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  1. If it's just the 2 screws going into metal inserts, I really don't see the issue. Great balance for around the same or less hassle than changing a battery in an SRB. I think it looks like the best buggy Tamiya have released in a long, long time. It seems to jump really well too.
  2. For the cars where I have both vintage and rere, I would say the Sand Scorcher and Rough Rider are a bit better on materials, but that the Sand Scorcher rere parts-bin body is worse. The Fighting Buggy is better in every way. Obviously the original stickers' styling looks better, but the rere ones are better quality. Although the original instruction manuals were good, the new ones are much better. Those are the only 3 cars that I can compare side-to-side. Not sure about the others.
  3. I would say the Sand Rover and Holiday Buggy are by far the worst, but of course they are expensive and hard to obtain. Next up I would say would be the SRB's. For me these are the most amusing and enjoyable to drive and are my favourite RC cars by far. But in terms of getting one around a high-grip track they have to be up there with the worst of them. On the plus side they are a joy to build and are beautiful objects when completed, and are mostly modified for cosmetic reasons rather than performance ones, which makes a nice change. Should every Tamiya fan build one? Well, not if they don't want to obvs. But on the plus side if you take a lot of care over the finish it may be possible to sell it on without losing much if any money if you decide it isn't for you.
  4. I used 1 can of white fine surface primer. 3 cans of white - I made the white layer deliberately quite thick so that I could gently sand off the inevitable bleed or two from the blue without going through to the primer. Then 1 can of blue and one can of clear. I would think you will need more than one can of clear if you intend to seal in the stickers.
  5. Those holes seem to go through the chassis, rather than threaded into the chassis. Possibly nut and bolt? From BuggyGuy's pic in the other thread.
  6. Avante sold. Price reduction on Mazda.
  7. What a gob-smackingly beautiful beach. It's almost worth being stung by the jellyfish on the way in, losing a few body parts to the salties while swimming, and then getting attacked by the drop bears when you make it back to dry land.
  8. I don't know tbh. I'm sure I've read somewhere that the universals don't work as well as the dogbones at extreme angles. Which is odd; you would think the hop-up designed for it would work with it, wouldn't you? If it were me, I'd either go back to the dogbones, or keep the universals and put an internal spacer, like an o-ring or two, under the damper piston to stop the shocks extending so far.
  9. Adjusted prices, and removed post restrictions. Will post anywhere at cost.
  10. If you remove the rear shocks and prop up the rear suspension arms so that the drive shafts are horizontal does it still make the noise? If not, how far can you lower the arms before the noise starts again?
  11. I have taken my Sand Scorcher and Fighting Buggy for days out at the beach several times, but never driven them through water. The day after they were completely stripped down to their kit components, and casings were removed from ESC and receiver. There was nowhere that the salt and sand hadn't reached. Personally I love this kind of maintenance, it's like building the kit all over again. But if you don't, the beach might be a mistake. SRB's are too expensive to be allowed to go rusty.
  12. You will have to completely strip them down afterwards. Sand and salt get everywhere, and will cause corrosion if not removed. My advice would be to remove all grease from the gears and run them bone dry. This will minimize damage from the sand. Seal gearbox halves/covers with continuous beads of grease. This will help prevent sand from entering, and any that does will get flung outwards by the gears and hopefully stick to the grease. The sand is incredibly abrasive on motor brushes and comms. So avoid using expensive brushed motors. The good news is there is no danger of impact or rollover damage on sand, just accelerated wear on moving parts. Driving on the beach is ace. Any of your choices will be fun.
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