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  1. Bwaaatch

    Avante 89

    This is just wonderful! So much thought in the planning and great skill in the execution. I stumbled here having been following @TomEG's dirburners long wheelbase Avante on his site – so sad he doesn't seem to have got that one finished yet. But yours has it's own flavour, and some super subtle finishing. Love it. To recap, did you do all this with just parts from an Avante re re and a Vajra (plus some hi-caps)?
  2. Bwaaatch

    Random boxart thoughts again

    Awesome thread! I have my Avante box hovering in the stair well of my house. Walk past it every morning and ask “Is this the greatest painting in the history of the world?” It isn’t (but I think it is) 😊. I’m a big collector of Mini 4wds, and have often thought that some of the boxart is batter than the cars themselves. Realised after many years that I really prefer them unbuilt, just awesome paintings (and cool typography, on the box, and I the cars themselves). This came up up on Tamiyavlog a few weeks back: It’s about the commercial artist Atsumi Onishio. Seems like this guy painted a lot of Tamiya box art, though hard to pin down specifics. Googling his name in Japanese brings up a few things. Looks like her did the Mini 4wd Dash 1 Emperor. Like the rest of you, I can just stare at these for hour on end. Might go and do that now ...
  3. Time has a habit of getting in the way of this hobby, doesn't it? After many dormant months, I finally managed to finish of my decals and get them printed. Huge thanks to Nate at MCI. He was so patient and generous in helping me with some technical difficulties. Looks like I can get this project moving again.
  4. Ooh, just noticed that the Egress Min4wd dress-up sticker set ALSO has some TXR logos in Red!!!!!!!
  5. @Lee76, Ha! I was thinking about the black and white camo, but had never heard of 'flow vis'. What a cool idea. If I end up making more than one shell, I shall consider it.
  6. Ooh, just noticed that the Egress Min4wd dress-up sticker set ALSO has some TXR logos in Red!!!!!!! See PDF in previous post for full set. I was going not to have to buy an Egress …
  7. Some bonus scans from my Mini4wd Avante collection. Who's up for a Zenquish (lightweight Vanquish) or Proto Saber (Avante with closed wheels) at 1/10? avante.pdf
  8. @ruebiracer, Loving your Avante 89 thread! It's a wonderful opposite to my project (mainly technical rather than cosmetic, and a post-launch upgrade rather than a pre-launch alpha phase). Will keep an eye on it! Yes, Tom EG's site is such fun. I enjoy all his Kyosho stuff too of course, but I hope I'm not alone in waiting anxiously for Part 3 of his Avante XL long wheelbase project. I probably check in there every week in the hope that he's made progress. We're on the same wavelength on lots of things here. I did consider the fins for the air intakes not he Super Avante, which I could incorporate not he ground of 'excluded from the production version for cost/technical issues, but later because viable and included on the Super Avante upgrade. This kind of fictional logic has permeated my thinking on this job. At present, I'm unsure how to do do anything with the cooling thing. I did buy some Landrover air vent metal parts (all over eBay), but couldn't quite see how I would put them on the body without looking out of place. It needs more thought, and I think I need to do it with the stickers in hand. I'm also chewing on whether/how to include an F1 style cockpit camera of the period (this Senna shot is a little later, but you get the idea, side mounted, and like a wing tip). That seems like a useful development aid. Any advice/inspiration gratefully received! The graphic design bit I have under control. The rest, I'm less confident.
  9. Well, long delay, but just finished my artwork on this project and am expecting delivery of my custom decals from MCI shortly. Might find a window to finish the project before Christmas, but more realistically it will be early int he new year. It was very interesting measuring up the differences between the 1/32 Avante Mini4wd and the 1/10 RC original. Parts of it are a direct scale, but other aspects are deformed in ways hard to perceive unless you're looking for the them. 1/32 nose is longer, and the area behind the windscreen is longer, too. Wing is pretty much identical. Aside from sizing and shopping the decals to match, I've also tweaked the aesthetics in the hope of getting a better, more scale look at 1/10. Crucially, I've decreased the stroke on the cyan stripes versus the 1/32 version, as they just looks too dominant on the larger car (in my paper mock-ups. NOTE. Paper mockups are essential for this kind of project!). Hoping i'll get a more refined look. My other big change is evident from the fact I've got TWO sets of font pin stripe sticker on the sheet; one with a black background and one with out. The one without is designed to sit over the top of some scale carbon fibre sticker sheets, which I will also use not he read wing. I went for the HPI stuff from the bay: HPI Carbon Fibre Decal Sheet RC Stickers Car Body Decals Car Bodyshell 113361 Will post pics when I have more progress. And I'm happy to share my EPS file if anyone wants it.
  10. Bwaaatch

    Your favourite RC machine???

    Same for me! Too lovely to use!
  11. Puzzled a lot of options and came up with a solution, though some of you may think this is all kinds of wrong. I went the Lo budget tuner route. Hub caps! Hack sawed the front lip off the thundershot wheels. They sit over the egress wheels really well, and the underlying three spoke design clicks naturally into place on top of the egress six spokes. The thread is just long enough to get good purchase, though can’t be sure they’d stay on for long on a run. They go just as well on front or rear egress wheels, and the standard egress colour options (white, black, pink) give me some cool pin stripe options. Hoping to use this on my TXR Avante project here
  12. I'd like to fit some black Thundershot style wheels and tyres on my Avante project, but could use some advice. This is just for a shelfer, but I'd like to it could run if needed. I don't want to cripple it. I bought a pair of the Thundershot rims to test the fitment. At the back, things are OK, but there are very close to rubbing on the screws that connect to the uprights. They are a bit wider than Avante wheels, and have a significantly smaller diameter too. I think with a thing spacer in there, they will do. The problems are at the front. Here, they really do rub the screws, and the steering can't turn properly. There is not enough thread on the wheel axles to space them out enough for it to work. Once they steer, i think they'll just hit the screws again any way So on the front, I considered whether I could cut the wheel itself down to a narrower width, inspired by @TomEG's awesome thread about his Avante XL project. This throw up a few issues. Will it be enough for a comfy fit? How on earth do I cut the wheel effectively (In @TomEG's example, he says it was simple. Maybe I'm a bit simple, too . Finally, and I think maybe this is the really tough bit. If I trim the wheels down, is there a tyre out there than might still fit? Interested to know if anyone thinks this sound plausible, or if I should give up the dream. I lined up the rims on top of my current wheels and, with one eye closed to help me blur reality into fiction, they looked sweeeeet! Even better, someone tell me I'm being dumb and there is a narrow front wheel and tyre version of this awesome design! Appreciate your thoughts.
  13. Bwaaatch

    TXR Azente: Tamiya Fiction

    Been busy for a couple of weeks on other things and … well … I have some catching up to do! Great commitment @Grastens! I'll read when I have a spare hour. My project not moved, but not forgotten. Been finishing off my other two Avante bodies (regular and Back Special) and just got hold of the actual body for this project. FYI, it will be an Avante, not an Azente, really. But hopefully still worthy of your story!
  14. I’m a noob and recently bought an Avante. Even before finishing it, I got hold of another shell (and wheels and decals) to make a black special. And a third shell just arrived, for a more bespoke look. Project is a shelfer, so i’ll need to find some way to display it with the optional shell and wheel sets nearby, ready for a quick switcheroo. Anyone got experience of displaying a set up like that? Love to hear/see about nice options to make a cool looking display. So the short answer is: 1 chassis, 3 bodies.
  15. Couple of auctions here for some of these nice little replicas made by San-s about a decade ago. Boxed opened (and included), but model unbuilt and mint – as are the cute little leaflets. Buggy champ Frog