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  1. This is my short wheelbase XV-01 or what I call the XV-01S. This conversion shortens the standard 257mm wheelbase to 237mm wheelbase allowing you to use the original TA03fs bodies such as the Peugeot 206 and Corolla WRC, or any of the short TA03rs bodies as well. I always enjoyed playing with the TA03FS but as we know parts are not cheap and hard to come by, and are known to crack easily. I then bought the XV-01 Long Damper Spec and enjoyed the durability and performance compared to the TA-03fs. I wanted a strong platform in which I could use the old short bodies, so the XV-01 made the most sense as it is front engine 4wd. Thus the XV-01S was born. Parts List: Upgraded parts include: Ball diff for front and rear (TA06), metal 18t pulley front and rear. Running a tamiya 10.5t sensored motor with the TBLE-02s esc with the tamiya fan. Stock gearing on 2s. metal gear Spectrum servo with gyro. The pictures below show the XV01S next to the original TA03fs for comparison.
  2. I've been busy. Busy clearing out boxes, that is (if my wife asks, it's definitely so that I can get stock of what I have and can start selling the spare ones on eBay ) Among the many boxes was this one: Now don't get all giddy; sadly this isn't a NIB PIAA Porsche GT2. This was my Christmas present when I was 16 years old, though (13 years ago ) If I had that NIB now I would still have built it (I can't stand box collectors!) but probably differently to how I did all those years back: Lots of tasty upgrades - but the body is a bit naff. I never really finished it, forever putting it off because I knew it (the bodyshell) was rare and valuable and I didn't have the talent to do it justice. Now of course; this has been re-released on the TA02SW platform; so the bodyshell and decals are plentiful. So I picked me up another one so I can run this one with zero guilt Back to the box, lets dust it off and open it up... What a mess. Why would someone amass so many TA03 bits? Now for a bit of a backstory (or, sob-story?!)... #harps play in background as we go back in time# I was very much into my RC drifting back when I was a teenager. Always wanted to build something competitive. I had a TT01D - Tamiya's first dedicated drift car; but when I went to a nearby shake-down / practice event there was one car which was literally drifting circles around everyone else. It just drifted so easily- the back end like a pendulum around the front axle, through the tight sections this was most noticeable. Obviously a lot of this was down to driver skill; but the chassis was later revealed - a TA03F by Tamiya. At the time I'd dismissed the TA03 as "old" because the TA04 had been out a while and the TA05 had already appeared at the toy show. So I did my research and started amassing parts. Bought an old chassis and lots and lots of spares- I didn't really know what I'd need for the season ahead so I bought anything I could. I built a really nice TA03F over the course of winter. I was ready. Then the organisers decided, before the season first round, that the Tamiya TA03F was to be outlawed. What could I do? I still had my trusty TT01D. I just felt so let down. Why wait until now to tell me the chassis was banned? I had been putting together a very rough build thread over on the official forums - DRRC I think it was. I felt all that money was wasted. I then tried to salvage what I could- I could try running a TA03R instead. As the name suggests; the motor sits in the rear and not the front. The thing was; it was all that weight up front that gave the TA03 the advantage in the first place. Perhaps it was the self-doubt in the back of my mind; but I could never get the R to perform. This; coupled with the "clique" nature and politics around what was supposed to be a fun hobby ultimately made me give up on it - save for a brief flirt with an out of season one-off event I attended with a TA05R some time later; with no practice I placed 2nd that day. Oh, how things could have been!! ....had the organiser of the D1RC and his son; firm-favourites to win, not have been sponsored by and running Yokomo chassis. Perhaps it's bitterness but on reflection it makes a lot of sense. You couldn't have some old Tamiya touring car running rings around your purpose-built Yokomo drift car at a Yokomo sponsored event that YOU organised, could you?... Phew. What a massive digression. Back to the present day and back to the contents of the box... This stuff all looks useful. Some of it even valuable, perhaps. But I'm not in this hobby to make money. What's all the hardware in that little bag at the back you ask? Well, lots of stuff it turns out. Blue stuff. And shiny stuff. The best kind. Definitely time for a "Bitsa" Build...
  3. Reluctantly I am putting up for sale my gorgeous Porsche 911 GT1, which has been hopped up beyond TRF spec with almost every single TA03 Hop Up imaginable including some nice rare official Tamiya hex head hardware too. It has never been ran in its current state with the only used parts being the Eurethane front bumper, some hop ups (that have been cleaned up) and some plastic parts. Most of the plastics are the rare black type with only a few small parts using the original grey ones. The body is new built and never ran, it was cut, painted and decalled by myself to a pretty good standard (as can be seen by the pictures). What you see is what you get and I will list below the extensive hop ups that have been used, some of which are ultra rare to find these days. So what you get ........ is a TA03R-S chassis that has had the following fitted, 53387 - TA03R-S FRP Chassis Conversion (part J5 has been replaced with some alloys spacers) 53386 - TA03R-S Carbon Chassis Plates. 53267 - TA03 Ball Diff (fitted to the rear) 53200 - 4WD Front One Way Diff (fitted to the front) 53326 - TA03 Alluminium Steering Set 53274 - TA03 Aluminium Counter Shaft 53200 - TA03 Universal Swing Shafts (Blue) 49091 - TA03 Lightweight Drive Shafts Purple (fitted to the rear) 53279 - TA03 Torque Splitter Unit 53261 - TA03F Pro Carbon Battery Plate Set 53276 - TA03 Fluorescent Colour Stabilizer Set 53163 - On Road Spring Set 53333 - Touring Car Tuned Spring Set (short type) 53337 - TA03 Reinforced Damper Stay (low mount type) x2 49093 - Aluminium Servo Stay (purple) 53275 - TA03 Aluminium Motor Heat Sink 53288 - TA03 Aluminium Rear Uprights 53316 - TA03 Aluminium Hub Carriers 53293 - Reinforced Slicks Type A x2 53571 - TRF Flourine Coated Dampers (1 has a slight mark on the top cap) 53291 - TA03 15T Aluminium Pulley x2 TA03 Pro 0.4 Module Gear set I have used alot of 3 Racing Purple Hardware on the build too. New built Tamiya Porsche 911 GT1 bodyset, with wheels and inserts I am sure I have missed out a few items, also comes fitted with full bearings, Almost complete spare decal set for the 911 GT1, Full spare plastic parts for the 911 GT1, original kit box, scanned manual (sorry I don't have the original manual) and a few other spare parts that I have for the chassis. Also included are most of the Hop Up labels/packaging that I have kept over the years of collecting the parts to build this. Any questions at all, please feel free to ask. Also any other pictures wanted, again please ask. I would like to see it go to a good home and not someone who is going to sell it on preferably. UK buyer preferred, but may post overseas at cost (the box will be quite heavy) and double boxed packaging Looking for £160 (includes UK postage). Many thanks James
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