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Whilst doing a bit of a tidy and deciding what to do/build next from my back catalogue of NIB stuff I discovered that I'd butchered one of my (vintage) NIB Egress' and stolen parts from it!¬†ūüė≤ūüė¨

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Fortunately I have 2 x NIB and the one I've butchered is the lesser of the two. Still, what madness took me over? I trawled back through my emails and worked out that I'd sold those parts to a TC member (Tamiya Era) way back in the day. Fortunately I have a full set of OG posi-joints to replace the missing parts but still David? ūü§®

But guess what? This is actually a good thing! I no longer have the dilemma - buy and build a 2013 re-re or build a vintage NIB... since with missing parts the vintage is probably worth only as much as a re-re, and it's a better build than the re-re, I've now got a clear path to building a vintage Egress and that doesn't happen often!

Challenge now¬†is: do I build my re-re Avante or vintage Egress first?!? First world problems of course. ūüôĄ

 

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45 minutes ago, djmcnz said:

and it's a better build than the re-re,

Ok I'm curious.

How so?

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1 hour ago, DeadMeat666 said:

Ok I'm curious.

How so?

It's minor but the re-re, unlike some others, is not the same as the original. Different suspension, ball bearings not included, no titanium screws etc.

I don't want anyone to think I'm dissing the re-re, I'm not, but it loses some of the magic because it's not a faithful reproduction and doesn't have the top-end goodness of the original. I firmly believe that Tamiya should have included full sealed bearings and Ti screws in the re-re but a little bit of me is glad they didn't.

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Ordered my first new kit in just over two years. :D

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16 minutes ago, Blista said:

Ordered my first new kit in just over two years. :D

What have you got coming? 

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9 hours ago, djmcnz said:

It's minor but the re-re, unlike some others, is not the same as the original. Different suspension, ball bearings not included, no titanium screws etc.

I don't want anyone to think I'm dissing the re-re, I'm not, but it loses some of the magic because it's not a faithful reproduction and doesn't have the top-end goodness of the original. I firmly believe that Tamiya should have included full sealed bearings and Ti screws in the re-re but a little bit of me is glad they didn't.

I knew the rere didn't have titanium screws, but I didn't know it didn't contain sealed bearings either! Now I'm glad I bought ptfe bearings for my rere egress; I thought I had gotten them for nothing lol.

Thanks for the info!

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Built my TF Evo.

I’ve decided not to use the window stickers and instead spray the inside using smoke. I think that’ll look better than using the stickers and hey if it looks rubbish can always put the stickers on after ?

Got to say I actually like the preprinted body. I don’t really enjoy painting and always worry I’ll mess it up and this allowed me to finish up today rather than waiting for better weather (except for the windows I plan on doing).

I do wish Tamiya supplied an unpainted body as well though - so you end up with a nice professionally painted body for the shelf and one to paint as you see fit for running. Perhaps they should sell preprinted shells separately and then the LHS can swap in/out/add depending on customer preference.

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Finally did a couple screen caps of Willy from some video I shot a month ago!

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15 hours ago, Grumpy pants said:

What have you got coming? 

Nothing fancy.  Just a DT03 Neo Fighter.  Had to buy something and couldn't justify anything expensive!

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2 hours ago, Willy iine said:

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Wow! That looks great! What body did you use for this?

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1 hour ago, Nicadraus said:

Wow! That looks great! What body did you use for this?

Thanks, I'm still not done with it yet, but it's a junk RTR I found on Amazon..  It was less than $100 shipped.  :lol:  If it drives okay, I will swap out the electronics.  The car comes with bearings, oil dampers, etc   

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The interior for Billy and rear quarter arch I made, the roof I made as well, but I'm going to redo it as it's.a bit too short.  The headlights are off my Wild One body which I still need to paint the lens side.  

I lowered the front another 15mm tonight to get the stance corrected.   I will post more pictures tomorrow, hopefully with a new roof, jerry can if I can find one I'm not using, etc. 

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6 minutes ago, Willy iine said:

Thanks, I'm still not done with it yet, but it's a junk RTR I found on Amazon..  It was less than $100 shipped.  :lol:  If it drives okay, I will swap out the electronics.

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The interior for Billy and rear quarter arch I made, the roof I made as well, but I'm going to redo it as it's.a bit too short.  The headlights are off my Wild One body which I still need to paint the lens side.  

I lowered the front another 15mm tonight to get the stance corrected.   I will post more pictures tomorrow, hopefully with a new roof, jerry can if I can find one I'm not using, etc. 

Oh I thought you used and modified a WR-02 and put on another body. Nonetheless, looks great! :)

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20 hours ago, Cynan said:

Built my TF Evo.

I’ve decided not to use the window stickers and instead spray the inside using smoke. I think that’ll look better than using the stickers and hey if it looks rubbish can always put the stickers on after ?

Got to say I actually like the preprinted body. I don’t really enjoy painting and always worry I’ll mess it up and this allowed me to finish up today rather than waiting for better weather (except for the windows I plan on doing).

I do wish Tamiya supplied an unpainted body as well though - so you end up with a nice professionally painted body for the shelf and one to paint as you see fit for running. Perhaps they should sell preprinted shells separately and then the LHS can swap in/out/add depending on customer preference.

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if you decide not to use the window stickers can i beg them off you please 

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finally got the e-parts tree for the manta-ray resto practically the last piece in the puzzle last friday so today put on the front bumper and the rear thingy to the rear gearbox theat i use to pick up and hold it(that curved bit):lol:

and with all the plastics replaced 

all screws replaced 

kept the front and rear gears 

the shocks are original but rebuilt/serviced

the chassis tub is original 

the shell/wing/stickers are original 

the wheels /tyres are original

rods  and drive cups are original plus brass wear are original but polished 

i have orderd a top force evo propeller shaft but has yet to turn up 

all ball race have either been cleaned or replaced

all electrics are original (excuse the blue tape around the receiver as the case came apart back in the 90's and thats what i had to fix it at the time so as its been there all that time its staying

 

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So I drove this thing (RTR) today and quickly realized the ESC has no brake.. just forward and reverse.  The steering servo is adequate, but there is really no gradual steering control. It goes from straight to almost full lock with very little input to the steering..

The dampers were leaking oil and it is filled with grease, there is no piston but a long shaft with a large philips screw head.  LOL.   looks okay from the outside, but not really damping anything.   With the front spring swap and no oil/grease inside, the car actually drove decently.   I suppose with buggy dampers it could drive as well as a TT02B or something.   

Anyway, I'm going to swap out the electronics as it was kind of promising and Billy looked excited.   :lol:

BTW, I posted more pictures in the pictures-only thread if interested.. not sure if this thing sparks any interest.

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dropped by LHS and got 11 1150 rubber sealed bearing, 1 can of ps5 and ordered 2 cans of PS52. i thought $10 for a 100ml can was crazy, the PS52 cans are $21 per can, i ordered 2 to have a back up can. my sprinter buggy tire set for the front??, the rubber tires have been pushed back by 2 months, scheduled for AUG 11 but i will believe it when the LHS calls me to say they are in... got the 2 sets of rims and 1 set of rubber tires but not the 2nd set of tires..

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Went exploring and found a stretch of road for speed runs that is almost perfect, so I took the f104 out to see what it can do. Within about a min I learned I didn’t glue the tires :blink:, so at roughly 30 mph they’d come off and wedge themselves against the wing. Best I could manage was 35 mph. I glued the tires, modified it to fit a larger battery, packed a handful of silvercans (had a little smoke come out, it’s prob 10 years old and I bought the car used so no idea what it’s been through) and I think I’m ready to try again tomorrow to see if I can make the fastest list, or make an expensive fireball, either way should be fun :)

 

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Did some upgrades to the new dt03 that arrived. Installed the turnbuckle set, new 3300 brushless esc/motor and steel pinion.

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Picked up number 14 today ūüė¨

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1 hour ago, berman said:

Picked up number 14 today ūüė¨

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14 M chassis’?

Thats a lot, I peeked at 6 of any given model at the same time ūüėā

Is there a favourite one to run or work on? 

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2 hours ago, Grumpy pants said:

14 M chassis’?

Thats a lot, I peeked at 6 of any given model at the same time ūüėā

Is there a favourite one to run or work on? 

Yes it is a lot ūüėÖ¬†

I haven't run them all. Run all chassis configurations except the M07 (no receiver) and the M-Four (no esc/reciever, some parts missing) and have only run the M08 inside. But they all have merits and pitfalls. I like the M06, to work on and look at visually. But the M07 and M08 are a class above. The M-four is pretty unique, it almost isn't one. ūüôā

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