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Mokei Kagaku

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  1. There exist at least two different versions of the front post for the original Sand Scorcher too. Early version, where the body clip snaps around a narrow portion of the tip of the post (similar to the RR post seen in the photo) and a later version where the tip has a hole where the straight part of the body clip passes through (similar to the SS post seen in the photo together with FR post).
  2. I've dug a little deeper for information, and found something that people with even just basic knowledge about the race's history know (and I didn't): The stickers included in 50222 (with Pierlant logos) are for the 1984 LM winner, whereas the stickers included in 58052 are for the 1985 LM winner, making the reason for the difference pretty obvious and not by far as enigmatic as I've thought for decades (while not caring enough to check). In fact, the stickers deliver the evidence themselves: 50222 has the classification-stickers (Group C1) indicating 1984, whereas the same type of stickers in 58052 indicate 1985. Similarly, the "driver" stickers for 50222 are for Henri Pescarolo and Klaus Ludwig (1984 winners), whereas they are for Klaus Ludwig, Paolo Barilla and John Winter (1985 winners) on the 58052 stickers. The boxarts for 24049 and 58052 reflect these differences too. As the races were arranged in mid June both years and considering Tamiya's significant leadtime for new items, it may have been more or less a coincidence that Tamiya decided to include the winning car's livery in 50222. After all, 50222 was released in September, so design freeze for 50222 was most likely before the race. As 58052 was also released in September (one year later), Tamiya probably decided to release 58052 before that year's race, not knowing that the 1985 version of the car would win that year. If so, changing the stickers from 1984- to 1985-spec and modifying the boxart of 24049 to reflect the change, might have been a last second decision.
  3. The version of the sticker set with Pierlant stickers was released as part of the 50222 Porsche 956 Racing Sticker Set in 1984, before the existence of 58052. 58052 was released in 1985 and got the sticker set without Pierlant logos. Interestingly, Tamiya released a 1/24 scale static model kit with Pierlant decals in 1984 (#24049). This kit used the same basic box art as 58052, but with Pierlant logos. 24049 was re-released in 2012 with the original box art. The same year, Tamiya released 58521 (RM-01) Newman Joest Porsche 956 without the Pierlant logos. In other words, licensing doesn't seem to have any relevance for the existence of the two versions of stickers. In theory, two versions of 58052 may have existed to be sold in different countries (just like the "Rothmans" and "Racing" versions of the 959), but it doesn't seem likely. Restored and "New Built" models of 58052 are often seen with Pierlant logos, but considering that the original stickers and body parts set for 58052 weren't available as regular 5-digit items, they were difficult to source. 50222 Porsche 956 Racing Sticker Set, being a regular 5-digit item, is still relatively easy to find, 40 years after release! I haven't compared the sticker set for 58521 with 58052, but it's pretty likely that a few sponsor logos have been omitted from 58521 for the usual licensing reasons, so, for the correct restoration of a 58052, the sticker set from 58521 probably has to be combined with 50222. That is, unless able to source an original sticker set for 58052.
  4. 2024: 47499 Opel Kadett GT/E (Pre-Painted Body) (MB-01 chassis) 47503 Motul Autech Z (Pre-Painted Body) (TT-02 chassis)
  5. I have never been much fond of RC vehicles in smaller scales than 1/12, except for some special models like the Mammoth Dump Truck. I was into Tamtech for a couple of years in the late 80's and Mini-Z models impress me with the great authenticity and quality of the bodies, but running small scale models is something I don't enjoy at all. I appreciate that people who live in areas where space is very limited can see small scale models as an attractive alternative, but I still don't understand the small scale RC craze of recent years. During the last 20 years, the only small scale RC models I've bought, are the TTG buggies, but just as shelf queens.
  6. I guess I am, but it's a sign of stupidity and/or ignorance too. After all, nobody lives forever and considering all the friends and family members who have passed since I got the CR-V kit and that I'm not getting any younger either, waiting this long for a more suitable (imho) chassis, could easily have been in vain.
  7. That's why I fitted TL01- instead of the original CB-suspension arms to make the chassis narrow enough for the CR-V body. I haven't checked the resulting width with TL01 suspension arms in combination with portals though. If it should be too wide (for the humvee body), there's always the possibility to use the M03/M04 suspension arms, but with arms that short, suspension performance will surely suffer. So maybe TL01 or CB arms with M05Ra uprights and hubs is the best compromise of (added) ground clearance and suspension performance rather than the combination of portals and M03/M04 arms?
  8. I bought one GF-02 first, but have the intention of mounting the Tamiya Humvee body on a GF-02 with portals too. Needless to say, the rear suspension arms would have to be flipped for a suitable wheelbase. However, when checking for feasibility, it turned out that the Humvee body will sit too high on the chassis when using Humvee wheels and tires, even without portals. Without portals, it should be possible to get it low enough by shaving off the front body post mounts. Probably still not enough to allow for portals to be fitted without the body sitting too high too.
  9. When Tamiya released the Honda CR-V model in 1996, it immeditately bothered me a bit that it came on the CC-01 chassis with its live rear axle instead of a full independent suspension front and rear like the real car. So when I bought the kit, I put aside a body with the intention of mounting it on a chassis with a more authentic suspension. Though it would have been easy enough to use a TL-01 or TA01/TA02 with the wheelbase extended to the appropriate 267mm, it didn't feel quite right and there were enough other models to deal with all these years that have passed since the release. So, when Tamiya released the GF-02 chassis, I considered it to be a suitable chassis for the CR-V and went ahead with the few modifications required to make it fit. It still remains to find suitable body mounts and fit proper shocks, but you get an idea. Finally a suitable chassis, almost 30 years later.
  10. Unlike the 58005 Countach, the 58008 Countach CS didn't come with authentic "telephone dial" wheels, but with generic wheels for sponge tires. So did the 58009 Celica CS. Mongoose's car is either a Celica CS or Countach CS, but with a 50085 F1-bumper fitted. From the photos, I can't see whether it's a Countach CS or Celica CS, but if you (Mongoose) look at the rear wheels, a (molded) bolt pattern indicates it's a Celica (50057 Rear-B type), whereas a completely smooth surface indicates it's a Countach CS (50076 Rear-D type). If I recall correctly, the rear wheels are the only thing that distinguishes a Countach CS chassis from a Celica CS chassis.
  11. 2024: 47500 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC White Painted Body (TT-02 chassis) 47505 Toyota Supra (JZA80) Metallic Blue Painted Body (BT-01 chassis)
  12. 2024: 57939 XB Motul Autech Z (TT-02 chassis)
  13. Tamiya RC-models often are not the actual scale as "printed on the box" and that's nothing new at all, but at least the proportions tend to be very good. Apart from the "Comical" models, which of course and thankfully are deliberately out of proportions, I can't recall any other bodies than the 58036 Audi quattro and 58037 Opel Ascona with as poor proportions as the new Citroen DS. That's what bothers me and I don't at all have a problem with it not actully being 1/10 scale. One roughly consistent scale would have been nice though!
  14. I'm sorry, but I simply can't stop whining about the new Tamiya Citroen DS. Meanwhile I've found the significant dimensions of the model and the scale varies a lot. Length: 1/11.5 scale Widtn: 1/9.0 scale Height: 1/10.7 scale Wheelbase: 1/13.1 This indicates deviations in proportions roughly as below. Because the length scale is quite different from the wheelbase scale, the body obviously varies in scale along the longitudinal axis. Not knowing exactly how it varies, I didn't take this variation into account. However, the "Tamiya" version in the drawing below has a wheelbase of about 270mm (correct for the 419mm length), whereas the actual model has a 239mm wheelbase, so the proportions are in reality even more distorted. That said, the model will, like the real car, have a narrower track rear than front, and with an overall width (front) like a pretty wide touring car, my guess is that the DS comes with MB-01 rear suspension and BT-01 front suspension.
  15. Exciting project! As for ground clearance, have you considered using the uprights/C-hubs from the M05Ra? They are direct fit and I've used them for added clearance on several TL01-, M04- and M06-cars. Admittedly, they don't add much ground clearance, but it's an easy and cheap modification. I haven't measured, but an estimation is about 5mm added ground clearance.
  16. 2024: 42384 TRF421 Chassis Kit 47497 Squash Van (Green & White Painted Body) (GF-02 chassis) 47501 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Club Racer (White Painted Body) (MB-01 MWB RWD Chassis) 56014* U.S. M4 Sherman 105mm Howitzer Full-Option Kit (RC Tank Models 50th Anniversary) 56374 Volvo FH16 Globetrotter XL 750 4X2 Full Operation Kit 56375 Volvo FH16 Globetrotter XL 750 4X2 58729 Opel Kadett GT/E (MB-01 LWB RWD chassis) 58734 Citroen DS (MB-01 LWB FWD chassis) 58736 Ford Baja Bronco (CC-02 M-length chassis) 58738 XM-01 Pro Chassis Kit (210/225/239mm wheelbase) 58739 1998 Honda NSX Racing (TT-02 chassis) *56014: The anniversary version will be released with the same item number as the 2001 version, but isn't identical. Among other details, the anniversary version an anniversary plaque is included.
  17. I really wonder what they were thinking at Tamiya. I appreciate that making the DS true 1:10 scale would have required a new chassis or an extension to an existing one, but now it comes on the MB-01 in L-configuration (239mm wheelbase), which makes the wheelbase of the model 1:13 scale and the width 1:11 scale, whereas the clearly distorted proportions reveal that the body has at least two different scales. If Tamiya had put the body on the BT-01 chassis, 1:12 scale would have been possible, and it would probably be enough space to get the proportions correct too. I've had the Citroen DS from the Spanish toy company Paya on my wishlist for years after first seeing one converted to RC with Wild One suspension. The Paya DS is about 1:12 scale and very hard to find, so when I first saw the Tamiya DS, I thought I would finally be able to build a DS Rallye Monte Carlo contender, but I dropped it from my "wishlist" once I saw the poor proportions. I would have expected a lot better from Tamiya than this. Btw, Paya made their DS from 1960 to 1969. Admittedly Paya didn't have to make the body fit a specific chassis, but they made the molds half a century ago and the overall proportions are still absolutely superior to Tamiya's DS.
  18. I agree with all above. I have ordered from L & L a few times and though they have partially been chaotic and somewhat slow, everything turned out fine every time. I wouldn't hesitate to order again, but would keep in mind that the delivery might take some time.
  19. Parts are packed and I'll go to the post office today or tomorrow as soon as work allows. Here are a few pics of a TL-01 I built and hopped up around 1998/1999 and have updated as suitable new hop-ups got available. Please disregard the dust! After 24-25 years without use and 6 re-locations, it's in need of a thorough clean!) Hop-ups: 53267 TA03 Ball Differential 53300 Turnbuckle Tie-Rod Set* 53301 Stainless Steel Suspension Shaft Set* 53303 Adjustable Upper Arms* 53322 Hollow Carbon Gear Shaft 53323 Carbon Propeller Shaft 53342 Speed-Tuned Gear Set 53346 Quick Release Battery Holder 53418 Universal Shaft Set 53467 Long-Span Suspension Arm Set 53517 LA Stabilizer Set 53569 Clamp Type Aluminum Wheel Hub (6mm Thick) Additionally: Ball bearings M03 bumper (*If I recall correctly, replaced when the original suspension was replaced with the LA-suspension) Mounted primarily for colour-coding (purple) (less for performance): 49063 Colour Antenna Pipe (Purple) 49070 TA03 Super Low Friction Damper Set (Purple) 49090 5mm Aluminum Ball Connector (Purple) 49093 Aluminum Servo Stay (Purple) Additionally: 3Racing purple motor heat sink Purple wheelnuts (not Tamiya, if I recall correctly) Purple Springs (off a TA04, I believe) Mounted primarily for colour-coding (grey) (less for performance): 53217 Hard Joint Cup Set (for Ball Diff) 53331 Lightweight Frame 53336 Reinforced One-Piece Mesh Wheels 53571 TRF Damper Set (Fluorine Coated)(combined wtih 49070) 53599 Fluorine Coated 5mm Aluminum Ball Nut 53600 Fluorine Coated Aluminum Stabilizer Ends 53918 V-Parts for TRF Damper 54237 M05 Low Friction King Pin 54489 Low Friction 5mm Adjuster (Short) 10005757 Mad Bison B-Parts All original screws replaced with black, but otherwise identical and original Tamiya screws.
  20. https://www.tamiyaclub.com/forum/index.php?/topic/101963-fire-dragon-karyu-and-super-storm-dragon-donryu-a-deeper-meaning/&tab=comments#comment-922803
  21. I have enough, so you can have an antenna mount, a pinion cover and two propshaft covers for free too. If you should be interested in a complete sprue of 10005757, you can have one for the same i bought it for.
  22. As covered here in the forum before, sometimes Tamiya design and name their models with a “deeper meaning”. From the top of my head, I remember; - The pink/white colour scheme of the Frog.(from the similarly “froggish” Mazda K360 3-wheeled truck, with its white and pale pink standard colourscheme) - The names of RC- and Mini 4WD models inspired by WW2-era Japanese airplanes (e.g. “Thunder Dragon”, “Storm Dragon”, “Shooting Star”, “Fire Dragon”) ymd3a1977 on X (formerly Twitter) might be onto another clue though.: Or is the shape of the Dash-1 Emperor just by a remarkable coincidence quite similar to the fins of the Chiroteuthis imperator, also known as the Emperor Squid?
  23. As far as i can see in the photos, you have used the normal TL-01 B-parts (50736) where you haven't replaced them with hop-ups. As you probably know, the 44025 Mad Bison had the TL-01 B-parts in fibre reinforced grey plastic (#10005757). As you have used the LA-suspension, alu hex hubs and a high-torque servo saver, i don't think there is any actual technical benefit of replacing the other regular B-parts (antenna mount, pinion cover, propshaft covers) with Mad Bison parts. However, being grey they kind of match the lw chassis, though being a different hue of grey. if you don't have them and should want them, I will happily send you the parts for free.
  24. 2023/2024: 47494 Fiat 131 Abarth Rally Olio Fiat Painted Body (MF-01X chassis, L wheelbase (239mm)) 58735 Motul Autech Z (TT-02 chassis)
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