Hobgoblin

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    Tamiya 57409 - Lunch Box Mini (SW-01)

    Just seen the list price on modelsport. £70 is okay, perhaps a bit high for such a small scale but that's *hopefully* within my price range when they start stocking them. The £240 for the new portal axle beetle us too rich for my blood so that's that decision made for me!
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    A lick of paint on the brat today. I started by sanding off the epoxy tumour i had created to fill the front body mount hole. A little waspism to disctract from any lumps left from the filling And finally a test drive Quite happy with the look
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    Tamiya 57409 - Lunch Box Mini (SW-01)

    I'm actually really taken with this! I like the novelty of it, and the fact it's so small scale means it takes up less room etc. I'm glad it's looking like a proper kit and not 3 or 4 pieces that clip together. Cool toy in my book.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Got my Tamiya Brat body mounted on my crawler chassis and took it for a spin on the makeshift workshop track today.
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    Tamiya 58044 mitsubishi pajero

    Wheels together with a bit of tire lettering done. Not far off a maiden voyage
  6. Hi all, A local who I've had RC bits off in the past sent me a message a while back asking if I wanted another of his cars. It's a novel little original car, underloved by the masses it seems and perhaps deservedly so. However the price was right and I saw the opportunity to have some fun fixing it up. Sellers image: My boss is picking the car up as I type. Hopefully once Easter celebration is over I can begin making a full checklist and putting together a shopping basket. I think I'm going to strip the body back and go box art with some MCI decals. I might pick up a rere Montero body to muck around with though. First thing will be a full strip and ultra sonic clean. The overall plan is faux vintage. A new kind of techno-blasphemy where I will be trying to keep the vintage internal look (MSC, 27mhz gigantic RC and a Tamiya battery) but hiding modern gear in an attempt to end up with something a bit more functional. MSC may look quite cool but as far as I'm concerned they have two speeds: On and On Fire. I'm torn between fitting ampro light buckets and keeping it stock. Flip of a coin when I come to it. Maybe something for a spares body! Thanks, H
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    How has the hobby affected your relationships?

    And that's why I kinda stopped when I started dating my fiancé. I didn't want to be that guy! That is a hobby can really drain you and take over.
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    How has the hobby affected your relationships?

    Number 1. I am very lucky. My fiancé knew what she was getting into with my various hobbies and obsessions as we were friends/coworkers for years prior to dating. I think RC cars are a bit of a welcome break from combat robots for her. Less expensive, a lot lighter and way less likely not maim, injure or kill. Another good point is she never has to buy tools as mine came with me. I think everyone has something they enjoy and you've got to realise that, even if it's not understandable or relatable. She loves video games, Lego, baking and painting. Not all my cup of tea, as robotics, RC cars and engineering aren't hers. but we muddle along enjoying everything together. She has her designated car, and a paint job in her colours which comes on walks and it's always a good time (untill we crash anyway!) I know I'm a nightmare to live with with some of the clutter and mess and constant distraction. But she put up with it in a tiny studio flat in Brighton city centre and is okay with it taking up a corner of our current 2bed flat. When we do buy a house it's accepted I will need a garage or a shed to tinker away in.
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    Modelling and printing gears

    Coming from robotics where I print virtually all my transmission components for lightness and cheapness I can add the following: You can get gear generating plugins for basic software like SketchUp for sure, and more complex engineering programs like AutoCAD and Solidworks have it built in. Just be careful your tooth profile is correct. I think there is a limit to how small you can go without going to SLS prints. Any smaller than mod 0.6 you might have a bad time. For finding out what your gears are, if that is unknown this is a helpful calculator. https://www.technobotsonline.com/gear-size-calculator.html There's also the 3dp strength and suitability discussion but we can burn that bridge when we get to it Perhaps not much help but maybe a start H
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    I had a lathey day. I needed to make some standoffs to mount my brat body shell to my crawler. Cue a bit of nylon scrap Top hat machined And screwed to shock towers! Velcro added and away we go. There is a more 'solid' attachment method at rear and on the sides so it doesn't have to be anything super strong. Also got the time to start on some gears for a non Tamiya (still rc) project!
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    Motor problem

    Most likely you're going to need a higher current ESC and possibly battery as you're likely triggering either thermal or current cut off. What esc is it and what turn is the new mod motor?
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    Tamiya 58044 mitsubishi pajero

    ESC? Where? I finally found a good hiding place for the ESC - inside the MSC servo. I need to order some colour correct wire to feed through the MSC and some longer battery connectors but I'm very happy with the solution. Quite pleased with the outcome
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Went for a walk. Tried a new spot right close to where I live. Was a lot of fun. Can't wait to get a brat body on this! There are worse ways to spend time H
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    Or rather, the postman brought my coworker... I take a half day to enjoy the sunshine with my fiancé and what happens? Big RC related package. Luckily he sent me pictures of my haul! 70 quid brat ready to run with bearings and an hotter motor. His scx10 checking out the competition!
  15. Hi all, After some pre-loved/broken servos Stripped gears burnt out electronics welcome, mostly intact casings preferred. Vintage (1980's) would be excellent but not mandatory. Sensible prices paid + post cost for junked components looking for UK only. cheers! H
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    Tamiya 58044 mitsubishi pajero

    Got a few Jobs jobbed today Isn't technology wonderful? A touch with a Dremel and a 3700mah pack slips right into the 1200mah casing. Still got to condition the plastic on the case and get a plug Soldered on. I found the servo I want to use for the MSC and installed it. Not a clue if it's period correct but I doubt it. Got a 4.8v NiMH pack bungee'd up front as I don't own a 4x AA Rx pack. I probably won't use this, I'll keep the BEC off the ESC but I figure I'll need all the weight up front I can get! Gearbox, suspension and front arms are back on. I mounted up the shell of an MSC and tried to hide an ESC as much as possible. Will definitely be feeding the wires through the MSC for proper look don't do drugs, kids! Yes the paj is looking a bit more methed out than previously. The go graffiti (?) Remover worked pretty well, there was just such a mish mash of paint types on this model and the dark colours it was going to look worse before it gets better. Not bad for a first round. Some more brushes needed though!
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Started stripping my pajero body. It's going to be hard going I think. Some of the paint comes off almost instantly while some is taking some serious scrubbing and soaking. Oh well it's all a bit of fun! Also quickly built up a crawler kit, at my works there is currently a trailfinder 2 and a scx10 and I ran to catch up with a cheap 3racing job (nearly got a cc01 unimog) I've got a Tamiya brat body coming for it though so I'm keeping some brand loyalty! It's actually an okay look with a stadium blitzer body:
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    Tamiya 58044 mitsubishi pajero

    After taking a long weekend to get the 1:1 though an MOT (one advisory, you can drive off with the handbrake on!) I got to come in to a few parcels on Monday morning. Most importantly was the MSC mount from the generous @kevtherev Little bit of progress with the cleaning the whole lot has been taken apart and scrubbed down. The gearbox was in very good condition, all the noise looks like it came from worn bushings. All have been changed out for ball bearings and it's a very smooth gearbox. There's always going to be a lot of play in these steering systems but this had a lot of wobble on one side specifically. Closer inspection explained why. The nail was removed and a proper tamiya shaft stolen from a Hornet's carcass was installed. Poor hornet, someday I shall find you a back end and fix you. They came out pretty nice with the grime and dust off. Took Kev's advice with the tires and it seems to have worked really well. They feel a lot nicer even if they don't look hugely different. The rims will be my Guinea pigs for the graffiti remover. I've also decided I really really like these tires. Are there any wheels with a 12mm hex that takes them? A £7 ESC turned up which looks compact enough to hide somewhere. Going to see where I am tomorrow,. hopefully I can start getting the chassis back together and maybe get stripping the body.
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    Good place to buy shims

    In an effort to take some of the play out of my tamiya's I would like to shore up some of the parts with shim washers. Does anyone have any good suppliers? UK based preferably so I don't have to wait too long. 50-100 qty of 0.1 to 0.5mm range mostly 3-5mm bore. Any common sources?
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    Anyone want anything from Shapeways?

    If they don't have to be laser sintered I'm happy to do small prints for post cost on my works printers. We have a lot of down time atm. Mostly hips and abs as we've moved to printing carbon impreg and fibre reinforced nylon.
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    Tamiya 58044 mitsubishi pajero

    Good to know guys, the chassis tub is actually in really nice condition, its got a fine layer of dust and dirt but its pretty much unmarked, no scratches! Postman came early today. Dropped off something that's roughly 18 years older than I am (on release dates anyway ) I'm going to do my best to clean it up, refit some cells and mount it pride of place in the Paj. A bit sad but does anyone do repro decals for the batteries? I debated with going lipo, but then It's going to loose some of its weight and I have to then hide the balance lead somewhere and find some cells that fit, 90% sure its going to be NiMH.
  22. Thingiverse is a good place to find stuff. I upload all my open source robot/toy bits.
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    Tamiya 58044 mitsubishi pajero

    I've got a Screwfix order to pick up for works tomorrow I'll see what's about. The de solv it brand seems hard to track down these days. Got a Graff cleaner that is apparently polycarb safe coming, the brand slips my mind. Great advice on the tires, I will be having a crack at that to see what I can do (puts me off buying a brat for a minute!) That would be fantastic if you have a mount Kev, you absolute star. PM incoming! H
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    Tamiya 58044 mitsubishi pajero

    So today I've had a chance to get my greasy mitts on the Pajero. I'm actually quite surprised of the size of the thing, with the short wheelbase I had expected something a bit dinky. Still getting used to the scale of things! It's a bit of a mixed bag but I think its a great starting point for a project to keep me entertained and happy! the most 'damage' on the car is the rather obvious crack on the front left side. I am confident I can fill, sand and paint to hide this but it nicely justifies a backup body (with a different paintjob!)The paint is okay overall, it hasn't been slathered on too thick with a brush. It will need to come off though and I am trying to track down some de solv it. Any UK based stripper suggestions? And also something to get the paint off The chassis after a dust off and a wipe down (still a big grimy). I'm honestly impressed. The motor has seen better days, and the wires certainly have but it turns fairly freely. There is an awful lot of slop from the plastic bushings which have worn down but bearings are a cheap essential replacement anyway. The white plastics that haven't been painted over have yellowed awfully, so that will be a fun one to try and refresh. The wheelie bar wheel is the worst case. The whole lot will get a strip and ultrasonic clean up to get it nice, shiny and smelling a bit more pleasant. The tires are actually in good condition, out of the 6 that came with it, only one has any cracked beyond use and the rest are a little brittle but okay for running. Does anyone have any tricks and tips for tire cleaning? The rims are also not beyond saving which is excellent. I think a strip, sand and polish will bring them back to life. This makes it a lot harder to not pick up a Subaru Brat kit. I would love a brat hard body for a crawler build, the wheels and tires could go for this and the rest? Well i've always wanted a Frog All in all I've got a great starting point. The only part that's missing that I could do with is one of these: Are they a common part you can still buy separately? does anyone have one going spare, or they could let me have some measurements so I could print my own? Will update again with some pics of the strip down and rebuild PS: drift pajero is not quite on the cards