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No pictures, but I picked up some TL01 arms and 39 mm dog bones to widen the MF01x.

At the moment I'm really enjoying my little MF01x, but I've got a spare 1/14 shell, so considering a second truck.

However rather than buy a brand new MF01x chassis I'm going to be sensible, and remodel my current car first with new arms,  see if it works and I like it. That way when I buy a new chassis I'll be confident it will work, and I can transplant the arms across. 

The plan is to have one like the Ford 150 4x4 racing truck, and the other like the Monster Racer/King Cab - the main reason is that despite 70 mm wheels the Mf01x still struggles a little on grass, so 85  90 mm wheels would really open up what it could do.

One thing that's nice about many Tamiya kits is how interchangeable it all is, once you start knowing your way around them, they become much like Lego.

 

 

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Hi whahoo, I bought this https://www.modellbau-seidel.de/index.php?firma=Tamiya&best=70134 

It's Tamiya 5mm, art. 70134. Probably it is styrene. I recommend you make it yourself, the one from eBay will look sub optimal I think. It Seems the best option is Tamiya glue (orange cap) as well. I worked with hot glue, CA and uhu acrylit. All works but has pros and cons. Cheers. Here's another one I did by the way, it makes the whole car look so much better I think. Even if Ou mess the interior up a little, it's quite forgiving. 

 

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I took this out for a spin (quite literally, 2WD on concrete) and it was a blast.

For a car made in 1987 without a single hop up, mod or new part, it's quite incredible it's in such good condition.

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You are looking at a Tandy Golden Arrow, which is essentially a Nikko F10 (with Nikko circuitry) made by Tandy/Radio Shack.

Inside it looks like this, note the Nikko circuit parts and chip. It's very similar to the Grasshopper, with a slightly improved front suspension and (for the time pretty nifty) electronic speed control. 

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I opened up the gearbox and replaced the bushings with bearings and added a new differential and it works great. 

It's a standard 540 motor (not sure turn count, 35 or 27 would be my guess) but it's pretty speedy for what it is. 

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Although it's a lovely piece of history, I think I'm either going to move it on, or keep it in a loft for a collector, as it's getting hard to get these, and I really don't want to break it! 

 

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My RC burn-out doesn’t appear have lasted too long, in part thanks to my son asking to get the trucks out at the weekend.

Today I took advantage of a 20% off eBay voucher to buy a servo for one of the two models I had pre-ordered before I started feeling ‘meh’.

I was going to purchase an HW 1060 to go with it but the same UK-based seller wanted £35?! I’m not even sure that ESC is the one I want for this model (though I could do with a couple to replace some that have recently started to glitch).

On the train home I skim read a BigSquid blog post which finished by suggesting that the global chip shortage will affect RC in 2022. Fear mongering? Maybe not when John Holmes mentioned that one of his projects had been delayed due to COVID-related shortages.

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@Badcrumble I think there will be some level of shortage of RC goods and kits in 2022.   That and transportation related delays. 

I am trying to get a hold of 2 more kits that should carry me well into mid-late 2022.  

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58 minutes ago, Willy iine said:

@Badcrumble I think there will be some level of shortage of RC goods and kits in 2022.   That and transportation related delays. 

I am trying to get a hold of 2 more kits that should carry me well into mid-late 2022.  

LOL all the more reason to go crazy and buy 15+ kits in the next week so you know you will get the kits you want...

my TD, sabre and various GUndam kits are more than enough right now for 2023 with my levels of procrastination...

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I mean come 2022 we'll probably have to sell our children to get bread, so RC cars will be the least of our problems! 

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You could well be right, @Nikko85, though maybe some excess kits would go first to offset the gas bill.

I have more than enough ‘projects’ in my stash to see me through without the two kits I pre-ordered @nel33. Tempting though it may be to buy more, I have simply run out of space.

You can bet @Willy iine that it will be the one last piece that I need to finish something off that will be out of stock throughout 2022.

For a start, where are all the MF-01X hop-ups?!

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1 hour ago, nel33 said:

LOL all the more reason to go crazy and buy 15+ kits in the next week so you know you will get the kits you want...

my TD, sabre and various GUndam kits are more than enough right now for 2023 with my levels of procrastination...

Glad I'm not the only sufferer. :rolleyes:

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3 hours ago, toyolien said:

Glad I'm not the only sufferer. :rolleyes:

i procrastinated for a year on 1 Gundam kit and can easily procrastinate for 6 months on a build. rc builds can get as long as 3 months for me depending on if i have sudden impulse to work on a project. if i let that single moment pass without acting on it then the opportunity is GONE. i got 4 Gundams and 2 rc cars on the to procrastinate list LOL.

i also got a few anime related manga/LN alongside some thriller fiction books on the procrastination list...

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I procrastinated today.. no RC due to working at the office..  Meetings after meetings after meetings after..  :huh:

Tomorrow I’m going to spend some good quality time with Willy and Billy for sure..

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New rear tires and bearings for this. Also a hurried repair of the front shock top mount as it’s slightly cracked…

 

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Pinion for the Marui Shogun came in, so the motor could finally be mounted and added electronics.

I also realised I had 4 NOS tires that I used to buy for a Kyosho model, and they fitted the Shogun perfectly so wheels are now complete.

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Took it for a small test-drive in the garden, and it runs perfectly and smooth. So now all I need to finish this car is to get a can of PS-5. ^_^

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So what I worked on today..

Side mirrors for my Willy’s Wheeler City Turbo.   Cause cars look weird without side mirrors.  

I took the largest one from the random mirrors I bought and trimmed the base to fit the City’s triangle window.  I removed the post because I will be 3M taping them on instead of drilling a vintage body in new condition. 

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Once the paint dries I will brush paint the base and matte it down to match the faded white body color.  

Update.. the mirror base is painted black and while waiting for it to dry, I decided to try my new acrylic smoke that arrived today to tint Billy’s Beetle head lights (originally Sand Scorcher body) as they are just too white for the color scheme I have.  

I just brushed painted them on the inside.. looks okay so far.

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This is how clear they were before..

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Will let these dry for another 15 min or so. 

Update… I like this tint.  Now matches the factory Blitzer Beetle’s tinted headlights for only $2.50!!  Had I bought the L-parts tree, $35.  :lol:

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Took the kids out on our last full day in London. 

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Packed up the RC workshop, or as the wife calls it, the dining room…  dang in-laws coming into town…

 

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Still lots of tidying to do along with decals and alloy to add once they turn up in the post.

I also want to add a roll bar and snorkel exhaust but need to find kit that fits.

Anyway, finally got the Land Cruiser out for a very quick test drive. Didn’t realise quite how easy these things pull wheelies! Oh, and the forward rolls took me by surprise too. Not sure how long this will stay in one piece 😆

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What I worked on today..  

Yesterday I installed some generic side mirrors I found online on my City Turbo.  General fitment was pretty terrible as the pictures I posted earlier.   What it didn't show was how horrific it dog eared when looked at from the front..

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I should've checked that angle before installing as I could have heat gun manipulated it, but after all the paint it's not so easy to do.  So I remounted onto the car adding a slight angle.  

You can see the slight over lap onto the window frame.   It's not recognizable unless I point it out and looked at close up.  

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Not perfect but I'm not a perfectionist so this will do for now.  Rather this than having a gap between the window and mirror base..

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2 minutes ago, nowinaminute said:

Tyre writing. Looks great if you don't get too close 😅

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I'm not really a buggy fan, but **** that TD looks good! 

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44 minutes ago, nowinaminute said:

Tyre writing. Looks great if you don't get too close 😅

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Mine after just one run (zoom in on the rear). 

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