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  1. Hi people of Tamiyaclub A friend of mine has a Tamiya Wild Commando that he's trying to restore, and he's after a manual for it. We've both searched high and low on the internet to no avail, having only found the quick start guide. Does anyone: Have a link to the full manual online Have a physical copy of the manual they wouldn't mind scanning and uploading Have a physical copy of the manual they wouldn't mind selling Any help is greatly appreciated!
  2. Stickers arrived from MCI, applied and clearcoated over. Just the tires and antenna now. Onwards to bigger things!
  3. Haha, small world (To clarify, my previous post shows how I found out it was you, I found the Hopper by just searching). I look forward to receiving it, should be a nice easy fixer-upper. I'd have that Brat too if I A, hadn't just got one and B, had the cash. Just about skint in terms of RC budget besides that I've set aside for paint and related items. I hope to update this thread and my Hilux one soon with some stripped bodies. That reminds me, I need Brat decals. Re-Res will probably do.
  4. Well, I went out to get some stuff a few days ago (haven't posted since, because I'm doing my mock AS exams at school this week and am quite busy) only to realize that I'd bought brake cleaner and not Brake fluid. I must have found the section in Halfords for brake fluid and then looked through the prices to see which was cheaper, and picked one without realizing it was brake leaner not fluid. Fortunately on the same trip I did get some Mr Muscle oven cleaner (same stuff as Easy Off but sold under a different name and in the UK, or so I'm told anyway) so that should work too. I hope to get the bodies stripped this weekend and I shall order some styrene sheet, paint, primer and filler later this evening. On a side note, I think I may have bought a Grasshopper II SuperG from you on eBay? I saw your classified ad for a Brat which linked to the eBay page for it, where I found the Grasshopper under the 'more from this seller' thing.
  5. Thinking of picking one of these up from them: http://www.tamico.de/Tamiya-Mad-Fighter-DT-01-Bausatz-OHNE-REGLER 40 euros = roughly £33. £33 quid for a brand new Mad Fighter (albeit minus the ESC)! That was the first Tamiya RC I ever saw in action, so it makes me want to bite the bullet and get one providing that postage isn't too much. But I've just got two RCs last Christmas, probably can't justify another, however cheap.
  6. 1.Toyota 4x4 Pickup tailgate emblem 2.Toyota 4x4 Pickup Headlight and signal lights (At a reasonable price) 3.Toyota 4x4 Pickup rubber motor cover There's much more stuff, but those are my top 3 as of this moment.
  7. I think that the point of the 'kids getting RTRs from parents etc' aspect to this debate needs a little refining. It is true that there are a large number of young people who, one way or another, find out about the hobby and make a purchase with minimal research, having seen videos on YouTube (More on this sub-point later)of brushless+LiPo powered Hpi Savages and Traxxas Slashes. That's they want; A toy car that will do as in the videos. But then, way back in the eighties, There was no YouTube. There was no Internet. People would find out about the hobbies through friends or elations, or seen the cars in action in front of them. People would do things properly, they'd do the research, work out what they needed and go to the shop; ask the man behind the counter, look at different kits and so forth. And they'd buy something, or get it for Chistmas etcetera. They'd be overjoyed and then spend hours build it, with or without help. Since the invention and more importantly popularization of the internet, information became easier to share. More people found out about the hobby, and more people did what was describe two paragraphs above this one. These people are largely auxiliary to the hobby, they are added, they have not replaced the 'original' type of customer even though they may vastly outnumber them. But the people who find out 'the proper way' are still popping up. In fact, I'd go as far as saying there's more of them, since those of you who lived through the 80s and were part of the RC scene may have have grown up and had children who you've introduced to the hobby the same way you were as children. Hobby shops have done the only thing they could do to heighten their profits; start catering for the more frequent customer. From a buisness standpoint, they ought to ignore those of us who want the full Tamiya kit experience because far more people want RTRs. Sorry if that was all waffle, having difficultly finding a good way to word my points.
  8. Much like the RR, The Brat went through a MK1 phase and a MK2 phase (Don't know if there was a MK3 excluding the Re-Re). When it was initially designed, the ORV served no other purpose other than to sit under the Brat body. When Tamiya created the Frog, they added a skidplate do the bottom of the car and a lower body post at the front. These added parts required mounting points to be added to the Chassis and bumper stay, which the MK1 Brat did not have. When the Frog was released, Tamiya used the same parts with the additional mounting points on the Brat to save costs on molding. At the same time the fixed a problem they overlooked when designing the Brat; the wide Ranger front wheels made the car wider at the front than it was at the back. So they created slightly adjusted rims, where the hub was closer to the outer edge of the rim so that tire shifted inwards, narrowing the track. Boy, I literally knew virtually nothing about Brats until I bought one, research sure does help.
  9. The lights, as mongoose said, are in fact white plastic. The roll bar is black plastic.
  10. The MK1 Brat I believe had deeper front wheels, the same as the ones found on the Ranger as mongoose says. If you measure from the point on the inside of the rim where the spokes meet the rim itself to the part where the flat surface curves away to create the lip, the deeper MK1/Ranger rims are 1.2cm, and the newer MK2/Re-Re Brat rims are 0.9cm. Also, you should be able to tell if it's an early one by the underside of the chassis; if it has the mount of the Frog skidplate or the Frog's front body post mount on the bumper stay then it's a late model. If it has neither of those and deep wheels, then its an early model/MK1. It's hard to tell which yours is from the pics, but find a good steel ruler and take a peek. I literally learned all this today after doing lots of research, haha. Thanks for the pics too, need to get me one of those antennas. I believe the Early model brat has the same deeper dish wheels as the Ranger, that made it wider at the front than it was a the back. Later brats had Shallower rims and additional mounting points for Frog parts. Thanks for the links, some good pics in there.
  11. Heh, The ORV is certainly better than the SRB in terms of performance. For example, the rear suspension actually compresses! Who'd have thought?! I know the SRB's supposition does work, but on mine the torsion bars have somehow hardened and gone incredibly stiff. I ought to get some re-re ones to fit it. In fact, the whole car could do with a full resto job. The brat doesn't look too bad at the front once you get the shallower dish rims on the front, but still doesn't tuck amazingly. Rear looks pretty good though. I just checked the Brat body on my RR by turning the chassis upside down and holding the body over it, to be honest it looks pretty much the same as the ORV with the deep rims, but a little better with the shallow ones. Maybe the planned to use different rims?
  12. Well now theres a funny thing, I wondered why that line was there! Comparing it to my SRB it's the perfect shape to fit over the roll bar and the gearbox, plus the damper if mine wasn't just a lowly RR. Looking at pictures I can see that the posts line right up too. Thanks for that bit of a trivia, might try and mount up a Brat body to a Super Champ some day. If I ever get a spare Brat body and a Super Champ, that is. I wonder why developed a whole new chassis instead of use the SRB?
  13. Thanks! The shops open tomorrow, So I'll be heading out to various hardware stores and craft shops around town to see if any has styrene plastic, brake fluid and other supplies. Paint and primer will probably be sourced on the internet, since I want the right colour. Same goes for filler putty. Never knew the Brat body was intended for the Super Champ. How would it even fit?! Thanks! He probably did, hehe. It looks like he was going to do the whole car, but got bored. Must have taken him ages with that many coats though, seems shame to strip off all that effort.
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