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  1. Sadly, it seems the once friendly world of eBay vintage Tamiya purchasers has been attacked by fraudsters. There are a couple out there, but pay particular attention to a chap in Kuwait. The MO is roughly this: The most desirable items in perfect condition with a 0.99 start xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx - sorry - as helpful as you are trying to be - we cannot allow links to live auctions.id="size1">id="Andale Mono">id="red"> He has tried to 'sell' the Ranger three times to my knowledge and his ids keep on being removed, but he starts up a new one. They have 0 rating and are based in Kuwait. He is selling a Super Champ and a Rough Rider as well. DO NOT BID ON THESE ITEMS, he accepts only Western union and received many bids from others in Kuwait (I wonder why !!) First rule in life : IF SOMETHING SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS :-) There are still many other good sellers out ther, but we now need to be more vigilant. I guess it is a sign of the value of the product that it attracts the crooks. Best of luck, Paul.
  2. Hello :-) I have just checked a Grasshopper Sprue and it has the date of COPYRIGHT, as stated, but also in one corner you can see a twin wheel, with the year and date of manufacture. The copyright date needs to remain the same, however, as they manufacture many of them, the date of actual PRODUCTION is stamped in this way. It is a little hard to read for those not used to it, but it takes the form of two wheels, one with the year, the other with the month and two little lines point to the correct date. This is common in plastics manufacturing (in fact, once you know they are there, you will find them everywhere, inside your fridge, the battery cover of you television remote control! This brings up an interesting point, by way of discussing copyright. Although Tamiya keep their cards close to their chest, it is my belief that they are resurrecting certain models because of copyright timings. It would be VERY EASY for unscrupulous Far East manufacturers to remould of plastic parts and release models once the copyright has expired. These models would be LEGAL for distribution, provided the Tamiya logo and registered product name is removed. This is why you will often see intellectual property owners re release songs/videos on or before anniversaries of copyrights to get their last cash in before it goes public. It is remarkable how much is in the public domain. For example, as long as you don't take the remastered editions (remastering constitutes a recopyright in many countries) you can copy most any Elvis song and many others besides! Now I am WAAAAAAAY off topic and apologise to any moderators ;-) Paul.
  3. Bigwig unlikely for re release in my opinion. Its nickname (big pig) suggests a handling and weight not suitable for modern fun radio controlling :-) It also was expensive and came with a Technigold motor, which is no longer in production and would anyway make it too expensive. Looks like Tamiya want to keep the re releases cheap. I reckon Boomerang is next! Paul.
  4. Hello fellow mad people :-) I think we can rule out most any metal chassis or early truck re releases, especially since the manufacturing costs are quite high in comparison to the fully plastic models. That counts out the 934,935 Countachs etc and I would say every buggy upto and including the Super Champ is pretty unlikely. I also think the frog is unlikely as a re release. In order to re release they are not considering the value of a Frog to a collector, because there are precious few of us. Granted they already have most of the tools, but in order to make distribution worth while, they would have to sell tens of thousands. A Frog with its metal parts, cute though it is, will not attract those other purchasers outside the collectable arena. There are licencing issues which also make re releases difficult. For example, I hear Porsche and Tamiya fell out for a while over the 959, which means they neither have mould nor licence for that body. Modern techniques aside, the cost of re making those moulds could easily make six figures. The 959 being so complicated and including a Technigold would also make it tricky to re release. I think the Hotshot is a little early to re release (yes I know it is later than the Hornet, but its construction is a little dated, although it is a great model), personally I see the Boomerang next as a 4WD, as that was a largely plastic 4WD based on Hotshot technology. It also fits nicely into a price bracket making distribution and potential customer quantity higher. Maybe then a Wild One. It is all just speculation!
  5. How about a couple of new forum titles, perhaps one for painting advice, another for restoration advice? If you think there would be too many forums, a couple of 'ambiguous' threads could be consolidated. Any thoughts? Paul.
  6. I have a Wild Dagger with the MTronics Super Truck (11 turn twin motor limit) running two Super Stock Motors, fully ballraced, alloy shocks and 20T pinions (the maximum for the Wild Dagger). Not much to look at, but the tyres don't seem to last very long for some reason ;-)
  7. Hello :-) My first post on tamiyaclub.com although I have been wandering around aimlessly for a while! Hello to you all, I have actually met quite a few guys here and everyone seems very nice. I would just like to point the finger of skepticism at that video of a boat doing 127 MPH. I can't imagine a drive train capable of taking the power required for that speed! It does look fast, but lets not forget this is a scale model! When you race cars, they appear to go much faster than they really are, 20-25 kmph is actually quite fast, especially for a beginner with an off road buggy bouncing all over the place! Perhaps we should have scale and engine classes and run competitions when the members meet. For example I have a GT1 Nitro (unbuild, but not for long! 44006) 1/8th which even from stock parts should blow away almost anything 1/10, especially electric. Also method of calculation is important. EG, driving next to the model in question is not a reliable way to calcluate speed. GPS (mentioned by someone else) also seems less than accurate. Shouldn't it really be radar or laser gun measured? Comments :-) ?
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