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  1. The thing that really blew me away is this: Every single car came with a small labeled box containing its bits and pieces, body clips, battery doors, outside mirrors, that sort of stuff, and every car was stored on a small stand with all tires up off the ground, and they were all sealed in nearly airtight. The Minis and the 959 even have some brand new parts on them - from repairs performed just before they were boxed up. And they're all very clean. I can't help but feel rather proud of 17-year-old me, putting these away with great care and astonishing foresight. What you see in the pictures is about half of my old RC boxes. I'm now pretty sure the rest is still there, too. As for the home spun mods, @Saito2 - my brother and I had a, um, portable track made from PVC pipes for those Minis. We'd lay out the pipes in the street, and they would form a track, you get the idea. We'd also bring out a garden hose, and aim it at one of the turns, call it simulated rain if you will. I think that's what the home made cover inside the blue Mini was for. I'm not too sure about the GH2 though. It has a transverse leaf spring setup under the front end, made from a bit of thick springy wire and lots of tape. I can't remember why, but I think this was meant as some sort of onroad suspension mod. Goes well with the 'street' slicks on the rear end. I think these were fabricated from standard GH2 tires by means of a drill and... sandpaper.
  2. About 25 years ago I left home to see the world. You know, go to Australia and find out what that is all about, that sort of stuff, only I ended up in Alaska, where it is much colder, and Moose roam the streets. But that is very much besides the point. Before I went, I packed up my belongings (including my RC cars) and stored them in a corner of the basement of my father's house, figuring I wouldn't be returning for quite some time. Turns out I really didn't, because the world is a pretty big place even if you don't count Australia and Alaska, and when I returned some five years later, I wasn't all that interested in the stuff I had left behind all these years ago. For most of the following 20 years, I simply assumed that my father at some point just threw out my boxes from the early nineties. Didn't care, didn't ask, and over time, simply forgot. Well, HE didn't. Throw anything out I mean, and apparently he didn't forget, either. We spoke about childhood memories the other day, and I guess he figured that now was a good time to return some of his son's stuff. Didn't say a word, just turned up a few days later with a trunk full of boxes, MY boxes, some of them at least, untouched, unopened, exactly like I left them behind in 1995.
  3. From several decades of experience with mighty General Motors, I'd say you can't always trust your favourite corporation to know what they're doing. Sometimes they really don't. But in the general case of Tamiya, I very much agree with you, I'd say they do. But... while the number of releases is clearly up, what about innovation? How many of those "new" releases shared the exact same platform? Might be interesting to adjust that chart for new platforms only.
  4. Don't forget one main contributing factor: eBay itself is no longer new, no longer the brand new, never experienced buying tool it once used to be. 20 years ago, eBay was a worldwide garage sale kind of operation, zero commercial sellers, no buy-it-now, no worldwide shipping and no paypal. That eBay ceased to exist years ago. The "real" people who once used to buy and sell there, the non-commercial collector guys, have, by and large, moved on. It's just another online retailer these days.
  5. Don't worry, they do that to all of us.
  6. Not a fan of the color editions at all, but strangely, this... this works for me. Looks awesome in black.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Hyperalloy Combat Chassis, I doubt you'll be able to cut him at all. Not with the tools available in this time.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. I've actually been, vaguely, keeping an eye out for one of these.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Haha, same thing here. Don't even know how I ended up there.
  20. Thank you for your kind offer, but if I'm going to set foot into originality badword, it's going to have to be NIB. You know, I have a feeling there might be no turning back after that. Might as well skip all levels inbetween and go straight for the big stuff.
  21. This is really interesting... Seems like both Associated and Monogram (and possibly the aforementioned video game companies) took some styling cues from world's largest advertisers, their contemporary US 1:1 passenger car industry. The RC10 box - which I think is absolutely stunning - would be "period correct" for a lot of eighties Big Three magazine and newspaper ads, while monogram went for the fifties dealer brochure look around the sides, whereas the main pic has a late eighties enthusiast magazine foto shoot flair to it... That's how classic cars were presented when the Tri-Chevy first rose to superstardom. Compared to these, the Tamiya look is... shall I say timeless? Ageless? Stand alone? Maybe that's what makes Tamiya box art so special - it didn't mirror the times, didn't take cues from anyone, didn't change with the times, not for almost 25 years.
  22. I see your collection is just veeeery slightly off-balance, due to an excess number of Falcons... I could fix that for you, if you'd like...
  23. I know this has nothing to do with the original question, but just let me say this: Personally, for my own intents and purposes, I couldn't agree more. For me, there would be no other way to go about it, anything less than that and the final outcome would not deserve to be called "restored". "Repaired", yes, but that's it. Bad enough the original bumper is missing, only way to mend it for me would be to find a correct replacement part, or another mostly complete early vintage car will turn into a more or less generic repaired old RC. Funny thing is, that's precisely why I'm not touching vintage stuff. I can absolutely understand why originality is not a big thing to most, especially when "incorrect" spares that can do the job perfectly while looking almost correct are around, and I can see clearly why the whole originality thing would seem pretty extreme to most sane human beings... I'd still just never be happy that way personally, and for reasons many around here have tried to explain or dismiss many times before, I'd probably end up buying NIB kits before long... Still, I'd rather buy the re-re than not go 100% on an original car. So thumbs up to anyone who goes thru the pain and effort of keeping vintage stuff original. If I'll ever have the time and nerve, I'll come over there and join you, up until then I'm staying on the re-re side of things where I won't even have to consider stuff like this.
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