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  1. One thing I do is cruise the forums for info on bad buyers. One thing a seller can still do is ban bad buyers and they go straight on my blocked bidders list. You can have upto 1000 there Paul.
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    Bearings

    I hold over ten thousand bearings in stock for my own use, so I like to know where they come from and get consistent quality Joaquim Assis is probably the best known seller for bearings, although there are other big concerns as well. Paul.
  3. Single cask Malts are great, but whilst they can be complex, blends are often superb drinks and surprisingly consistent over the years. Grand Marque Champagnes are almost always a blend of grapes, some of the best Cognacs are a blend of casks from the same house over many years, giving 100 year old barrels the chance to exist in a bottle that is affordable (well, at least one that doesn't need Christies or Sotherby's to sell it) OK, well I have really derailed this thread now... P.
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    Bearings

    Some bearings are still made in Japan, I have some, but the vast majority come from China, that is true. The Czech Republic also makes bearings, but high quality large ones usually for machinery, not smaller ones for RC applications. If you can wait, there is a chap in Macau who has good bearings and extremely cheap, but they take a couple of weeks to deliver because of the distance and he is busy. Very nice chap. Joaquim Assis is his name, he used to be the owner of Walawala, but that changed its name, I don't know why and I forgot the new shop name. If you search you will find them, the seller is prolific, by far the biggest seller on eBay from recollection. He himself states that the benefit of the shield on the rubber ones is minimal. Incidently, I just looked at the website Russ recommended and the prices look superb. All the best, Pau.
  5. BTW, you can just use the bodyshell and the parts from the tree you want in chrome, like the roof, which is a must in my opinion, then the rest you can easily strip like all Tamiya plated plastics to brand new and finish in your own way. Dishwasher not recommended by me, although others like it, but you can use caustic soda, which whips it off in seconds. Paul. PS : Looking at the whole set picture, I would certainly use the body, the roof, the dash and both sides of the spots, which would look great, as spots can be in chrome. The driver and the wheel you can leave, but I did the whole tree, as it is easy to strip if you want to and gives people the option to have a T-1000 driving their Buggy Champ
  6. I am not much of a photographer, some of the other photos came out grainy, so using macro which doesn't come out badly, I did this close up. It is good to have some detail in there, this was close at hand. It could have easily been a Cognac which I prefer I make my own now though, so no brand name on it! Paul.
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    "happy To Be Associated With..."

    It is tricky the Chile bit, as with the exception of France (where parcels haven't been delivered, but have ended up returned to me) South America, including Chile, Mexico and Argentina are the three countries I have had difficulty shipping to. It might have even been to you (not accusing, by the way, it isn't an accusation!) The trouble is partly my fault regarding recognition. You see I deal with so many people, some I would define as good buyers who are polite and pleasant, but they don't want to enter into a 'friendship' so to speak, just maintain good terms. Others are frothing at the mouth to talk about Tamiya (I won't name any names Badboy...!) and others just want an arms length community, which is also fine, we can't be friends with every single person when there are 10s of thousands. Others are good mates I have met, or chat to regularly about this and that and occasionally Tamiya. The problem with recognition is some people have one Tamiyaclub.com sig, another eBay one, an email address that is similar to neither and a normal human person name and connecting the dots is sometimes hard - for example, someone I have known for years, I only recently joined the dots and realised what his eBay username was. You see, I knew his first name (he signs off this way) and I knew someone with that name buys loads of stuff from me on eBay (but lots of people have that first name) and his email address had nothing to do with his TC sig or eBay nick for that matter (does this make sense?) I am sure I know all the peeps on my list (by the way, you MUST ALWAYS RECIPROCATE, it doesn't automatically do both lists) and even more sure there are loads of great chaps I know who aren't on it, which doesn't mean I am not happy to be associated with them When they were thinking of implementing it, the powers (OK, well, close enough, Andy!) told me that it was an attempt at a sort of 'backdoor eBay feedback system' if memory serves, so the idea is that you should only add those you have good relations/dealings with and not just try and get a big long list! Over all the time and all the people I have annoyed over the years (!) I am pleased to say I have only had one major falling out and although I am sure the other chap feels differently, that was all a misunderstanding and I felt I sorted it out. Paul.
  8. Hi, I rarely do auctions anymore, but I do BIN items which have been bought and then not paid for. It is quite irritating, as I relist the item then get floods of questions from people asking why I relisted it, what happened, is it the same etc (despite having this text in the advert) There isn't much that can be done about people doing it, but I have been told after buying something that I live somewhere where they don't ship, for example and although I have a network set up to handle this freight in the US and UK for example, some won't even allow that, so they might end up relisting if they won't budge on shipping here. That said, I never check up to see! P.
  9. It could go on the SRB chassis.... Plus yes, I would buy them It has gotten so bad, Mr Tamiya is on my list of second credit card holders. he gets a new one of mine everytime mine runs out, along with the wife etc. P
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    Building Shelf Queens

    I read this thread with a Super Sabre in one hand and a screwdriver in the other. The Super Sabre is half assembled and the recently defiled box is to my right. The model is greased, oiled and will soon be ready to run, but I have 3 more Super Sabres which are used, so I guess this all answers a few questions: Yes people build cars from boxed kits (I am doing one now, although I needed to put down both the car and the screwdriver to type this!), some people fully lube their models even when they know they are unlikely to be run (well, I can't see me selling this and I have 3 working used models, so I can't see a good reason...) You can't clear coat lexan bodies, however, what I have done when restoring older 'new builds' when the decals are peeling is using very carefully cut clear sheet decal from the edges to 'tape' down the edges of the decals that are peeling. It is invisible even to a very picky modeller unless you get extremely close. My good friend Radek (Rad22Rad - The Alloy wheel chap and builder of the Tamiyaclub.com community Scorcher) has every single model with batteries and radio ready to go at a moments notice and he is not afraid to run any of his models! He is very brave! Paul.
  11. China has nothing to do with it. Time to start backpedalling... P.
  12. Wandy, you are usually a source of reason in this world, but I can't let the comment about the Sand Rover and Holiday buggy go by unchallenged The chassis was great, except the front shocks, rear gearbox and openness that allowed every bit of the road to get into the electrics It was as if they didn't want them to last the weekend! My information tells me this will not be reissued, but as the Scorcher and Buggy Champ told us, never say never. Regarding the Porsche 959, you are quite right, this is my information too, that they would struggle, but lets be frank, myself and another chap called Terry who was hitherto infallible (I am not suggesting we are in the same infallible league, simply that we both made the same mistake) said they would never re issue the SRB and until I heard the news I believed it would never happen. It has been hinted that I know a little about the re issue plans. I do actually know there will be some startling news this year, but I have to say that I haven't even told my wife, so sorry guys, keep guessing The truth is, however, anyone could make the comment above, it could be discounted as pure speculation, or an attempt to get some glory if some exciting news happened to also come out, so draw your own conclusions. Now I said ruomours were dangerous! Now if that isn't worse than Chris's Scorcher re issue hoax, I don't know what is! Paul.
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    Chrome Plated Srb Rear Bumper

    It is better to grind it down with paper. Even normal wood sandpaper will do the job Paul.
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    Chrome Plated Srb Rear Bumper

    One thing I should point about those is that during the long run of production of the SRB and Super Champ chassis, the very small gap between the very front screw holes and the front edge of the plate changed ever so slightly. I make my plates as long as they can be, with these holes in the right position (they fit on my chassis) but for some chassis they need 30 seconds of rubbing down just at the very front to fit in. I could make them very slightly shorter to accommodate all chassis, but then they would be weaker for the others. We are talking about a tiny amount here and I have only had experience with a small percentage of people having to grind it down ever so slightly. Paul.
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    Chrome Plated Srb Rear Bumper

    Thanks guy, you make me blush P.
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    World's Biggest Collectors?

    Very insightful, Willy. Most of that is 100% true. There is never an end. Most collectors won't admit this to even their own wives, but believe me. it is true. Let me put it this way, I am considering the purchase of a house next door just for the storage (of course it is an investment as well, but in reality, I don't need the house for anything other than its size and proximity to me) Paul.
  17. Great Incidently, I commend what you are doing, it is a good idea, especially for newcomers, plus it is hard to get to grips with it if you haven't been around for a while. I may sound churlish, sometimes I do, sorry if you felt hurt! It is difficult to get the right tenor on emails/internet forums sometimes... I had a smile (not a smirk or grin) on my face when I wrote it! P.
  18. Rumours are dangerous I started to go through the list, the first 3 are all wrong (I didn't bother going further) clearly more work needed Neither of those have the original chassis, or something even closely resembling it. Any TTG is never going to be a re issue / re release. The 935 and 935 share no common parts, even on the body, etc. etc. Paul.
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    World's Biggest Collectors?

    He sold the lot. He had a shop in New Jersey, which he closed and sold all his cars. The last contact I had with him was about a week ago. I have quite a few of his cars in my collection. Paul.
  20. I have loads of Countach original chassis, if you want one, I can discuss a nice price for you including shipping to where you are based. Sorry if mentioned before, but 92200/92201 (XBTT01/DF03-RA) Castrol Celica '93 and 92203/92204 (XBTT01/DF03-RA) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Iv Monte Carlo both re issue bodies on the TT01 XB or DF03-RA assembly platform.
  21. Hi I have shipped at least a week ago and also emailed you! Looking for more parts for you on Mini 4WD. Best wishes, Paul.
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    World's Biggest Collectors?

    As well as space to store them. There are urban legends for all types of hobby, personally I think 10,000 is a stretch. The volume alone would be incredible. Paul.
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    World's Biggest Collectors?

    It seems I would be rude not to answer this one! I considerably slowed down/stopped listing my models about a year or so ago. This coincided with my collection getting rather large to manage, personal time constraints, the implementation of a rule on the showrooms which I didn't like at the time (which I have later grown to understand) and rather a lot of hate mail (which has also gone down considerably). My current showroom stats don't really show the true extent of my collection, this is the case for other big collectors as well. I know many of the big collectors out there, including a few who don't participate in this forum or the showrooms on the main website for varied reasons. Regarding the real stats, I am not aware of anyone who has a collection anywhere close to 5 figures (in terms of quantity of cars, not value), my general understanding from the large collectors I know is collections in this field range between 1000 and 2000 models in single, privately owned collections (by this I mean one person, not a company, more on this later). I know one chap currently renovating a 1700 square foot warehouse to make a private museum and I myself have a 550 square foot hobby room, which is more storage than display at the moment. As for myself? The quantity of models is, as you say, unimportant, but I have a varied collection (NIB, used, display and rare/unusual) of many manufacturers (mostly Tamiya however, as they are the most prolific manufacturer) and I have well over 1500 models in total. My online showroom represents less than 1/5th, or 20% of my actual collection and isn't really upto date either (I need to work on this when I have more time). There are many models still missing from my showroom and sometimes when you come across a single entry of mine, there are 3,4,or even 8 cars hiding behind that single listing. I haven't listed my NIB BMW Brabham BT50s for instance, but if I did, I would instantly double the number on Tamiyaclub.com. Olivier, for example (a private man, so I will only state here what is known publicly by his own choice) has converted a large garage to store his models and with a bit of guesswork you could come up with a figure of models that might be close to the number in his collection by looking at the photos and extrapolating a figure. We also need to be wary of collections that look large because someone has owned all those models, but not at the same time, or amalgamated collections (there are at least 2 of these I know of on Tamiyaclub.com), or those with distributor/trade access which make certain collections look much larger than they are. Equally, there are collections which include models which have been sold many times since listing (at one time, the same NIB Avante appeared 3 times in the stats, although I owned it when I listed it myself. I can be unintentionally guilty of this also, as some models I have sold are still in my showroom, as well as models missing that I haven't listed yet) I decided some time ago to become part of the community and whilst I respect some of the large collection owners wish to remain anonymous (I know some of the reasons also) I think someone should represent this part of the community, even if it is me! Envy is one of the deadly sins but so is Pride, which can easily be attributed to someone who has a exceptional example of anything, be it wealth, collection size etc. I have always respected certain collectors' desire to own perfect examples of kit boxes, for example, but I have never seen it my goal to own only perfect examples of kits, after all, patina is one of the things that can distinguish a re issued kit from the original in the first place. There are plenty of re issue kits if you want a perfect box and colour. In terms of costs for certain models? I know of single models changing hands for figures in excess of $10K, which makes a NIB Toyota Hilux look like a bargain by comparison. Collecting is also rarely limited to just one thing, for example, I also collect antique pianos, natural fancy coloured diamonds and automatic watches (something I share coincidentally, but not surprisingly with at least one other big well known collector). Enjoy collecting and as with everything in life, don't be envious, there is always someone with more/better, but their life may lack in other areas. Be thankful for what you do have. Always. I am. Paul PS : Edit, thanks Jerome, I type very fast and make many mistakes, I should proof read better