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Old 04-13-2004, 08:55 AM   #31
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This sounds like a good move and exciting opportunity for carreer development. Way to go Billy. Duratrax makes good stuff.

On a comical note, check this stat out: 1995 - Dec: Total Sales of Mini 4WD exceeds 100 million units. That's almost 10 years ago, I wonder how many more Tamiya has sold
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gary... yes i know surikan won the worlds.. thats why i said if tamiya can come out and do it.. then duratrax may have an oportunity to be known for a pro level kit also..it was just a comparison and not a knock

before the more recent pro level tamiya kits they were more known for there fun kits... as is duratrax...

the new tamiyas rule.. i love the fact they use red anodising..on the evo
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Old 04-13-2004, 09:40 AM   #33
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This might have something to do with Billy wanting to go to School. And Great Planes who houses Duratrax down in southern IL. is also right by a one of the biggest and best schools around. I remember some place they did an interview with him and he said he wanted to go back to school.....so maybe this way he can still work in the industry and go to school at the same time while getting PAID to do both. I was just surprized that he didnt last longer at Horizion then he did. It would have been cool to see him drive a Losi car...... But Im sure that we havent seen the last of Billy at a RC car race.....good luck to him and maybe he will show up at some races up here.
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Old 04-13-2004, 10:19 AM   #34
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Just because he is going to work for them, doesnt mean he is gonna race for them
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I wish Billy good luck. Although I've only met him once he seemed a nice guy. I hope school and Duratrax works out for him and look forward to new designs from them.
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Old 04-13-2004, 11:09 AM   #36
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The evader buggy looks like it could be a fast car. It has some similar design traits as the B4.
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The evader buggy looks like it could be a fast car. It has some similar design traits as the B4.
They both have 4 wheels? Both are 2wd?

The desired effect is already happening, people are changing their minds already about Duratrax. Billy working but not racing for Duratrax would completely undermine the whole idea of bringing on a world champ driver.

Think Hyundai would hire Michael Schumacher and have him not drive a Hyundai?
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Old 04-13-2004, 11:59 AM   #38
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if you say so.

one word...... Avante.

Hey wait a minute............Avante was out way before TC3

Guess what......Avante and most of Tamiya 4WD cars are SHAFT-DRIVE cars....way before TC3 !!!!!!!!

TAMIYA was into something way before the "touring class" craze came to be.....

My first rc car was a TAMIYA FROG !!!!!
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Good Point dr_hfuhuhurr, about the driving thing but I thin kthe evader looks like the xx buggy
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Back in the day my friends Avante was pretty fast if he could keep screws in it. It was his achilles heel of sorts. Probably one of the few cars back then that was race worthy that Tamiya made. Sure the Lunchbox & Clodbuster were fun but once the RC10 conversions came out, the game was over. Tamiya has come a long way with their other race vehicles. Who knows maybe Duratrax could be trying to step-it-up with Billy, if they are, that is cool. Maybe it will change my mindset, like I had with Tamiya, about them.
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Old 04-13-2004, 12:31 PM   #41
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Any car with the right driver can be a threat. Masami with a Tl01 could beat most of us with 415's. Heck, look at CEN they've been winning some racing with their monster truck and I'm sure it's helped sales. "what wins on sunday, sells on monday"
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look at the two Duratrax cars they look the old Losi XX trucks and Buggies

i had a Losi XX truck until Nov 02 and used many of the Duratrax parts were direct fits because XXT parts were getting hard to find
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i ge what your saying. But I think before any other sedan there was the tamiya tt01 which pretty much started the sedan craze.
actually, TT01 is pretty new..
I think you are thinking of TL01


Tamiya's kits have very high quality touch to them and i wouldn't really consider them toys...
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I believe he ment the TA01.
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On a comical note, check this stat out: 1995 - Dec: Total Sales of Mini 4WD exceeds 100 million units. That's almost 10 years ago, I wonder how many more Tamiya has sold
My kid has a few of those things laying around. Too bad the local Mini track shut down
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