheaper than anywhere else. In exchange for that cheapness, I got a kit that wasn't packed well (basically at all). With no packing material and our lovely postal system, the kit came mangled, but at least un-punctured. I dealt with it and was prepared for it because of the inexpensive price. What I did not realize was all those nice reinforced plastic parts snap off much more freely from their sprues than the usual ABS stuff. As such, the roughly treated box had many parts loose, floating around in their bags. Well, I got to the front gear box L sprue and I can't find the very small "L2" part. Where it went and how I lost it, I'll never know. Buying a whole new L sprue for that one tiny part is like $30. I don't know if I can bring myself to do that. And so, as part of my own stupidity and cheapness, I will box up this half finished kit, put it far back in a closet and try to forget about my folly. One tiny tiny piece of plastic smaller than my thumbnail and I'm out $30. Like I said, one of those days.
  3. The TXT-1 story is an odd one. Its development starts with the failed Juggernaut trucks. Even if the Juggernaut name wasn't tainted by the defective drivetrain fiasco, the concept of a leaf sprung truck introduced in 1999, emulating 1:1 monsters from the mid/late 80's was actually mis-reading the market. It wasn't until Tamiya saw Kevin Hetmanski's truck based around the Jugg2 drivetrain that they went that direction. Hetmanski's truck he came up with is very close to the production TXT-1. Tamiya actually took it to Japan to model the production version after. There's a cool Youtube video on its history. The CR01 seemed very much like Tamiya was "getting in" on the crawler action in the market. Of course, only Tamiya could come up with something as interesting as the CR01, a crawler attempt for sure, but filtered through their own unique design-lens.
  4. The Vajra. Lets take the Avante series, yes, the Avante series, and make a racing(?) truck out of it. I can never remember exactly how to spell its name either, which looks/seems strangely like a naughty word.
  5. I tried asking my Magic 8 Ball and got "cannot predict now". Kyosho seems to be putting out the heavy hitters in the re-re department. I'd love for them to start on the low to mid range plastic stuff, but as of yet, nothing. I want a Cosmo for some reason. The Rocky kinda sits in the middle. From what I've gathered, unlike Tamiya who mostly just dusted off the old molds, Kyosho seems to have redesigned their re-res from the ground up. Its probably a bit more work for Kyosho to bring a kit back from the dead. Fingers crossed though.
  6. No, you're not alone. My wife is an avid recycler and its spread to me a bit. Biodegradables don't worry me too much but that big pile of plastic bags does. Blister packs could theoretically be stamped with a recycling number. Of course that would also depend on if the local recycler accepted that number plastic. Our recycler accepts so much less than they did 5 years ago . But, that's how it goes. If there isn't money in it, nobody cares.
  7. From a practicality standpoint, you're right, but like so many aspects in the "vintage" end of this hobby, when do things make practical sense, lol? Nostalgia is part of it, but I think for myself (and possibly others), presentation has a lot to do with it too. Tamiya packages were a special treat that no race kit consisting of ordered bags tossed in a box of parts could replicate, no matter how effective that final assembled product was. The box art, naming and color schemes and creativity on the box lid was just the start. Once that shrink wrap (at least in the US) was cut and the box lid was slowly shuffled off, your eyes would be hit with the care and detail Tamiya put into just displaying the unassembled kit in the box. It (along with the wonderful "high" wafting from the that Tamiya rubber hitting the nostrils) let you know you were in for a special experience. Along with dividers, logos and original bag header tags (featuring mini box art line drawings) the blister packs were there to display the more "special" parts of the kit. From the "lowliest" Grasshopper to the ultimate Egress, all the kits had them. Are they a pain to get into? Yes they can be. Do I want them all the tine? Probably not. I likely don't need blister packs for a rando TT02. Other kits like the Super Avante? They might have been nice...even if they are more cumbersome to deal with .
  8. Weird, lol. Have you been watching me over the years? I never really left the hobby, but kinda withdrew from the new stuff after off-road ebbed and touring cars began to take over back in the 90's. I just fiddled about with my "old stuff". I had stopped subscribing to RC Car Action, now splitting my attention between college, RC, 1:1 cars and of course, girls. Later, married for the first time and a new home-owner, life was, we'll say "bumpy", with the first wife. I was in a bookstore while she was shopping for romance novels (lol) when I spied a new issue of RC Car Action, which I began to thumb through. I came to some ad that had something about the Juggernaut being the new Clod replacement (how wrong they were) and the "Wild Willy 2000" as it was sometimes known in print as. I bought the magazine and went home and ordered it as a birthday present to myself. The Wild Willy was the one that got away when I was a kid. I searched everywhere for one and this looked like an opportunity to sort of remedy that. I hadn't cracked open a new kit in at least 5 years. I had a great time putting it together. I still remember my dear departed black lab trying to crawl into my lap as I assembled it, lol. Then came a enviable divorce and the WW2 sat, undriven for probably a couple more years. When things settled, I brought it down off the shelf, bought a new Twin Detonator too and began rolling along spurred by the cool stuff I was seeing on sites like Roby's Old Tamiya Database, Blazer Frazer's and Theo's Tamiya Temple. Tamiyaclub and the rereleases came later, and down the hole I went.
  9. Well, trimming those tabs and flat-sanding the cover carefully eliminated about 50% of the slop. I'll try some of your suggestions to take up the rest. I was going to postulate the clearance issues might have been down to shrinkage rates or Tamiyas unfamiliarity with using these reinforced plastics with these types of designs (they certainly have used it elsewhere, TRF, DB01, etc. to great effect) but @skom25's example shows its a problem with run of the mill ABS/PC.
  10. I've got to do that, but for now the proliferation of their emails attempting to lure me back is amusing and reeks of desperation. I like seeing Horizon twisting in the wind.
  11. Looking things over I found this on the gear cover: See those three little rectangular protrusions? Well, they do stand proud of the mating surface (the middle one is particularly noticeable in this pic). Perhaps trimming them and carefully flat sanding the cover mating surface on a piece of glass slightly will help. I measured about .001" to .002" variance from the depth of the recessed screw mounting holes (two visible in this shot) and the matching nubs that lock into them on the chassis side (the nubs being shorter), so I have a little bit of wiggle room to tighten things up. If that doesn't suit satisfactorily, I'm going to try @Juggular 's tape idea to start. I knew this build wouldn't be perfect from combing over post and reviews but it was a little jarring to be humming along, fascinated by the new design and marveling over the nice new reinforced plastic that gave an air of quality and then hitting this holdup.
  12. Well, I've been slowly enjoying my fresh new TD4 build until things came to a thudding halt like skateboarding into a ball pit. I knew from reading older posts that the diff needed more shims than what was provided to stop the diff's side-to-side play. What worries me is the rocking motion denoting excess clearance between the diff's support bearing's outer race and the molding. That's the kind of slop that effects mesh. Any ideas? The best I can come up with is foil or thin shim stock wrapped around the outer bearing race in an attempt to take up the excess clearance from what I presume to be poor molding tolerances. Shoulda started my Egress first, lol.
  13. I'm fairly certain the chassis won't take dye. I think its PC. Unfortunately, the one thing that will, the suspension arms, are already black.
  14. Its a shame Tamiya hasn't truly fixed the issues with the Monster Beetle because its great fun once sorted and a step up from the Lunch Box. I guess you kind of have to be open to a little tinkering when buying the Monster Beetle because they tend to have issues when built box-stock. The diff issue can be sorted with the MIP diff or by using a much cheaper ORV diff brace of some sort that members here have made and put on 3D printing websites. The other issue with the Monster Beetle (unless Tamiya have corrected it) was the universal shafts were "clocked" 90 degrees off, which could lead to vibration issues in the drivetrain. The following Blackfoot rerelease corrected this. Using the dogbone setup from the Frog would be another solution. The Monster Beetle is a platform you have to mess about with to get dialed in, reliability-wise. That's fine for me, but not necessarily right for this day and age. The Squash Van is a more modern model and lacks all these "bugs" Tamiya left in the Monster Beetle. The SV is a stretched GF01 in a sense and those are pretty popular. You probably won't run into the old design flaws like the the Monster Beetle. The high mounted battery and relatively hard Blackfoot tires probably do equal a more tipsy model. I would guess if the SV was equipped with the shorter, wider and softer Lunch Box tires, some of this tippy-ness would subside. Adding oil shocks would hurt either. Just be prepared to buy lots of bearings. For me, it would be Monster Beetle all day long. Its a much more engaging vehicle to run, but I'm also stuck in the past. It is not 100% newcomer friendly if issues crop up though. If you're will to work with it (and there's plenty of help here on Tamiyaclub for guidance) it could serve you well. On the other hand, for less hassle in the build process, the Squash Van is pretty nailed down. From what I've seen, it just needs some help in the handling department possibly.
  15. Started my TD4 finally. It was great to dig into a Tamiya kit again and a delight to be working with something new. Its unique design and quality plastics have been a real treat. The odd use of foam tape for the less-than-sealed gearbox was somewhat puzzling (as I imagined it would be once I got my hands on one). Somewhat perplexing as I know Tamiya has proven better at keeping dirt out in the past. A joy so far nevertheless.
  16. I've seen this topic come up many many times of the past decades at this point. I've seen dozens of suggested substitutions. When I hear "rubber cement" I think of the stuff we used in elementary school: Would this work or am I missing something? Plus, when you're done, if you "paint" a table top with it, let it dry, you can then roll it into a ball to throw around the classroom.
  17. I've had some experience with kit cars in the trade. The most pertinent being a Cobra. My shop did a lot of work for the late Steven Juliano. In addition to his Mopar collection, he also had other cars including Cobras. A '67 of his was slated to be sold and I was tasked with rebuilding the carbs before the sale. I was petrified of working on it, lol. Petrified of its aluminum bodywork and petrified to drive something so expensive. It sold for around $350,000 in the early 2000's IIRC. As luck would have it, later that same year, a local used car dealership that normally dealt in Corvettes and higher end Mustangs and Camaros, came into the possession of a Cobra kit car through trade. It had a McLeod hydraulic throwout bearing that needed replacement and my shop with tasked to replace it. This fiberglass bodied kit car was fairly well put together and far less sketchy than most. Powered by a built 460, this car petrified me on the test drive, lol. It was quick and a lot of engine in a small car that was none too happy with our bumpy PA roads. The dealership sold it for $40,000 after I fixed it. So what's the point? The two cars looked the same to an outsider, yet were somehow very different. I guess if you are looking for the experience of the original, than only the original will do. If you are concerned about having the appearance of the original with a unique, separate driving experience (based on the quality of the kit and the build), than a kit car is fine. I've seen great kits cars and I've seen terrible ones, but neither captures the original aside from looks. That's just my opinion from being in the trade. Personally. I've never been a fan of VW or Fiero based kit cars (and I loved both). Like a bad toupee, they don't fool anyone. In 10-15 years time they looked as dated as a C4 Corvette with a body kit from 1988. Like Mark, my father was making rumblings selling the MGB we restored together and building a VW-based 356 replica...or restoring a Volvo P1800. I love VWs and Porsches but pushed for the P1800 instead. Of course his cancer diagnosis came not long after those talks so it was all moot. Sorry for all the personal opinion stuff. The more ground-up based cars that you seem to have interest in sit better with me. They aren't cheap and they take a lot of work to make nice but can come out looking and performing beautifully.
  18. I recall people thinking that when the Juggernaut 1 came out. There was an expectation of some kind of Tamiya-made mod-Clod and some were puzzled by this big, shaft driven leaf sprung truck emulating monsters from the 80's that didn't really outperform the original Clod. The Jugg is still awesome (with the corrected drivetrain) but the TXT-1 was more in line with what was expected I'd guess.
  19. Same here. to which I say (to Horizon, anyway)... Same here. Its a good price but I don't know if you can trust a company that potentially double bills you and still doesn't send the product. Its pretty basic business. I give you money. You give me product. Well, unless your Tesla I guess.
  20. Blast from the past @tamiya_1971. Here's another shop that was blowing out Maxxum FFs, the same that was selling those Avante's cheap.... True, but the original Avante was no picnic when it came to battery removal/install. I think for much of the crying we hear about Tamiya "daring" to use the Avante name on the TD4, the buggy does share the same spirit of weirdness the original had, albeit without the pretty materials of yesteryear.
  21. I very distinctly remember that as well as well as the $79 price tag. I begged my mom to order it for my birthday. She wouldn't, until the week before my birthday. I remember the phone call to Tower was sadly brief. She hung up the old rotary dial phone the hung on the kitchen wall with a clang, turned to me and flatly uttered the words "out of stock and discontinued" before returning to making dinner. It was the first time I heard that word "discontinued", a word I learned to hate. I wound up getting the only other buggy in that price range, the freshly introduced Tamiya Grasshopper 2 Super G, which my folks later threw out while I was in college. I don't think they liked my hobby, lol. To this day my mother complains my hobby room would be better if if got rid of "all those toy cars" and made it a spare bedroom. You know, for all the spare people that don't sleep at my house. Ever. Sigh. I was thinking along those lines too but someone mentioned the TD4 is on the Japanese Tamiya site. I'm thinking perhaps it is popular in its home market and may hang out there quietly for years, drifting slightly abroad here and there at times much like the Dark Impact I'm getting one. I think several years debating back and forth is enough. I don't make any sense but when has this hobby, taken to our extremes made much sense, lol. Besides I remember this: Not that I think the Super Avante will reach such later levels of collectability, but a good deal is a good deal.
  22. Price drop. $165 plus shipping.
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