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  1. I got the brace - night and day difference, and incredibly neat install, too. (12T motor, 2s Lipo, GPM Racing wheelie bar, 4 x Traxxas ultra-shocks)
  2. I've been a bit quiet lately - the Konghead and mini Grave Digger got a run on Friday, then the Konghead was rewarded with a new set of GPM CVDs... they feel better quality than the Tamiya ones (which my Konghead chewed up and spat out) and they're 4mm thick - a full 1mm thicker than stock. I also had to re-glue one of the tyres that was slipping. Later in the day I even flew my DJI Spark (briefly) outside and a micro drone inside. Saturday rained (a lot) so I set up a crawler track inside and ran the Kyosho Mini Z. Yesterday (Sunday) rained some more - but no worrries, the Proboat Sonic Wake doesn't care about rain! Pity that the motor completely seized after a few minutes, so I spent all of yesterday afternoon modifying it to fit a bigger 4074 2000kv motor (in lieu of the stock 3660 1900kv, a 50% increase in cylinder volume FWIW). I will say that before the motor died the new servo was holding the boat straight as an arrow (25kg as opposed to the 5kg stock unit). Speed boats are great fun but they cost substantially more dollars per minute than Tamiya trucks!
  3. So I've had a bit of RC'ing lately, but work has gotten in the way of posting (I generally use downtime at work, of which there's been none lately). I bought a Traxxas Bandit on Sunday, completely RTR with the newer radio, newer ESC, battery and better charger for AUD$90 (US$68, €56). In very good condition, save for missing the battery retainer and having bald rear tyres. I might keep it as a "loaner," or just to keep in the boot with the NiMH battery when the weather is cooler. (The best bit about this is the guy tried selling it a year ago for $250, and he wouldn't accept my lower offer, and I don't think he's touched it since). I finally got the LED kit and weighted wheels for the Kyosho Mini Z 4x4 from the US, installed them last night and it even has a functional brake light... still waiting on the brass steering knuckles and rear rings to come from HK (Asiatees) along with 3 news waterproof servos, axle protector for the UDR and some CVDs for the Konghead. I bought a Traxxas Rustler VXL yesterday (sight unseen) and my parents picked it up for me (long story, but they were out that way and it was a 5 minute detour for them, vs a 2+ hour drive for me) so I'll find out tonight when I pick it up from my parents if the AUD$140 was a bargain or not! I finally received the clear chassis (I only wanted to install one half) and aluminium front skid guard for the Dump Truck so I also installed those last night, and replaced one of the notorious pins in the Lunchbox. Now, pictures:
  4. One trick I use for any drive-cup like this that ages prematurely is rotate it from front right to rear left (and front left to rear right and so on), effectively reversing the cups so you get more life out of them. It just means your braking performance is slightly delayed.
  5. @netsmithUK I've sent you my pic via PM for uploading please (PM'd on October 28). Thanks!
  6. I received this yesterday: "Really sorry to disturb that we cannot dispatch the item on time. Affected by COVID-19, flights have been greatly reduced, and customs inspections have become stricter than before, as this regards, we do not want to let you wait so long and bring any bad shopping experience to you. To save your time and help you solve the problem soon, please kindly help us confirm the cancellation and check if you have received the refund or not as we have refunded to the original account. Sorry again for the inconvenience caused. Thanks for you understanding and communication. Best regards Customer service" Which is weird, because the previous seller (with a different eBay username) sent me this when they cancelled: "Really sorry to disturb that we cannot dispatch the item on time. Affected by COVID-19, flights have been greatly reduced, and customs inspections have become stricter than before, as this regards, we do not want to let you wait so long and bring any bad shopping experience to you. To save your time and help you solve the problem soon, please kindly help us confirm the cancellation and check if you have received the refund or not as we have refunded to the original account. Sorry again for the inconvenience caused. Thanks for you understanding and communication. Best regards Customer service" It's almost as if they are the same seller. Oh well, the ability to give negative feedback exists for a reason.
  7. The lights will have to wait - A few days after I ordered the light bar I was contacted by the seller saying they were out of stock, then after a week or so of mucking around I've bought one from another seller. I also found new Losi wing mounts and replaced the blue spring retainers and spacers with black RPM ones. I also updated the UDR (new alloy hubs), the B5 (new rear wing), E-Revo (body protectors) and the X-Maxx (body protectors). Oh, and the Rustler 4x4 got a fair overhaul, too. RPM A-Arms, front bumper, wheelie bar mount (and wheelie bar from the Bandit), body protectors and of course new wheels and tires (the hubs had rounded out in the old ones).
  8. I agree with @Ferruz and @DeadMeat666, I can't stand body posts sticking too far out of my RCs - my rule of thumb is to chop them 2 holes above the holes I'm using, then smooth them off nicely with a dremel (I hate that "cut with plyers" look). That said, enjoy your cars however you want - run them, shelve them, use MSCs that burn your hand - we are just grown men playing with toy cars here. @Wetman funny you just posted a picture of that Hilux body, given I just sold mine on the weekend! It looks good, I can't wait to see the finished product.
  9. So, better late than never... I've ordered (yesterday) a pile of bits for the Bandit (and some other cars, but I'll stay on topic) and done a stocktake of what I already had put aside for it: 4 x AKA white wheels, 4 x Duratrax Bandito tires, RPM Traxxas Rustler (yes, I did the wide-mod years ago), front arms, RPM Traxxas Rustler rear arms, RPM Traxxas gear cover, RPM Traxxas Rustler wide front bumper, Traxxas 3678 adjustable wheelie bar, and A 120mm LED light bar to mount on the front bumper (I've previously had LEDs glued into the bumper). Here's the slightly embarrassing bit - I then did a stocktake today to see what else to fit at the same time (see if you notice any duplication): LED taillights, RPM front shock tower, RPM rear shock tower, RPM Traxxas Rustler front arms, and Traxxas Bandit front bulkhead (black). I'll also give it a very good clean, replace screws & bolts where necessary, but keep the original shell I painted a long, long time ago. The good news is I sold my Tamiya Hilux (lexan) body and a Pandora RC Lexus LFA body which paid for almost the whole list. In Tamiya news I was able to give the T301 Dancing Rider a very good run tonight, which is a car that always puts a smile on my face!
  10. @svenbYou can have the TRU-02 for £10, but to post it will be £12! Postage from Australia to the UK isn't particularly cheap, sorry.
  11. I apologise in advance for the photo onslaught you're about to receive, but for the first time in a very long time I was allowed more than 5kms (3 miles) from my house to "exercise," due to a change in the Covid restrictions from 5km to 25km. Luckily there are beaches 24kms away, so I was finally able to run the Trail King and the DT02! The Trail King is an unbelievable climber, too. This was at least 45° angle! The usual post-beach clean up was tiresome (and involved an air compressor) but totally worth it.
  12. @Kuper I have a TRU-02 if that's any help?
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