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    Current cars:

    58035 Wild Willy LWB 1982 x1 shelfer
    58045 Hornet 1984 x1 runner
    58054 Super Shot 1986 x1 shelfer
    58055 Boomerang 1986 x2 shelfer/runner
    58056 Falcon 1986 x1 shelfer
    58061 Striker 1987 x1 NB
    58062 Hotshot 2 1987 x1 project
    58066 Super Sabre 1987 x1 project
    58067 Thunder Shot 1987 x1 shelfer
    58070 Midnight Pumpkin 1987 x1 Shelfer
    58071 Sonic Fighter 1988 x1 project
    58075 Terra Scorcher 1988 x2 shelfer/runner
    58076 Vanquish 1988 x1 project
    58081 King Cab 1989 x1 project
    58082 Madcap 1989 x5 runner/shelfer/shelfer/shelfer/donor
    58087 Manta Ray 1990 x1 project
    58096 TA01 chassis 1991 x1 project?
    58116 Dyna Storm 1992 x1 shelfer
    58161 Ta02 Ford F-150 Truck 1995 x1 runner
    58210 Ta03F Subaru Impreza WRC97 1998 x1 project
    58221 Baja Champ TL01B 1998 x1 project
    58245 FF02 Alpha Romeo 156 Racing 1999 x1 runner
    58256 Juggernaut 2 2000 x1 project
    58262 TB01 Raybrig NSX 2000 2000 x1 NB unfinished
    58275 Mad Fighter 2001 x1 runner
    58334 DF02 Rising Storm 2004 x1 NB unfinished
    58370 DF03 Dark Impact 2006 x1 runner
    58404 DB01 Baldre 2008 x1 project
    58489 Avante 2011 NB
    58583 Egress 2013 x2 NIB/NB Runner
    58587 DT03 Neo Fighter 2014 x1 Runner.
    58618 Monster Beetle 2015 x 1 NB

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  1. The Thundershot range of buggies are based on quite a capable chassis. Unfortunately released at a time when racers were droppping their Hotshots and Bigwigs in favour of belt driven, fibre glass buggies from other companies. If the racing charts of the day are anything to go by Hotshots and Bigwigs were often making A finals and taking first place. If the Thundershot buggies were released a year sooner, I think they would have been a force to be reckoned with out on track. People often cite the Manta Ray chassis as development of the changes made to the Egress in its racing life. That maybe true, But if you look at the changes made to the Egress, specifically Jamie Booth's car, you can see how many of the unique features of that chassis were replaced with many standard components - a traditional suspension set up with normal wishbones and damper mounting points, as well as a little kick up at the front to help it ride the bumps a bit better. The steering knuckle was also replaced with a Hotshot item, helping to reduce scrub radius and improve steering and ease pressure on the front drive train through its suspension travel. All of these changes made the Egress much more like the Thundershot, which then lead to the development of the Manta Ray. if you look at a Manta Ray and a Thundershot side by side, they are practically identical at first glance. - Transverse motors, shaft driven with bevel gears either end and no slipper clutch, twin bellcrank steering, geared differentials front and rear of the same design internally, traditional double wishbone suspension all round, as well as yellow CVA dampers. If anything, Tamiya scrapped the Egress design altogether, went back to the Thundershot, evolving the chassis with many subtle changes learned in the field, a produced the new plastic fantastic, which became the basis of a new all out racing machine. With a few tweaks, the Terra Scorcher is, or would have been quite the performer on the track, as is evident by what came before it, and what it ultimately became in the Top Force.
  2. This is definately going to be a Vanquish and not a Vanquish rip off on a TT02B chassis?
  3. At least I'll be able to get an affordable chassis for my original - currently in pieces, awaiting restoration.
  4. For a few weeks I've been trying to strip the paint from an old, used, beaten Baja Champ shell. It has been painted in a less than pleasant orange by the previous owner and it needs to go. It's less important now that I have a brand new shell, but still it's an excuse to experiment with paint removal from polycarbonate. What has worked for me on certain paints, is Rustins Surface Cleaner. It seems to work on brushed paints and hasn't damaged any plastic I've applied it to. However it hasn't shifted the orange paint or even made a dent. No product has. Today I got some Tamiya paint remover and thought I'd give it a go. I tried it on an old King Cab shell and it worked. The paint just came away with some gentle rubbing. Excellent. It's time to try it on the Baja Champ shell. Using a cotton bud, I applied the paint remover to the shell and spread it around, expecting to see instant results. Nothing happened. No lifting or peeling. Nothing! That orange must be some sort of super paint to resist various spirits and compounds flung at it. I was stumped so I left the product on to soak. A few hours should do it. Nope! Does the military know about this paint? Despite the colour, I'm sure it will be useful in extreme circumstances - bomb proofing, anti radiation suits, Knight Rider - that sort of thing. When I came back to it i found that some of the paint remover had manged to work its way through the cracks in the body to outside which had become sticky to the touch. As I was prodding away at it, my finger started to turn orange, and small clear areas started to appear on the polycarbonate. It turns out that the previous owner of the car had painted the shell on the outside.
  5. Chances are, after the time and effort I put in to this shell, it will not be a runner - unless I nause it right up! I'll get another body for running. and just keep it basic and usable.
  6. Thanks for the tip. The putty guidelines suggest using a spatula to spread and move the putty where needed and build up thin layers. That didn't quite work out for me. I might use a toothpick for such small areas next time.
  7. A bit more work on the Monster Beetle body. I got some putty in the post today and set about filling in the gap between the beetle's nose and main body. I never have liked the gap and the step down from the body to nose. The putty is really messy stuff and it spread out all over the place. I thought I'd ruined everything before I'd even started. A lot of sanding later with grits from 240 to 800, and the front end is now smooth and one piece. There's still a little bit to be done at the front, gaps to be filled between the fenders and the nose and deciding what to do about the BIG mould lines above the front fenders.
  8. These Gartpots are also available on Amazon for £25, which isn't bad if they're a good battery. I've been tempted to get one or two myself, but I have five other LiPo batteries in the same size hard cases already. I'm still tempted though. Please let us know how you get on with them and perhaps put your findings in this thread. Very interested.
  9. Short dampers for rear. Suggested 82mm.
  10. The back packaging from the original Hicap mini dampers suggests a length of 71mm.
  11. New plastic for the Hotshot 2. Front skid plate and bumper.
  12. More magazines! Model Cars from June 1981 Model Cars from June 1989 and July 1991. Not in the best condition so might keep an eye out for better copies Radio Race Car issues 13 and 14 from 1983 Radio Race Car, May, August 1987 Radio Race Car, June 1992, Boomerang/Hotshot etc F parts, 2000 grit abrasive papers and CVA short shocks
  13. Astute items will fit. jk-rc on Ebay is probably the cheapest around right now https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Choice-Of-New-Genuine-Tamiya-Spare-Parts-For-Tamiya-Super-Astute-47381-R-C-Car/312812530473?hash=item48d5146b29:g:wAoAAOSwZy1draK7 otherwise a 70mm shaft with small ball ends will fit.
  14. There were a few Model Cars magazines from 1986 on Ebay sold earlier. Did you buy them? The same seller has a lot of other magazines from other years, but they're selling them as packages with slightly too high asking prices for me, otherwise I would have been all over them. I love the old magazines and I'm always on the lookout for any issues that I don't have. I mostly look for RRCi as I found it more informative and thorough with its reviews when compared to RCMC. However, the much older issues of RCMC were a lot less lazy when compared to later issues, for the most part, so i'll still buy them when found and the price is right.
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