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    AlexKyriak’s TT02B MS* (*Monster-y Something...)

    Have been playing with home made sticker designs, printed at MCI Racing for this car (and also for the experimental DF-01 build). Vinyl is quite thick but generally print quality is pretty good. May need to stick a few more decals onto this car (which I have already had printed just not quite sure how to use them yet) but I quite like the look as is

    Top Force vs Super Astute

    Do tell...!

    Speedy's FGX EVO 2018 Build Thread

    ^^^^ what he said......! ^^^^ what he said......!

    Ball caps vs Adjusters

    I’ve heard this said a few times. Does this limit the movement at all? Does the plastic need replacing at periodic intervals? On a few of the high end kits I have there are those foam rings that fit around the ballstud to help prevent dust ingress into the cap interestingly on some non Tamiya kits the ballcap part is reinforced with ribs in the predominant direction of travel, and is made of better quality plastic. I did enjoy buying a ballcap remover tool recently though.... someone on TC recommended it but I can’t remember who. It’s much easier to remove them with this tool, and it’s a nice little bit of ‘kit’ for the RC toolbox.... love purchasing little gizmos like this!
  5. Excellent stuff Cy! Very interesting following this thread. How resilient is the white material is respect of slight bending/flexing?

    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    The aftershave’ll be pretty decent n’all!

    DF-01 Build project (Experimental!)

    Thanks @Man1c M0nk3y, yes finish yours! I’m loving this bodyshell but only when cut to a size outside the ‘official’ cut lines. The shell above has about 8mm extra on the side flanks and 15mm on the rear cut, and looks soooo much better than a stock shell. It’s a bit odd Tamiya went with those cut lines given how wide this bodyshell is in relation to its height. I have another version of the shell cut to the Tamiya cut lines and it’s so flat it’s frankly odd looking. I also reversed the wing orientation, and cut the wing to a different shape to make it a bit more personalised and ‘old school retro’ buggy.

    Alexkyriak’s NeoFrog build

    Thanks @Richie Rich. Here are the parts used over and above the stock kit parts. Think it covers most of it, hope this helps. Suspension Front Rocker Arm: GPM Racing DT3027-S Front C-Hubs: GPM Racing DT3019-S Front Knuckle Arm : GPM Racing DT3021-S Rear Hub: GPM Racing DT3022-S Suspension Arm mount: GPM Racing DT3008-S Shocks: Carson Model Sport, parts 500405702 / 500405702 DT-03 Turnbuckle set: Tamiya 54572 Rear Carbon damper stay: Tamiya 54563 Front Carbon Damper stays: home-made piece, fabricated by Fibrelyte Suspension Shaft set: Tamiya 53301 Drive Aluminium Dog-bone: GPM Racing DT3158-S Aluminium Wheel Joint: GPM Racing DT3039-BK Aluminium Differential Joint: GPM Racing DT3041-S CVD Drive Shaft: GPM Racing DT3264SC-BK Steel Pinion gear 17t: Tamiya 54628 Other Aluminium Adjustable wing mount: GPM Racing DT3040-S Servo Mount (aluminium): GPM Racing DT3024 (Silver) Front Bumper (aluminium): GPM Racing DT3003F-S DT-03 Lightweight gear shaft: Tamiya 54560 (had one lying around so I fitted it...) DT-03 aluminium gearbox bridge: Tamiya 54566 Battery Bar: Tamiya 54564 Headlight / Driver figure: Tamiya 54626 Spacers/ shims: For use with the shaft set and e-clips: Tamiya Aluminium Spacer set 5.5mm dia. Part: 53539 The Frog Decal Set: MCI Racing Vintage Tamiya Decals: MCI Racing Stainless steel bucket head hex screws: generally M3 size: Westfield Fasteners

    DF-01 Build project (Experimental!)

    OK here is a sneak preview / update on the as-of-yet unfinished car, will post more detail and hopefully the finished article later, there's still a fair bit to do (probably next weekend at this rate).... but after much pain with getting the right body shell shape and size, and agonising over the colour scheme, here is where it's at: More to follow.

    AlexKyriak’s Formula Neo Scorcher [ TT02B ]

    Charge from fiberlyte for something like that for a front mount would be about 7 quid for the part and 4 quid for postal, that’s my estimate based on a similar type of order I’ve made in the past. Email them with questions, they’re very responsive. Keen Hawk...Like this one...? I love that shell. But quite rare it seems. I tracked this one down on eBay after a very long search, and then no one bid against me. I assumed no one likes it? Even Team Bluegroove don’t make replicas. Good chassis for a formularisation though.

    AlexKyriak’s Formula Neo Scorcher [ TT02B ]

    Oooh nice @martinjpayne! Great bodyshell. Is that a custom solution to the front bumper or is that a standard part? Interesting to see this being attempted on another chassis! Build thread? Just out of interest, can you use front c-hub from another chassis, such as TT02B, on the DF03? The upper arms could come in from the rear rather than the top as is currently shown in your pics. Also, looks like you could get a lower profile front end, with a bespoke shaped carbon damper piece to reduce the height of the tower a little. Shocks would need a minor shorten. Yummy, keep us posted

    AlexKyriak’s Formula Neo Scorcher [ TT02B ]

    Hello mate, sorry for the late reply. Thank you! A formula vanquish would be amazing. Since building this I started looking at a similar general concept with an avante shell either on an avante chassis, or even on an egress chassis. It would tickle all my mod genes. Then I started thinking about going seriously mod and trying a super low centre of gravity gearbox design, similar to an f1 rc car. Looked at f104 and a 1/8 scale serpent f1 car as precedents. But this would require some serious bespoke modifications or a bespoke 3D printed design, for gearboxes, suspension geometry, and incorporating buggy arms and wheel size. However both of those ideas are super expensive in terms of both money and time. Still, doesn’t stop me dreaming about it but they’re a long long long long shot.... To answer your question, tragically, I haven’t run it yet. I really regret it. I was worried about that front foam mount plastic piece being too low and whether it would contact any imperfections on the running surface, and then winter happened, so I lost the opportunity. So, currently am hoping for a dry day sometime soon to give it a spin. Will of course document in here on TamiyaClub...!

    Midlife Crisis and RC?

    All I know is, about three years ago I casually, idly, googled ‘tamiya’ whilst in a ‘remember that Hornet thingy?’ discussion with my dad. Totally random conversation, could well never have happened.... Until then, I’d literally never thought about Tamiya from age 15 to 39 years old. Now I have an obscene amount of money spent on kits and additional parts.... absolutely love it, living the nostalgia dream, this is some sort of realisation of the love affair developed as a 9 year old with a Hornet and a Tamiya guidebook (ooooh, lovely lusty pages....) . That one google search sort of opened a window to my younger self and I realised how fundamental the Tamiya kits of youth had been to me and had shaped my early self, even if I hadn’t realised it So three years ago It started with buying a Hotshot re-re within two weeks of the google search; I was always mesmerised by that car. This was purely a fun, one off luxury purchase, I said to myself... or so I thought. Now I have XX number of cars, and yet to be built kits...... Am I midlife? Definitely. Is it a crisis? Probably. do I love it? Yes. Am I forty plus? Tick. Do I have enough time? Way no! Do I like tinkering? Totally. Do I dread/love the Sunday night Tamico offer of the week refresh? You bet. Does the missus approve ? “Move into the shed with your cars” ........Tick..? Do I resort to orchestrating clandestine delivery and postal methodologies to facilitate the discrete infiltration of kits and parts into the house without full disclosure and knowledge of incoming delivery activities with the cohabitants of said domicile, leveraging secretive and creative uses of localised storage opportunities to minimise perceived traffic of inbound delivery transactions, whilst simultaneously having developed affable, amicable and generally pally personal relations with the local parcel delivery operatives/specialist workforce in order to instigate discretionary delivery windows and engendering a zero tolerance awareness programme, thus supporting invisible postal activity agendas? Check.

    Project RR-03Ra - Converting a TRF201 into a rally car

    I say, a @ThunderDragonCy Experimental Build (tm) .... following! I know next to nothing about Rally RC cars. This should be very interesting.

    Alexkyriak’s NeoFrog build

    So a minor update today....Some white tyre lettering completed. Much much harder than I seem to remember! Used a scalpel to scrape off any over markings, so it turned out okayish . (Pens used were Pilot supercolor permanent extra fine (EF) marker in White, and a normal Fine version for the letter edges)