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  1. I believe the rule is that it will be widely available right up until the day you decide to buy one.
  2. King Cab or Hilux Monster Racer. Really go crazy and sell parts for it too. Imagine owning one and a few years later you need a new parts tree and Tamiya have plenty of stock. I'd suggest putting effort into re-releasing it with an all new gearbox and differential but that goes beyond dream and into impossibility.
  3. I keep waiting to see some stock pop up locally for the body set. Seems like it's slowly making it's way around the globe. RCMart finally got some but they want about NZ$100 delivered, same with AsiaTees, and RCJaz are only slightly cheaper. Usually bodies go for about $75 and often a bit less for M-chassis ones. Is this just an expensive body set or have body set prices gone up in general?
  4. The Element RC Enduro chassis is supposed to be quiet. I haven't any personal experience but it's swaying me towards an Enduro over a TRX4.
  5. I think a lot of Tamiya fans are reaching that point. I really like the Unimog so it's good news for me, but I imagine there's plenty of other people who have been waiting for something new, and especially a hard-body truck, on the CC02 only to be disappointed yet again.
  6. I don't see why they wouldn't. Toys (calm down ) from the past are always something that inspire feelings of nostalgia. Just because someone buys a Traxxas RTR and thrashes it to death doesn't mean the memory of it is disposable.
  7. Landfreeder Quadtrack. They make a set of tracks and stick it on the TT02?! Ford Escort re-release. Like the Supra and 911 GT1, a re-release with no racing livery. Not a total disappointment but also not the complete re-release I'd want. Top Force Evo. Nice. Best news: Unimog on the CC02. FINALLY! I might actually buy one now. The Landfreeder Quadtrack is confusingly cool. It has the CR-Tuned motor but more importantly a new lexan cover for the chassis. Rally and buggy folks will love it if it's sold separately. I want to want it but I'm not sure what to make of it: I don't know what to say.
  8. I guess it depends on what's considered a cost. Car expenses like tyres, breakages, general wear and tear all increase when racing versus zipping around the street out front. Even things like having an extra couple of spare batteries. I don't need them now but would be very handy to have at a track. Less easily quantified things also start increasing, like taking a whole day for RC. I'd much rather drive a bit, adjust a few settings and then drive some more, all for an hour or so. Marshaling, waiting for qualifying and the different heats, helping set up or clean up, and everything else that goes into racing sounds like work. Time, petrol, the inevitable pie and drink, and things like that add up. If I had a kid into RC or was into racing I'd probably be fine with it because it's all part and parcel of it. It's simply about being fun hobby to me. When I was in my early teens a couple of friends and I went along to an RC track one of them knew about. It was overgrown but there happened to be a few other guys who turned up the same day and were fixing the track up. After getting the track into good enough shape we would go on a semi-regular basis. We all had different cars, ranging from buggies to Blackfoot/Monster Beetles, but good enough to drive together. After a while more people turned up. Some little kids, some adults. Slowly it became about having to organize people and races, helping fix cars, making sure nobody was running the same radio frequencies, etc. Because we were there first I think some thought we were in charge or responsible. We just wanted to run our cars and have fun, so inevitably we all stopped going. All I can really say is if you can convince someone like me to turn up, you'll be doing something right.
  9. I wish I was in Tauranga. I'm over in Hamilton. Less beaches, more cows and roads. While I've been tempted to get something for the local track I've come to the conclusion that astroturf just doesn't do it for me. Something about driving on dirt seems more natural. There's several subdivisions going up which usually means open areas of dirt before the concrete starts getting poured, but they're now getting immediately fenced off. I wonder if modern RC is simply too stratified? There's so many vehicles of different classes and varied abilities even within the same class. It might be impossible to be a club that doesn't specialize (to a certain degree). I remember reading about a club that raced m-chassis cars which simply disappeared soon after the M07 was released because their racing was based around tinkering with the older chassis for a competitive edge. The M07 leveled the playing field so the guys who like to tinker lost interest and they were the core of the club. Do kids want to drive on a proper track with astroturf these days? For me, I'd like to see a car skidding around a loose dirt area that could be considered a track but is mostly left up to the imagination of where someone wants to drive. That kind of thing keeps it open to everyone. If a few people are there you can think up a route and have impromptu races. You can temporarily have half the area for little kids and so on. The camera work is a bit nauseating in this one but you get the idea: One thing I note is that in the UK there's a lot of talk about where you can and can't drive RC cars and paying for insurance. The idea of designated areas only, club fees, insurance, plus other ongoing costs after forking out for a car would put me off if I was either young or a parent. When I was young I just wanted to charge a battery and drive around. I had two sets of tyres: the worn out set and the good set.
  10. For me, I'd definitely be more inclined towards a club that doesn't market itself as a race club. A lot of clubs I see have a list of what they race and when and what's allowed, so racing seems like all they do. I'd be interested in a club that truly caters for whatever RC people bring along. I'd like to see more variety rather than be stuck in a club that only does one thing, even if they do that one thing really well. Races, time trials, open driving, crawling, vintage, building, whatever really. You're possibly thinking of Berman unless I'm mistaken. I recall some Tauranga beach shots of his cars. I need to get a vintage RC at some point (holding out for the Kingcab re-release like a fool) but at the moment a patch of gravel or dirt is all I need for the XV01. Finding a good spot, having a charged battery and there being no rain looming overhead is the only issue.
  11. I enjoy RC because I want to have fun. Racing comes across as too serious. There's enough rules and regulations in life without it becoming part of my hobby. The tracks aren't any use for the cars I want to run. Modern buggies need astroturf or prepped surfaces, big straights and ridiculous jumps. All I see is massive acceleration, jumps bordering on flight, turn corner, repeat. Smaller bumps and jumps coupled with powerslides in the corners on dirt are more my thing. Running a rally car on a modern track would be pointless.
  12. Not mine but I really like this colour. I'm just waiting to find the right body to use it on. For backing I'd possibly do a couple of tests. I've seen people try to back PS48 with silver before black and it didn't look like the chrome finish you get with just black backing. PS49 would probably be similar. Silver behind a metallic works nicely, as opposed to an anodized. I'm not certain what the actual technical difference in the paint is.
  13. My Escort was scrapped and turned into washing machines in China. Back then it was worth more as raw metal so it got chewed up. I found out when I went into the wreckers to get some parts for another car and saw my old license plates sitting outside. It was a really nice example too. The body was arrow straight and rust free. Now I've got to make do with a plastic toy car from Japan instead.
  14. Ken Block has popularized Fords like the Escort with some younger people through his creations and the accompanying videos. At the very least he's made kids aware that these cars exist. I can't think of the last time I saw an Escort on the road and most in NZ are now likely stuck in sheds appreciating in value. There's still a few doing motorsport events but for everyday people they're gone now.
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