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Pintopower

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About Pintopower

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  • Birthday 06/03/1980

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    https://www.shapeways.com/shops/ampro

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    Willow Glen (San Jose), California
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    I have loved RC cars since birth! My first RC car was a Nikko Dune buggy and soon after a pair of badly used Tyco Bandits that I fixed up. Then, I acquired a used RC10 when I was 10 (1990) and then a horribly used and abused Hornet when I was 11 (Its restored now). My first new RC Car was a Midnight pumpkin. It has hundreds of miles on it and I still take it everywhere with me (yes i'm still a kid). On the other side of things, I am a Mechanical Engineer at a technology firm in California. All of my colleagues think I am a weirdo for driving RC cars at lunch and not driving a $100,000 car like they do (lemmings). I am very passionate about my Family, my 100 year old house and my full size cars. That's a long list (in order of acquisition)... 1979 Ford Pinto Wagon 2.8 (restored) 1977 Ford Pinto Wagon 2.8 (restored) 1980 Ford Pinto Sedan 2.3 (restored) 1978 Fiat 124 Spider (restored) 1974 Ford Pangra Wagon (restored) 1980 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon (restored) 1979 Fiat 131 Sedan (in progress) 1980 Fiat Strada (Original) 1984 Fiat Ritmo Cabrio (Original) 1976 Mercury Bobcat Runabout (nearly done) There are also two trucks: 1980 Toyota Hilux 1987 Ford F250 If anyone is in the San Francisco area in California, hit me up! I told you I love cars.

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  1. Sorry for not replying here, I seldom visit any more. MIP is still heavily selling the ORV diff. The initial build we estimated at 500 was a bit...off. 10,000 units later, it seems we were right that the stock diff is trash. The issue with the telescopic rear axles is cost and need. 1. Cost - These will need modifications to the standard MIP diff to those who already own one. You would need new drive cups plus the drive shafts and the axle. That is 8 large parts to have tooled up, plus all the hardware associated. As MIP does all work in house, in the USA, from sourcing materials to CAD design to Manufacturing to shipping, they cannot compete with the mindset that this should cost a fiver from eBay or Alibaba. This would be costly. 2. Need - The reason that the ORV diff has sold like crazy on a car that is 2.3 million years old is that it is not a nice thing to have, it is a thing you need to have if you plan on running your ORV until the next ice age. Sure you can shim/machine/glue/add gum....blah blah blah....all a waste of my time. I need solutions, not band aids. This is the reason the MIP diff on the Hotshot was not a success. The MIP diffs on the HS were neat to have and made the car better but they were not a "need". There was a "need" for the ORV cars. Though Tamiya needs to sucker punched for somehow making axles WORSE than the hexes, there are indeed ways to keep the axles in there. Limiting shock extension is an easy way and not running a motor pulled from a Tesla is another way. I was so annoyed by it that I developed the Double Wishbone rear end so yeah, it *******ed me off too. The fact is, if this sells for $100 bucks, how many will move? $120? Don't get me wrong, it took me 6 years to convince MIP to build the Super Ball diff and I have been at it for years again about more crap Tamiya designs but there is a reason all the vintage upgrade parts come from overseas. Who knows....I mean I am going to have lunch with Eustace next month....
  2. @mtbkym01 Man that post nailed it. That shows you his madness. I cant believe I was one of the lucky ones that got to hang out at his place on a lawn chair as he showed me all these cars. He always told me to come by and grab any if I wanted to review them but I could never muster up the courage to borrow one. I mean that would be like borrowing the Mona Lisa for a weekend! Never could have done it. He did come by my house a lot in his immaculate Infinity and was just so much fun to talk to. I remember showing him these random parts to see if he knew where they were from and he was like an encyclopedia, nothing stumped him. He was so nonchalant about it too, like it was just something anyone would know. I actually did do a video with him on his Hilux and he just staggered me on his knowledge. He would have totally dismissed everything i'm saying, haha! I'm so sorry none of you got to meet him in person, it really isn't fair. So much isn't fair right now. Be safe everyone and call the person you have been meaning to for the last few months.
  3. Hey everyone, I know I don't come on here much anymore but I found out this evening by @WESTY that my friend Jim Peacock, AKA Shodog, is gone. He was involved in a motorcycle accident on the 3rd of November. If you did not know him, I am sorry for your loss. He was a maniac in the RC world with a collection that made mine look like the scrap you find in the gutter of a steel recycling yard. He was a meticulous craftsman, a skilled painter, and a great friend. All he ever talked about was his family, his plans and always posted very happy selfies on IG, showing us all how he liked to enjoy his life. I honestly cant keep typing right now. I am just blindsided by this as I have been texting him like an idiot for a while with no reply...thinking he was busy. Jim, i'm gonna miss you.
  4. OH! I think I can do this pretty easy. I am in the process of getting my cad tool situated so as soon as I do, i can whip this up.
  5. Any time! LOL yeah. I have a dozen or so more builds that are wrapping up soon.
  6. Haha! Thanks. I often do weird things like that where I will go full race....and then use the stock steering wheel. The same is true of my 1:1 cars...I have a race car with a full interior...and AC.
  7. The Sand Scorcher with a middle that it deserves. All links are in the videos and files are on MyMiniFactory as well. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Build from Scale Builders Guild: SBG Scorcher
  8. Na. more. You can print the big stuff at home on myminifactory. That will shave half or more off the price. ScaleBuildersGuild did that.
  9. Hey Terry, what was the part? Sorry man, I have had lots of stuff in progress on the Tamiya front also. The KBF is getting a whole new front end and the Hornet...well....i redesigned the whole car. Remind me what you sent and Ill try and get it done. You sometimes have to remind me. email me at amproengineering@gmail.com
  10. Hey everyone, me and a few friends are headed out to Lake Kawaeh (where the west coast RC4WD scale challenge was) on October 2nd for some trail driving. I cant make it to Proline BTF so I was a little bummed about that. If anyone wants to go, you can camp there, go for the day or get a hotel near there. Sites are open at the moment. I am not planning anything at all, just hanging out and driving around. If you are interested, I made a video from 2019 so you can get a small glimpse of what it was like there. We will be there from the 1st to the 3rd. RC4WD 2019 West Coast Scale Challenge Here is the link to the camp website: Campground for Lake Kawaeh Hope some of you can join!
  11. The RC4WD Scale Challenge in California a couple of weeks ago guest starring @JennyMo
  12. I agree. Other than a molded black body, it is the same pumpkin that was in production 30 years ago. Another pointless "edition" from Tamiya. Summarized best by JennyMo.
  13. Ok, I am tired of this thing breaking every time I look at it. As of now, it is easier to tell you what i have not re-engineered. The trans. The main tub. Rear Cage That is all. Rear arms are on the way from Shapeways. Everything seen is on shapeways and myminifactory. Install videos are on the Ampro Youtube channel and some are being uploaded as they are complete. The front end, front towers and upper and lower braces were made a few years ago and the rear arms will be in soon.
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