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  1. Great idea. @G-rem I'm also anti box-art; generally i just look for inspiration either real-world or photos/images online, and just try and find cans and combinations that i think might work - i don't airbrush, so colours are limited with cans - and then as @Nwc100 said its about trial and error on either lexan cutoffs from previous shells, or i tend to use A4 clear protective covers (similar to the old over-head projector sheets from schools). I find the A4 sheet makes it easier if i want to test colours next to each other with clean masking, otherwise soft drink bottles are also an option.
  2. Bah! Look at all you Northern Hemispherers (is that even a word) with your action shots of your RC, in all their glory, churning through the snow. Closest I get to RC in the snow, would be if I used them to help defrost my freezer here in Aus. So far we're having a pretty mild and average summer here, if it ends up peaking like it has past few years, i may have to start a "what Tamiya is good for not melting to the pavement" thread, haha. In all seriousness, looks like a great time, wish we had an opportunity down here for such bashing.
  3. Sounds like the NiMH is either on its way out, or despite what your charger maybe telling you, isn't getting a full charge any more. This, at least in my experience, tends to be pretty common with them. I typically notice/get it after running fine for a few mins on some of my older batteries, its happened occasionally as soon as I've put the battery in and switched on, and in thoses cases it highlighted the charging issue. And yes, power cycling the ESC usually gets operational again, but as soon as you hit full throttle you'll cut out again. Running the 104BK you'll better off sticking with NiMH, unless you want to get a separate LiPO monitor/cutoff.
  4. Does anyone know if these Tamiya masking sheets are printable ? https://www.rcmart.com/tamiya-masking-seal-53416-00033480 I guess technically anything is, but in terms of standard inkjet printer actually drying on them and not just immediately wiping off or smudging ? I've used PARMA sheets that explicitly mentioned they were printable, but cant find them anywhere anymore, and noticed this at RC Mart.
  5. Possibly a molding concern, being able get it to release easily due to angles. Still from that photo looks like the detail is well defined in terms of panels, windows, etc compared to cheaper shells - though its Tamiya so would expect a competent level of detail. Am i right in they are a short wheelbase 230ish ? so for M chassis only ? My mate had an '85 S3 - think its been labeled Limited, though i don't remember that naming convention here in AU - but silver with the dark grey side trim, and burgundy interior.
  6. To a point i think you are right; but there are some, and I'm sure this is driven by upbringing and parental influence, who do. I had a father who was always in the shed, and i was always from a young age (again parent influence) building things out of whatever there was: card, Balsawood, Lego, Mechano etc so to me the build became the draw. And yes i had the C64 and eventual Mega Drives, even ended up a programmer like my dad too as a result. Having said that, i have a nephew who also likes to build things, and has shown an interest in my cars, whether that translates into a desire for his own build or just his own car (built by someone from a kit he picks, or a RTR) is yet to be seen. Again true, but could this not come down to the idea again of needing something to not be left out vs a true passion/interest ? Which i admit, may not necessarily be a bad thing, if these other non Tamiya entry points get them into the hobby, and they truly gain an appreciation for it, then i'd like to think they would branch out and see what this "Tamiya hype or nostalgia" is all about - the same way plenty here have other non-Tamiya stuff. @mud4fun glad to see your kids are fully embracing and enjoying the hobby. You make some valid points in terms of the "things they like", i do feel at a certain age it can be more about the look and feel of something than the performance or the price. I too would love a decent crawler, but for the the price in AUD is just not something i can justify at the current point in time, especially when they are a RTR. If im paying such a high amount, i want the satisfactions of being able to build (and as a result gain some understanding of the workings). But looking at all the comments, i think the general consensus is Tamiya just needs a fresh look/take and to come at things from a new angle to spark a new generation into action.
  7. There was a topic recently along the same lines. I guess there is not definitive answer or reason; its all going to be pretty subjective. Probably somewhat pessimistic approach/view here but ... Arguments could be made for the short attention spans in society today, and the need for instant (or any kind of) gratification and recognition; which i think drives the need to "conform" instead of being happy to stand on your own beliefs/interests. So the idea of spending time and effort on building a kit for example becomes very niche or almost counter culture; as its done for enjoyment and interest and not peer recognition (or to keep up with the Jones's). So in these instances RTR becomes more appealing; though they may put it aside after the initial novelty wears off, or the reason for buying it (e.g away on holiday something to use; which i find a lot with Drones) is removed. There may also be a case for those of us that are into the hobby (regardless of age) on more than a superficial level being more appreciative of our possessions. We take pride in "owning and building" something, as opposed to "consuming" something - don't get me wrong we aren't hoarders (well i hope we aren't haha). Think other industries, where video-philes and audio-philes will always gravitate to physical media. Streaming services and binging are an example in those industries. At a certain point it became more about the water cooler moment, than actual/genuine interest. I think GoT was probably the catalyst for this; as people who never read the books, and would never even think about watching an entire series of show, or genre, all of a sudden "had" to be involved the water cooler discussion. People now will binge entire seasons of shows on Netflix etc, yet the majority of these people would never even consider (or have considered) doing the same thing just a few years ago via DVD collections, or heaven forbid waiting each week for a new episode - because the show and idea of investing in a show had no interest to them and gave them no reward. How this relates to Tamiya and RC ... good question hahah ... Perhaps they need to find their own GoT ? I've touched on it in past threads, and to me, outside of the re-re (or golden era; 80s to mid 90s) the buggy side of Tamiya severely dropped the ball; they became cookie cutter, or worse adapted on-road chassis. There is no uniqueness anymore outside the shell, and even those became bland and cookie cutter. It would probably have the opposite effect and go even more niche, but maybe they need to get back to truly unique concepts; leave the cookie cutter stuff to on-road - where it makes sense to just cycle through body shells for different makes/models. The "Comical" series i think has/had potential here despite starting out using the older nostalgic consumer (as you mentioned) as the clear target market.
  8. Nice! I'd heard of these, but never seen available to get a hold of; nor any decent shots of one. Keen to see how the body actually looks detail wise, and how you end up finishing it.
  9. Forgot to mention Totes. Serve many purposes for storage and efficient sorting/separation during both build and repairs to keep different bags/components isolated. As i strip down for maintenance, ill keep the parts in their own tote so i can be sure i don't lose or accidentally use the wrong screw/nut etc when re-assembling. Typical size 10 (small ones shown in photo with kit) are the go to, but i do use the large size 40 as required; more often than not as an impromptu car stand (really, need to invest in one of those like many others have said).
  10. Was mostly thinking from a stability and twisting POV, the standard in kit plastic rod ends Tamiya gives drive me nuts trying to get them started, even using pliers and rubber like i do with shocks i have no end of trouble. Last lot i resorted to clamping the rod end in a light weight vice and using the wrench - the XV-01 steering rods were particularly frustrating.
  11. @BJoe76 does seem most odd. Tamiya has a Metallic Red and plain Transparent Red in their PS line - candy effects you'll have to try and produce with different colors and layers for backing. They only have Metallic Black in their TS (hard plastic) line. Though I've heard if you use their matte clear PS as first coat, you can get the TS to better adhere with less chance of flaking. Here where i am in AUS, locally its really only Tamiya for polycarbonate paints, unless airbrushing; so i've no experience with others.
  12. @Wooders28 I am only now finding out about these. Are they a viable solution for steering rods as well ? Ill admit a bit of rubber and pliers is usually enough for me with shocks; but dam steering rods and similar drive me crazy! not to mention tear the ****! out of my hands.
  13. @JYCM3 I have looked at some similar systems here (DeWalt or AEG or Tactix are the ones locally here in AU i can get hold of with ease) - more expensive than the tackle box approach (though, those themselves i find ridiculously overpriced), but having outgrown that already, i think it might be time to make the switch as they do have the larger modular dividers. Perhaps larger one for the big stuff, and then a smaller (or shall i say, shallower) one for the smaller screws/nuts/bearings etc.
  14. @Mechanic AH i might hijack or add-on to this thread, as was going to start one up myself, but its somewhat related, so maybe we can get both happening. I am curious as to how people store their tools and spares, mostly in terms of portable (when out on a run/bash) - but mine also serves as main garage storage solution as well. I currently have a 4 drawer Plano fishing tackle. Storing larger parts int he main top compartment; so some tyres, silver can motors, screw drivers, grease, shock oils etc. And then a drawer dedicated to each model/kit spares; gears, screws, wings etc. I don't mind the tackle box, but with more models than drawers not sure if i should continue buying separate drawers and go with 1 model = 1 drawer (substituting as required when i take a vehicle out for a run) ... OR ... 1 drawer per type of spare (since only Tamiya kits), so 1 drawer for various nuts/screws/washers, another drawer for bearings, then say servo/radio gear etc ? Any suggestions or ideas, would love to see them also ...
  15. Hmm, 100% certain it was polycarbonate paint ? I mean heck, even Tamiya TS paint is fine, it just flakes off ... My mate uses normal spray paint occasionally from hardware store on some of this shells (Scalextric, though still lexan/polycarbonate) and have never seen this. Is it eating away from inside or outside ? You didn't run through anything that may have splashed up into the body ? or maybe had something on your hands/gloves when working on this one ? EDIT. Just noticed the masks, was this a fresh paint ? very well could be contamination, so either shell wasn't completely clean/washed before painting, or unfortunately you may have contaminated it while masking. (most commonly oils from hand/gloves) You could try cleaning/removing the paint in that area - I've used Tamiya Polycarbonate Body Cleaner in the past, that not only cleans, but strips the paint. Then once done, give it another shot of paint.
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