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A bunch of people have recently been desperately trying to locate NOS Yellow Mini CVA's and finding slim pickings and when a packaged set occasionally turns up the price is punitive. I've managed to help a few people score used ones or piece together new ones from parts bags. BUT... The other day I decided to finally build the CVA's for my QD Monster Beetle which already has gold wheels and pin-spike tires, in order to complete the 1:10 Monster Beetle look. After building them I couldn't help but notice the similarity with the Mini CVA's, and was reminded of a previous discussion about red "Hornet II" Mini CVA's which touched on the QD ones and what the similarities are to 1:10 scale CVA's. Well, it turns out they are exactly the same. The QD Monster CVA set is identical in all respects (except, maybe, oil viscosity) to the vintage Yellow Mini CVA set. With one notable exception - as of writing this there are 3 NIP sets currently available on ebay for ~$20 apiece (there were 5 when I first discovered this) ... look for Tamiya part number 43007. What's more, the set also includes 2 of those brass spacers that matman was looking for (I believe they are the same ones at least). See pics below. The dirty shock is a Mini CVA and the new one is from the QD Monster CVA kit.
I'm sure some of you smart people know the answers off the top of your heads so let me throw out a few questions I want to verify and let the knowledge pour forth! 1) Super Hornet: - Are the front shocks Mini CVA Shocks (in black)? Mini as opposed to Short... - Are the rear shocks Long CVA Shocks (in black)? Or are they Short? 2) General Q: - Are the shafts for Mini, Short and Long CVAs always the same, respectively? - In other words, can I pull a Short CVA unit off of a Monster Beetle and bolt it directly onto the front of a Boomerang? 3) Sonic Fighter: - The front shocks are Mini CVAs in yellow, right? THAT'S ALL FOR NOW -- THANKS IN ADVANCE!