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  1. Quite hard. Original Tamiya stickers (they refer to them as stickers, not decals, decals are water slide) are screen printed. This involves printing each colour of the artwork individually in stages with specifically set up mesh screens. Unlike the digital printing process MCI etc use, it's not just a case of sending a file to the printer and getting a sheet out, each sticker sheet requires the printers to be set up to print that and only that sheet. I'd imagine Tamiya are equipped with enough printers to produce sufficient sheets to keep up with production output for current models, but anything in addition to this (i.e. printing old sticker sheets) would require investing in more printers, not to mention the space to house them and the associated running costs. It's possible someone has run the numbers on this and decided it's not economically viable. The same thing could be said for old parts - moulding machine capacity running at a level where there's no resource for anything other than what's currently required. There's a reason for everything and there's undoubtably a sound business decision for them not doing what we'd like. It may be the above, it maybe something else. It's entirely their decision and they're unlikely to make it public, but they know what they're doing and aren't oblivious to what fans are asking
  2. I'd test the paint before you spend any money getting stencils made. I tried PS and it didn't stick well at all...
  3. For you as the seller, the payment clears immediately, so you can safely send the item out as soon as eBay say you've been paid. The catch is that eBay take time to "process it" (if you Google there's plenty of discussion as to why it's not instant like PayPal) so there is that delay yes, but it's unfair to the buyer to make them wait, it's just something you have to account for as a seller.
  4. Instead of the £1 max fees promo, this time I've had an "80% off variable eBay selling fees" offer, only valid after switching to the new payments. If my calculations are right, this works out slightly better: For a £100 item (excluding postage, or with free postage): PayPal & £1 promo after PayPal fees (2.9% + 30p) £96.80 after eBay fees (£1) £95.80 eBay Payments and 80% promo standard 12.8% + 30p = £13.10 80% of 12.8%, + 30p = £97.38
  5. It's the Escort WRC body, so identical to the 1998 TL-01 and 2004 TT-01 releases, just without the sponsor logos. It's not a new or changed mould for the body or wing. The only difference is there's no antenna hole in the roof. Technically it's not a Cosworth - the WRC was never branded as such, even though it was based on one. It was a stop gap for a couple of years to comply with WRC rules before the Focus WRC was ready. If you have a read up on Escort Cosworth vs WRC differences you can see the real cars the Tamiyas are based on.
  6. Finished earlier this week. Here's a photo that's not in the showroom entry for the build. The rest of the pics are here: https://www.tamiyaclub.com/showroom_model.asp?cid=137188&id=43050
  7. No difference. Just the item number. For some reason the 84xxx numbers Tamiya had been using for limited items changed to 47xxx. I believe there's more of the 47321 as they did an extra run or two in 2018 which all went to Germany as there was a TA02SW race series there.
  8. Finished and added this to my showroom: https://www.tamiyaclub.com/showroom_model.asp?cid=137188&id=43050
  9. Tamico have them - https://tamico.de/navi.php?a=2714&lang=eng
  10. Consistently 9 days for me (including weekends).
  11. Plaza again! With such cheap prices It's almost like the halcyon days of Banzai Hobby, although sadly without the crazy cheap SAL shipping. Not yet, will get a clear body set at some point, but I'm not a huge fan so I'll probably wait until a customer requests one before I do it.
  12. HKS Skyline body set from JK-RC on eBay, the rest from Plaza Japan again. I've not bought that many bodies recently, only two this year so far. Mainly due to having amassed all the ones I like. This Skyline is the 254th body I've bought I've sold a fair few, but I think there's still nearly 200 in the stash.
  13. First order from Plaza Japan, I gather these are all the rage these days! Quickly followed by my second: Novelty erasers and tissues not pictured!
  14. I can! Made them for April Fool's day 2019. They are Anadin tablets that I placed in the bag, refitted the header card then Photoshopped the text. I really should have watermarked it or put my name on it somewhere as I see it constantly!
  15. If you're saying same body then... I'm pretty sure this makes this incorrect as there are loads of Imprezas, but multiple body shells - 97/99, 2001 Prototype, 2001/2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 I think the most with the same shell was the 97/99: 97 TA03 Tour de Corse 97 TL-01 Tour de Corse 99 Arai Version 99 German Rally 99 Monte TG10 99 Monte TT-02 I think this is right, specifically the R32: Road version HKS Axia Calsonic kit Taisan (TT-01) Road XB (TT-01) Drift (TT-01D) Drift (TT-02D) If you count body sets as models then there are even more: Calsonic (different stickets to full kit - number 1 rather than 12) Taisan Axia Unisia Jecs
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