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In Topic: Name That Tune....

20 June 2015 - 11:03 AM

You are quite right..  I would also have accepted Slade, who did it originally. :)

In Topic: Name That Tune....

20 June 2015 - 06:05 AM

So you think my singing's out of time, well it makes me money
And I don't know why
And I don't know why

In Topic: "S" , "T" , or "O" ?

18 June 2015 - 03:56 PM

 Why have a convertible and keep it close... :D

Because it has Swedish plates, and in Sweden it is cold and rains a lot. :huh:  So why have a convertible if it is cold and rains a lot.. 

In Topic: The 1/12 Doyusha Kits - A Look Back

13 June 2015 - 06:45 PM

Wow, I'd love to have that Safari Rally Stratos.

I was given that Stratos for Christmas when I was 13 or thereabouts. It is a Nitto kit not Otaki. It has opening everything (hood, headlights, doors and rear engine cover) and articulated suspension. I believe that there is also a separate lid for the small "trunk" out back, but it doesn't open. One notable difference from the Otaki kits is that it does not appear to have been designed to be motorized. The engine is reasonably well shaped and proportioned (although inaccuracies do exist, especially in the plumbing supplied) and the U-joints in the drivetrain are represented as rubber accordion boots molded in soft plastic. Did I mention soft plastic? There is a whole tree of it, containing the two seats, seatbelts, boots for the halfshafts, mudflaps and I believe also a washer fluid bag. There is metal springs for the working suspension and vinyl tubing for water hoses and so on. It is a good kit overall and although I managed to get it together, I do remember some ill-fitting assemblies. The six-piece air cleaner box (w/metal mesh for filter element) did not go together well nor did the clear amber and red taillight lenses fit well into the bezels but the issues were all fairly minor.

This is what I can recall from building the Nitto kit. I have since bought me a Doyusha repop that is stored out of reach at the moment, but I remember when looking it over after the purchase I was struck by it feeling "cheaper" than the Nitto kit. The Nitto had real rubber tires, whereas the Doyusha had vinyl ones. Doyusha also used a stiffer plastic for the soft parts, and a harder, more brittle plastic for the kit itself. It seemed the goody bags still had all the treats in them though.

It must have been a great kit for its time, and should still be worthwhile. I'd say it is right up there, pretty much on par with, but possibly a hair below the Tamiya 1/12 Porsches.

In Topic: Name That Tune....

13 June 2015 - 08:00 AM

"Day after day, day after day,
we're stuck nor breath nor motion
As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean
Water, water everywhere and
all the boards did shrink
Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink."