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  1. Does the slot you've filled in the bracket to hold the gearbox allow the gearbox to articulate as well as hinge? The slot in the ampro one is chamfered to allow the gearbox to pivot as well as hinge to enable each rear wheel to go up and down (almost) independantly.
  2. The shapeways parts arrived yesterday and i fitted them last night. It was a straight forward fit and the parts themselves seem to be of very good quality, albeit with a coarser finish than the factory parts. I presume this is just the finish that you just get with 3d printed parts. I ran the car briefly last night in the dark. First impressions are that the Hornet Hop is much reduced. It's not completely gone, but its much improved and the car is a lot more stable. Its also much less inclined to flip over when turning sharply at speed. Overall, a very worthwhile modification. Next thing to do is see if the car performs better with the rear springs spacers in or out. They're currently out, but it would be interesting to see if running the springs harder or softer makes a significant difference. There is now no way the battery is going to fall out which would have made the modification worthwhile in its own right.
  3. Just had the mad bull/vanquish hex hubs arrive yesterday. Now i need to find a set of suitable wheels. Thanks for your reply. I've just received a set of madbull/vanquish hex hubs which should fit. Now to find a suitable set of wheels with decent tyres that will grip on grass. I've got the original white wheels with the rally block tyres, but they're wearing quickly and give minimal grip on grass. I've also got an original set of yellow wheels with slick tyres on that i can use on tarmac, but i'm trying to avoid using the car on tarmac because of the damage that you pick up if the car rolls. Ideally i'll find a set of white wheels with similar rally block tyres where the spikes aren't worn away like my existing ones.
  4. My parts arrived this morning. Delivery costs were around $10 to the UK. Expensive compared to the cost of the parts, but don't know anywhere else you can get them.
  5. Thanks for you comments. I certainly don't expect the suspension to be anything like as effective as my Celica Gr.B. But if the bouciness can be reduced and i can combine it with stopping the battery cover falling off, that's a win. Looking forward to the Ampro shapeways parts arriving
  6. That's exactly the info i needed, thanks. Probably going to buy the version with the battery door retainer and the battery door from them as well. Will now have a look at the lower shock mounting bracket
  7. I've recently bought and built a re-release Hornet with my 9 year old son. Great fun buggy, but the rear end bounce makes it quite difficult to drive on ground, particularly since we've installed a sport tuned motor. I've seen the ampro transmission retainer bracket which looks interesting, but i can't find any reviews relating to whether it help reduce the bounciness of the hornet rear end. I appreciate it stops the clicking, but does it have a significant impact on the bounce? Thanks in advance for any replies.
  8. Battery chargers have moved on a bit... i bought the VSR mini you suggested and had to spend about 3 hours googling how to charge a battery I also have a quicrun 1060 esc on order. Having built my son's new hornet with him and seen how much longer batteries last nowadays i can see the benefit. How much of that is battery and how much is the loss of the resistor for speed control i don't know. But my old MSC doesn't work very well so its the ideal time to see how much difference a modern ESC makes.
  9. Thank you for your reply. Your help is much appreciated. The bottom shock seals are ok. It’s the fibre seal that seals the cap to the top of the damper body. Might be able to get away with ptfe tape, bug I’d prefer the original seal If I could find one. So do the mad bull vanquish hexes slot straight on to the original splines? The after market ones I’ve seen seem to clamp on.
  10. Decals arrived today. Would there be any interest in a high res scan? I also noticed a brand new unbuilt Celica GrB on ebay with a buy it now price of £1k! Lastly, any suggestions where i can get replacement tyres from? I've seen references to using a different tamiya tyre but with a foam innner to stop the tyre dipping in which i presume means the tyre isn't quite the right size. PS for anyone still worried, i have a Hornet on order for to learn to drive with.
  11. Just bought a new tbg body shell, spoiler and interior + a set of original decals. The existing bodyshell is tatty so I’m going to use that one as the runner and build up a new one as the display one.
  12. Battery did arrive today and the car still works Shocks have lost all their oil, speed controller throw is too great so it over travels if you push the stick too far forward, and it bounces all over the place because the dampers aren’t working correctly, but it’s good fun! I’d completely forgotten how fast it was too. Anyone know where I can get new seals for the dampers and some damper oil? I did let my son gave a quick go, but only under close supervision!
  13. Battery is arriving today It had a battery eliminator system so didn't need the battery AA battery pack. That being said, the BEC system was responsible for my previous Boomerang been run over by a milkfloat. The NiCad was nearly flat, stopped powering the radio control, so the speed controller stayed in the position it was in and i had no control of the steering. It drove itself right under the rear wheel of an old battery powered milk float The car itself is in good condition. The Polycarb shell is cracked and scratched from use as you'd expect, but not badly. I see that you can buy new shells and decals on ebay! I've still got the box and the instructions. I could have done a better job painting the shell and i didn't bother painting the driver and co driver. Amazingly, the tyres are still round and i have spare set of 959 wheels with slicks which from memory were the cause of the cracks in the bodyshell. The slicks had a lot of grip and the car would tend to roll rather than skid if i turned too fast at speed. The only thing that seems to be missing is the clear plastic tube that the aerial went in and the clear plastic cover for the speed controller. Value would be interesting, but i wouldn't sell it. My Tamiya RC cars where the best toys i had when i was around 10-14 years old. The Boomerang is long gone, but i'm glad i kept the Celica. If i can make it run, that would be great. But i'm inclined to use it a few times for nostalgia's sake and buy my son a repro kit that we can build together and where spares are more readily available. Photos for those interested below:
  14. Thanks for your reply and the info on the speed controller. Presumably, with an ESC, the servo is not longer required. So does the speed controller receive the input that would have gone to the servo directly? The original batteries are long gone as i disposed of them years ago to avoid any risk of leakage. When i say everything moves freely, i mean that everything moves freely by hand. I've got a new battery on order, but thank you for the suggestions for a charger. I still have the original trickle charger and a 12v fast charger that i used to connect to a car battery charger instead of a car battery I won't be doing that nowadays!
  15. Hi All, My son has just reached an age where he is interested in remote control cars and i'd like to get my old Celica GRB up and running again. It hasn't turned a wheel in 30+ years but was in good running condition when i stopped using it. Other than putting a new battery in it, are there any other steps i should take before running it again? It looks fine and everything moves freely. Is it worth replacing the speed controller with a modern electronic one? If so, what type should i be looking for? All help and advice appreciated.
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