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urban warrior

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    Schwalbach am Taunus
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    RC Monsters and scale 4x4's, motorcycles, hiking, astronomy

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  1. What type of ESC has been included in your Clod kit? My one sported a THW880 Dual RTR, which should pretty much resemble a HW880, only with shorter wiring (maybe the point where they saved 0.5ct).
  2. My oldest friend and me doesn't see each other very often the last years. Maybe one or two times a year, but then we're still on the same level as in our glorious past. December last year I said to him: "Remember when we ran our RCs together? Imagine Tamiya is Re-Releasing your Super Sabre again!" Some weeks ago he wrote to me, that he needed some advice regarding some equipment to run a RC car. He planned buying "his old buggy" and build it again. My answer: "Imagine your Super Sabre is still somewhere in my stash. Why not rebuilding it? Save your money for some upgrades on it!" Well I started searching for the model and finally found it. Even by the smell I could tell, that just cleaning it up would become a tedious work to do. And here we are: Today I started cleaning the first bits of it and even though I am not a believer ... Oh my Lord! The grease has turned to somekind of wax (at least the consistency) in the 35 years laying around. I cleaned the teeth of the gears with a cotton swab where I cut a sharp edge into the stick part of it to get between the teeth. Unfortunately one of the C-clips that hold the cups at the gearcase went flying. I never had one of these buggies myself, even though I liked the appearance of the original Hotshot. It always remembered me of an offroad motorcycle with its monoshock system on both axles. During disassembly there was a question that turned up in my head: How do I get rid of these strange bushings and get in some ball bearings instead? Regarding the first amount of work I did I would like to say something: "To all you newcomers in the RC-business who intend building RC cars starting with a kit: NEVER! Never ever "drown" your gears in grease as we did in the late eighties!" Getting it off is such a pain to do. And it doesn't help anything! Every single drop of grease that goes off your gears during running is wasted! It won't come back to the drivetrain. It will stick somewhere in an edge of the gearcase and won't do anything but getting hard with time creating a mess when you going to do some maintenance on your car, just causing disappointment. I wrote something like that from time to time as a comment to some YT videos, when I see folks use ball bearings and lubricating every shaft and seat excessively. That doesn't make any sense at all. Some argued with corrosion protection, but that did not convince me. Putting grease between a shaft/seat and a ball bearing offers the possibility of a slipping shaft inside of a bearing shell what makes the ball bearing needless. And on the "outer drivetrain" it simply attracts even more dirt as you already pick up while driving. OK, just my personal belief. Have a nice Sunday! Cheers Martin
  3. Thank you for this input. I think I have to look this up. I personally found the Juggernaut axles quite cool (Think it still today!). I had the Jugg 2, but ran it only a short time, before the "Mutant-Monster-Craze" at RC-Monstertrucks.com kicked in. From the aspect of tinkering I believe that the CR-01 chassis maybe quite interesting. But in comparison to the quite contemporary Axial AX10 Scorpion it was way to sophisticated and in my eyes quite clumsy in appearance. The AX10 chassis was sleek and reduced to the essentials. I don't know how a CR-01 is driving, though I would surely try one out. "Crawler" has become some sort of a bad word for me ... everything is called crawler today when it has 4x4 and at least 1.9" tires. This terminus is used so inflationary that it is ridiculous! It is quite interesting that we seem to have two waves of "Crawling Eras". One in the early 2000's (around 2005-2007 I guess) and one in the last 4-5 years.
  4. Sounds a bit like Honda Motorcycles: A stable financial basis and from time to time releasing such weird things like the PC800 "Pacific Coast", CN250 "Helix"/"Fusion" or the NM4 "Vultura". Don't ask me from where I know ... at least the first two.
  5. Wow, how did I miss this thread? Interesting discussion! Some wrote about "Tamiya chasing trends", what made me think about my "own observations" through my modelling career. The TXT-1 and the CR-01 were in my eyes attempts of Tamiya, to keep up with a development or maybe get their share, where a lot of other modellers and even small aftermarket companies (and bigger companies too) already broke new grounds with trends. For me personally it was a bit disturbing, that a company who had done quite a lot of pioneer work, was trying to follow others trends. And sometimes not very successfully. I read here about other attempts by Tamiya to cope with the development at the market, what seems to make this strange effect larger than I thought. I came to Tamiya through 1/35 static military modelling, after a long time building models of Airfix, Revell, Monogram, Heller and others. And it took me quite long until I discovered RC, I was 21 and the OG Bruiser hat appeared in the catalogues, which became my first RC in 1986 or 1987. So it took me quite a long time to get a glimpse of the RC "ethics" at Tamiya. You may be right when you say, that you cannot copy or replace the charm of Tamiya kits, but I guess the vast majority of people running RCs aren't so emphatetic to care about that. Performance per buck is what makes 90% of the people tick, I believe. Nonetheless I am enjoying some "deja vu" with a recently bought Midnight Pumpkin and Clod Buster ... heading down memory lane ... back to the late eighties! Trying to make everything right what I made wrong in the past. Cheers Martin
  6. A new transparent gear case ... ... I envy you ...
  7. Indeed, I totally forgot about that cultural difference. I took it as a matter of course in the past, but there is more behind. Thank you for clarification! I missed that point.
  8. Good Morning! Sure, in the heydays opening the Box of an original Toyota Hilux Pickup or Bruiser (or some other kits of that era) were a real pleasure with an assortment of parts laid out on top under some blisters. But times have changed. I see it from a quite different point of view today. Sustainability is a word that made its way into the thoughts of many, but I have the impression that it did not made its way into the modelling business. Everytime I build a model I take a look at the pile of all the plastic bags, cardboard labels and surplus parts that remain after the build ... and I always feel a bit guilty. But maybe its just me. Who knows. Cheers Martin
  9. I really like that look. Better than the kit. Unbelievable that these are the CC-01 lowrider rims. That's 1.9", aren't they? Seeing RCs like that always wants to make me buy more RCs. When I bought the Mammoth dump truck based on the Juggernaut chassis. I wanted to put duallies on the rear but never really got it done. My personal rim manufacturer went out of business at that time. Cheers Martin
  10. A very interesting approach and worth keeping it in mind. More than ten years ago I tried to protect one of my XB Hummer chassis with PTFE-sheet. I discovered it on eBay by chance and thought I give it a try. It was around 1mm thick and had an adhesive added on one side. I cut some panels out that fit the underside of the chassis. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures. It has a "cream white" color and is not as "stealthy" as Pylon's solution. Cheers Martin
  11. Thank you, I guess I was mislead because of the "Schumacher"-Logo in the second picture.
  12. The poor King Cab. There's some work casting its shadows before. Those were so cool to drive but unfortunately cursed with a weak differential spur gear. I ruined mine on the first run (maybe fastened not tight enough). But a member (from Canada when I remember correctly) of this forum gave me a Thorpe diff. But I never ran it after that. I'm not 100% sure, but I believe that this chassis family (King Cab, Hilux Monster Racer & Astute) were better in handling and maintenance than some modern ones ... if there hasn't been the issue with the differential. Cheers Martin
  13. Good Morning! I've recently stumbled over two pictures of, what I think, is a new Schumacher Buggy. Even with laid down shocks. But the rear ones longitudinal and the front ones diagonal: Making a real flat silhouette. Cheers Martin
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