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  1. Stick or wheel? There's various ways of doing it. The easiest way is with a 4+ channel stick radio, like the FlySky FS-i6. Just plug the rear servo into the channel for x axis on the left gimbal, and it should work. You may need to reverse the servo direction in the radio config. This gives you absolute independent freedom - no rear steering, positive rear steering, or crab steering. If your stick control is good, you can learn to put smaller or no inputs on the rear when you're moving at speed (as it destabilises the truck), and increase to bigger inputs when you're going slow to get around tight obstacles. If you've got a tight running area, rear steer really helps get a big-wheel truck around the corner but having the option to not use it when you're at speed is good. You can also do it with a wheel radio if it has the right functionality. The FlySky GT-5, for example, has a crawler steering feature that switches between no rear steer, positive rear steer and crab steer at the press of a button. It mixes the steering from the wheel input, so you don't have to worry about doing two lots of steering input at once, you just make sure the switch is where you need it. I'm pretty sure you can also do something like this with the FS-i6 (and can almost certainly do it with more advanced programmable radios) - where you configure one of the 3-way switches to mix the steering channel into the rear channel, so you can have the same zero, crab or positive steering at the flick of a switch. Although the option to do everything independently is kind of nice, it does take a lot of concentration and practice to get the best out of it, and I often wonder if my life would be much easier if I just mixed 20% of my front steering channel into my rear steering channel so I can get around tight bends, maybe with a switch so I can turn rear steering off for straights and turn it back on for corners. Exactly how you go about setting all this up depends on the radio you choose. I can advise on the FS-i6 because I've set it up a few times but don't know about other radios.
  2. Hmm, good shout @Re-Bugged! Thanks for the mention, I haven't been watching this thread recently (I've got a huge backlog of build threads to read through when I'm a bit less busy!) The only time I did this was on my Drag King project, when I needed to both shorten and lower the front half of the chassis rails to level up the body to use the smaller front tyres. You can see photos and details on this page, but basically I just chopped the chassis rails down the middle, notched them to overlap, and made some plates to reconnect them. https://www.tamiyaclub.com/forum/index.php?/topic/88916-king-hauler-drag-truck/&page=2 You could use this technique, but you would have a plate visible on the outside. The other option is to get some aluminium stock that fits nicely inside the chassis rails, and make brace bars to run over the join. As you're going for a true scale build, you'd probably want to do this under the cab to hide it. It still may not be the perfect option for you, though. The other option is to make all-new chassis rails. A quick search for "custom tamiya chassis rails" brought up this UK seller - I don't know how much Carson stock you get on your side of the planet, but it's possible this is just a readily-available aluminium section that's been powder coated black and had a Carson label stuck on it and marked up by 1000%. I don't have any of my rigs around right now to measure the chassis rails, if you could buy aluminium stock of the correct size already, you can make any length you want. I'd go measure, but all my rigs are way up in the storage area which is cold and full of dust and cobwebs. https://www.elitemodelsonline.co.uk/Cars/Truck-Accessories/Carson-Truck-Accessories/227998-/Carson-Tamiya-114-Aluminium-Chassis-Section-2x-1m-Lengths?fo_c=3984&fo_k=0eeffd5397adc1b9cd026d34d039d7bc&fo_s=gplauk&gclid=CjwKCAiAuOieBhAIEiwAgjCvcgCqcb3A0r4uXaIW45Sxlh5c6wAm8BrqOov6Ld6dFKgrMkiRy8EE7hoCiigQAvD_BwE You can accurately drill the holes by clamping the stock chassis rails over the new rails and using the stock holes as a template. I don't know how well the alu section will take a thread, so the threaded holes may need to be replaced with nuts on the back side.
  3. Some great photos and info starting to appear on Tamiyablog. I absolutely love the BBX - pretty close to what I've been hoping for for years. I've a feeling this could spawn a new club spec race series, too. Those of you who called the MB-01 configurable chassis totally nailed it - choice of 3 wheelbases and front or rear wheel drive. Fab! Mk2 looks excellent too, I'm glad it's not a wide-arch race special, I can create a repro of a road car or club race car. I wonder when body sets will be available..?
  4. I love what you've done with this! I'd never heard of a brodozer before I saw this thread but that jacked up thing looks lame. OK, people are free to do what they want with their cars, but it's stuff like that which ultimately brings in legislation and enforcement and spoils it for those who modify for purpose. Anyway, your attention to detail is great and I'm sure the finished product will look fantastic. I love a bit of irony in a build
  5. thanks, I was about to start investigating spring options
  6. Sweet! I had started writing a thread asking if there was a recommended ball for these shocks, I never realised there was a whole proper shock cap! Thanks
  7. I took the rig out in the garden to see how it drove. TBH it was just as bad as it was before - pretty bouncy, with minimal suspension movement. I then decided I would try to do a back-flip against the garage wall, landed heavily on the nose, bend a lower link and snapped the Kimbro servo saver. Meh, worse things have happened, it can be fixed. I think I'll make some extensions to drop the top mount, this will also help to space the shock away from the chassis (I used two nuts on the mounting screws as I didn't have time to make spacers for the test-run. This should reinforce the chassis at what looks like a weak point, and also give me some more positioning options so I can tune the shocks. This might be a quick job I can do at the weekend if I'm stuck waiting for parts for the 2.2 build.
  8. First spot of bother - the shock tops are quite big, and I don't have any free-fitting ball ends to hand. I'll have to go through my stash and see if I've got enough spares. The standard E-Maxx mounts use step screws, which are OK on an E-Maxx because the shock top only needs to rotate on one axis, but it's no good on a Clod where the shock needs to move around as the axle articulates. I'll solve this problem properly later, for now I've just used some old Tamiya bushes, which are too small and allow the shock to wobble around. Installed. The shocks are slightly shorter than the Desert Lizards, plus they're way too stiff for this truck. This is on full extension - ideally there should be a little more travel here, and the lower links will be level under static sag. Unfortunately there's no sag in these shocks at all - no bother, lighter springs will come later. Ready for a test-run.
  9. It's been a long time since I've done any more than use this truck for putting body pins on when I'm checking under the shells of other cars on my rack. It got a run out in the garden last summer, when I did a one-person MT race/tournament, but otherwise it's been like all my other monsters, and just sat there gathering dust. I never really got it set up properly after all the mods, I just threw on some shocks, gave it a quick test-drive, then left it. I've been working on a 2.2 leaf-sprung monster truck and I wanted a matching set of 8 shocks. I've got 4 NIB Desert Lizard shocks that have never come out the box, plus 4 installed on this truck. Since the Desert Lizards aren't really the right sort of shock for this kind of truck, I figured I should probably put something more appropriate on. As luck would have it, I got given a much-abused SWB Traxxas E-maxx a few months ago, with a set of 8 original shocks. The springs have gone rusty and they're long overdue for a rebuild, but under all the dirt they're not a bad shock, and can probably be configured to work well under this rig if I can get the right springs on them. Here's how it sits right now. The G-string Clod. It's pretty gosh-darned dusty.
  10. We owned a dog a few years back, so I will answer based on that dog. Having owned and then had to rehome a dog, this may give my answers a perspective that current dog-owners may not have. In typical Mad Ax style, my answers will be unnecessarily long and protracted. I believe no answer is ever relevant without context, and am highly distrustful of surveys. I'll give you a short answer, then an anecdote, for context. If you have a dog, do you live alone, with roommates... With my wife, and latterly, our baby daughter. Anecdote: we'd both lived alone for a long time, we'd both wanted dogs for a long time, neither of us felt able to own a dog while living alone as working professionals (also our tenancy agreements forbade it). Did you own a dog before this? We always had dogs when I was growing up. Anecdote: we were rarely without a dog. Only when I moved out on my own did I have to be dog free. My cousin, who I lived with for a while, had left his dog with his ex-wife, but from time to time he would get dog-sick and bring it to our shared home for a few hours. For some reason that nobody could fathom, it would go to sleep in the bath. Where do you live? South-west England, in a rural town. Anecdote: about 5 minutes walking gets me into open fields. There are various dog-friendly parks and woodlands within 5 minutes drive and acres of empty public land within 30 minutes. When did you get your last dog? Around 9-10 years ago? Did you buy from a breeder, etc.? Adopted from the a recognised national animal shelter How did you select your breed? We wanted a medium-sized, active dog, but had no pre-determined idea of breed Anecdote: we probably wouldn't have chosen a border collie based on breed characteristics, but he took to us very well when we were introduced and he felt like the right choice (to me, at least) What was the hardest part of the selection process? Not choosing a sweet little beagle instead Why was is hard? We saw her in a cage shortly after taking the collie for a test-walk. My wife fell in love with her on sight and wanted to take her for a test-walk too, but I said if we give ourselves reasons to fall for two very different dogs, we'll always give ourselves reasons to regret our decisions later. Anecdote: I think this is like going on two dates with two very nice but very different people in quick succession, then having to decide which one you want to follow up on - at some point in the future, when things are tough, which they'll inevitably be, you'll find it hard not to look back with regret, even if it's only for a short moment. I appreciate this is not a viewpoint everyone shares, either related to dogs or romantic partners. However, my wife regretted the decision almost immediately, and found it very hard to accept our new dog. In fact pretty soon he became "my" dog, I did all the walking, all the training, all the cleaning and brushing, all the vets visits, all the energetic playtime, and if he was having trouble settling at night, I was the only one who could calm him. He and my wife never really accepted each other (although they did play together happily). What have been the challenges? Having to do walkies, every morning, every day, come rain, shine, sleet or snow - collies need to be walked Hair, hair, everywhere Non-dog people stop visiting because, let's be honest, if you don't own a dog, you notice how bad the houses of dog people smell (I never noticed until I moved out of my parents home, and my parents are obsessively clean and tidy people) For 10 months of the year, the inside of the car is like the area in front of the main stage at Glastonbury after 3 days of solid rain and partying, and there's no point cleaning it because it'll be just as bad again tomorrow Never being able to just get up and go somewhere without having to phone around friends and relatives to find a dog-sitter Not being able to stop late at work or join colleagues for a social after work because I have to get home to walk and feed the dog What were the challenges with the breed? Collies need exercise, so even if I was laid up with a bad back or bedridden with a cold, I still had to drag myself to the fields to let him explore. He was actually very quiet for a collie and didn't run around much, but mentally he needed the stimulation. In most cases it was good for me to get some air and exercise When our daughter was born, he struggled to adapt and became cranky. This isn't unknown for collies. When he started growling and raising his hackles every time she crawled near him, we decided he should be rehomed. This was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, even though there was no question in my mind that it was the right thing. In some other people's eyes, it was without question absolutely the wrong thing to, and they told me as much. I appreciate there are views other than mine on this subject. What lifestyle challenges have we had to overcome? I think this question overlaps with the two above. Having to plan my working and social day around dog needs meant giving up certain freedoms, like staying behind at work to help out with a problem, or stopping for a social with colleagues on the way home. This is something that parents give up too, but in the eyes of the working hierarchy, they're higher up the list in terms of valid excuses. I think I'm kind of insinuating that some people will think it perfectly OK if you have to leave to fetch your child from school, but will consider it an excuse if you have to leave to let your dog go outside. How did you solve them? We planned our day around me doing dog walks at 6am, as I'm an early riser, and my wife doing walks at 6pm. After a week, my wife gave up her side of the bargain. She'd be home in time to let him run in the garden and feed him. The working day challenges were easier with two - if one of us wanted to stay late, we could always call the other to make sure dog care wasn't compromised. Joint social events were more complicated, and involved one of the following: inform the party/hosts before-hand what our arrival and/or leaving times would be dictated by dog care requirements travel separately so that one of us could stay out and the other leave early for dog care bring the dog with us Is your current solution working? Not relevant to me, as we no longer have our dog. In that respect, I guess you could say, No. I hope that helps and doesn't screw up your pie charts too much
  11. ooh, those decals are going to be nice!
  12. after I spent all that time polishing them? actually you make a great point, if I painted them black they'd hardly be noticeable
  13. Around 15 years ago, there was a Toyota or Nissan or other such lifted Japanese crew cab truck, painted black, with "Intimidator" written down the sides in big block letters. I wonder what you need to be compensating for to drive something like that..? Despite so much space being given to the woke agenda over the last decade, the world is still full of toxic masculinity.
  14. Or, Tamiya could mould them in white, and sell us dye to make them any colour we want. How cool would that be?
  15. On the face of it, it doesn't seem to be that bad over here. IIRC, to be a Tamiya reseller in the UK, you must have a brick-and-mortar store, even if you have a huge online presence. The best prices in the UK (without unofficial imports from Europe or Asia) are generally Modelsport, Wheelspin and Fusion Hobbies (especially with the TC discount!) - and I could walk through the door and rummage their stock if I wanted to. Well, not really, the closest is Wheelspin, which is 2 hours away. I went there back in early 2020, when it looked like that whole covid thing was going to cause a little bit of disruption, and their shop counter was at the front of a warehouse, and all the was behind a false wall. I could have a rummage, but I had to ask for it to be brought to me. And I did, and I had a great chat with the guys behind the counter, and I came away with a well-priced SMT-10, although it wasn't as magical as going to a proper store, but it's a nice option for when I'm travelling up that way (and almost makes it worth keeping some cash aside because I go past it every 2 or 3 months). Luckily though, I do have proper stores nearby. The best local one is in Bath, a 30 minute drive away, run by a good friend who has helped me a lot over the last few years with race advice and parts. He runs the pit shop at Iconic events, stock loads of race parts and loads of kits. He is marginally more expensive than the big ones but I'll generally go to him first because I'll get a friendly chat and a nice journey out of the house, and because I want him to succeed - both as a friend and as a really good supporter of the vintage race scene. The other one is walking distance, and is a proper oldschool town centre treasure trove (although he's only been in that unit a few years). His prices can be quite steep compared to the others, but he has a surprising stock of Tamiya kits, including some old stuff. Last week I picked up a CC01 Pajero Low Rider, I probably paid over the odds for it but it was worth it to be able to rummage through two small, tightly-packed rooms of Tamiya, Airfix and miscellaneous other stuff. He doesn't really know much about RC stuff (he doesn't stock bearing kits and didn't even know they were a thing) but he is a very useful guy to have around, as he keeps a great stock of Tamiya paints. During the pandemic he was doing a local delivery service too - it was the highlight of my day once to see him leave a few tins of blue and silver on my doorstep when I wasn't allowed to leave the premises. So although I can't afford to shop there often, I do make a point of buying stuff from time to time because it'll be a sad day when he's gone, and if I get up on a Saturday to start a paint run and realise I need some paint, and have to go all the way to Bath to get it, I'll realise how much I miss being able to cycle into town and grab some tins and a sandwich and get back in under 10 minutes.
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