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  1. Maybe the Nova Fox will return. Oh wait, didn't they do that already? I was away from the computer for a second and it probably got discontinued again already.
  2. I'm just relaying information I've read here, but others have made comments concerning the soft rear suspension of the DT02. Tamiya's Hop-up springs set for the DT02 is often recommended, though I have no personal experience.
  3. Well, I did just buy most of what I needed to convert my Egress into a pseudo-Avante 2001 (aside from the unobtanium white cam-locks) so I imagine Tamiya will make the announcement any day if my usual luck holds .
  4. Usually increasing shock angle makes the suspension action more progressive, reducing angle having the opposite effect. Aside from the ride height difference you noted, moving the lower mount inward will increase the leverage from the wheel/tire and make the suspension feel softer. Hope this helps.
  5. I always thought of the HS2 as being the offspring of the mating of a HS and Boomerang. There are smaller differences as previously noted, but its basically a Hot Shot style boxed chassis with roughly Boomerang style suspension. At the front, the HS2 has the updated and more functional Boomerang monoshock geometry. At the rear, the use of Boomerang arms allow the shocks to be mounted ahead of the rear arms like the Boomer, rather than tacked on the back like the Supershot. Granted the rear shocks are short as opposed to the Boomer's long ones, but the arms and mounting is basically the same. I like the SS and HS the best personally, but strip away the nostalgia and the HS2 may actually be the best. Its better than the HS obviously from a performance standpoint. The rear suspension is more integrated into the buggy's design vs. the "added on after the fact" style found on the SS. The SS twin vs the HS2's mono front suspension is a toss up. Twin front shocks are normally the way to go but the SS's front shocks are travel limited compared to the HS2's monoshock. The Bigwig is the best of both worlds with twin shocks and full travel. The HS2 is mostly overlooked I think. There was lots of other buggies out by then and I think it just got lost in the fray not having the importance of the original HS or the aggressive looks of the hopped up (and expensive at the time) SS.
  6. Interesting. I find myself in a very similar situation. I was interested in getting the Terra Scorcher, but the build just didn't bring me much joy for some reason. I thought I'd leap at the G601, but put it off, and I think I'm better off for it (not that its bad, just that I didn't really need it and I could see the novelty wearing off in my case). I have a Bruiser that gets little run time and a Wild One still unopened. My runs are also confined to my yard which is cold and wet as well. I've been getting the most enjoyment out off restricting old cast off wreaks. Its not too morbid for our age group I think. These thoughts cross my mind as well. In the end, I still dig it and am buried deep in the hobby, happily futzing with stuff so I'm not too worried. If RC fulfills me, than that's good enough. I'm in my 40's so my time (having a child) is limited but I plan to do more when time issues ease up. I hope, by my 50's, I'll finally get serious about replicating Tamiya boxart style and painting in general as well as guitar/amp building. I do have similar feelings about my waning full size car habit however. As far as legacy, all I hope for is that I was the best husband and father (and maybe grandfather by that point) I could possibly be.
  7. Yeah, I have reached this point for the most part. There's just not much left that I want to collect in the Tamiya range that I don't have in re-re or original form. There's a few holes in the collection I could fill. I don't have a Midnight Pumpkin or Mud Blaster and I could replicate both fairly easily. I even have half the Pumpkin body parts collected already, although my daughter is eyeing my extra Lunch Box I had planned to use. Some of the big ones I'd like but can't spend the money on: Juggernaut 1 or 2: I dig monster trucks and this leaf spring'ed behemoth may not have out-performed the steadfast Clod Buster, but it certainly has a presence about it NIB Wild Willy: This is my unicorn. A few were still cycling around in shops when I was a kid but every attempt I made at getting one was stymied by my folks. I don't think they appreciated its unique look. Putting one together would complete a dream for me, but I ain't spending that kind of money Toyota Hilux: Those original 3-speeds have there own unique charm, but financially, I wouldn't spend the money. I also can't bring myself to pay stupid money for the more basic, but un-rereleased buggies. I'm not paying a ton for a Sonic Fighter even though I want one. Interestingly, I have bought up most of the Kyosho Car Crushers by carefully watching Ebay. A Double Dare is hopefully on it way to me to finish the collection up currently. My Big Brute may have a melted tire, but that side can face the wall because I can't bring myself to spend that amount of money for albeit rare tires. I do remind myself, I did get what I really wanted when Ebay prices were sane (although NIB Wild Willys were not cheap then either. I bid one up to $600 before bailing out as the bidding shot upwards) and that these few left were not on my initial hit list.
  8. I thought of grabbing a Fire Dragon since I missed a chance at a runner Terra Scorcher (I blinked). The Terra Scorcher was a pretty good deal. If the Fire Dragon winds up being pricey like the Vanquish, I'll let that idea go. Like many others, I'm anxious to see some sort of Optima Mid. Tamiya would have to do something really special to reel me back in at this point (like King Cab) because 2rd and 3rd re-releases aren't doing it for me and they've re-re'd a lot of what I wanted.
  9. Depends on the type of plastic I suppose. ABS plastics suffer from plasticizer migrating from the piece in question over time. How much this occurs in an unused, unopened kit may be negligible. I honestly don't know. What would worry me more is an assembled kit (used) and where it was stored. I do know exposure to UV will speed up plasticizer migration. I've had used Tamiyas crumble to bits, one piece at a time, while others have had no problem. A PA plastic like nylon can use revitalized by boiling in water. I suspect a longer soak in water would have the same effect and that boiling may just speed the process. Anyone with more knowledge, please feel free to elaborate.
  10. I've got this: Its my first screwdriver. When I started building Tamiyas in the 80's, my folks weren't big on the idea of me using tools. My dad's tools were not to be messed with. As a somewhat grudging acceptance that I was not to be swayed, my mother got me a cheap set of screwdrivers for a Christmas present. Its not JIS of course, but its what I had and I put together all my childhood models with it. Its still with me today. I've been a mechanic of some sort for the majority of my adult life. I'm not a tool nut like many others in the trade however. I have a "small" rollaway toolbox common to mechanics in the 70's. If it was good enough for my idol, Bill Grump Jenkins' shop, it is good enough for me. No monster Snap-On or MAC boxes filled to the top for me. My most important tool by far are these: They're getting old and arthritis is creeping in but I couldn't do without them. They're stupid-big and pretty strong compared to the rest of my stick-like frame. It takes patience not to crush or over tighten things (my wife hates what I do to lids, overtightening or stripping them altogether) but I wouldn't give them up for anything. I can't think of a tool I have that's this important to my existence. Whether its working blind in a '58 Cadillac door, laying a pinstripe, setting a ball diff or mounting SRB tires, they can do it all.
  11. Anybody in the US have a Traxxas Bandit they want to part with?
  12. Pretty much sums it up perfectly. Model train enthusiast have been going on about this for years. Its not like it used to be, but we still have model trains. The hobby will never completely disappear. We may not recognize what its morphed into after we're gone but it will continue. As far as Tamiya-type specifically...well... There are some pretty obscure, long dead hobbies out there but a small group of folks around the world still practice them. With the internet information age, this makes it even easier for people of the future to take up these hobbies of the past. The numbers may dwindle, but someone, somewhere will always probably be messing around with a Tamiya RC car.
  13. selling out to the man, man You know its funny how my personal "style" is unchanging (I am, by mental nature, highly resistant to change) but trends make it popular for a time before leaving me in the dust again, lol. I wore flannels before grunge and I wear them now after grunge. The Dickies pants I wore everywhere as a mechanic became fashionable when Jesse James was a thing. I've had horn rim glasses for 30 years because they were cheap, durable and offer some eye protection. Hipsters made them popular again. I tell my wife, if I wait long enough, maybe the gen pop will be into Tamiya RC cars at some point. And this is always the problem. Its a balancing act that can't last. Its good to allow others without the fabrication skills a chance to join in, but to do that, manufacturers have to get involved. Once that happens, its an arms race, as you pointed out. The one thing that may save monster trucking if it continues to grow is the retro classes populated by mostly stock Clod Busters. Stock-ish Clods are unpredictable by nature. The races are quick too. While practicing helps, with the combination of and unpredictable truck and a short race means its anybody's race to a degree. You can't show up and blow people away because you spend the most or are a highly skilled driver. Will it get ruined? We'll see. most other comp classes in RC have been, but retro Clod racing is tricky. All hail the mighty Clod Buster! It would be akin to freezing full size monster trucks in time, allowing them to never reach Bigfoot 8 levels of technology. Currently an issue in stock buggy racing is people not wanting to leave it. They'd rather stay down where they can dominate rather than moving up to modified which doesn't help newcomers. The Clod's nature helps neutralize that I think. Tough question. I think what I want, I can't have. Here were some awesome early efforts with the Tamiya High Lift before the Bruiser came back. Some folks came up with ingenious ways of allowing the High Lift to shift between 2wd and 4wd. Creativity at its peak. On the other hand, trying to make leaf springs out of hack saw blades sucks. I guess, I'd like to some some of the basics offered as available parts like axles, springs, etc. Even kits geared toward, but not mastering a specific niche would be nice. The CR01 is an example. It was geared toward crawling but allowed a lot of mods to be made to make it better. Tamiya is great at this. The original RC10 was great for its time (still is) too and could be pushed in so many different ways based on the owner creativity or just enjoyed as is. That's perfect to me. Tamiya came up with one of the first race trucks with the King Cab. Great truck, but not perfect. Losi soon followed with the JR-XT. Game over. No more King Cab-style trucks and less and less conversion trucks. Its all downhill until we reach where we are today. But all that's a dream. Life is often ever-changing. You can't freeze competition/technology in a certain time period (although the Amish near to me do). It forever marches forward. Its in its nature.
  14. Completely agree. Its great when all the pieces fall into place and the whole thing fires on all cylinders. The Alt. rock scene was like this in my younger days, but when it became pre-packaged by retailers, things started to slide. Getting a flannel shirt at the thrift shop for $2 = awesome deal. Seeing flannels shirt for $35 at Macy's or JCPenney's as part of a "grunge wardrobe" = lame. (I still wear flannels and rock t-shirts, so I guess I'm kinda lame too ).
  15. ...is that a really good thing? One of the big changes in RC is the diversification of specific models used for specific task. Today, one has choices for nearly every niche in the hobby. On road or off road? Off road....dirt or carpet or turf? 2wd or 4wd? Truck...monster, stadium, truggy? Trail truck or crawler? Drag car? ...and so on. There's a thread currently about whether chassis design has really improved or not. The gist I have is that competition buggies of today are designed with the understanding idea that traction will be present. The old days of loamy dirt and changing track conditions are gone at the top. An RC10 B-whatever today is not a fun fun buggy anymore per se. It is a specific tool for a specific job (which it does well). The original RC10 could be either a basher or a competition car (for its era). I guess the point is which way would you rather have it, the old days of tinkering and developing existing products to work in the niche you wished them to be in (think the early days of crawling before Axial AX10s) or the present where we have access to kits and parts designed specifically for our interest? Access to these goodies is great but so is the creativity brought on by necessity. Thoughts?
  16. This was one of those great debates from the earlier days of the forum (like if the Hot Shot ever came with gold wheels in the box originally). Some point to the fact it lacked the radio box which was imprinted with "Special Racing Buggy". I always personally felt it was a member of the SRB group though. We still consider the King Blackfoot a member of the ORV family and its even more different from the first Subaru Brat. I've always theorized about this. At least Tamiya did make some sincere improvements to get a bit more mileage out of the chassis architecture rather than just a hasty re-body. The Super Champ was always my favorite of the group.
  17. Looking closer, Jconcepts has a '51 Ford labeled "grandma" for the Stampede, part no. 0397 with a 11"wb x 7"w and a '51 Ford with the same 11"wb x 7"w for the SMT10, part no. 0334. Then there's also the Mortician. I'm not sure what the difference between the Stampede Grandma panel and the SMT10 panel is as they share the same dimensions. My SMT10 has an exactly 12" wb now, so they might work. If they fit as good as my old Parma Digger body, I'd be satisfied.
  18. Thanks. I actually have some HPI tires. They are smaller than the BKTs and a good bit smaller than the Rangers. I'm leaning toward the old blue/silver Gravedigger for a body and might just see how the Rangers look with that. The tread's still wrong and chassis's off (unless I go for "the legend" version on the current tube chassis) but it might look a little better with the more vintage paint scheme vibe. Now to decide whether to use the more accurate "Mortician" body (for the SMT10 style chassis) or go more retro and use the "Grandma" body from Jconcepts. I guess it all depends on how accurate I want to be.
  19. Its looking like if I go with chevrons, the Axial BKT's might just have to do. The only other option would be Jconcepts Renegades Jr. 2.2s.
  20. I never really left the hobby so the re-releases didn't bring me back, but they did get me buying "new" Tamiyas again. Before the re-releases I mainly tinkered with my original cars from the 80's back in the early 2000's and bought used vintage examples off fleabay. When the re-releases hit in earnest, I began getting them. I'd say 70% of my new Tamiya purchases have been re-releases since 2005 and almost 100% for the past 5 years.
  21. Story time. I was in a strange place when Tamiya brought back the Lunch Box, Hornet, Grasshopper and Frog in the 2000's. I had been "back" in the hobby for years since graduating college in the late 90's but never really got involved with what was currently out at the time. Even in my 20's, I clung to the old stuff. Freshly divorced and handling car and house payments on my own meant money was not freely flowing. I was ecstatic to see Tamiya re-releasing kits at the time though. The restoration shop I worked at went belly up after 27 years in business in a spectacular fashion (fit for a TV movie) and I had started my first job in manufacturing, learning the ropes in CNC. The company I worked for offered me overtime to help install an AC system for their offices which I took with dreams of saving up for some of these re-releases. The Frog was the one I settled on as I didn't have a vintage one yet. I had the promo tapes on DVD back before they were plastered all over Youtube and began watching the Frog one as I put away extra money. I still remember whistling the weird tune from the Frog promo as I assembled AC ductwork, lol. I remember finally getting the funds and the day I found the box from Tower Hobbies sitting on my doorstep. It was great fun, just like the "old days" (which weren't as distant back then). Later, when my parents pressured me for what I wanted for Christmas, I asked for a Hornet. They grumbled, but capitulated. Of course getting the Hornet for Christmas wound up its own little story, but within a week, I had it ready to roll. What I remember most about those lean days was how my girlfriend, at the time, and I took the Frog and Hornet everywhere with us on our Saturday jaunts. Usually we found ball fields to race the buggies around. The girlfriend is long gone but that re-re Frog is sitting on my workbench in front of me. It hasn't seen use in a few years now, but it does bring back the memories and its "just" a re-release. My collection has grown immensely since those lean years and I love it. Sometimes though, it nice to recall the simpler times. I think I might put some radio gear back in this Frog and give a spin....just for "old" times sake .
  22. I asked this question over at RC10talk awhile back. I realize the re-re Scorpion is better than the original and has a diff, but I can't see how the Frog could best the Scorpion (although that was certaintly the case in Germany) unless the track/terrain was in its favor. The Scorpion could keep pace with the first RC10 in the right hands though the RC10's architecture was clearly the way forward.
  23. That's great! Thanks for sharing your unique creation. Very nice.
  24. I run the re-re dogbone setup. With the stock rear shocks, nothing pops out. If I use softer rear shocks, I'll get the occasional ejected dogbone unless I limit their down travel slightly. I do have several other fixes for this I use on my ORV monsters however. Part of the issue with the Frog's handling, for me, is getting the proper dampening and spring rate since the buggy is light.
  25. The Frog was quite a popular competition car here in the States before the RC10. I've mentioned before, the stock one I run is naturally quite bouncy. I'm curious how good one can be made to perform while still using the standard space frame architecture. It has a short wheelbase and adjustable caster, so I do manage to get it to turn in well. The rear shocks need work for sure, being so over-sprung. I imagine the short wheelbase and high mounted motor doesn't help stability either. The other annoying habit my Frog has is its tendency to nosedive over every jump. Can a Frog be brought within striking distance of a stock RC10 6-gear or minimally a Fox? Both cars currently blow my poor Frog into the weeds.
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