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  1. Fully agree! That's why I wrote "can be argued....." And I wouldn't be any of those using that argument! Absolutely. In Tamiya's production for pre-painted body and for the bean counters who calculate the cost of painting bodies, I don't think you'll find so many that would agree though!
  2. The way the decals are described is maybe not exactly the same, but typical for the way Tamiya describes changes to the original decals for a re-re, so I'm not worried. The word "Vanquish" will surely be gone, and a few stickers with "www.tamiya.com" and "caution! Hot" and "Caution! Rotating parts!" and something like that will have been added, but I'm pretty convinced the rest will be very similar to the originals.
  3. For the M-chassis VW T1, the pre-cut and pre-painted body added roughly 10% to the price. I don't know how Tamiya masks the windows of their pre-painted bodies, but having two colours and a lot of windows and being a high body that makes accessing areas to mask a bit harder, the T1 body is very likely not among the bodies that cause the lowest cost for painting for Tamiya. Of course it can be argued that a pre-cut and pre-painted body adds significantly more to the value of a kit than adds in cost for Tamiya, but any price more than 20-30% above the price for the Terra Scorcher seems excessive to me if the spec known so far is all and correct.
  4. Interesting indeed! With the possibilities that 3D printing offers, the benefit might be limited, but you could possibly still find some inspiration in Hot Trick's Fox pan chassis conversion although it's 30+ years old. Google "Hot Trick Tamiya Fox" and a lot of images will pop up. Back then, a friend of mine had a Hot Trick Fox with most modifications and I had quite a few Hot Trick parts in my Hotshot 2 and Optima, so I have some experience with partially poor designs from Hot Trick, whereas others were pretty good. Below just two examples:
  5. I had no idea it started wit Union Pacific! Either way, it's too bad for model fans and a big shame, imho. I read an article in a German model magazine some years ago. They had interviewed the persons responsible for licensing in the VW Group. They argued that the main reason for having licensing at all and for charging for it, was the need to ensure and the cost resulting from that, that companies that manufactured VW-related toys, models and other items, only offered items according to VW's high quality standards. I dare call that a downright lie. A look at the terrible quality of many of the models and toys licensed and sold by VW is enough to conclude that they are happy with quality standards way below even the worst cars VW has ever manufactured. Some of the VW-licensed toys and even models, are nothing but trash. Designed, manufactured and sold to create additional profit, but clearly at the cost of VW's longterm image. As a collector of toys and models of aircooled VW's for almost 40 years, I think I'm entitled to have an opinion about this. This doesn't necessarily mean that I'm right though! As for free advertising and creating preferences in future customers at a very early stage in their lives, I can't think of anything better and cheaper than letting toy and model companies make miniatures of OEM's fullsize vehicles. I know next to nothing about marketing, but this seems pretty obvious to me and though I don't know the arrangements between Japanese car manufacturers and Japanese toy and model manufacturers, there are some strong indications that they have a similar opinion about it. Or simply put, long term goodwill and the creation of preferences in the childhood of future customers seem to be more important to them than short term profit for licensing of whatever good or bad products that use their names or designs. I have shared this video before, but it exemplifies a healthier and more sympathetic attitude than the licensing madness. It's utterly cute and hits a sensitive nostalgic soft spot in me too: (Btw, for those who may not know; the toy car in the video is a Subaru too, a Subaru 360, to be precise.)
  6. I still have hope for an (RC) Challenger from Tamiya: Tamiya released the first Abrams static model in 1982, the 1/35 RC Abrams in 1999 and the 1/16 RC Abrams in 2017. Tamiya released the first Challenger (1) static model in 1985, so you can expect the 1/16 RC Challenger (1) this year! (2017 - 1982 +1985 = 2020) Tamiya released the first Challenger 2 static model in 2004, so you can expect the 1/16 RC Challenger 2 in (2017 - 1982 + 2004).....eh....... 2039! Start saving!
  7. As much as I admire the talent, skills and taste of the creator, I'm not sure I think the answer is yes. To really be a Frog, it needs to have frog legs......eh.....(rear) trailing arms.
  8. I collect original Tamiya RC manuals and have a close to complete collection. and scan whenever needed. I don't know about anywhere to download this manual either.
  9. No doubt! I may even end up "guilty" myself. Sure, but the Fox is the only model in its series and apart from the shocks, virtually all parts are unique and not shared with any other model, and of course it's a less complex model than the VQS, but Tamiya managed to keep the price at a level consistent with the original release. Admittedly, Tamiya may expect to sell a lot less of the VQS than the Novafox as the latter doesn't have any competition from similar models, whereas potential VQS customers may opt for the Egress or Avante instead or already have one of them and decide not to add the relatively similar VQS to the collection. Indeed, with the price currently indicated, Tamiya may even create a self-fullfilling prophecy and end up selling a lot fewer than they possibly would have if the price had been on a level comparable to the original release! (Terra Scorcher-level). Fully agree, but the price still puzzles me. A relative 60% over the price it would have had if it was equally more expensive than the re-re Terra Scorcher as the Vanquish was compared to the original Terra Scorcher, would mean paying GBP150 for the the plastic tub alone! There's got to be something more, or so I hope! Couldn't agree more.
  10. Whether they have to remake the moulds for the plastic chassis or not, is something I don't have any opinion about and certainly no knowledge. However, considering that production originally ended in 1992, we are talking about moulds that have been in storage for almost 30 years. I have very little knowledge about plastic injection moulding, but I work for an automotive OEM supplier with the majority of products being plastic parts the company manufactures inhouse. I'm in the battery systems niche of the company, but I pick up a little from my "plastic colleagues" and can promise that setting up moulds that have been in storage even for just a few years and stored under ideal conditions, definitely isn't a small undertaking. Even if the moulds shouldn't have any corrosion, wear or damage to fix (unlikely after such a long time), the cost and effort required are substantial. In fact to such an extent that it might be cheaper for Tamiya to include a full FRP-chassis instead of the plastic chassis, which combined with the indicated price, is why I'm not so convinced that the re-release will get the plastic chassis of the original.
  11. Many of you have surely seen the modified Frog Grahoo built some years ago. I can't judge whether this one is even better, but it's indeed worth seeing. The Grasshopper isn't bad either! Scroll the whole page as the photos and videos are spread on many posts: https://twitter.com/moonprism_power
  12. Foam was never original in any of the SRB or DPB tires. However, in the manuals of the original Sand Scorcher and Rough Rider, the tires were supposed to be made airtight ("pneumatic") by using the included silicone sealant. A pretty messy job and of doubtful benefit. Actually so doubtful that it was usual to not use the sealant in racing and making a hole in the tires to make them "breath" better to help the inadequate suspension by doing part of the suspension work. Also, it helped get out water that had entered the tires, as any fluid inside the tires would be centrifuged out when running.
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