Man1c M0nk3y

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    Man1c’s DT03 From Buggy to Truggy.

    So if you want to jump straight to the changes from buggy to truggy/truck and an explanation of sorts as to why jump straight to it here... ——— So as the title tells you I’m a total beginner at this so be gentle! I was unsure whether to do a build as I imagine it’ll be of little interest to the veterans, but maybe someone in my shoes at some point will come across it and find it of use. Here goes then. I’ve wanted an R/C on and off for years but never got round to it until now (is that a recurring adult theme?) It was a definite heart over head moment as I did virtually no research(!) and pretty much jumped straight in. I looked at a few RTR’s but beyond the ease of getting up and running and the possible initial reduced cost I wanted the build part. If I’m honest that’s the part that’s most appealing to me, at the minute at least. So from that I started looking at Tamiya kits and was initially looking at 4wd kits but then I came across @ThunderDragonCy build and was totally drawn in by the build and tweaks he had done and bit the bullet on a 2wd DT03 Racing Fighter. Thinking about it afterwards I feel that was the right choice. Although the 4wd kits are by the look of it more involved to build I feel they would be less fun in use, possibly too easy whereas the 2wd kits once built and running should be more fun/challenging to drive. Time will tell...plus I can buy a 4wd later! So to start I just bought the kit with the CVA shocks, ESC and Torque Tuned Motor, but nothing else beyond buying some bearings, although I did buy a couple more bits a few days later but I’ll detail those as they come up in the build. The plan is to research the rest, (servo/batteries/transmitter and receiver) as I go. I’m in no rush and at the moment have very limited time to build the car anyway (first clue for you all that this won’t be a quick build thread!) Nothing exciting at first but I’ll be sure to document any issues etc I come across as a novice builder and then later with use I’ll share any tweaks etc. And if you’ve made it this far, well done 😂 So then, to begin...
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    Man1c’s DT03 From Buggy to Truggy.

    So today saw the electrics go back in. Still Torque Tuned motor and kit esc but RX is now and Absima one. Bought an Absima CR2S.V2 with the intention of putting it in the GF01 but the TX is a little too big for the youngest so the Futaba will be swapped to that and the Absima ended up in here. Seems a decent little bit of kit. Not as fancy but functions fine from a quick garden blast for the kids to use. And for the purposes of thread completeness here’s the chassis with the Aqroshot body on. Unpainted still but hoping to rectify that soon.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    A break from decorating meant I managed to get the electrics in the DT03 again but with the Absima RX from today’s delivery instead of the Futaba one. Trimmed up nicely. Nowhere near as fancy as the Futaba setup but more than adequate for the kids. Need to get the shell painted now. Anyone got any spare time they can borrow me?!
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    Beyond whizzing around the living room testing it I haven’t finished it. The RX/TX was the last piece to arrive and I need to sort body out. Just been snowed under with work/house. From the little play around the house though it looks a fun little thing. Pops wheelies for fun and feel rock solid. Perfect for the youngest who it was intended for. Think in the confined space of the house at least that the Torque Tuned is almost too much and had to turn the throttle down to 75% and even at that it was still nippy and popping it’s front end. Simple but fun build too. Admittedly got a bit carried away on the hop-ups mind! Looks tiny against the Aqroshot but equally looks like if the hit head on the Aqroshot would probably lose! Ill get some pics up when it’s finished but for pure silliness and fun I reckon it’ll perfectly meet that intention.
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    A new Absima CR2S V2 RX/TX for either the DT03 or the GF01 depending how big in hand it was as it’s for the youngest. Seems ok. Obviously not as fancy as the Futaba I have but for the kids should suffice. Its sadly a little too big for her to comfortably use though for now, so it’ll be going in the DT03 and the Futaba 3PV will go with the GF01 as that’s smaller and more comfortable for her. Ultimately though it scuppers my plans to remove the Futaba from the cars the kids use and make it just ‘mine’ as I was hoping the Absima would be ok for her then I’d get another one for the other daughters car. Just means for now at least it’s either the DT03 and GF01 out to play or the Cougar when finished instead of the GF01.
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    Man1c’s DT03 From Buggy to Truggy.

    Cool sounds promising then. Just double checked and it 3421kv. Only issue is I’ll need new batteries or to get practicing soldering. Tempted now!
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    Man1c’s DT03 From Buggy to Truggy.

    Been looking at an Absima setup. Apparently they are made by Hobbywing and seen a few on here rate them. Iirc it’s in the 3500kv range. Not sure what sort of comparable ‘t’ that would be. Might give it a shot and if it’s too much I’ll stick it in the Cougar when it’s finished.
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    Man1c’s DT03 From Buggy to Truggy.

    Cheers Cy. Definitely nice shocks but certainly an indulgence too. Apart from the fact I should have just bought an Aqroshot to begin with I’ve spent a silly (really) amount of money on this. Being my first though it’s got under my skin! Have put ‘stock/kit’ electrics back in for now but looking to go brushless with it. Need to research what’s the ‘sweet’ spot regarding power over the Torque Tuned and longevity of the drivetrain. Would like more punch but not at the expense of killing it.
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    Man1c’s DT03 From Buggy to Truggy.

    Not updated this for a bit. Renovating house and decorating really do kill any free time! Anyway a small update. Like many others I’ve hovered over the DF03 hop-up shocks (53926) on many occasion but they are relatively expensive in the UK at least. I was looking for a part for my GF01 and could only find it available from RC-Mart. Figured I’d have a nosey at the shocks as they were fresh in mind as @ThunderDragonCy had recently posted about getting some and sure enough there they were at around half the price of UK sellers. The rest as they say, is history! I have built them following a post in @ALEXKYRIAK DT03 build and have used 3 o-rings on the front shafts and 4 o-rings on the rears to reduce travel down the DT03 lengths. Built them with kit supplied 400cst oil and 2 hole pistons and the supplied gold springs to begin with. These things are lovely to build compared to CVA’s. On par with the Schumacher Big Bores on the Cougar I have and the GF01 hop-up shocks I have recently built. I think I’ve mentioned elsewhere already, but the Aqroshot body is cut and ready for paint which the girls have finally decided on so just need to find some more free time to do it.
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    Top Force damper options

    Been looking at the Schumacher shocks for my Cougar and thinking if they’d fit the TF. Guess you’ve largely answered that at least! Anyway I asked similar in this thread... DF03’s (53926) are the recommended ‘hop-up’ for the re-re Manta Ray.
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    Tamiya M-07R Chassis Kit build #84436

    Had the same with the GF01 alloy shocks. Had me wondering if I’d missed something at first.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Didn’t know about these. That’ll be another order going in for the GF01. I’ll finish it eventually 😂
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    Show Me Your Porches ...

    Seriously resisting the urge to post a picture of the front of my house 😬 Autocorrect has done you proud @Hairyjon313 Sorry, nothing useful to add but the title got me curious regardless!
  14. Glad you got sorted. Strange about the ball connectors. I definitely had issues. Wonder if its a buggy vs truggy/monster wheel thing. Can’t recall what wheels I was running at the time now.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Looks great fun. Planning on a beach trip soon, weather permitting, with the cars.
  16. What @Jonathon Gillham says is quite right. I cant recall at the minute exactly what I have mine set at but will definitely have started and will still be roughly 50mm as per kit. I’d personally get it running true via trim and steering rod adjustment first and worry about the rest later as it can end up as a bit of a rabbit hole chasing things. Turnbuckles can help make life easier adjusting but it’s more money (admittedly not a huge amount but still!) Change one thing, make a note, see how it goes/effects another etc. These are worth a read though... https://www.rcscrapyard.net/tips.html And for a pretty in-depth read... http://users.telenet.be/elvo/ Hopefully though someone like Cy who has a better grasp on this aspect will be along at some point with some advice/guidance as he did a lot of tweaking geometry/suspension with his DT03.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    That looks fantastic. Great job. 👌
  18. I had some fun fitting the Hi Torque servo mount. You need to look in the Aqroshot manual for the correct orientation iirc. https://www.tamiya.com/english/rc/rcmanual/58610.pdf Page 15. Might be how you have already set it up however. Iirc from mine the ball cups (end of steering rods) needed rotating on the wheel end 90deg to fit. Don’t change anything till you are sure though. I may be misremembering. Looking at your picture though. The ball connectors need to be swapped to the other side of the saver so effectively the ball connectors are between servo and saver otherwise the steering rods can foul the chassis. The last picture shows what I mean. Again, might just have been my bad luck be worth mentioning as the kit saver has a step in and the Hi Torque doesn’t hence the need to mount differently to avoid contact. As for the steering rods. They don’t come out of that bottom hole. That’s for access to the servo saver screw. The rods come out of the hole above your thumb in the recessed area. One each side. EDIT: some pictures of mine.
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    Tamiya M-07R Chassis Kit build #84436

    Slippy slope 😂 I imagine it will though as it can be set up as 225 wheelbase.
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    Tamiya M-07R Chassis Kit build #84436

    Good plan 😂 Your comments regarding the mx5 not being technically right is one of my ‘issues’. I’d want a fwd shell and none really take my fancy. I look forward to more updates.
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    Tamiya M-07R Chassis Kit build #84436

    I approve whole heartedly of the excessive use of blue bits 😂 And the detail/musings are great. Will be following with interest. I don’t want a road car/chassis, but there’s that little thought banging around the back of my head saying try it! Any ideas on body/shell, or do we have to wait for the big reveal?
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    Can see a set of these landing on the door mat at some point in the future. Just built the alloy hop up GF01 shocks and they are lovely and appear to just be small versions of the df03’s. I was very impressed. This arrived yesterday along with some swing shafts for something I’m toying with but has gone on the back burner. Anyway. A chance/well timed comment to Tony of TTP fame and money exchanged hands! My youngest can now have a ‘girl’ driver in her GF01 when it’s finished which she is very happy about. Initial impressions are the head/helmet is much better than the Wild Willy version but for me I prefer Willy’s torso with the belts/buckles etc. so will probably end up a mashup of both. Best buy some paint now and see how rusty I am at painting models.
  23. Tamiya 51000 Hi Torque to replace P-parts. Is a recommended hop-up on the side of the box too iirc. Cant comment on the actual servo.
  24. You can pretty much ignore the bag of bits that cane with the servo from my experience. With the Tamiya kits I’ve built I’ve only needed the parts that came with the kit and not what cane with the servo.
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    Rcmart

    I’ll not bother then. At least I’ll know for next time now!