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  1. I'm wondering what keeps the front uprights attached to the wishbones. In the Hotshot series there is a metal plate to secure the ball joints, although it sometimes detaches in racing impacts.
  2. I have my own view on the Mb-01. It won't have enough weight over the driven wheels in any configuration, so would not handle any more power than stock 540. I consider it as toy-grade, and somehow it looks like a funny joke to me. It would be spinning around until the tyres wear out. Otherwise it could be an interesting test of skill to drive around a micro-circuit at low speed.
  3. I can imagine the Sand Scorcher and Ford Ranger being released on the BB-01 platform. Especially the trucks due to the 283mm wheelbase.
  4. In Japanese it reads as TECHNI-COLD to avoid trademark infringement.
  5. The colour scheme is an exact copy of the Blockhead motors Wild One. Jun Watanabi has a reputation as a designer, so I think he should have come up with something original for this release.
  6. I love the accents you made to the original colour scheme. The old models have lasting qualities that justify the purchase cost.
  7. I'd be more likely to buy one if they created "look-alike" Falcon body style on a DT-02 chassis. There was the Neo Falcon (58401) - But the body style was too much Gundam style. (That is nothing to do with Psy, BTW).
  8. Such a classy buggy. The first time I saw one (long ago), I was sure its worth $1000 because of all the metal parts.
  9. The Avante came out well. Credit to Tamiya for creating a good looking design in the first place. Its a pity Tamiya gave up the idea of using FRP or CRP chassis, as it is always better than ABS bathtub. My favourite design from Mechanic_AH is the Lancia themed Super Storm Dragon. Really inspired work!
  10. TA-04 is absolutely a thing of beauty. Now that Kyosho re-released the Optima mid, the TA-04 seems the most appropriate response from Tamiya if they were to consider a re-re.
  11. I recall I came across this in one of my previous lives. It happens because the brushes wear on the leading edge, and the timing becomes retarded due to the wear pattern. If the motor was brand new, the speed would be the same in both directions.
  12. The surprising thing about the Frog is how well it performs compared to other Tamiya buggies of the time. I don't really like anything about the design, but the handling is better than I expected.
  13. The design looks good. This time the steering linkage looks so much better than the TD-4. It also solves the battery access problem. IMO, TD-2 >> TD-4! I'd be interested to know how good a mid-motor buggy is on a traditional dirt track.
  14. The potential problem is dirt contamination. It will become abrasive, so its probably not very helpful to maintain the life of shock seals.
  15. I'm hoping for a less compromised design than the TD-4. It shouldn't be too much to ask!
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