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  1. I don't know if you know much about SIM racing? There's a lot of people who make skins (or liveries) for the 3D models of many games/simulations. Those 2d skins that are wrapped around the 3d models in the games could be adapted for sticker sheets. Lots of research goes into these 'skins' so it could save you a lot of time. Eg: https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/lancia-delta-hf-carlos-sainz.42990/ If you download that skin you can view it in its 2d form using something like photoshop or gimp.
  2. I'd be interested in a set of lancia Delta decals in the Carlos sainz repsol colour scheme. Would be happy to send you a shell if needed.
  3. I've started collecting the kits from this era as it's where I got into RC. Look forward to following this thread. Love that fluorescent chassis!
  4. I've mentioned elsewhere that my first proper kit was the Escort Cosworth 58112. Kyosho released a Cosworth too, 200mm, rubbish decals and generic wheels. Used to see it advertised in the mags and it made my Tamiya feel all the more special. Some of the newer Kyosho RTR shells are now on point with details. Yet the Tamiya's have no development an are literally as they were back in the day. Tamiya seems stuck in the past, a bit like their nostalgia loving fans
  5. I personally feel Tamiyas' biggest hurdle is licencing. To purchase a licence for a car or livery now is way more expensive than it was back in the 80/90's. Even then it would have been a significant amount. This I feel is why we're seeing trends like the one size fits all M chassis they just launched and the plethora of nice bodies both new and old repros slapped on the TT chassis, often with only a 'road' colour scheme. I think it's getting harder for Tamiya to make money. I fell out of love with the newer chassis experience a bit after buying the XV01. I pretty much did everything on that and when spending a lot of money on silly things like metal diff gears and cross shafts, post build it left me with a bad case of buyers remorse. The scale detail in the shells is their saving grace to me.
  6. I'd say they are a halfway house between CVA and a higher end trf. I like them because that's what was on the side of the box back in the day, so that's what younger me lusted for back then.
  7. My first ever Tamiya was a grasshopper followed up by a TA01 Escort Cosworth way back in 1994. I fell for the 1/10 touring cars from Tamiya back then and would dribble all over my Radio Controlled Model Car magazines at all the other beautifully recreated racecars I knew an loved. I used to race my TA01 at one point, in the local sports hall. I remembered wishing I could afford to build a proper racing car out of my little Escort to look like some of the other cars the older folks had brought. So, to today I've started collecting some of the beautiful kits from the 90's with their beautiful bodies and interior parts and unique wheels that you don't see as much today. I didn't want to build just plain TA01/02 chassis on all the kits, so I chose to build the race car I wish I had back then from one of the kits. Using only bits available at the time (where possible) Today I've finished putting it together. TA02 with the following... -Carbon chassis kit (will change to frp when I find a mint one) -Pink low friction dampers & springs- -Stainless shaft and c clip wishbone pivots -F&R universal shafts (or CV as I call them) -High speed gear set -Alloy king pins and C hub carrier for caster -Rear ARB -Silver alloy motor mount -hard prop shaft and cups Powered by a Novak Rooster and Yokomo prostock touring car motor.
  8. Obviously I'm in the minority here but I'm glad most tamiya kits don't come with a slipper as standard since I'd never fit one out of choice. I've never damaged any driveline components from torque shock, regardless of what motors I ran. I also hate hearing a badly setup slipper on an RC car, sounds like an old granny pulling away from the traffic lights. So, I'm one of the very few to vote to keep them out of standard kit boxes and safely on the hop-up shelf. Tamiyas' pricing compared to other kit makers is rather high and details like the slipper and ARB's are included in many more competitively priced models in the same class. A good example is non-adjustable steel turnbuckles in standard kits. Adjustable links became more common with other kit makers even in more basic kits. If Tamiya only manufactured turnbuckles with adjusting points they would cut manufacturing costs, but then there would be less need to buy a hop-up to give that simple adjustment without disassembly off car. It's manufactured inconvenience for profit.
  9. BMW M3 e30 DTM on the TA01 chassis arrived today and sits with my slow growing collection.
  10. Haha, not a single one. I've only just got back into the hobby properly, more as a collector.
  11. A lot of the members of this forum are far too worried about how other people enjoy their lives and hobbies. It's not for anyone to tell another how to enjoy their 'toys'. Most of the modern RTR trucks are marketed to these so called 'morons' who are apparently bringing the hobby down. The world has changed an awful lot since the 80's and 90's. If you look at the RC market in general its very different to what a lot of us grew up with. Ranty posts ain't going to change it and it just makes this place look like a backwards group of old stuck in the muds and it's not exactly welcoming to any cross over hobbyists who are tempted over by any of Tamiyas' most recent launches. I stay in my lane and enjoy what I get from the hobby. If someone else wants to smash a few grands worth of RC car by launching it 60ft in the air, who am I to judge?
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