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  1. Hi everyone, A Marui Hunter. My first buggy was a Marui Hunter. There was two stars on the box, it came from Japan, but it was from another brand than Tamiya. It has a weird front suspension, the rear chassis structure looked like a copycat of the Tamiya's holiday buggy, but it has something different. It was nice in my eyes. After months, I finally found a Marui Hunter chassis fior a rebuild. When I saw it, I did not took the time to look precisely the pictures and ask for how much delivery before confirming I'm taking it. The add was removed shortly after, and I did not even asked for more picture before taking my decision (I would not have it otherwise, I guess - because one looking at it would have been probably ready to pay more). It's finally arrived, and I got the time to inspect the chassis. It is is in nice condition (no broken parts from what is present). The differential is in within nice condition as well. And wheels/tires are perfect taking into consideration of their age (not even flat - it seems it was kept in right condition). That being said, there is missing parts: - Motor and motor support - Iddle gear and iddle gear axle, and fixation - gear enclosings - radio box and pilot figure - roll bar and body mount - servo saver - MSC (or ESC) I believe the body shell is ok and I should have a way to clean it and repaint it, while there is reproductions for the stickers (even though, I may try to keep the orginal ones - not sure yet on how to do that). I already found out there is some of the parts I can find repro on shapeways. I would prefer orginal ones if possible, but that would be a plan B in case I can't find them. If you have a Marui Hunter/Galaxy motor mount, it would be great if you can provide pictures with measurements so I can rebuild one... As well I would need the measurements for the gear cover (the one next to the motor) as there is no repro available on shapeways for it. Anycase, I willl update in this thread about the progress on this project. See you!
  2. hmm, where to start, well firstly credit needs to go to @silvertriple as without his hard work, this project wouldn't be possible. So, Marui in the 80s, one of the early iconic RC manufacturers which made the first RC monster track, as with Tamiya, they had a RC catalogue with all they had to offer. Except one car in their line up never made it to market. In fact as far as I can tell, there has never been a picture of one, not even a prototype, and that is RC 9 Mitsubishi Jeep the Chassis is shared among the Big Bear, Golden Eagle and Toyota Landcruiser. I am not too sure why Marui abandoned this, especially as they clearly intended on releasing it, but either way there doesn't seem to be any examples at all, even a prototype, of which at least a couple of them must have existed. So chatting to @silvertriple, he'd been diligently 3D modelling the Mitsubishi Jeep based on what little pictures there are as well as referencing the other models this to bring it to life, and I had offered to make a sticker set for it, the idea was hatched to make a kit version as well. So this thread will track this project, with the idea of making everything so that it's just like a boxed kit you would have bought if it had been released. That includes the box, all the bags, and packaging etc inside the box and hopefully some sort of manual as well. The plan is to have the complete kit by the end of the year. The plan is to make everything too, well as much as possible. I'll of course source the nuts, bolts and screws, motor, electronics, some metal pieces, but everything else I should be able to make in some form, by either 3D printing, vac forming or general printing. I will also have to recreate all the artwork for the box, the manual (I'll borrow heavily from the Golden Eagle and Toyota Landcruiser manuals) and then make up the rest of the header cards etc based on the other models. @silvertriple 's thread where he 3D models this and the other Jeeps can be found here, its worth checking out.
  3. Initially, when I got my two 44B chassis, I was at my friend's place to get 2 cars I had a deal on since few months... The first one is a Super Wheelie (7.2V, not the early version), with a Toytoa Land Cruiser body The second one is a Big Bear, with Lunchbox wheels (unfortunately, I don't have the chance to get one with nice original tires). I wanted those cars to model the chassis. And now that I have some ideas on how to proceed for the body shell, I may even do that. I tore down the Super Wheelie this afternoon, as the project box I was using for the Ninja got free this morning. The chassis is fairly simple. There is more parts on the bodyshell than on the chassis itself :-) At the end (it was definitely very quick to get it in parts), this is the content of my box... The Big Bear should follow at some point as well...
  4. Hello, Few weeks back, the postman delivered 3 parcels, among which there was two Marui rare cars: a Ninja, and a Shogun (from two different origins). It is quite exceptional get a Shogun, but to get a Shogun and a Ninja the same day is probably even more nowadays... Specially considering that there was also a Samurai in very nice shape in the last parcel of that day... The Ninja chassis is in good shape, with its bumper and all the elements that comes with it. The body shell will require a replacement. And I have already some multipurpose driver figures from The Optima House to complete it so its good. The rear transmission seemed to be locked but upon inspection, it seems that there was an mistake made to rebuilt it and a long screws on the shaft cover instead of a short one was the cause of this. This is sorted. I will still need to do a full tear off to clean it up, but beside that, it looks fine. For the Shogun, the situation is more difficult: - the rear gearbox will require some work. - Front gearbox is missing the D-Cut bevel gear which transmit the power from the rear, the central shaft and the joints - for the wheels, 3 rims are broken (they are extremely rare, probably even more than Samurai ones) - Driver is missing (but same as for the Ninja, I will have an easy solution). Bumper is missing (it is the same as the Ninja but the color is different), and the battery door is missing as well (as often on those Marui chassis). I had already a solution for the central shaft and joints. I'll probably have to model the d-cut bevel gear to complete this. I did not tear the Shogun yet, but worst case scenario, I have already some small metal bevel gears ready just in case (I had an opportunity to get those, and since I would like to have a Coors as well at some point, that could be useful). Further, if my understanding is correct, the Samurai rear diff is the same as both front and rear diffs used in Ninja/Shogun (and that means the spare diff set from Aristcraft I have could be used as well, but I will have to specifically confirm this in situ). Yesterday, I decided to get into the operations. And I decided to focus first on the battery door. It is a simple part. I took the measures and did it in Fusion 360. 15 minutes later, I had this. And this morning, I test printed my door... Not bad, a quarter of millimeter to review on the locks and that's it (I believe it could work that way, but as it is already difficult to get the battery door out, it's not what I call perfect so I corrected it). Then, putting all the pictures together in my files (like I do always with my RC cars projects, for which every pictures you see on a thread is before stored in a folder for the pictures of the project, next to the documentation and so on), I discovered there was two version of the battery door. Here is the picture I received from a friend with a Marui T-Bird Coors. There is some ribs added at the rear end, likely to protect the gearbox. For the small story, I had some discussions recently with a friend with another T-Bird Coors, and that one don't have the ribs. I did further search on internet, and found some pictures with Shogun with the battery door with the ribs... My assumption is that those ribs were added at the time of the introduction of the Shogun (and there was a few months of T-Bord Coors production without them - T-Bird released in August 1987, and Shogun released in December 1987). I decided to rework my Battery door design to add ribs (it definitely makes sense to protect the gearbox): I do not have precises measurements for the ribs, so I made them up from the thickness (I had a picture from my friend with the Coors indicating this), proportion and lining up elements with other elements, and the size of the gearbox part it is supposed to protect... I did the design with MJF/SLS PA12 printing in mind, so it had to respect some thickness rules to be printed anywhere... I'll share the parts on my thingiverse at some point when I will have the final part printed. And while I did start this project officially, that doesn't mean it will run quickly like the others that are on top of the priority list, so don't expect this one to move fast Thanks
  5. Hi everyone, Recently a project I had in mind materialised... The Marui Samurai 4WD was one of my dreamt cars when I was 15 years old. I never got one back in the time. This car looked awesome and aggressive. It maybe the most beautiful roll cage buggy of those times, ahead of the Javelin (which is still very nice and totally among my favorites). For the technical specs : 4WD 3 Differentials Chain transmission 1070g ! And what is really awesome is its look. It really looks aggressive, with bigger diameter rims and low profile tyres on the front, and some smaller rims and bigger tires at the rear end. And the driver figure is much more realistic than what it was on Marui's Hunter and Galaxy... Few press articles I found out while searching for information (not exhaustive list - I'm still searching for more) Marui Samurai Test track - Radio Control Model Cars - March 1986 : https://www.overrc.com/vintage/documentation/archives-de-mike/Marui Samurai MC.pdf (source: www. overrc.com) Marui Samurai - Radio Race Car International - April 1986 : https://www.overrc.com/vintage/documentation/archives-de-mike/Marui Samurai.pdf (source: www. overrc.com) Marui Samurai Track test - Radio Control Model Cars - July 1986 : https://www.overrc.com/vintage/documentation/archives-de-mike/Mauri Samurai MC Track Test.pdf (source: www.overrc.com) The Samurai 4WD (french) - Auto RCM - February 1986 : https://www.retromodelisme.com/article_page/1589/samurai-4wd-marui.html (source : retromodelisme.com) Marui Samurai Banzai! (french) - Auto 8 - February 1986 : https://www.retromodelisme.com/article_page/4227/essai-samourai-marui-marui.html (source : retromodelisme.com)[/list] Long story short, searches were active on "Marui" in many places for ages before even I started my Hunter project. And I saw some Samurai going thru... Until I decided it was time... Few weeks ago, I contacted someone in the region where I was born and where my parents are still living. For the small story, the guy posted some pics of his Samurai on a group asking question on a car he was considering as he'd like to be able to use it without the fear of breaking something, and that was the day of my 50's anniversary... We discussed and it appear thru the discussion that the guy knew my uncle, and he accepted to book the car for me for a few months. I asked my father to go and buy the car for me, but was not sure how long it would take for him to do... Decided it was time to find some parts for a project, found one set of rear plates for almost nothing and ordered them, intension was to tease about the car on some forums A Marui chassis is always a thing to bother about when you start a Marui project. Dadio was selling one of his modeled chassis on ebay, he gave me the link and I was alone to bid on it. The day I received the chassis, one good friend in another forum contacted me to proposed me a Samurai with a broken chassis, as he knew that I was that in mind. Having a chassis already, I thought the chassis was made for this one, so I decided to go for it The first of the two Samurai arrived home last week, with a Galaxy roll cage and few parts. It's not complete, but I don't mind. This is a project, a new journey, and will keep me busy for some time, which is definitely what I'm looking for :-D Yesterday, after getting the Nichimo Spirit FF down to parts, I decided it was time to do the same with the Samurai to have a more precise idea of what was needed for it. Status at the end of what is missing or need rework : Left and right chassis to replace (Thanks Dadio to the rescue) Middle Front Bulkhead broken Gearbox damaged with a lot of play for the center diff (I believe the car was probably running forward in RWD and backward in FWD :-D) Rear right arm slightly damage where the pivot ball is placed. Luckily, it seems that I can just inverse the arms to get that back to work[ One of the front Knuckle is damaged (again a thread which was damaged) Missing a roof, and roll cage requires work Driver missing On the good side : not everything is bad, and with the play on the gearbox, I feel very lucky having none of the gears to replace... And there is also the second Samurai I'll probably not have in hands before Xmas. In any case, this is one of the new background routing I'll regularly post about in the next few weeks/months... That's all for today!
  6. Hello all, I've listed some of my parts on Ebay. Mainly Marui Hunter, Galaxy, Samurai, Ninja, Shogun 3D Repro parts. https://www.befr.ebay.be/sch/optimaforever/m.html?
  7. For sale a Marui Samurai Clear Rear Gearbox: 65€ plus shipping fee from Belgium It is a part of my Skeleton Samurai Project (https://www.tamiyaclub.com/forum/index.php?/topic/100937-marui-samurai-x-optimahouse-project/); I made a spare... For ball bearings, it needs 2 Flanged 4x8x3mm and 6 ordinary 4x8x3mm ball bearings (see the infos on my imaterialise webpage: https://i.materialise.com/en/shop/item/marui-samurai-rear-gearbox)
  8. In my process of modeling iconic 80's buggies, I ended up modeling several parts for repairs of my cars. my iMaterialise webshop page: https://i.materialise.com/en/shop/designer/optimahouse Marui Hunter custom designed gearbox cover this is a special part I designed to replace the original gearcover when the rocking arms pivot towers are broken (my 3 Hunters were broken at that place). Marui Samurai Pilot / driver figure (Shogun/Ninja pilot is nearly available too) Marui Hunter / Galaxy rear bumper I'll add more parts soon. I also have a Shapeways shop, but the parts are more expensive.
  9. Does anybody remember playing Ace trumps/ Top trumps / Quartet trumps games in his childhood? I loved them and had created my own card set with drawings I made of the dream cars; kyosho optimas, tamiya hotshot, ayk viper, etc. Now that I modeled most of them, I decided to recreate a new set with my own pack of illustrations I made for my Artbook. If you want to play with your friends again, just order the card game and have fun! https://www.makeplayingcards.com/sell/optimahouse 32 cards, full color, poker size Contains: Kyosho Optima & Optima Mids series AYK Sidewinder, Buffalo, Bobcat, Viper, Radiant Mugen Bulldog Hirobo Zerda Yokomo YZ834B Dogfighter Marui Hunter, Galaxy and Samurai All the iconography is original © 2021 Optima House All rights reserved Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any remarks for improvement!
  10. Well, that Big Bear I got of Fee Bay a few days ago now sits disassembled on my bench. Easily the filthiest model I have ever taken apart. Dirt and sand everywhere, very sticky dust, dead spiders in the tires, thick, lugubrious grease in the gears. Many of the bolts have corrosion on them. The tires, while being in okay-ish shape all have multiple flat spots. The tire inserts had their lips bent, almost like scallop shells - how do you do that? You'll see in the picture that one of the screws is not like the others - someone just jammed a screw that was way too big into the back of the wheel. Nice job. I'm guessing that when this was put away the last time it was run hard and put away wet, so to speak. Whatever double sided tape that held the ancient receiver in place was clearly made out of the material that they make the little black boxes out of that are on jets. Wish the whole truck was made of that stuff, it'd last forever. Oh yeah, the front body mount and the bumper were broken. However I'm not deterred. As I go along, I'm sure I'll have questions... as a matter of fact I have one now - what is the best way of cleaning small metal parts? I was thinking of soaking them in mineral spirits or something similar, but not sure. Could always dowse them with Dawn dish soap and near boiling water. Was wondering what everyone else would do? Also a serious plus came with this Big Bear - an MIP ball diff. So the transmission won't bean issue. I hope.
  11. Cleaning up my stash: 2 Marui Hyper Traction 800-320VR block tires. No visible sidewall cracks. 10 Euro + shipping.
  12. Recently I went back to my parents' house to have a look through all my old RC gear from the late 80s and early 90s, as I'd got into a conversation with a friend who I did not know was an RC racer and wanted to know what I still had and what sort of condition it was in. It was all pretty much as i remembered it except for one rather bedraggled but complete chassis which I did not remember at all and could not even recognise. After some research it turned out to be a Marui Hunter and it appears to have been a drunk eBay purchase from some years ago, as I don't remember having bought it and had no clue it was there. It seems to be in reasonably good condition and lacks usable electronics, although it must have been kept in a garage or shed before I bought it as it needed a clean, some TLC and a modern radio, ESC and motor loadout. I have started buying the electronic components (ESC and servo so far) and have sourced a repro shell and wing for it, as well as a scrap Marui Galaxy chassis for spares, as I gather the Hunter and Galaxy share a basic chassis and some parts. The rebuild looks pretty simple and painting the shell will be no problem as that used to be my favorite part of a build, but i do have some queries about the type as I have never owned a Hunter before and had never remembered even setting eyes on one, although it clearly didn't get into the attic on its own. Thank you in advance if anyone has the knowledge and expertise to answer any of these. 1.) The Galaxy and Hunter share a chassis and the scrap Galaxy chassis I bought still has all the independent suspension parts in place. The Hunter chassis has its monoshock at the rear and it seems to work, but is it worth the effort of transferring the oil shocks from the Galaxy to the Hunter, or would the results not be good enough to be worth the hassle? 2.) The Hunter instruction manual I saw online indicated that the kit originally came with three pinions: 18T, 19T and 20T. The chassis I have only has one, which is attached to an ancient-looking 540 motor, although I haven't removed it yet to find out which one is fitted. Does anyone know what pitch these gears are, or have a way of working it out? 3.) The monoshock at the back of the Hunter rather unsettles me, partly because it looks like a very peculiar layout and partly because it seems to cause an alarming amount of positive camber on the rear wheels when it is sitting still. Does this just mean the shock needs recommissioning or is this the car's natural stance and it will settle down when it is moving? Also, would fitting the rear shocks and mounts from the Galaxy cure this tendency, as it looks horribly wrong to me, having come from lovely flat-stanced, double-wishboned Kyoshos. 4.) Way back in the day I briefly owned a Marui Toyota Land Cruiser before a friend crashed it and broke the chassis beyond repair. I cannibalised the car for usable parts, including the rear wheels and adaptors (which are the same as those originally fitted to the Hunter). These fitted perfectly well on to my Tamiya Grasshopper I, so given that the Marui wheels and adaptors fitted on the Grasshopper, does this mean that adaptors intended for the Grasshopper will fit on the Hunter, allowing me to have a wider choice of wheels and tyres? Thanks for reading and any help would be appreciated. I am rebuilding the Hunter as my daughter is getting to an age where she is becoming really interested in machines and I would love for us to be able to use it together. That said, I recently looked in our garage and found two other long-forgotten eBay purchases: a pretty decent-looking Tamiya Grasshopper II and a very sorry-looking Super Sabre chassis in need of a lot of care and attention. So it looks like I have a lot of work and hunting down spares on eBay in my future.
  13. New in box, you will never find this in this near perfect condition. everything new and box in near perfect condition for its age. rare car SOLD
  14. Greetings, Please check out my items for sale area, and be sure to revisit each week, as I often list new things when I have the time... https://rctoymemories.com/items-for-sale/ You can also buy from me on eBay if you wish. But everything is cheaper if you get in touch via my website, and simply use Paypal or Direct Deposit (what I save in eBay fees, you save). Pretty much everything I sell is vintage. Currently stuff for sale includes........... .............And lots more. Thanks for looking. H.
  15. As per title looking for information on options, hopups and tuning info for the Marui Big Bear. MIP or whoever else. Tried google Found some intel but there is little that got documented. Fotos, Build Info, old instructions highly welcome. Got a v1 myself with mint original gearbox interested if I can still make a runner out of it for a decent price with alternativ parts. thx
  16. as title says, I am looking for a Marui Big Bear manual version 1 and/or 2. original, copy or scan.
  17. Hi, I have 3 sets of Marui Big Bear wheels/tyres available, 1 set exc cond., 2 sets good cond.(perfect for running).
  18. Hey guys - my Marui Hunter project is now up for auction on ebay. See pics below and full details in the listing. Link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/331728364757 There is a crack near left front suspension arm. Clean crack - can be glued or plastic welded.
  19. Hey guys - I think there are some of you who mainly stick to the forums and don't visit the main page very often, so I'll put this here as well. I've decided one of the projects I don't have time to complete is my Marui Hunter project. I have pretty much everything that's needed to make a nice example, including a genuine NOS body, wing and decals... an essentially complete roller / chassis, a manual + exploded parts diagram and a bunch of new parts you can see in the pics below. Let me know if you are interested and feel free to PM me with any sale or trade offers. If nothing comes together within a few days I'll put it up for ebay auction. Have a look! ps- I also have a vintage 1/32 Mini 4WD Marui Hunter kit I'd be willing to throw in as a bonus for the right offer - I love having matching big and little models! Here are some more pics as requested by one interested party. Note: there is a crack in the roller chassis around the left front suspension arms (see pic)! See crack in chassis below - looks like it can be plastic welded or glued, break is mostly clean. If anyone is interested in this, last call! Going up on ebay in 3... 2... 1.... (tonight probably)
  20. Hi, since I'm mostly into Tamiya it would be nice to open my mind a bit more and get to know what people consider the absolut must have vintage car from the different brands. To me it's as follows: Tamiya: Egress Kyosho: Javeline Marui: Ninja Graupner: Renault alpina Schumacher: pro cat I know there are several other brands, so feel free to enlight me :-)
  21. Cleaning out my spares again and found some tires that i got with a project i bought a while ago. Here 2 Marui Hyper Traction tires 800-320 VR. They are not new but in fair shape and still very soft and no cracks in the sidewalls. I have no need for them but maybe another TC member can. Send me a PM if you are interested.
  22. I'm selling some parts and NIB kit Please, No swap. Tamiya Honda S800 M02 NIB : Price : 159 euros + shipping at cost (from France) Lot 4 bodysets 1/10 Renault Megane Maxi : - 190mm - 260mm - No decals - Fit on FF-01 et FF-03 Price : 25 euros for the whole + shipping at cost. (from France) HPI Bodyset 1/10 BMW 2002 Turbo : - 225mm Price : 29 euros + shipping at cost. (from France) Ta02 Racing Special NIB : - NIB Price : 189 euros + shipping at cost. (from France) Tamiya Clio NIB : - NIB Price : 195 euros + shipping at cost. (from France) Blue Roll cage for Marui galaxy RS - good shape Price : 22 euros + shipping at cost. (from France) Tamiya BMW M3 TT01 - NIB Price : 100 euros + shipping at cost. (from France)
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