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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. Right you are. Mine should be ready sometime in mid-2044.
  2. Big shout out from another former slot car racer! I used to race 1/32 slot cars on the purpose-built track at my local club (Heron Model Car Racing Club) back in the 80s when I was a kid. If anyone here thinks RC cars can achieve some incredible scale speeds, a properly sorted 1/32 slot car was made of hinged brass plates and could reach a genuine 70mph on the downhill back straight at the HMCRC circuit. They were phenomenally quick.
  3. I like how they use miniature copies of Tamiya oval block or Monster Beetle tyres.
  4. Yep. This was before touring cars, so it was all done on buggy chassis.
  5. Arrived today: 1 x 53200 4WD Front One-way Diff Unit Adding this to the TB-01 will now be added to the list of things I have not done yet and may never get the time to do.
  6. I'm sorry, everyone. My dumb bodyshell question seems to have pushed @speedy_w_beans over the edge. Thank you for your dilligence and hard work, Speedy. God, um... speed.
  7. Just for the sake of clarity, I am not insulting former Bigwig owners here. I very much class myself as one of those spotty oiks, even if I was never that enamoured of the Bigwig. A spotty oik with a Mid is still a spotty oik.
  8. Is the Wild One more popular than the Bigwig, though? For some reason I somehow doubt it. In my experience, the Wild One was never that popular even in period. The Bigwig, by contrast, was Tamiya's top-level model prior to the introduction of the Avante. It came with a Technigold, ferchrissakes, which was just catnip to penniless teenaged enthusiasts. Now I doubt even 10% of those spotty oiks ever got a Bigwig in period, but I bet a lot of them now have the money to buy one and snapped one up when the rere became available. I also doubt many 40-year-old middle managers with money to burn have returned to the hobby, seen the range now available and thoughgt "now I'll get the chance to buy that Wild One I couldn't afford when I was 14". I don't know how many Wild One reres Tamiya have sold, but given it lacks the "halo effect" of being the stuff of teenage legend, I bet they've sold more Bigwigs.
  9. Just to clarify, are there any restrictions on how bodyshells can be cut? I have seen people cutting even built-in wings down to reduce drag, for example. Basically, do we have carte blanche to modify bodyshells as we see fit, as long as the car has one? I am presuming so, or otherwise the potential for dispute over cut-lines and wing mountings would be huge.
  10. Well, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or alternatively you're some kind of chassis fetishist. Either way, what you get up to behind closed doors is entirely your own business. I have a Marui Galaxy. I could introduce you, if you like.
  11. It may also have something to do with the volumes ordered and manufactured. For something as logistically complex to manufacture and bring together as an RC kit, this will probably have a greater effect on MRP than the complexity of the kit or the amount of material used. Alternatively, the inverse may be true. Tamiya may have been expecting to sell many more Bigwigs than Wild Ones, so they might have made three times as many of the former than the latter. It could then have transpired that they only sold twice as many. If they built 30,000 Bigwigs and 10,000 Wild Ones, then that means they now might have virtually no Wild Ones available on the market, but 10,000 spare Bigwig kits. Given the supply-side excess for the Bigwig compared to the supply-side scarcity for the Wild One, retailers will adjust prices accordingly to get rid of excess stock of the former and capitalise on demand for the latter. It's probably a bit more complex than that, but you see the basic mechanism. There may also be other mechanisms at play. Tamiya probably doesn't have all of their models in production at the same time. This means that the supply of different models may not always be consistent, which may also lead to retailers adjusting prices accordingly. In this example, Tamiya may have the Bigwig currently in production, meaning that the supply is good, there are plenty of kits in store to cope with future demand and spares are plentiful. The last production run for the Wild One may have been several years ago, though. The model is still available, but stocks are lower and even though I would imagine there is a surge in demand whenever Tamiya release a new model or a new rere, I would think there is probably always a constant baseline level of demand for every kit. This means there is still demand, but now a relative supply-side shortage, compounded by the fact that models which were bought when the kit was first re-released may now have been in use for several years, leading to an increased demand for spares, replacement shells etc, some of which will be met by people breaking kits and selling parts off individually.
  12. You also have to consider the trade-off for that floaty suspension, namely on a 1:10 car it would make it virtually undriveable. If you watch that 1:1 scale video, watch how much body roll it suffers just by flicking into a slight curve. I suspect that makes it very difficult to handle, as the suspension will compress at every opportunity and the side-to-side wallowing motion will eventually build to the point where it would try and roll you over through a series of left-right-left-right flicks. The size and weight of the car will counteract this to an extent, plus the fact that obstacles, speed and distance are operating at 1:1 scale, so with enough skill the driver can hold that extremely unruly package together. On a 1:10 car, the counteracting forces are all either different or not there at all. It probably weighs less proportionately than the 1:1 car, and the weight is in different places, with a much lower CoG and no big, heavy engine high up and far forward. The speeds are proportionately MUCH higher, while obstacles and surface imperfections are proportionately much bigger, meaning the suspension is at full travel for much more of the time. Also, we tend to use our cars on much tighter courses than 1:1 scale cars, with corners much closer together. We have to do this, obviously, or the car would go out of range or out of sight. But the upshot is the car will have less time to reset to neutral between corners.
  13. Remember that increasing the diameter of the wheels effectively increases your final drive ratio, making your gearing taller and top speed higher. This is not an issue in itself, but may overgear your motor and make it heat up, especially since modern NiMh battery packs contain at least 150% more power than the old-school 1200mah SCR packs that were probably standard when this beast was new. If the new battery and wheel specs do cause the motor to get too hot, you may be able to use a different pinion to compensate, but I am not an expert on this series of cars so someone else here might be better placed to advise you what your options are in that regard.
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