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    Trikes, Caravans, RC Buggies

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  1. not sure which is rarer, My used vintage Vanquish is reasonable condition (all working no broken parts as I can tell - I have new re re tires on it. Or my unused Astute but no body ( I have a TBG one being sorted at the minute to give it a finished feel. Those are original NEVER run tires.
  2. not to my eye. BUT we are all individuals and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  3. A lot of QD's (Quick Drive) are advertised without being specifically noted as QD's. - bit disingenuous or lack of knowledge. As mentioned they were a smaller more toy version and are collectors items in their own right, so if i were you I would advertise it for what it is and then get yourself a re re (re-release) Pumpkin Beware as most of us know Tamiya vintage is a slippery slope and most of us are a lot further down it....... See you near the bottom.
  4. +1, Had a family fleet of bashers made up of 2 Madbulls and 3Nr 2WD WT-01. As we kept wrecking the WT-01's we have changed 2 of them and one of the Madbulls to Traxxas Stampedes. NOT indestructible but soooooo much more robust esp with more power and speed.
  5. Sorted, shells away to have the magic added.
  6. It was my sons wanting to play with my old RC cars (Kyosho mini Z first then the Tamiya's) The mini Z were more recent and worked with no parts needed (but very limited indoors) The Tamiya buggies all needed a few parts and to my absolute amazement were all still available. A few google searches later and a look at Glenn Barkleys display cases (on his utube videos) and I was like a kid in a sweet shop OR to be more accurate I was transported back to those days spent looking at the cars and watching the Videos in the Model Shop in Belfast. First I fixed up my old Pumpkin, then my old Thundershot and got in touch with an old school friend who had my old Boomerang to see if he still had it and it was suddenly winging its way back to me. He has his own collection with a Wild Willy a 959!!! and a few others including his old cars. Then with a few more £££ available than as a teenager my collection started!!! As did the family fleet of bashers - all Tamiya to start with. I now have two display cases (same as Glenn did/does) and they are filled with the buggies I wanted as a kid. Each person collects what they want (mostly what they wanted as a kid with some changes accounting for changes in taste or style) and makes them feel good. Sometimes we go through a flat spot where we loose interest until something draws us back in again....
  7. Is there anyone on here who is so in love with the body work that they would consider doing 4 for me? I have 4 TBG bodies with MCI decals to finish my collection for now. All wanted in Box art and I have paint for most if not all. Saint dragon (already cut out and mounted badly - rear body mount hole is a little on large side) Astute inc undertray - my pristine one came with no body work at all. Vanquish (mine is wrong colour and I do love it in black) and lastly a Dirt thrasher (love the body on this and NOT a fan of the Manta Ray which I should have to complete the 4WD buggy side of my collection but just cant bring myself to do one) I suspect when I check I will not have enough red of white left for these all so some additional paint may be needed. The decals are all here as are the bodies. If wanted I can do a very quick rough cut out to allow me to find the mounting holes and do them so there is no danger or damaging a finished body with my poor finishing skills. anyone interested drop me a PM. I would expect to pay for all costs and also some fee for the work. While you may love doing it for yourself doing it for another is not the same thing. I am not in any particular hurry so months not weeks would be fine as well. Thanks in advance.
  8. The last time I did bodies I binged I think 6 Boomerang, Bigwig, Winger, Thundershot, Thunder Dragon, Fire Dragon, Terra Scorcher (nope 7.......) over a Christmas holiday. The cutting I had done over the previous month the painting was ok, BUT the decals.........I did one a day after the first two nearly made me blind. So unfortunately with human nature to avoid what we dont like, I have now collected 4 more to do. Saint dragon, Astute inc undertray, Vanquish and a Dirt Thrasher. This will complete my display cases (for now) and as I have lost my Tamiya mojo (most due to these bodies needing done) suspect it will see things stop for a while till the bug bits me again.
  9. Its the part I hate, I have several waiting for a very long time for the bodies to get done. If you want to give me a price for a body be happy to let you do several for me?
  10. Thundershot at a guess back 87 or 88. AND I still have it..... Midnight Pumpkin in about 89 and I still have it then a huge gap till...... Restored my old Thundershot and then I was off again. 2 Nr Bush Devil 2 (one for me and one for the eldest lad for Christmas 2017) Bigwig re-re in 2018 done with vintage repo decals Super Hot Shot re-re 2018 done with vintage repo decals HotShot re re in 2019 Think thats it.
  11. hows about a pink Madbull with dolls head and the good lady dries an ambulance for St Johns so her WT-01 is in the middle of the family fleet pic (have since changed the other 3 cars to Traxxas Stampedes.
  12. Super HS is getting hard to find and a lot more expensive.
  13. go to u Tube and do a search on Boomerang (same car with diferent colour higllights -reds become blue and a different shell) Here is 2 options for you, Glenn from Tamiya Legands does a 3 part restoration. and Gavin from RC kicks does a 2 part restore Both these guys are Tamiya nuts who are a few years ahead of you and me...great way to spend time catching up on your old buggies, ones you wanted or ones you now want.
  14. Another fan of the series as the Thunder Shot was my first Tamiya kit (had a 2nd hand boomerang for a few months first) I did a full restore on it and then trashed it first time out (put in modern power & motor which made it insane and proceeded to wreck it, so fixed it and shelved it, started collecting them at this point)
  15. Terra Scorcher for exactly as @Saito2 said. Its a big step forward eliminating most of the accepted issues from the Hot Shot chassis, BUT you need the A5 brace or similar. If you dont need the ground clearance a more modern 4WD will leave it for dead. If your after the nostalgia, pick the one you love the look of most as you will forgive its shortfalls for the smile factor you get. I fully restored my Old Thundershot, put modern electics, motor and battery in it and ripped off corners, tires, broke chassis all on hte first run. So vintage stuff just not up to modern expectations. As long as your expectations are realistic then pick what you want to play with most and enjoy. Spare are available for all your options so bash em, break em and fix em. (to this end the Thunder series is easier to fix) Defo the Terra upgrades from the original Thunder Shot make it the best option for use (Esp the bearings and front UJ shafts) I did ALL the upgrades to my Thundershot back in the day as they became available. Even making my own front shock tower for lager front shocks that I had in spares.
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