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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Have you gotten a chance to drive it yet? Looking forward to hearing (or seeing!) how it drives.
  6. Very nice! I assume all that blue bling (carriers, hexes, etc) are aftermarket? What brand are those?
  7. This vid of a grasshopper with a flipped gearbox might be interesting:
  8. I have a second set from the original guy who made them, which I'd be willing to sell. Drop me a PM if interested. Be warned, it is ridiculously expensive.
  9. Your video in your other thread looks great. If you are so inclined, perhaps you can do a build thread on your lunchbox. Did you do anything special to the gearbox in terms of suspension set-up? It looked like you were getting pretty good acceleration and traction without excessive (any really) wheelies. Awesome work! I totally agree with you how fun the "Box is when upgraded properly. As far as I'm concerned, what you have done is make the Lunchbox work the way I imagined it would (when I was little)! So perhaps this is how things are supposed to be...
  10. This is so cool. Can you show some pics of the gearbox and how you mounted the outrunner? This sure does set to rest, at least for me, the question about whether an outrunner can handle sand.
  11. Haven't tried earbuds, but the silicon diff putty that Tamiya offers (small strip of very stick black stuff) is astonishingly strong and provides a lot of resistance. What I like about it is that it tightly binds just to the small spider gears, so the diff is mostly empty, except for the putty clinging to the gears in the center. Very simple and very clean. Takes some effort to remove, but probably on par with other solutions.
  12. GONE No longer available. Some of my recent kits have come with a lot of extra parts. Here's a collection of new, unused parts (chassis rails, knuckles, body posts, hexes, shock bodies, bumpers, lots of parts I don't recognize), free to you, posted anywhere at your expense. I trimmed a number of these from the parts trees to make it easier to see them and ship them. Note: please calculate shipping from California, USA to your location to figure out costs. Approximate box dimensions are: 12x6x6 inches, and weight is less than 2 lbs.
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