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  1. Wow! What a project. Amazing that you put so much energy into it and sourced parts and fabricated the ones that could not be sourced. That is a lot of dedication. It is really gorgeous. Congrats!!
  2. What is this? I've never seen this. Looks like a 4WD. Anyone knows what this is? Is this a nitro model?
  3. Can you say more about where you used the X-ray shims? I am having trouble inside the gearbox with the nn4 parts and the pin stripping inside the main gear... thanks!
  4. Thanks for advice all! Seems like I should steer clear of this one.
  5. I've always been tempted by the looks of the Subaru Brat, but I've hesitated to get one because I'm not sure about how it drives. Can any Brat owners talk a little about how it handles, whether it can manage over small jumps, speed, strength of gearbox, etc? I am looking for a fun runner, not something that requires a huge amount of maintenance and upkeep. I mostly have modern race buggies (which I run as bashers) as well as some mini scale vehicles... so trying to decide if this would be a fun addition to the fleet. Thanks!!
  6. Looks pretty awesome. Did you get those parts recently? I thought most HPI parts had dried up... Are you aiming for a crawler or more of a monster truck for jumps and speed?
  7. This might be helpful: https://marwanrc.com/ Other than that, I also find Shumacher tires to be good options in many cases.
  8. For #2, I used tamiya diff putty in the diffs. I used two balls in the front diff, one in the middle, and none in the rear. You can see the diff putty instructions in the dynahead instruction manual. Admittedly, this is the recommendation for a model that is meant to be a "trail truck" 6x6, but I'm very happy with the performance this delivers even in the Big Yellow. For #3, I didn't use any glue at all. This is a nice "slipper" to protect the drivetrain and I have no problems at all with tires popping off. The truck is pretty light, and I don't gear it for insane speeds. I did intend this for a kid in the family, so I made it more forgiving than performance-oriented. If you wanted an easy solution short of the normal tire cement, you might try Shoe Goo or equivalent, in say 3-4 place around the tire rim on the front and rear side. Tacking the tire in place like that makes it very easy to remove, and yet still gives you quite a bit more 'lock' in terms of minimizing slip between the tire and the wheel. It's a good rig - have fun!
  9. Hi All, Based in the US, looking to try out some rally or on-road Tamiya models. If you're looking to clear out some space in your collection (to make room for something new, right?!) please drop me a PM and let's see if we can work something out. Don't need anything brand new, but looking for something in decent mechanical condition. Can be RTR, ARTR, or just a roller (as I have my own electronics). Thanks!
  10. I guess ultimately my question was less about whether a given kit was "officially" in production from Tamiya and more along the following lines: 1. can I get this kit easily, from multiple retailers or sources, at non-inflated prices (not debating or arguing with Tamiya's prices, just talking about avoiding incremental mark-up due to scarcity, for example from eBay sellers who think everything is rare and unique) 2. can i get sufficient parts support for this kit? Those are the two major questions for those of us who want easy-to-acquire, easy-to-maintain runners/bashers. I have acquired rare kits before, and painstakingly restored them, but then I find I cannot bring myself to run them (because getting them in running condition in the first place was so hard). In contrast, I have no compunction about running and bashing my 'common' kits (traxxas, or even some widely-available Tamiya kits like the lunchbox). I do agree with most of the comments, though, that this is a difficult question even under normal circumstances, and all the more so due to COVID. Maybe we just start with something simple, and have a running thread in which people post about kits they know are for sale easily - like sosidge did above.
  11. Hi all - I spend a lot of time admiring the many absolutely beautiful models made by TC members, but when I google said model (perhaps to acquire one for myself) I find that the model is not readily available for sale or not in production. Is there any resource which simply lists all the Tamiya models that are currently in production and which are *widely* available for sale? At times I am willing to buy a used model, source parts, perhaps even fabricate parts, etc, but at other times I simply want to buy something which is at least currently in production and available from normal commercial outlets (say, Tower Hobbies in the US, or Amazon, or even sellers on eBay who have new kits). If there is no such resource, I wonder if we could collectively make and maintain one. I think it would be helpful for people who need easily available kits to fulfill their various model-buying needs.
  12. Hi All, I have some smaller vehicles that would benefit from sand paddles (1/12 scale and 1/14 scale). All the mainstream options I know about (including proline's 1/16 sand paddles) are too big and too heavy for the vehicles I have in mind. I am looking for sand tires or paddles with either a 1.9" or even 1.5" wheel, and with an outer diameter of about 80mm or so. Anyone have any such tires they are willing to sell, or know of something? I am located in the US, and so far have not found options anywhere.
  13. I have used my normal 2s and 3s packs for many years in my lunchbox (both soft case and hard case). I recall one 3s pack which was just a little too tall, and so I added a few small washers under the all the attachment points for the battery holder (see red arrows below). That basically lowered the battery holder a few millmeters and that allowed the pack to fit easily. However, that was for a 4400mah 3s, which is WAY too big. I'd say something as small as 1800-2000 mah 3s can get you by in a pinch, or ~3000mah 2s. When using smaller lipos I often found I'd need to wrap the entire lipo in a small sheet of foam in order to get it to fit firmly within the battery compartment. Although the lunchie bounces around a lot, I never once had a lipo come loose. Obviously it all depends on the size of lipo you're using, but I am able to re-use some of the same square edge hard case lipos I use in my other vehicles in my Lunchbox. It is ideal to get a lipo that fits "just right" but sometimes it is also nice to just re-use whatever you're using in other vehicles. I did not have to use the dremel in order to fit my standard lipos, although I've read about others needing to do so.
  14. Have you gotten a chance to drive it yet? Looking forward to hearing (or seeing!) how it drives.
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