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  1. I've done exactly this - fitted short arms to a TT-02S. The 53928 arms are as stated only 1mm shorter than the kit supplied ones, but for me it was just enough.
  2. Another car I've built again after a four year gap is this shape Impreza. Both are based on the 1997 car, the first I modified into the 1998 version, changing the wheels, graphics and a few other bits (intercooler setup etc). 1998 Version 1997 Version Improvements: • Smoothed and filled rear wing screw mounts • Rear view mirror • More realistic looking headlights with frosting and dispersion optics texture • Spotlight cover screw heads • Indicators now painted clear orange with texture and reflectors rather than just stickers • Styrene bonnet pins • Tyre writing • Thinner antennas • Repainted brake callipers with AP logos • More realistic looking Tamiya brake discs • Shorter suspension arms and wheel spacers for less axle protrusion • More accurate electric cutoff and fire extinguisher switches From the rear the most obvious difference is the wing screw mounts. Took a lot of sanding and filling but I think it's worth it! • More accurate exhaust • Boot spring catches (not 100% accurate but missing completely from the '98 car) • Rear lights painted with translucent paint, textured and frosted • Door mirror surface now chrome rather than glossy sliver (not clear in the pic sorry) • Side repeaters now with texture and reflectors rather than just stickers I have the '99 body to build at some stage, but I want to give it a while so there's enough of a difference as there is between these two.
  3. Finished this Impreza WRC 1997: https://www.tamiyaclub.com/showroom_model.asp?cid=136674&id=43050
  4. Have a look at the FF-03 body posts. If i'm not wrong It used the same gearbox as the XV01 but has the body hole positions of the TA.
  5. Some TT-02 Hop-ups for a chassis build I'm calling the TT-0TwoMuch due to having every expensive blue alu Hop-up. Not so expensive when from RCMart like this lot though. Intercooler from eBay. Bargain paints from an offer at Euro Car Parts - £3.04 per can! Click and collect so no courier charges either. You can determine the age of the can by how easily the Hobby Company warning label peels off - the older the can the worse it sticks to the plastic (see top left). Pandora light stickers and MST wheels and nuts from Drifted.nl, Tamiya cables from eBay. New re-re 935 static kit from Fusion, TC discount, Fusion Points and Haribo. Nice.
  6. The holes will be slightly further apart on one of them. This fantastic article will explain what they are and how they differ: https://www.thercracer.com/2017/01/tamiya-suspension-mount-ultimate.html
  7. This 49400 Porsche is based on the 42103 TA05 MS, both of which are closer to TRF models than the regular TA05. In fact the MS has TRF printed on some parts, and comes in a TRF branded box. Neither the MS nor the Porsche use the same length belts as the normal TA, and they don't share belts between each other either. I wrote about the differences, which was added to the description of the Porsche on the main site: https://www.tamiyaclub.com/car.asp?cid=753
  8. 0445676 for gold 9335795 for green 0444363 for grey Be aware when comparing prices that the green are a set of four, the others are just a pair.
  9. Maybe unsuitable, depending on your intended purpose, but you can get the same wheels in green or gold easily and fairly cheap then paint them: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tamiya-58656-Mercedes-Benz-190E-Evo-II-Team-Zakspeed-Debis-9335795-Wheel-Bag/293764502152 These were originally grey, sprayed with Tamiya white primer then TS white. As a bonus they'll be more resistant to the UV yellowing that affects white plastic. Obviously no use if you just want them for your collection, and not ideal for a runner, but for a shelfer they'll look great.
  10. If you need to ask, then the answer is cut first. This is what the instructions state and it's in Tamiya's interest for you to get good results and be happy with your purchase. Once you've got a few under your belt you can then decide based on your experience whether it's worth the risk destroying a paint job by cutting after. I've done 50+ bodies now and I always cut first. The only advantage I can see with cutting after is cleaner edges, which you can tidy anyhow with Tamiya's Polycarbonate Body Cleaner
  11. There's really only one that's suitable - Tamiya's 54491 Rally Cockpit set: It attaches with velcro at the sides (supplied with the set) Fitted in the 306: https://www.tamiyaclub.com/showroom_model.asp?cid=128864&id=43050
  12. No need , just spray a little into the lid (using a straw to direct the spray) and then brush on. It's quite thin at first but if you give it 20 mins or so it thickens up. https://youtu.be/QWFeN6FHcKA?t=503
  13. Finished this GT2, something a little different: https://www.tamiyaclub.com/showroom_model.asp?cid=136092&id=43050
  14. Tamiya and Mr. Hobby Paint, handle and quick connect for my new airbrush, GT2 tyres, Focus wheels, TT-02 Type-S steering upgrade: Celica and Civic stickers, Impreza wheels, 911 GT1 bodies, Mustang and CLK GTR body sets. I like how recent re-re bodies like the this CLK and the Audi A4 STW are undrilled if you buy the spare part body. It's a shame it's not the case for the GT1.
  15. The real red one is 4WD too. That body was most recently available in the TT-02 Jägermeister version and body set, discontinued now but you might get lucky.
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