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  1. pUs

    1992 TRF211X Build from parts

    It was put on hold again, I got caught up in some vintage racing. Actually with another 211X, built from leftover parts.. :-) plan to have a replica body made.
  2. Back in the days when the car was actually new, compared to its opposition it was always competitive on high grip tracks. It's a simple chassis with a natural good and nice balance but there's something with it which really makes it excel on high grip. The better the grip, the more edge it had, at least that's my experience. I wasn't good enough technically when I ran the car to really understand why, but there were definitely a few ocassions when I simply had an edge because of the car, it was just a matter of not making a mess out of setup or driving and then the win was pretty safe. Particularly indoors and on grass. I also tend to think that its official results support this - Jamie Booth won the BRCA national title with the Manta Ray back in 1991, and they ran quite a lot of grass and astro turf events already back then. Even in 1992 with the Top Force the GB team were at its best on high grip tracks, like Southend where Lee Wright was TQ and came really close to winning. From my memory, it was never as competitive on really bumpy tracks or on very slippery tracks. Lack of slipper could've been one reason but I don't think it was the main one - the Yokomo Works 91 and 92 didn't have one and certainly didn't suffer too much. Lots of steering scrub, limited rear toe-in, no rear anti-squat, and quite short suspension arms in general might have contributed more. Plus the fact that the rear gearbox assembly isn't really up to scratch - it's entirely out of plastic, carries the whole rear end of the car with the suspension arms mounted directly onto it and despite its wheight it's tightened up with only four bolts in total. If you look at the TRF411X which - supposedly - is close to what Tamiya felt was needed to improve upon the Topforce, one of the biggest changes is that the rear arms were mounted on their own brackets on the chassis instead of sitting directly on the gearbox. It also had slightly longer suspension arms and close to equal length arms front & rear (Top Force has quite a big difference). Furthermore it had more 'modern' style differentials which the Top Force badly needs, which is even more obvious with the power available today.. Anyway - great car and it's been lots of fun driving one again lately. Only been able to do a few laps indoors so far but straight from the start it's been agile and quick, changes direction sharply and is nicely balanced. It's very forgiving and has quite a large setup window, can easily be driven both softer with more roll and downtravel or more firm/stiff settings.
  3. Want to get me an Ultima Pro 3117 (the first edition, white body with the shorter A-arms and non-adjustable rear toe in). Alternatively, a Turbo Ultima could also be of interest. No need for it to be either completely stock nor in perfect condition. Can offer anything from 150 euros and upwards depending on its condition and if there are any spares included.
  4. I'm looking for NIP 53125 sleeved dampers. Gently used ones might be of interest if they are really fresh (no dried out upper o-rings or scratches on the bodies). Offering between 20 to 60 euros a pair depending on condition.
  5. Thanks for the reply! If they're very strong my guess is they're not made out of aluminium anymore (which is great news in itself), just hope it's not steel since the car is heavy enough as it is I'll have a closer look once it's time to start the build. I have the original ti vintage upgrades on hand as well, should it be needed.
  6. Thanks, saw it. I don't know if that guy really wants to sell or not. In any case it's almost twice my limit, so I probably won't even bother doing an offer..
  7. Wow. Yeah, that's certainly a typo will fix it. Thanks. 1500 euro is my limit, beyond that and it just gets ridiculous.
  8. Won't get one, with two vintage NIBs sitting and quite a lot of spares to build at least one or two more cars I just can't see the point. Might stock up on spares if they become available separately.
  9. Resurrecting an old topic.. I am about to build an Avante 2011 for indoor vintage racing though, and wonder if anybody knows what the material in the supplied kit 4mm rods are? The original vintage kit had aluminium rods which were a bit of a joke, they bent so easily and you simply had to use the hopup titanium set unless you were prepared to change the kit items over and over again..
  10. pUs

    Egress Jamie Booth's Replica

    Also, regarding arms - why are you trying to replicate them, is there some aspect you want to change? Everybody of us who got kits can buy original replacement arms from Full Option. I don't believe it's needed for the actual durability of the arms as such, but the threads are a bit sensitive. I bought an extra set which I haven't had to use yet.
  11. pUs

    Egress Jamie Booth's Replica

    Kontemax, in what way are they touching stuff? Believe it or not but I've actually raced my JB replica Egress (indoors) successfully now! It was a pretty long way to get there though. I think I've had all possible issues there could be in the front end - most of them not down to the kit itself, there are however lots of compromises that stems from the overall concept. Tolerances are really slim, in all areas. I did a shortened build thread on rc10talk.com, perhaps I'll replicate it here as well. It's here; https://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=43438&p=493267#p493267 also have a few videos from the race in there as well. Despite all the issues I've had I had a great time running it. Took TQ and won all three A-finals.
  12. pUs

    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    I normally don't post in this thread but just had to make an exception this time. Today, the postman brought me a box full of vintage TRF cars and parts. No idea how long this will keep me occupied but I suspect quite some time.. :-)
  13. pUs

    Any guess on re-re 2019?

    I don't know what the point of re-releasing the Top Force Evo would be without supplying its original titanium + aluminium hardware and hicap dampers. Since Tamiya skipped all that on the re-re Egress they're likely to skip it on the Top Force Evo as well. I wouldn't buy it. It would be nice to see the Astute though. Would make life easier getting parts for a runner.
  14. Definitely interested - I'll PM you!