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  1. Thanks! I've put a fair amount of work into it, it surprisingly handles decently at this point. I'm using 2 stage rpm pistons in shocks and they handle really awesome on track. They give good pack landing jumps, but act soft over rough terrain. For durability i replaced the following that broke on track: All hinge & kingpins to lundsford (bent two after 3 races) Tini shock shafts (bent one) Aluminum shock caps (popped a plastic cap on first race) Rear bearing carriers to rpm (broke one on first race as well) For batteries, i'm running gens ace 5000 mah 50c, kinda heavy for racing, but i also bash too and these have good run times: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00WOAWHUK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493858856&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=5000+mah+2s&dpPl=1&dpID=41r0nHzSG-L&ref=plSrch I get what you mean about the slash's sloppy handling, it was comical when i first started racing in spec slash class. All these slashes leaning, wiggling, rolling around the track, lots of fun. Local track has a annual event on new years day called the "hangover 500". Basically 15 or 20 stock slashes running on indoor oval course for 50 laps, pure insanity.
  2. Hmm, I might go ahead and get some of those rod ends, I'll have to see if they come in white as I kind of like the white/black contrast of the worlds parts. Yes, I have the stock shocks on it. I'm going to stick with them initially as I usually don't like changing out most things before trying stock setup. I did set it up using the Kinwald setup sheet on associated's site: https://www.teamassociated.com/pdf/cars_and_trucks/RC10WC/setup_sheets/RC10_2014_Standard_Kinwald.pdf I'll try this setup for a while and see if I really need big bores for our track or not. How about you, are you sticking with stock setup initially as well?
  3. Thanks for the compliment, I just used rattle cans & tape. I'm pleased with how it came out considering that its only the 2nd body I've ever done up. Yes, the 17.5T plenty powerful in this car, not sure how guys run these with 6.5T's, but they do. I got this buggy off A-main back in January. It was on sale for $145, and they also had a $5 off coupon, so final price was $140. All stock disappeared and the model was discontinued roughly 2 weeks after I bought it. So, this is genuinely one of the last kits from a vendor. Glad to hear you snagged one too at that price, it was too good to pass up. Stinks you had some of the problems others had. Even if I had encountered those issues, I'd still be in love with this car. I want to try mine at the track and see how it behaves on jumps, I've heard of weights being needed, we'll see. I really want to change out the ugly rod ends. What size RPM rod ends did you get? Do they bind in the steering? I've heard people say that the thick RPM's can cause binding, so I was hesitant to get some. I look forward to hearing how your track experiences compare to mine!
  4. Hi all. I've been wanting a vintage buggy for the last year and a Frog was at the top of my list due to nostalgia. I was watching Frog prices through Christmas and they never went on sale. However, I saw amain had the RC10 worlds car on sale for $140. Which is actually cheaper than the Frog. This intrigued me because I remember seeing one of these running way back in the day and of course I thought it was amazing at the time. The RC10 would scratch my vintage itch, and I could actually take it to the track and it would perform pretty darn well. So, I'm killing two birds with one stone as I want to also run in the 1/10 buggy class at the track every so often. Its a lot of car for the money, so I pulled the trigger. The car went together well, early buyers had issues with the top shaft in gear box being machined wrong, but I had no problems. I think with my kit being one of the last before discontinuation, the bugs were worked out. I threw on a few upgrades while building: Full ball bearings in bell crank - people had problems with the stock bushings binding in the steering, bearings resolves this RC Carbon works front/rear shock towers - got to love bling bling, they compliment the carbon transmission brace Associated FT blue thumb screws for batter strap - much easier to use these than the stock pins that require flexing the battery box Jconcepts Goosebumps in rear, and Groovy's on Front - Should work OK on our tracks outdoor loamy dirty Trackstar 17.5T ESC/Motor Combo - Decent power, allows me to run stock class Tower Hobbies TS-140 High Speed 2 BB Metal Gear Servo - Strong, quick, and reasonably priced So far, driving it on the street, this car performs amazingly. Certainly blows away the Grasshopper I built my niece. Looking forward to getting it on the track.
  5. I have a 4 pole castle creations 3800kv in my 2WD slash. I got it as a bundle with the Sidewinder SCT ESC, you could possibly look at that, not sure if the motor you got was sensored or not, the Castle ESC is sensorless. That motor really moves the truck, very torquey! The stock tires have a hard time dealing with the power and will teach your son some trigger control. The two biggest upgrades that helped my slash was the ESC/Motor upgrade, and secondly it would be the LCG chassis, for only like $35 its well worth it with the extra speed. Here's what my slash is looking like these days:
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    Depending on how much you want to spend, as mentioned before, below $100, you're looking at a Feilun FT009. I have one, it is OK and works as described, but it certainly is cheap inside and I don't know how long it'll last. In order to take the shaft out to lubricate, you have to remove 4 self tapping screws from motor mount/hull. Mine are starting to run out of thread to bite into after only a season. In the $200 category, you'll get better quality for sure. The hull will still be ABS, but the running gear will be better. Starting out at $110, you have the Feilun FT012, which is just a upgraded FT009, again I don't know how long the mounts will last on this guy, but it is certainly cheap for a brushless boat: https://jet.com/product/detail/264f7a27d9414fa4879e152d8e29173f?jcmp=pla:ggl:gen_toys_games_a1:toys_remote_control_toys_a1_other:na:PLA_345941940_23689433340_pla-259522112322:na:na:na:2&code=PLA15&ds_c=gen_toys_games_a1&ds_cid=&ds_ag=toys_remote_control_toys_a1_other&product_id=264f7a27d9414fa4879e152d8e29173f&product_partition_id=259522112322&gclid=CN-wtYCMhdACFVRahgodBxULEw&gclsrc=aw.ds Next you have the Atomik Barbwire for $143, everyone seems to like it for the most part, it self rights if flipped over: https://www.amazon.com/Atomik-Barbwire-Brushless-Electric-RC/dp/B00CQKN11W For $170 the Recoil 17, it is a barbwire clone from Proboat that has better hardware on the end, and possibly better electronics: https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Boat-Recoil-Self-Righting-Brushless/dp/B00VF46CBQ Beyond that, you are exiting "cheap" boats and are getting into more expensive ones. For $200 to $300, you'll still have ABS hulls, but larger 26+ inch boats with decent brushless motors, doing 30+ mph. At the $350+ mark you can get into quality boats using fiberglass hulls and have more serious speeds of 50 mph. Hope this helps.
  7. Nice hopper! Looks well used and loved already. For some reason, I really dig the black edition hopper without stickers on. Looks very mad max. Love the way these cars look and drive, they don't take themselves too serious. See this thread for my first foray into Tamiya with a hopper of course: http://www.tamiyaclub.com/forum/index.php?/topic/79924-intro-nostalgic-memories-grasshopper-build/#comment-633595
  8. This is a topic that hits home for me. I'm an engineer for a large conglomerate here in the U.S. I work on introducing new products to the manufacturing environment (product management). My factory and its sister factory nearby were announced earlier this year that they will be shutting down and moving to Mexico next year. It was fairly high profile, presidential candidates discussed it several times. In all, 2100 jobs are being exported. Now, the official "justification" from the company is that this is to be more competitive and cut costs. But in light of other facts, it paints a different picture. Firstly, this conglomerate has many divisions and makes jet engines, helicopters, elevators, hvac equipment, etc. Massive company. All divisions of the company LOST money in 2015, EXCEPT my division. So the most competitive and profitable division in the company is the one that needs to be restructured to be competitive?? Very strange. Later on, the company stated by making this move, they will get $65 million in cut costs. Interestingly, 2 years ago (about the time planning for the shut down began) the company restructured its elevator division and it was poorly managed. Coincidentally, due to delays and costs run ups, the company lost $60 million. Very strange these two dollar amounts are so similar. So from my experience, outsourcing might not be for increasing competitiveness in the market. It might be for the CEO and management to cover their @ss from a collossal mess up, and the peons pay...
  9. That's one nice and clean Escort! Love the boxy shape. That's one thing that's always sucked about the U.S. market, we never get the good hatches! I've always liked hatches, my dad had a '81 civic and the '88 celica. We've never had a Civic Type R in our market, we're allegedly getting our first one in the next year or two. I used to watch top gear just to see all the cool cars you get over there that we don't.
  10. Wow Berman, that is one awesome hatch, looks like you put a lot of work into that. I too struggle with if I should sell the S2000 or not. Since litttle man was born, it doesn't see much action. Only thing that holds me back is I suspect I'll regret selling it. The values of them have flattened out and are increasing slightly. All these new cars are turbo and hybrid, naturally aspirated cars like ours will be in demand. Moffman, your situation sounds like badword! I don't know how a enthusiast could enjoy his car in that environment. Sounds like good motivation to get to the voting booth and try to make a change. That turbo rs sounds sweet, if it makes you feel any better, we don't have those here to even buy!
  11. That's awesome berman. I've seen the protrac kit, but wasn't sure if it was worth the cost or not. I'm on the fence on whether or not to invest more in the slash or sell it and buy a more raceworthy truck. The TRX lcg chassis is cheap and the CC 3800 can be used in the new truck, so I wouldn't be out much at this point if I sold it for a better one. Did you race your's with the protrac and was it competitive? What Honda do you have stowed away in the garage? There's a guy down the street from me that has a collection of 3 preludes, he loves them. Has two "runners" and one "shelf queen". Yup, that's pretty much what I was saying the entire time on the joy ride! Has 573 underrated hp. True torque vectoring due to individual motors on each wheel. Went on a back road and stopped, turned on launch mode and nailed it; never been pinned in my seat like that in my life. Not to mention, it attracted a obscene amount of attention everywhere we went. He was running it with a new software patch and was monitoring it (hence the orange network wire coming out of the dash). The car is so software dependent, getting it debugged has been a challenge.
  12. Why thank you NWarty! I went to the 2006 detroit auto show and saw one sitting on display in the laguna blue pearl, I knew right then that it was the car for me. Here is a better shot of it with a friend's rio yellow that lives in my neighborhood: As a bonus, since you seem to have impeccable taste in Honda sports cars. I have a friend that works for Honda North America as a test driver and has spent several years working on the new NSX prototype. I was fortunate enough to get a knock one my door last fall and low and behold, he had a red prototype at the bottom of my driveway waiting to give me a ride! If you see a red NSX in a commercial or magazine, this is the exact one used for those advertisements:
  13. Haha yes, I am often seen with my top hat and monacle cruising on the boulevard in my S2000 to the grand ball. In all seriousness, it is my other time consuming hobby. Like to do some autocrossing and tracking with it. Graduated from the Mid-Ohio school a few years ago, is a lot of fun. Haven't done much with it lately though. Just clean the dust off it at the beginning of the summer and go for some drives on country roads.
  14. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I'm glad you are enjoying my intro as I hoped you would. If I already didn't have the pressure to get a Frog before, its definitely on me now after all your responses! I'm not in a rush at the moment for the Frog, so will wait until Tower has one of its big Tamiya sales again with the big coupons too. I eyed the Frog in the last sale, and it was easily $30 off, so I'll keep it under surveillance. I'm pretty occupied right now modding my slash to run in the 2WD open class, already installed CC 3800 kv, lcg chassis, jconcept subcultures. Just need to find time to get to the track. Also have a little sport cub S & dx6i to maiden sometime too. I'm telling you, its hard to find the time these days with a little 1 year old.
  15. Preface Hello all, like many of you, I am a RC enthusiast that returned after a hiatus. I have been perusing through Tamiyaclub for a while now. This place has been very informative and helpful. I have found my favorite threads to be ones either involving builds or ones discussing nostalgia and early experiences from our youth. As reward for your help, I am creating this thread to share my RC experiences throughout my life which ultimately lead to my first ever Tamiya build as an adult! It is a bit of a long read, but I suppose you guys like that sort of thing. Introduction As is common here, I am a product of the 1980’s. The golden era of RC. My first real encounter with RC was when I was 6 years old. My dad drove me (in his sweet 1988 Toyota Celica with very 80’s plastic louvers on the rear glass) to my cousin’s house to play (ie get into as much trouble without being caught). As I walked up to the porch, there sitting on the steps was a menacing black buggy, nothing I had ever seen before. This car looked huge to me. It had the famous slogan “Anytime baby!” on the wing. I stared at it in awe and asked my cousin if we could run it. We took it out into the back alley behind his house. The speed and ferocity of it tearing up the gravel left a lasting impression, I was then a RC addict. Not long after this, my cousin’s friend showed up with a new buggy. It was futuristic and had a racy appearance to it. It had “No guts, no glory” on its wing. We ran these buggies hard all day. I had to have my own. I worked little jobs around our home and neighborhood. As much as I wanted one of these Tamiya’s, all I could muster was $40 with which I bought a Tyco Turbo Hopper. Although it wasn’t as awesome as a Hornet or Frog, I cherished and loved it. I took impeccable care of it. Due to our family home being on the shore of a medium sized lake, I was very interested in RC boats. My dad wasn’t too keen on RC cars, but boats however got his attention. Quests for a car didn’t materialize in anything. However, the first Christmas I asked for a boat, I received a Kyosho Jetstream 800 nitro boat. It was a glorious Christmas for sure. We built it and painted it black/orange scheme, it turned out beautifully and got a ton of attention at the lake. I wish I had a picture of it. But here is one from another member: I ran this boat each summer for 4-5 years. I often raced it against my uncle’s amazing balsa nitro hydroplane. My little Kyosho deep v-hull could only run maybe 25 mph or so, but my uncle’s hydro would easily do 60+ mph. One afternoon, while racing my uncle, my steering servo froze mid turn. I went wide and crossed the hydro’s path. Its sponsons pierced the side of the kyosho, with the tips snapping off and sticking in the side of the kyosho’s hull. The collision caused the hydro’s throttle to stick wide open, it went over the top of my kyosho’s hull and blasted across the lake. The foam my dad put in my boat did its job, with the nose bobbing up and down in the wake. I sat down on the beach and cried my 10 year old eyes out. Meanwhile, my uncle’s hydro screamed across the lake at full speed, it went 20 feet up the shore on the opposite side. Now, he didn’t say anything or admit it, but I suspect my uncle cried his 30+ year old eyes out while walking the beach to the other side of the lake. I would say this was a pretty traumatic experience for me and I hung up my futaba transmitter when I got home, never touching it again. Present Day So now, we fast forward approximately 25 years. I now find myself done with Graduate school; have a wife and 1 year old son, a house with a pond out back, and most importantly a little disposable income. The pond beckoned me, and I knew I had to get back into the game and got a Aquacraft Revolt 30. I would have gone nitro, but didn’t want to upset the neighbors with the noise. I didn’t expect much out of it. But boy I was wrong, the new brushless motors and lipos make a world of difference. With some prop work and hull trimmed out, its running 50ish mph. It would slaughter my old Kyosho v-hull handily. Here is a picture of it and video of it running: While having casual discussions at the LHS getting boat supplies, I discovered there is a nice dirt RC track nearby that races buggies and short course trucks. I then got into racing in the stock spec Traxxas Slash class racing. It is incredible fun. There is a family atmosphere about the racing that I love. I am now 100% (re)addicted the hobby! My family is starting to grow with the next generation coming up with my 1 year old son and my 4 year old niece. I felt like it was my duty to pass down RC to these little ones. I want them to share the experiences I had when I was young, racing RC’s with my family (dad and uncle). Now, my little niece will be turning 5 later this year and I knew this is the time get her a first RC car. For my niece, this car needed to be sturdy, simple, moderate performance, but most importantly it had to look good! While browsing Tower hobbies for parts I discovered that Tamiya were re-releasing all the classics, hornet/grasshopper/frog. I then knew what I had to do. I ended up purchasing a Grasshopper for my niece as I believe it is the best looking of all buggies. At the same time, I saw they had the 40th anniversary edition of the Hornet. This special edition Hornet is even more menacing than that one I saw many years ago sitting on my cousin’s front steps. I had to get one to stash away to give my son when he is old enough help build it. I wrapped it up and hid it in the basement in the hopes that “out of sight out of mind” prevents me from building before he is old enough. I suspect a Frog might get purchased sooner or later as well, to relive the hornet/frog battles of yore. Here are the goods: The Build So after decades of wanting, I finally get to build my first ever Tamiya! For the past several weeks I have been building my niece’s Grasshopper. The chassis taking merely an afternoon, with the remainder in painting the body. I enjoyed the build tremendously. It was so much fun to see all the internals as I never got the chance to see inside my cousin’s Hornet differential. Here it is with chassis completed: Now it’s going into my impromptu “paint booth”: The hardest part of the build was deciding which color to paint it (with the 2nd hardest part being wheel/tire assembly!). I feel that boys naturally gravitate towards RC and need little encouragement to get hooked. With little girls however, I feel they need a nudge, they need to feel the car is their own and not a boy’s toy. So what color did I choose??? It is Tamiya TS-59 Pearl Light Red. From tips I read here on TC, I let it cure 30 days before clearing with TS-13. It turned out beautifully! Has a nice metallic/pearl effect in the sun. It goes well with the decals too. Now, with this being her 5th birthday, I had to cut off the 3 from the decals and make it a #5. She'll always remember her 5th birthday after this. I have no doubts my niece is going to love it. Here are my photo shoot pics I took of it in the back yard all stickered up: Now, if you’ve made it this far into the thread, you’re either bored or a real Tamiya fan, or both! Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed my RC endeavors thus far as much as I have.
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