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  1. Yes, it's possible to mount the track units on the portals. Of course it means more ground clearance and higheer CoG, but as track gets wider too, I reckon it's OK. The lower overall gear ratio is probably rather a pro than a con.
  2. In the pipeline: 51689 Opel Calibra V6 Cliff Body Parts Set
  3. I've checked a little more, but I'm afraid I have no useful information. The regular CB750 (# 16001) was re-released in 2018 and the factory built version of 16003 (# 23210) was released in 2008. As 16001 and 16003 share a lot of parts, both the re-release of 16001 and release of 23210 were favourable oportunities for re-releasing 16003, but I haven't found any indications that Tamiya actually did that. That said, Tamiya sometimes re-releases items for certain limited markets, but as 16003 isn't mentioned as ever re-released in "The Complete Works of Tamiya 1946-2015", my guess is that the kit you have was manufactured in 2015 or later (too recently to be covered by the book). Unless "BS0603" is printed as the item number in the manual of your kit, it's likely updated with "16003". If so, the copyright year is most likely updated too. If so, that might give you an indication.
  4. With exception of a couple I have in my RC toolbox and some other places, these are the 4-way box wrenches that have piled up from kits since I emigrated in 2000. So, 151 pcs. the last 22 years. I built more Tamiya RC kits in the 23 years before that, but didn't keep more wrenches than I actually needed.
  5. I fully agree with you. Also, most of these parts are of no actual technical benefit. The WO tub has quite a few weaknesses that would deserve some attention. The aluminum chassis may offer some benefits in that respect, but as you indicate, introduces drawbacks and weaknesses that the plastic tub doesn't have. When I first saw a small photo of the aluminum chassis a couple of weeks ago, I was at first excited. I hoped for it to be a "scale" chassis, but instead it's rather more like a "period" correct racing chassis similar to what Hot Trick and others could have released in the eighties. For me personally, the WO is primarily about scale looks and the relatively poor handling and durability don't bother me much. Changing from the original tub to this aluminum chassis would make the WO look less scale, in my humble opinion. So regardless of the price, it couldn't possibly make it on my "wish list".
  6. With regard to double rear tracks on the G6-01 / Halftrack. Stumbled over this (Source: chanyukarc on Twitter):
  7. The reason for this phenomenon's existence is that Tamiya distinguishes between regular hop-up / spare parts (5-digit item number) and "bulk" parts (8-digit item number (sometimes simplified with 7 digits)). When the distributors order 5-digit hop-up / spare parts from Tamiya, they always receive the parts readily packed by Tamiya. When the distributors order 8-digit bulk parts, they are delivered as loose parts and/or in simple plastic bags without paper headers (but with barcode/QR-code). E.g.; a distributor orders 10 pcs. of a certain bulk part => Tamiya delivers each bulk part either without single item packaging or each in a plastic bag, and the 10 parts (with or without each a plastic bag) in one common larger plastic bag. The distributor can sell them as bulk parts to the shops or combine combinations of bulk parts to create a number of parts identical to what can be found in a set of 5-digit parts. Similarly, the shops can decide if they sell the bulk parts to the customers or combine them to create 5-digit parts. Also, distributors and shops sometimes split complete kits and thereby create combinations of parts that are identical to what can be found in 8-digit bulk parts and 5-digit hop-up / spare parts. In case of the parts in the photo (# 53791), the distributor or the shop has clearly "created" 53791 by taking loose parts from a car kit or by combining 8-digit bulk parts. The motivation for doing so can be that: - the distributor is sold out of the real 53791 and lead time from Tamiya is too long to wait - combining bulk parts or parts from kits in some cases is cheaper for the distributor and/or the shop than buying the actual 5-digit part - the real 5-digit part is discontinued. - the distributor or shop has surplus car kits or bulk parts. As for the unoriginal paper headers, I have experienced that the German distributor has included them loose with deliveries for the shop to use them whichever way they want, but of course the (German) distributor also uses these paper headers for their own labelling of bulk parts and parts from cannibalized car kits. The reason why I know this is that I used to participate in these activities for many years myself both at a Tamiya distributor and in a friend's Tamiya shop.
  8. This is obviously an error from the distributor's or shop's side and not Tamiya. The unoriginal paper headers reveal that.
  9. Here you go! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-QOKAW01ciSzvnkTJ30zY4surovhHqsj/view?usp=sharing
  10. I haven't seen any pics of the King Yellow with combined rear tracks, but the manual for the separate track unit set (54948) shows how to do it on the G6-01 chassis:
  11. The body was made by the now defunct Italian company Garbo and I got it in a NIB kit with Garbo's Holiday Buggy copy chassis. I needed the chassis to build a shelfqueen Garbo/Robbe VW Beetle, so the Ford body was left over. The Garbo chassis was available with the Ford body, a Porsche 911 body and a VW Beetle body. I believe the Ford body was basically a copy of a Bolink body, but with winch and wider fender flares added. Deltaplastik offers a modified copy of the Garbo body, by the way: https://www.deltaplastik.it/en/r-c-model-world/scale-1-10/bodies-200mm/0415-ford-pick-up/
  12. That's what a Japanese colleague and resident engineer told me when I worked for Hitachi Automotive. He told it while other Japanese colleagues were listening and instantly when I asked, so it seems likely that he didn't make the story up. Also, it seems pretty logical once the "connection" is pointed out.
  13. Edit: It turned out that it's just a "posterized" photo of a custom creation of Rising Fighter with CB wheels and tires. I was excited for a few minutes..... Sorry! Original post: Stumbled over a photo of a Grasshopper with an illustration in the background that looks as if it could originate from Tamiya. Rising Fighter body with Comical Buggy wheels and tires?
  14. The availability of Tamiya parts varies from country to country and has very little, if anything to do with Tamiya (Inc., Japan). The pandemic has admittedly made an impact the two last years, but poor availability is almost solely caused by the distributors in a combination of poor logistics, economy, ignorance and inadequate knowledge about the products. Tamiya does indeed have some good distributors, but way too many bad ones. This is something I and multiple other long time Tamiya enthusiasts have observed for decades. Unless buying in/from Japan, where availability is virtually flawless, finding good sources to buy from is a matter of finding a good shop in a country with a good distributor. The only thing I would blame Tamiya for in this context, is for picking and/or keeping unsuitable companies as their country distributors.
  15. The short version is that I worked for a Tamiya distributor from 1982 to 2000. Additionally, I spent Saturdays and a lot of my free time working for a friend who ran a hobbyshop specialized on Tamiya in roughly the same time period, including building models for display, demonstrations and customers and servicing and repairing models for customers outside opening hours. I virtually lived and breathed Tamiya, which is certainly not something I brag about. It was pretty insane and friends, family and girlfriends were áffected. I don't have any children and never wanted to, so thankfully, no kids suffered. However, my fanatic involvement in "anything Tamiya" sure turned into a career-stopper when I moved to a different trade, but with a lot of (undeserved) luck, I'm doing fine now. The details I mentioned in previous posts about the Hotshot are easy to remember. I participated in EFRA-sanctioned buggy races with Hotshot-series cars from 1985 to 1987, starting with an Initial Production Hotshot (Frog before that) and unfortunately got quite some personal experience with the shortcomings of the model and the Hotshot-series' evolution the following years. Furthermore, I started compiling a "database" about Tamiya items around 1981/1982 and have continuously maintained and expanded this since with updates virtually every day, and I continued with this when I moved to Germany and started working in the automotive industry in 2000. Getting inside information from Tamiya in Japan is virtually impossible and apart from a couple of tiny bits of information, I have never found or received any during all these years. Also, I must emphasize that despite spending a lot of time and collecting books, letters, catalogs, news bulletins and all sorts of documentation about Tamiya, I have barely scratched the surface. The documentation and knowledge I have about Tamiya is absolutely insignificant compared to all I don't have or know. Also, I'm fully aware of that my "database" and knowledge about Tamiya are of no actual value. With this, I hope it's pretty evident that the details mentioned in previous posts are the result of heavy involvement over a quite long time period, and therefore not at all difficult to remember, or compile in written form. I apologise for the partial high-jacking of the thread! That was never my intention.
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