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    Tamiya Fan since.. well.. since I first saw one. So a long time ago.

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  1. Looks good!!! I agree with the longer roof rack as well, looks more useful if things were used as such at full-scale. I think the video lists links where those braces can be purchased when viewed on YouTube.
  2. I'd still go about bracing the chassis and balancing the weight better F/R. The chassis was originally designed to carry a mechanical speed controller, servo and heavy NiMH battery to add to weight distribution. However most opt for a faster motor, esc and 2s pack which makes for a wheelie-prone and understeer driving experience. That may be fun for some, and I don't disagree as each has their own preference. The chassis however does have a weak point during frontal impact or a hard landing where the front comes down first. @Pintopower makes a good brace or you can make your own solution if need be.
  3. Love the look you have on this ride!! I think it is screaming out for a roof rack with integrated lights. Mind you, it will add to the overall top-heavy addition of the plastic shell but it seems as though you are concerned with the scale looks a bit more than simply bashing around. The chassis can (and probably should) be reinforced where the front clip mounts to the main chassis tub. On my Blitzer Beetle, the front end seemed very light and I added weights to balance things out and made a big difference when accelerating and turning under power.
  4. Yes @Mechanic AH I bought them here in Japan, and the calipers stay in place while the wheels rotate. I thought the idea of lower rotating mass by integrating the calipers rather than including them along with the wheel drive hexes was slick, and they look authentic when the car is in motion because you can see the "rotors" more clearly when they are stationary. Can find their stuff online here: https://eagleonlineshop.com/eagleshop/shop/ShopProduct.aspx?type=Search&keyword=tt-01
  5. TT-01E with Eagle Racing suspension arm, dampers and integrated brake disc set. Also have ball diff in rear/gear diff with thick grease in front.
  6. ..and that's the thing about it all. At which point do you start to realize that by optimizing springs, com smoothness.. bearings, balancing the armature and such that you approach the whole design advantage of brushless motors! I enjoy the "feel" of a properly matched brushed motor, hearing the motor wind up to maximum rpm as the vehicle speeds away.. especially on vintage chassis designs. Sometimes with brushless motors, its more like the feel of a power drill: instantly more torque than the chassis or gears can manage and the esc has to be programmed to reduce the violence down to levels that agree with it all.
  7. Very interesting info in this thread! I'm curious about the motors listed above just for the sake of comparison.. as I had a similar dilemma awhile back. I removed all of my black can Sports Tuned motors and shelved them once I discovered that they have been discontinued. I have replaced some with silver can Sports Tuned motors (Bullhead) but for the rest, I've opted to go with faster motors. I used a Kyosho 20T black can (removing the stickers for brand continuity on my Tamiya models) which then looks just like a Sport Tuned motor without the decal on my Blitzer Beetle which has a motor guard/bumper which covers most of the motor anyway. https://rc.kyosho.com/en/70701c.html a bit quicker than a Sports Tuned but they seem out-of-stock everywhere. The rest have been replaced with SuperStock RZ or BZ motors with bearings installed in place of bushings. <<< by far the most rewarding brushed option in my opinion. I still use stock silver cans in my Agrios, but I am running them on 3s. Plenty fast however I'm sure the lifespan will eventually suffer. At which point, I have plenty of spare stock silver cans to drop in when they do give up the electric ghost.
  8. Interesting take on the Blitzer chassis my friend. I've owned both used and new Blitzers and have never had an issue with the front shock tower mount. Granted, the chassis isn't exactly bullet-proof (I reinforced the area where the front clip mates with the main chassis to reduce the chance of breakage) however I'm not totally sure it was ever supposed to be intended as a perfectly balanced track weapon. I love my re-re Blitzer Beetle for what it is. By contrast however, for close to the same price of that kit I purchased a 3Racing Cactus Pro kit https://os.3racing.hk/carkits_web.php?carkits_web_key=62. This thing is quite a bargain for what you get and is very well balanced (mid-motor configuration) for those times I want to attack a proper track somewhere. Please excuse my reply if you simply mean to grind an ax with Tamiya's strange choice of ideas on this particular chassis. I'm certainly guilty of listing my complaints with Tamiya's design direction as well when it irks me. Just thought I'd share some perspective from another Blitzer owner. Have a good one!
  9. I normally use a stock silver can 540, Hobbywing 1060 on 2s (actually, the silver can from my NovaFox) in this thing. Recently however, I picked up a Super Stock BZ motor. I replaced the brass bushings with bearings and dropped it in. I'm using the 3-D printed transmission brace along with the stock transmission gears so I felt confident enough to give it a try. Wowsers!!! Had a great run last night. Under normal (mid to 3/4) acceleration is brisk but not enough to overwhelm the chassis or drivetrain in any way. Wide open from a standstill spins both rear tires briefly before taking off on asphalt (stock Blackfoot tires on slightly narrower rims have a more conical profile and the hard rubber lends to a bit of wheelspin as opposed to pulling a wheelie). Top speed is probably what shocked me the most.. it just kept accelerating until it was at pucker-up levels of speed and I started to worry about how to slow it down. I'm amazed that a 23T motor with such a low gear (stock Blackfoot 10T pinion) could reach such high speeds. I'm impressed to say the least, but will shy away from any speed runs in this thing to keep the plastic shell from meeting the turf any time soon.
  10. Brilliant! Exactly what I had in mind after the body was complete. On one hand, I was torn because the standard masking was so intricate and I felt I would regret not choosing the box art scheme. Not to mention, matching the colors (well.. colours) of the bottom sticker along the side is crucial. However, looking forward, I'd like to mask my own and use the stock decals and perhaps some black pinstriping to accent the lot when it's done. I really like how yours turned out and it inspires me even further!
  11. This just bums me out.. I went to Tamiya's Playmodel factory store over the weekend and was told this wasn't released for the Japanese market. I supposed there's some reasoning behind this, but for now I'll have to source one and pay shipping to bring it back to Japan. Although on second thought it was probably manufactured elsewhere to begin with. Still.. not happy to know that I can find plenty of MudMads and the likes on the shelves here, but well.. yeah.
  12. @Room335 , @moffman Thank you for your kind words. There isn't anything really "wrong" with it aside from a little spot here or there.. masking lines came out clean but were not completely straight going down the sides of the body towards the front. Sounds like I'm being picky.. and I am. I feel I can do a better job and I want to try to try a different color scheme to use with the gold chassis and gold aluminum wheels while sitting on the shelf.
  13. Turbo Optima complete. Not happy with the body so I'll use this as a runner. I'll paint a second body in custom colors when I can source one.
  14. "Kyosho Tomahawk or Scorpion. Really cool, but after seeing the ridiculous amount of bump steer in a video it is difficult to justify the price stretching my budget. Probably would disappoint after a little running." I have a Tomahawk and don't have any bump steer issues. Granted, the front suspension setup is unique and requires some attention to build properly but when you get it right it works a charm.
  15. @MadInventor: These were done by a much better craftsman than myself. For sure however, I would spend TRF money for them in kit form.
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