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  1. I have an older M03 converted for rallying. It's been a long time since I used it (or even looked at it, to be honest) but IIRC it has slightly longer shock eyes to increase the ride height. It also has an old set of Ripmax 1.9" rally block tyres. These are very soft and wear out quick but give good grip. They fill out the arches of a Tamiya Suzuki Swift body nicely, although they'd look daft under a Mini or a genuine 1:12 car.
  2. Although I'm half-expecting to be very pleased and half-expecting to be a bit disappointed, I consider this to be the most exciting release from Tamiya in a long, long time. Mostly because there's so much they could do, and despite there being so much that the rest of the market is already doing, there's still a niche for a trail-spec kit with just a little more out-of-the box performance than a CC01. We really could be given anything here, but apart from a few stock photos of the 1:1 car, we've been given no idea of what we'll actually get. Exciting times indeed.
  3. I've sold quite a lot of easily-identifiable RCs, mostly via Tamiyaclub, and almost never see them after they go. I don't religiously watch the showrooms like I used to but it surprises me that some of them haven't turned up there. OTOH I sometimes take months or even years to add new cars to my showroom, so maybe not a surprise after all... Somebody here once posted a photo of something on their shelf. In the background I noticed a VW Beetle body that I'd painted in gunmetal and applied Midnight Pumpkin decals to. I'd only sold it a couple of months previously, and not to that user, but it had changed hands quickly and ended up on a shelf in a background photo on Tamiyaclub. How about that I once had a TA05 that I'd been racing with for a couple of years. For some reason I could never get it to handle right. It's like it had some serious defect affecting mechanical grip, but I rebuilt it several times and never found it. None of the more experienced racers at my club could ever get it to handle properly. I took it to a one-day championship. In race one I caught the barrier and ripped the entire back end off. I bought a car off another racer, and we did a deal involving the remaining bits of my TA05. He said he was going to turn it into a drifter. A few weeks later I saw it in the hands of another new racer, on the club circuit, still understeering and spinning around and generally being undriveable. I don't know what he paid for it but I know it was too much
  4. Hi @racingtom, I'm based in West Wilts and would be happy to have a look for you, unfortunately I'm really busy at the moment and can't take any leisure trips away. If you're up for a drive to Trowbridge one evening then I might be able to help. I will probably be down Lymington (Dorset) way on the 31st August. There's a summer fair at Hordle and the Bournemouth RC Truckers will be putting on a display. You're welcome to drop by the fair, there will be a few of us there who know about brushless systems. If you want quicker help your best bet might be to find a local RC racing club. I don't know what's in your area, but you can use the clubs map on the BRCA website to assist: https://www.brca.org/clubs You'll find most clubs and racers are very friendly and willing to help people with technical issues, but you might have to be prepared to wait while the local experts do their racing, marshalling and pitting duties
  5. Great post. I haven't tried my hand at 3D printing yet but I'm saving up to get something later this year or early next. This sort of thing looks amazing to put those final details on those almost-finished models.
  6. I'm very much like nbTMM these days - I get a lot of free mornings and evenings to tinker on projects (as well as do my other hobbies) but I don't often get spare time to go play with them. Plus I don't have many local friends in to RC any more, and I find playing on my own to be rather boring these days. It's OK for a quick test-run before an event but I don't really care for going out alone. The era around 2006 - 2009 my life was almost all about running. I didn't have the budget for buying new kits all the time (although I had more than I ever had as a kid), but around that time there were a lot of local RC fanatics and we'd have a bit bash several times per year. Back then I couldn't afford good electrics or hop-ups (or I'd spend the money on new kits), so often my days were frustrating and short; my batteries would fail early, my cars would break, and I'd be envious of all the stuff everybody else had. Around 2010 most of my friends dropped out of the scene and the bashing stopped. I tried racing but didn't get on with it. Between 2010 and 2017 my budget increased, so I bought more and more kits. I enjoyed building, but I had the money to chase the dream of having lots of runners, so I was building to drive. Build, modify, improve, with the goal of making a well-mannered, robust and reliable car. But what I wanted was to bash. Around 2014 - 2015 I found the Iconic RC group and went to some great bashes, the type of stuff I've dreamed about and never done. My huge stockpile of runners made for some wicked days out. But alas, Iconic RC moved on to other things. In 2018 my budget dropped (starting a family will do that!) and so did my spare time to go bashing. The best way to get the best out of my budget was to do custom builds - making my own parts, using cheap materials and the tools I already have. But often I'm so tired after doing a full-time job and doing all the family stuff at home that I don't have the mental energy left for cutting new parts or designing new things, nor for doing my other hobbies (like writing and music), so over the last two years I have been building my way through my NIB stock. I actually really enjoy stock builds, even on basic kits, although the big rigs are better because they can be done over weeks instead of days. So yeah, these days my life is all about building NIBs, when I have the cash to do it. Just recently we have a bit more income (at least for a time) so I'm planning to plug most of my extra finances into re-stocking my NIB collection for some long penniless evenings when the next child comes along
  7. I have to agree with @Superluminal. Tamiya turnbuckles in particular are bad for this but recently I discovered my MST RMX 2.0S turnbuckles are just as bad. The kit-supplied MST spanner isn't great and the balls always pop off before the screw turns, especially annoying on the rear left upper arm as the inner ball is behind the transmission and hard to get it back on again. The ones on my Sakura D4 were better - they had a hole in the middle for adjusting with a small hex wrench. Downside there is you can't always get at the hole, depending on the angle of its adjustment. The kit-supplied Tamiya wrench isn't good and the hop-up Tamiya one is even worse, it's made of soft aluminium and rounds off as soon as it's looked at. The D4 came with a nice steel spanner for some parts but I don't remember if it fits Tamiya turnbuckles. I wonder if cutting a thread into the cup with a tap would make it easier to adjust the turnbuckles?
  8. @Juls1 good shout on the GT Power system. I have a few friends using these and for the money they are brilliant. It's fairly annoying for me as they appeared on the market just after I started work on my Arduino project, and although I could probably make my complete Arduino system with a basic 8channel radio for less than a Tamiya MFC & 4 channel radio, I doubt I could make it for less than a GT Power with a basic 4 channel radio, and definitely not in so small a package.
  9. Interesting. TBH I don't really understand it but I have often wondered if clever electronics and moving internals would make the motors more efficient. Like for example could the endbell be adjusted in motion to adapt motor timing to the conditions? I don't know if any current tech does this. I guess that's part of what the above gets at, among other things. The proponents of electric power in automotive applications always bang on about how the electric motor produces peak torque form 0 RPM and has a much higher rev ceiling. OK, it does produce torque from 0 RPM and it does have a high rev ceiling, but anyone who had raced EP RC knows the motor still needs to be tuned to its performance range or it will overheat. Overheating a brushed motor requires a skim of the comm and some new brushes, which is way less work than rebuilding an overheated IC engine, overheating a brushless motor could destroy that expensive magnet, which is made from a finite resource. I don't know what tech goes on underneath a Tesla to keep it operating within its acceptable range during urban running (where it's mostly designed to be) and the drag strip (where it can embarrass some very expensive IC hardware). IIRC the rules for Formula E allowed cars to run a 1- or 2-speed transmission, and there was a split across the grid, so some were obviously happy using the full rev range and I guess some felt the extra weight and drag of a transmission was worth it to keep the motor in its sweet spot. AFAIK they're all going / gone to a single platform soon so that level of experimentation and variety will disappear, which I think is a shame.
  10. So - there's still loads of work to do, but I feel now like a real touch sticking point has been passed. I've been worrying about this arches for months and now they're ready for a final tidy-up and paint. I still need to order loads of new stainless hardware to finish the rig properly. I now need to add some lights to the front end. A friend gave me a roll bar set for a pickup truck which came with a set of lights, which I should be able to hang from the nose. He uses them on all his hotrod builds and they look awesome with a little bit of work. I think I'm going to remove the steps and fit my own. The truck has a very minimal look and the steps detract from it. Right now it has no fuel tanks at all. I tried hanging the stock fuel tanks behind the steps, but they were way too big. I swapped the end caps for those off my Globe Liner, so they will just about fit between arch and step, but it looks way too busy. I think I'll make some smaller square tanks (probably out of the old steps) to hang either side of the chassis rails. I've way overspent my August budget because I've decided to start racing again (Buggyra Fat Fox is on order ) and I've bought some cool new cars from a friend, but next month I need to think about getting a trailer leg kit so I can work it into my Arduino MFC code. After that I might not be a million miles away from wiring it all up and throwing some paint at it
  11. I need to work out a new front bumper and grille, but I love this shot Left-hand side doesn't have the step fitted, it has an ABS panel with a bracket for my own step. I think I prefer that. Everything looks neat once fitted up
  12. The whole thing fits in a neat package. Final fit will use neater colour-coded hardware Left-hand side shows the stock steps fitted. I'm not sure I like the look. But at least the arch fits nicely over the wheel and everything works properly
  13. OK - long time no updates, partly because I've had a pretty busy summer with racing, family, holidays, and all the other things that we do when the sun shines, but also because I knew I had some tough decisions to make re: body design and some hard graft to do of the sort I generally don't enjoy and aren't very good at. Firstly I have temporarily opted to abandon the 'drag racing truck' idea, for (again) two reasons: one, I wasn't really happy with how the aero package looked, and right now it's beyond my skill with styrene to do anything about it, and secondly because the whole concept got some bad third party feedback* when it had its first public outing. *that's feedback that you overhear someone saying to someone else when they probably know you can hear it but are pretending you can't. So right now the rig is getting more of a street-legal lowrider / hot rod look. Either way, the bit that bothered me the most was the front arches. That huge gap left by the LoRider tyres has always bugged me. I considered all manner of things, but nothing was going to be possible without hacking off the stock arches. So, out came the Dremel, and off they came. No turning back now! I considered grafting on some big swoopy arches, I even bought a couple of Kamtec '32 Coupe bodies (1:12 scale and a snip at £5.99 each) to have a go. I got as far as cutting off one arch and lining it up before I realised it was going to be hella work to do it right. It looked kinda cool, but right now beyond my skill. I'd love to do another King Hauler in the future, so maybe it'll get a revival at some point. Still, the '32 body comes with a lovely set of rear tubs which were just right for making some smaller arches. A handful of evenings with the craft knife, snips and sandpaper and this happened: Right-angle brackets made from aluminium section from B&Q. Arch fabricated from ABS tub cut from the '32 Coupe body: Plenty of space under the stock arch for these to turn
  14. Still love this build. A friend of mine has a rather faithful copy in his collection, I don't recall if he built it or if someone else did.
  15. My eyesight isn't too bad just yet but my joints are showing signs of age. I've had a stiff finger since March, which hasn't affected everyday living but has made intricate work with screws even harder than it was. I used to be able to hold three pieces together with one had while I screwed / glued / soldered with my right, but I can't do that any more. I had some X-rays a few months ago, the results came back "mild arthritis." I was referred to a hand specialist to see if there was anything that could be done to mitigate its effects as it progresses over the years. Well, I saw the specialist on Friday, and was allowed a close look at my X-rays, which apparently showed no signs of arthritis at all. They did show a break which I never knew I had - how you can break your middle finger and not know it I don't know - but that's inconsequential as it healed long ago. What I actually have is a volar plate injury, although again, how I did this is anyone's guess. I thought I'd have noticed. Well anyway, it should be fixable, with a bit of self-administered physio, so hopefully I will regain a little mobility (although I doubt I will be any less clumsy than I was before the injury )
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