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  1. Yes. And also no. Some tires will heavily drop in performance after running 2 battery charges while looking perfectly fine. Others need the same time to just start working properly but then might still be quick even though they're on the verge of falling apart. It's impossible to generalise, there are a lot of tire manufactures with many different compounds for indoor/outdoor and it also depends on the track surface and temperature. Not to mention tire warmers and additives. Watch your laptimes and exchange with other drivers!
  2. I dreaded them at first but the trick is to take your time and don't rush it. While practice is good, patience is key. Eventually you will be done and the payoff is a highly detailed and great looking body shell! Also I treat Tamiya bodies as large model cars that I use for some light running but mostly for decoration – they are too heavy and don't produce enough downforce for track use anyway.
  3. I have a F201 that has never been run, just a shelf queen. However I have a lot of experience with the TRF102 which is very similar to the F104. My advice is to not buy a Formula car for street bashing, while yes the 4WD will certainly be easier to drive the low ride height of F1 cars means you need a super-even surface parking lot. Additionaly, and this is second hand knowledge so waiting for someone to confirm, the F201 burns through it’s tires rather quickly and I don’t know if you’re able to get spares in your part of the world. My advice if you want to have a 4WD basher with similar style and tech to take a look at the TC-01 Formula-E. Lots of spares easily available, can run any touring car tires, and has a very similar suspension to the F201.
  4. Can't specifically answer anything about the Avante but for getting spare my thought process usually involves two things: Am I running the car at races/events/meetings? Nothing sucks more than having to end your day early because your car broke and you can't repair it. In this case I usually have all the suspension (arms, hubs and suspension mounts) and drivetrain parts (spur/pinion/diff gears/outdrives) as spares ready to use. Is the car I am using prone to breaking a specific part? For example, the TRF102 I am running has a weak front suspension and T-Bar. Buy the parts as spares immediately. Chances are if you happen to break them they might not be available for order as a lot of other people are stocking up or needing them. With these two guidelines in mind I have never had to shelf a car. Also having the security and peace of mind will make your life easier
  5. I don't own a F104 but I run a TRF102 which is very much the same car. Your issues have differential written all over it – play around with the diff lock! Apart from talking to guys on track I learned a lot from this Australian f1 community that has great setup tips and cheats, check out their website. If you browse around you will find a lot of good tips on how the diff should feel when you turn the wheels and other tricks to set up your car.
  6. @kentech has posted the full list of option parts included here https://kentech.wordpress.com/2023/09/24/tamiya-ta08-r-chassis-kit-specification/ Wow this is more than what I expected of an "R" iteration – Tamiya has thrown in every option part and some new stuff as well – trying to address the reported weaknesses of the platform. This is a great kit, waiting for a price but if it's anything around or below 500 Euros retail this will be a bargain for club and spec racers.
  7. Couldn’t agree more. Also so many current opportunities … WEC is currently in a phase of massive manufacturer and fan interest, with Tamiya being close to Toyota I would be happy with a GR-010, let alone all the other LMH and LMDH cars.
  8. Probably you’re right, I made a guess to understand the point of this release. I have no idea about Japanese competitions and the best suited car for the purpose – but from what I have seen on their coverage on Youtube there seems to be a popular class around this. If Tamiya is in control of that and limits the entries to rallye chassis, then this would eliminate TT02s from the competition.
  9. I think the primary target is Japanese rallye competition. I have seen it in videos such as Tamiya RC Live, they take a couple of small ramps/bumps and put them on a regular on-road course – in this particular case this car could work well. Screenshot taken from here: https://www.youtube.com/live/VS5EKCJHo8s?feature=share&t=876
  10. Che cazzo dici? My italian ends here so I will just ask in plain english: is the "Olio" part of the Fiat brand? It seems to be part of the logo? And then there is also an "Abarth" on the car? So what's the history behind this?
  11. Agree, especially with how the battery is being installed. While I don’t care for the center of gravity too much in rally car (which is primarily a fun scale basher to me as there are no competitions for them around), for an on-road car with potential track use it matters a lot. That being said, I was thinking about an XV-02 for parking lot bashing as is much more accessible for me to visit a rough surface parking lot than a smooth surface one. It is still a parking lot, so no loose surface as in most rallying conditions. This release might end up on my shopping list 😅
  12. You are right in terms of costs – the LEGO example is kind of flawed in that regard as their system allows them to throw existing pieces together for new products. Licensing usually works both ways – organising bodies such as the FIA or the ACO usually just see them as a source of income – but manufacturers know that a licensed product creates exposure and marketing for them and usually have a large interest in these deals. Plus Tamiya has strong ties to a lot of companies, for example Toyota.
  13. I didn't necessarily mean for Tamiya to connect to a younger audience, just that they missing out on building a new audience. LEGO's target group is also not kids, at least not with their high-priced premium sets. Take a look at their marketing images, they are targeting people between 30–50 with disposable income.
  14. I used LEGO as an example, but there are far smaller companies like Minichamps and Spark with products based on current licensing deals. The size and finances of a company don't really matter too much, it's all about negotiating the terms: It can be a flat fee, it can be a share of profits. How much units do you expect to produce? Do you negotiate with the governing body, the organiser, or individual manufacturers/teams? Do you want exclusivity rights?
  15. Yesterday I made a slightly snarky comment on the re-release of the Ford Focus RS now sitting on a TT-02 Chassis. While I think it's a bit sad, I can understand Tamiya's strategy of releasing "complete kits" only with their entry-level car, and offering the higher-end chassis as "Pro" versions with the body to be bought separately. As long as they continue to make those enthusiast chassis, and as long as they eventually release the bodies separately – I actually don't mind. I want to talk about something else though, something which I do mind about. It's got something to do with the aforementioned Ford Focus re-release, and it's not about it being another TT-02 kit. "Real" actual size motorsports is growing in popularity worldwide. Netflix's "Drive to survive" created an entirely new fanbase for Formula 1, which has turned into a money-making machine for all involved parties. Even teams down the pack are running at a profit now due to the income from merchandise, licensing and broadcast fees (the cost cap helps with that too, of course). Countries not so interested in the spectacle have heroes now, like the Dutch who flock behind their first world champion, and the Chinese who have their first ever F1 driver. Seriously, try walking five meters through Amsterdam without a Max Verstappen portrait trying to sell you a new mobile. Not just the "pinnacle of motorsport" is surging in popularity though, as an avid fan of endurance racing and a regular visitor to the annual Spa 6-hours I witnessed first-hand the increase in viewership over the last couple of years (Corona-related events without viewers obviously excluded). Four years ago you sometimes felt you're the only one on a particular grandstand, this year the track was packed with fans. I planned on going to this year's Le Mans 24 hours but the 300,000 tickets were sold out in a couple of days. While our hobby saw somewhat of an upswing with people having time and money to burn during Corona (which they would usually spend for other activities) it feels stagnant to declining right now. This might be anectdotal evidence, but I currently don't see any new people at our local track. I get it. Tooling is expensive. You got those molds lying around to make those Focuses, those CLK AMGs, those Porsche GT1s (heck, I bought that one myself – Can't say no to a TA03). Licensing is also expensive, takes time and negotional skills, and contracts are usually time-limited. But another company is doing exactly what I would like Tamiya to do: LEGO. The danish toy manufacturer is churning out sets with official licensing from car manufacturers and race teams. Currently the offer a McLaren F1 race car on their high-priced "Technic" product category, while at the same time offering an entry level "Speed Champions" set with a Mercedes-AMG F1 car. These sets might not be really scale and accurate (and LEGOs current product strategy has it's own issues which would really derail this thread, just mentioning it that I am aware of those) but they are something. For fans of endurance racing LEGO recently released the Peugeot 9x8 Hypercar, and that in itself is good evidence that this line of products is working out well for them as it is the third high-priced set with a WEC licence, after the Porsche 911 RSR and the Ferrari 488 GTE. Make no mistake, these sets aren't made for fans of LEGO, they are simple in their building technique, quite overprices and have no functionality except looking pretty in your shelf. These sets are designed for fans of racing to bring them into the world of LEGO. By the way, all of these (except some LEGO Speed Champions products) are well beyond what Tamiya charges for a TT-02 based kit – for comparison, that newly announced Ford Focus sits at 155€ MSRP, while all of the LEGO sets hit the 200€ price mark. I think there is a large opportunity for Tamiya to tap into the current popularity of motorsports by releasing kits with current cars and liveries, and with their lineup of chassis they don't have to stretch themselves to do so: Making some WEC Hypercars for the TC-01, GT3s for the TT-02, and a couple of new kits for the F104. I also think that there is some leverage in terms of pricing that these kits or body shells will recover the cost of licensing. Scale models of current race cars would do so much to bring in new people into the hobby, and if it's not Tamiya – the king of scale RC – I don't know which other company could do it. Instead, our dear friends in Shizouka sent us a message: "Hey! We hope you like 6-wheelers, because guess what F1 car we are re-re-re-re-re-releasing this year!"
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