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Old 09-01-2005, 06:44 AM   #1
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Does anyone know when the replacement (TB-03?) for the TB-02 will be released?
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Old 09-01-2005, 11:31 AM   #2
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TB-02R?
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Old 09-01-2005, 07:38 PM   #3
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Very doubtful if there will ever be a TB03 ! ....not with the current trend towards belted cars (again) .....maybe in about 10 years when shaft cars come back into vogue ! ....like the mini skirts !
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But we need a tb03, like how we need miniskirts! When will people realise! We don't need another huge time gap between great things...
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they still haven't release the TB02 TRF yet!!!
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Sure, they have... it's called the Evo III. They kinda went backwards with this model, starting with a racing chassis and basing a tub model around it.

They may release a carbon chassis specifically for this one, but it's very doubtful. They just needed a newer shaft drive platform for their aging TB-01 and TL series, and this was the most viable solution since most of the parts were already available.

It won't be brought much more forward than this, I believe.. the TA05 is their new baby, and is a totally new platform altogether. You can tell they put quite a bit of effort into making it, so I think that'll be their new focus for their future TRF upgrades.

And, like Ghostfit said, there's a lot more popularity with high-end belt cars than shaft.. The Pro 4, Evo IV, SD, and TC4 are pretty well it, and only one come to mind when it comes to still being in the racing limelight. Also, look at the recent TCS.. the top 3 GT2 guys had TA05's..
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Old 09-02-2005, 05:16 PM   #7
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Is the TA05 as good as the TB02 in bashing around the streets though?
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Old 09-03-2005, 11:55 AM   #8
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In my opinion, ....better !


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Very doubtful if there will ever be a TB03 ! ....not with the current trend towards belted cars (again) .....maybe in about 10 years when shaft cars come back into vogue ! ....like the mini skirts !
I disagree. Look at Tamiya's past and you will see that they have had a parallel development system for a many years. They had shaft cars back when belt cars were popular (before Associated brought out the TC3). They were developing the TA05 belt car back when only shaft cars were popular -- before they won the Worlds with the TRF-415. In fact, they developed the TRF-415 when they had just brought out the TB-Evo III, before the Evo IV, and then brought out the 415MS. I think that was the order was it not?

I expect they will replace the TB-02 with a car tub chassis car that will take TB-Evo IV parts, and I expect it will probably be out next Summer or Fall.

However, I do think that we might not see much development for a while after that. I simply do not see what they can do that would be much better than the 415MSX and the Evo IVMS. They seem to have run out of areas to make big changes.
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Well, you may just be right, .....one can never be too sure with Tamiya's product stratagies. They are one company which do not believe in following trends but rather creates them ! ....and that is their strength.
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