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  1. I still don't know what that thing is Willy, am I missing something? I will never understand why someone would intentionally buy a fake. The main person you are cheating is yourself. It isn't the real thing, or the real quality, but you are trying to tell other people you can afford it when you can't, or won't part with the money. Doesn't make any sense to me! Paul.
  2. I am an insignificant speck on the landscape By all accounts, they didn't make truckloads of these either. They didn't do the Hotshot wheels in gold though. P.
  3. OK, I have found out a little information, they are 'special event' parts, which means extremely limited release just within the racing/distribution community. Well known Japanese sellers may well have bought a few, but they weren't cheap. The price on the packet isn't retail, it is the actual price, meaning YEN8000, or nearly $100 for the body and wheels. Stock limited, availability difficult, not to be sold in other markets than Japan (except of course direct sales through eBay etc). A few years ago, Tamiya did exactly the same limited release with the Mountaineer body and they ended up selling for nearly the price of old NIB Toyota Hilux bodysets (well, about 70% of the price, or $400+, which is a lot for new plastic, especially considering the printed price was 7000YEN, or about $80 for the items) I don't know more than this for now, except to say, Tamiya, come up with some original ideas already! Stop copying mine (Jeez, first my carbon plates, now this) My last comment is a joke, btw I suspect if they hit eBay some time, they will be priced about $200 including shipping or more, my reason for this is that is they cost nearly $100 to buy and they need to be shipped and are rare, with eBay fees and mark up, plus competition with mine, they will probably sell for a bit more, but truthfully I have no idea! Paul.
  4. I have been plating these parts for over a year now (Blitzer beetle shells and just did a batch of Scorcher ones too) I am puzzled, because they look genuine and they definitely aren't mine repackaged. I don't know of anyone else doing them and have no idea who would decide to repackage something into Tamiya bags if they weren't original. Perhaps the work of a distributor with permission to use Tamiya tab tops? I really don't know. I would ask the folowing questions though: Why is there no box for the body? Why is it just the body? What is the point of a bodyshell with no nosecone and sunroof at the very least? $70 for the bodyshell alone seems steep considering they are Tamiya parts. Sure, my complete set costs around $150, but I make 5 at a time and I have to buy the parts and ship them in, this is not a large scale operation for me! Tamiya have the parts and the facilities for large scale mass production. This is my set (for comparison, you can see it isn't the same)
  5. I have a couple of Nokia 8800 Arte phones and they take a kind on mini USB connection, which I think is Nokia specific. They do an adaptor for it for regular chargers, so you just need a tiny 'dongle' on a regular Nokia charger if you want to take them on holiday. I have a dongle into dongle on mine. One standard Nokia charger with a reduction for a small Nokia and then that can plug into the slotted Nokia adaptor Paul.
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    Mamba Max Boat

    You would need an olympic sized pool to run something like these boats and even then not recommended at all. A little bit of mental arithmetic (please correct me if I am wrong) is that even a 30kmph radio controlled boat would cover 50 metres in 6 seconds flat. Pools are made of sharp hard substances, they tend to not be particularly flexible when hit by plastic toys. One would assume pool 1, boat 0 from every game. Paul.
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    Holiday Buggy Rerelease In July

    I have to agree with Rob here, Tamiya models are about the detail largely, especially the old ones. If you want performance only there are other cheaper, or possibly better manufacturers to go for. Although I like the Sand Scorcher tribute re issue, it isn't for me that close to the original. Frankly a Blitzer bodyset and a Buggy Champ, or old SRB would have done the same trick. Doesn't mean I haven't bought them and won't run them Paul.
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    Holiday Buggy Rerelease In July

    Tamiya USA are owned by Tamiya in Japan, there is a great deal of flow of information, but they are still theoretically the US distributor only. The information I have about the body is good, so I am surprised at the conflict of information (as one would expect Tamiya USA to be right on this), but I guess we will all just have to wait and see If the release date is really August as I have been told for some markets, then it is a bit late for any changes, I would suspect all design aspects have been set in stone and production is starting in some respects. Keep well! Paul.
  9. I have Philips items with spelling mistakes, even big companies rushing to get things to market make mistakes, although I don't doubt this is a fake item however. Paul.
  10. Shame, if you had waited 6 months, this thread would have been 5 years old There are two lengths of Ford Ranger body wheelarch two, one longer to accomodate the different offset. The Ford Ranger kits during production occured in both short and long wheelarch versions (although the wheelbase remains the same) and the wheels from the Brat are used in the later Ford Ranger version. Paul.
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    Holiday Buggy Rerelease In July

    Confirmed. Unfortunately I got the news on my way to Sicily a week ago, only just got back. Body redesigned in white plastic, chassis altered, packaging and pricing as described. I really didn't expect this Paul.
  12. Dear Tamiyaclub.com members A while ago it struck me as odd that lots of people make aluminium chassis, but no one uses carbon fibre, which seems to me the logical light and comparable modern material to the traditional FRP. I now have for sale unlimited quantities (made to order) of carbon fibre chassis to suit any SRB and the Super Champ (!) (I can also supply the 1.5mm upper deck for the Super Champ with any order for the lower chassis) The normal ebay shop price for this item is 30 plus worldwide shipping of just 5 (insurance, tracking etc included), however, to kick start this and for Tamiyaclub.com members, I am offering the chassis for: 29.95 including worldwide shipping/handling and insurance with signed for delivery service. Carbon Fibre Chassis Link The chassis material, which is 2mm 2/2 twill (7 pick per cm) vacuum pre preg carbon fibre is extremely durable, but because of the vacuum manufacture, has high gloss on both sides. Unlike cheaper carbon fibre, this is 100% through and through (no e-glass) and the strength is amazing. The look on the shelf is wonderful, it is also a great display piece. The chassis are then cut in the Czech Republic (where I am located) and finished by hand in a factory that manufactures automotive parts. All the people in the process of manufacture are professional engineers. Note : I am doing this for fun, there isn't much (or indeed any) money in this project, but I wanted some for myself, so got this started and thought it would be nice to offer them to other members.
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    New Tamiya Options

    Re release
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    Holiday Buggy Rerelease In July

    I think it is negative if they have re issue SRBs on the shelves. Paul.
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    Sand Scorcher Battery Pack

    They will do fine, unless you are an 'original' fetishist and want an original 'hard' hump battery from the correct era. My guess is if you are happy with a Re issue Scorcher (why wouldn't you be!) then this battery will be just fine. Make sure you have the correct charger rating for it. Note the seller is a well known poster here, Time Tunnel Models, or The Shop Keeper. Paul.
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    Holiday Buggy Rerelease In July

    I hope it isn't a rumour also It isn't good business practice to show your hand. Paul.
  17. It went cheap largely because it isn't actually a NIB FAV. Paul.
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    Holiday Buggy Rerelease In July

    I do, but I lost credibility when I said (as others did) way before the SRB re issues that they would never re issue the SRBs as it would be costly as they didn't have all the moulds. As it turned out, we were part right, they didn't have the moulds, hence the Scorcher body is actually a Blitzer/Monster Beetle one and almost all the metal parts have been recast, but they still re issued it anyway Also from the point of view of desirability. It really doesn't strike me as a car they would want to bring back in 2010, but Chris has made it clear he is not hoaxing (this time lol!) and that he has this from a good source. I wait with baited breath! Paul.
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    Glueing Or Bonding Metal Parts

    +1 on the JB Weld. It is insanely strong. It is stronger than the sort of spot welds done on kitchen utensils, as I repaired a pair of tongs and when they broke again, it was in a different place. If applied correctly it is great stuff. Paul.
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    New Tamiya Options

    Tamiya Extreme Truck, it is big and heavy! Paul.
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    New Tamiya Options

    Unless you have a big heavy car, or super fast car requiring quick reactions (which most of us don't have) in other words a garden basher with regular sized wheels and regular speed, you can't go wrong with these servos. I have loads of them in regular cars and never had a problem. Some big wheeled heavy cars like the TXT need a high torque metal geared servo, but we aren't talking about those... P.
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    Holiday Buggy Rerelease In July

    Like trying to drink tea from a chocolate teacup? Just a difficult thing He sold a bunch of Sand Scorcher stuff as well, I reckon he was just offloading his toys. Paul.
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    Holiday Buggy Rerelease In July

    I sold 2 at £29.95, I doubt they are in the re issue if it comes, so I listed my last one at £29.95 as well Sand Rover Motor Mount Two Sand Rover Motor Mount One Paul.
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    Holiday Buggy Rerelease In July

    It is a cool head I hope this is true, because actually these do run pretty well because they are light and simple. Perhaps the closed gearbox if they do it will have a differential option. But this is pure speculation! Paul. PS : Note to my previous posting, many parts from the Holiday Buggy/Sand Rover are actually now quite desirable as a result of the re issue of the SRBs, for example, if you want an original Super Champ, a black bumper is no longer so coveted, so a Holiday Buggy bumper is needed, same with the brass UVs, rear axles and other parts. If you really are interested in originality, as I am, these parts are more and more useful, as Tamiya have significantly 'updated' them!
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    Holiday Buggy Rerelease In July

    It has nothing to do with money before or after the possible reissue for me. Frankly certain items are worth considerably more after the Scorcher re issue, like for example the correct colour chassis plate new, the correct Rough Rider front tyres, the correct brass UVs, the correct Scorcher main body, the list is frankly endless, as the re issue SRBs share few absolutely identical parts. As previously stated, all this thread reminded me to do was to sell some stuff cluttering up my garage, if I was really panicking, I would like the £10,000 value worth of Sand Rover and Holiday Buggy kits I have stashed in my hobby room lol! Don't state anything as worthless. For the record, not one of my sources in Far East (Japan or Hong Kong) has not been able to confirm this rumour. I realise this might make me look like a schmuck again if the re issue happens, however, I have no evidence of this re issue other than this thread and another one on RC10 with exactly the same text cut and paste. I am still waiting for a couple of chaps to get back to me outside Japan and Hong Kong, but they haven't yet. Paul.