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  1. frameskip

    Is this real? GF01 Monster Beetle...

    I think this has been mentioned in other threads, but that just doesn’t seem to be Tamiya’s target market. Look how they’ve dialed back on TRF to focus more at the club level (at least in the US). Others have speculated that Tamiya has recently chosen to focus on the Japanese domestic market. Quirky cars that work well in a small area would seem to fit the assumption. Or maybe they think they can earn more by mixing up parts from the back catalogue rather than trying to penetrate a saturated premium marketplace. The piece I don’t understand is hardbody + high center of gravity + hard suspension. Hopefully they’ve added something to the equation that lands it on its feet more often than not.
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    Decent track buggy

    If looking to buy new (and want to stick with Tamiya), it seems like the DN01 is good option. It comes with the TRF201 pedigree, and will be a solid buggy as others have stated. I would just worry about falling into the hop-up trap and the eventual costs of trying to bring it up to true TRF201 spec. Another thing you may want to consider is that the TRF201 and Associated B4 (or was it 4.1?) are practically the same buggy, and there may be some good deals on used B4s out there. I haven't looked at this listing closely, but there's a used RTR B4 available for £115 BIN right now:
  3. Looks like it, and they would be a valid 3x14mm replacement for the self tappers (50582) they tend to include.
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    Tamiya Vs SCX10 Vs others

    For me, I think it would come down to which transmission you want. The SCX10 II has a slipper, whereas the Scout does not. The gear ratio in the Scout is also significantly lower than the Axial. Pros and cons to each, depending on if you plan on doing more climbing/crawling versus trail running. I certainly would have purchased the SCX10 II builders kit had it been available a couple years back.
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    52mm shafts with e clips

    If 51mm will work you might be able to track these down?
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Decided to have a weigh-in with some various TL-01 prop shafts while the cars are apart. Per the kitchen scale, the results: The standard TL-01 shaft came in at a portly 33g The GPM aluminium shaft was less than half the mass at 15g (thanks again to @Tamiyabigstuff) The Tamiya carbon shaft was the lightweight champ at a scant 6g Fun times!
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Never thought of using a bag within my sonic cleaner -- top tip! Although I wonder if turpentine is a bit harsh on the plastic? I've had pretty amazing results just using dish soap to remove the various greases found on RC cars (including the black molybdenum).
  8. Hi TC, I'm looking for an aluminium prop shaft for a TL01 project in either blue or silver. I believe both GPM and Yeah Racing made these. Posting would be to either the UK or US. Thanks!
  9. Any guess on the overall height of the portals? Wondering if they will even accommodate a smaller rim -- that may have dictated the wheel choice?
  10. frameskip

    avante 2001

    FRP = fiber reinforced plastic As opposed to carbon fiber on the Egress
  11. Maybe the "desert tire" listed here?
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    How old are these pin spike tires?

    My understanding is that the “Y” and “X” part numbers are the MRC part numbers for when they were the US Tamiya distributor. These look like original spare parts to me.
  13. frameskip

    58028 Hilux Build

    You guessed it:
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    Oh Dear.... (Bruiser clone)

    I don't think the issue here has to do with brand names, but instead with intellectual property. If these cheap electronics, etc. do not infringe on anyone’s IP, then there is no debate to have. However, in the case of this clone, Tamiya’s IP has clearly been stolen. Regardless of whether someone ever intended to purchase a Bruiser, purchasing the clone directly supports a company that has stolen from Tamiya.
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    1350 bearing size?

    According to Seidel the standard 1350 is 4mm: Can't seem to cross reference that anywhere, so...