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My Marui Hunter rebuild

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A good friends Dad pulled this out of a closet and asked if i wanted it...Well ya..so i took it home and went through it...The car is in Amazing shape...so i figured i would just clean it up and put it on a shelf. So here is how she started

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Time to take her apart and clean it up!!

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And more....

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The wife was like What the hell is this...hahaha

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And the clean pile

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Time to start putting it back together

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Forgot about the wheels....

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I even have the original oil....so of course i used it

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Rear end rebuilt and done

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And as she sits now...I cleaned up the wheels, and even scrubbed the tires

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This guy is going to get some touching up next and then I think it will be finished

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Looking great so far...I like the unique shock configuration at the front .

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Never realised these had cantilevered shocks at the front... :shock:

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Almost good as new, nice going! :D
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Thanks guys...I love the front suspension on this thing...I don't think you can see it very well, but there are little springs on the a-arms right on the steering knuckles to help with flex...kind of cool i tohught

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Beautiful work so far on the restoration. The Hunter & Galaxy were nice entry-level cars BITD, easily as good as the Grasshopper/Hornet/Frog, if not better. The diff gears would be a weak spot, and be careful tightening down the pinion gear cover--the round areas where the 2 screws go easily break, especially after all these years.
EvolutionRevolution wrote:Never realised these had cantilevered shocks at the front... :shock:
Interesting it was, but it worked like crap. :lol: The Galaxy's front suspension was marginally better.

P.S. I love that paint job on the body, a whole lot better than the "meh" box-art scheme.
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Thanks Cole...Not worried about breaking anything etc...as it will be up on a shelf once i repaint the driver and clean up the body...i may buy a repop decal sheet for it and put new decals on it also...I love the body....I don't really want to change anything...so i am not going to paint a new body

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Annnddd...she is done, here are her final pics

Touched up the driver a bit

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And the body cleaned up....

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Excellent job on the clean up - I do like the bodyshell colours... two tone blue with white always looks good, but the upside-down spoiler sticker made me chuckle :D

This is a model that has only recently come to my attention since a friend of mine came by one in very similar circumstances to how you aquired yours...

Obviously sold to compete with the likes of the Hornet/Grasshopper & Kyosho Raider as a base model R/C car - the design of both the front & rear suspension is very efficient in terms of no. of parts used but perhaps leaves a little to be desired with regard to its effectiveness.... but then the Tamiya Hornet was not (by a long way) the best handling chassis! That box artwork brings back memories of seeing these in the hobby shop but I wonder if that double star decoration confused the the buyer int thinking they were purchasing a Tamiya... I'm sure it was Marui's intention as there are no other obvious manufacturer logos/markings on the box.

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DerbyDan wrote:Excellent job on the clean up - I do like the bodyshell colours... two tone blue with white always looks good, but the upside-down spoiler sticker made me chuckle :D
That made me do a double-take, too. :mrgreen:
I wonder if that double star decoration confused the the buyer int thinking they were purchasing a Tamiya... I'm sure it was Marui's intention as there are no other obvious manufacturer logos/markings on the box.
Good point, I never noticed that. Sneaky Marui! But then again, lots of companies cloned Tamiya stuff; at least the Marui chassis engineering was totally different from Tamiya's.
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Marui liked to copy the tamiya box art stylings and also sold some 1/32 cars that were even labelled as kyosho with a small "Marui" on the box in the right corner. I am not sure if they were licensed but I bet not!
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