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  1. I apologize for being a bit late in posting a build thread on my Tamiya Striker, but I think since build threads on this particular model are scarce, I decided to throw mine into the mix..... What is it?? Tamiya Striker Why?? Because I've always liked the oddness of this F-1/Jet Fighter off road buggy, and it was the first old kit that I bought with my own $$ as a teen.... So the first stage was to decide on a color scheme, and a change of tires and wheels. I wrapped the body in green vinyl and added a set of Traxxas Rad wheels that I had laying around.
  2. Hi folks, recently I bought a new "Striker" sticker sheet so I decided that the moment is arrived. So I did take out the car from the storage boxes to complete the restoring work. With bad surprise I did see that the restoring work is not so good as I remembered and my quality standards are now increased up with the time. The car is very far to perfection. One of the problems is the dust that is now fixed to the paint and should need the polish to go away. The top shell white is more yellow to the lower chassis. Due the epoxy resin that covered all the top shell it has many damages. One of them is a sort of subsidence on the bonnet nose probably caused by some chemical reaction with ABS. The other problem is the driver cockpit that is very very rough because I didn't be able to clean well the surface, specially between the arms. Another aspect is the protrusion near the right arm that I never liked (it is needed to get clearance for the MSC). At the end there are a couple of rounded corners on the sides of the top shell. They are due the files and sandpaper I used to clean the body from the resin. The lower chassis was broken in the front end near the damper tower. This is frequent and I already repaired it but not so well. Now the chassis nose goes slightly up and both parts now don't fit perfectly. I will break it again and I will make a new better surgery. To finish the bad job I used gray rough primer that is not so advisable with white fine paint. This was my first attempt to restore an ABS body and the car was in really terrible condition, all covered with a sort of hard epoxy resin, hard like steel. Sometimes I don't understand what happen in the people's brains. Now all parts are new, added a "Sonic Fighter" higher front damper stay that allows four oil shocks all around. The wheels are my GH2 one and are mounted here just for the pictures. The car will have its own originals. I found this car in the rubbish and I want make it a shelf queen. To be honest I also have a spare decal sheet and spare NIP top and lower shells but this is a challenge for me. It will needs many time imho. Stay tuned. Max
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