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  1. The original builder didn’t seem to notice, wiring was awful! Plus the box art shows the wires all over the place rather than neatly routed inside.
  2. Added a big GPM foam bumper to stop myself destroying the body. All done now methinks. significant improvement all round!
  3. Right so as is usually the way I’ve spent a bit on this thing. New chassis (original was literally crumbling away), new suspension (thanks for the suggestions in this thread), new motor, ball raced and a whole load of little things. Transformed! Thanks @svenb for the cable tidying ideas. Very useful chassis for hiding things away! Pretty rapid and handles well
  4. Agreed! I had a Riko/Taiyo Jet Hopper 2 when I was younger and always wished I could find a hobby grade buggy that looked similar. Mine: Thinking a Javelin with a red frame has probably the closest overall look. A lot of Grasshopper in there too. Can anyone suggest anything closer?
  5. Battery and motor changed, some obligatory carbon added. Think this is largely done now… maybe. What I aspired toward: What I ended up with:
  6. I’m not sure it is that rare, but you certainly don’t seem them much! Can anyone suggest any good ways to remove scratches without damaging decals? The shell is ok but a little scratched around the front. No cracks thankfully though
  7. Uh oh, I can feel some more anodised parts coming my way! Can you suggest any part numbers / where I can find which parts would fit?
  8. Wow, your cars look absolutely amazing! The TL-01 looks super tidy - will definitely reroute my wiring! Haha What are those wheels on the Sierra? They look fantastic! To me it feels solid but quite brittle and plasticky. Doesn’t help matters that some of the plastics seem to be disintegrating! Less slop in the suspension than my TA03 though. TA03 feels more refined though. After seeing Svenb’s it seems to offer some neat cable routing solutions so there are some benefits to the design. It feels ok to drive, perhaps not massively nimble. My only other RCs are shelf queens so nothing to compare it to!
  9. Hi all, had some really great advice in the thread about my 911 GT1 shelf queen so wanted to start one on this too. Was impossible to find one of these over here so this one came from Japan (guessing this one was more popular over there), lightly used but not perfect so it’s always going to be a bit of a runner. Seems difficult to even find pictures online of the 1/10 Calsonic R33… shame as it’s a nice looking thing. I’d like to add camber to the wheels to all 4 corners. Can anyone suggest what parts I might need to fit? Less bothered about OG Tamiya parts on this one, can anyone suggest some other good hop ups for a TL-01? The ESC / receiver seems to have a bit of a mind of its own sometimes but I suppose it’s just because it’s 20+ years old. Would rather not replace.
  10. Thanks, had missed this! Serious EBay saved search list forming…
  11. Thanks, what is the part number for these? Thanks for all the suggestions! It has aluminium knuckle arms that you can’t really see in the pictures. Only a matter of time before I go down the hole of more aluminium! @GermanTA03Guy Thanks for sharing that article! Interesting about the stabilisers too, I know the primary function wasn’t to reduce the slop but I hoped the ‘tension’ would at least help.
  12. Can anyone recommend any other nice hop ups for a ta03rs? Enjoying upgrading this so happy to set some eBay searches to source nice bits. Seem to be missing a retainer plate and also need to secure the stabilisers - I have some carbon supports on order, but can I just use screws instead? Was hoping the stabilisers would help with some of the play in the suspension (when secured obviously) but other than looking pretty, can’t really see what they do?
  13. So I went a bit overboard with Tamiya upgrades… Couple more things to add but almost done! Would certainly be a quicker / cheaper process if I weren’t so pedantic about NIB 😂
  14. Thank you! The Pantera body on the RS4 Racer is an HPI body - always loved a Pantera and they got the proportions pretty good (a lot of their ‘retro’ bodies are way off IMO!). Just need to fit wheels with some good dish and the right offset - the only pictures i’ve seen of this body on the internet look terrible as people paint them badly and put ill fitting wheels on. I’d actually like some better, more ‘period correct’ wheels (higher profile / more chunky rubber) if anyone can suggest anything? Was thinking group c type but doubt they’ll fit? Better pics (with older wheels I had on a few years back)…
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