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  1. It's a Bristol Hercules 14-cylinder radial aircraft engine... More info here. Seems like something you would definitely enjoy!
  2. Did somebody say gears? Watching with interest!
  3. @ThunderDragonCy, your base TA06 kit uses the same arms and uprights as TB03/TA05V2/FF03. The TA06R uses the same arms and uprights as the TRF418, both in carbon reinforced plastics. I pulled both a base TB03 kit (same parts as your base TA06) and a TA06R kit and did some visual inspections and measurements on the arms and uprights. The short answer you're looking for is you can use 46 mm CVDs with your existing kit arms and uprights; there's no need to buy other uprights or arms if you don't want to. Comparing TB03/TA06 and TA06R/TRF418 rear uprights, everything is the same except for the material (base nylon vs. carbon reinforced), and there are two holes for the top ball stud (TB03/TA06) vs. one hole (TA06R/TRF418). The single hole in the TA06R/TRF418 upright is slightly outboard compared to the innermost hole on the TB03/TA06 upright. This has a small impact on roll center, but I'd hardly worry about it given the experimental nature of your build. So, you can be assured the ball bearings are located the same height above the lower hinge pin, and the spacing between the ball bearings is the same. Comparing TB03/TA06 and TA06R/TRF418 suspension arms, the inner-to-outer hinge pin spacing is the same for both styles of front arms and the same for both styles of rear arms. The main differences include materials, number of droop screw holes, number and location of damper mounting holes, and part shape overall. The basic hinge pin spacing won't affect your CVD length since they are nearly identical. I attribute 0.1 mm of difference to maybe different materials with different shrink rates in the molds. Seems like you can use either 44 mm or 46 mm shafts as the TA06R manual calls out 46 mm swing shafts, but the 42216 Double Cardan joints in 44 mm are also listed as an upgrade for the TA06. The suspension arms and uprights have no impact on the choice.
  4. @MadInventor, what are you making now?
  5. Got a reply from Jason1145; he's consumed with house and car stuff at the moment but should be back in the future. Sometimes you do have to put the toys down and take care of real life!
  6. Probably the only Toyota in the state with a Tamiya logo in the back window... I don't have the truck anymore, but I still have some decals.
  7. You know, I was thinking the same thing and PM'd him a day or two ago. No reply yet. It's very unusual.
  8. Should be a fun build. You might need to trim your A10 gearbox brace to not interfere with motor solder tabs, and you might find the bottom battery cover to be a little inconvenient, but it's a neat chassis with the battery and motor centralized. Eliminating the belts and front diff should leave you with very little friction in the drivetrain.
  9. One thing that will help with installing the ball over the taped kingpin is to use a body reamer to add some taper to one side of the ball. When I tried to install a stock ball over the taped kingpin, it would hang up on the edge of the tape and needed some creative shoe horning. But when I added just a little bit of taper to the ball's inner hole, it slipped over the tape much more easily.
  10. I just did a bit of work on a TT02 myself:
  11. The stretched DF02 short course truck I made in 2011 and eventually gave away...
  12. I tend to doubt it; if you read the section on the Formula 1 chassis on Black Hole Sun's website ( article here ), it seems like the F201 filled a gap in the lineup while the F103 was not produced from 2000 to 2006. The article suggests the F201 was not accepted very much because of its 4WD design. So, while there are some collectors who appreciate the model for its scale engineering, it would probably be met with the same response by the overall market. Therefore, not profitable to bring back. Possibly the closest we could get to the F201 suspension but 2WD instead of 4WD is 3Racing's FGX EVO 2018, a slightly modified update to their original FGX. Similar pushrod/cantilever suspension, but a little longer. There's some good, bad, ugly to the kit as I wrote in my build thread ( here ). But if you're looking for a F1 chassis that is somewhat scale in its engineering and "2WD correct", then the FGX EVO might fit the bill.
  13. Finished this FGX EVO 2018 shell. I'm happy with the color scheme and almost did a Renault theme, but got lazy and used the 3Racing decals instead. It still needs electronics to take it on a test drive.
  14. As you can tell from the previous post, I was feeling a little frustrated with the body but ultimately I pressed on. I have a decal strategically applied to cover up the eventual paint rub from the shock. It's not *terrible*, but it's not perfect either. Oh well. I considered finishing it in a modern Renault livery, but got lazy and opted to use the 3Racing decals. Eventually I'll get some electronics in it and take it for a drive; right now I'm busy with finishing bodies on a few more models.
  15. @Juggular, I think you make several good points. In some respects the nations that have failed or are poor are those that don't have natural resources to exploit or conditions to grow food; they absolutely need to buy raw materials from somewhere else and add value to them. The USA is a little different, I think, in that we have deposits of oil, iron, coal, rare earth metals, and other materials in addition to having environmental conditions conducive to growing a variety of food. Strategically speaking maybe it makes sense to buy raw materials from elsewhere and deplete everyone else's first, then deplete your own. That comes under the guise of open trade. Then again, maybe another strategy is to close trade and starve others of the money supply going to them to keep them weak(er). I don't have the wisdom to be the leader and make those calls. My main concerns about trade include: 1. Labor outsourced to other countries. This makes more people dependent on the government for assistance, which in turn is passed along to the rest of us in the form of taxes. I'd much prefer to have more manufacturing jobs in the USA so people can be converted from money-consumers to money-producers through their labor. Germany's trade surplus is in part due to how they protect their markets from foreign competition; they buy a lot of things they make for themselves, and happily export it to anyone else who wants it. 2. National security compromised by broken supply chains. I attended a DoD conference a few years ago, and one of the talks given described the difficulty in sourcing semiconductors used in weaponry. The DoD has had to prop up some suppliers to keep them operating, and they've had to break some designs into multiple chunks so sensitive information could not be obtained by enemies. They mentioned some interesting research areas they were exploring to provide alternative solutions to the problem. The same might be said of steel, aluminum, and the elements added to these metals to make various alloys. If it is all mined and produced outside the country, then there are supply chain risks if the world goes to war again. There has to be some native production for food, textiles, structural materials, and electrical/electronic components. I guess at the end of the day, I really would like the USA to have healthy, educated, employed, moral citizens enjoying their life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness to the greatest extent possible. And I would want the same for other countries and their citizens as well! This isn't about dominating the globe. I just look at the USA and think we could do much better with our education system; corporations could think about being better residents in their host country; individuals could do a better job managing their bodies, minds, and spirits. Everybody is making fast, convenient decisions, not coordinated decisions with some recognition of the future.
  16. I haven't written about this model in quite awhile, but I ordered a new clear body to replace the original kit body I hacked up and sprayed black. After careful trimming and fitting, it also has the same issue with rubbing against the rear shocks (lower spring holders). The manual's recommended body post heights exacerbate the problem, but even running the body one notch higher is still not perfect. I think part of the problem is the kit body is the same as the original FGX EVO body, but the wheelbase of the FGX EVO 2018 chassis has been stretched by 10 mm. 3Racing just recycled an existing body instead of designing something appropriate for the new release. So there's some insanity for you, trying the same body twice and hoping for a different outcome. I'm about ready to throw both bodies in the trash and go in a different direction. Cool chassis, but frustrating body.
  17. There's a 163-page thread on RCTech that has a lot of information in it. That's probably the right place to start. RCTech TRF801XT Thread Also, my build thread: Speedy's TRF801XT Build Thread
  18. In my opinion, and I say this as a USA citizen: Political lobbying by large corporations has run amok. In the name of the almighty dollar, in the face of competition, and with a narrow focus on quarterly statements and how they affect stock prices (and executive compensation), I've witnessed US-based manufacturing go across the borders to Mexico and Canada, as well as to China. The erosion of our manufacturing base, along with the more recent trend in offshoring engineering, has destroyed a lot of economic opportunity for middle-class and upper-middle-class citizens. We've become a nation of marketing, retailing, and service to a certain degree. Even service is somewhat offshored to remote call centers, and now AI-powered call centers will displace them next. Think about it -- legislation opened up trade with other countries; we could have just as easily passed legislation to not open trade and protect our supply chains. The last 40 years have been terrible as we've sacrificed our economy and national security in the name of corporations who want to win the race to the bottom while cashing their bonus checks. I'm not even sure I can take the focus on "the economy" that seriously anymore; narrowly viewing the world through the lense of money shortchanges our existence. The general spiritual and moral malaise of our society has led to the demise of the nuclear family; young children who know no differently are now victims of broken households and apathetic parents. By giving them all the phones and video games they want and telling them to go play by themselves, these children insulate themselves from real-life experiences and form unhealthy self-reinforcing attitudes. There's too much "keeping up with the Joneses" as both parents work outside the home but sacrifice their kids' development. The lack of parenting from previous generations leads to lazy choices in higher education. Math is "too hard." Instead of viewing school as an investment, it's viewed as an experience akin to a theme park. There's no guidance to how the US economy is evolving, what jobs are in demand, and what majors offer the best payback. As a result we get young adults graduating with $100k or $200k in debt and a degree in English, history, geography, poetry, gender/race studies, political science, communications, physical education, etc. Most of the jobs available don't need these skills! If it isn't STEM (brain), skilled trades (hands), or the military (security), then it likely isn't going to pay very well or be in much demand. Young people should be taught to view the USA as a super-sized 11th century village; what jobs are essential, and which ones aren't? Do you become a blacksmith or a minstrel? In general US citizens seem very apathetic on the topic of their country and its future. As long as each person "gets his" and things don't change too much then voter turnout will remain low and there won't be too much friction between the government and its constituents. You can be at the low end of society and have free housing, free food, free medical care, free transportation, free cell phone, free cable TV, etc. and live better than most 15th century kings. You can be at the high end of society and have enough money to not worry about needs and wants. Or, you can try to make it in the middle working advertising/retail/service jobs; that's a tough life expending a lot of energy for very little reward. In my view, the average USA citizen is not particularly patriotic or concerned with the long-term health of the country. Most USA citizens don't have financial discipline to spend less than they earn. Adherence to ideals, showing up to vote, eagerness to burn traitors, discipline, and willingness for revolution is weak compared to what this country was 200 years ago. We're squandering our hard-won life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness at the expense of others. If you sense I'm angry, you're right. My father was a high school teacher; my mother was a stay-at-home mom. They were involved in my life and my sister's life fully. We lived in a big city, not the suburbs. We wore clothes with patches on them. We went to church every week. Our cars were a string of $200 beaters. We had no video games and we rarely got what we wanted for Christmas. My parents emphasized doing well at school and working hard. I delivered newspapers starting at age 10, bused tables and washed dishes, rented videos and fixed electronics to save money for university. With good grades and some cash saved, I was able to go to engineering school and get into a co-op program that also paid me. In the end I graduated with a full degree, some cash in the bank, no loan debt, a used car, and a job lined up. Then I worked for another 25 years non-stop and raised a family of my own. The difference between me and the stereotypical millenial/Gen-Z the media portrays is: My parents remained (and remain) married, opted for a single income, and made sure the love, instruction, and guidance of their kids was always there. Nowadays I see young adults from broken homes getting married to get health insurance and co-habitate legally. If the marriage doesn't work out, oh well, there's always the next guy or girl. And of course both people have to work to afford 3 or 4 TVs, multiple streaming services, 3 or 4 cell phones, nice cars, a second home, etc. Work was always a fact of life starting at age 10. Whether is was dragging aluminum cans in a wagon to the local recycler, cutting lawns for old ladies, or some other basic labor, I was always scrapping around looking for things to do. If there was time to relax and play, it was in a face-to-face social setting throwing a ball or riding bicycles. My parents recognized my abilities and advised me on some career options that might be a good fit. They knew good advice meant I was more likely to launch successfully and not be an adult burden yelling for Hot Pockets or avocado toast from the basement of their house. The Internet, phones, and social media did not exist in my day. My immediate family, some extended relatives, and a few local friends were my greatest influences. Everyone had some form of spiritual life as a constant. There were no Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. feeds filled with moral outrage and trolling towards any topic. My value system is a reflection of my previous generation's value system. Nowadays I see young people consulting with each other and not finding a mentor with more life experience to learn from. It's like the blind leading the blind. Shut off the bleepin' social media already! I worked and worked and worked. Studying engineering and doing well at it took 6 full days a week. Sometimes I'd have a half day off to play some basketball with a friend or run some errands around town. It was an "experience" in that my limits of understanding were tested, but I knew there was a payoff on the other side. So, I agree that millenial/Gen-Z purchasing power is lower than previous generations, and I agree it is symptomatic of something bigger. 300 million people in the USA should all blame themselves for not having a shared vision of what this country stands for, for not holding politicians to higher standards, for not protecting their jobs, for not staying married and putting more emphasis on family and values than merchandise, for not being trustworthy mentors to future generations, for not working hard and spending less than they earn, and for not phasing out entitlement programs. I certainly get to vote, voice my issues, and raise my family as I see fit, but then there are 299,999,999 other people in the USA who don't necessarily see things the way I do. "I want my loans forgiven! I want reparations! I want my 37th-gender recognized! I want universal basic income!" "Just vote for me, I'll give it all to you!" It's Brownian motion; energy spent but nothing achieved while the whole system spirals into some entropic mess. Enjoy The Decline -- Accepting and Living with the Death of the United States Worthless -- The Young Person's Guide to Choosing the Right Major Bachelor Pad Economics
  19. Is that a Konghead or a grandfather clock??? Look at all those gears!!!
  20. You and me both; I lost interest after the C5. Let's hope somebody brings out a decent 1/10 body!
  21. Tamiya, if you're listening, please make us a C8 Corvette shell! You've given us the Mustang GT4 recently; how about another American product? Lexan is fine, and molding it in a few pieces to capture all the angles properly is fine, too. You did it for the race trucks; a little bit of assembly is not a problem. Please be sure to mold light buckets and the engine bay, too; don't cheap out with just decals for the exterior of the shell. Styrene parts would be great; Lexan parts would be acceptable to save on tooling. If you have to include a different front damper stay and shorter springs for the TT02/TB05/TA07, so be it. Thanks! Details
  22. I've had good results with ABC Hobby fine line tape in 0.3 mm and 0.5 mm widths.
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