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  1. Hi mates, here's another long term project. Finally today a re-release Egress is arrived at my home. This model is a mandatory element to start this project that I want to complete, the TRF Jamie Booth's Replica Egress. This is the model. It is a shelf queen new built that I bought from a mate here on the club. The model is in perfect condition (thanks mate). I already own the Egress. Infact this is my 3th one, the first is a restored vintage, the second is my modified runner and now this one. This is the first re-release that I see in real life. What can I say about this model? Tamiya made a good job on many parts of this model in front of the vintage model. For example the quality of the carbon fiber of the chassis is better compared with the original model. The plates are shiny, there's the post for the Avante 2001 driver, there are the holes for the Avante rear tower and wing mount at the rear end. The transmission quality seems better and the gold alloy uprights are a massive improvement at the front end. But (because there's always a "but") somewhere the quality decreased. The beautiful titanium screws are now replaced with poor black anodized iron screws. The steering bar is always the same, too wide and gives problems during the full compression of the front end. Avante 2001 had a better configuration. The adjustable turnbuckles are not so beautiful (the Top Force Evolution turnbuckles are better imho and are a direct fit to Egress) but the real ugly thing is the front shock absorbers configuration. I don't know why Tamiya decided to make this change but the result is very poor in my opinion. Poor because one of the best looking parts of the Egress were the front dampers so there's a great loss of aesthetics. The height of the front end is reduced as the damper movement. The front end almost doesn't touch to the ground. The ride height is reduced as you can see in the pictures. The new front tower doesn't resolve the strenght problems of the old one but adds a problem with the body nose and body lenght. So the question is: do I like this re-release Egress? The answer is no, I don't like it a lot for the characteristics described above. This is the reason why I will not regret to convert it with this great conversion kit that I bought last year. The kit is the number 8 of 16 existing in the whole world. I can already say that I will also make some custom job on this replica so it will be not a perfect copy of the other ones but it will be personalized. The first thing: This front tower have to go, sorry Jamie. I can't mount a simply reversed rear Astute shock tower on the Egress front end and I will never cut the nose of an Egress body, sorry again. I'll do a custom designed new shock tower. On contrary, I will keep the rear tower already present in the kit. Also these 3D printed rear hubs have to go. I'll mount the original Madcap ones or something better. The Replica kit is very well made. I will also use these used parts. I will not cut some new gearbox parts. Ok, that's all for the moment. As the 2WD Buggy Custom thread, also this one will need many time to go on but I'm sure you will be patient, or not? Max
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