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  1. Personally, I would just go with waterproof electronics (servo, ESC & receiver). It will just be easier in the end, but maybe a little more expensive to start.
  2. I think you have 3 main options: Buy waterproof electronics Buy waterproof boxes for electronics. This will require some custom work as most of those are for boats or Traxxas rc's. Find/buy the waterproof rubber balloons you mentioned I don't find that the rubber balloon type approach is used as much these days. It seems most go with the first two.
  3. You can't really look at Tamiya off-road buggies for performance. If performance is your goal, there are plenty of better more modern brands out there. On-road, Tamiya is still doing well. The Re-Re Super Astute isn't going to win any races with modern buggies but that's not what I bought one.. I just like the look of the older buggies and I'm a bigger fan of 2wd buggies.
  4. I had a Fox back in the day. I really wanted a Hotshot back then, but the Hotshot was just too expensive at the time and heck, I was a youngster. That being said, while I wanted to have a Fox again; I used this opportunity to get what I couldn't get as a youngster and did a Re-Re Hotshot. It looks better sitting than it drives, but it's still a fun vehicle. The Fox (NovaFox) is probably the better runner, but you'll always wish you had a Hotshot if you don't get it.
  5. Well, it was designed in the early 90's where loose dirt racing was the thing. Those cars did require more ground clearance than the cars racing today on packed dirt or clay.
  6. The OP created a duplicate thread and posted he solved it:
  7. Can you take a photo? I don't recall any issues there but it's been quite a while since I built mine. FWIW, they are pretty stout. Not a lot of maintenance required.
  8. What electronics are you using (ESC, servo, motor, battery)?
  9. I'm using a Sport Tuned motor with a NiMH battery on mine. I did bearings during assembly and have been very pleased with it.
  10. I don't think there is a buggy Tamiya has that pearl white wouldn't look good on.
  11. I have a metallic orange Zahhak just for color reference. Hard to see the metallic part in a potato phone photo but it looks good in person. When I run it at my local track, everyone is always asking about it. I still have my re-re Super Astute to build and will likely go with an ivory/metallic type white.
  12. Go with your heart. If you are trying to make a logical decision, that would be to put that money somewhere else. If the Top Cat has your eye, go for it! If the Super Astute has your eye, go for that one. I don't think you'll go wrong with following your heart. Both of them, being re-re's will have some limitations based on their design age.
  13. Whatever you get, I would just treat it as disposable (i.e. expect to buy 2-3 of them as they will likely get dropped more than a few times). Get the cheapest thing that will get the job done. As your child gets older and if he/she wants to continue in R/C, you can pick up something more permanent.
  14. I don't personally use them, but a lot of people like Flysky for inexpensive R/C radio gear.
  15. There is some play in the kit. It doesn't affect anything once assembled.
  16. I added the TRF big bore dampers to my Zahhak. It truly is a night and day difference. I test it by driving over some semi-rough terrain and the body didn't move at all. The dampers just soaked up all the movement.
  17. Those professional racing vehicles (trucks, rally cars, etc) have about $50,000 USD in their suspensions alone. I'm sure it's possible to develop a scale versions of a similar setup, but cost-wise wouldn't make it feasible.
  18. As already mentioned, it really depends on your amp draw. Savox servos are known in some scenarios to draw almost 5 amps. Amain Hobbies actually now puts warning on the Savox servos: https://www.amainhobbies.com/savox-sc1258tg-black-edition-standard-digital-high-speed-titanium-gear-servo-sav-sc-1258tg-be/p465806 Most ESC's that have internal BEC's are typically rated around 3 amps. The higher priced ones will have larger internal BEC's. That doesn't have much impact on the ESC itself, but it will the receiver which will also take power from the ESC. This is where people see brown-outs with their gear.
  19. I'm using this one: https://xtronicusa.com/X-Tronic-Model-3020-XTS-LED-Display-Soldering-Station-p74220205
  20. Typically, if you want a "Hotshot", nothing else will satisfy that desire.
  21. Mahjik

    TT02 Type-S

    Something you can always do if you head back to the track, is have a competent driver run a battery pack's worth of time with your car and provide you some feedback. That can help point you in a good direction.
  22. Also, keep in mind that Savox servos can be pretty amp hungry (pulling over 3 amps at times). Depending on the ESC, you may need an external BEC. I am using the Savox SC-1258TG in mine but with a Tekin RS Gen2 ESC which has an internal BEC of 5.5 amps.
  23. You can go as expensive or as cheap as you want. It really just comes down to how much you want to spend on it. There are still a lot of TRF201 hop-up parts available so you can build a very stout Zahhak if you want to or you can keep it pretty stock and just use electronics that won't break the bank but will allow you to start having some fun. I try not to add up what I spent in my Zahhak... Letting everyone know your desired budget will help a lot...
  24. Grasshopper... Stared at the box art for days...
  25. I couldn't afford the Hot Shot when it came out. Boy I wanted it, but as a kid I just couldn't wait long enough to earn enough money to get it so I had to settle on the Fox. I don't regret it as the Fox was a great car (after they fixed some of the initial issues). Having said that, the Re-Re Hot Shot is what got me back into the hobby. I can't say I would be back if I hadn't seen the Re-Re. Some 30 years later, I finally have a Hot Shot. Yes, it doesn't perform as well as newer vehicles but I don't think that's necessarily why anyone would buy it. The slammed cockpit look just really gives it an aggressive look. It still does well if you have loose dirt areas to run it. Tarmac, clay or carpet, not so much.
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