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TobyJug
02-16-2009, 10:21 AM
well then I know Rob is into this too but is there any other peoples (I assume men) on here interested in Tamiya?

I am going to buy my first tamiya set soon as I really like them...
I have played with a few in the past but they where not mine......
going for a 4x4 of some sort but also have seen a few tanks and army vehicles for sale in Holland and they are real bargains...

I feel an addiction coming on..... :P

rob
02-16-2009, 02:47 PM
Hey Toby,


It will be interesting to see if there are any other men here into the R/C hobby. What vehicles are you considering? Let me know if you have any questions. I belong to the Tamiya collectors club here in the US, and own a rather insanely large collection of both Tamiya static kits, as well as R/C. It is indeed an addiction. It gets me through my bad days.

Rob

TobyJug
02-16-2009, 04:34 PM
hey mate....
How are u feeling.....
hope u feeling a little better but if not maybe knowing that I feel like sh!t too and might make u smile....

anyway well I am thinking of:

Buying a R/C Toyota Hilux or Tundra Highlift.... :D or one of the classic Land cruisers..
Or all of them of course hahaha I am thinking of really off-roading them as we have some nice places for that around here....

Then I have been looking at models like these...
The military one has loads for sale in Holland I mean loads of tanks, planes, vehicles etc.... I am afraid that my loft might become very full with little builds...
I really do like them and a lot of the non r/c stuff is really cheap...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=290295571548

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=230312873048

Let me know what u think....
Like u said will be interesting to see if more people are into it...
I think it is going to be a great distraction next to my stickers and pc's for when I feel like I do now....

rob
02-16-2009, 09:01 PM
Toby,

I have that 1/35 scale Horch kit. That particular kit is what they call "old tooling", meaning that it first came out in the 1970's. The old tooling tamiya kits are really nice and are very reasonably priced. Tamiya was so far ahead of it's time that their old kits are still better than many of the other manufacturers new ones.

The small Hilux is a neat, and simple kit. Not too awfully detailed, but they are motorized, which is neat. I mentioned I was building a new 1/10 truck and mistakenly mentioned it was a hilux. It's actually the new Tundra Hi-Lift. Very realistic. I bought the optional sound and light package for it. I have the chassis and transmission built. Suspension and shocks are next.

You won't be dissapointed with the 1/35 tamiya military kits, they are nicely detailed, and a real bargain. I'll post some pics of some of my built 1/35 stuff for you too look at. Be forewarned, the hobby is addictive!

Rob

PS I'm still feelng like crap, sorry to hear that you are too.

TobyJug
02-27-2009, 01:27 PM
hey mate sorry for the late reply

been busy and also not been feeling great specially not after a hard days work...
How are u feeling?
Hope u feeling a little better..

I will be back on here soon still no tamiya bought but will do soon..... :D
saw some pic's of urs....

NICE...!!!!!

rob
02-27-2009, 02:10 PM
I was about to send out a search party!

Hey, don't worry, I understand what being tired with work and Lupus is like. Every little thing becomes an effort. I just started a new Tamiya kit. It's a 1/35 German Tank Recovery vehicle called a FAMO. It's basically a huge halftrack with a special lowboy trailer towed behind. They used them to tranport Panzer III and similar sized tanks. It's a massive kit. Full engine, working suspension and steering, and working link by link tracks.

I just finished up the B-25 Mitchell in my photo album. That photo was when I did the final covering and assembly of the airframe. I've been finishing up all of the internals over the winter. Lots of plumbing in this one as it has functional pneumatic retracts, split flaps, and 3 fuel tanks with special fuel pumps. This is my first twin engine plane. I have a simulator I use with my transmitter plugged into my laptop that is good practice, but, it's still intimidating. From the standpoint of weight, this is the largest model I've ever built or flown. The maiden flight will be this summer hopefully in time for the airshow.

Hope you can get caught up on some rest. any Ideas as to what tamiya kit you are going to buy first?

TobyJug
03-02-2009, 05:49 AM
haha yeh no search party necessary just yet lol but I do appreciate the concern...
I am still here but yeh very tired.... but hey I will have to keep going for a while because it don't look like I am going to get any money of benefits any time soon...


wow the tank sounds awesome..

I think I might start with the little surf and then go from there a couple little army ones then I think because they are cheap...

and then a proper R/C one..... :D

Midnightrider
12-08-2012, 10:25 PM
I've been lurking for 4 years. I've had Lupus that long. Just now seen the post Tamiya. I race them. I have M03's,4,and 5's. Some of them are shelf models, some I race. Just ordered a Grasshopper about a hr ago. The club I race with is starting a new class, vintage buggy's. They're offroad buggys but we're putting street tires on them and racing them on a road course. We race at the indoor track at Hobbytown in Mooresville NC and in the summer we race parking lot. Lupus is beginning to interfere with my racing, I missed the last race because I was sick. Its depressing. I was in the hospital 4 weeks ago with blood clots in my lungs. The doc's told me it was brought on by the Lupus. I'm on Cumadin now for the blood clots and I can no longer take steroids. I think the steroids were giving me the energy to race. If you race ABC Hobby Cars are inexpensive well built cars that will run with a Tamiya. Our club doesnt have rules as far as brands go, as long as its a Mini its legal. I realise chances are better getting to race a Tamiya, theres Tamiya clubs scattered across the US. If you wanna race the M03 is the best car hands down. They're getting more scarce, if you've ever thought about racing grab one. I race Dirt Oval, Touring Cars, 1/12 onroad, rock crawl, Legends and offroad. Other than a Legends car the Tamiya is the best bang for the buck and of course the quality is great.

Mica
12-09-2012, 12:17 AM
sooo I know this random but im a girl and I love stuff like this! I grew up on barbies, go-karts, bb guns, and remote control cars. My next project is to build a dollhouse, just because I always wanted one, and then I want to build a train set. I didn't know there was tanks and stuff, now I want to build one of those!

rob
12-09-2012, 04:04 PM
Hello Midnightrider,

I was surprised, but happy to see this old thread pop up again. I have a bunch of older Tamiya cars, most are shelf queens now, but I still race a couple of them. I run an Audi R8R at my local track. It's a 1/10 scale Le Mans car with an F103 chassis. I also race an old M Class Porsche Boxster.

Last year I got into large scale gas. Bought a 1/5 scale HPI Baja 5B SS buggy, and now I'm hooked. It's a totally different experience from driving smaller electric or nitro cars. It weighs in at 24 lbs with a full tank, and tops out on smooth ground at just about 60mph. It's a handful!

I also fly planes and heli's. I have a Raptor 90 Helicopter that I compete with, and I've got a couple of large scale warbirds. I have both SLE and MS, and it really affects my coordination and ability to think fast enough to keep things under control. On the bad days, the heli and the planes are off limits, as well as the Baja, for safety reasons.

But, I manage to stay active and have fun with it all. I've had to learn to tell myself that if it's a bad day, know your limitations, and stay away from the big stuff.

Anyway, it's good to see you come out of lurker mode!

Rob

Midnightrider
12-10-2012, 06:59 PM
I fly planes and heli's also. Most of the time I fly the micro heli's here in the house. I'm fortunate I have a club within driving distance that races the Tamiya's. My health is going downhill the last few months. I've lost most of my energy and its hard to focus on anything lately.

rob
12-10-2012, 08:29 PM
I fly planes and heli's also. Most of the time I fly the micro heli's here in the house. I'm fortunate I have a club within driving distance that races the Tamiya's. My health is going downhill the last few months. I've lost most of my energy and its hard to focus on anything lately.

I do the same as far as heli's. I fly an E-Flite Blade MSR and an MCX2 indoors.

The track I race at is about a 45 minute drive, not too far. They have a decent indoor facility that they open during the winter months, and they run a 1/12 carpet and 1/16 and 1/10 dirt track. I run a 1/16 Kyosho Mini Inferno on the dirt track. Fun stuff.

I know what you mean about losing energy and focus. It happens to me too. Brainfog often makes me have to step away from building, flying, and driving. It's so strange. One day, I"ll spool up the Raptor and it's like riding a bike-very comfortable and familiar. Then other days I spool up to takeoff/hover RPM, slowly moving the collective forward, and it's like the sticks have swapped sides and are reversed. It's totally alien, like I've never flown at all.

On the bad days there's a disconnect between my brain and my fingers, and on the really bad days, memory and coordination simply go AWOL. Frustrating as hell.

Rob

steve.b
12-10-2012, 11:20 PM
.......On the bad days there's a disconnect between my brain and my fingers, and on the really bad days, memory and coordination simply go AWOL. Frustrating as hell. Rob

what a great explanation, it happens to all of us in varying degrees.
i can no longer play with "real" boys toys.
i have friends that own excavators and earth moving equipment.
i used to love to play with them.

i am not game to do it anymore, because the brain and the fingers work inderpendantly of each other.

rob
12-12-2012, 01:53 AM
I thought you folks might like to see my new model project.

All the latest previews for the new Star Trek film have me wanting to put together something Trek related. Over the years I've built a bunch of Enterprise models and other ships for both myself and for clients, and I wanted to try something completely different this time around.

I'm building a replica of a Star Trek phaser pistol from the original TV series. The cool part of this project, is that it's not a non-functional movie prop. It's a a real laser pistol that will burn through paper, light matches, and pop balloons nicely!

I have the blueprints and all the needed parts, and I've started work on the basic wiring and circuit boards. Here's a youtube video of a finished model being used for a little target practice-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_3rB...ure=watch-vrec (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_3rB7uyEMc&feature=watch-vrec)

Gonna be fun!

Rob

steve.b
12-12-2012, 10:07 PM
i thought you folks might like to see my new model project.

All the latest previews for the new star trek film have me wanting to put together something trek related. Over the years i've built a bunch of enterprise models and other ships for both myself and for clients, and i wanted to try something completely different this time around.

I'm building a replica of a star trek phaser pistol from the original tv series. The cool part of this project, is that it's not a non-functional movie prop. It's a a real laser pistol that will burn through paper, light matches, and pop balloons nicely!

I have the blueprints and all the needed parts, and i've started work on the basic wiring and circuit boards. Here's a youtube video of a finished model being used for a little target practice-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_3rb...ure=watch-vrec (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_3rb7uyemc&feature=watch-vrec)

gonna be fun!

Rob



i want one

jmail
12-13-2012, 02:53 PM
... I could see another way of having some fun at the kids' birthday parties with the helium balloons...

n.mac
12-13-2012, 06:34 PM
Very Cool!!! I want at least one!

rob
12-21-2012, 04:51 PM
Well, I finished the phaser (laser), and it works perfectly.

I've also discovered that it will burn through more than just paper and balloons. It will also burn through an aluminum soda can if the can label is printed in a dark color, or if you spray paint them flat black. Bright metallic colors just reflect the laser back towards the source, and it never gets hot enough to do anything. I painted a full can of orange soda flat black, shook it up, zapped it, and bang! Now the snow in my driveway is all orange colored. Very neat toy to experiment with.

Of course now, I'll have to build another one and see how far the concept can be taken. Ill use a phaser prop from the new movie as a base for the next one I build.



Rob

n.mac
12-22-2012, 07:44 AM
Rob
Do I sense a touch of mad scientist at work here?
I'll watch the news for reports of rolling black outs in the new england area as you struggle for greater power sources.

As for jmail's idea with the helium ballons-I know helium isn't flammable but I still couldn't help thinking of the hindenberg.

jmail
12-23-2012, 04:21 PM
... hydrogen is a component of water (which also has an "oxydizer" component)... boo-ah-ha-ha!!!! (not quite as maniacal "sounding" as I wanted it, sorry...)

Midnightrider
01-04-2013, 02:06 AM
Well I've just been diagnosed with diabetes. More specialist appointments and more food not to eat that I love. To brighten things up if you can post some pics of your models. I'll take some pics next week, I have some real beautys. I'd love to see some fresh pics, always gives me ideas. That Porshe Boxter mentioned on the first page was the car I always wanted but could never get. I'd love to see a photo of it. I'll throw in some airplanes and heli pics just for good measure. I hope I feel like racing Sat. I havent raced in a couple of months because of all thats been going on healthwise. I'll be racing in Racecity USA, Mooresville, NC. I plan on running a RJ Speed Legend Car and a ABC Swift on a roadracing track.

Midnightrider
07-28-2013, 01:02 PM
I found an M Class Boxter body and I snatched it up. I race M03's, they're getting hard to find. Some how I ended up with 5 of them LOL. I do some rock climbing to. That can be a lot of fun. My grandson loves it.