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  1. By accident I found some new factory team and spare parts for my Associated TC3. Seems I have to put the old and used TC3 a bit higher of the priority list. But anyways, parts are hard to find for these cars here in Europe. Especially factory team. So if you know somebody with parts, feel free 😁
  2. After some test fitting and different test mounts I finally convertednmy Juggernaut 2 to servo on axle. Really like the look and the ability to steer the front and read separately. I also changed the league springs to a softer setting from the high lift models.
  3. The last parts for my Juggernaut 2 recommissioning. After 20 years in the attic it will return with new springs and one servo per axle.
  4. After over 3 years I finally managed to finish the DF01/DB01 Frankenstein Top Force. What a great day and very satisfying to complete such a long project.
  5. Right before Christmas and after 6 months without any RC work, I did myself a present. Normaly I'm a LRP guy, but couldn't resist... Castle creations brushless combo Build quality is absolutely top. Now with the parts from Christmas, I can complete my DF01/DB02 Frankenstein
  6. Excuse the delay. I have to work harder than normal in my second occupation. Life is getting more expensive, so there is not so much money left for the Tamiyas (second cheaper hobby). @BuggyGuy @kontemaxunfortunately not. I still have to order the tires and paint the body. Also the RC components are missing. I will switch over to 2.4 GHz, so I search for a used Sanwa M12 or MT
  7. Perfect hop uped TA02. Especially with these rare parts like the bumper and the stabilizer
  8. Took some pictures of my 90% ready DF01/DB01 Hybrid long time project.
  9. Since the last update I've done severall tiny steps. Everytime I found some minutes I worked on the car, so there were no step by step updates. But here we are. The DF01 now is 90% complete. Yesterday I had some time to take some better pictures. So I let the pictures talk. I really love the look of the chassis. It's so much work and it would look nice on the shelf, but I have to run it. The next steps will be to address some small refinements on the chassis (e.g. change Diff outdrives and glue them in etc.), order and install the electronic components, order some tires (think I go oldschool with TF Tires) and one big point: Paint the TF Body. Currently I don't know which colors I will choose. The rims are fluorescent yellow.
  10. It's a normal progress in all vintage scenes. The people began to collect pieces of their youth. But they getting older and ,at the end, die. The next generation didn't have interest in these pieces, because they are not of their youth. A good example is the real car market. Cars from the 80s and 90s are on a high they never seen. Cars before WW2 or short after are getting cheaper, because the potential buyers are dieing out. Only a small amount of "younger" people like the cars. So it is with the vintage RC Scene. I'm 37 and startet with the agebof 12 with RC Cars. My first car was a Super Hornet. So I have to admit a Frog, Boomerang or something older isn't that desireable for me as a Top Force Evolution or a Dyna Storm. Just because these cars were old when I was young. So think the scene will life again, but the cars will change.
  11. 9415283 is a spare part from a kit. Seems it's not offered in the USA. If you only need the thrust washers and balls 9804400 and 53379 are you parts. 53379 is a upgrade over the steel ones.
  12. 9415283 is the part Number for the balls and plates in the diff. If you alredy have a EVO, you have the best diff in the line. The aluminium parts are more precise regards tolerances etc. You can use harder balls 53379 if you want to upgrade.
  13. @SuperluminalRelly nice job. Motivates me to build my TA02RS replica. I have investigated the mystery with the collars on the hard drives. Here are the original instructions for 53219. As the instructions say, you have to glue in the hard drives into the corresponding diff parts before you assemble the differential. Now here's the point. If you put in the hard drives in the diff parts, you can insert them to far. So during assembly you will have a problem. Here the collars provide a fixed distance and no problems with assembly. With the normal balldiff you never use these because Tamiya never suggested to glue in the hard drives. Another benefit with these collars, you put the axial load from the hard drives on the inner ring of the bearing. Without them the load goes on the plates of the ball diff. I think because of this the collars are included in the package with the universal shafts. As for the instructions for 54219 I have to revise my post. You don't need the collars on the TF Evo but on any other DF01, TA01 and TA02. On the Evo you alredy have the collars on the 9805419 hard drives. I hope this helped a bit. But feel free to criticize.
  14. You all texting so fast 😂 Tomorrow I will check the parts and hopefully can clarify the misterious collar question with pictures. I think i know why Tamiya used this is the 53219 option.
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