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  1. Hello, to separate the TRF201 transmission conversion and the restoration part of my Hilux Monster Racer I started this new thread regarding my TRF201 transmission conversion for the Nissan King Cab, Hilux Monster Racer and/or (Super) Astute / Madcap*. So the transmission section will not be mixed anymore with the restoration section. Here I can also offer a better and clear support for interested customers and can answer questions regarding the gearbox, parts list, manual or assembly. For pictures from the installed gearbox in a Hilux Monster Racer, please visit my build log/thread: Sgt.Speirs‘ Nissan King Cab - TRF201 Transmission Conversion & Restoration Parts list for this modification: 1x 3D printed gearbox parts from Shapeways (latest rev. 1.5): >> King Cab TRF201 Gear Box v1.5 - Complete << 1x 54471 TA06 Steel Gear Diff. Unit Rear 1x 22031 TD4/TD2 Slipper Clutch Set 1x 53587 Shim 5x0.2mm (1 needed) 1x 13454709 Idler Shaft (alternatively: 54344) 1x 54262 Idler Gear (alternatively: 51416) 1x 19114075 Spacer N15 (N-Parts tree) 1x 19804411 Screw 3x36mm (4 needed) 1x 13450284 Aluminum motor plate (alternatively: 54225 /13454715) 1x 50586 Washer (2 needed) 1x 19805746 Cap Screw 3x8mm (2 needed) 1x 19808013 Cap Screw 3x6mm (2 needed) 1x 19805990 Screw 3x5mm (2 needed) 1x 19004273 Gear Cover 1x 19805957 Screw 3x10mm 1x 19805763 Screw 3x10mm 1x 19805765 Screw 3x8mm 1x 53577 Urethane bushing (red) 1x 53588 Ø10 mm Shim Set (optional parts for shimmimg the gear diff) 1x 42115 Ball bearings 1510 (2 needed) 2x 42113 Ball bearings 1050 (3 needed) 1x 42113 Ball bearings 840 (1 needed) Manual for the assembly: Gearbox Assembly - Manual_Rev_1.3 (see attached file) Gearbox Assembly - Manual_v1.3.pdf External link for non-members: Gearbox Assembly - Manual_v1.3.pdf on File-Upload.net Pictures from the first Shapeways order: The gearbox ready assembled: The first customer's complete gearbox package: And finally the video of the assembly according the manual:
  2. Happy new year everyone, 2021 had it’s up and downs. It was filled with many new and wonderful RC purchases some of which I am still waiting to receive, I spent weeks in the hospital with Covid and I am still recuperating. I also lost my father before Christmas which brings me to this new feeling of mortality as I am reaching an age where I want to finally start completing projects I’ve had in the back of my mind for years . I’m not a stranger to this club but it’s been a while so I’ve created a new profile as I could not find any login information for my old profile .I’ve been building and driving RCs since the mid-80s. I was fortunate enough to have a job at a local toy and hobby shop a few years out of high school where I was building RC‘s primarily Tamiya for customers. This is where I saved up enough money to purchase my first Hornet, Astute and a few other models. I’ve kept all of my used and broken RCs all throughout my life thinking I would someday maybe restore them and I think now is the time. Probably not financially ideal today as opposed to 4 years ago, but as I get older I long for that feeling that I first had when I built my early Tamiya vehicles. Since then, I’ve collected 27 other RC vehicles, airplanes, boats and tanks but my heart has always wanted my original Astute back in my life. Back in the day, I would immediately start modifying any new vehicle and this one was no different. I would also make sure that my modifications would not damage the original vehicle so that it could be brought to its box stock appearance later on if possible. As you can see here my astute featured a Pro line Baja bug body, Custom aluminum shocks probably from associated and modern electronics to that time period. After assessing what is left and looking at the condition I have the remaining parts, I’m thinking when I would like to do with this vehicle it’s not quite bring it back to its complete original stock configuration but instead may be slightly upgraded by installing all new stainless hardware, leaving the custom shocks and reinstalling modern electronics although I do have the original speed controller. The original body is not in bad condition but will have to be stripped of paint and repainted and the box stock red. The same goes for the wing which I painted silver and immediately removed. The under tray is missing and I have not located it yet. I don’t remember what condition it was in but I guess I will have more time to look for it and then determine whether I need to replace it. I know my decal sheet it’s probably in a collection of decals in the garage somewhere but it will be missing a few decals that I used on the original build so most likely, I will have to purchase a new Repop decal sheet or create my own. The only thing I worry is I have actually ordered a decal sheet from MCI for a monster truck project I was working on and it was complete garbage. I don’t know if it’s an isolated experience of the print quality was completely horrific To my standards so I don’t know if the re-pop astute decal sheet is any better. I’m also considering new wheels and tires as I’m sure the originals are either rotted or missing and the wheels are pretty tore up. I was considering purchasing egress wheels and white and dying them black which will give me a slightly wider front tire but I think I could live with that. If I can’t find my under tray, I’ve seen some repop bodies for sale which look pretty decent at least from the photos. If any of you folks have ever restored the astute, any advice you have would be appreciated. The biggest determining factor of how I take this restoration will be pricing. I did find a brand new front bulkhead that I will be replacing once I strip down the vehicle. I believe I had purchased that set to replace the rear A-arm mounts I broke after taking a big jump. Well here goes. I don’t expect this to be a quick restoration but I think I’m ready to do it
  3. As some of your might have seen here, I've been working on some new parts for the Super Astute series of cars. One of the projects I've been working on is a replacement gearbox for the Astute that accepts modern internals (ie a modern slipper and a sealed gear diff). The main reason behind this is because Super Astute TTC gearboxes are too rare, there is nothing at all that has a sealed diff and the Astute and Kingcab series are DESPERATELY delicate in the gearbox and a drop in replacement would allow far more of them to be used/raced. I settled on the Schumacher Cougar KR for internals as it has a 3 gear setup (similar to the Astute / SA) and is relatively common. I modelled everything up in CAD and made a test print via shapeways. Some pics below. For a 1st prototype, it's actually gone together pretty well, the parts mostly hang together and work. Clearly there are still some issues to fix though: Major: Motor fouls gearbox a bit (pinion size, hence gearing options are restricted). Will cause issues especially with King Cab (where pinion need to be smaller). Major: Motor Plate fouls wishbone pins (I could mod the motor plate to fit but as I want this to be a drop in replacement part, I will tweak the motor plate's angle instead) Minor: Outdrives are smaller on Cougar than Astute (53mm for SA vs XXmm for Cougar). Doesn't look too bad (see pics) but might cause some issues when driven hard. Not sure how it'd affect the King Cab. Minor: Nut recesses have some minor issues (too small / too big, doesnt affect use but should be fixed) Minor: Chassis post recesses are ~1mm too deep Minor: Small amount of binding in the gearbox (this might actually run in fine, dont know until its tested, if not may need to shift idler gear a little in CAD) Now for the reason I'm writing this thread now before the part is ready..... I NEED SOMEONE TO HELP ME TEST IT! Confession, I do more technical stuff than actual driving and I get most of my fun from the build however it's obviously critical that my stuff works properly when it becomes available to others. Hence for a part like the gearbox which takes precision and a lot of abuse - I want it properly tested before I make it generally available on shapeways. So Im looking for a volunteer from the community to help test my models. I'm looking for someone as per below: Has an Astute / Super Astute / Madcap / Kingcab RUNNER that they use regularly. Must be a runner, must be usable via some "proper" driving to actually test the part. Has a modern brushless / lipo setup than they are willing to test on the car. Is willing to test the parts I send and then post them back to me (with comments/feedback via regular TC pms / emails) UK based (sorry don't want to post internationally when prototyping - too slow/expensive) Longstanding & well known TC member who is knowledgeable about parts and has build experience (quite a few $ of kit so I want to test someone who's likely to be trustworthy (and not disappear & take my stuff!) and knows their stuff (essential for troubleshooting)) Ideally - Has modern 2wd experience (aware of what "good" is actually like for this class and some modern 2wd parts to use, spurs, pinions etc) If you're interested in helping me develop the gearbox and/or other parts - please let me know (and confirm the above points). I'm thinking the gearbox needs one more round of my own prototyping before it can go to my nominated tester for a thrash test (but you never know - I might mess up). BTW - Please don't be offended if you volunteer to test my stuff and I don't take you up on the offer, my wallet can only cover so much shapeways prototyping at any one time
  4. I have alot of incomplete threads on this forum so I thought I'd follow the lead of some of you. This will be my one go to thread to track all of my projects as I go. All of the projects are running now but are in various stages of their build. There is atleast one more that Im going to add in the near future but first I need to update you all on where is what in what stage. First up is the Astute. The Astute is the first Hobby Grade RC I got. I spent a summer doing chores for my Grandfather to save up for it. AFter about 27 years of neglect I decided to bring it back, man I am really that old. Ill update that thread one more time, Ill post the finish goods here as well. First the group shot!
  5. looking for a set of astute front tires 53048, does any one have some nip ones. thanks
  6. Hi, I want to restore my Tamiya Astute. I need one set of parts b. If you have part a, please also let me know. Many thanks!
  7. The car has been completely restored and has the shapeways 3d printed brace to strengthen the front suspension chassis mount.It has a custom built driver in the lexan body.Pictures speak for themselvesI'm looking for 275euros.Based in europe, belgium
  8. Looking for the following Super Astute Parts: Battery mount (G2, G5) G1 5mm spacers Bumper E9 TTC Parts: H3 Clutch Spacer H4 Disk Spacer BK7 Pressure Disk Any usable condition considered, payment via paypal.
  9. Hi All, I'm very excited to share my latest project Many of you will recognise this car, I won it on fleabay a couple of weeks back and after contacting the seller it turned out the seller was fellow member neverfollow. Link to his original thread http://www.tamiyaclub.com/forum/index.php?/topic/71961-astute-restoration-with-modifications/&page=1 I'll start with a brief run down of where it's at and where it's going. All cars start somewhere and this is how it was when neverfollow acquired it from japan Current parts: A&L lethal weapon trans (soooo much sexy ) Stadium Blitzer front + rear hubs F103 carbon reinforced front uprights Super Astute G4 support TA-04 Pro steering linkage TA-04 Pro aluminum servo mounts Super astute front + rear arms DF-03 CVD's Super Astute battery tray Avante upper links front and rear Front carbon fibre turnbuckle brace Alloy D1 suspension blocks Standard yellow kit shocks (neverfollow kept his Hi-caps for obvious reasons) Standard kit wheels Pictured is how neverfollow had it when completed his restoration Here is where it's at now: Other than removal of the shocks I haven't touched the frontend and the rear end has only been stripped and put back together whilst I contemplate upgrades. I will re strip the car and clean up everything once I'm happy with it and post more pics as I go. Test fit of battery and servo. As it is an Astute, holes will need to be drilled for the Super Astute battery tray. Bel (neverfollow) originally drilled holes for various mounting trials but they aren't suited to where I want them for my particular battery option. Planed upgrades are as follows: Modern turnbuckles Rear carbon turnbuckle support brace Modern wheels and tyres Lipo battery BZ superstock or similar motor (I have a few vintage motors I may throw in for fun depending on my mood) TBLE-02 ESC (have one leftover from my re-re monster beetle purchase) Shocks... This one is tough, I've always loved hi caps and am leaning towards them but as it's going to be a runner I feel the TRF aeration dampers could be a better option with a lot more tunability. I'm open to suggestions/opinions here Please feel free to add any other suggestions keeping in mind I'm after reliability first and foremost. I know the A&L can handle a lot more motor and I may increase motor options as I grow confident with the car. One thing I love about it is the ability to run any 48p spur and pinion combo so gearing options are endless. FYI internal gear ratio is 2.22, pretty close to most buggies 2.6 That's it for now, stay tuned for progress updates
  10. After deliberation and with an upcoming trip to an amateur ice hockey tournament in mid-May, I have decided to list my Tamiya Astute for sale. Unlike previous attempts, I am not wavering on my promise: this car is and will remain for sale until sold. The memories I have are unfortunately not enough to overcome the room and board and equipment fees I will be facing abroad... What you see here is a Tamiya Astute. Several modifications have been implemented, including: - modified suspension front and rear, using simplified Madcap components to reduce weight and complexity compared to the original Astute specification - alloy rear suspension blocks (replacing Astute parts D1) - a complete Tamiya Traction Control geartrain, purchased separately and installed as stock - Super Astute central battery holder (G parts) - ball bearings installed in drivetrain and other areas (where bearings are still used; suspension modifications negate many of the original Astute's areas) In addition, a reproduction shell and wing are included - minor scuffs and scratches appear on the shell and undertray. Blue anodized wheel nuts anchor original lightweight racing wheels and correct kit tires. This car is in good working condition, tested with the electronics pictured (which will be included). These electronics can be removed upon request for a discount. All mechanical parts are in solid structural condition, with no visible cracks or evidence of fractures. I bought this car used and refurbished it prior to running it; since then, it has been run five times, and only twice with the TTC geartrain installed - personal photo records verify this claim, as well as the notion that RC circuit-type jumps were never encountered while in my ownership. I am open to offers and trades; however money is a priority given the circumstances under which I am selling this car. At present, I am looking for approximately 250 GBP (amounting to roughly $445 CAD at writing), which will include worldwide shipping. Where other currencies are considered, the Canadian dollar will provide a baseline for conversions (and remember that it is weak at present ). As this car is based in Canada, this fee will facilitate paying for faster shipping options overseas; otherwise I am willing to negotiate offers if you are willing to accept less expensive (if slower) shipping. I accept PayPal, either marked as 'gift' or with a nominal increase added to compensate for transaction fees. As well as I have attempted to describe the car, pictures do a better job; thus: Of course, if you wish for more detailed photos and/or have any questions, do not hesitate to ask me! I have ready access to this Astute and wish for you to buy with confidence, so I will be more than happy to answer your queries. Thanks for reading!
  11. Hi, I'm selling my old used, but in great shape, Astute. The RC comes complete with servo, CPR, Motor - everything except transmitter and battery. I won't go into details about the hop-up's used - I think you can all see most of that from the pictures. Please observe that the shocks are not original Tamiya though! https://1drv.ms/f/s!Ank3lVSjNEmUgaxcv3Z-VVp5QeCB1w Make an offer :-) Reach me on martinjordt@hotmail.com (I'm in Denmark) Cheers Martin
  12. I am not going to restore all of these right now so i was wondering if anyone was interested in them. I have a link to the pics of the collection i have, PM me for that. Or if you want detailed pics of anything. Some are missing a few parts some none at all. If you are interested I can go through the whole rc with pics so you know what you are getting. I also have a fishing box with servos, gears, shafts....alll sorts of things. I would need help figuring out what it all is but i'm willing to take pics and go from there. king cab astute avante vanquish the fox and there are a few more.
  13. I am trying to restore a vintage Astute for a friend but unfortunately, may have promised him more than I can deliver. I need a C and D parts tree. Anyone have any leads on parts for this poor Astute?
  14. Hello fellow TC'ers. I am going to need some serious help on this one! I mentioned somewhere else that i had acquired an Astute. My next project after the 2K1 and the DS are finished. I went to pick it up today but at first glance there are so many parts missing that i am considering selling it again as parts as a first look on the usual spare part sources weren't very encouraging. Maybe i am overreacting..don't know First question: does anybody have a pdf version of the manual? Can't seem to get it at my normal sources and i need it to be able to make an inventory of everyting that is missing. All FRP parts are there and in good shape which is a very good thing. The chassis plate looks like new. The gearbox is complete and all arms are in good shape. Knuckles front and rear are missing, swingshafts are missing and so on and so forth. No dampers but i intended to put hicaps on it anyways and i can always use my original 2K1s to start with. So all in all, i need good tips to sources for Astute spare parts, new or used, as long as functional. Once i have the manual a (long) list of parts needed will follow. If i detect it get too difficult, i may make an Astute fan happy with some very good spare parts in the sales section Pictures will follow...
  15. I have for sale my Tamiya Astute that is made up of alot of Madcap parts too. The Chassis plate, and damper stays are Astute as are the Battery Holders and the rear gearbox too. The Front Damper holder/kick up plate is a Madcap one as is the rear Damper Stay holder. Madcap front and rear arms and Uprights. The gearbox has the metal motor mount plate. I have run it twice and its just sitting on a shelf now so would be good to find a new home for it. It comes with an old original Tamiya Astute body, undertray and wing that have seen better days, but they are still tidy enough, and also a brand new (non original) Body, undertray and Wing that has been painted Tamiya Metallic Red backed with silver and then Painted Metallic red again and non original decals have been applied. All the wheels are Astute wheels and are in great condition, as are the tyres front and rears still have loads of life left on them. Also comes with 2 spares sets of used front (1 set Tamiya and 1 Set Proline) along with a fair few spares. The upper arms would need replaced as they are made up of 3mm threaded rod for running purposes. All in all its a good buggy and looks fantastic, but would look even better a gentle runner for someone. SOLD !!!! Thanks James
  16. bjorklo

    Astute Gator

    After seeing Beefmuffin's conversion of the DT-02 to a replica Astute, i just knew that i wanted one like that. This is the real deal where the inspiration comes from. in 2012 I sold my Desert Gator thinking that I will never need it, yeay right, i started to regret that a few weeks ago. I was searching the web for a new or used one, but shipping and possible customs tax it was going to be a bit expensive for me. Then I thought why don't I just search my inbox and find the guy I sold it to and ask if he still have it, and if he is willing to sell it. He did have it and he was willing to sell it to me for a good price. Here is a picture from when I had it And here is a picture of how it looks now The one thing I knew I had allready for the conversion was the Astute light weight front wheels, but I don't have tires. For rear I found a set of old Egress wheels and new tires. To find these I had to go trough my huge wheels and tires box, and of course i found them at the bottom The car is equiped with an old acoms reciver, V3 esc and Kyosho Mega 18x2 I must say that I'm very impressed with the speed in that motor, and will be keeping it. I might change the reciver and controller to a 2.4GHZ. I have made some orders for most of the parts i need for this project so just waiting for it to arrive
  17. Well its time to put a few items up for sale that I either no longer need or is looking for new homes. Prices include UK postage, overseas postage will be extra at cost. ....... Tamiya Astute Body, Wing and Undertray. Body is in good overall condition with only a few splits and holes for body mounts etc and with only a few decals missing. Wing is in good condition but does have 1 split and the undertray again is in good used condition (has some scuff marks). £15 Tamiya Astute E Parts New. Both bumpers have fell off the sprue, but are brand new unused. (not pictured) Provisionally SOLD !!!!!!! Tamiya Madcap Joblot of spares and tyres. £17 Tamiya TL01LA with Tamiya Xanavi Nismo GT-R R34 Body. The chassis is in good condition, but would benefit from a strip down and rebuild. Comes with optional black CVA Dampers installed. It is however missing the servo horn and servo saver. The Body is in good condition, a few decals lifting in places but only has 2 splits (around the side airdams). Comes with Black painted 6 spoke wheels and used slick tyres. SOLD !!!!!!!!! GPM Tamiya TA03 Universal Driveshafts in anodised light green, I have 4 of these, also fit the CC01 I believe and also a GPM Tamiya TA03 Aluminium Anodised Green Damper Stay. SOLD !!!!!!! Tamiya R/C Collection 99 on Video CD. Case etc are all mint with disc only having minor surface marks due to use. Works 100% fine and showcases alot of the kits from that year in short videos with them running on the Tamiya track. Also includes footage of the 1998 Tamiya cup races etc. £7.50 Tamiya Porsche 911 GT1 Plastic Parts, Wing mirrors and rear wing. Brand new in packet. £10 Tamiya Porsche 911 GT1 Bodyset (Used), windows are dark tinted (almost black) has also had some front end damage that has been repaired, but still looks fantastic and would a brilliant runner body. (I actually had it on display in my living room before finding a NIB one to paint etc) Comes with rear wing and unpainted mirrors and in original brown bodyset box (with a tear at the end which has been taped) Also includes a set of Porsche 911 GT1 wheels and a used set of tyres. £25 Tamiya DB01 Front One Way Diff with Pulley installed. £10 3Racing Silver Aluminium DB01 Front C Hubs. £5 Tamiya TL01 Friction Dampers with springs x4. (not pictured) £3 I will have more items for sale soon, motors, astute parts etc etc. Any questions, please feel free to ask. Paypal only please, and I am open to sensible offers and discount for purchasing more that 1 item. Many thanks James
  18. ** UPDATE: I'VE DECIDED TO DROP THE PRICE TO $48 (FIXED) ** I had been holding onto this for my Astute project but I've decided I don't plan to run the Astute anyway so it isn't likely to break the plastic part, and doesn't do much for display either since this piece is inside the gearbox. So, have it up on ebay for $60 obo - but would accept $50 from a TCer, just let me know who you are. If you're paying international shipping I might accept less to offset your shipping. This is not an easy part to find and I'm probably selling it at a loss - don't remember what I paid for it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIP-Thorpe-Dirt-Burners-Tamiya-Astute-King-Cab-Madcap-Center-Gear-Support-4946-/331707092119
  19. Hello oh ye Elders of the Internet (IT Crowd joke), I am hoping someone can help me unravel a mystery. I've had several Madcaps now, and have an Astute underway, and as we all know the narrow front 2WD stud-spike tires are rare, and there are a couple hop-up options like the rib-spiked. Somewhere along the way I came into 2 pair of tires that I imagine must be a hop-up option or from an unknown kit which not only fit the Madcap dish wheels and Astute lightweight wheels but are a much cooler match to the rear stud-spike tires. They have "Tamiya Cactus Tire" embossed on the sidewalls and the studs are an exact match to those on the rear tires, as opposed to the stock tires where they are smaller. I put together the composite pic below showing the tires I'm referring to on the chassis on top, labelled "B" while the stock tires are on the chassis on the bottom, labelled "A". Does anyone know anything about these mystery tires?? For the avoidance of doubt, here is a better angle to see that these are definitely not regular Narrow Hybrid Spiked, which have a 2-3-2-3 stud pattern -- these have a 1-2-1-2 pattern:
  20. As per the title I really need a metal motor mount plate for the Madcap/Astute. Either new or used condition. Let me know what you have, can pay asap with paypal. Thanks James
  21. Hi all, I'm hoping that one of you guys will have a solution for me. I've fully restored my 1989 vintage Madcap 58082 and taken it out for a few runs now. It runs great, especially with the Hop-ups and the GT-Tuned motor, but I keep breaking the C4 part - Front C-Hub (not the steering arm, which is now upgraded to carbon reinforced) I know its 26 years old buggy and not up to todays quality standards, but its so annoying as this is the 2nd time now in a month (and sourcing new C4 parts is getting harder) I know newer models have alloy parts from GMP, Yeah Racing etc. Is there an alloy part that will fit my buggy Tamiya or otherwise?... or am I destined to spend £££ on 3D printing an alloy version. Photo attached Thanks Madcap74
  22. A recent bulk purchase on ebay has yielded some nice items, but alot of them I do not need. So I might as well sell them onto others who could better use them. So the first batch for sale here is ....... Brand new Madcap chassis. Some extremely light marks underneath from storage but its mint. £20 Madcap/Astute front tyres. These are in extremely good condition, no signs of ever being glued at all and approx IMO around 80% life still on them. As you can see on the pictures the pin grips are still in good condition. £15 Astute Gear set brand new in packet. £15 and finally a Fibrelyte Astute front Carbon Fibre damper mount. used but in great condition, with only slight marks where some screws and bolts have been to mount it to the bulkhead. £10 Here are the pics ...... No idea what these are worth tbh, so I can either sell all together or separately. I have added some prices, but these are rough guesses at what they are worth. Feel free to make an offer. Willing to post worldwide at cost. I also have found some brand new Madcap front and rear damper stays in mint condition. (pics to come tomorrow) More items to come soon. Thanks James
  23. Having purchased a used Astute from a fellow TC member (looking forward to its arrival) ....... I am wandering about what colour to use for the body? PS2 Red or should I do similar to what Wyoming has done with his Jimny, Metallic Red, backed with silver and then backed again with black? As that turned out very nice indeed. One side of me is saying go box art with the PS2 red, but going the other route still goes red, but just gives it a different look. ??? Thoughts and opinions welcome. James
  24. Hi, In an old RRC magazine there was a toy fair that featured Tamiya team cars the Astute and Top Force. I think they were Alan Harmans. The Top Force below was featured in a RRC magazine. Has anyone seen any info on the Team car Astute that partnered it, it had the same Mclaren Marlborough livery? http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa378/percymon/58100%20Tamiya%20Top%20Force/TRF1.jpg Thanks, Andy
  25. As per the title. I am after a manual for the Tamiya Astute. Doesnt need to be mint, but at least in good usable condition. Let me know if you have one. Thanks James
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