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About EvilSpike

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    Truro, UK
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  1. WooHoo! I'm back from work for a couple of months. This course looks ideal for me to be destroying the class timesheets* *for a Lunchbox, on grass whilst the driver is sneezing from hayfever. And thinking of eating a pasty. Contemplating a beer too.
  2. Bit left field, and feel free to ignore me... I built my Terra Scorcher using all of the supplied grease for the diffs and like you the diffs spin freely. The grease is very light though, which is fine for the propshafts and other ancillaries. Next time I rebuild it though I'm going to pop in some Silkolene Pro RG2 grease. It's the stuff I use on the suspension pivots and wheel bearings for my motorbikes. It's significantly thicker than the Tamiya supplied stuff, it's very resistant to viscosity changes due to heat, and it's also highly water resistant which hopefully shouldn't be an issue here. Also, it's about £9 for a half kilo pot, and you can use it in your car/around the house/garage doors, pretty much anywhere where you need lubrication to stay put. I know it's not RC specific, and doesn't come in a tiny little tube from a model shop, but I think it's worth a go...
  3. After building them I give the outside a clean using brake cleaner. It's a very high flash solvent that disappears in seconds and leaves no residue on whatever it's been applied to. An aerosol can of the stuff will last an RC builder years, you can buy it from and car parts place for about £5 a can. Leaves the bodies completley oil free, and you can tell almost instantly if you have a leak anywhere. It's also good at getting pen marks off woodwork when your two year old son has decided to redecorate your in-laws house...
  4. To be honest I didn't even consider Tamiya products. Mainly because of the high cost and often poor availability of the parts. The #54993 looks to be the perfect set, but at £85 and no stock in the UK it's a bit too salty for me. I bought a set of four aluminium Absima shock absorbers for my lunchbox for £29 delivered, and they're genuinely well made parts. Although having said that, RC Jazz has them allegedly available for dispatch for £35. That'll probably be about £60 if you get pinged for VAT and the tax collection fee. Hmmm...
  5. Funny enough I think you've bought the same wheels/tyres as I've got on my Terra Scorcher. I found that mine under-steered everywhere when I had the wider front preload collars on the front shock absorbers, but using the slimmer ones front and rear gave too little ground clearance so I went for slim at the front and wide at the rear and I'm happy with the handling, even if it looks a little odd. I also found on first building the shocks that I'd got one or two that were leaking, obvious by the amount of dust that was sticking to each body. I've rebuilt them again which cured one, and rebuilt one a third time and so far it's finally proved oil tight. The CVA's in the box came with the better red o-rings in the packet, so I'm not sure why the advice is always to change the O-rings to red ones? I did try and find some aluminium bodied shock absorbers but had no luck in finding anything the correct length despite scouring ebay/ali-express/yahoo auctions for a few days.
  6. Sadly I'm on a ship in the middle of the North Sea and won't be home until the 1st of July at the earliest, so I can't put an entry in for this or the next one. But I'm enjoying the pictures and talk from you all and hope that the best man or woman (using a Lunchbox) wins
  7. I've got a small child, a job where I'm away for six weeks at a time, a very stressed wife and a mother-in-law with a broken back. I can't always get round to posting a time on each round, ad even if I do I porbably only get one or two goes at it. But I very much enjoy this thread and doing the race whenever I get the chance to. And that enjoyment is mostly down to the idea and work you've put into it which I'm very grateful for. Long Live Postal Racing!
  8. I have to say I like the look of that track above! Ten metres might be a bit long whilst people are locked down, but now we're starting to be let out a bit it should be ok?
  9. I believe that stock of the TT02 Type S should be arriving at either the beginning or end of March. So between two and six weeks to wait. I'm not sure what else the drift kit has, although I know it comes with CVA shocks which is the first most necessary upgrade for the standard TT02 chassis. So, yeah go for it if you really can't wait a bit longer.
  10. I think I'm going to have to make a jump with a ring of fire when I get home and send the Ultimate Racing Lunchbox™ through it. I shall video this too, either for cheap laughs or for a reminder why I shouldn't be so stupid in future...
  11. With a shark pit. And maybe crocodiles too? Sharks with lasers?
  12. I like your ideas and wish to subscribe to your news letter...
  13. I've managed to get one run at this, with just a half dozen practice laps before so I'll not be bothering the top middle of the timesheets at all. It was nice to get a little bit of a drift on around the bottom marker though! Didn't get time to give the Lunchbox a go, just for comedy porpoises. Hopefully I'll be back home early April and will get more time for round ten.
  14. There are some astoundingly good Lunchies on here! This is mine, mods are Sport Tuned motor, bearings, full set of braces, oil/alu shocks, alu track rods & servo saver and LED lights. It grip rolls on the tarmac unless its wet so the roof edges are battered and scraped now. I've had a few goes at the postal racing tracks too. This is my Lunchie in it's natural racing environment...
  15. If you get any rubber marks on stone, a can of brake cleaner and a rag will have it gone in an instant. Fixing the motorbikes in the house at my old house (didn't have a garage) would occasionally leave scuff marks on the floor. You can pick up an aerosol can of brake/clutch cleaner from any car parts shop for less than £5 and it'll get rid of anything rubber/oil based instantly. It's good for getting pen marks off your in-laws doors when your toddler has been running about their house with some 'adult crayons'...
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