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About markbt73

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  • Location PDX, OR, USA
  • Interests RC cars (natch), classic MG sports cars, electric guitar, vinyl, and other stuff with more moving parts than electronics

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  1. markbt73

    Double Wheels

    Living up to your user name again, I see...
  2. markbt73

    Alternative buggy bodies for frog

    It's been a loooong time, but I think this might have been the body I used. I cut the back end out of the side "pods" so that the rear shocks disappeared into them.
  3. markbt73

    Alternative buggy bodies for frog

    It's not easy, with the ORV chassis being such a weird shape. Most buggy bodies will end up looking sort of perched on top of the chassis, instead of fitting down over it. I did once have a Funco-style body (Rough Rider-ish) that was made for an RC10, that fit a Frog with some creative trimming. I think it was from Bolink, so you'd have to hit eBay to see if you can still find one. Otherwise, there's always the Beetle option...
  4. It's a Tamiya design failure from way back. They're in love with those stupid little step screws, and I have no idea why. Usually if you assemble them once and leave them alone, they'll be fine (but sloppy) for the life of the car. But after you take the screws out a couple of times, they start backing out on you... The best way to fix it is to just use the 4mm brass tubes that they use for shock ends. If the holes aren't worn wobbly enough for them to fit yet, then just ream them out with a 4mm drill bit (you're only taking off a tiny sliver). Then use 3mm machine screws and lock nuts, and you can tighten the nuts up just enough to take out the slack. You'll never have one fail again.
  5. I do have a good story about a positive interaction with a "civilian." Years ago I bought one of those Kyosho Nostalgic Series MGB kits on clearance sale, and I was running it in the parking lot next to my apartment. It was the first nitro car I had run in a long time, and I was still working on getting it tuned, when a guy and his son walked by and started watching me. After a few moments the guy's eyes lit up and he said, "Is that an MGB?" I drove it over closer to him and said "Yep, sure is." He then spent a good 10 minutes chatting with me, asking a few questions about the model, but mostly talking about British cars. He told me about the MGB he had back in Australia, and I told him about my dad's MGs and Triumphs, and all the while the little Kyosho engine sat there buzzing away at idle. Finally I asked him, "Do you want to give it a try?" He hesitated and then said yes. And as if on cue, the engine stalled. "Hang on," I said. I then yanked the starter cord about 20 times, to no avail. Once or twice it almost caught, but then sputtered out again. The guy chuckled, and said, "I see it runs just like a real MG as well." "I swear, I was driving it around for half an hour before, no problem," I replied. Finally I got it started again (I think it just loaded up with fuel sitting there, and got flooded) but by then he had to get going. He and his son walked off with a wave, chatting about cars. The kid may not have developed an interest in RC, but I guarantee he grew up to be a gearhead.
  6. I love how this has turned into a meeting of Introverts Anonymous. One question, though - I have a full head of hair; am I still welcome? I'm definitely the sort who wants to hurry up and get the social event over with so I can go home to my workshop. My wife is the opposite - she's a social butterfly, and while she doesn't quite "get" my need for solitude, she respects it, and I think we balance each other out. She has asked before why I don't get involved in more clubs or events for the hobbies I'm interested in, and the only reason I can give her is that it cuts into my alone time. The trouble with that, as many of us have found, is that it's easy to sit around alone and not do the thing that the club does. Racing, by definition, requires at least one other person; driving around in a circle by yourself is only entertaining for so long. And I fall into that trap with my other hobbies as well: I don't drive my MG as much as I should, because I don't have many places to drive it to. And the guitars gather dust because noodling around by yourself is nowhere near as interesting as jamming with other people. So I'm trying to "get out of my shell" a bit. I've just found out about a new RC track here in town,, and I think I'm going to go to a couple of practice sessions and see if they're cool with vintage/re-re cars (because I still can't stand the modern ones). Besides, I like the idea of an indoor carpet off-road track; there's less cleanup involved and less chance of gravel rash than running in my weedy muddy side yard.
  7. Yeah, I've gotten the condescending "isn't that cute" pat on the head reaction before too. It usually goes away as soon as you let them drive your "toy car."
  8. The first rule of Knit Club is that you do not talk about Knit Club.
  9. Can't say that I have. In fact, the only negative responses I've ever gotten were once from a father who couldn't understand why I wouldn't let his son drive my (nitro-powered, 50-mph-capable, fresh-out-of-painting) RC10GT and accused me of being "a lousy role model" because I was being "selfish," and once from a couple of 20-something guys who lived in the same apartment complex. They were interested, until they asked me about the cost ($400 or so) and then seemed to get angry with me for spending so much on a toy, which seemed like a weird reaction. I asked them, "Do you have a video game console? How much was that?", and that seemed to shut them up. Oh, and one older "gentleman" who was another neighbor got mad at me for "throwing gravel all over the place" with my Clod Buster. (I was in the completely empty parking lot next door, being careful NOT to disturb the gravel, and no one else had a problem with it; I think this guy just didn't like to see anyone having fun.) Most of he time, it's just curious onlookers, reminiscence ("I used to have a Frog") and/or the "big three" questions.
  10. markbt73

    TA03F Recommission?

    Wow, that has hardly been used at all! Nice find. A basic servo should be fine. These don't need a lot of steering torque. And if it were me, I'd stick with the silver can, and consider a newer chassis (TT01/02 or something) if you want to play with big horsepower. Not because this won't "take" the power, but because it's a lot harder to find TA03 parts if something goes wrong and you break something.
  11. It's a six-wheeled monster van. Any chance of subtlety is long gone...
  12. markbt73

    Tamiya 57409 - Lunch Box Mini (SW-01)

    Huh... interesting. Or at least, it could be. The price is sure right ($95 as of today's exchange rate), and a new tiny 4WD chassis could be a lot of fun. I'm especially intrigued by the suspension connected to the steering and the easy addition of 4WS. Makes me think that it might be a straight-axle monster/crawler-type design? Though it occurs to me that Dodge vans are popular for drifting in Japan (no, really). Are we entirely sure that this will be off-road? It could very well be a normal-sized Lunchbox body made of Lexan, on a 4WD on-road drift chassis. Will be waiting to see how this develops.
  13. markbt73

    What is This?

    I've seen those before. Not Mardave. I want to say AYK or Schumacher, but I'm not sure.
  14. markbt73

    Matchbox cars

    Guys, stop! I don't need another thing to start collecting... though I'm pretty sure I have some of my old ones around somewhere...
  15. markbt73

    List your extra shells?

    You left one very important rule off your list earlier: Never, ever, ever do the math. You don't want to know.