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  1. 14 minutes ago, Kpowell911 said:

    Hope everythings ok dude!!

    I was about to default to that very British “yeah all good”, when the opposite is true. Just one of those days where everything goes against you, and there’s been a few of them lately.

    Anyway, thanks for the message, trying to pick myself up and dust myself off!


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  2. Having a low day today and remembered this thread, which got me thinking about how toys keep us alive in other ways.

    I’m very grateful this club exists, that I get to indulge my passion and escape from my troubles for a bit, so thanks all for that.


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  3. As some of you may have spotted in an earlier post of mine, the very expensive TL-01 chassis I ordered came with a free TRF415MS :lol:

    Whilst waiting on the last parts for one of my other special TRF builds, I decided to start the hunts for parts to make this a replica of Marc's car from his first IFMAR Worlds win, and this meant finding an elusive Protoform Mazda 6. Luckily, a seller in Israel had 2, so I bought them both - never know when I'll need a second eh!

    Twice the rarity...

    Anyway, they arrived well packaged, but it seems that at some point in past storage they both acquired some creases and I'm wondering if anyone has a proven trick to soften or smooth these out so that they show less/not at all when painted.



  4. It's been a couple of weeks since I had the chance to sit and properly update this, mostly on account of having a job that pays for my Tamiya habit. Anyway, here's where I've gotten to.

    I found and ordered a R603FS receiver from Italy, knowing that it had the wrong sticker.

    I also ordered another incorrect sticker for an R604FS from Japan because it was the correct shape and had the logos/colours on it that I'll need to match for my build.

    And promptly set about recreating the sticker I need in Adobe Illustrator.

    This is an ongoing process, and will likely take a few iterations before I'm happy, but the output colour of Adobe will be set to CMYK and I'll Pantone match the colour of the orange to make sure that we get it right. The bigger annoyance will be getting the FASST logo drawn correctly as the sticker is actually low res but I want to start from a place of higher quality and let it print as it needs to.

    One perk of returning home today was to be met with a package from @wtcc5 who very kindly ordered my tyres from Modellbau Seidel for me, thanks again Kevin!

    And in the interim a new project arrived...

    As you can see I have a TL-01 build planned, and I needed a new chassis...

    Anyway, that's it for me for now, and I think with the exception of the sticker for the receiver and the servo which I've no luck finding, I'm about ready to start building.


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  5. On 3/13/2023 at 3:41 PM, ThunderDragonCy said:

    I'm giving it 3 months before we see 3D printed bits creeping into this one ;-)

    5 days, it took him 5 days...

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  6. 1 hour ago, svenb said:

    Don't buy batteries through buyee!

    They are funny about anything battery but it's only Lithium which is a problem not NiCd or NiMH.

    You can have batteries sent via FedEx 

    Yeah, they’re getting funny about it but as you say, only Lithium which is a problem.


  7. Have you tried Buyee to shop in Mercari or Yahoo Auctions Japan?

    I’ve use it a bit recently and found these options for you:

    https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/o1084973101?conversionType=search_suggest has 53464


    https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/d1083059461?conversionType=search_suggest has 50766, 53464 and 53437 but £££

    Whatever you do, don’t buy anything with batteries in it or you stuff will be held in Japan until they can dispose of the cells. Wish I’d known this before buying some NiMh cells…


  8. Boys, boys, boys, it's only just gone 10am and we've had a day already...


    NIP TRF 415MS from Mercari
    NIP TRF 415MS World Champion Parts
    NIP Futaba R603FS receiver for me TB Evo5 MS build (with wrong sticker)
    NIP Futaba R604FS sticker for me to copy the artwork and make an R603FS version for the receiver above.
    Various bits for a NIP FF-03R that I bought and a client of mine mistakenly opened :angry:
    TL-01 A Parts to rebuild my first ever Tamiya kit
    Some Tamiya files.

    As I say, we've had a day already!

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  9. 12 hours ago, danimaldaisy said:

    Don't forget to swap the bushings in the motor out for bearings.

    It’s for my TB Evo5 MS, which is being built to launch specs. I guess if Tamiya intended it to run they might’ve done that, but for static display?


  10. More of a "The Postman delivered these to my Mrs whilst I was away" post, but a few good things!

    A Super Stock BZ motor from TTP for my TB Evo5 MS, and some TRF419 Parts disguised as an ESC from @jonboy1

    Secrets revealed.

    And some old batteries for me to use in my older models like the TL-01 from when I was 13/14 years old...


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  11. 25 minutes ago, svenb said:

    Excellent build choice sir 👍🏻

    If I'm right in thinking it was on eBay a wee while back? Very tempted but I've stopped building 🙄 the TB Evo 4 ms was one of my favourites.

    As far as I know the 3700 tamiya battery was only in NiMH never NiCd, but happy to proven wrong.

    Thanks! Yes this one was on eBay for a while, I just had the opportunity to make it mine.

    Not sure if Tamiya offered the GP 3700 in NiCd, but they did offer a rebranded Sanyo NiCd “Racing Pack” later on and I didn’t want to be inaccurate with the build.

    I’m sure you’ll be building soon, it’s a bug!


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  12. 7 minutes ago, bRIBEGuy said:

    Seems almost ANY FASST Rx is getting rare these days!  I'm still actively running those with my 4PK, but pretty much any surface Rx using the FASST protocol is almost impossible to find/buy at a reasonable price now.  I just used my last R603FF in my TC-01 that I'm building.  Nice score on the FS!

    I didn't get it, this one sold last week when I wasn't looking for one...

    One idea that has crossed my mind if I can get the parts, is to build up a new shell with sticker and antenna, but put the innards of something like an R304SB inside so that I can run it from my 3PV should I want to.


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  13. On further inspection, this is the receiver that matches the one shown at the car's launch.

    Et voila!

    Futaba released three variants of the R603FS FASST, and typically this one is the rare one. It's only a sticker different from the other two, but making an accurate model is a binary concept for me. The hunt continues.


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  14. Overnight Progress Report


    • Tamiya Medium-Narrow Hard Inner Foam 53436 - On hand
    • Tamiya Medium-Narrow Dish Wheel 24mm (53475) - On hand


    • Tamiya Reinforced Tyres Type C (54256) - On hand, thanks @wtcc5

    I have found one place that claims to have stock of the tyres, it’s a German company that I’ve heard of (Modellbau-Seidel), but their website looks like it’s from the 1990s and I’m a little uneasy about that. Maybe one of my friends from there can vouch for them, @wtcc5?

    Onto the search for other things!


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