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    Kyosho Optima Mid and Lazer ZX-R, Marui Hunter and Galaxy RS, Tamiya Grasshopper and Hornet, random RC bits and pieces

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  1. Those Tamiya 8-hole 2WD fronts were always a bit fragile, in my experience, and will be even more brittle after 25 years sitting in the loft. A set of re-re rims should be esy enough to source, although if you prefer you could upgrade to Tamiya 2.2" rims and tyres all round from a modern model for a fairly reasonable amount. I just did the same for my Grasshopper 2 and they look great. There are two styles ('Astral Dish' and 'Star Dish'), they come in numerous colours and they will give you additional tyre options. You will need adaptors for the rear wheels as they use a different fitting (the 2.2" wheels use hex fittings rather than the four-hole fittings on the standard Wild One) but Tamiya make suitable adaptors for not much money.
  2. Funnily enough, I just posted about this on another thread. Kyosho's Bridgestone Potenza on-road tyres from the early 90s. Perfect size, tread, shape and scale for buggies and buggy-based chassis using 2" wheels. They looked great and were grippy on dry tarmac, too.
  3. I always loved Tamiya box art, too, and I totally get what you're saying. But if dynamism is what you're after, you'd have been better off looking round the corner at the plastic kits. Matchbox and Airfix had a lockdown on dramatic box art poses for their models. The Matchbox M16 Half Track was probably my favourite. I mean, how much more could possibly be going on in this image?
  4. Used to love the Bridgestone Potenza treaded tyres they made back in the early 90s. Beautifully made, grippy and just the right scale to look good on buggies and buggy-based chassis. I now can't remember what they were originally from (was it the Mid-based Corvette ZR-1?) but I got through numerous sets racing my Mids and ZX-R on car park tarmac tracks. You could do that back then as they were relatively cheap and weren't in short supply. I'd imagine they're rarer than hens' teeth now. EDIT: These are the ones.
  5. Blackmail, I reckon. Did a measurement for a jumper, saw something he shouldn't have seen...
  6. These are based on real 1:1 scale wheels called American Racing Torque Thrusts. They are a very popular after-market choice, especially for '60s and '70s muscle cars.
  7. Always loved the three-piece Kyosho split rims for being so absurdly over engineered. I really liked the look of the Kyosho 'Peugeot' rims, too, but they never came in a narrow front version.
  8. Wasn't it based on a real car? Is that right or did I imagine it?
  9. Is this going to turn into one of those weird internet conflicts like the dress?
  10. I used to brush paint all the details on my shells and then spray the base colours over them, so it all used to come down to a steady hand rather than technical tape application. I'm not saying it's easier or harder, it's just a different skill. None of my RC shells were hugely intricate in that regard, as most of the sponsor detail was down to decals rather than paint. For the really intricate stuff I would have directed you to the Lexan 1/32 slot car shells I used to paint. These were really fiddly and access was frequently exceptionally difficult due to the awkward angles and body creases. I got pretty good at it, though, and once won the Sports concours section at the UK National Chamionships. Unfortunately I'd painted it for a friend at the club, so that one wasn't mine and I don't have a picture. I wasn't even there when it won. This shell isn't all that, to be fair, especially with all the road rash from being raced. But I was quite pleased with the orange/white/black interpretation of the US flag on the bonnet. The trickiest RC shell I ever did was a Scumacher Cougar which I did for a mate and got paid £20 for, if I remember correctly. He had a bizarrely specific paintjob in mind and explained it to me in tremendous detail. I think it was white on top and the lower half was black, but the graduation between the two was that the black broke up into gradually smaller and smaller pieces. But the pieces were all surrounded by a flourescent orange outline. I seem to recall there was a red section in there somewhere, too, but I can't honestly remember where. Took me ages to do by hand and I should have charged him more, but he was chuffed with it, so happy days. Despite the finnicky brief it was actually very handsome. Annoyingly I think I had a picture of that one from back in the days when physical pictures were a thing, but I have no idea where it is now.
  11. Front wheels are Tamiya Super Astute 53085 fronts, rears are Tamiya 53086. Front tyres are Tamiya wide-grooved soft 54284, rears are Pro-Line 2.2" Dirt Hawgs.
  12. Not sure what size the hexes are on these wheels, which are Tamiya Star Dish 2.2" types from the Super Astute or some other re-re. They are standard hex fittings, though. I have a load of Kyosho hex-pattern wheels from back in the day and they fit on these hexes. The adaptors are a genuine Tamiya Hop Up item and fit over the GH2's standard drive pins, replacing the plastic four-hole adaptors.
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