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  1. @Juhunio you’ve probably done this already, but if not worth asking Antony or James at Tony’s Tamiya if the 53643’s are actually discontinued rather than just out of stock everywhere. I did find this though, and the site has an English language option: https://shopee.co.id/READY-53643-Tamiya-5Mm-Aluminum-Ball-Connector-Red-LIMITED-i.175413530.12957294731
  2. Despite buying from all over the globe for many years, my first ever order arrived today from Plaza Japan - thought I’d give them a go as some parts plus the postage seems super cheap. Ordered 4 Jan, arrived here in the UK today, 14th. Can’t be bad!
  3. Just got this: a heavily hopped up TA04 chassis, built but never used, just dirty from storage. Has the TA04 special dampers, Super stock type T, alu diff, pulleys, and steering set, and lots more including some aftermarket alu front and rear hubs and knuckles. Tyres are perished and wheels are non-tamiya I think. Best thing - it was cheap!
  4. @Juhunio I have a set of the purple drive shafts, new unused but loose. You are welcome to them if still needed. 👍
  5. Reflecting HMRC rules, if the declared value is below £135, in theory you shouldn’t get taxed on entry into the UK. That’s been my experience since Brexit anyway with stuff like this coming into the UK from anywhere in the world. Overseas sellers will typically declare value in their own currency, so I tend to think it best to aim for £125-130 equivalent to be on the safe side.
  6. Coincidentally, for the first time in a long time it occurred to me earlier today to check whether these sets had been listed in his shop again, and then I promptly forgot, so great to hear this news - thanks @Raman36 😄
  7. Looks great! Also a very resonant story, as I had the XR311 back in the day for Xmas (c.1982), plus the 6v Tamiya pack with a quick charger, and AP227 MkII Acoms set. I also remember shelling out some pocket money and getting a 7.2v hump pack to get the thing to go faster, and remember vividly gouging out part of the inner floor to take the hump, using a sharp knife heated on the gas hob! Very crude but it worked. I have a NIB original XR311 to build again one of these days, and also have this same complete RC Channel suspension mod and dampers to add, so it's good to see your project!
  8. Totally agree with this, and snap, as this pretty much mirrors my own experience over the past 16 years since rediscovering Tamiya! I also agree about this being a great Forum, the best I’ve come across for anything IMHO, and one I’ve been part of on and off (often with several years break) and always felt welcomed back when I pop up again. My advice @DeadMeat666 no doubt mirroring much of what has already been shared, and based on what I’ve learned from waning interests generally, is not to react by selling, but to put your RC stuff out of sight and hence out of mind, and see if the mood takes you back to RC at some point in the next year or several. If it doesn’t, maybe sell up, and no doubt prices will be higher then in which case you’ll have wasted nothing/ less than you might feel now financially.
  9. Hi Lee, I saw some listed on eBay a while back, and I’ve just checked and still for sale from ebayer viva.japan: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/363662733048?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Deb55d7374cb74b8a924a9c593a095059%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D363662733048%26itm%3D363662733048%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057%26brand%3DTamiya&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Ace19e861-6b2c-11ec-b345-5275ed8b2457|parentrq%3A16cd7acd17e0ab9e87652e9ffff4a578|iid%3A1
  10. Got this from Japan just before Xmas, and have only just had a chance to open it. It’s mint, not bad for a kit originally sold in 2003 👍😊
  11. Anyone got one of these going spare? Thanks
  12. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-apply-for-a-repayment-of-import-duty-and-vat-if-youve-overpaid-c285
  13. It’s a bit of a tortuous process, but you should be able to get the vat you’ve paid at the uk border back. RC Mart correctly charged you vat, but made a mistake on the declared value, which took it above the £135 uk threshold, so it got picked up on entry to the uk also. However you’ll find, as long as you have your RC Mart receipt showing you've been charged vat by them (I.e. they have collected it already on behalf of HMRC), that you can claim the vat charged the 2nd tine back. Don’t expect to get the handling fee back though, based on having been through this in the recent past. Might be worth contacting RC mart and asking them to recompense that aspect via a store credit, given they caused this issue in the first place.
  14. Hi Just after a couple of small parts to complete the gear and flywheel assembly for an engine I’m fitting to a Tamiya Tg10 Mk2 Chassis. Just one 7mm e ring clip, and a wave washer, as shown. Can anyone help? Thanks all
  15. I think there must be some problems more generally with the forum and main site too - I can’t access the home page on the latter from my standard link, yet I can access other pages, for example a google search for my showroom takes me there and then everywhere else. Bugs bugs bugs!
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