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Old 08-30-2008, 02:28 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Restorations

Looking to restore my frog from the early eighties. looking for any answers/suggestions...

I'm guessing that after all that sitting around the plastic may have become
more brittle (correct me if I'm wrong) ... Is there anything I can do to
condition it?

Remember the old school speed controller that looks like to paper clips slidding
together... is there any common household item to clean the contacts?

Any suggestions on type/sized motor?.. i want to keep it pretty mellow.
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Old 08-30-2008, 03:48 AM   #2
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I don't know about the plastics, they generally are ok unless you stored it in a place where the humidity and the temperature is constantly changing.

To clean the contacts, just use a rubber eraser (pink or the gray ink eraser)...

If you really want to run a Frog, Tamiya has re-released it. You can find some of those kits at hobby shops that carry Tamiyas. Stellamodels and RCmart is probably the cheapest on the net, even factoring in the shipping cost from overseas...
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Old 08-30-2008, 05:23 AM   #3
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Everything as said above ^^^

I assume youre restoring it to be a shelf queen in which case the strength of the plastic shouldnt be a concern since it will only be sitting idle for the rest of its days. If you do want to bash it about, then buy the re-release because it will be fresh and crisp.

Because you are restoring a car that has been since re-released, parts will be plentiful. Ebay, tamiyaclub.com and others. Either complete kit, or broken down into individual blister packs.

On the topic, restoring an old Tamiya is very, very rewarding. My project is a Tamiya Falcon which I purchased in 2005 as a complete bomb, and now in 2008 it looks like it was only built from the box yesterday. It sits on my shelf and looks great! It's cost me about $320 AUS so far and I now only need new front rims and tyres and its finished.

Good luck and enjoy!!

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Old 08-30-2008, 05:30 AM   #4
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scavenge parts of a new frog for everythin but perhaps the front suspension i believe

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Old 08-31-2008, 01:43 AM   #5
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Thumbs up Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

It maybe a few weeks, I don't have a huge amount of time to spend on it.
I do plan on keeping it pretty much a show peace. I'll check out the new
frogs.. I bet there's a couple peaces to pick up. thanks for the tip.

I'll post some pics when it's looking good. Hopefully others find the Restoration thread useful and it keeps going. thanks again.
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