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  1. They have slightly different mounting arms and positions if you go by the manuals. Which you can read here - https://www.tamiya.com/english/rc/manuals.htm An awesome source of info if you ever want to see other cars / compare stuff / go off piste, etc neo fighter I think is side faced rear body pin mount, whereas racing fighter is a vertical rear mounting post.
  2. Top man @Finnsllc thanks for the links. Couldn’t find one myself somehow.
  3. Hi all, am trying to track down an unpainted Keen Hawk body shell. Anyone have one of these? Thanks
  4. Hey that’s not apples for apples....! Many F1 cars look beautiful, because of what it is they’re designed to do. The engineering and the form is incredibly interesting from a design perspective (to some people, not all, obviously). Whilst I’m not a fan of the current season F1 car ‘look’ (due to the rules which IMHO need revising), I find both examples of the types of car you picture above to be equally valid as cars and as objects of interest and beauty (love the Cobra!).
  5. So main difference between M07 and M08 is the handling, due to front vs rear mounted motor? In respect of this question about motor mount position, what's the difference that the wheelbase makes on these chassis? Is there a 'best' option for a 210mm wheelbase car for example?
  6. not a noob question at all! It’s likely that the car chassis rolls into the turn, and lifts the inside wheel, depending on if you're still accelerating or not. If the chassis is rolled slightly, the inside wheels will go ‘light’, as it’s not loaded up with the weight of the car. If it’s still slightly in contact over the terrain it can then ‘bounce’ if it’s momentarily deflected as it travels over the ground. If there was weight over the wheel it’d be pushed into the ground more and the shock would hold the wheel down whilst absorbing the impacts of the terrain.
  7. A few years ago bought a hotshot because I realised Tamiya was still a thing, after 25 years of assuming it was just a ‘fad’ from my childhood in the 80s/early 90s. Thought it’d be a novelty to own one. Now I have 40 kits, 18 of which are built, and a mountain of parts and hop ups. I failed to keep the T-number below 1.
  8. Very nicely. Ran it on smoothish sandy gravel mostly. Nice balance need to play with the shocks a bit to see if stiffening it helps a little.
  9. Here’s my quite modified DT03 racing fighter. amongst other additions, this sports dt03 shocks, carbon damper mounts, egress wheels and tyres, and a flagrant disregard for the body cut lines. Feels much more old school than the racing fighter but still basically identical to the original kit
  10. The stripes on the Racing Fighter make it go slightly faster
  11. Dodgy soldering skills but this is how I do it for that esc / motor combo. You can tune the wire lengths if you so wish to minimise the amount of 'loose' cabling.
  12. Wonderful build and thread, Sir! thanks for sharing.
  13. Personally, I shim pretty much everything to get a nice, tight, pure mechanical action. I hate it when things are wobbling all over the shop. I’ll do it maybe less so on a Hornet type or that end of town, but I have shimmed some fairly old school cars for various reasons in certain places. (Sometimes this might be due to a mod that is being applied) But mainly, yes, I shim for mechanical tightness. Steering, shocks, arms, etc. As long as all the components move freely, all is good. Haven’t had any issues with this approach so far, but I don’t get to run that often either. It might also be that I have a veerry slight OCD syndrome going on!
  14. Wow.... a 7 yr old with a D413? Am I reading this correctly? That’s impressive. Jonathon I love the fact you have your son into this hobby. I have a 2.5 yr who can tell me all the main bits on an RC car. Some of it in his own language. Battery: check. ‘Power box’ (Esc). ‘Engine’ (motor). Gearbox: check. Axle: check. Wheel: check. Tyre: check. Front bumper: check. Back bumper: check. A bit undecided on ‘shock’, so far. He can do the same on a 1:1 car (‘daddy-car’) He tries to help me ‘fix’ the car with a ‘blue’ screwdriver (tamiya craft kit, obvs) and generally likes seeing all the bits. I’m sure in due time , hopefully not too far off, I’ll be able to build kits with him. (He’ll be able to help me clear my backlog of unbuilt kits...!) Something tells me he may really like cars and planes in the future. What I like about RC is that I firmly believe it helps develop the mind in many, many ways for ‘real world’ application and skills. (This point could probably have a book written on it). In Answer to your post: I was about 9 building a Hornet with my Dad. Was fairly simple if I recall from what my dad said. Loved it, but didn’t know any other cars. I felt like it was alive; it was so fast, given I only had normal toys up to this point. This was a rabid beast of a machine by comparison. One of my most vivid memories growing up.
  15. Looks great @rwordenjr , good job and glad it turned out well.
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