Jonathon Gillham

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  1. Jonathon Gillham

    Pairing Tamiya RC car with FlySky FS-I6??

    I've had the same problem with the FSi6, trying to work out which channel does what. It works great though and they have a lot of cool functions - we made a tank out of banggood bits and the tx really makes it, just fiddly to set up. I like the Futaba 6K which to me looks really reasonable (about NZD300 so 150 quid) but it has all the same functions as the FSi6. Which Futaba set have you been looking at?
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    Yeah I agree with that, motor wars are mental, and expensive. It will be interesting to see how it is with everyone equal, last time I was there some people were stupidly fast on the straights. The other bonus, to be made the spec motor the supplier had to keep the price down, so NZD110 compared to USD99 from amain for the same motor
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    Old timer trying to get back in, Hi

    Welcome back. USA has MAP pricing which makes them far more expensive compared to the Hong Kong based sellers, but once you add in shipping and taxes they are probably much closer. They're not fakes. The go to ESC for general running are the Hobbywing 1060 for brushed, or Tamiya TBLE-02S if you want the option of silvercan brushed motors or brushless motors. I prefer the TBLE-02S for my backyard runners as I usually run silvercans and if I upgarde I go with brushless rather than brushed motors. Check out Hobbywing as they do a whole range which are good quality at good prices. Yep the cells are bigger. I have 3800 packs and they fit the Fox, Monster Beetle and Boomerang but not a F103. Radio gear - most decent car gear is 3 - 7 channel now, there aren't many 2 channel sets around. You don't need more than 2 channels but the 4 channel receivers are useful as you can power a fan and transponder if racing. I like Futaba, the quality is great, performs well and its cheaper than Sanwa. Look at the 3PV which has 10 model memory and all the functions you'll need, or the 4PV/4PM if you have the budget. Otherwise the 3PKRA performs well but is much more basic. There are cheap ones like Flysky which do the job but they just feel cheap and the response rate is lower. It doesn't matter for backyard bashing but high end gear is much nicer. It may seem like a lot to spend upfront but you'll have it forever. There are a lot of rebranded Flysky sets out there as well. The major benefit of Flysky is the receivers are very cheap, like about USD7 cheap, so its very cheap to set up the fleet. Or you can buy a couple of sets so others can use them too. Chargers have also come a long way. For not much money you can pick up a charger that does all types of battery and charge in less than 30min. I have found SkyRC to be good. I have the S60 but would look at the D100 as it does 2 batteries at once
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    A Reds Racing VX 21.5T motor. The onroad club I (haven't been to since last year) race at decided to use the NZRCA spec motor for 21.5T touring. I was annoyed as I had just bought a Trinity Monster Max which is a far better motor, but ended up selling that for what I paid for it and that paid for the Reds motor. They wouldn't let me enter otherwise. There is a meet late in May which i should be able to get to
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    tble02s esc

    Cool, just let it cool down, they heat up when you charge or discharge them. I know @Juggular's profile says Cheltenham but hes actually in the USA and they speak this weird language microsoft call English (US) which is different to actual english. *I'm pretty sure Jug will find that funny, its meant as a joke...
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    RX help please!

    To throw a spanner in the works, you can get rx which can take that voltage, but then you need servos which can too. The voltage specs for them are usually the nominal voltage, so my sanwa rx are rated 7.4v and i run a 2s lipo plugged directly into the rx on my nitro buggy which is charged to 8.4v and its fine. I suspect your servos couldn't handle this voltage though, even if you find an rx that can. The HK GT2E might handle the voltage fine, my Flysky (the HK is a rebranded Flysky) handle up to 8.4v (I suspect this is an actual not nominal voltage, I guess 7s NiMH is 8.4v though but a weird sized rx pack). It says the voltage range on the rx. So to summarise, yes buy the HW quicrun - do it once do it right. I had so many porblems trying to mix and match old and new gear, ended up with all new or all old.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Went racing, on Easter Sunday. I was on the fence since you know, easter, family stuff. But ,y wofe asked my son what his favourite thing is and he said "to go racing" and I wasn't there to encourage him, so we went racing. It was an 8th day and his car is in bits so he ran my Lazer. Which is now in bits. It must've been close to breaking already, but anyway, new c hubs ordered. Being easter sunday it was a quiet day, only 30 nitro buggies. So they ran 30min mains for everyone, so I had my longest race ever, 30min. Concentration started going at the 25min mark, but it was so much fun. That's basically a 10th day racing 2 cars in 1 race. Started 6th, finished 5th, happy with that. Thats the C main of course, but I think thats my 3rd nitro race meet, I opened my second bottle of fuel.
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    SOLD - Tamiya TRF 3 Car Carry Case (New)

    I would grab this, but shipping would be twice the price...
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Made a shock tower! First time using carbon fibre and it went pretty well. Until i have to drill the holes which I'll do on saturday using my friends milling machine - I don't have a drill press. Was going to glue the keel bulb to the keel but had run out of gloves and there is no way i would use that epoxy glue without gloves. Except that one time I had the gloves but forgot to put them on
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    Decent track buggy

    I race both 2wd and 4wd buggies and would recommend a 4wd buggy if its occassional use. Admittedly i race on a low grip track, on high grip tracks 2wd may be better. 4wd is much more fun, its point and shoot and a lot more forgiving. 2wd is either amazing if everything comes together or frustrating as anything because your tyres are wrong or something else with setup. From the kits I have seen currently for sale either the TRF201 from tamiyausa or the DB01RR from rcjaz are the best options.
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    A 20T centre pulley for my TA07 to make the IR the same as the TA07MS. I read on rctech that someone had swapped from the 18T to 20T and temps dropped for them. I don't understand how and am very sceptical, but since it is $2 for 2 pulleys I though i would try. Tamiya must've changed to 1.85 from 2.05 for a reason right? I would have thought that you still need the same FDR so bigger centre pulley means bigger spur or smaller pinion and the same net result right? Anyway, I will try. I need to book in an onroad race meet as I haven't been for ages. Also some more Yeah Racing wheel hexes - yes silver again as I couldn't bring myself to pay the extra dollar for blue ones
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    F103 help

    Thank you once again, part ordered. I don't want to take the original wheels apart as the tyres are glued. Now I know I will need to order the thrust bearing for each set, not that I expect to buy more sets. Will they work on my TRF102 with the thrust bearing or will it cause binding or something?
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    F104 pro ii help please

    Part 51397 is the complete Ferrari F60 bodyset including mirrors, decals, wings etc. Rcmart have 3 in stock, why not a complete shelf body and a runner body? My TRF102 came with a 96t spur and 24t pinion for an FDR of 4. I ended up going to an FDR of about 2.5 from memory and swapped both the spur and pinion for 48p gears. It meant buying new diff balls too. All my race cars run 48p so it made sense, this would have been the only one with mod .4 gears. In saying that I was running F103 wheels which are smaller diameter, if you are sticking to F104 wheels then you probably need lower gearing. Note to self, change pinion now that i have F104 wheels on it...
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    F103 help

    I should probably just have PM'd you @TurnipJF about this car! I received some F103 wheels, 51349, which are recommended to mount the Shimizu rubber tyres even tgough the rims are for foams. It looks like the wheels on the car have a washer or something in them which is used to tighten the ball diff, but these don't have anything like that. Am I missing anything here or will these wheels just bolt right on and work?
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    Decent track buggy

    The big question is - what is your budget? If its really high then look at TRF503/201/211 etc Otherwise, the DB01RR is at rcjaz for a pretty good price, but its still a lot more than a TT02B Would you consider other brands? I have found buying the just superceded model secondhand is excellent value, probably the best value for money. I would avoid the TT02B or DT02/3. I haven't run a DT02 but have run a TT02B at a track and it was terrible. They are heavy and don't jump well. They also aren't nearly as durable as a race kit - you would be amazed at the cartwheels and heavy landings my Kyosho race kits have handled without breaking anything From ThunderDragonCy's post above the DN01 or TRF201 sound like the best way to go if it must be Tamiya and on a reasonable budget