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  1. Good spot there! And the instruments certainly echo the original, too. Haven’t heard anyone mention the helmet, but for me Perry needs visor. The addition of the visor heralded more of a hi tech age of racing cars, and the original Avante tapped into that. This version of Perry has more of a seventies vibe, plus he very much appears asleep at the wheel. So, my first upgrade will be a proper head from an original Avante.
  2. The Avante name stands for several things, but I think in RC circles it means a beautiful aerodynamic body, high tech materials and construction, and an ambition for success on the track. In Mini 4wd terms, the same is true (and the Avante mk2 represented a significant technological overhaul of that hobby, while numerous special editions come with race-ready tech). Unfortunately, recent RC Avantes have been embarrassing, as in many people’s eyes they missed the mark on all three of the criteria above. My point is that there is nothing wrong with being inspired by Mini 4wd, as long as the core ethos is not ditched in the process. We need to get back to a point where Avante means ambition, technology and beauty whenever it breaks cover. RC Avantes have recently fallen short. Avante = ‘Forward’. Hope we see that reflected here. Side note, not sure that ‘Being nuts is neat!’ Is that sensitive a statement these days, but you could argue it’s celebrating difference in a positive way. I’m gonna go with that 😁
  3. This is unquestionably correct. If you look in-between second 3 and second 7 of the video, you also see 'Being nuts is neat' in reflecting off another surface at the back of the car. Maybe actually a shadow not a reflection, it's right there. I'm super excited … as long as I try to block the Aero Avante form my mind …
  4. This is very common in this chassis, and I lost a lot of screws before deciding that something must be done! Have a hunt for some other threads that offered options, but for me the best route was a GPM set of upper arms like this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GPM-Steel-Anti-Thread-Turnbuckle-Tie-Rod-6pcs-Set-For-Tamiya-WR02-Hop-Up-Parts/112063880532 One set of the above let me fix two chassis, which sounds like what you need. They’ve both been fine ever since. Other solutions seem to involve either glue or drilling the hole to make it big enough to accept a ball end attached with a nut at the end, rather than relying on the self tapping ball ends that clearly shake themselves loose.
  5. Would be interesting to hear from Japanese customers on this topic. My sense is that Tamiya are very engaged with customer in Japan on some topics (look at the huge Mini 4wd events, even a phone app/game) but that they don’t seem to do much to reach international customers. English website has been a joke since forever, and local distributors are entirely b-to-b. Smaller more recent players need to innovate on these fronts, but Tamiya apparently does not, for the many good reasons outlined above. A shame though. Feels like growth should be possible. We all know that people seeing the products out in the wild leads to big smiles and lots of curiosity. But there is no lightning rod to focus that in a 21st century commercial context (outside Japan)
  6. Having recently signed up with buyee.jp to get better access to hard to find Mini 4wd items, today I took delivery of my first consolidated package of items won in various Japanese auction sites (mainly yahoo and mercari). Buyee is like an auction middle man for Japanese sites that don’t allow international shipping. I have to say I recommend it, and everything was made very simple despite the fact that there are a lot of moving parts in this kind of transaction. Essentially I bought or won all of these by bidding in English through the buyee site, including using snipe options. Everything I wanted, I won — and at good prices. You can then tick a few boxes and have them package everything together. From that point, the whole package was with me in 5 days time. total cost = auction price + 500yen buyee fees + postage to buyee warehouse + any extra insurance + any extra packaging (very well bible wrapped) + ‘consolidation fee’ + my choice of international shipping supplier (they listed four or five options at different prices). So it’s hard to say if you’ve really saved money, but I THINK I have, and I’ve bought some things that are essentially impossible to find or ridiculously priced in ebay. Also worth noting that lots of things on yahoo auctions pass my standard for being a NIB, but are sold (with humble apologies) as slightly second rate because the box has a small scuff or has been … opened! The price drops accordingly, and I am happy 😃 So.. what did the postman bring me… A nice set of Mini 4wds relating to the ‘Dash Yonkuro’ manga/anime. In other words, from the subset of cars classed as ‘Dash Warriors’ or related factions. Most of these are special editions, limited runs or, in the case of two of them, only ever available as prizes in arcades. One is from a mail-in coupon collecting thing for Metz Cola. It’s important here to shout out Stefan at www.manchestermodelshop.co.uk for all your UK Mini 4wd needs. I go to him for recent releases, including some rarer stuff. But you have to go to Japan (or maybe Indonesia or the Philippines) for the really special models, especially once they are no longer in print. Sorry, long post, here’s a pic … Packaging great, everything as described despite coming from 8 different sellers. Happy customer. Side note: look at that Liberty Emperor (orginal design from Early 90s, and about a dozen others designed in a similar fashion). I think it would have made a great 1/10 buggy… but somehow Tamiya has separated 1/10 and 1/32 scale almost completely at that point, so we missed out 😞
  7. Couple of things… I recently bought one of the chinese 1/32 buggies linked to by @Biz73 and can kind of recommend them. Super fun, very light, superprisingly stable, but one of my two has dodgy steering. Second point, I’ve recently got into using a Japanese auction buying service specifically to get Mini 4wd stuff — for items where the price charged by uk or US seller or importers just see crazy higher. You have to factor in a small fee (500 yen), plus delivery and your local taxes, but I think there are decent savings over some of the stuff on eBay. Plus WAY more choice, and the wonderful Japanese habit of really packaging things well. Anyway, I’m using buyee and you can see some WW Jrs here. https://buyee.jp/item/search/query/ワイルド ウイリス Jr?translationType=1&suggest=1 ps, I get my translations for specific models from https://mini-4wd.fandom.com/wiki/Wild_Willy_Jr. Cos you need to search in Japanese.
  8. Sorry, one cannot simply IGNORE that Korg! SV-2? Delicious!
  9. Hey @Augustin. @ruebiracer wrote the book on this, and it’s beautiful, but pretty complex:
  10. Bought a couple of these on eBay for 14 quid each: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/333970712468 Good reviews around the web, and they seem to support Mini 4wd bodies (and maybe wheels and tyres) pretty well.
  11. If you don’t need them you will find willing buyers, I’m sure. Including me!
  12. It depends whether you want to make them back in to real Avante shocks, or just hack together a functioning hybrid. 53155 Might give you the parts for a hybrid, but an expensive route. The route to real Avante shocks needs original Avante springs and the plastic parts for the bottom end. Might cost similar to 53155 The cheap hack is just whatever combo of springs, rod ends and plastic bottom caps you can scrounge. Many brands will fit. The advantage of 53155 is getting everything in one package, but you are still left with an expensive hybrid.
  13. @Nicadraus, I'm interested in these gold KYX shocks, having a strong recommendation like that means a lot. But I need them at 80mm. Struggling to find them online (always 90 or 100). Are you sure there is an 80mm version, or can they be built shorter somehow? Any chance of a link? Gotta be gold, though! Cheers!
  14. Progress on King Melon... Got some great quality black vinyl from HobbyCraft in the UK. Lockdown has just ended here, so I went into one of their stores for the first time in ages and immediately noticed that their range of Cricut vinyls, machines and accessories had exploded. My needs were simple, but the massive range of (viewable in store for colour matching needs) vinyl was pretty epic. If you are decorating a shell and looking for the perfect thing, well worth a go. I don’t have a Cricut cutting machine, just cut by hand. But for anyone making this kind of thing on a scale between personal and production, I think a Cricut machine could be a useful tool.
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