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  1. Drill slowly reducing heat and also on a spare gear casing so you keep the original. I think there is a video or blog they did explaining why they didn’t it this way somewhere. I’ve had no problems on my runner.
  2. The MIP diffs come with a drill bit. It works fine. Zero problems when I did mine.
  3. I have the MIP hex set, they’re good but the handles aren’t that friendly to your hands. If I was starting again I’d buy the speed bits and use an alternative handle or perhaps buy Hudy. I use the Tamiya red set for the JIS screws. I also really like Wera and have a few of those. Heard good things about PB Swiss but never tried them.
  4. Here goes… *deep breath* 😂 When you have a thread about stating what you think is unpopular (without repercussion right?) and then others state you’re wrong. (I had expected to read this thread and see what people thought was unpopular, not then see disagreements and arguments against proving the point entirely) I also hate the BigWig. Looks cheap and plastic to me. Yeah they’re all plastic but I dunno… the BigWig just looks and feels (without ever seeing on in person) horrendous.
  5. I think we can or I can’t see anything in the rules saying we can’t… so here it is @ChrisRx718 https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:16873
  6. I’m sure I’ve seen some already printed on that auction site we all know and love too. The Thingiverse ones work fine. There are sites you can use to ask other people who live near you to print things as well, which is much cheaper than using Shapeways.
  7. Yep. You can use the top chassis and cage form the rere HS and SHS. I believe @Kpowell911 means that a rere HSII will likely use the BH HSII top chassis.
  8. Hi all, does anyone have an STL for a Lunchbox GoPro mount? I've seen one was available at one time on the net but it's since been removed. I've not interested in selling it, just wanted to print one for my own personal use.
  9. Hey. For those that are interested in the differences between the Hotshot II and the Blockhead rere of the Hotshot II I thought I'd compile a list, which would be helpful for those that want to try and convert one to it's original form. As a starting point there is an excellent article about the differences between the HS, SS, HSII and rere HS here: https://tamiyabase.com/articles/46-technical/176-distinguishing-the-hotshot-supershot-and-hotshot-ii Now onto the HSII vs the BH HSII rere: - The original uses a one piece ball cup with integrated shaft, and was held in with C clips where as the reres all use a separate shaft and E clips. The E clips are thicker and to accomodate this the gear casings are slightly different. The original had a three piece thrust bearing, the rere has a singular thrust bearing. The original front gear box uses a brass numper stay. The rere uses aluminium. The original front numper does not have a recycling logo in the centre. The rere does. The original used plastic washers to hold the gear box together. The rere uses metal washers. The original used red parts, and not silver. The rear uprights are different to the HS and SS. HS and SS parts are not interchangable. Super Sabre parts will fit howveer I heard someone say once that the Super Sabre red parts are a different shade of red. I've never had a Super Sabre so I cannot verify this.. but it's something that you may want to look out for. The original wheel triangle mounts are different to the HS and SS. The HS & SHS rere parts in red will work, but they are different. The original red shocks use brass inserts, the rere yellow shocks use ball colars and are of a newer CVA damper design. The original prop shart was of the coat hanger design with corresponding cups. The rere uses a more modern design. All the drive cups on the rere now have urethane bushings inserted. The original had nothing or you could fit your own o ring. The rere body has an extra cut out for the metal plate up top and dimples for the number plate screw holes. The original top chassis and roll cage is different. The original wheels were white, the reres are silver. The original battary retainer is more round, the rere is squarer in design. The original had an MSC, the rere comes with an ESC. Note the wire colours of the original MSC are different to the one supplied in other kits of that era. The rear shock tower and battery plate is the same. The original drive shafts were thinner. All the reres use beefed up versions. Reproduction decals in my experience all have issues and are not perfect and are not 100% accurate. The original came with a silver can motor, with a white or black plastic end bell. I've seen both. The rest I believe is the same. Now depending on how purist you want to be you either will or won't be able to convert one. To get a 100% original car it's going to take a lot of time hunting around and a lot of money and for some of the red parts the best chance you have is to buy a vintage car when wone comes up... sometimes even more than one in order to secure all the correct parts that are in good working order. I'm hoping for a rere of the HSII in it's original form, but if they do release one I'm pretty certain we will still be missing the original gear cassngs, C clips, original drive shafts and dampers. Still we should gain the original body, semi-complete original decals, and barring the dampers, the rest of the red parts so that'll still be pretty good. --Cynan
  10. I had this problem recently too. The spare tips out of stock everywhere.. but then I saw an STL on Thingverse so all was good.
  11. As a kid money was tight and second hand was the only way I could get my hands on a Tamiya, and I count myself fortune it was a HS2. It came with a Futaba Magnum Junior, a spare crystal and a tub of spares. The gentleman who sold it me also gave me a copy of a guide book with the Avante on the front. I still have that now though sadly not the car. Many a night I drooled over that guide book reading it cover to cover, desperately wishing that someday I’d be able to get a Technigold and another Futaba transmitter with more dials - because more meant better right 😂 Something I’d either forgotten or only just noticed but on the back of the guide book it it’s written “Hobbin, Model, Portland St”. Anyhow when I got back into the hobby the choice was clear to me - an Avenue re-release. My first kit build from new.
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