ALEXKYRIAK

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    XV-01 Help

    Re the adjustables: I hold the flat piece of the turnbuckle shaft in the middle with a firm set of standard pliers. I then use flat pliers to twist the cup head of each turnbuckle ball cup piece by a set number of 180 degree turns. (Flat head pliers have no grooves or grips so do no damage) A little kitchen paper inserted into the pliers aids in not damaging the plastic. Normally works out relatively painlessly and fairly accurately. I always measure the resultant dimensions at the end to check both sides are equal.
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    Project RR-03Ra - Converting a TRF201 into a rally car

    Awesome mate, what an adventure. Very happy for you and for how it’s turned out, especially all the custom modding and experimental stuff. Very inspiring. Hope to see a longer video on that larger gravel area you’ve shot videos on before
  3. Hi all, so as has been discussed previously in a few threads, including Grandad Stinky’s awesome Custom project, ThunderDragonCy’s monsterised DT-03 build, and my TT02B MS I have been toying with the idea of monsterising a buggy or two. This thread is my attempt at monsterising a TT02B (or at least Truggifying it) It’s not so much a build thread as a documentation of an ‘experiment’, so it won’t include all of the build process. However I have included some pictures of the relevant modifications and the main details. So here is the current state of play where I have assembled all of the drivetrain, shocks and suspensions, steering and motor: The base kit is an MS version of the TT02B. It is my third, my first (shelfer) and second (runner, almost finished being built, just awaiting the postman to bring some components to finish it) are in the Alexkyriak’s TT02B MS Build Thread I have used the kit supplied rear FRP damper stay for both front and rear, to generate extra ride height. Here’s the front: I am currently using some CVA shocks as stand-ins until some 90mm and 100mm Trackstar shocks arrive in the post. These are currently set at 95mm length. I will play in more detail with the ride height and clearances once the Trackstar shocks arrive, however for now have set the front slightly lower than the rear using the ballstud positions on the lower arms and the stay mounts The wheels are from a Tamiya GF-01, I love the look of them, they’re the same front and rear For the gears I have installed the DF02 metal gears for both front and rear in the DF02 diff housing. I understand these will need to be pretty resilient due to the massive wheels Its parts bag A, component 19400152 from 58328 Gravel Hound or Rising Storm. I will have to check part number for the differential housing and post back here I have also fitted a hi-torque servo saver from Tamiya (part 51000) to my Savox 1251mg servo, no picture of these components specifically. I also fitted some 3 Racing front C hubs, but other than the kit supplied hop ups this is the only bit of ‘hop up’ fitted (until later perhaps when I can justify the insanity of hop up Addiction) Other than that all other components are kit standard from an MS. next steps are to: - fit the new shocks, - test ride height and clearances, - test the gearing and select an appropriate pinion (17t) - select a body (I have a few ideas but I’ll not go into these just yet as one is ‘traditonal’ and one is ‘out there...’! Anyway I will update further with progress as and when. I love this build so far, feels nice and chunky!
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    AlexKyriak’s TT02B MS* (*Monster-y Something...)

    Have been playing with home made sticker designs, printed at MCI Racing for this car (and also for the experimental DF-01 build). Vinyl is quite thick but generally print quality is pretty good. May need to stick a few more decals onto this car (which I have already had printed just not quite sure how to use them yet) but I quite like the look as is
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    Top Force vs Super Astute

    Do tell...!
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    Speedy's FGX EVO 2018 Build Thread

    ^^^^ what he said......! ^^^^ what he said......!
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    Ball caps vs Adjusters

    So are there any big differences between a ball cap and an adjuster? One covers the ballstud and is longer with (presumably) more thread bite, but other than that? It’s not a critical question, I know, but it’s bothering me...! Thanks!
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    Ball caps vs Adjusters

    I’ve heard this said a few times. Does this limit the movement at all? Does the plastic need replacing at periodic intervals? On a few of the high end kits I have there are those foam rings that fit around the ballstud to help prevent dust ingress into the cap interestingly on some non Tamiya kits the ballcap part is reinforced with ribs in the predominant direction of travel, and is made of better quality plastic. I did enjoy buying a ballcap remover tool recently though.... someone on TC recommended it but I can’t remember who. It’s much easier to remove them with this tool, and it’s a nice little bit of ‘kit’ for the RC toolbox.... love purchasing little gizmos like this!
  9. Excellent stuff Cy! Very interesting following this thread. How resilient is the white material is respect of slight bending/flexing?
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    The aftershave’ll be pretty decent n’all!
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    DF-01 Build project (Experimental!)

    Hi all. This project represents a first for me. On a whim last summer I decided to pick up a partially complete chassis, the big plan being to complete the build by researching the parts, figuring out how I’d like to build it, and basically turning it into a complete running car. So from fleabay I picked up this DF-01chassis, partially built: As a base I think it started life as a Manta Ray. It seems to have had some upgrades here and there. The front damper stays were what appeared to be a Top Force frp stay. There were some blue aluminium shock last mounted, one of which was a little bent. It also had some threaded upper arms with adjusters fitted The front axle hubs were the red plastic ones also from a Top Force (I think). These were mounted with some low profile kingpins - a new part to me, I love them - to silver aluminium c-hubs, brand unknown The rear was in good shape and less upgraded, with the tall blue shocks mounted to a standard plastic damper mount and standard plastic upper arms The main drive shaft had been upgraded to Top Force spec, and it had some quite old looking universals fitted front and rear, as shown in the next pic: The gears all seemed to be in good nick, working smoothly, and the chassis appeared to never have been run, it was perfect unscratched plastic. So this was quite an interesting find, all for about 45 quid if I recall correctly. There’s a bunch of parts missing - it came with only half the steering for example - so to complete this as a project I knew I’d need to hunt around for bits and pieces. At this stage I had to start a lot of research into the DF-01 platform and its variants, as I had no knowledge whatsoever on Manta Ray, Terra Conqueror or Top Force. Will post part 2 later
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    DF-01 Build project (Experimental!)

    Thanks @Man1c M0nk3y, yes finish yours! I’m loving this bodyshell but only when cut to a size outside the ‘official’ cut lines. The shell above has about 8mm extra on the side flanks and 15mm on the rear cut, and looks soooo much better than a stock shell. It’s a bit odd Tamiya went with those cut lines given how wide this bodyshell is in relation to its height. I have another version of the shell cut to the Tamiya cut lines and it’s so flat it’s frankly odd looking. I also reversed the wing orientation, and cut the wing to a different shape to make it a bit more personalised and ‘old school retro’ buggy.
  13. Hi all, some pics of a Neofighter Frog project that’s work in progress. I’d seen various versions of this on the net and decided I’d try my own take on it. This is based on a standard DT03 Neofighter kit, with various hop-ups and a custom piece for the front shock mounts I used the Frog decals mixed in with some ‘classic tamiya’ stickers/decals reproduction from MCI Racing for some of the old school pre-re-re version of the stickers i cut the body bigger than the manual asks for, as I think the standard body cuts are a bit too tight for my liking, with the maximised body area I’ve cut to gives the body a fuller appearance and a bit more ‘vintage’ look in my humble opinion Shocks are Carson shocks. They needed stiffer springs at the rear end to take weight of the car and motor, so I put some TT02-B rear springs on. Rear shock mount is the Tamiya carbon DT03 hop up. The front shock mounts are custom designed pieces that I had fabricated at Fiberlyte - I didn’t want the standard Tamiya carbon fibre piece to dominate the front end, so two separate arms allow the front to breath more and let the Frog stickers become more visible. Front shock mounts are fitted to GPM aluminium shock support. Turnbuckle sets are mounted for steering and upper arms. Rear drive shafts are also GPM, nice and chunky. Generally, I was trying to replicate the silver and black of the original Frog in all of the suspension and drive systems. I messed up a body prior to the final one, by trying to spray paint the black frames around the windows / cockpit ..... very frustrating and an expensive mistake. Managed to (almost) do it right the second time. Paints are the standard frog paints of PS-11 Pink and PS-1 White, with a Pearl PS-58 pre-coating to give the finish a subtle bit of sparkle. Cockpit frame is done first in Gunmetal. So next steps I need to add the yellow and black headlights - just awaiting some paint - and potentially the driver figure (although I’m terrible at driver figures...). Also need to adjust the shock stiffness and shock lengths a bit more to balance the car out, prior to running. Then it’s just finishing the electronics. Motor mounted is a Speedpassion 13.5 MMM brushless sensored motor, to be used with a TBLE-02s ESC. Fun build so far Edit: please could Forum Admin move this thread to the Builds section? I accidentally posted it to General. Thanks.
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    Alexkyriak’s NeoFrog build

    Thanks @Richie Rich. Here are the parts used over and above the stock kit parts. Think it covers most of it, hope this helps. Suspension Front Rocker Arm: GPM Racing DT3027-S Front C-Hubs: GPM Racing DT3019-S Front Knuckle Arm : GPM Racing DT3021-S Rear Hub: GPM Racing DT3022-S Suspension Arm mount: GPM Racing DT3008-S Shocks: Carson Model Sport, parts 500405702 / 500405702 DT-03 Turnbuckle set: Tamiya 54572 Rear Carbon damper stay: Tamiya 54563 Front Carbon Damper stays: home-made piece, fabricated by Fibrelyte Suspension Shaft set: Tamiya 53301 Drive Aluminium Dog-bone: GPM Racing DT3158-S Aluminium Wheel Joint: GPM Racing DT3039-BK Aluminium Differential Joint: GPM Racing DT3041-S CVD Drive Shaft: GPM Racing DT3264SC-BK Steel Pinion gear 17t: Tamiya 54628 Other Aluminium Adjustable wing mount: GPM Racing DT3040-S Servo Mount (aluminium): GPM Racing DT3024 (Silver) Front Bumper (aluminium): GPM Racing DT3003F-S DT-03 Lightweight gear shaft: Tamiya 54560 (had one lying around so I fitted it...) DT-03 aluminium gearbox bridge: Tamiya 54566 Battery Bar: Tamiya 54564 Headlight / Driver figure: Tamiya 54626 Spacers/ shims: For use with the shaft set and e-clips: Tamiya Aluminium Spacer set 5.5mm dia. Part: 53539 The Frog Decal Set: MCI Racing Vintage Tamiya Decals: MCI Racing Stainless steel bucket head hex screws: generally M3 size: Westfield Fasteners
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    DF-01 Build project (Experimental!)

    OK here is a sneak preview / update on the as-of-yet unfinished car, will post more detail and hopefully the finished article later, there's still a fair bit to do (probably next weekend at this rate).... but after much pain with getting the right body shell shape and size, and agonising over the colour scheme, here is where it's at: More to follow.
  16. Hi all, so am posting here with my ‘experiment’, a road going TT02B, modded to be a low ride height asphalt race car. With the Neo Scorcher (actually, most buggies) I always like to push the car down to the floor and admire the dropped, low ride height, stance. (It’s a wonder I don’t have an on-road car as of yet. But in my typical fashion my first road car would have to be a modified off road car, I can’t just go out and buy one... who does that??) So this isn’t a proper build thread, more a ‘build notes’, with some pics of the car and some interesting mods along the way. I won’t go through all the build steps. So here’s the car: I was really keen to see what could be done with the TT02B chassis, given that it has been developed as a dual road and off-road platform, by using the B-spec version, but making it on-road. Essentially I like the idea of using the longer arms and the bigger wheels and track from the buggy spec, whilst trying to turn the car into a low centre of gravity, relatively stiffly sprung, on road racer. I was googling TT02B road going versions and I found one guy who had done an MS with home made aluminium damper plates to drop the car low. So it had been done, now I could properly commit to the project. So this car has some tricks to it. The primary modification is to the damper plates. I needed to drop the car to have about 8-10mm clearance. I did lots of measuring and eyeball calculations, and developed some drawings to send to Fiber-Lyte in the UK, who can cut bespoke carbon fibre pieces. This is measured from the FRP plates of the TT02B MS kit damper plates. Pictured above are two variants of a rear damper plate with a 22mm drop from the standard buggy damper mount holes. Here is a comparison of the FRP rear plate, vs the custom carbon low height plate: After a bit of trial and error I arrived at the perfect damper mount drop height, and hole options, for different damper spacing and heights. I subsequently had to design and order a bespoke front damper also, as I wasn’t quite getting the correct ride height from the kit plates I planned to use 55mm shocks on all four corners, these orange aluminium ones from Yeah Racing. Yummy - shiny orange! They were a good build and quality, compared to to the mighty Tamiya. These came with a range of spring settings. So here is the chassis put together for the first time: I used a standard TT02B kit, as opposed to the MS version, as it worked out more convenient to use the standard kit and add a couple of hop ups, given the fact I was going to use a lot of custom pieces The ride height looked good, about 14mm rear and 10mm front. If this is too low even for a beautifully flat piece of asphalt and I can increase this later. The chassis reminds me almost of a go-kart in terms of the low chassis plane and four wheels relatively big compared to rhe chassis, with a wide track Here is the rear damper plate installed: I used black aluminium lower arms from GPM Racing - I know metal arms are not good for buggies, but I figured this was a road car so perhaps stiffer, less flexible arms might be ok! I had spare blue spacers from some old kits and hop up, these being used to space the dampers off the relatively thin 3mm carbon damper plate. I sourced some super cheap orange and black ones from eBay, which will get fitted on arrival. The view of the ride height from the rear: Here is the aluminium arm fitted in it own. It’s quite interesting and paired down compared to the stock plastic part The following photo is of an early test fit using a standard buggy carbon front damper plate, which didn’t give enough clearance at all (hence the subsequent design and ordering of a new front damper plate) but the photo is quite informative: You can see a TT01 foam bumper plate fitted to the front. I used a standard mounting components, but had to get creative with how it all fitted together - a bit of dremel to the clamp and to the chassis, and some longer screws, which I’ll need to replace with flatter heads. Originally I had been wondering if I’d use this foam as the base for some sort of front wing. Will get onto that later. It gives the car a bit of balance and hopefully some protection. To keep the car in a ‘formula’ concept of racing chassis, I found these Proline Prime ‘slicks’ tyres, which are smooth and super grippy. These are for buggies for high grip internal use, if I recall correctly, hence 2.2inch diameter. They are intended for 4wd, so a set for rear and a set for front were ordered. So here is a few shots of the first test fitting of the body. I had some particular modifications or ‘amendments’ that I had to figure out ahead of time, to ensure clearance and coverage were retained, and to maintain a ‘formula’ racing appearance. I made the most significant amendment to the front end. I hate the way so much of the front of the TT02B shells are cut away. Clearly this is for clearance of suspension, steering, upper link arms, etc. However, with so little suspension travel anticipated on this build, I could hopefully retain a lot more of the shell and keep it more tightly packaged at the front of the chassis. The keen of mind amongst you will instantly spot that the steering link needs to be detached at one end to be able to fit the shell! The height, size and position of the steering aperture was calculated and measured over and over again to ensure clearance of the steering arm across the whole steering range and suspension travel. Whilst we’re at the front end, here you can also see Black aluminium GPM steering knuckle and hub, and Yeah Racing universals: Side view of the shell fitting. I intended for the shell to sit further forward and lower onto the chassis, therefore I can’t use the pin body mounts as they would not align to the body holes. I’ve therefore got some Velcro tabs mounted to the inside of the shell to allow this fit. At the rear end, I also left more shell intact, again to keep the body more tightly packaged to the chassis. I will have to consider airflow and cooling a bit down the line, given that this shell is much tighter than normal. You can see the ridge for the stock cutting line. That’s about it for the mods andcammendments. The following pics show the car with painted shell, not yet stickered and decalled. I will need to think hard about decals, I might design some and print them via MCI Racing. I agonised for ages over the colours and design, looking at many F1, Le Mans, GT3 and endurance racing liveries for inspiration. In the end I chickend out of anything too complex. I eventually went with Metallic Orange, backed with Bright Silver, and then Black as per @speedy_w_beans advice. (Edit: and thanks to @Kingfisher and @VagabondStarJXF also!) Originally I thought it came out too dark, but it’s actually grown on me and looks fab in bright sun. I still want to try a more complex ‘racing’ paint scheme in the future however, I feel I missed an opportunity. I left a lot more plastic on the rear wing, to increase the size of the side face. This also clearly shows the rear dampers, damper mount, shocks, arms, universals, and ride height. I’m using plastic rear hubs for now from the stock kit, will replace with black aluminium ones when they arrive. Here you can also see the extended rear portion of the body-shell just inside the left rear: Here is the finished front of shell around the steering: Here is the front damper plate (and some dodgy super gluing): The Proline tyres are fitted to Kyosho Fazer black FAH203BK and 204BK wheels front and rear. Hopefully this will be a good combo. Need to glue thectyres before running. So this is where the build currently stands. Need to fit some electrics to power the 10.5t speed passsion MMM motor. Will need a decent ESC and cooling for this car Comparison to a buggy spec ride height on the TT02B MS So that’s all for now on this experiment in this ‘Formula Neo Scorcher’, will post back when decals are done and with a run (when I find time to go out for a run with this and other cars...) . It’s been amazing fun so far!
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    AlexKyriak’s Formula Neo Scorcher [ TT02B ]

    Charge from fiberlyte for something like that for a front mount would be about 7 quid for the part and 4 quid for postal, that’s my estimate based on a similar type of order I’ve made in the past. Email them with questions, they’re very responsive. Keen Hawk...Like this one...? I love that shell. But quite rare it seems. I tracked this one down on eBay after a very long search, and then no one bid against me. I assumed no one likes it? Even Team Bluegroove don’t make replicas. Good chassis for a formularisation though.
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    AlexKyriak’s Formula Neo Scorcher [ TT02B ]

    Oooh nice @martinjpayne! Great bodyshell. Is that a custom solution to the front bumper or is that a standard part? Interesting to see this being attempted on another chassis! Build thread? Just out of interest, can you use front c-hub from another chassis, such as TT02B, on the DF03? The upper arms could come in from the rear rather than the top as is currently shown in your pics. Also, looks like you could get a lower profile front end, with a bespoke shaped carbon damper piece to reduce the height of the tower a little. Shocks would need a minor shorten. Yummy, keep us posted
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    AlexKyriak’s Formula Neo Scorcher [ TT02B ]

    Hello mate, sorry for the late reply. Thank you! A formula vanquish would be amazing. Since building this I started looking at a similar general concept with an avante shell either on an avante chassis, or even on an egress chassis. It would tickle all my mod genes. Then I started thinking about going seriously mod and trying a super low centre of gravity gearbox design, similar to an f1 rc car. Looked at f104 and a 1/8 scale serpent f1 car as precedents. But this would require some serious bespoke modifications or a bespoke 3D printed design, for gearboxes, suspension geometry, and incorporating buggy arms and wheel size. However both of those ideas are super expensive in terms of both money and time. Still, doesn’t stop me dreaming about it but they’re a long long long long shot.... To answer your question, tragically, I haven’t run it yet. I really regret it. I was worried about that front foam mount plastic piece being too low and whether it would contact any imperfections on the running surface, and then winter happened, so I lost the opportunity. So, currently am hoping for a dry day sometime soon to give it a spin. Will of course document in here on TamiyaClub...!
  20. Hi all, I have a few hard bodies I need to paint. Other than a slightly awkward Mad Bull body I painted a while ago with not an optimal result, this is basically my first time. I have read the various painting and technique guides on the net, however there are two questions I can’t find the answer to: 1. I want to paint the hardbody in multiple colours. This therefore involves masking and multiple passes. Does anyone have any advice on how to approach this? masking technique, colour order, time between paints, etc. Is it the same rule for dark to light as on a PS painted lexan shell? Or is it a different consideration? Am nervous over trying masking for three colours using TS paints. Never tried three colours, never properly tried TS paints... 2. I have read many times that people use automotive paints. Some say ‘best thing ever’, others say ‘Tamiya TS paints are finer particulates and therefore better when applied to a fine detail body such as a Tamiya model shell’. I am erring to using Tamiya only, however I’d like to use a proper shiny lacquer paint as the final finish coat, but Tamiya don’t seem to make one, other than a semi gloss clear TS-79. Is this a proper gloss lacquer in appearance? (the actual question): Or do I need to go for a Halfords-alike automotive gloss lacquer? If so, will this work on a TS paint? Thanks all
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    Midlife Crisis and RC?

    All I know is, about three years ago I casually, idly, googled ‘tamiya’ whilst in a ‘remember that Hornet thingy?’ discussion with my dad. Totally random conversation, could well never have happened.... Until then, I’d literally never thought about Tamiya from age 15 to 39 years old. Now I have an obscene amount of money spent on kits and additional parts.... absolutely love it, living the nostalgia dream, this is some sort of realisation of the love affair developed as a 9 year old with a Hornet and a Tamiya guidebook (ooooh, lovely lusty pages....) . That one google search sort of opened a window to my younger self and I realised how fundamental the Tamiya kits of youth had been to me and had shaped my early self, even if I hadn’t realised it So three years ago It started with buying a Hotshot re-re within two weeks of the google search; I was always mesmerised by that car. This was purely a fun, one off luxury purchase, I said to myself... or so I thought. Now I have XX number of cars, and yet to be built kits...... Am I midlife? Definitely. Is it a crisis? Probably. do I love it? Yes. Am I forty plus? Tick. Do I have enough time? Way no! Do I like tinkering? Totally. Do I dread/love the Sunday night Tamico offer of the week refresh? You bet. Does the missus approve ? “Move into the shed with your cars” ........Tick..? Do I resort to orchestrating clandestine delivery and postal methodologies to facilitate the discrete infiltration of kits and parts into the house without full disclosure and knowledge of incoming delivery activities with the cohabitants of said domicile, leveraging secretive and creative uses of localised storage opportunities to minimise perceived traffic of inbound delivery transactions, whilst simultaneously having developed affable, amicable and generally pally personal relations with the local parcel delivery operatives/specialist workforce in order to instigate discretionary delivery windows and engendering a zero tolerance awareness programme, thus supporting invisible postal activity agendas? Check.
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    Alexkyriak's TT02B MS

    Hi all, have been away for a while but I am back to try to complete this build thread before my first child arrives imminently...! I'll break with tradition and post a teaser picture of the final result, instead of incrementally going through the build sequence steps and photos I really enjoyed this one. It's a TT02B MS kit at heart, with various body (reverted to Neo Scorcher main body) and wheel modifications. Will be updating over the next few days. I'll also post all of the hop ups and parts used here soon.
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    Project RR-03Ra - Converting a TRF201 into a rally car

    I say, a @ThunderDragonCy Experimental Build (tm) .... following! I know next to nothing about Rally RC cars. This should be very interesting.
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    Alexkyriak’s NeoFrog build

    So a minor update today....Some white tyre lettering completed. Much much harder than I seem to remember! Used a scalpel to scrape off any over markings, so it turned out okayish . (Pens used were Pilot supercolor permanent extra fine (EF) marker in White, and a normal Fine version for the letter edges)
  25. Phil, what a stunning build. You nailed this. Taking what is such a terrible initial creation from Tamiya that I literally wouldn’t consider for more than 2 seconds, and turning it into a scale looking, credible all terrain / trail vehicle, is a great job. Great vision, concept, and execution.... love it. (Great camera work also by the way. Was that a solo effort? How did you film it?)