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About Grastens

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    Radio-controlled vehicles, ice hockey, cycling, and mechanical engineering.

    The Lancia 037, too. You can message me if you happen to like Lancia-related nonsense, spam, and/or tangents...

    You can also message me if you want to share your RC concepts or projects. Most of the time, the only thing I can contribute is a listener, but I still enjoy hearing about new ideas!

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  1. ... Would you believe The Rutles? I have come around to appreciating just how brilliantly they spoofed the Beatles, having already taken the time to appreciate how they are actually decent musicians, too. "All You Need is Cash" was a good laugh Someday, I should be getting their second album "Archaeology" in the mail...
  2. Love the paint on this one! I too look forward to reading your findings.
  3. Wow, I am really interested in this one! My first Tamiya (and first hobby-grade RC car, I guess) was the smaller 1:10 GT-One for the F103RS, and well before that I had heard of the GT-One from video games. Tamiya making one was actually the very reason I chose them... where I have stayed ever since The 1:8 TGR is therefore very intriguing to me! And of course, your restoration threads and knowledge of these nitro cars will make following this GT-One's saga quite compelling indeed I find the GT-One to be an attractive car, although I found it more striking on first impression - like an alien ship, that front end... The GT1 class at Le Mans might have thought the same thing in 1998!
  4. I mean, I still think a NIB Blazing Blazer or a 959 is expensive, but this is proper CEO money right here
  5. Tarmac-spec! Just like how they ran them at Corsica The whole project is coming along quite attractively! I have been enjoying following this build so far
  6. Put on a re-release, it could even be the Fighting Brat (2014) or the Subaru Buggy... But wait, the latter was the TL-01RA: I would be interested to see what a Subaru Brat shell on such a chassis would look like.
  7. Having tried their website on a mobile device, it is easier to navigate from one, but yikes that search function is horrendous An ability to search by brand would have been nice to include, but as said before that would pull up all kinds of unrelated products... I hope they are working on improving the Search feature; in other respects, it is not a bad website to use.
  8. I get the feeling a chop won't be necessary if you are able to fabricate a custom chassis plate; I remember the Sand Scorcher chassis being quite modular. Here is a photo showing a custom Sand Scorcher chassis plate, for reference: The front and rear ends are quite distinct from each other; the chassis plate (as opposed to a shaped tub or multiple decks) is really the only thing linking them. Even the radio box is separate, and the Super Champ/Fighting Buggy did not even use one while using a very similar front end and a modified rear. Thus, if you can make up a chassis plate that the front and rear suspensions can bolt onto, you can get the wheelbase you want for a Sand Rover shell without having to modify the kit-standard chassis plate. That may even be preferable if FRP repairs on such a sectioned chassis are not that strong. Of course, you would no longer be using the standard radio box, but I think that would interfere with the Sand Rover shell, anyway. The torsion bars on the rear suspension may also interfere, though that is only a possibility. In any case, they do not really provide much function If you get that chassis plate sorted (and you can cut and drill carbon fibre or even metal to make a new one), you could have your Sand Rover and the parts to convert it back into a Sand Scorcher if you ever feel so inclined. And with that, I hope you are encouraged to go ahead with a Sand Rover-bodied Sand Scorcher
  9. I had a similar experience with the Tamiya Avante Black Special. I saved up for one, went for it, loved the build, and then realized I did not have the resources to keep it running the way it should. Regrettably, I sold it off - never to be seen again... I think that tri-colour body shell I worked so hard on even got discarded by the new owner There is a twist to the classic "meet the heroes" story, though for me it approaches an on-off relationship with an attractive partner, with a bit of insanity mixed in: I am convinced it will work out if I try again, and am already saving up for another Avante... It might even end up being a Black Special again, since for some reason they are cheaper than the 2011 re-release in places
  10. I always thought if I died young (and for a while there, it looked like more of a sure thing), I would encourage my family members to sell my RC gear on this forum. I am unaffiliated with any other RC club, and outside of an occasional drone pilot might be the only RC enthusiast within a several-kilometre radius! So long as they remembered to specify PayPal Gift or else cover fees, everything would be fine But now that things are looking better, I hope this would not be a thing until MUCH later.
  11. It can depend on how you glue it. On bicycles with certain bottom bracket types (namely, the types involving bearings that press into the frame), using Loctite (242, I think) is standard practice. It does a decent job getting a secure fit into the frame, and is not too difficult to remove afterwards - and the forces going through those bearings are quite high, too. However, the preponderance of ball bearings has me in agreement with Yalson that a new bearing is the better idea. Loctite will not work that well if the component is plastic - certain grades will actually melt it, so unless the DB-01R front hub is metal, you are best off trying your luck with another bearing. As for finding loose fitment of bearings in Tamiya chassis, I have yet to experience that phenomenon.
  12. It is certainly possible, but at present the most accessible means to the hobbyist (particularly on TamiyaClub) is 3D-printing. While more of us have compatible printers or printing services than even just a few years ago, the ideal filaments/materials get expensive, and the printing itself gets laborious. I seem to remember a TC member 3D-printing tires for a Volkswagen Beetle Rally build, which looked great but were stiff compared to the typical rubber compound used for RC car tires. The moulding route could produce a better tire, or at least a cheaper one, but the prospect of moulding rubber anywhere outside a professional shop must be a bit daunting. It could be done at a home shop; however, the odours would be prohibitive... I think reproduction tires, while in demand, would be too costly for a cottage industry to take up. That could change if/when 3D-printing advances even further; moulding has less technological potential in the context of increased accessibility. I mean, reproduction wheels were unthinkable a few years ago, but here we are! In the meantime, expense must be a factor - it certainly was for me when I asked the same question. Despite everything I wrote, demand might be one, too, for a run of reproduction tires would be just that, while continuous production is likely required to justify the time and capital invested. As much as I would like to believe hundreds of us would like reproduction Michelin TRXs for our Lancia Rallys, Opel Asconas, and Audi Quattros, the reality is probably only a dozen or so - and that is before we even figure out the price... To my understanding, this is why not a lot of individuals have had reproduction tires made for their old models. That being said, it should not make doing so impossible
  13. Understood. Best of luck with the sale!
  14. Do you post to North America? I still run brushed motors - many of which could use some work...
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