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  1. Since becoming serious (as much as a non-humorless person can be said to be) about collecting Tamiya, rediscovering it after the beginning of the re-release era, it turned out I wasted a lot of time, effort and resources on quite a few projects and purchases that I thought were vintage but weren't... or that were but I thought nothing of replacing parts with new re-issued parts thinking they were identical. Often the differences / tells were staring me right in the face but I didn't know what to look for. Even now, and even among experienced members and collectors I find there are pockets of knowledge many have on this subject with respect to a few models they've become sort of 'specialists' in, and simultaneously quite a bit of uncertainty or total unfamiliarity for others. Although there are some resources that do a great job of introducing and explaining the situation, such as this excellent post from the TCer @Hibernaculum on his own blog, there is no one place I could find that could be considered a good central reference for someone trying to find out how to tell if something is original / genuine / vintage or not. By no means do I know enough on my own to fill this need, so I invite you all who know anything from one little tip to an encyclopedic knowledge of every variant of a model Tamiya ever released. We may as well also include Kyosho, Associated, etc to the extent relevant. The format that I think would be easiest and most useful for expanding on the existing compiled notes on a given model is to keep each post related to one model per, then anyone who'd like to add details or make corrections just quote or copy/paste the full contents of the most recently updated information about that one model, add their piece or modify what was there if/as needed... and then do the same separately for any other model(s). I don't have time right this second to do a complete coverage of the Frog, which I'll start off with since it was a couple mislabeled-as-vintage Frog items that made me think we needed a place to store and reference information like this. I also think it's important that people know they can add just fragments of useful information and don't feel like they need to post perfectly-formed analyses covering everything about a model. It's fine to do that, but not necessary, and I think we'll amass more useful information by keeping the bar low. If you have $20 of info to contribute, great... but also great if you only have $0.20 to add right now. So, I will start us off with a few Frog things in the next post. ps - I want to point out that for the most part, parts or models that are described as vintage or original that aren't one or both usually aren't the result of intentional misinformation. It's probably just a lack of knowledge combined with an under-appreciation of the significance of the difference that results in the proliferation of these kinds of mistakes. But it certainly doesn't help people who do care but are still learning develop an accurate knowledge. Hopefully, this thread can help.
  2. Just wanted to let people know that there's now a new alternative transmission option out there for the King Cab and Monster Racer. It replaces the gull gearbox, diff and outdrives with a bulletproof RC10 Stealth gearbox / diff / outdrives (you source / supply this) and there is a kit including custom mounting plates etc that allow this to be a drop-in replacement. Pretty exciting stuff! I don't run my King Cab so I don't need it myself, but given the expensive alternatives to the weak KC transmission this seems like a great option for those who do.
  3. Might be fun to post a song we're listening to while working on Tamiya stuff. No more than ONE A DAY per person. And you have to actually be or have that day listened to it. It's not an awesomeness contest. Although if it was, all it would take is a Spinal Tap anthology to win. Here's the last song I was listening to:
  4. Hey guys - Markbt73 has infected me a bit with enjoying the performance of the Novak Edge/Ballistic setup I now have in my DF-02 runner. Being a relative n00b to brushless I have no intrinsic sense as to whether I'd see similar performance by picking up one of Tamiya's entry-level BL motors and using it with a TBLE-02S I have just sitting NIP in a bin. To be honest I've been pretty underwhelmed by Tamiya's ESC's other than the TEU-101BK and TEU-302BK. All the others have hard-wired limited reverse capability and I can't seem to see any performance improvement between them (am I missing something?). Lucky for me, people think that the 101BK is 'less good' than the 102-105BK, so I regularly buy them whenever I can for anything under $20 NIP. So - basically, I'm skeptical that the TBLE-02S is even worth bothering with brushed or brushless. Except if I go and buy a $60-70 Tamiya BL motor (I'd only go for a matching motor - I like things that match) then I'd be wasting a lot of $ and still seeing lackluster performance. BUT maybe I'm wrong...! Has anyone tried one of these combos and have good things to say about it? Particularly relative to other BL systems you've used?
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    What ever happened to Ben beefmuffin?

    Hey @mongoose1983, @NWarty, et al... yeah @chickenman242tk is right I've been held in a choke hold by work for a little while (that part is a joke). I'm still working to get back on my feet though, make good on my responsibilities to some of you, and generally have a life again soon. Hopefully soon means actually soon... I'm doing my best.
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    A tale of two Scorchers - RC project for 2017

    Hey @mongoose1983 this looks great! I haven't even logged onto the board in months b/c of non-stop work pressure... but am working my way back to 'normal'. I'm not sure if you remember but I actually have a bunch of stuff of yours sitting in my den waiting the lifespan of the average gerbil so far for me to send it down to you. I'm going to try to do something about that soon. :‑/
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    Bigwig re-release #47330

    LOL just mute the new video and play this one in the background. Corny voice-over achieved!
  8. - Sealed NIP Vintage Fox Chassis - Sealed NIB Vtg Front Stabilizer Set - Sealed NIP Vtg Fox Gearbox Sprue - Sealed NIP Vtg Fox Rubber Parts Bag - Sealed NIP Novafox Driver Z Parts $60 + 10 postage (US) or at-cost (non-US)
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    Bigwig re-release #47330

    Everyone at Tamiya is like "Oh I thought Carl was taking care of that." and Carl's like "Wait, what? I've been huffing a little too much PS-1 lately. My bad."
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    Monster Beetle re-release #58618

    So you're having trouble using the CVDs with the MIP diff? @Pintopower have you had any issues with the CVDs? Originally I thought you said to get the dogbones but in one of the vids you said the CVDs so that's what I just got to use with my MIP diff. I'm happy with either so long as it works well. ps Pintopower = AMPro
  11. Hi there - I do still have extras of all of these items I think. I can PM you pics of what I have later if you like?
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    Bigwig re-release #47330

    Awesome pics! One question - does it have the little lexan side vent pieces for the body?
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    Bigwig re-release #47330

    Aaaand we have an Ebay listing:
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    Bigwig re-release #47330

    Looks like they're using a pic of the original issue model temporarily.
  15. Vtg Cox (Kyosho) Bandido + NIP Body Set, NOS Chassis, NIP Shocks, Many New Parts LINK: << NOTE: will accept a best offer of $100 (roughly the value of the new parts alone) >> Great Bandido Restoration Setup MANY New Parts, Including: NIP Body Set (body, wing, decals, hardware; part no. CBD-14) NOS Red Bandido / Toyota Ultra Stock Chassis (rare) NOS Front Suspension (bulkhead + swing arms) NIP Shocks (part no. CBD-07) NIP Ball Joint Set (part no. PI-11) NOS Front Uprights (on sprue) NOS (both) Black and Grey Spotlights Bright White (Bandido-specific) Wheels in GC to VGC Front Mudstar and (RARE) Rear PG-22 Tires in GC Includes All-Original, Matching Electronics: Mechanical Speed Controller Cox Cadet Transmitter Cox Receiver Cox MSC and Steering Servos Mabuchi Motor NOTE: Missing antenna NOTE: One post where the rear red guard fastens to the gearbox is broken (see last pic) NOS replacement gearbox sets are currently listed for <$20
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    Bigwig re-release #47330

    I wouldn't be surprised if it actually came out in March, April, May... we've seen delays from leaked release timings like that recently with other re-re's. I'm excited to pick up a genuine (albeit re-re) brand new body. Honestly I'm not sure if I'll buy a kit, given the box layout standard of recent re-re's (just a bunch of parts in a box). If they were to do a really nice job of presentation like we've seen in some other re-releases (ie Sand Scorcher, Buggy Champ, etc) I'd probably grab one. Otherwise I'll probably just grab a body, chassis, subchassis, F parts, wheels... to have around maybe to restore a rough vintage one to make a runner. Of course, if the total cost of those parts adds up to about the cost of a kit I may get one anyway and just part it out amongst other projects.
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    Sticker Peel

    Thanks @kontemax do you put it under the decal or over top of it, or both?
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    Sticker Peel

    I have to say I'm really happy with the way my redone Supershot body came out. Very well by my standards for my own work. However even though they were only applied months ago the red stickers on either side of the body are peeling up along the edges! It's very frustrating. I got a whole extra set of original decals to keep on hand in case these ones turn out to be a problem. So, to revive this topic, does anyone want to second any of the above methods? Or do you know of another (maybe better) way to get them to stay in place?
  19. NIB Kyosho Optima 2016 (New Sealed) ** Bonus Mini Diecast Optima ** Model 30617B Modern Re-Release of Kyosho Optima from 1985 -- 4wd 1:10 Scale w/ Both Chain and Belt Options New and Factory Sealed -- Note: has a small dent in edge of cover (see last pic) Includes Free Bonus 1:64 Scale Diecast Optima w/ Pull-Back Action (Item No. K04003) Free Priority Mail shipping within U.S. LINK:
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    Repro - again

    I know at one point TC itself was listing / advertising repro decals and got served some letter warning that ninjas would be sent to @netsmithUK's house if they didn't stop. As I understand it that was the origin of the total ban on even mentioning repro parts and decals. A little extreme, but a cautious approach is understandable when ninjas are involved. I totally agree with the relaxation on discussing repro parts - it's a freedom of speech issue more than anything, we're not violating anything by discussing them. Even if you went to the extreme perspective that purchasing repro products made you a criminal, this would only be each individual acting independently and in no way implicating TC in any 'wrongdoing'. There are completely legal websites with tutorials on how to make napalm and things that go boom - discussing something in a forum... even indicating an intention to do something 'illegal' is not in itself a crime nor is the platform responsible for any actual IRL actions taken by individuals. There are some exceptions of particularly prohibited materials of course, which would implicate the forum itself... but slightly sub-par copies of stickers to put on toy cars doesn't qualify. In terms of people's personal concern about discussing these things despite now being allowed to... look, I understand it's natural to fear Tamiya and their ninja army, but if they are really so aggressive and threatening then how could MCI Racing or Team Blue Groove possibly still exist? They would have been hunted down like dogs by now -- their Canadianism couldn't protect them from Tamiya's insidious wrath. So... in keeping with the guidelines mentioned by @TWINSET, so long as any actual sales / trading of repro products, or sharing of links to repro products / makers is done via PM we should be well within our rights to crawl out of the shadows and talk openly about repro parts and our use of them, etc.
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    Supershot shock length

    Not sure if you needed something other than this, but Tamiyabase has good details like this...
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    Reproduction Wild Willy Blazer tires.

    It's nice that the prohibition on discussing repro parts has been lifted. Doing what @RA1028 is doing here, or Marwan does with Kyosho, or TBG with bodies or MCI Racing with decals - these are a great service to the vintage collector / enthusiast community. The entire hobby would probably be significantly less popular if the only way to get some of these parts was to spend years and $$ hunting them down bit by bit. That can be rewarding too... but having the option to use reproduction parts, even if only as placeholders until originals can be located, is really helpful.
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    Reproduction Wild Willy Blazer tires.

    NICE we expect a full report
  24. PRICES REDUCED: U.S. $375 w/ free USPS priority shipping; or Non-U.S. $350 plus shipping PM me, or go here 100% MINT MRC-sealed NIB QD Monster Beetle - extremely rare in this condition This is about the size of a NIB Blackfoot - see pics with other kits for scale. Will discount shipping to keep it reasonable.