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  1. Stock is a loose term at present, supply is better. Stock of almost all spares won't be available again until August at the earliest.
  2. Just to clarify. Carson are Tamiya Germany. Tamiya Germany are Carson. The car is not a Tamiya product though, but it does say Tamiya-Carson on the box to confuse matters.
  3. As you may all know, demand on Tamiya kits is currently through the roof in the UK. We have had a very large delivery today and another tomorrow - all are currently booked onto the website. It seems supply will be patchy for some weeks, so if you see it and you want it - buy it before someone else does!
  4. We have a few kits that I can let go at special price for TC members on an "end of tax year sell them before we count them" basis. Prices include UK delivery. Most EU countries we can deliver for around £19. It's not practical to send to some countries and outside the EU the price is prohibitive. What I have available are: https://www.timetunnelmodels.com/live/catalog/tamiya-44042-tg10-chassis-factory-engine-version-warehouse-find-from-2004-p-66321.html I can do the above 44042 TG10 kits for £185 each. There are 4 available. These are very odd having been found in Tamiya's warehouse. They are very old kits (as far as we can tell) but note that they're chassis kits without engines. The boxes are all new but all have very minor marks from being stored around 15 years. https://www.timetunnelmodels.com/live/catalog/tamiya-58519-toyota-bruiser-custom-without-radio-controlled-model-p-49973.html Bruiser is a cancelled customer order - we normally only get it to order. Can sell for £550. There is one in stock. https://www.timetunnelmodels.com/live/catalog/tamiya-47383-isuzu-black-metallic-vauxhall-frontera-sport-cc01-custom-without-p-63368.html Three of the Isuzu in stock. These can go for £165 each (without ESC, can add ESC if required +£12). https://www.timetunnelmodels.com/live/catalog/tamiya-47392-tyrrell-1977-monaco-with-painted-body-custom-without-p-64180.html Five of the Tyrrell kit available. Again £165 each (again +£12 for a TBLE02S ESC if needed). https://www.timetunnelmodels.com/live/catalog/tamiya-47428-tyrrell-wheel-monaco-1977-built-without-electrics-p-65896.html Two of this oddball XB with no radio idea Tamiya had too. £188 each on these. https://www.timetunnelmodels.com/live/catalog/carisma-ca81068-subaru-brat-ready-trail-truck-requires-batterycharger-p-65051.html Two of this Carisma Brat. Nice cars. Carsima decided to sell this one without battery and charger, and killed the sales on it as a result. Can't go wrong at £194 though. Anyone wanting any, please email me at sales@timetunnelmodels.com and copy/paste the line you want - I will send Paypoo invoices.
  5. The bodies on these were almost impossible to break. The plastic was/is really flexible. They're a strict 200mm nitro body though (even on their electric cars) so look wrong on Tamiya models unless you use long axles or wide wheels.
  6. We used to sell loads of those. They're very tough in general. If you do buy it and need parts, they're discontinued now - but I have a fair selection still somewhere.
  7. Easy when you know. The three months of the thing crashing before I figured it out though....
  8. All HPI and Maverick stock in our store is reduced by 10% over our normal discounted price from today.
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  10. The numbers were very short - the importer (hobby co) received far fewer than expected and shops were only sent a fraction of their order. It was the same delivery that saw Tamiya hold back all but samples of the Comical Grasshopper, which was why that's been booted back to a January release - it isn't really a January release but the numbers that arrived in the UK on Tamiya's initial delivery would mean then sawing kits into three just to supply each shop with something! On the Black Avante, I know we only got half, which was just enough to cover orders but then two people dropped out due to the time of year and not having the cash, hence the two kits we had for sale on our website late November. I put them online, fed them to Google and they were sold within the hour. From what I understand, it was a one-off batch and no more are coming, but Tamiya's limited edition stock availability is shrouded in secrecy and things often do reappear later. I would say the shops saying "pre-order" didn't have a single order for it, didn't order any and haven't noticed that it's been removed from the trade ordering system.
  11. Simply visit stores.ebay.co.uk/goldstarstockists Search for the Tamiya kit you want. Use the code PRESENTS at checkout - eBay will deduct 15% (up to a maximum of £50). NB: This is an eBay sponsored promo, so you must ensure it's applied to your basket before you pay - we cannot apply it retrospectively.
  12. 10% off this afternoon on eBay UK. Simply use code PUMPKINS at checkout - and the code can be used once. Our ebay store is https://stores.ebay.co.uk/goldstarstockists
  13. Interesting this. We've been told repeatedly that Tamiya's own brushless motors have substantially lower current draw than other brands, and that's why such a cheapo ESC can supposedly cope with such high power motors. Certainly, we've had ones that simply won't work with non-Tamiya low turn motors, shutting down after 30 seconds or less but fire up and run without thermal shutdown on their ones.
  14. That's the RRP. My calc puts it at £235 give or take. Still no picture, only the spec sheet I posted further back.
  15. If boots need filling, fill them now.... This coupon is a 15% discount valid from 10:00am UK local time on 17th August until 8:00pm UK local time on 17th August 2018 on purchases on eBay.co.uk, unless cancelled earlier by eBay. How to redeem your coupon: Simply make a purchase of £20 or more on eBay.co.uk - I suggest at stores.ebay.co.uk/goldstarstockists ! Enter coupon code PIGGYBANK at checkout when prompted. The maximum discount you can receive is £50 per redemption and you are limited to 1 redemption.
  16. The spares support on the new site is dire. We used the USA site to cross reference which spares fitted which kit (as did the UK importer Hobby Co) - there is no cross reference on the new site which means dealers have no way to be able to tell their customers if part 12345678 that they have in their hand will fit kit XYZ123 that they are enquiring about.
  17. As the title, we have now worked through all the pre-orders for these two kits and have spare in stock.
  18. There appears to be no parts cross reference on the new site, showing which part fits which cars. This was probably the most useful feature of the old site for dealers worldwide.
  19. Devils advocate: Tamiya USA are about to launch a new website - sneak images of it came out over the weekend (at least that was the first I saw of it). If they are planning direct sales, they'll want to get more of the cake for themselves. What better way than ensuring their own website won't be undercut online?
  20. 10% off this afternoon on eBay UK. Simply use code PICKANY at checkout - and the code can be used twice. Our ebay store is https://stores.ebay.co.uk/goldstarstockists
  21. Not sure if anyone has realised this, but this is a minimum advertised price only. It doesn't actually force shops to not discount below that price but instead says they can't put a price on display that's lower. I don't know about Tower etc, but I would be VERY surprised for those of you using independent USA shops on a walk-in basis, if you can't say to the guy behind the counter "I know about the minimum advertised price on Tamiya, but what price are you prepared to sell XYZ to me today for if I buy now?" - as that would not actually breach it from my reading.
  22. That is actually the legal way the UK distributors have got round it in the past before they cottoned onto the "60 days to settle the market" idea. Most firms have a trade price and a retail price. If the firm decided to only have a retail price and give the dealer a discount off retail price, but omitted to actually state that discount in their terms and conditions, you could conceivably have a "problem" dealer only getting a nominal discount making it impossible to sell below a certain discount level, and a non-problem retailer could be given a much bigger trade discount. It's a way around price control, more legal than enforcing a price policy and one that is very very hard to prove as rarely will a dealer have sight of another dealer's invoices....
  23. Once again, this is not supposed to work in the toy/model category, but we've just noticed eBay are showing a 10% off promo on almost all our items that are priced £20 or more, and it also works if you have lower valued items totalling more than £20.. See http://stores.ebay.co.uk/GoldStarStockists Voucher code appears below the price after about 10 seconds of viewing the product. Voucher code is PERFECTTEN Hurry, ends 8pm or when they spot it's on the wrong categories....! NB seems to be a UK only promotion again, like last time.
  24. Can't do it in the UK, it's very very illegal to do any more than suggest a retail price here. Some model rail brands (Bachmann and Hornby spring to mind) do TRY to limit discounting to a maximum of 15% off RRP, but even then the only way they can dance round the very very strict penalties that the UK Competition Commission would otherwise dish out is to strongly "suggest" that maximum discount should only be during the first 60 days after product release "to enable the product to settle on the market". I personally think it's borderline iffy even then, but no one has actually challenged it legally because it's only a couple of months and products in model rail tend to continue to sell for some years, so there's plenty of time to sell at whatever rate the dealer fancies - to the extent that some dealers hold back new releases for a couple of months.
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