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About c64orinoco

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  • Birthday 05/18/1971

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    Sydney, Australia
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    Tamiya cars, Architecture, Lego, Cheese, Single Malt Whiskey

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  1. Architect, focussing on BIM (Building Information Modelling) - essentially fulll digital twin of the built form.
  2. My wife is building a SRB Sand Scorcher. We're up to the dampers, and it's already noticable that the SRB dampers seem to be pretty leak-prone. I have seen the dampers installed upside-down in some pictures - is there any drawback from mounting them like this? Otherwise it seems like the damper oil is just going to drain out over time.
  3. In order of aquisition: Sand Rover - original 1983 version, owned since new by my brother, now mine. TT02B Neo Scorcher M07 with Mini body (body not Tamiya) M07R with Alfa Romeo Mito body Comical Hornet Frog re-re Hornet re-re GF06 King Yellow SW01 Lunch Box VQS re-re Fighting Buggy re-re (my first car in 1983 was a Super Champ) Lunch Box re-re My wife has: Comical Frog SRB Sand Scorcher re-re I thought I had a problem but now I can see I only have a very mild case.
  4. Love the gold look, it looks much better than my plain yellow one!
  5. My first Tamiya (and first RC car) was a Super Champ, in 1983. I bought it on Norfolk Island - which had no taxes, so it was significantly cheaper than what I would have paid back in Australia. Apart from the cost of actually getting to and from Norfolk Island, which 12-yr-old me didn't worry about. Still, I saved up for an entire year to buy that car. The radio was a 2-stick Futaba (Attack I think?). I raced it at the St.Ives Off Road RC Car Club at the St.Ives showgroound in Sydney. I have memories of having to watch out for snakes in summer, they would hide in the shade under the jump ramps. I sold the Super Champ a few years later and bought a Hornet. For the life of me I cannot remember what became of the Hornet, I don't know where it ended up. I got rid of a lot of things when I started uni, and about that time I was more into RC gliders than cars, so maybe I sold it. I still have a car from that era; my brother bought a Sand Rover at the same time I bought the Super Champ. It ended up being given to a friend of mine, who last year gave it back to me. Cleaned up (but not too much, it has patina) I got it running again, but one of the gears is missing several teeth so it tends to skip a bit. One of these days I'm going to get a 3D printed gear so I can drive it a bit more - carefully though, it's a bit delicate! I actually snapped the bumper off just by picking it up one-handed from the front, it was too much force for the old brittle plastic so it snapped off, much to my horror. Luckily I was able to get a spare to replace it. Of course I had to get the Fighting Buggy re-re this year, so I once again have a Super Champ!
  6. I spent a pleasant afternoon building cars with the wife. She's started building her Sand Scorcher, and I picked the Lunchbox from my pile of unbuilt car kits. Progress is slow, but thats OK because I like the building stage.
  7. The only question I can answer is replacing the old radio gear with a modern set is probably a good idea, as well as getting a modern ESC. All of this can get found quite cheaply, eg Flysky GT3-C transmitter and receiver, Hobbywing 1060 ESC.
  8. Wow, I came equal-first for the grass-surface racers! I need to find some tarmac, but it might be some time as we are still in Covd hard lock-down. Not allowed to go more than 5km from home.
  9. My entire back yard is Kikuyu. I hate it, but we rent, so I can't dig the whole lot up and replace it with an awesome dirt / crawler track.
  10. Not a major reason, just what's available locally. Years ago the local hardware stores stocked a great range of paints, but anti-grafiti laws down here severely restrict what is available - just basic flat colours, very boring. You can't even easily browse spray paints - they are locked away in dark cages and you have to find someone with the key; you even have to show ID to show you are over 18 (I'm a bit over that). It's laughabe as it doesn't seem to stop the amount of grafiti you see! Real car places don't have the colours that my wife wants to use either. There are no real cars currently available in metallic purple, so the Tamiya range is our best option.
  11. Sensible limits... sensible limits.... hmmm.... no... not ringing a bell for me. NZJohn welcome to the club! For something to do with your cars, check out the monthly Postal Racing link in the main forum. All the fun of club racing, but in your own back yard!
  12. My wife wants to paint her Sand Scorcher metallic purple. Only problem is, Tamiya don't make a metallic purple in the TS series. There is however a metallic purple in the PS series. The other thought we had was using the TS series purple as a base and putting PS Lame Flake (glitter!) over the top and then a coat of TS gloss clear. I think if we were to use the PS metallic purple I would undercoat with the TS silver because I know the PS metallics need silver as a backing. Then a coat of the Lame Flake and finally clear coat over the top. Will the PS paints stick as well to polystyrene as they do to polycarbonate? My mind says they would, polycarbonate seems to be more difficult to stick to. Has anyone had any experience mixing the two series? Are the paints compatible with each other? Do the PS series work on polystyrene?
  13. If it's Tamiya it might be 'Camel Yellow'.
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