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  1. This looks like a TL-01 clone (HBX Bonzer or similar). I've had a few and they had the same elctronics.
  2. This is bad news for those of us hoping for a madcap re-release. Not sure how it affects the prospects of an astute or even king cab release but it certainly doesn't help.
  3. What kind of motor pinion are you using? compatible pinions are quite difficult to find for the hilux. The orignal motor had the pinion pressed on the shaft.
  4. Nice but the shouldn't the AS3 be on the other side?
  5. The two Hilux gearbox I opened had a mixture of brass and aluminium gears but I read somewhere that later gearboxes only had brass gears. It will be interesting to see yours.
  6. Very nice! I remember reading somewhere that there were 2 versions of the hilux speed controller but I had never seen this one before. If I had to guess, I'd say you probably also have the updated gearbox. Looking forward to seeing more photos of the truck!
  7. Personnaly I like to use JBweld. Easy to apply and sands really well. Only downside is the long drying time (20 hours).
  8. No surprise here, the solvant in the spray cans softens the putty underneath, even if there are many coat of paints in between. It's usually okay until you do the last wet coat hoping to achieve a good finish. Then you end up with that. After ruining a few paintjobs, I now only use 1 component putty like the tamiya ones to correct very very small defects. Whenever you have to fill a gap, 2-components putty is the way to go. The hardener will prevent the solvant from attacking the putty. Other good solutions are using CA glue, styrene dissolved in acetone or 2-components epoxy.
  9. That looks good. I had similar results with peroxyde which I was very pleased about. But after storing the car for 6 months in a box, I pulled it out and noticed the yellow has come back. Has someone had lasting results using peroxyde?
  10. a brand new TA01 grey chassis is quite rare and therefore sought after.
  11. I like the lego servo mounts!
  12. Take that kind of info with a pinch of salt. I'll believe it when I hear it from tamiya. They're usually very good at keeping everything inhouse and It's very rare that information about future re-release filters though.
  13. I don't have a fixed cut off point, I collect what I like. But most of what I like is pre-92, which roughly corresponds to the first 120. But I've also got quite a few newer models, mainly rally/touring cars from the mid to late 90s, because I like the bodies. And a few special models like the juggernault, because they're cool.
  14. Similar to the previous release, the front fenders still look like the regular Cosworth fenders. On the Escort WRC, there should be a bump in the center of the wheelarch. Nevertheless, I'll probably get a body.
  15. Out of the four models you mention, the vintage 3 speed (Hilux or Blazer) might be the one that would be the most enjoyable. They are so different from anything else and technically quite interesting. At some point in a vintage tamiya collection, you gotta get one. Prices are a problem, especially if you look on ebay. Four figures is too much but you can probably find a nice project for the price of a few regular kits. Whenever I buy something a bit expensive, I say too myself: with the same amount I could have bought X TT01 kits. And then I realise it makes sense, from a basic enjoyment perspective as well as from a financial one as you would probably get your money back should you decide to sell it in a few years. I like the three others but they are no as special. As you said, the ORV chassis is pretty common so It's difficult to splash hundreds on the 037. The Kyosho monster trucks are cool but having restored a few, they feel quite 'cheap' compared to a clodbuster for example. I'm not sure building a NIB one would be such a great experience. You can find used ones for little money so restoring one might be the way to go. I've never had one of the early on-road 1/12 cars. They look great, especially the Datsun Z, but I've always felt they are a bit too "simple" from a technical point of view to justifiy paying the price. Personally, I don't. I've never bought much on ebay so I don't feel I'm beeing priced out of much. Also, I've never actively looked for a particular model. I usually buy whatever good deal I can find on the local market and it's served me well up to now.
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