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  1. I hadn't really planned on getting an LMT. I don't usually buy big-ticket trucks, and I've built more than enough monster trucks over the last two years - more than I can realistically drive, given the size of my garden and the complete lack of monster truck fans in my part of the world. However, some rave reviews from others here on TC (you know who you are ) and an unexpected good deal from Horizon Hobby, convinced me to place a last-minute order with AMain for the roller truck. If you followed the Losi LMT discount thread to its bitter end then you'll know all about the fun and games getting it here, but for now, here's a quick recap: I ordered from AMain on 18th Mar, for $399, minus $150 discount, plus $66.99 shipping. That's a grand total of $316.98 for a top-level monster truck chassis. At the exchange rate of the time, that worked out £252.33 - that's not far off what I paid for my SMT-10 Builder's Kit back in March 2020, and that comes with a 2.2 wheel that nobody in the world knows what to do with and it doesn't come with any tyres or foams. The day after placing the order I got an out-of-stock notification, which was updated with a Shipped notification a week later. It then got stuck in the US postal service for over a month, and after a few conversations with various parties I thought it was probably lost for good, and was about to ask AMain for a refund. AMain were really helpful, but confident it would get through eventually, so I sat back and waited patiently, and one fateful morning the shipping status changed - it was moving at last! It then took a few more days to reach Customs in London, and was despatched to the local delivery office in Bristol the following day. At the same time, a customs demand letter was sent to me, possibly via stagecoach, or maybe some old Greek guy in fashion-statement sandals, because that letter didn't get to me until nearly a week later, landing just in time for the early spring Bank Holiday weekend. So although I paid the customs charge on a Saturday, the earliest I could book delivery was the following Wednesday. I was supposed to be at the office that day, but I figured my LMT was more important, so I cancelled and stayed home. All day. Until late-PM, when the delivery status on the tracker changed to say it was back at the depot, having never got as far as my doorstep. There it would remain for almost a full week, until one fateful Monday when (after tracking it all the live-long day on the live tracker app) it finally arrived on my doorstep. Normally the arrival of a new kit in the post is a bit anti-climactic - unless it's a nice Tamiya re-release with the blister pack internals and everything, there's nothing much to show but an unpainted body and some plastic bags. So there's one advantage to buying a roller or RTR - you actually have something to behold when it arrives. And what a thing to behold! Bananas not to scale.
  2. Here's a couple of pictures of one of last years projects. Losi 1/24 scale crawler running gear in a 1/20 scale jeep grand cherokee plastic model.
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