S-PCS

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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Finished the Easter BigEgg build. For 33 years, I've been decidedly undecided about the Bigwig. Do I like it? Do I not like it? Well, today I finally found out. It's a beautiful buggy, once you build it for yourself, but - there's a but. So it's a Hot Shot family car, the one that was meant to overcome all the inherent Hot Shot weaknesses, right? Like not having an equal shock-to-wheel ratio, ridiculous bump steer, huge turning circle, you name it. Maybe I'd gotten my expectations up too high, but (and here's that but mentioned earlier) somehow it seems like all upgrading efforts went into the elaborate rack-and-pinion assembly - which, after it was finished, was then half heartedly stuck onto the new Bigwig chassis tub. And it still bump steers to a degree, despite or because of the weird tie rod angle. Maybe I just don't get it. Why is this steering system built around a free floating servo? What's with all the sponge tape? Why is the servo being held in place only by the ESC mount, which is only screwed down on one side? I mean I understand that different sized servos had to be taken into account, but this, this is just sloppy. And while I'm at it, what do they expect me to do with the Rx? Tape it down onto thin air? I guess the electronics layout must have been different on the original release, but this is just a non-solution. And the two rubber O-rings in the front inner drive cup setup... It just doesn't work like that. Seriously, you can't expect anyone to run the car like that. It binds up the front suspension to the point where the steering is effectively locked out. But what gets to me the most... why no ESC? To keep the kit price down? When every other re-re buggy in the last 10 years that came with a motor also came with an ESC?
  2. Ordered a tub too, want to see for myself what this miracle stuff is all about.
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    Awesome color choice, looks much better than the boxart blue. Unfortunately, you've got to always at least build one boxart example first before you can change colors or modify the chassis... Well... Ok, maybe YOU don't, but I do
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Nerves of steel right there
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Got the Easter Special BigEgg/EggWig build underway... Shell's rough cut, cleaning it up next. At this rate, I'll run out of build before I run out of weekend.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    I think both of them look rather scary
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    Yeah, same here... As a kid, I felt it was just slightly over the top, just a bit too much styling and design, and I preferred the sleeker, simpler, meaner buggies. I'm not entirely sure about it now either, but I can and do accept it as a very important buggy in the historical Tamiya line-up. Really looking forward to see how it compares to the other HS family cars.
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    This looks perfectly square. You could fit a cab to either end... Or one to each.
  9. Yeah, I noticed that it's generally socially acceptable for 1:1 car guys to "play" with "toy cars" if they do it within line of sight of one of their 1:1s. From personal experience, I can tell you that nobody's going to question your social status if you do your public RC driving from a standing position in the roof hatch of your Humvee.
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    A Bigwig, matching paint, servo, Rx, bearings... Dunno about your part of the world, but around here there's a very long weekend coming up, and since I always thought the Bigwig was a bit of an easter egg, it seemed perfect for the occasion. Plus, it is the only re-re buggy I haven't built yet, or the last one I'm going to build, depends on how you look at it, until Tamiya re-releases some more, so a major christian holiday four-day weekend suits the occasion just fine, too. Now that I think about it, why did I only buy ONE kit?!
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Uh, there goes that excuse. I guess I have to get one now.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    I have a SCB, but this spot just calls for something much faster... but... Traxxas? Somehow, I just can't get used to the idea of RTR.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    I have a SCB, but this spot just calls for something much faster... but... Traxxas? Somehow, I just can't get used to the idea of RTR.
  14. Let's face it, we're grown men playing with little toy cars, and no amount of money spent on these toys is going to change this fundamental fact. They're toys. By current social standards, any adult playing with toys in public does qualify as weird, I'd think. So these kids were just stating facts, weren't they? Nothing wrong with that. Personally, I feel sorry for anybody who doesn't have a little weirdness in their lives. How boring that must be. And judging from this forum, the toy car men are among the most friendly, pleasant, articulate, respectful, helpful and generally well meaning weird people on the internet. Not the worst weird group to be affiliated with, by far. Actually, this forum is such a pleasant place, I wouldn't have expected any of you to be shaven headed, bearded and tattooed. And playing with toy cars. You're all pretty weird
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Finally, the need for an amphibious high-speed monster truck has arisen.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Performed 2WD re-re shelfer preventive maintenance and cleanup. All dusted off and spotlessly clean, fully serviced and tested and all ready to go... back on the shelf.
  17. My thoughts exactly. How can they sell something like this, when it plain and simple just doesn't work. In my case, shortened shocks, bolted-thru metal P-Plates, Frog shafts, O-rings and new trailing arms every couple of runs weren't enough to solve the issue. I'm running vintage Thorp telescopic shafts now.
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    Bicycles

    But... but... isn't that the definition of "faster"? Relativity like? No need to go all Albert Einstein on me
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    Bicycles

    I don't know much about bicycles, but my bike is still faster than yours, 'cause it has flashing blue lights! Seriously. Retired Police patrol bicycle, bought at auction from a small beach town in Florida. Probably not very high end, but hey, those are battery powered strobes!
  20. There is a difference between overdoing something and really overdoing something
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    Tamiya 47381 - Super Astute (2018)

    Back in November, I was actually worried about missing out on this one, not having pre-ordered or anything... Almost six months on, and Tamico is still selling Super Astutes - only much cheaper. I think I'll try not to panic next time...
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Forget the video, these pics cannot be outdone! I want a hig-res poster sized print of the last one!
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    The Cool Wheels Thread

    The two of you, myself, Volkswagen, Ronal, HPI and the Nineties as a whole really ought to be ashamed of ourselves for letting this happen in the first place and especially for bringing it up again 25 years later.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Went to my LHS determined to try something new, hung out with the owner for over an hour who brought out and showed me just about every single Traxxas ever made, plus several brands I hadn't even heard of before, and the only thing that remotely caught my eye was Tamiya's XV-01 Lancia... Dunno. RTR simply doesn't work for me. Left without buying anything.
  25. Oh no, don't go all 70s conversion van on this! Keep it cargo and business I say, vans deserve better than to be permanently associated with the worst decade in automobile history. No windows, no murals, just paint it all white, put on a roof rack with a ladder, some utility company logos on the sides and maybe an amber lightbar.