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  • Member since
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  • From: New mexico
Missing part
Posted by John3M on Sunday, February 11, 2024 8:51 PM

Tamiya M18 hellcat my first tank. Seems to be going ok however I ran into a hitch. Instructions call for the poly caps but in looking everywhere in the kit they don't seem to be there they show their being in the bag with the rope but there not there. How critical are they and maybe I could use a substitute if I had the dimensions?

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, February 11, 2024 9:31 PM

Personally, I think they are useless and usually leave them off, gluing the roadwheels on solid.  Unless you plan on pushing it around the floor going "vroom, vroom", movable roadwheels are not needed.

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, February 11, 2024 9:49 PM

You can probably dig through your parts box and find a set of poly caps that will work. Barring that, drill out some round object that will be of the same size and use it.

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, February 11, 2024 9:57 PM

HeavyArty

Personally, I think they are useless and usually leave them off, gluing the roadwheels on solid.  Unless you plan on pushing it around the floor going "vroom, vroom", movable roadwheels are not needed.

 

No not really,poly caps are a little too tight on the shafts so even if you wanted to go vroom vroom,they really are too tight to allow the roadwheels to rotate without damaging stuff. Stick out tongue

  • Member since
    April 2023
  • From: New mexico
Posted by John3M on Monday, February 12, 2024 6:19 AM

it's been a while since I varoomed however I will take it under advisemen. At my age I would need a little varoom just to get back off the floor. Could you explain why the company decided to include the caps what was the intended purpose? Being my first tank just wondering..

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, February 12, 2024 6:51 AM

Originally they were used on their motorized kits so the wheels still turned.  I guess they just kept them a standard in case they went back to motorization, maybe.

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  • Member since
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  • From: New mexico
Posted by John3M on Monday, February 12, 2024 8:29 AM

It seems pointless since the other wheels are fixed in position

 

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