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    Tempted by Tamico again! Oooh CC01!

    Thank you for your responses, even if it has tempered my temptation a little! I have recently almost totalled my holiday buggy with a combination of high speed crashes, deep puddles and generally poor driving skills making it look a little worse for ware, but much fun has been had! A slower more sedate drive might suit my skill level quite well! The ABS body being even more fragile does worry me a little as I know I will spend many hours modifying and painting it etc, but I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy that side of the hobby recently, finishing off my as yet un-driven lowride pumpkin. My son would love us to have some sort of monster truck or a wild willy 2, which I guess my well be more sensible backyard basher options to compliment our buggies. I love building them and he loves driving them, so at the moment we make a pretty good team. I've still got a few days to think this over!
  2. I can't help myself but check the Tamico offer of the week every Monday, and this weeks CC01Isuzu Mu offer seems to be tempting me even more than normal. I have been thinking about getting a CC01 for a while, but I haven't found a good enough reason to pull the trigger just yet. The ABS body that comes with this model is quite appealing to me as I would like to try and make some customisations with styrene sheet, and I am too nervous to start with a scorcher shell! The main thing that is holding me back is I have no experience of running this type of vehicle. My son and I mainly drive our cars in our yard which a has compacted gravel road and large loop with grass in the middle which we race around, so it is a basically like a gravel rally stage. I drive my dt02 Holiday buggy and he has a dt03 Racing fighter, would the stock CC01 be able to keep up with his basically stock dt03 or would I just be pottering along in his dust? We don't really have a place for rock crawling, so I'm not looking to do that, I mainly want to do similar type of driving but with a truck that I can modify the shell a bit. It is up for 120Euros, which seems like quite a cheap way into the CC01 world, but I don't want to get something that will just be frustrating! So if any of you have any experience of rallying or bashing with the CC01 I would love to hear about it.
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    ebaYJ - aka. "Daydream B'leafer"

    Thanks so much for the dremel pic and breakdown, it really helps. There are so many different attachments available, it's good to know where to start! A few of those parts came in the starter pack I bought, it's great to know what I can try and do with them now! Thanks again
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    ebaYJ - aka. "Daydream B'leafer"

    Another fantastic build! I have been silently following your builds since I joined the forum and it has been great to see how your skills and destinctive style have developed. I have to say that your builds have inspired me more than any others and I am hoping to follow in your footsteps to some degree if I can. I really like the way you show us things that go wrong as well as right, it has really encouraged me to try stuff and keep working on things until I figure it out. I am doing my first hard body at the moment on a lowride Pumpkin, and trying to make it my own with some wooden running boards, load bed and fences. Without your detailed and beautifully photographed build threads I don't think I would have had the guts to try my own things, but you make it all sound so fun and achiveable that it has encouraged me to try, and I am loving it! So basically, thank you! Only thing I could ask for is a photo of the different ends you use on your dremel, so I know what to get for which jobs!
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    Sand scorcher from dt-03 bits?

    That Astute gator was exactly the kind of thing that I had in mind! Thank you ThunderDragonCy ! I actually have a DT-02 at the moment as a holiday buggy, but I had hoped to be able to run them together as they both have a nice retro look, so I don't really want to break that one up, but I could get the measurements from that to build up a shorter version out of aluminium or carbon fibre plate. But I guess it might be a lot cheaper to just buy a new tub! The scorcher body hasn't arrived yet, so I can't test the fit yet myself, I was just getting excited and looking into what parts I might need to order to get this build going.
  6. I have just bought a sand scorcher body set but I currently don't have a chassis for it to sit on. I was wondering if it would be possible to use some of the parts from a dt-03. I currently have all the parts except for the chassis. I was wondering if it would work to make some kind of aluminium plate or chassis rails to bolt the front and back end onto? Or is there a better way? Would I need shorter arms?
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Spent the afternoon racing my holiday buggy against my son and his dt-03 racing fighter in beautiful sunshine on some gravel tracks. It was fantastic except it is becoming painfully obvious that he will be a much better driver than me! We also had our first full speed head to head crash which seemed to come out in the Holiday Buggy's favour. I have a broken front decal, he has a cracked shock tower and chassis, oops! Luckily they seem to be from the same C- parts tree, so I just need to track one down and rebuild the whole car!
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    Blista's TT02R Subaru WRX STI NBR Challenge

    Great thread, they're both looking very tidy so far! I'll be interested to hear how you get on with drifting the tt02, I'm currently contemplating a very similar project.
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    Drifting chassis for beginners

    The MST prices do seem to be quite reasonable on Asiatees, thanks for the heads up! The guy at the club was also driving a RWD car with gyro, as he felt it looks more realistic. My main concern is wether I have the skill to set up and drive such a beast! Perhaps one of the 4wd version would be an easier way into the water. I am a little nervous of buying a non Tamiya as I have only built Tamiya cars so far and I feel reasonably confident with them. Is it a similar experience building a MST or 3racing kit? Also we are still using Nimh batteries, will they fit in these chassis ok?
  10. I have recently joined my local rc club and descovered that they have a carpet drift track. They let me and my son have a try with one of their cars and we both really enjoyed it. I'm now planning to build a drift car of my own, the guys at the club said that any touring car chassis with drift tyres would do to start with. But as I currently don't own any on road chassis I am a bit unsure where to start. I have been looking at the TT02d as a good value start but everyone at the club seems to be using belt drive cars. Would I be better off looking for a belt drive option instead like the 3 racing sakura or is there another Tamiya option? I don't want to buy something that needs lots of hop ups from the start. I am quite tempted by the tt02's ability to transform into a buggy though if the thrill of drifting wears off! I would love to hear some thoughts and opinions on this.
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    Which cars are the modern classics?

    The m03 sounds interesting. The m03 chassis is available for 43€ or an xb swift for 69€ on tamico at the moment, which seems very reasonable to me. Thinking about setting one up as a rally car so me and my son can race on the gravel track together. Would it be possible to increase the ground clearance enough to be similar to my holiday buggy? My son is currently driving a vintage nikko dingo, so I our "races" aren't quite fair!
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    Which cars are the modern classics?

    The wild willy 2 has caught my eye, and my sons! I think that having a driver really makes the car come alive and it gives it more character, the kids around us all love the look of the holiday buggy and especially the fact that a cowboy is driving it! The problem that I have with the modern buggies is that to the un-trained eye they all do look rather similar and lack some of the character of the older cars. The XV-01 does look good and would be perfect for the large gravel track in our yard, finding a cool body and driver for it would be the challenge. I have limited storage space and funds for cars so I'm reluctant to buy anything too big at the moment. Are the M chassis just as solid as the full size ones, and could any of those be classed as must have cars, and can you fit a driver in?
  13. I've been lurking on here for quite a while reading up on everything and learning as much as I could from you seasoned pros whilst I built my 2010 holiday buggy. I loved the build and even enjoyed painting the cowboy, much to my surprise, and am really pleased with the final result. Like many people on here I have had a good twenty odd years gap between my first and second cars, and this build has really ignited a passion for me. As a kid my dad drove the Ford Ranger XLT and when I was old enough I went for the King Cab. They are both still hiding in my parents house somewhere! Now I've finished the holiday buggy I'm looking to expand my collection and I was wondering what are tamiyas modern classsics? The cars that are going to inspire the next generation to pick up the hobby and come back again? I love the looks of many of the re-released cars as these are the ones I grew up around, but I am aware that much of the design and technology is quite dated. Just wondering if there are modern equivalents to the Grasshoppers, blackfoots and lunchboxes that inspired so many of us to get building and outside driving. Are there any modern chassis that everyone should own or are the re-releases the future?