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CarterTG
10-23-2004, 11:01 PM
<CENTER><H1>2004 Chicago Model Hobby Show</H1><BR>October 16-17, Rosemont ExpoCenter</CENTER><CENTER><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/002.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/002.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>Organized by <A HREF="http://www.ihobbyexpo.com/">iHobbyExpo</A><BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/003.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/003.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>E46 M3 GTR spotted over at Kyosho's booth.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/004.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/004.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>1:10th scale nitro-powered touring car based on their FW-05T chassis.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/008.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/008.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>This year, the number of die-cast manufacturing attendees seemed to drop off a bit.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/009.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/009.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>Minnesota-based <A HREF="http://www.molzermoweryracing.com/">Molzer-Mowery Racing</A> was showing off their line of impressively large 1:5th scale models. Here's an F1 in Ferrari livery.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/010.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/010.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>Another large-scale Molzer-Mowery ride.. the E46 M3 GT in AC Schnitzer racing scheme.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/011.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/011.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>CEN Racing's 1:10th scale nitro-powered M3.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/012.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/012.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>Another pic to study the CEN's bodyshell. Seems OK so far.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/013.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/013.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>Front view falls apart. I can only conclude the front molding and details in the kidney grilles are intentionally off so as not to get sued by BMW for licensing infringements.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/014.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/014.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>HPI's new Ford GT bodyshell for 1:10th scale cars. This is likely a 200mm width designed to fit a nitro chassis. Note the headlamp pods.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/015.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/015.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>Japan's Cross Racing occupied a table at the Schumacher booth. <BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/016.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/016.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>Their 1:10th scale F1 offering is called the FireForce. With bodyshell removed, it shows a rear-wheel drive chassis partially derived from pan-cars.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/017.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/017.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>Front chassis detail. Suspension at this end uses coilover dampers. Not quite faithful to the inboard shocks of the full-sized counterpart.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/018.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2004hobby/018.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>Same chassis under a partially-painted Ferrari livery. According to the flyer, these will be exported by <A HREF="http://www.powers-international.com/">Powers International</A><BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2003hobby/031.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2003hobby/031.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>Personally, I prefer Tamiya's 1:10th scale F1 offering in terms of detail, availability, and upgrade options.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2003hobby/029.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/2003hobby/029.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A><BR>The Tamiya F201 chassis features proper inboard shocks like the real thing.<BR><BR></CENTER>

While there were still neat things to see, this year's industry show seemed to be on a downward spiral. A consumer show held by <A HREF="http://www.rcx.com/">RCX</A> will debut in Chicago June 11-12, 2005.... looks a bit more promising.

edhchoe
10-24-2004, 07:37 PM
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2001 325i Jet Black

CarterTG
10-24-2004, 08:54 PM
Either in a 1:10th scale fully-assembled form with the total-newbie entry-level HPI Dash — barely a step above Radio Shack toys...
<CENTER><A HREF="http://www.hpiracing.com/kits/dash/dash-m.htm"><IMG SRC="http://www.hpiracing.com/graphics/dash/954.jpg" WIDTH=504 HEIGHT=187 BORDER=0><BR><IMG SRC="http://www.hpiracing.com/graphics/dash/DSCN5945f.jpg" WIDTH=504 HEIGHT=378 BORDER=0></A></CENTER>

Or a 1:18th scale HPI Micro RS4 kit...
<CENTER><A HREF="http://www.hpiracing.com/kits/micro/micro-m.htm"><IMG SRC="http://www.hpiracing.com/graphics/micro/632.jpg" WIDTH=504 HEIGHT=216 BORDER=0><BR><IMG SRC="http://www.hpiracing.com/graphics/micro/rtrmichassis.jpg" WIDTH=252 HEIGHT=206 BORDER=0></A></CENTER>

Or as a 190mm bodyshell to toss onto your chassis of choice...
<CENTER><A HREF="http://www.hpiracing.com/bodies/body-tcn.htm"><IMG SRC="http://www.hpiracing.com/graphics/bodies/7452m3.jpg" WIDTH=504 HEIGHT=263 BORDER=0><BR><IMG SRC="http://www.hpiracing.com/graphics/bodies/7302bmw.jpg" WIDTH=504 HEIGHT=200 BORDER=0></A><BR><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/tamiya/58261/m3gt02.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></CENTER>

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Kyosho has JUST released a new 1:28th scale Mini-Z with an E46 M3 GTR body...
<CENTER><A HREF="http://search.ebay.com/Mini-Z-M3_W0QQsofocusZbsQQsbrftogZ1QQfromZR10QQsatitleZMi ni-Q5AQ20M3QQsacategoryZ-1Q26catrefQ3DC6QQsotrZ2QQsosortpropertyZ1QQsosorto rderZ1"><IMG SRC="http://www.jasminepeking.com/stellamodels/tamiya/tb02/KYO30460S_2.jpg" ALT="Click here for eBay listings if picture does not show up" WIDTH=320 HEIGHT=240 BORDER=0></A><BR><A HREF="http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXHGH3**&P=7"><IMG SRC="http://www.kyosho.co.jp/web/products/car_bike/miniz/mr_lineup/lineup/img/30460.jpg" WIDTH=500 HEIGHT=420 BORDER=0></A></CENTER>

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Up 'til recently, <A HREF="http://www.pro-lineracing.com/">Protoform</A> made a 1:10 E46 shell...
<CENTER><A HREF="http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXFSN2&P=7"><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/tamiya/58261/protoform04.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0><BR><IMG SRC="http://www.freebmw.net/carter/tamiya/58261/duo03.jpg" WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=300 BORDER=0></A></CENTER>

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Given all the available options above in <I>addition</I> to the aforementioned Kyosho 1:10 nitro offering, it's highly unlikely Tamiya will bother to license the E46 M3.

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edhchoe
10-25-2004, 01:37 AM
Tamiya bodies are the best and I am willing to pay few more bucks for their highly detailed products. It is usually the case where Tamiya comes out with a body then Kyosho and HPI will follow with the same body but less realistic. However, Tamiya never produced E46 bodies for 1/10 RC. I don't understand that. E46 is such a popular car and M3 is many people's dream car. I love the E46 M3 body as much as a 911 body. E46 is going out the door and Tamiya probably will never produce any. It's a big disappointment for me....


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2002 Z3 2.5i Atlant Blue
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