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  1. I believe most current main battle tanks (except those built in western Europe) employ gas turbine engines. 5000 lb ft of torque at 1000 rpm gas turbine engines, too. Seems like Eng Dept succeeded in the end.
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    Is this real? GF01 Monster Beetle...

    Dunno. To me, this list suggests that Tamiya, unable to keep up with or even take on the world's newer, faster, meaner, mostly American, top dollar, ultra high performance grown men RC cars, is about to retreat into some fantasy world where all RCs are friendly, colorful, harmless toys. This thing looks like they crossed the QD MB with the Mini 4WD MB, and in my book, toy + toy = toy. Yes, this is going to be fun, the kids will love it and I can see the market, but do I want one? Absolutely not.
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    Any tips on improving Boomerang steering?

    I have an insanely overpowered Boomerang, and one part I really can't complain about is the steering. I've run the living daylights out of this car, on very dusty dirt mostly, and despite all the dust build-up, the high-speed crashes, the general shameful bashing abuse, the 5700kv motor and the fact that the car is so fast it'll generate enough lift at wide open throttle to simply take off and fly, I really can't complain about the steering. Other than it is completely useless in mid-air of course, which I feel can be forgiven, seeing how it is boomerang shaped and everything... I broke a chassis tub, I tore off entire suspension arms, ripped apart shocks, split bodies, scared dogs, launched 10 feet into the air, broke an obscure land speed record from 1967, you name it, and I think the suspension would be barely adequate for a silver can, but again, the steering, never any problems. No, seriously, the steering is alright.
  4. PKD works best if you simply read all of his books, you'll find that he reused and developed a lot of his basic storylines over and over again. Together they kinda form a big picture that's more than the sum of its parts.
  5. Matter of fact, I don't.
  6. I found - after trying out lots of products and methods - that when it comes to reviving old paint, I get the best results by dropping the car off at the local detailing shop.
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    Random boxart thoughts again

    This is apparently a lot harder to do than it would reasonably seem to be... It's necessary to wildly distort the actual proportions to get the finished product to look right to the human eye. Book recommendation below.
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    The first cut is the deepest

    Hyperalloy Combat Chassis, I doubt you'll be able to cut him at all. Not with the tools available in this time.
  9. RC deprivation taking over your subconscious mind, making you remove shrink wrap with dubious excuses for very shady reasons. There's absolutely no point in keeping it in the box now that the shrink wrap is off. There weren't very many points before that, but now there are none. Subconscious needs have seen to that, and hey, they have guided humanity thru 50 million years of evolution. So this MUST be done, really. Build it, right now. Human evolution depends on you. Don't let the world down by resisting.
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    How to stop being a newbie...

    Well, simply turn this into a perpetual, never ending thread where everybody comments on his her number of comments. In time, this will even solve the original question
  11. I've actually been, vaguely, keeping an eye out for one of these.
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    Converting LWB M38 to SWB

    Ashtrays in the early production run of GM's last generation of fullsize cars built in Michigan make a distinctively different sound when pulled open than any of those built in Texas. I am not making this up. What I am trying to say is - it is possible to know too much about a certain topic, like extremely minor detail changes over the production period of certain industrial products. When you reach the point where the sound of an astray or the shape of a body clip matters, you probably need to face the fact that you are no longer in touch with the reality of 95% of the general enthusiast population in your particular field. The vast majority of enthusiasts simply does not care on this level, in my experience at least. But a "major" detail like LWB or SWB, especially if it's in the manual, that's a high water mark, a distinctive cut-off point, one that creates categories that help to sort the market and let people think in absolute, black-or-white terms while ignoring the fuzzy grey area around the edges. If you take generalizations like that away, you'll end up with ashtray discussions, and I can tell you, the Texas ashtrays, what were they thinking! Early Michigans, now we're talking. And I'm still not making this up. Personally, I could listen to ashtrays all day long. I just think to the general purpose enthusiasts, that sort of stuff is confusing rather than helpful. I vote for a clear LWB/SWB distinction, and for the never changing of one into the other. But that last bit is very personal opinion, too.
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    What's your greatest barn find?

    No RC barn finds for me, but in the 1:1 world, I found a '66 Corvette that was left behind at a local shop in the late 80s over some unpaid repair bills. 20 years later, the shop owner - after storing the car indoors for over 20 years - decided he wanted it gone, now, first come first serve. I got there first, paid next to nothing, and yes of course, matching untouched original paint 427 4-speed convertible no less. Had it running three days later. In 2016, I was at a fleet maintenance shop in northern California, and the fleet manager asked if I was interested in car parts from the 80s and 90s, stockpiled for their fleet, never used up, but never thrown out either. Then he showed me some $30.000 worth of mostly fullsize GM, mostly interior NOS parts, and hinted the city could be willing to let it all go for $500. Needless to say, the city thought that wasn't nearly enough money... and made me pay $700.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Haha, same thing here. Don't even know how I ended up there.