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  1. Hi there, As some of you know, I make Carbon Fibre Chassis for the SRBs and Super Champ, up until now the Super Champ Mechanism Deck (Upper Chassis) has only been available when purchased with an SRB chassis piece. However, I am now making more of these and they are available separately. You can purchase this on ebay here or PM me with a Tamiyaclub.com discount of 10%. Fast shipping worldwide is free as well. The item is the same quality robotics grade as used in top engineering (not the cheaper wet lay fibre) and is vacuum pressed, making it glossy on both sides. It is made with a sophisticated computerised machine in Mittal steel factory here in Czech. An additional discount is available for Tamiyaclub.com members if they buy both plates together. The cost of this depends a little on where you are based (for shipping purposes) but you get the 10% discount plus an additional discount (to try to stop you from buying the cheaper but weaker Buggy Champ FRP chassis!). PM me for details, please. The regular chassis is also available, again with 10% TC discount and free shipping. Note : No discount available if you purchase on eBay. eBay is a little more expensive because of the fees. Some people prefer it that way though, so feel free to BIN!
  2. Thank you :-) It has been a while, took me a few minutes to find the PM section... Paul.
  3. Hi :-) Yes, I know, I haven't been here for absolutely ages... I need a little favour, I was hoping one of the German members (living in Germany) who knows me quite well could possibly get in touch with me via PM? Perhaps someone who I have bought from, or vice versa in the past. Thank you... Keep well, Paul.
  4. I am not sure it counts, but I also collect fancy coloured diamonds. Some have been polished in recent times (modern cuts), others have antique cuts, up to and more than 100 years old. In any event, all were produced millions of years ago in the earths mantle and thrust up for us to find occasionally. Fascinating things and some of them make an original Black Porsche look commonplace :-) Paul.
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    How much is your collection worth?

    Bruiser boxes only...
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    How much is your collection worth?

    I just added new security measures around my property in light of this recent thread... P.
  7. I have so much re issue stuff I can build, that almost none of the good stuff gets built, even when stoned, er, I mean drunk. I mean, I am teatotal now... See, I bet you really missed this kind of witty banter. Aren't you pleased I dropped in? P.
  8. If I am very very drunk, I will even build a Sonic fighter or Striker. Although it is way better to be stoned off your mind. P.
  9. Hey, nice to hear from you too - you are truly one of the chosen few... ;-) OK, nicely spotted. I like a drink, me. That would be why. I am already on my 4th Gin and tonic of the day and the day ain't over yet. P. PS : I thought it would be a good 2000th post...
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    84270 Avante Black Special

    Mine are already all sold. I haven't made any more reproduction ones. I have kept the silver Hotshot ones I made though, because I think they go better with the Supershot silver body than the gold ones. Paul.
  11. I guess it depends on what you consider as re issues/re releases. I offer this (incomplete) list of what I consider not to be re issues, followed by a list of those which are pretty faithful re issues, to go some way to giving you my opinion... Avante Black Sand Rover & Holiday Buggy Renault 5 Blackfoot III Mud Blaster II Lamborghini Countach on TT01 (not even close!) Wild Willy 2 As I said, this is incomplete, but none of these, nor the planned Golf or Toyota Toms are re issues, but adapted original bodies on new chassis with awful boxes... Just my opinion :-) An example of some proper re issues Rough Rider Avante Hotshot (despite the internal packaging) The Hornet and Grasshopper (as above) Again, not an exhaustive list, but just an idea of what constitutes a proper re issue in my opinion. Paul.
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    Will Tamiya ever re-re a re-re?

    The Mercedes C11 was re issued twice.
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    84270 Avante Black Special

    The Egress was planned for re issue two years ago (the plan, not the issue), to come along after the Avante. This black version of the Avante has been issued in its place. A Vanquish re issue isn't on the cards. Unsurprisingly, lots of people are now putting their Egress tyres on eBay for sale. Paul.
  14. Hi, I am around, although considerably less nowadays and I very rarely log in - if ever. I haven't got out of the hobby, although of late I have listed about 50 kits on eBay, so to some it might look like that. Actually what I am doing is getting rid of duplicates, of which I have many, so there is a chance to pick up some Loaded collection kits. There is an element of truth to what has been said about being welcome - for example, receiving personal messages or emails from people laughing about the values of kits because of re issues (as if I care?) and general abuse which has gone down considerably since I took my sabbatical. Tamiya have made some siginificant mistakes. In embracing the current desire for retro across all markets and in an absence of imaginitive design from their side, they have re issued some kits only for the purpose of making money, whilst at the same time, aggressively squashing core community members under the guise of protecting their copyright, or intellectual property. This website has been slapped on the wrist and forced to remove portions of it in order to comply. I know of some members who make custom parts who have been told not to. In doing this, Tamiya have failed to realise two important things. Firstly, the people that got them there - ie us. Were it not for Tamiyaclub and those minded collectors (I don't mean mega collectors, just anyone who likes old Tamiya models, not necessarily NIB) Tamiya would have very little basis to make this business work. Furthermore, when the current trend is gone, and it will go, then they will be left neither with collectors that revere their imaginitive model making, nor the trend followers that just wanted to run a Hornet or Fast Attack vehicle once or twice to relive a childhood memory, but are less enthusiastic about the brand than we are. I thank you Swarm, for asking, you are a nice guy, we have had many chats :-) I would like to lay a couple of things to rest, though. No, I am not bankrupt! Although the business in which I am in has been hit by the recession, rather than fight the tide, I swim with it and there is always money to be made if you know how to ride the markets. I will come out the other end stronger. I haven't given up on collecting either, I have over a thousand kits, but I do wish to cut down my list of duplicates, mainly for reasons of space, but it would be arrogant to suggest they have little value, as clearly many of the kits do. I also do make some parts, which is mainly to keep me off the streets, because I have not been very busy for the last couple of years! Tamiya's re issue program is nearing its end and there are kits they simply won't re issue, some of the recent and future re issues will be along the lines of the Sand Rover and Holiday Buggy, ie not really re issues at all. From a sanguine point of view, if we are to take values as important, neither the Holiday Buggy or Sand Rover re issues have affected values, simply because they are not re issues, but kind of tribute vehicles on a modern chassis. Either way, it hasn't been entirely bad. They have made parts available for wrecked models and helped rekindle the interest in the hobby. They have stepped on a lot of toes on the way and angered a lot of people. But they haven't angered me. They simply lost their way with regards to innovation and new models.
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    Avante And Egress Parts

    I was going through my loft and cam across a box full of Egress and Avante parts. I have a built Egress already, so I thought I might try to build an Avante. Naturally I have duplicates of some parts and am missing others. Whilst I was going through, I thought to myself, why give eBay a bunch of fees to sell the bits I don't need so that I can buy the bits I do need? So I thought I would start a thread to see if anyone wants to trade the bits I have for the bits I need, if you see what I mean... So, this is what I have duplicates of (things I don't need!) (It may seem obvious, but if it isn't listed in either, I only have one :-) Things are listed in the order they appear in the manual. If you don't have a manual, go here : Avante Manual What I have extra of for the Avante Page 29 in the manual 1 x A Parts 1 x B Parts 1 x C Parts 1 x G Parts Page 30 in the manual 5 x Lower Deck What I have extra for for the Egress and Vanquish No particular order 1 x N Parts 1 x K Parts (Vanquish & Egress) Egress Screw bags A, B, D and E (1 of each) 2 x gear bag 4 x Y parts 4 x X parts 2 x L parts 1 x J parts 1 x Locking Joint 1 x diff parts bag (egress) 1 x front diff housing 1 x common diff housing And here are the Parts I Need Page 29 in the manual Sticker Body Wing Undercowl Prop Shaft GOT THIS NOW D Parts E Parts Q Parts (just 2 of 4 needed) Z Parts Page 30 in the manual Upper Deck 2 x Cylinder Cap 2 x Front (short) Damper Cylinder 16 x Ball End All Avante tapered springs - I have hops ups, which will do for now though Metal Parts Bag L&R Rear Gear Box Joint (L&R) L&R Front Gear Box joint 22T Pinion Gear 2 x Front Universal Drive Shaft 2 x Rear Drive shaft 2 x double ball shaft NOW HAVE 2, 2 MORE NEEDED Page 31 in the manual 4 x tyre 4 x sponge Tool bag (not too worried, as mostly boring parts, but will need any Avante specific parts, checking what is specific radius arm protector only?) Page 32 in the manual Link pin bag (although some parts may be from an Egress screw bag, just checking that) With the exception of the body parts and tyres, I hope I have enough to trade to get the parts I need. If you can help, please get in touch, either by PM, or by using this thread. I would like to keep this open, so perhaps using the thread is better. Thanks for looking, Paul aka loaded
  16. Sounds like Willy's countrymen need to jump through a few hoops to get stuff shipped, although 35/6 is only about 6 minutes per parcel, which isn's ridiculous if you have already spent the effort to pack them and get them there. Admittedly it is better to have the documents done at home. It takes me under a minute to ship each registered parcel I have. I was really in fairness only commenting on US and UK sellers, which form the bulk of the English speaking guys who refuse to ship abroad and the Americans are the worst (perhaps because there are more of them?) I just bid on those items now anyway and have freight forwarders in the US and the UK collect together pallet loads for me locally and ship them one every month or two directly here. Saves a fortune on shipping as well I once got an entire 18 wheeler full size lorry shipped with models and furniture from the UK to the Czech Republic for £700. It had tonnes, literally, of stuff in it. Paul.
  17. It always dismays me when I see someone strictly strictly sticking to a rule about shipping only within their own country. Sure, there are dishonest people about and you might struggle with Paypal on a small percentage of your receipts for items that 'never arrived'. But isn't that better than selling something for 5 times less than what its worth by restricting your market to 60 Million people instead of 6 Billion? Actually the Brits are way better than the Americans for this in my experience. I am British, but am registered abroad and bid therefore as a foreigner on items from both countries and find so many American items that I would love to buy being restricted. Or quoted with excessive shipping costs to 'protect the seller' because of insurance and tracking, which is in fact offered on all International American services from USPS except for First Class Post. Priority International, for example, can be used for large packages containing upto 3 car kits and costs from about $40 for one kit to about $90 for three. It is totally tracked and insurable. It might be that USPS workers don't know this, or are pushing the more expensive 'Express' products (which fly on the same planes and are handled by the same staff) because they are skint, but some of it is down to being stubborn for sure USPS will even pack your stuff for you in some branches and provide free packing material, although the packing service can leave something to be desired. Paul.
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    Webshops With Vintage Parts?

    Gary from Lightwater is great too
  19. NP Any chance you would like a chrome one? Failing that, painting inside with most plastic paints will produce a very nice glossy finish and painting outside with a matt paint will produce a nice solid finish. I made some chrome ones last year, but I don't have any left at the moment. Paul.
  20. You can dye Nylon based plastics, but the radio box is a Styrene type plastic and can't be dyed. Paul.
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    Y5409 Pig Tails SuperShot

    Quite the old thread, but I thought I would ask if you still had any of those Paul.
  22. During a recent clicking accident, I bought a job lot of Dangun Racer and Mini 4WD stuff, instead of a job lot of tamiya R/C stuff. You might ask how this happened, but there were a lot of factors I would rather not go into now :-) Anyway, a box containing nearly a thousand Dangun Racer new spares arrived (I kid you not) so I need to get shot of them. Seeing as I am somewhat committed, I will try selling them individually, just like with the Tamtech stuff I bought 5 years ago (some of which is still with me!). If someone out there, however, wants to buy the lot, it is available as a bulk purchase as well for a very keen price. 15105 4wd Mini Racer Progressive Down-thrust Rollers Dangun-Racers DR Bearing Set (2pcs.) 15259 Tamtech 1/24 Dangun-Racers DR Ball Bearing Propeller Shaft Set 15271 Dangun-Racers 15260 DR Reston Sponge Tires (Blue) tyres Dangun-Racers 15266 Lap Timer Stay for DR Circuit Dangun-Racers 15274 DR Stabilizing Stay w/ Roller Set Dangun-Racers 15279 DR Type 2 Gold Plated Terminal Set Dangun-Racers 15282 DR Roll Bar and L-Shaped Fin Dangun-Racers 15281 DR Aluminum Dish Wheel Set Dangun-Racers 15270 DR Light-Emitting Diode set (red) Dangun-Racers 15273 DR Metal Skid Wheel with Bearing Dangun-Racers 15261 DR Passing Tape DR 15320 Fighting Tire and Wheel Set (spiral fin) As you can see, all but a couple of the items are under a couple of bucks. To be honest, there isn't really a deal to be done direct, so it might be worth going through the eBay process, at least you can keep track of the process that way and use feedback. If anyone wants a lot of these, please let me know, I will happily work out a deal, but something tells me these will be with me for a while... Keep well, Paul
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    Dangun-racer And Mini 4wd Stuff

    Hi, All things sold now, but one item remains: Wild Mini 4WD Gear Set High Speed. Part number 15021 Thanks, Paul.