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  1. One of the dramas of this kit. The tie rod cries for a hop up (Hey Tamiya, are you serious with part B5?). And yes, the angle between those two rods is quite large. With a standard servo and drag link length like in the manual, the servo (saver) horn is off center, leading to asymetric steering from left to right (At least with the servo I've been using). Not to mention the effect of a change of the steering when the suspension is compressed. A narrower angle of the drag link (longer servo horn as you proposed) may help here (be sure not to touch the . Sorry to be always complaining but I didn't wear that rose-colored glasses when building this kit.
  2. You got it to the point! To add something additional, Hex or Torx offer a lot more control over the torque you put into a screw in opposite to Phillips or JIS, where it is difficult to judge, since you need to use some axial force while working with the tool.
  3. Good evening everybody, sorry, but I think I have a quite controverse opinion on this model. Being in the assembly phase and stumbled over things I do not really like here and there, I want to share what I found so far. First of all, and before everyone thinks I am a Tamiya-Basher: Tamiya accompanied me a big part of my modelling life (39 years with Tamiya models so far). From static kits to r/c’s. I got some Bruisers (old and Re-Re), Hilux, Blazing Blazer, XC’s, M1025 HMMWV, Lunch Box, TXT-1, Clod Buster and more. All got their pros and cons. And I love them! Two days ago, I got “my new CC-02 kit”. And while I am building it, I could make up my mind about it. My first and general impression, the new CC-02 is heavily overengineered and oversophisticated, where its predecessor scored with a clean, simple, functional and integrated design. The gearbox is too large compared with other manufacturers solutions (Axial, MST CFX) and its joining surfaces (visual) not fitting “stealthy” as in other Tamiya kits. The idea of using “inlay hex nuts” in a wide scale is very crude in my grasp, so is the idea of glueing parts together in a Tamiya r/c chassis (Whats that all about then??). And that some of the hex nuts have to be secured with little screws and washers to prevent them from falling out is even worse and gives me the impression that this kit has not been designed consequently. I find the frame rear end with lots of tiny plastic parts with pressed in hex nuts simply horrible! Tamiya is still relying on those outmoded Phillips screws while many other manufacturers are using hex screws (Do I need to explain the differences between force-locking and form-locking?). And the tires from the 90’s of the last millennium, which have been incorporated with the XC/CC Wrangler and the M1025 Hummer in that decade are far from being competitive for serious off-road action. I believe everyone was waiting for a rigid-front-axle-cross-country-chassis, but I think Tamiya totally missed the target. The new CC-02 reminds me a lot of the CR-01 which was in my eyes a halfhearted attempt to find an answer to the beginning crawler hype. The CR-01 is as overengineered and clumsy. I would have wished that Tamiya just took the XC/CC-01 and made the new design on that base, replacing the IFS with a rigid axle and eliminating some of the flaws of the old design. The CC-02 will work and drive, that’s not the point. But it does not reflect the genius of Japanese engineering I would expect from Tamiya. It’s really a pity that Tamiya missed the opportunity to create a worthy successor to the XC/CC-01. On the positive side, the gears are running smoothly. But I would have been surprised if that would be different on a Tamiya model. And that Tamiya is a leading manufacturer in Lexan shells is self-evident. It's just the question which body one likes. This is just my personal opinion and I stand to it. Now go and load your guns!
  4. Hi, I'm pretty sure it's torque steer like other members already posted. Had this on other cars too, when I put in a motor with "extreme" torque. How about using a gyro in the steering servo line? Used this when I ran my Tamiya Humvee with a Novak SS BL kit. Cheers, Martin
  5. Hi, well maybe the TA01-Chassis will flip over not so easy with a lighter body on it. Admittedly I ran my Tamiya M1025 with a Novak SS5800 and never flipped it over. I just added a gyro later, because when the car lost control in high speeds, it was not able to compensate it. With a gyro I could even turn on the steering as mad and it was under control. If you add tyres with more grip than the stock HMMWV ones or the ones from the Cayenne (Honda CR-V tyres), well then I guess it will have a greater tendency to flip over, especially with a heavy body on it. Cheers Martin
  6. Hi there, you may lock the front the same way you lock the rear, but locking the front will result in a less effective steering behaviour. I would recommend locking the rear and putting a stiff grease in the front for a "limited slip effect". Have fun with your XC! I love that Model! Cheers Martin
  7. Hi, you may find some non-Tamiya-hop-ups for XC's on www.modellanhaenger.de ... Cheers Martin
  8. I guess my main problem wasn't to throw away parts that may be valuable today, but the abuse I've put on my models in the outset of my rc-career. OK, trading my WW for a yacht model that I didn't run very long, that is a point that even annoys me doday. Especially because my WW was a direct ancestor to the modern WW2 since I've equipped it with Bruiser rims and wheels ... and it worked fine ... better that the original. We learn from our mistakes ... at least we should ... cheers Martin
  9. Well the answer to that questions asks for more information. What type of motor (turns), what kind of battery (how much "Amps"), stock pinion or not, ball bearings yes or no, stock mechanic speed control or ESC ...? The running time of a rc-vehicle is depending on many conditions. And changing of one can possibly lead to a significant change in your running time or speed. Some short "general wisdoms": "The faster the vehicle is, the shorter is running time." (presuming the same battery in any case) "An ESC and ball bearings will exceed running time." (presuming same motor and battery in any case) Some things will not increase running time in a very significant way, like ball bearings, but they add a tiny little bit of "exceeded running time". An ESC (especially modern types) will also increase running time since it does not "abuse" battery capacity to cook resistors. Some ESC's "reload" the battery when you brake while running. You see the answer to your question is not so easy without some more details about your configuration. At this point I may say, you may run a King Cab from 5 to 30 minutes ... Cheers Martin
  10. Hi, Picture #1 Number #9415466 is a metal parts bag from the TB01 Number #9415629 is a metal parts bag from the FF01 It's easy to find that out with the rc-support-system from Tamiya USA Picture #2 The large plate looks like its the chassis/gearbox mounting plate from the Tamiya King Cab, Hilux Monster Racer, Astute, ... The small parts look like the steering linkage for the same kits, but I am not sure. But the number #4314003 also tells me "steering plate". Picture #3 Wild Boys 4x4 kits (Voltec Fighter, Thunder Blitz, Wild Ceptor) axle and shaft cover ... have fun selling those ... Picture #6 Part number #0333045 is definitely the upper hull for kit number #56601 Panther 1/25 Resume: Put the numbers in Google and put Tamiya in front of, you will get the results easily. Cheers Martin
  11. I am 41 now, and when I think that I am playing with rc's since 20 years now ... and have been building static models for 14 years before that time ... 34 years of modelling in total ... I can't believe that ...
  12. Very interesting to read all those opinions and emotions about a veteran of rc-monster-trucking. I personally had a very good relation to my Clod and I can't understand lot of the negative feedback. Bought my Clod when it was released in Germany, I already knew about MT's so I had no objections about the vulgar appearance of this truck. Comparing it with a buggy is comparing a grapefruit with a cherry. It was never designed to be fast or handle agile, it had to be massive and that it is. I was very satisfied with this truck back in the day. This truck was able to run through grass almost as high as the vehicle itself ... try that with a buggy! I was able to cope with most obstacles ... there was no comparable car when the Clod was young. And I ran it very long. Some parts of the posts here remind me of the discussion about the Traxxas T/E-Maxx and the HPI Savage. The Savage has been upraised to be something like the "holy grail of monster trucking" and the Maxx has been disrated to a piece of junk. Every model has to be judged in the time it has been released, and when the Maxx had its world premiere there was no Savage in sight. It's easy to make something better than something that is already existing ... go create something new and better. Today I still stay with solid axle MT's (TXT-1 and Kyosho Twin Force), maybe due to the fact that I owned solid axle 4x4's in the past ... Emotionally yours Martin
  13. There is a Thread with "June-July New Releases" on Tamiya.com and the F-350 hasn't been mentioned there but other new items from the Shizuoka Hobby Show ... that makes me wonder ... about the intention "why not" and a possible delay or more worse ... looks like they let the rest of the world stew in their own juice ... Cheers Martin
  14. Hm ... even most modelers started with static models and went into RC later ... and I had a long history with static models from Tamiya (most being 1/35 military). So this idea sounds reasonable. I even get excited today when I open a static model kit ... especially a Tamiya ... Cheers Martin
  15. If you think how many kits have been re-re's in the recent past it doesn't sound to absurd getting re-re's of your mentioned kits. But who knows when ... and even though it is nice for some people to participate from a re-release, there will always be a collector who starts chewing at the edge of his table when he realizes the inflation of value for his formerly rare NIB's ... and I am so glad, that I never hopped on expensive "collectors items" so intensively ... Cheers Martin
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