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  1. Agree that HobbyConcepts videos are amazing, but his weren't the ones that dragged me out from the dark depths of Turnigy 9x badword. I found another lady who did that on YouTube. The MFC's are very difficult if you have a radio that others haven't worked out before, like I did. Now if you have a common 2.4 like Spektrum you'll be fine. I do agree that it seems to be a piece of technology that is in desperate need of a proper upgrade, you need to be able to program it on a computer or app. For the price of them it begs belief how painful they are - I still don't have all the functions I want, like the simple function of using a switch on my TX to turn on high beams! - I think I have a work around for it but still, it's painful. The only final note though for all and sundry is that there is a certain sick pleasure from struggling SO MUCH with something then working it out, it's one of lifes greatest pleasures, and partly the reason most of us love this hobby, building stuff and problem solving, it's half the hobby.
  2. Brilliant, thank you - as like a lot of things finding that for a reasonable price in Australia is a challenge, found this for $34.40 shipped to me from an AU seller: https://www.wagneronline.com.au/tymphany-1-6-aluminium-cone-transducer/prod-id-usersearch1/994239/fl/ looks the same to me? Seems that it's a laptop speaker in that spec? (Or as I searched for after some time was: Aluminium Micro Transducer 1.6" Rubber Surround 200 Hz Driver for laptop tablet) My build is nearly there and this was one of the items that, while I found a few different ways to proverbial skin this cat, in reality a smaller speaker was always the better option. However I do hold reserved scepticism that without the box it will sound as good, but I am certainly not an audio expert by any stretch of the imagination... You may well be right that inside the cab will act kinda the same... if anyone is an expert or can chime in I'm all ears!
  3. I love this, want to know more about that speaker because like you (and probably everyone who has ever installed a MFC) I can not believe how big that speaker is. So, following on from that and being in Australia, what specs should I look for for a speaker like that, and do you think that the sound quality will be as good? Are you building it into a smaller box?
  4. Love the fake Bronski Beat tunes. Makes it.
  5. I got 3mm chrome led holders. They work perfect if you need. Just drill the front bumper.
  6. I can tell you my re-re Kyosho Javelin is incredible. The build quality is better than Tamiya and it's bulletproof. Can't recommend highly enough.
  7. Hey Ray, welcome to one of the better RC forums in the world. You'll get a lot of VERY experienced guys and gals around here, many of us much like you have been into this stuff on and off for 30+ years (I've been in the hobby since the golden 80's as well). Well I can say that firstly the Grand Hauler is an absolute beaut. I just built one (still going) as you can see in my detailed thread on here. I used the MFC-03 as I got this just as we went into COVID lockdown and stock of everything was sold out. To be honest I can't tell any difference at all, no comparison of course but meh... From what I gather in lots of reading the MFC-03 is a new model as well and has better functionality. But in reality they're both amazing, the issue of course is the programming! If you go down the path of the TGY-06 my thread will help and also there is a YouTube on how to program it.
  8. No a silly question at all. I did just wire the LED's into the existing MFC-03 unit without any thought to drivers or amp draw. Now that you've mentioned it you may well be right! I was actually pretty disappointed and also surprised that they wern't far better, but this may be the reason. I think I want to have them on a separate power supplly and switch them from the transmitter with a manual switch, that would fix it. Just got to find the motivation to finish it all off now, got all the bits basically, just lacking the inspiration!
  9. UPDATES! Dual tanks are IN!!!! They make a MASSIVE difference to the look of the rig. I also worked out more and more details. It's a classic case of "until you actually do it, you don't know". So, for those who are coming here from the future to do this and can use my pain and frustration to their advantage: 20x20x1.6mm aluminium channel is "basically" perfect. By basically I mean that the actual frame of the truck is a little bit bigger, like maybe 1mm. So while that's close enough, what I learnt the hard way was that if you screw down the fuel tanks from the bottom first, leaving the small 1mm gap at the top then screw the top down, it snaps that plastic!!!! Yep, boy I was not happy. Mine just cracked but I caught it before it was totally written off. Screw down from the top first then the bottom snug it up. Don't go too hard. OR do what I should have done and shim it. Use an M3 tap to make the holes. It's perfect for the Tamiya screws. The channel runs the whole length from the front wheel to the back fender. I used primer then Tamiya Matt Black. It's marginally off, to the anal retentive should have used semi-gloss probably. It's a little light the matt... The photos make it look worse than IRL. Hard to pick IRL. Now the interesting part - You can't keep the exhaust stacks the way they come stock. You have to cut the plastic housing at the part at the bottom where the stainless pipe hits and "flip" that bit around. I've tried to glue them twice now with 2 part epoxy but both times haven't gotten it right as you have to have them aligned perfectly so that when the pipe is in place it's seamless. I have to work out a method to get it correct. I'll update when I nail that! I messed up the holes a few times. Also, every time I take a photo of this truck outside in good light I cringe about the orange peel. I'm so *******ed off about it.
  10. Yeah I know, digging up a DECADE old thread. Just can't seem to get the answer anywhere - SO, did anyone ever find a simple CVD for Hotshot re-re? I have lost a front dogbone and want to upgrade (well, I want to upgrade the whole terrible steering, but one thing at a time). Out of all the threads with so much ambiguity and no solid answers, this seemed like the most detailed. So here we are. Anyone can share with me what they have put in their Hotshot as far as upgrade CVD's go?
  11. Bunnings actually has an awesome selection, can't believe it! The measurments of the frame channel is 20x7mm - my thinking is that would be about right, however Bunnings was out of the 20x20mm aluminium channel so got the 16x16x1.6 - will see how it looks.
  12. Thanks for the advice Mad Ax, will have a hunt. I now have the second fuel tanks on order so want to progress it all. Just received my package from Model Lighting Co in the UK and I've had a total brain fart and ordered 2xCB radios and left the fibre optic dash lights out of the order. badword. Had to order them and will have to wait another 4-weeks. GOD DAM.
  13. Ok - I'M BACK! Have been again SLOWLY progressing, but it's a balancing act of when I get parts, motivation and time! (As we ALL know in this hobby). Anyhow, the main thing I got was the tyre stickers from my mate who used the thinnest vinyl he had, I'm really happy with them. I made them in Adobe Illustrator myself and then got them done. Adds a LOT to the overall look. You can REALLY see the orange peel in the sun in this pic Onto the 3mm Chrome LED Bezels that came from eBay. (also got 5mm and they're way too big FYI). Had to do some modding, used the Dremel (carefully). Had to mod the housing and the truck frame. And FINALLY I've actually worked out how Yamato did the double fuel tanks! Can not BELIEVE it took me this long to work it out, I guess these things sometimes just take time and getting used to the truck. So when I looked at the photos I can see now that it looks like he's used either metal or plastic channel to attach the tanks to the frame. I never realised until yesterday that one of the reason that the truck looks so badass is because it looks lowered! This process lowers the tanks and allows the extra tank to mount right up to the step so you can fit two in there. It ALSO moves the tanks out wider so it looks tougher! Now, question is, what do you think he used? If it is metal channel where would I get some!!!???
  14. I've never seen that truck from them! Totally different version to the exhausts I have pictured. You can fit two of the actual kit fuel tanks, but that's why you have to move the vertical exhaust stacks up and the first tank forward.
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