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  1. The original Wild One was a 1985 release so period correct 27Mhz would be a Futaba FP-2NL, Sanwa GC2 or Acoms AP227 Techniplus - the early one with a blue box / black pic. Boxed sets of all come up on eBay from time to time. It’s also easy to update with modern 2.4Ghz sets 👍
  2. +1 to that If you don’t mind me asking, where on Earth did you find it ? I’ve been hunting down an original one for about 3 years 🙄
  3. Difficult one as the 959 isn’t really a basher - which, for me, is the level of detail in both Kamtec and TBG 959 shells They’re way thicker than the original so def gain durability but lose pretty much all the nice touches in the Tamiya original If I had to choose, the TBG shell was slightly better in terms of respecting 959 angles / curves 👍
  4. Fully sympathise @Saito2 I’ve got a bulk order - bought piecemeal via a normally respectable Japanese broker -waiting to be packed for 6 weeks now And that’s before Japan Post shipping delays ... Other views are also spot on re couriers - as they’re all overwhelmed atm In short, mainstream stuff will continue to rise in resale value outside Japan And rare stuff you can only find over there is either off limits for now or commands bonkers pricing for anyone not prepared to wait 12 months 🙄
  5. Finally imported a set of these and they’re superb ! Granted you need Google translate on your phone to appreciate the detail but the layout and attention to detail is simply stunning 👍
  6. Thanks very much @SupraChrgd82 but I’m after NIP I expect that’s why @xray mark leapt in 😂
  7. 3hrs each way is my max behind the wheel last year - and sporadic lockdowns make anything longer unlikely until next year It’s all understandable but a pita for rare, vintage stuff as even expensive couriers are overwhelmed at the moment and - even if sellers are prepared to ship - delicate items often end up damaged in transit ... making the whole thing pointless The only other longer haul, horror story to note is Japanese postal rules becoming a lottery - with shipping to some countries periodically blocked / delayed because they’re deemed high risk of Covid returns ... so your stuff can sit in a warehouse for months with no clue as to when it will finally arrive They’ve also gone bonkers in categorising OEM greases / glues in vintage kits as a fire hazard - so the usual Japanese brokers will now open NIB and remove them ... - and won’t go anywhere near OEM NIP lipo or life batteries for similar reasons You can’t even import them if you buy ISO rated, flame retardant, lipo safe bags for shipping ... 🙄
  8. Another bump - still need one more please all ?
  9. +1 on no grease Only time I use it is when enclosed in silicone sealed cases / boxes - and even then in tiny amounts on gears, more on diffs depending on their design / use Both are no substitute for regular strip down / cleaning and - applied in the wrong places - make it that much harder 👍
  10. Another cracking thread @Saito2 👍 My Dad was an engineer who worked his way up a couple of big companies in the 70s / 80s, before retiring early 90s At the back end of 76 my Dad came back from a business trip to Japan with a NIB Tamiya Porsche 934 with RC / paint stashed in a box of other work bits in the aircraft hold as my Christmas present I could turn tools and follow basic instructions back then but he ‘helped’ build almost all of it - prompting a number of wry glances and comments from my Mum over Christmas 😂 We ran it together on New Years Day 1977 and I was utterly hooked. Not least because it had snowed and was easy to turn doughnuts ! Fast forward a further four 70s cars built with Dad and in 82 and the Superchamp was my first fully solo build It was an utter mess but ran almost every day - with the scarcity of Tamiya parts forcing it to end life as a ghetto fix horror 😂 I loved that first 934 but often wish my parents hadn’t put the Champ in the bin 👍
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