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  1. Finally managed to try out the new course. I think simple fits me - very enjoyable! This was the first time I used my TA05, with 17,5 brushless and the running body I've just finished so as not to damage the shelf Esso Ultraflo Supra body. Next time same car but with a lipo battery, I'm interested to see if there will be a difference in the lap count.
  2. I attempted to sort out my Striker and Sonic Fighter parts today and ended up creating Frankenstein's Striker. I think I'll put this on eBay as it is and just see what happens.
  3. Indoor training at the local club (temporary track in the community hall) for the first time in ages. Only a few other drivers there, so my lads and I could get quite a lot of run time in. The other guys were driving extremely fast 1:12 pan cars, making our stock class TT-02s look as if they were moving in slow motion, so we stayed off the track when they were on so as not to provoke any crashes. My younger son has never driven on an indoor track before and the side panels of the club's track can really cause damage if you hit them badly, so he used his trusty indestructible Thunder Blitz. He did well, and now wants an upgrade to a 540 motor for next time (I know I've got the upgrade kit somewhere!) My older son is getting better than me. I am more aggressive but he has a good eye for cutting the corners with millimetres to spare while I am more likely to hit the border. Great afternoon despite the heat. Looking forward to next time.
  4. Got a bit of running time in during my lunch break. The concrete behind the hospital where I work was a bit slippery and dusty leading to some spectacular slides if I accelerated too hard. I also got some amused looks and comments from a few of the nurses coming out for a cigarette break. Nice to get out on my lunch break through, that doesn't happen very often - come to think of it, lunch breaks don't happen that often either 😜. After one and a half rounds the TBLE02 went dead, seemingly due to overheating. It was quite hot in the direct sunshine but I hadn't expected that to happen with a Carson Cup Machine, standard gearing and with a standard NiMh pack. The motor was extremely hot though and I then remembered that the same thing had happened to my son's DT-02 last week on the local track when the motor was in there. I had then swapped it to my TT-02 to replace the Torque Tuned (the Cup Machine is the motor for the Stock class I enter in the German Tamiya Euro Cup), not thinking anything was amiss. So now I'm thinking the motor maybe has had it. I'll give it another go in cooler weather and see what happens.
  5. Stuff from Tamico to repair my son's DT-02, couple of servos, ball bearings and paint for upcoming T3-01 and M-05ra builds and a brushless combo for the DF-03MS. Gotta love Tamico's shipping speed - I ordered this Thursday night !
  6. Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me... I love my wife so much! Now to scour the net for hop ups!
  7. Did a quick motor swap today. I wanted to change the Carson Cup machine from my sons DT-02 to my TT-02 as that is the motor used for the Stock class in the German Tamiya cup.As it was a bit dirty and gunged up, I decided to clean it by running it underwater for a few minutes. Never done this before, but I had seen a few how-to videos and thought I would give it a go. I found it very satisfying to see the muck transfer to the water 🙂. Changed the water to rinse for a few minutes, spun it dry and oiled the bearings and the first test drive was nice and smooth. Did I do this right? Or will my motor seize up and possibly even explode in a catastrophic manner in the near future?! If I did do this right, should I do it more often? Do you? Thanks for any feedback!
  8. Went to the local off road track today for the first time in ages. The weather was great, we had the track to ourselves and my son and I had a great time racing! Only Torque Tuned motors and NiMh battery packs, so no speed records, but that was fine as we are both a bit out of practice with 2wd buggies and were hitting the boundaries quite a lot to begin with. My son managed to inflict some catastrophic damage on his beloved DT-03 after crashing a jump.. Looked like the whole rear end was torn off! On inspection it looks like I'll need A and C-parts for the repair, so that's a nice excuse to fill up the cart a bit more at Tamico 😜. My son swapped to his DT-02 and we had lots of fun for a few more battery packs
  9. Got quite a bit done today. Cleaned up the workspace a bit, installed a team associated CR380 crawler motor into my sons Mountain Warrior Sport, which should now be pretty good on a 2s lipo with a Hobbywing 1060 ESC. Also added some new rib-spike tires to the front wheels of my DT-02 in the contiued search for more grip on grass. Aaaand... I finished my Sonic Fighter! I bought this one back in 2017 for the amazing price of 23€ looking like this: Now it looks like this and can take it's place next to it's Striker relatives
  10. Wow! Congrats to everyone! Glad to see that I wasn't that bad at all this round, at least not miles away from the top runners. But@Ferruz : 49 laps with a Manta Ray in the rain is pretty amazing! Looking forward to the next round!
  11. Got some laps in at the park today. It had rained, so damp conditions and we had to steer clear of some puddles, so no brilliant lap counts to be achieved, but lots of fun anyway. My older son likes the new transmitter for his TT-02 (a Flysky GT-5) and I seem to have the TA04 set up properly now. I really enjoyed watching my younger son having a go with the TA04 - he usually drives a Thunder Blitz with a 380 motor for postal racing as it is slow enough to get round the corners easily. To start with he had no chance of controlling the power of a gt-tuned motor. He got better by the minute though and had really got the hang of it after a while. So now of course I'm thinking of getting him a touring car.... 😩
  12. Plaza Japan - I just love ordering there (even if customs got me this time 😩)
  13. Same here! Even though I joined late, Postal racing has been loads of fun and has been a great alternative to the local club, where there is only a permanent off road track (on road is every few weekends or so in the community hall). I have precious little spare time and the small, easy to set up tracks mean that I can have a quick run in the back garden or on the street in front of the house. I have also been much more motivated to actually get my cars off the shelf and in running condition, I am more interested in the cars setup, enjoy comparing different cars and so on. It's also great fun to compete with my older son and to see my younger son's skills improve. So again many many thanks @TurnipJF for this brilliant thread and all the work you have put in. If you are willing to carry on, I also vote for postal racing to continue!
  14. I recently bought a lot of 5 Buggys, two of which were DT-03s in quite a used state that I wanted to give a cleanup and then sell on. After dismantling both, it turned out that some parts were broken or missing. I was able to reconstruct one completely but was left with a missing wing holder, rear damper stay and the c parts that sit between the back of the main body and the gearbox on the other. Not wanting to spend any money, I decided to 3d print the parts.. Some designs can be found on sites like thingiverse, but not the little c parts, so today I designed, printed and installed the parts and they actually fit!
  15. I got some laps in yesterday with the TT02, I had installed Type A slicks/wheels instead of the stock ones I usually use and I think it made quite a positive difference. Also nice that my sons joined along and clocked up some decent lap counts, too. I tried out my newly restored TL01 as well but the steering turned out to be rather erratic - I'll have to see if that gets better after I install one of the high torque servo savers that are in the post from Japan.
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