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  1. Bought a customised decal sheet for my upcoming Terra Scorcher build from MCI. It's going to be a bit of an experiment, will see how this comes out! At this point, unless I forgot something, I only need transmitter/receiver and I'm good to go. Though I should also get a hotter motor...and in that case maybe a prop shaft too... 🤪
  2. About my Kyosho Big Boss. Even if this monster truck is from 1988 (maybe mine's 1990, but still...) it is my main runner. In order for it to be up to the task, I've tweaked it up a little. Nothing too hard on the eye like what's on the Hornet, but still quite ghetto. Let's start. -The 5.8mm ball ends are a weak point on this car. Fortunately spares are available, but I didn't like the idea of wasting them so easily, especially the ones that connect the shocks to the suspension arms, which kept popping or breaking every time I landed higher jumps (which you are probably not supposed to do with a vintage car, but that's another story). I had these nylon zip ties in a toolbox: So the solution came automatically: Works great. Did that just over 2 years ago, and never had to open the bag of spare ball ends ordered in the meantime. -Chassis cover. As other fellow car crusher series aficionados like @Saito2, @nowinaminute and @mongoose1983 well know, most chassis covers on these cars decided to just vanish altogether, and left us with no roof above our ESCs. I cut my new one out of a PET plastic box, as I'm sure many others did, secured it with three short screws (taken from an old light switch) and ran electrical tape around it to seal it properly. I replace the latter from time to time when it peels off, happy with the result especially when driving in rain or melting snow. -On these trucks the body shell sits on four pins, and is then secured by other four on top of it, so basically the body gets sandwiched in between the pins. There was way too much play on mine and while driving the lexan bounced and screeched on the body posts like a ghost galleon in the perfect storm. I cut four little pads out of some gummy material of the right thickness and punched a hole in them with a three hole punch. Slipped them in the body posts just on top of the under pins, and now the body shell is cushioned like a princess on her pillows. No more ghostly sounds to make me flinch during night driving. Oh, and my niece provided the material for the pads: it came from one of her Disney bracelets! -This one's more of a ghetto solution than a mod: the Arrma ESC on my Big Boss came with T connectors so I installed an adaptor to downgrade it to the Tamiya ones of my batteries. That added quite some bulk and more wire lenght, but the heat sink retainer from the old MSC came super handy: it now serves as a container for the adaptor and retainer for the wires, and gives me more than a valid excuse to keep it on the car which is good, as I find it looks delightfully old school. -This last one is probably the most interesting and useful ghetto mod on my Big Boss. I've done it a couple years ago, but took pics in the process with the intention of sharing them here someday. As anybody who own one may have noticed, a major weak point of this truck is how the front bulk is attached to the chassis. Only for screws in total do the job very poorly, two at the top and two at the bottom and both sets in the center, where the plastic is particularly thin and flimsy. I'm surprised, actually, that it held on that long. In order to improve it, I decided to try and design a brace, after noticing that there was room for it exactly where I wished it to be: between the side suspension mounts and the side grooves in the upper part of the bulkhead. I cut the brace to fit out of an old Hornet front bumper, and used two servo mounts and two random shock mounts as brackets. These are the parts: After measuring and fetching the right drill bit, the operation started. Two screws hold the bracket to the servo savers, which themselves are screwed to the suspension mounts through the chassis in the inner side. It's not as invasive as it seems, besides the inevitable drill holes in that part of the chassis which is hidden anyway. I am usually not for invasive mods, but this one was just screaming for it. In the picture below, the yellow indicates the brace, the red the servo mounts and the blue shows the shock mounts. The shock mounts on the inner side have eyelets so can be easily held and turned to tighten the brace, if it's ever needed. I hope it's clear enough to understand. Anyway, since I did this my front bulkhead felt like one thing with the chassis, and still does to this day. Once everything is back into place, you hardly even notice the brace.
  3. After reading what I posted, yes sir, it really makes me look like an animal But don't worry, I have my limits! Even with the Hornet, I know the shelf dress code and etiquette so when he is off duty, he puts on his shiny shoes and tuxedo before going on the shelf Here it is in his gran gala clothes... ...but remember: the infamous foreign screw and battery retainer still lurk under the fancy shell 👹
  4. This is an awesome thread, I had a great time reading throught it. Congrats everybody for your home made solutions! Many are really amazing and inspiring. I love good old ghetto mods, they are an essential part of my RC philosophy. They put our invention and creativity to work and are very rewarding because it's something we come up with ourselves, without following an instruction booklet. And besides, in a world where Tamiya overcharges for everything (I've seen a sanding pad for 9 dollars at the hobby shop the other day, come on, how do they even sleep at night?? ) we are just doing our part to balance it up! Ghetto mods forever. I'll share some of mine too, they are functional although definitely not as elaborate as some I've seen here. On the Hornet: - after popping the front bumper mount off the chassis by crashing it into a rock, I grafted it back with a tapping screw: first, I drilled a hole through chassis and mount while holding the latter into place, then I applied some pro grade cyanoacrylate I have at work (crazy hard stuff made specifically for natural stone, it's also gap filling, turns out to be of incredible help with rc, makes Loctite super glue feel like chewing gum in comparison, if anybody wants to know the brand let me know and I'look it up) and screwed it all together. Worked well, I've only redone it once after one more passionate encounter with a wall -similar thing happened here. You can see the extra screw and washer under the BriteLite sticker, that was applied after the chassis started cracking in that area. Drilled a hole just the right width through chassis and gearbox mount, maybe an overkill solution but it definitely solved the issue, also the locknut on the inner side helps holding the battery into place big time, along with another part I'll show below it prevents the Hornet from losing its guts after landing the higher jumps. -getting real ghetto from now on, viewers discretion is advised 😏 after a lot of abuse, the rear wing was literally falling apart, along with the body mounts it sits on. I didn't want to let it go so I found a solution that works well, though it might get my buggy to look more like some sort of Mad Max vehicle than a Tamiya. Melted glue, the hobby/bricolage one you apply with a heat gun. Tried the pro grade too as I have it at work, same thing, you don't need the good brands for this. Applying it sparingly wasn't enough, best to apply generously and then shave off with an exacto knife or curved scissors. Not exactly worth exposing at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, but it's not shelf queens we are talking about, right? This looks terrifying I know but it served the purpose, and I swear, this lived-in look started growing on me and by now I like my Hornet like this "Anytime Baby" quickly turning into some "Been around the block a few times, baby!" A couple more totally ghetto details: this black thing I'm pointing at which looks like debris is now an essential (though unofficial) hop up for my Hornet. It's a battery retainer made out of a piece of yoga mat, those than come in big coloured jigsaw puzzles. That foamy material has a shape memory, so if you jam it between the battery and the chassis side it will hold it firmly into place, and as long as you remove it after your run it will return to its original puffier shape, therefore being ready to hold the battery just the same next time you run it. This piece has been with me for over three years now, and besides looking awful it still works as "new". -and now the quickest, and maybe ghetto-est mod on my Hornet: I've jammed (yep, not even screwed) this foreign screw between the rear suspension mounts to strenghten and stiffen them. Worked very well and I feel like it even improved the driving. Looks like the flick of a finger would pop if off, but it's nestled perfectly and never came off no matter the tumbling and abuse That's about if for the Hornet, but will be back with more ghetto mods on other cars.
  5. @Re-Bugged actually, that was me driving, filming and running after the car at the same time is fun but gotta watch out... I tripped on the rocks and fell a couple times, the remote almost ended up sandwiched between the ground and my teeth! I wasn't looking where I was going at all but you know, you can't do everything...
  6. I took a spin with the Manta Ray. Had a lot of fun👍
  7. I'd say get the kit, build it yourself, it's always more rewarding.
  8. Paid a visit to my almost-local hobby shop today as I needed some paint. Since they've reopened they've re arranged some stuff but again, besided the paint racks and a few static kits, there was barely any Tamiya material in the shop. They had some of the new editions, like the VW Samba bus and the bug, in both street and rally version (the rally one with esc and a Torque Tuned included). A mini Lunch Box and the NSU prinz shell with chassis and that's pretty much it. Still, seeing some Tamiya kits displayed after a long time was quite a thrill not to mention, sadly said, getting my first hop-up bought in person since I was a kid. It's just a pinion, but it felt quite exotic to find it in the shop while browsing and have the good old in-person transaction, free from screens, shipping, customs and endless waiting times. The shop is huge. The guys there are great, too bad Tamiya is definitely not their language... but they had a few old 1/12 F1 static kits, like this gorgeous looking box of a Ferrari 312T. They are a lot into train stuff and especially landscaping, they have an impressive stock of all sort of details some of which in very small scale, like these minuscule people. This is my small loot, the cans of PS paint cost between 9 and 12 CAD depending on... I've no idea what It was fun to browse in an actual shop rather than my phone for a change!
  9. While on my daily evening runs with the cars, I thought I'd try to get some more rodents acquainted to the wonders of RC. So I started popping by the groudhogs' burrow more frequently, and my furry neighbors finally started to express some interest (especially the kids, of course). what is this supposed to be?? yikes! Better call mummy... mama groudhog is here! Back off now! maybe the Hornet will be a gentler approach...we'll see in the next days
  10. Just impulse bought 4 pairs of Eagle 8410 1.9" tires on the bay, couldn't let that go for 10 usd a pair... it seems that they sold like hot cakes, but if you are interested there's currently still two pairs available
  11. That seems perfect for my future needs, thanks for the link. Only thing, I always go for stick radios as I like that feeling better than the wheel ones. Do you know if this system (with multiple receivers) is available in stick version too? Thank you!
  12. Eventually it stopped raining yesterday, so the moment it was done I set off with the Manta Ray to test it out (though everything was soaking wet). Very happy with how it performed, the stock coathanger has been totally up to the test so far. After all, I'm only running a Sport Tuned on NiMh. Every single time I go back to the Manta after a few weeks of only driving the Hornet or Big Boss I am absolutely amazed at the difference. It's almost too precise for it to be fun! Just kidding, but it makes me wonder how it would feel to drive a top end car like Schumacher Cat, Egress or Turbo Optima. I'm sure they are amazing, but I just can't ever have enough of that unpredictable, bouncy feeling of a Hornet. I was at the end of a wet, lazy afternoon paved with a few beers at this point but, before packing up, I decided to cast the Manta shell on the Hornet just to see what a Mantnet (or HorRay) would look like and well I guess it would look like this Pretty funny huh feels like the ultimate knockoff.... so why does it look somehow, almost ok to me?
  13. @kneesliding I have a Carson Reflex Pro Stick 3.0 and I use it no problem with 3 different cars, two receivers being from a 3.1 version. No problems with the binding but no screens of course, so you have to memorize your trimmings and reset them every time. Thing is, as far as I know Carson doesn't just sell the receivers (I'd be happy to be corrected on this one, let me know if they do). In my case, I ended up driving three receivers with one transmitter because the 3.1 versions are so flimsy, with such ridiculously cheap plastics that it was ruining the driving experience, so I ditched those transmitter for the earlier, much better 3.0 version. In my experience their electronics work just fine, the tiny receivers even look great but Carson should cheap out a little less on their materials.
  14. @slimleeroy nice one. In my opinion, the Marui Shogun boasts the best box art in the universe.
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