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  1. Nevermind...checked Amazon.com.au....they want an arm and a leg. Wow.
  2. Not sure how it works for you folks in Australia but I just bought one on Amazon for $170. Shipped for free from Japan. Box was opened but all the parts were there. How are the shipping costs to Australia from RC Mart? For us in California shipping costs are more than the cost of the model.
  3. Yep. Been waiting on my new Falcon body from Team Bluegroove for a while now.
  4. After I made sure the mounts for the suspension arms were solid and not going to break under force I attached them all to the chassis and attached my new vintage bumper.
  5. I scrubbed and refilled the shocks and mounted them to the suspension arms. So, the only issue I had with the vintage parts was D4. Apparently, this is a very common issue with the falcon as Falcon#5 pointed out. I decided to use JB Weld Plastic Bond on it because I have some experience dealing with that kind of epoxy in the past. It worked like a charm. I had to sand away some of the overflow but, after a good 24-hour clamp, even the torque of a 3x12mm self tapping screw didn't break the bond. Of course, we will see once it starts running.
  6. I refurbished the MSC, attached the servos, added a waterproof cover to the power switch and mounted it all into the new vintage body.
  7. Once that was complete it was time to plug everything in, neutral the servos, test the motor and check for wiring issues. Everything worked perfectly.
  8. In order to use a modern receiver, the first thing I had to do is to cut and swap out the old Sanwa 2-wire plug from th e MSC to a modern Futaba J-type connector. (youtube: RC Quick Tips - How to crimp servo leads) Of course, keeping an eye on polarity so I don't burn everything to the ground.
  9. So my shell had a significant crack in it so I ended up having to order a new one...this time directly from TBG. So, in the meantime I am going to build the car back up. I was lucky enough to get a vintage body and bumper from e-bay.
  10. While i wait for the vendor to straighten out the bumper situation i got everything i need to get the body dialed in. I prefer to “score and snap” using a xacto in order to get nice lines and the scissors for curved areas. Since I’m will be painting the traditional red and black scheme I’ll be using a combo of masking tape and liquid mask. Again...much thanks to Team BlueGroove.
  11. I’m currently dealing with a vendor on e-bay who sent me the wrong vintage bumper. Won it on a bid and now working on a refund. Have a feeling it’s deliberate...eBay...so shady
  12. Its a little smelly to work with and you have to manually mix it and apply it with a small stick, toothpick, etc. Seems to work really well though.
  13. Yes it was. I used JB Weld plastic which I’ve used before and it’s pretty solid. JB Weld tends to create a bond stronger than the original material and, after sanding down the overflow, you can’t even tell it was cracked.
  14. You wound me sir. The Boomer is a magnificent machine.
  15. Boomerang. Because...it was my first car and I want to be different from everyone else. Still my fave.
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