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Mokei Kagaku

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  1. 2020: 56363 Scania R470 Highline Silver Edition Full Operation Kit
  2. I don't know what these bumpers typically sell for, and I would guess it can vary a lot if offered in regular auctions, depending on how many enthusiasts who find it. It's probably of interest to relatively few, but of course it takes just two buyers to cause a bid war. Personally, I would have been willing to pay around EUR200 for a new or unused one without cracks and scratches. I will check the initial production Brat manual for item number of the bumper. Also, when I built a Brat for a friend when it was first released, I added the skid plate from a 5208/50208 ORV Bumper and Guard Set at the same time, which of course was before the Grasshopper was released. The initial production Grasshopper also had the early bumper, so it's very likely that 5208/50208 also first had it. I wrote an "article" about the initial production Brat some years ago after buying a built but never run one, so you'll find more information about all the changes that Tamiya made shortly after release in the link below, including new manual with a lot of changes. Initial production Subaru Brat photos and comparison with later production version. Initial production Subaru Brat promotional poster Initial production Subaru Brat promotional leaflet
  3. I have a little obsession with initial production versions of Tamiya RC kits, and for some reason, especially the Subaru Brat and Grasshopper and to a slightly lesser degree the Frog. As many of you know, the initial production versions of the Subaru Brat and the Grasshopper had some design weaknesses that were quickly remedied after early customers experienced problems. One of the common weaknesses was the bumper. The initial production bumper was so fragile that very few have survived. Finding a used one that isn't broken and especially an unused one without cracks and scratches is rather difficult. I've been looking for one the last decade or so and was prepared to pay a premium if I should be lucky enough to find one. A few days ago, an unbelievable bargain came along; an unused initital production ORV bumper offered on German eBay for a BIN-price so cheap I almost felt guilty and embarrassed for buying it. I 'm pretty sure the seller can't possibly be a Tamiya collector and hopefully considered himself lucky to find a buyer for "an old piece of cheap plastic"! I paid EUR27.70 including postage and today it arrived in very good if not quite pristine condition. It's indeed "my tiny bargain of the year" and I would have considered myself extremely lucky if I had to pay ten times more for it. Not everyone's cup of tea, for sure, but I still feel like sharing, if for no other reason than to point out that there are still crazy bargains to be made with rare and vintage Tamiya models and parts! Happy hunting! The two first photos show the bumper as bought. The rest of the photos are a comparison with the normal ORV-bumper as it has been since modified after initial production.
  4. I'm currently not here so often, but noticed this, so feel free to pm me if I can be of any help.
  5. https://www.ebay.de/itm/Tamiya-49574-FWD-White-Suspension-Arms-FF-01-ultra-rare-D-Parts-vintage/154191566662?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144
  6. Photo of 58687 Ford Escort Mk. II Rally
  7. They could possibly use the Minilite wheels for the 1/8 TG10 Mini, which are 1/10 TC size, although they would probably be just as unsuitable for the Escort as the 1/10 Mini Minilite wheels. Then again, Tamiya has gotten pretty reluctant to release brand new wheels in recent years, instead rehashing old wheel designs for new bodies. Moderately successful, in my humble opinion.
  8. I don't think that's very likely in this case. Sure, Tamiya and Italeri collaborate a lot, but the molds for Italeri's Escort Mk. II originate from defunct company Esci and were first used in Esci's production in 1980. In other words, it's not likely that Esci ever had CAD-files for the kit/molds and even if they had, it's still very unlikely that Italeri would now have the CAD-files and that they would be good enough for scaling up to 1/10 scale and make a body in the quality that Tamiya would require. Measuring up a vintage and not particularly accurate kit and scaling up from 1/24 to 1/10 scale wouldn't make much sense either, although both Monogram (1/24 => 1/12) and Pocher (1/24 => 1/8) actually did that with their '57 Chevy (Monogram) and Porsche 993 (Pocher). The resulting models are extremely crude though.
  9. 2021: 47454 Plasma Edge II Iridescent Purple/Green (TT-02B chassis) 47460 Fighter Buggy RX Memorial (DT-01 chassis)
  10. 2020/2021: 58687 Ford Escort Mk.II Rally PB (MF-01X chassis)
  11. It's difficult to give a simple answer. It depends on whether the kit is NIB or started, like in your case. If NIB, then again on the condition of the box, the packacing inside and the parts themselves. Being this old, there could potentially be corrosion on some of the fasteners and other metal parts, the rubber might have deteriorated and so on. Furthermore, it depends on how and where the kit is offered. Old Tamiya static models generally achieve higher prices in the domestic market, but that depends a bit on the type of model and whether it has been re-released identical to the original, slightly or significantly changed and of course, availability of NOS (new old stock). In the case of the specific kit in question, the fact that it has relatively recently been released as a factory built kit, might have an impact on the conceived value of the kit. Also, whether a discontinued kit can possibly be re-released in the future, will mostly influence the price. In some cases, Tamiya doesn't have the molds anymore (like the 1/100 scale Sikorsky Skycrane and Sea King, with molds sold to Revell), or Tamiya doesn't have copyright for the models (like the 1/25 scale slot cars, which are AMT, Jo-Han and MPC copies), making re-releases virtually impossible, pushing the prices of the originals. In other cases, a re-release might be considered likely by potential buyers, for instance when a model partially based on the same parts has already been re-released (like your kit, where the "road going" normal CB750 was recently re-released). The time of the year a kit is offered for sale, also often is a factor. With the above in mind and probably due to further factors as well, my guess is that your kit can possibly achieve as little as 100USD because it's not NIB and if offered in such a way that it's not easily feasible for Japanese collectors to buy it and somewhere between 500 and 800USD when NIB and offered in a way that makes it globally easily available. I consider less than 100 and more than 800USD to be unlikely, but not impossible.
  12. With BS0603 it's definitely an original release kit. 2.500 after the item number just indicates the price in Japanese Yen.
  13. It was released in November 1971 and discontinued in 1983. Apart from the factory built version (released in 2008), the model has not been re-released according to Tamiya's official records, "The Complete Works of Tamiya 1946-2015". I still won't completely exclude the possibility that there might have been short re-runs for the domestic market since 1983. The item number of your kit will define whether it's an original release or a (hypothetical) re-release. The item numbers originally used for the 1/6 scale motorbike series was BS06??. This was replaced with 16?? in 1982 and again replaced with 16??? in 1987. So, if your kit has the item number BS0603, it's an original release. With 1603, manufactured between 1982 and 1987, and as 16003 manufactured after 1987. As mentioned above, it's pretty sure that the kit only exists as BS0603. By the way, the normal road version of the CB750 was re-released in 2018.
  14. 54972 Buggy Light Pod Set for LED is just the lights from the Comical Avante offered as a separate set. It was announced five months ago and has been in stock in some shops for a couple of months already. 54972, first announcement, June 4th 54972, announcement with photo July 28th.
  15. 2020: 57925 XB Toyota GR Yaris (M05L chassis)
  16. I can only second Nick G. The MFC-01 is deliberately configured like that and torque and RPM of the motor itself vary even with the chosen gear too. I have an MFC-01 in my Mammoth Dump Truck and despite not having any 3-speed gear box, the maximum top speed and torque vary with the horizontal position of the throttle/gear stick. So though the gear ratio is constant, the MFC actually simulates a 3-speed gear box even in the Mammoth, although that was hardly intentional from Tamiya's side as the MFC-01 doesn't fit in the Mammoth without modifications.
  17. No details yet as far as I know, but the release has been confirmed: 47456 TB-05R Chassis Kit
  18. I can get a NOS set of OT-28 (for 2 diffs) for you for actual cost at EUR15.90 + EUR4.89 shipping from Germany to UK.
  19. 2020: 47457 Fire Dragon (2020) 48216 1/35 RC Russian T-34-85 Tank (w/2.4GHz Control Unit) 57924 XB Mercedes-Benz Race Truck Actros MP4 MB Motorsport
  20. Living in Germany, I have bought from Berlinski several times. In my opinion a reliable and serious shop. Often not competitive prices, but it happens.
  21. I looks a lot better than the Mud Mad! I kind of expect Tamiya to release the VW T1 on the SW-01 chassis, but even as a fan of aircooled VW's, I think I would rather prefer the Dumo Truck.
  22. It's not the same as the micron tapes, but intended for the same purpose and a new release from Tamiya: 54973 Pin Stripe Stickers for Panel Lines
  23. Tamiya's first 1/16 King Tiger was released in 1981 and later versions of the King Tiger are based on the same parts. Tamiya's first 1/16 Tiger I was released in 2000, as stated above. As you possibly know, the King Tiger and Tiger I don't have much in common, neither in 1/1, nor in 1/16.
  24. New model: https://www.ttrcsport.com/products-b.html More toygrade than hobbygrade and I'd prefer 1/10 scale and trailing arms instead of double wishbones, but it's quite cool. I wonder if the tires are suitable for M-chassis wheels?
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