Mad Ax

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  • Location Lurking among the gothic shadows of Bath
  • Interests Streetfighters, motorbikes, fiction writing

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  1. Mad Ax

    Tamiya Wheelie cars for a 3yr old child?

    If you want to paint a lighter colour, you can shoot the body with a light-coloured primer first. I'm not sure if Tamiya's fine white primer will give sufficient coverage from a single can (IME it's very good paint but expensive and doesn't go very far). For hard bodies I usually use Halfords rattle cans, they sell plastic primers in white and grey. The colour can will tell you what colour primer to use for best results. If you paint a black body in a light colour then any scratches will show through black and be more obvious, but otherwise I wouldn't worry about it.
  2. Mad Ax

    Tamiya Wheelie cars for a 3yr old child?

    I love the idea of a Lunchbox for customability. Parma make a lexan Lunchbox body but it's not always easy to source in the UK. Naturally doesn't look as good as the Tamiya body but should survive crashes better and has lower weight for better handling (= less rolling). Also as other say you can add weight to the tray under the rear bed. You can probably mod it to fit a shorty LiPo there, then you save the weight of the underslung battery too. That should keep you wheelying with a slower motor installed. It's also worth considering a better wheelie bar. The stock bar makes it a bit unstable. Sometimes mine would pop up and roll over sideways. You can fabricate a wider wheelie bar using aircraft wheels to add stability. Same goes for the WR02 cars too. My daughter is only 2 but yesterday she had loads of fun watching my G6-01 Truck of Many Wheels project bomb around the garden. She's too little to have a play with it yet but I've promised I'll get her a GF-01 dump truck when she's older. We have a lot of pebbles in our garden and she loves to pile them up in the back of her vintage 80s Tonka dump truck. I figure she could have lots of fun piling them in a Tamiya truck then driving it around to dump them out somewhere in a year or two. GF-01 with 4x4 power should handle the slopes on the garden a bit better too.
  3. Mad Ax

    King Hauler Drag Truck

    Sorry - just seen this! No, I'm afraid I don't, all in use (or earmarked for projects) at the mo Thanks Cereal packets FTW. I started transferring from cardboard to plasticard this weekend and got most of the big panels glued up. My idea of being able to pull the aero package off isn't coming to fruition - everything fits too close. It will still be removable but I'll have to unscrew the cab and cab plate. Hoping to give the rig a maiden voyage on Saturday. Unpainted and unfinished but wearing the Arduino MFU and able to run around the layout hopefully fully in control and without glitching
  4. Mad Ax

    Cad design for fibre lyte

    I use Inkscape for vector drawing and parts design. It's more of a vector drawing package than a CAD package but AFAIK it can export in the common CAD formats. My wife used to use it for designing 2D parts for a laser cutter. In it's favour, it's free and has a pretty big community for support - I've never found something I'm totally unable to do.
  5. The difference between introverts and extroverts is introverts don't mind if you're an extrovert
  6. Mad Ax

    Brat/Frog front axle woes

    The best results I've had for this have been with araldite (or other hard two-part epoxy). It's a design flaw in the part and there's not much else you can do. Make sure you clean any residue off the axle and trim around the hub before it hardens otherwise it might tighten up on the wheel. I haven't run my Brog in a very long time - I keep promising I'll fix it up sooner or later - but I haven't had any problems since I araldited my axles. Not sure what degreaser I used - probably brake cleaner as it's generally all I have lying around, followed by washing up liquid.
  7. I can't recall any bad experiences. As another introvert I don't actively seek company, so if I'm playing alone I tend to go where it's quiet and if people are already there enjoying the peace I'll go somewhere else. Sometimes we compete for space with other people - where I do my crawler shakedown runs is also used (illegally) by full-size four-wheelers, mountain bikers, dog walkers and even the local fox hunting dogs are exercised there. A few times I've been out there when suddenly I'm surrounded by hunting dogs; a smartly-dressed man on a fancy horse calls "Good morning, are you well?" I don't think there's a place for fox hunting with dogs in the twenty-first century but I'm not about to pick a fight, so I wave back and say hi. I usually say a cheery hello to anybody else who walks past. The world would be a better place if we all did that. I love being an introvert but I've also come to realise that playing with cars alone or in small groups is pretty dull, and with public gatherings, parking problems and out of general politeness almost all the events I go to now are on private land or far enough out in the country that we don't tread on anybody's toes. Pretty much the only events that take place in public are trail runs, and most solitary dog walkers or groups of teenagers aren't about to pick a fight with twenty-or-so middle aged men, some of whom may or may not be bald, long-haired, bearded, tattooed or wearing MMA club T-shirts.
  8. Mad Ax

    Matchbox cars

    The A-Team and a hundred other stunt films and wannabes was the height of television when I was growing up, so cars getting exploded and cartwheeling through the air was what we expected. Actually I think that series has a lot to answer for. I'd been watching it for years before I realised the bad guys didn't actually die. And it was only as I approached middle age that I realised that this isn't a good thing.
  9. @mtbkym01 I thought I'd noticed the same but wasn't sure if I was imagining it...
  10. Were they ORX Orange receivers? I have loads of the 3ch receivers and they can be quite slow to bind. Yesterday it took about 15 attempts to get one to bind, the second 2-3 attempts before I was about to wander off to do something else and suddenly it bleeped - they were binding all along, just taking a long time to finish and become active.
  11. Mad Ax

    King Hauler Drag Truck

    It's made of fairly soft flexible plastic. It's from a HPI drift body, so I guess it's designed to flex when hitting things. It might be a bit wobbly on the solid truck chassis but I don't actually intend to drive it hard - it's supposed to look right, not drive right It's taking loads of time, but I'm enjoying being leisurely about it. I'm not looking forward to having to cut out all the styrene but I might go with 1mm to give myself an easier time and brace it well with square section so it doesn't flap about too much.
  12. Mad Ax

    King Hauler Drag Truck

    I have to admit, for an hour or so's work, I'm pretty pleased with that. It'll probably take longer to transfer it all to vector files than it did to mock it up, but there we go. Cutting everything and gluing it all together is going to take even longer. I think I'm going to have to take some time off work to get this done. Mega-bonus - my wife is going back to work. Not only does this mean a bit more cash to ease the load, it also means the house will be empty three days a week, so if I take time off, stuff gets done. Join me in a woo-hoo. Here's a bunch of gratuitous beauty shots. I added an old bathmat in the background, but don't think of it as a bath mat, think of it as snow-covered mountains in the distance.
  13. Mad Ax

    King Hauler Drag Truck

    And I figured I need a rear arch, too, or at least the first part of one. I doubt I'll close the top of the wheel off completely, mostly because I'm too lazy but also partly because I can't be bothered. And here's a spoiler. I think this is from a HPI Toyota JZX100.
  14. Mad Ax

    King Hauler Drag Truck

    After that I needed to get a bit technical and started doing stuff I haven't done since secondary school to work out the opposite corner of a parallelogram. This because I had this as an offcut and the angles just looked about right. Old engineer's adage: if it looks right, it probably is.
  15. Mad Ax

    King Hauler Drag Truck

    Next I needed a horizontal part to cover the whole side. And then a vertical part to close it off.