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  1. Not a Tamiya, or even R/C, but it is Willys related! My sister found me this current Monopoly licensed reissue on an old MPC ‘33 Willys panel van gasser snap kit that I‘ve decided to take from a Gasser to a street rod shop truck, and will likely paint to match my Wild Willy 4x4 build! Though I may want to source another just to build as an actual Gasser and paint that to match my WW4x4 too.
  2. I haven’t run across issues with mine, even with the portals, 55t motor, and all aluminum beadlocks and sticky tires.
  3. Had some model railroad trees laying around.
  4. I’m running into that with Chrysler/Dodge too, I wouldn’t mind getting a Bolt Hatch, just not the bigger “Utility” version that would be coming out once the whole battery problem gets sorted out.
  5. Last time I had an oil change on my daily, the service writer at the dealership I bought it from had said that it could take about 3 years (IIRC) to get things flowing again and back to where they had been 2 years ago. They have some cars and trucks on their lot, but not like they did before everything hit the fan and there are a number of dealerships I've seen that are far worse off, inventory wise. Dad likely replaced his minivan at the right time last spring and luckily my 200 of running good and the work we did to it in August should help keep it on the road longer as well as be better able to avoid other drivers as needed.
  6. I’m wondering if LiPo would be better since those are lighter.
  7. When I put the one way in mine, it was. A simple, straight forward swap and it does stop more like a RWD vehicle with a gear diff now, plus Willy iine is right, the steering is better with the one way too. I wanted to avoid the stoppies so I didn’t screw up the work I put into the Wild Willy shell.
  8. The MF-01x chassis does have some decent adjustability for the motor, I know I’m stuck with the M-03 and GF-01, though and would just look for something stronger on those. If they’re 0.6mod, that gives me something to work with on the Jimny then, I may have to see how much room I have to play with then and go from there. At least with a small pinion, I can tuck the motor farther forward on the chassis, not going to fix the rear weight bias, but would help it at least!
  9. Is there a place where I can find pinions that will match up with the teeth on my M-03, MF-01x, and GF-01 chassis? I want to go small on the pinion with my Jimny and maybe look at lower turn 540 motors, preferably a steel of some sort too, but already have as small as I can go on the Jimny (16t or 18t), but would like to go lower.
  10. Most of mine have evolved, my Stampede is probably the best example of that, it started 22 years ago as an abused 2nd hand truck with AM radio, mechanical speed control, all bronze bushings, the then current Dodge Ram style body and a 1500mAh NiCd pack. Over the years it’s had a Novak Rooster AND Super Rooster ESCs, not sure how many brushed motors leading to a VXL swap and gradually better radio systems from the stock Traxxas AM, to Futaba FM, now on the 2nd Gen of Traxxas 2.4 radios that have the stability control systems, went from NiCd, to NiMH, then LiPo batteries, tires, and stadium truck style bodies slammed over the chassis, which is at least 75% RPM parts now with bits and pieces of factory VXL model parts on it.
  11. That explains the scenery then, wish he had areas like than here near Chicago!
  12. Put one of those in my 2wd Stampede and 2 in one of my Wheely Kings, been thinking about a 4th for my 4-Tec 2.0!
  13. Finally got my Lunchbox in primer! Also found a pinhole where I filled in the roof I’ll have to putty, maybe some wet sanding and a sealer coat and it should be paint ready after that😁 That said, I’m rather proud of the filler job I did on this roof, not so much plugging the antenna hole since that didn’t take that much work, but the roof vent opening since I managed to get the ribs almost perfectly lined up and only will need a small dot of body filler on the entire roof! Now my Clod, on the other hand…….. I went to do some more work on it’s body since I had problems with the primer I put on it in June of 2020 had lifted with masking tape after cutting out the tail lights for an AMPro tail light set, then found I’ve still got a problem across the shell, including the tailgate/roll pan and front valance pieces. I basically need to get a couple gallons of Super Clean and a storage tub big enough to fit a Clod body in for a dip in the “Purple Pond” to strip it and try again.🤬
  14. Hahaha, I’ll have to tell him that!
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