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  1. ..... Wasting my first vote on - wishing someone INFLUENTIAL at Tamiya actually SEEING this!!! 2) KING CAB (Depressed about having to sell my original) 3) King Blackfoot (DITTO!) 4) Mondeo, and others from the era (was deep into Trucks and Buggy Racing in the 80's and 90's. TOTALLY missed all the awesome TC Racing) 5) Wild One! (I'm so BUMMED that I missed the first, second and third releases. 😞😭😭😭) I'VE GOT THE *******IN MONEY FINALLY!!! Tamiya - take it! 😜 5.5).... I'd love to have a chance to get a Mad Bull. Just seems like the most fun you can have with your pants on! 😂
  2. OOOOH!!! Porsche 914... I don't think that's ever been done in RC! Could be wrong, but I've never even heard of one. Definitely different and COOL!!!😎
  3. Finishing up with Chassis Mods..... just to satisfy my OCD!! 😜 I HAD to widen the Left Tray/Guard. It just seemed like the right thing to do! 😊 No.... It's not total protection. But then, this isn't an Off-Road Car!! ..... At LEAST it's not strung all over the Car. 😉 Most of the time, I might not be able to see the Switch... But at least the DECKAL faces the right direction!! REALLY! I had no less potent Servos on hand. And I know that several People will disagree with me not using a sloppy Servo Saver.... And I have helped defend the Right for others to have differing views! I've been running this exact same setup on 10lb plus Crawlers (which almost NONE of them use Servo Savers anyway). These are not the 2-3kg, all PLASTIC geared Servos from the 80's. I'll RIP off a Wheel - or Hub - before I do any damage to this Servo!! Plus.... ZERO SLOP!! 😁 I just wish I knew this stuff back when I was actually Racing. Of course back then, we didn't have ANY Servo that could take any kind of beating... SO, onwards!! Those slots in the Battery Tray are also from the past. 😊 The Battery really holds it in place anyway. I generally don't have issues with these Servos.... BUT, if I glued the Plate in, you can BET I would! 😜 It will do exactly what I need it to do.... I've never had a Lipo damaged or worse - EXPLODE!!! 💣 🔥🔥🔥 I can't guarantee that it will never happen. However, I try to take steps towards Safety... At least with Lipo handling. In most other areas of my Life, I'm a blooming MANIAC!!! 😜😂😅 Always try to stay SAFE Guys, especially with these Batteries. Treated with respect, they're as docile as any other Battery... You just need to take a few more precautions. HOPEFULLY, my Gear Diff Gearbox Case will arrive soon, so I can do STEP ONE!! At least the part is finally on U.S. soil!! 🎉🎉 Left Los Angeles yesterday, so I can actually look forward to getting it!
  4. Thank you so much!! 😊 Slop FREE, all I need to know..... EXCEPT, which material do I want (color notwithstanding)? I've got paint. 😉 And modifications? I'm already Modding the Chassis, and it's not even BUILT yet!! 😜 IF the Moderator will EVER approve my Thread in the "Builds" Section.... You can start to see.
  5. ..... This would be out of order no matter what - because I can't do step ONE yet! 😖 Because I opted for a Gear Diff, I need a Tamiya 54398 Gear Diff Gearbox Case......... And I couldn't find ONE in the U.S.!!! 😠😖😭😭 So I was forced to order from CHINA! They don't like shipping to the U.S. anymore, and whatever it takes you to receive an order to Europe and the UK... ADD 2-3 WEEKS to that. 😖 Good News though! I checked Tracking, and it's IN the U.S. now, just left Los Angeles!!! So I should be getting it soon. I'm GOING to have questions! I'm hoping I can count on the vast experience you Guys here have. Yes, this is FAR from my first Rodeo.... But it's the first of this type I've ever built, and I'm already finding things a little odd. Like if I had used the bog standard Ball Diff - it comes with PLASTIC Outdrives!!! Do they actually hold up?? And I'm taking suggestions for getting rid of the SLOP in the Steering. No, it's not as bad as others (TT02, CC01!! 😖), but the Suspension is so nice and tight. There HAS to be something. 😉
  6. Didn't even know that Kyosho made these Cars!! I was deep into Buggy Racing when the Touring Car Racing explosions was going on.... I'm going to learn so much from you Guys!!! 😁
  7. THIS has been a long time coming! A long time WAITING. This is the very start of what I'm calling "Life 2.0" 😁 What does that mean? WELL...... After more than 9 years of living destitute, begging like an animal - and being harshly shunned for it. After not knowing how we were going to make Co-Pays, or some weeks EAT...... It's ALL OVER! Covered for the rest of my Life, providing for Kids and my Grandbabies.... Time to get SPOILED!!! 👍👍😊 So the first of the Kits I'll be doing, is the FF-03, which some of you already know. I DOVE RIGHT IN and started building! So I missed out on doing a step by step... Which is OK, because there's Guys here who can do it much better than I. 😜 I will be posting highlights, and all modifications here... There might be a small chance that I come up with something that you guys hadn't thought of. 😲 It could happen!!! 😜 These will also end up out of order.... As I get to processing pictures of the build. I promise I'll be more organised by the next Build. I just got EXCITED!! Starting in the middle, with a different way of fitting the Servo, offering more protection, then doing the same for the other side, for the ESC and Reciever. I guess for Racing Weight - the Chassis is quite narrow! Starting with the Servo fitting, 20kg, all Metal Geared for some OVERKILL!!! 😜 Thanks to the 2.4GHz Radio, I can do enough adjustments to keep this 20kg Servo from RIPPING apart the Steering Gear!! In the FF03, the Servo is held in with the typical two Screws.... But the support is a wide open Plastic Frame, that leaves the Servo basically hanging over the side of the Chassis, COMPLETELY open and exposed to Road Debris and abrasives!! I'm compelled to FIX that! .... I'm notorious for making odd shapes out of Styrene. 😜 (I'll STILL be using my Poorman's Shapeways when possible!! I like working with Styrene)😉 Like THIS!! I've filled the hole...... Just a bit of reengineering!! 😉 AND it will also help prevent Pebbles from being kicked into the Steering by the Tires!! Tried to make it look as good as possible... but its first function, IS function! Of COURSE my OCD had to do the OTHER side - so it's symmetrical!!! 😜 I'm really having so much fun building AND modifying this! BTW, they DO clear the Body on each side, by at least 18mm. 😊
  8. Kevin.... There was a little misunderstanding, sorted now. 😉 I thought the Control Arms came FROM Quincy.... I did go back to Your Store, and found them there! That Civic is NICE!! That's the one that my Friends think I got - and are so butthurt because I don't want it. 😖 I actually like this one much better than the 2015-17 Civic that I got..... But as I've mentioned, I'm not a big fan of newer Cars. My Gear Diff Gearbox Case is ON SHORE!! 😊😁 Just left Los Angeles! I can commence building again!!
  9. ..... I hadn't realized that I missed a LOT of cool stuff on page 8!!! 😁 And I love 90's Automotive styling. New Cars look like a scattered box of Razor Blades to me! In some cases it works, in most cases it doesn't.
  10. @ThunderDragonCy Have you had a chance to try this yet? The only thing I'm not loving about the FF-03 (besides that Ball Diff!!), is that Plastic Central Bridge. Supported by Steel Bushings by Screws - looks like the ONLY part of the whole Car that Tamiya cheaped out on. 😖 Your Bearing Supported Link looks the business!! 👍👍 And, the Central Mounted, longer Tie Rods appears like it would greatly reduce Bump Steer. 😉 Side note - Peeve of mine with Asian RC Products.... Us Auto Mechanics have always called it a Center Link or Drag Link. Not sure where "Bridge" came from. 😳 Also, just something surprising..... I typed "FF-03" in the Shapeways search box - and your part was the ONLY 3D Printed FF-03 Part in the World?? 😳😞
  11. Thank you so much!! Really means a lot to me. I am actually taking just a bit extra Pride with this. I've wanted to get into the FF Chassis Cars for so long!
  12. WOW! That is SAHWEET!!! 😲😊😎 Miss those old Blister Packs!
  13. @Quincy Could I please have the Link to your Shapeways Store? 😊
  14. Well.... I've been getting going on my first FF Chassis Car, the FF-03!! Starting with some OVERKILL!!! 😜 Thanks to the 2.4GHz Radio, I can do enough adjustments to keep this 20kg Servo from RIPPING apart the Steering Gear!! In the FF03, the Servo is held in with the typical two Screws.... But the support is a wide open Plastic Frame, that leaves the Servo basically hanging over the side of the Chassis, COMPLETELY open and exposed to Road Debris and abrasives!! I'm compelled to FIX that! .... I'm notorious for making odd shapes out of Styrene. 😜 Like THIS!! I've filled the hole...... Just a bit of reengineering!! 😉 AND it will also help prevent Pebbles from being kicked into the Steering by the Tires!! Tried to make it look as good as possible... but its first function, IS function! Of COURSE my OCD had to do the OTHER side - so it's symmetrical!!! 😜 I'm really having so much fun building AND modifying this! BTW, they DO clear the Body on each side, by at least 18mm. 😊
  15. @87lc2 The 66 F100 definitely looks the business!!! 👍👍 I can see what some others have said... The Cage has odd proportions, that makes a lot of good potential Bodies not fit - unless you're willing to hack up your new Roll Cage. 😖 I've also heard about the loose Screws. You'll find it on anyone's Rig - but the inflated Hype of the LMT makes it far more prevalent. But I still feel that the list of bugs in a $600 RC is much less than acceptable. Of course the SMT-10 had its Elephant in the room. Still does! And it shouldn't have been an issue.... The AR-60 is one of Axial's strongest Axles! In a Bomber or Wraith, they're brilliant. Aluminum Housings is really the only Upgrade you NEED. Matter of fact, my 7 year old Wraith STILL has its ORIGINAL Axles!! Only thing I changed was the Diff Gears. That only, because I opted for 43/13 Underdrive Gears. 😉 The past 3 years it's been on Brushless Power! BUT, when the AR-60 went on the SMT-10.... Durability sank FAST! The Monster Truck KILLS perfectly good Axles. I'm sure it's got a lot to do with the SMT Wheels, that have an unhealthy amount of positive offset. Tires that big, poking out THAT far.... When someone starts using it - like a Monster Truck! They'll BREAK. Usually shearing the Hubs off. Then the venerable old Clod... Tub cracking and splitting, unless you add bracing FIRST. But the biggest issue that they NEVER bothered to fix..... The "Steering"!! If you said that the Steering SUCKS, that would a0ctually be a compliment. 😳😖😖 Yeah, it's THAT bad. Thing is, the Aftermarket has come through on both!! AR-60 Aluminum or Stainless Axle Housings, Underdrive Gears - to better cope with the big Tires, and, different Wheels with more centered Hubs, to greatly reduce stress on the Bearings. For the Clod......... well - what CAN'T you get for a Clodbuster!!! Of course big items like the Frame Tub; Aluminum, Steel, Titanium, Magnesium, etc.... But the best and most often forgotten, Motor Gear Reduction. These things are harder to find now, but they're out there. Thing still is - BOTH of these Rigs COMBINED - cost LESS than one LMT!!! 😳 Losi needs to be mindful of that.
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