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Posted 9/18/2005 8:03:47 PM


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A bit of a main step in trying to bring some more accuracy to the 1:18 Tumbler, and my biggest issue with it; the over-sized front wheels.
Did an experiment - although the tread isn't right, there's a certain 'rightness' to what's shown here.

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1st: overhead shot of unmodified and modified Hot Wheels 1:18 Tumblers.
2nd: front 3/4 shot of modified version
3rd: side shot of modified version

There are plenty of shots available of the stock version to compare... shot 1 helps, though, having them right beside one-another.

So, I wanted to see if my calculations were about right... but needed a rubber 'skin' to put on there, so I checked a hobby store to see what they might have in the way of tires.
The /only/ thing they had that would fit and look /roughly/ correct, but I figured would give me an idea of whether I was on the right track or not, was a set of smaller scale Super Swampers - not correct, but ironic, no?

Anyway, to me it looks MUCH better with the reduced front tires, even with the non-Hoosier treads on there... and if it troubles me that much, I'll sculpt them with the right treads. This helps for now.
At least it looks like, if there was a working steering mechanism, there'd be room for the wheels to actually turn... =]
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Posted 9/19/2005 2:06:48 AM


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... for anyone who cares, I can post a pic or two of the interior; it's pretty elaborately detailed for something that'll remain largely unseen, especially owing to the barely-opening cockpit...
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Posted 9/19/2005 2:16:21 AM


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Please do.
I still haven't opened mine yet.







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Posted 9/19/2005 6:42:43 PM


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Interior shots of Hot Wheels 1:18 Tumbler.
Had to be very much disassembled for these shots, as is apparent from the pics.

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There we have it - reduced to 800 x 600.
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Posted 9/19/2005 7:15:46 PM


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You remind me of... me.
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Posted 9/19/2005 8:56:28 PM


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Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in Tombstone...
One of my favourite movies.
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Posted 12/28/2005 12:59:27 PM


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Hey, got one for Christmas, how do you open the canopy?
Sounds hard to do, judging by th comments. I didn't want to
break mine but it doesn't open at all! Is it "up and back" or just
"back"? I cut the plastic band but that didn't make any difference.

I bought the keaton 1:18 and pulled it out to examine it and then back into it's box, then later walked by a display and saw the engine came out!
So does anything else move or work on this tumbler hot wheels 1:18?



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Posted 12/28/2005 2:19:06 PM


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Yes, it's up and back... takes an alarming amount of force to get it unsnapped to move... but it'll go.

The 1:18 '89 has machine guns that flip over on the top surface, left and right, the pull-out engine, movable canopy, the steering works, and is linked to the steering wheel, too, and ... I think that covers it, aside from the wheels rotating.

The Tumbler... just the (only-slightly) opening canopy, and rotating wheels - ignore any old info floating around that claims that there is working steering on this thing; probably would have doubled the cost of the thing to accomplish that.
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Posted 12/28/2005 4:52:32 PM


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And it does not open all the way. Barely enough to see inside. I think someone at Mattel just said "Oh f*ck it!" and just gave up and left it the way it is...
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Posted 12/30/2005 3:41:06 PM


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... which allowed them to skip painting/decaling the details that are molded into that unseen interior.
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