beefmuffin

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  1. I'll have a bunch of stuff to post up this weekend. Heavy work week. It's not easy getting on stage all oiled up for the ladies night after night. Constantly flexing all my bulging muscles while still looking relaxed takes a lot of practice.
  2. This is AWESOME stuff @Hibernaculum! Will get a chance to add more soon.
  3. Hey H. I think the idea of having a page on your site where the results of pooling together all this info will be curated is an awesome idea. I don't think it's a one or the other kind of thing. The key thing we both point out is that this can only be done by pooling together bits of individual knowledge from many of us to make, an ever-changing(ish) amassed resource. In my opinion the natural place to do the 'pooling together' part is here on the forum. Any of thousands of collectors can add their little piece directly into the pot without anyone's intervention. With any luck there will be many such little pieces... which doesn't necessarily lend itself to maintaining organization of the aggregate. In my mind that's where you and your new page can come in curating the information stew bubbling up in the forum into an orderly reference suited to a wider audience. So maybe we proceed with the agreement that this is how it'll work, and people who add details to this thread can expect that their contribution will end up being included in your page.. We could call you "The Curator" (cue dramatic theme music)!
  4. I think what you suggest might (eventually) be a good idea. For now, though, we can get started like this. If / when we compile enough info it starts to become difficult to navigate, and if it's demanded by members and OK with the mods, then it should be pretty easy to reorganize like this... given the whole cumulative concept.
  5. Thanks Terry! What I think we should do, unless others disagree, is aggregate all the other reliable information we find together in one place here. That way people don't need to dig through the entire thread to get all the info we've documented in order to find links to other sources, then probably have to go through those as well. Instead they'll be able to just search the tread or start at the end and find the most recent entry for a model and that should have all the details we've found (that we collectively think are reliable) together in one place. Do you want to try adding some of the details from those links into a re-post of the Frog entry? If not I could try later today / tonight.
  6. The Frog - Originally Released in 1983, Re-issued in 2006 Original Model Number: 58041 Re-release Model Number: 58354 Example of a non-vintage Body / Wing claiming to be vintage Item Description: "Vintage Tamiya FROG Body and Wing new uncut unpainted by Tamiya" Vintage vs non-vintage differences spotted: Vintage body came with holes pre-cut in rear window for installing on/off switch Vintage body came with the motor arch pre-cut Correct item status: Genuine Tamiya Re-release Example of non-vintage Decals claiming to be vintage Item Description: "Vintage Tamiya FROG Decals new GENUINE not a ink jet copy By Tamiya" Vintage vs non-vintage differences spotted: Vintage decals do not include the black roll-bar decals on the far right Vintage decals had real sponsor logos such as Budweiser Correct item status: Genuine Tamiya Re-release
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    Help needed with tamtech hotshot

    Yeah it was just a thought. I just remember having a bag full of lots of loose TT-Gear parts not really knowing for sure whether GB01 or GB03 etc. R/C stuff aside... I like dogs. Are you taking reasonable offers for the dog? Any mechanical issues?
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    2016 Re release predictions...

    You don't need to slim down your collection, moffman, you just need to build a collection cloaking device...
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    Help needed with tamtech hotshot

    Hey Lee thinking about it after I traded all the GB-03 NIP parts to you I later traded a similar set of GB-01 parts to @markbt73 but if I recall, I meant then to clear out anything I had left sitting around, including some bags of loose misc hardware, etc. It's entirely possible some of the bits you need and can't find might be sitting in a baggie somewhere on Mark's work bench in Portland. Does anyone know if people get a notification when you tag them in a post? If not then I'll send him a PM to loop him in to see if he thinks there may be some chance of the above. That is if you're keen to check with him Lee as this is your rodeo, as they say in the wild west of New Jersey.
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    Yellowing shell

    Yeah it can only do anything that you are using it for by breaking down to other molecules/ions/radicals. The simplest version is 2(h2o2) -> 2(h2o) + 1(o2). So the h2o2 molecules in the solution will turn into the more stable water an molecular oxygen, which is a gas and why you see all the bubbling.. the higher energy light helps break down the h2o2 into more reactive ionically charged configurations, but eventually these will also react down to a delicious watery broth.
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    Help needed with tamtech hotshot

    Hey Lee, here are a few... I can try to help find more later if u still need. MA2: https://www.tamiyausa.com/product/item.php?product-id=3450072 MA3: http://www.planet-rc.ch/Accessories/Cars-Spare-Parts-Car/Tamiya/Tamiya-Special-Spare-Parts/3450073-Slipper-Shaft-for-56711::142838.html?language=en MA4: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Tamiya-9808047-Slipper-Spring-Set-56703-/161868554208 MA6: http://www.planet-rc.ch/Zubehoer-Ersatzteile/Auto-Ersatz-Teile/Tamiya/Tamiya-Spezial-Ersatzteile/9808149-Link-Shaft-2-pcs-for-56711::150535.html MA7: https://www.tamiyausa.com/product/item.php?product-id=9808046
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    2016 Re release predictions...

    Well, not that I think there's any chance of this happening, it's not uncommon in a lot of industries for last minute changes to be made to products. Up to and including pulling out ready to ship product to swap in a redesigned part... like a different grill, for example. As we all know, Tamiya's done this well after the initial release of products too... like in the case of the Mk1 Hotshot. Is Tamiya reading all our moans about the lame BF3 grill and choosing to avoid further criticism by making a change that will add 50 cents to the cost of each kit for them to do? Can't be more than a single-digit percent chance, IMO. That would probably screw up some young B-school hotshot's chances for a promotion. Some hard-hitting powerpoints would hypothetically be butting heads over there right now... well, probably not right now since it's 3am over there and up and coming executives need their beauty sleep.
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    Blackfoot re-release #58633

    Well, there's that thing where I owned your app-enabled security DVR via its 5 year old firmware's shellshock vulnerability and most days I make popcorn and secretly watch you working. Or I don't do that. Definitely not.
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    Blackfoot re-release #58633

    Sweet! Just let me know any other parts you also need - I am almost guaranteed to have one in one condition or another...
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    Blackfoot re-release #58633

    I've got a couple of rough vintage Blackfoot bodies I don't need (or want) if you want me to chuck them down your way. Let me know! Also have literally TONS of misc ORV chassis parts, gears, etc, etc... it looks like a Blackfoot zombie apocalypse.
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    Blackfoot re-release #58633

    I get people having this perspective about it. And I share that enjoyment of it 'in the now' too. Making good memories with my own son like I had with my own dad for a time growing up. But for me there's also the enjoyment of owning something that looks and feels exactly the same as what you held in your hand as an 8-year old, at a good time in your life. It may be that not everyone experiences this the same way, but for me when I see, touch, hold one of these personally meaningful models it's like a key that mentally transports me back to that time, in a way that just thinking about it can't do. Who knows why it makes such a big difference but for me at least it just does. And the problem there is that it doesn't work nearly as well if something is only close to the same as what I had back then. My 8-year-old brain's memories didn't work in abstractions. The margin of deviation capable of triggering the effect is pretty narrow. Now adding to that, specifically here, the main and most personally important and memorable model I build with my dad, owned and thoroughly enjoyed as a kid was... the Blackfoot. We followed all the directions building it, and made it box art, and I loved that thing. I didn't know it at the time but these ended up being some of my last good memories with my father in the traditional sense of a parent and child. A couple years later he left our family to run away with an exotic dancer and dabble in illicit pharmaceuticals. Things got so bad with he and my mom and us, and she put lots of fears in my and my brother's head about how our dad was doing drugs and would break into our house and hurt us, etc. It was nonsense, and really cruel of her in retrospect... but I ended up being estranged from both my parents starting in high school and lasting up until well into my 20's. Then, of course, whatever reconcilliation came along, the nature of those relationships was much different. By that time, when I left home and left behind my family and everything at the time I couldn't care less about the R/C stuff I loved so much as an 8yo. I told my mom to throw it all away, and she did. After that I forgot all about this stuff for many years until after my dad passed away a few years ago. It was a really difficult time for me, for that and other reasons, and it took a long time and a lot of effort to recover. In the process of doing that the memories of some of the good times with my dad, many of which were spent immersed in this hobby, came back... I don't know if they were blocked or suppressed or just so abandoned and un-recalled that they couldn't be accessed without some kind of targeting fix on where to dig for them in the grey matter somewhere. It was then that I started getting back into this stuff as part of the healing process, and found TC and rediscovered not only the memories of loving this stuff then, but a love for it again and filled a hollow void I'd had in my life without knowing it for many years. The meaning and connection and personal importance of this stuff extended also to my own son, who was maybe 1 year old at the time, and a desire to pass it down to him as he grows up. The truth is that after my father's funeral in 2011 I've never been back to visit his grave. For me there's nothing special about a slab of marble crowded amongst hundreds of other slabs of marble. I connect with and remember my dad every time I work on / look at / run / think about my beloved Tamiyas (aka childhood memory unlocking keys). I have and enjoy some contemporary runners. They're great fun! But they do nothing to bring me back to my past. It's probably a lot different for people who've had their childhood R/C stuff all these years without interruption, or people who didn't abruptly lose everything comforting about being a child in a loving (or at least coherent) family right after the final few happy/naiive years many of the best memories of which involved R/C stuff. So the dream of a re-release of the Blackfoot was something I'd imagined and hoped for more than a little these past years, especially after the re-release of the Monster Beetle. I am not an excessively optimistic person, so I didn't expect the best possible experience of the Blackfoot 2016 when I heard it was finally happening. In fact, I predicted it would be just about exactly what it turned out being. But the visceral disappointment at what I can only surmise to be a massive difference in the sense of the special significance of this reissue is a gut punch nonetheless. When I look at it all I see is laziness and disregard for heritage, their own and ours. It makes me feel like whatever soul animated Tamiya to go above and beyond and pump out so many classic, unique creations has finally flamed out and it's now being run like every other company by a bunch of MBAs who don't feel a deep personal connection to the products they produce. So - the tl;dr version is I can and do enjoy Tamiyas how you describe, too. But it's also the centerpiece of a little museum dedicated to my own life. And those two things, although related, are distinct. It would be perfectly possible for anyone to only connect with one or the other. I do both. And the side that I feel most deeply feels really let down.
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    Blackfoot re-release #58633

    I wonder if it's part of someone's job in Shizuoka to creep around, quietly stalking this message board and TC in general...
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    Blackfoot re-release #58633

    And further to the point, why don't we see some major advances in Truck-a-saurus technology? They should be unimaginably lethal by now.
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    Blackfoot re-release #58633

    Bigfoot III, eh? Well... I have no issue with that grill being on the Blackfoot III. Boom! Salty wound averted!
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    Blackfoot re-release #58633

    No worries, it was just a thought. More sour grapes than anything else really. Not happy with the Lamefoot 2016.
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    Yellowing shell

    @mongoose1983 I am amused by your assumption that people living in NJ or England ever have enough sun to catalyze H2O2 ionization. LOL I'd bet Santiago gets a lot more sunshine than central NJ! OCD, the author of the second link lives in sunny California. I've heard of TCers in TX who've used this method successfully. You know, Texas... where don't live like mole people in constant rain and darkness. BUT anyway if salvine (or others) want to try it there may be a few things worth trying to enhance the effectiveness. This experiment relates to the use of H2O2 in tooth whitening, but it's the same effect as desired here: link to PDF There are 2 or 3 things, it seems to me -- inferring from the chemistry described in the document -- that might squeeze a bit more effectiveness out of the UV luminosity you are working with: - Iron ions seem to enhance the process for some reason... maybe try dropping something made of iron into the solution. A rusty screw, a broken bit of magnet... ironically, certain voodoo / santeria practices could even be helpful and add a flair of spiritual drama (do I have to say I'm joking?). - Slightly basic / alkaline pH helps... but too high of a pH has the opposite effect. Maybe drop in a tums or other (non-liquid) antacid. - Increased temperature enhances the effect, although menacingly apparently leads to "thermal runaway"... so maybe a little hot but not too hot or 'fire in the hole'. I haven't tried any of these... b/c I didn't know to try them. But I did have some seriously disappointing results whitening plastics in the past. So, maybe it's worth trying some of these ideas. Maybe throw in your dentures while you're at it!
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    Wanted: clod buster shell

    Yeah - it's interesting how if I list something at a set price, very few people watch it, usually it sits for a long time, and I end up accepting an offer for less than I had in mind. While at the same time if I list something as an auction it gets tons of watchers and people often end up pushing the price up to more than I would have asked if listing at a fixed price. I'm sure there is plenty of psychology at work here... it's actually kind of interesting. But I could never allow a someone to feel "buyer's remorse" by getting something from me. So I tend never to list things as auctions that I would never want to see go above a certain price (basically I also always allow, consider (and encourage) offers, and am usually generous about accepting them - particularly in cases where the buyer needs a deal on it, etc. The other thing I always do is almost all the time anyway, but especially when an auction goes higher than I'd want someone to pay, I include free extra items sufficient to bring the transaction into a range I'm confident the buyer is ending up with a meaningfully better deal than they expected. Like in the case of the Clod body, I'm throwing in a new on sprue electronics tray, a complete new Super Clod bumper set, the original used MSC and 3-way switch, plus a vintage manual if I have two (need to check). I'm actually packing the Clod body up as I write this... LOL, to be honest -- I hope it doesn't cause any non-buyer's remorse -- but I saw your bid and I had already decided to throw in a NIP Desert Gator body+wing I have extra. Wouldn't have cost anything more to ship really. Anyway - hope you get one together soon.
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    Blackfoot re-release #58633

    BTW - the thing I was thinking, about the lame "new" grill in particular, is I think it raises a legitimate question: If Tamiya -- at the one final time they would ever again produce a certain part or design (eg, the official re-issue of a model) -- opts not to do so, therefore assuring they would not now and never would in the future suffer lost sales of the specific abandoned parts/designs to 3rd party replicas, reproductions of those parts and those parts only become fair game to mention openly on TC and the TC forum. In the case of the Blackfoot 2016 I think this would include reproductions of the original grill, tailgate, hood lettering and decals. @netsmithUK @TWINSET what do you guys think?
  24. Hey guys - has anyone tried mounting a Lunchbox body on a GF-01 chassis (like the Heavy Dump)? My son loves the Lunchbox, but I want him to have something 4wd so it will be able to drive decently well in the grassy part near our house. It would probably take some custom solutions to get the body mounts to work, or maybe just go up through the top (obviously using a re-re body!) using extended versions of how I think the GF-01 bodies are meant to be mounted. Anyone tried it? Is it a bad / crazy idea? I may just build him a Heavy Dump as-is... but I think he'd get more of a kick out of a Lunchbox, but one that doesn't get stuck in wet grass.