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  1. Spent far too long painting this - definitely longer than it will take to build the vehicle! Going in the Comical Frog.
  2. Flysky GT3C transmitter - took 6 weeks to arrive from China and the box has taken a bit of a battering as it was basically just wrapped in a thin plastic bag. Fortunately the contents was perfectly fine! The transmitter looks really good for the price - £40 delivered by slow boat..
  3. As usual, bought for my kids (in particular my daughter this time, who loves pink) but I’m already feeling upset at the thought of them crashing it!
  4. I’ve still got the spotlights to do. Haven’t decided on using the covers or not yet.
  5. I’m waiting for a new Flysky GT3C transmitter and some receivers from China, so thought I would switch the build around of my new comical Frog to doing the shell first. Now that I’ve got to grips with the waterslide method of adding decals I’m pretty chuffed with the result. Basically box art, with the exception of some additional pink on the sides of the wing and choosing not to use the large red ‘Tamiya Racing’ decal on the front end. I think the font used fights with everything else and it’s a bit too large for the space. Went with the brilliant Frog decal instead and left the roof a bit cleaner.
  6. It was an HPI Racing Plazma 3300 from Modelsport
  7. Nice box from Modelsport: Comical Frog, which they currently have on for £109 along with Savox servo, bearings and paint for it. 8.4v battery, paint and steel 16t pinion for an upcoming Bigwig build.
  8. Well that took me longer than anticipated to get it painted Finished the shell over the last couple of days - metallic blue backed with silver really pops in the sunshine.
  9. After two years of literally sitting on it (stored in the kitchen bench seat!) I painted and stickered the Brat shell I bought as an alternative for my resto-mod Monster Beetle. First time I have tried the soapy water method of attaching the stickers, and also found that using a hair dryer was a revelation in getting them to soften and stick properly! So much s that I might have to redo my Hornet and Unimog CW01 at some point. On the whole I’m pretty happy with how it came out and the colour is incredible in the sun.
  10. Thank you that’s really useful. I think I will go with the 8.4v battery. I’m likely to use a HW 1060 ESC I already have, but will check that is ok. I’ve checked out Robinson Racing pinions - I’m assuming the 15 tooth 0150 32P is the correct one to go for? I’ll look at the Super Hotshot propshaft and cups as well.
  11. I’m finally getting around to building a Bigwig that’s been sitting quietly in my garage for a year. I’m sticking with the GT Tuned motor, and am wondering whether it’s worth getting an 8.4v battery pack. Almost seems a shame not to as there is the space originally designed for it. Would it gain noticeably in run time and/or speed? If so, I see that you can then choose 3300, 3800, 4400 or 5000 mAH... The alternative would be to stick with the 3300 7.2v batteries I already have. Tamiya now seem to recommend sticking with 7.2 for some reason. Two other questions: Is it worth upgrading to a harder steel 15 tooth pinion straight away, and if so where from? And finally I understand there is an upgraded aluminium propshaft from another model that it is a straight swap for what looks like coat hanger wire in the Bigwig kit?! Many thanks.
  12. Two years ago I resurrected my vintage Monster Beetle with an ESC, MIP diff, sport tuned motor, new wheels and tyres, Ampro hubs and a Kamtec shell. All was well until last summer when my son drove into it into a tree and snapped the original chassis! Yesterday I finally got round to rebuilding it into a new chassis along with an Ampro central mount for the servo. I guess there’s probably less than 20% of the original kit left now. Shocks, some of the plastics, most of the screws and the servo and receiver being the main bits. Extending out the aerial still gives me a bit of the buzz of anticipation that I first felt in 1988!
  13. 3D printed Transmission brace from Shapeways/Ampro Engineering - simpler and as effective as the 5th shock mod, cheap and very easy to fit. They also make neat front chassis braces. Tyre foams before glueing the rims!
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