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  1. Oh, it's great. It's my first motorcycle I've built, and the first model kit in at leat 5 years, so if I can build it to a reasonable standard so can you. The new 125cc Monkeys are surprisingly roomy! The seating position on them isn't that much different from, say, my wife's CBF. They're tiny bikes, but surprisingly roomy for what they are.
  2. Very cool mod! Next year (when the world has gone back to normal levels of insanity) we'll need to hit the beach again, see if she'll pop a wheelie in the sand.
  3. *sound of John Lennon rolling in his grave. A while back I told you guys I was looking for something else, a new challenge. And with this whole corona-thing I couldn't really go to any track anyway (something about being labeled a Essential Worker in healthcare, even though all I do is make computers go beep-boop) I decided to do something I hadn't done in years, while still staying true to Tamiya. I bought a plastic model kit! Yes, the venerable Honda Monkey! I've ridden one in real-life, and fell in love with it. They're a bit expensive still, being quite new, but once they drop in value a bit on the second-hand market I'd love to get one as a town runabout. Mount a giant basket to the rear and go grocery shopping with it. It'd probably fit down the aisles! Anyway, I haven't taken many pictures during the build, as I was doing things out of order to make painting a little easier, but here's a couple. That moment when your model is in that post-modern art phase. And after about a month of building a couple of hours on the evenings... ... we have a Banana Yellow Honda Monkey! It was nice building a plastic model kit again. The fumes, the teeny tiny parts, the perfect fit and finish Tamiya gives their kits. Tamiya has moved on to giving clear parts a clip-in construction. As you might know plastic model glue fogs clear plastic, and this way it's not needed for the head and taillight, making sure they're crystal clear. The turn indicators are still glued on, but glueing them with wood glue makes sure they stay clear. The rear spring is an actual metal spring. I primed it using regular metal primer, and painted it yellow along with the rest of the frame and tank-parts. Regardless it's a slightly different hue from the rest. Ah well.. It was very nice of Tamiya to include rubber tubing (it looks like tiny shrink wrap?) to simulate brake hoses and throttle cables. As on the real bike it all sorta packs together under the tank. Getting the tank to sit straight was.... a challenge. I can imagine the real bike being a little easier in that regard. So how small is it? Well, this is Link, our 6 month-old kitten. He's not very large. (And rather fuzzy) My Monkey is considerably smaller than him. And no worries, 0 destruction happened after I took this picture. He's (mostly) a well-behaved cat.
  4. Yeah, yeah, I know, but hear me out. As we all know, the Clod Buster is based on mid to late 1980s monster trucks. The true old-school giants, just before Bob Chandler and Bigfoot 8 would change the face of monster trucking forever. The Clod, as Tamiya made it, seems to be heavily inspired by Taurus, as pictured below. Notice something? Yeah. The Clod sits too high on the chassis. On Taurus the tops of the tires seem to just about hang below the wheel wells, wheras with the Clod they're not even close. And the more I look at it, the more I start to wonder. Could you lower the body of a Clod over the chassis? The battery holders look like they just about fit inside the body without distorting it, so that should work. Nothing on the top of the chassis seems to foul the chassis either. The front bumper and its brackets would have to go, but that's a minor modification. All one needs are lower body posts.... hmm... Does anyone know if someone makes/prints Clod-sized body posts, but lower? Has anyone ever done this?
  5. No worries, that's what we're here for. Any 'straight' body post set will work. The Tamiya-sanctioned option would be 51253 (from the TA05 onwards), 51102 (TA04), or 19005741 (CC01). Though all will leave you with more parts than you really need or can fit. There are a lot of aftermarket body post sets for all manner of cars. As long as they mount with a single screw from underneath it'll work.
  6. Having driven (or rather, tried to drive) an M04 and made an attempt to make it handle, I can say that you need a LOT of weight over the rear wheels. A TT is a rather well-balanced car, which is what you want for a 4WD car, but not RWD. Contrary to 1:1 scale RWD cars you'd need about an 80/20 split rear to front to get a RWD car to do anything. Look at an M06, with its motor and gearbox hanging out the back. That was done for a reason. An M08 has the motor inboard again, but moves all the electrics and battery back. Look at RWD buggies; same deal. Now look at succesfull FWD cars like an M05 or M07, or a FF04 Pro. No weight at the rear, everything over the front wheels. You could probably convert a high-end TC into a RWD car if you flip the rear gearbox/diff around and move everything back. Basically a Frontie-conversion in reverse. xD EDIT: @Juls1: *high five for posting at the same time, saying the same thing*
  7. Good question, and one that can probably only be answered in long form. The Alpine is around because it's my very first RC car, ever. The one that started it all. I raced that thing, bashed it on parking lots, burned through the original tires so badly they were basically no longer there, and still it held together. It's up in a display cabinet, and when I run it (which is not very frequently), it gets run very gently. The TT01 is such a versatile platform that I'm sure I can find some use for it somewhere. Be it as a parking lot basher, or a serious racing car in its own class. There's another endurance race (which is maybe cancelled, maybe not, depending on Corona) later this year where I plan to deploy it, assuming I can get enough people together to form a team. Basher is around...well... for a track that might not be around this winter. There's a track in Utrecht that's built and torn down in a gym hall once every month in the winter, and the little dude just owns there. If that track does not reopen (or rather, gets rebuilt), of which there is talk unfortunately, it makes no sense to sell it on. It was a very cheap car to buy, and there's little demand for it now that all the indoor tracks are gone. So I'm looking at maybe €25 if I'm lucky, and for that price I'd rather have it around on a shelf should something pop up again. The Clod...well.... it's a Clod. I've always wanted one as a kid, and now I have one. Also, it's great fun on the beach, and an amazing object to look at. The Pajero is my walking buddy. I take it out on trails nearby, and while it's not very capable (Hence the mind wanders to a TRX4) and a bit outclassed by some of the ruts I do appreciate its scale looks (which is why I'm not going to turn it into yet-another crawler that looks nothing like its 1:1 counterpart). Plus, I have a tow hitch for it and the weird idea to build a car trailer for it. Which might actually make a great project if I can get that mentally un-stalled. The TRF is a similar story to Basher's. It's not worth a lot of money right now as demand is low. It's a 419 so it's a tad too old to be ultra-bleeding-edge competitive (IE: it's not a 420XR with all the hopups), but it's not so old that it's a cool rare classic. (IE: It's not a TRF414M, or even a 417 MR). Plus, that thing absolutely shreds carpet like it's nobody's business. It makes me look like a way better driver than I actually am. Ask @Fuijo, he's seen it go-go-go at our old track. @Silver-Can, the more I look into tanks the more I start to dislike them. Which is weird, because it's usually the other way around. I think that running a tank could be a lot of fun if you have a couple going at the same time, but in confinement they seem a bit...I dunno... 1-sided? Also, I'm not much into tanks and/or military stuff. I dig some cold-war relics (ergo the WPL truck I mentioned earlier), but I don't like the shooty-shooty stuff. I've thought about going back into RC helis, before I was reminded why I got out. With RC helis it's either a good flight, or an expensive flight. There's no in-between. I had a couple of fixed-pitch birds I liked flying around indoors, and flew my dad's Trex600 on numerous occasions (he's an RC flight instructor at his club. This is a real thing. Baffled me too), but eventually got out because most of my flights were of the expensive kind. (Or rather, ended expensively). RC Boats: I have a LOT of water around me, so in that regard a boat would work for me. I'd have to find something I'd like to own as a model, too, which is a bit difficult as I know exactly jack-squat about boats. xD Plus, if I could find something remotely 1:10th scale-sized it'd give me another reason to finish that trailer for the Pajero. Hmm... maybe a small speedboat with an outboard motor? @Fuijo: Thanks for the offer! I know both your tanks are hilariously good fun to play with as a pair, and I know you and therefor know they are built well. But like I said above, I'm not sure I'd want to have a tank as an object, as a model. As a play-thing (especially with you around running the other one) sure, but as a thing to look at? Hmm... And the same could be said about the boats. Tempting, but then I'd rather find something 1:10th scale to add play to the cars. Or rather, the Pajero. I am overthinking this, aren't I? I'll have a sit-down at my desk at some point, lay out the half-finished trailer, give that thing some attention.
  8. So I sold a few cars. Notably, the Street Scorcher is getting re-homed at my dad's house. He loves the thing, and has plans for it to actually be a runner. (As far as I gathered at least. Not too sure what's happening with it.) I wasn't using it at all, so it getting some usage and a good home is nice. I also sold the TA03F David Jun to a Belgian who built a gorgeous shelf queen out of it, which is probably a better existence than it too sitting on my shelf with a body half-on, half-off of it. I also sold a Mini Z to a man who had always wanted one since childhood and was over the moon with it, and Froggy got re-homed to another person who runs DT03s in a local cup. That leaves me with: - The Clod - The TRF - The TT01DRE-thing - Basher - The Pajero - and of course my M02 Alpine A110. And here's a video I took this spring of them all together. At this point the Mini-Z, Froggy, and the TA03F were already re-homed. Anyway, this means I now have some extra electronics, namely three receivers, two steering servos and an assortment of motors and ESCs. And it'd be a shame to let them go to waste, right...? The issue is that my local track has closed, and has been for a while now. There's an outdoor track somewhat nearby (where I did the endurance race last year), but I just.... I dunno.... I don't like the track much, and I can't seem to gel with the people there. Is that my fault? Possibly. I am mentally not exactly in a great place right now, with the whole COVID-19 running around, my work is still ever uncertain. My wife's job has basically ceased to be per 1st of August, and we're both suffering from cabin fever. I can go to the outdoor track. It's recently re-opened, and there's a couple of races. The issue is, however, that every time I go there it either rains, or it's too hot, or I'm the only guy there running laps by myself. Which is fine for a bit, but I crave the social thing too. I've been looking at other tracks (there's one about an hour away in Utrecht), but they don't do open track days due to Covid, and the races are member-only. So I've been thinking. I have a bit of money in my fun-bin. (that envelop of cash that you hoard when you sell stuff) I miss building stuff, and I'd like to find something that's fun to build, fairly realistic, and mostly; is fun to run by itself. I have a couple of nicely paved parking lots and basketball courts nearby, aswel as a in-land beach. The forest is rather closeby too, where I regularly take the Pajero out for 2+ hour walks. I've been looking at: - A WPL B36KM. They're inexpensive, look like fun builds, and can be detailed and scratch-built to amazing levels. Plus, they ooze cold-war cool. - A Traxxas TRX4. I know, wrong T-word, but it's everything I like about the Pajero, but in a more capable package. The downside is that they come with fairly meh body shells, and while the aftermarket for them is HUGE there's nothing that really strikes my fancy. Plus, the kits aren't great builds from what I've heard. - A Tamiya Cascadia or King Hauler. Yes, the good ol' Tamiya semi-truck rabbit hole. You start out with just a basic runner, and three months later you're €1000+ euro down the hole and you still need a trailer. And possbly another truck. Which needs its own trailer, obviously. They seem like REALLY good builds, can be made to look amazing, but are limited in terms of where you can run them. And are they fun to run solo? Hmmm... They do seem like they could take weeks of building, which is something my brain needs right now. - A Tamiya Tank. Any one will do. I'm not much into the whole military thing, but the tanks seem like good builds, and unlike the semi trucks I can take those into the local forest and do some... scouting there. But are they really decent outdoor runners? And they feel like they're the same kind of money pit that the semi trucks are. I've looked into the infra-red battle system, but that would require a second tank (and someone to drive that tank...*sob*) What would you guys do? Brave the other track, try to get along with the people there and pick up racing outdoors instead of on carpet? Become a scale trucker (*honk honk*)? Get a TRX4 and finally do make it over that one difficult trail where the Pajero keeps getting stuck? Take the TRF apart, clean everything even though it literally hasn't moved since the last time I cleaned it, and put it back together?
  9. I did it once. I had a broken balance lead inside the hard case. I pried it open using plastic tools, soldered it back on outside with my hand at the ready to chuck it at the first sign of trouble, and got the job done. Nerve wrecking, though if you know what you're doing not all that scary.
  10. Nope, that's a bone-stock 419. @qatmix's TRF419 from his review of it, to be exact.
  11. So do I still use this thing? Yes, I certainly do! We've recently 'discovered' a bunch of new trails in our nearby forest, and we've been taking full advantage of it. It's a good mix of what you see above combined with sandy trails, and the occasional climbing over tree roots and such. A full walk is usually about 2+ hours, and I bring along 2 3000mAh NiMH batteries. One lasts for about an hour and a half, and then I swap to the other which lasts me the rest of the walk. Afterwards, the car is just a bit dusty: Of course this is easily cleaned off. So; things I've changed over the years from stock: - Steel pinion - New gear set as the fine sand ruined the old gear set over time - Junfac 4-link set. This alone made SO MUCH difference in the car! - New chassis. Not because I broke the old one, but a battery exploded during a run and melt it. - Tie-wrap around the stock servo saver. Low-budget way to make sure the saver doesn't snap and leave me stranded. - Different tires. I hate their looks, but love the performance. Torn!
  12. Here's how I used a bunch of spacers to make my rear axle all nice and smooth. For the record, I use my CC01 as a trail rig, taking it along with me on 2 hour+ long walks, and I take 2 3000mAh NiMH packs with me. I usually end up swapping them about 90 minutes in, and the remainder of the second battery lasts the rest of the walk. The 55t motor hardly uses any power! Also, my front diff is fully unlocked, and the rear diff is fully locked. While it's gotten stuck once or twice with all wheels losing traction I've yet to come across a situation (on normal trail driving, think 1:1 offroading instead of rock crawling) where the Paj gets stuck due to wheels unloading.
  13. If you look at the way modern TC arms are setup then they're the same, with a ball socket at the top and a kingpin at the bottom. My TRF419 is a great example, there's absolutely 0 fore-aft play in the front or rear hubs when shimmed correctly. And they're plastic, not alu.
  14. I realize it's a bit last-minute, but I'm on. I'll try to make it a regular Satuday-night thing if that's alright with you guys. For the link, see above.
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