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  1. I'd suggest you also need to mandate the stop to be not before 10 mins and not after 20 mins. Else you'll get someone start on the buzzer and just lap for 28 mins... I've raced motorbikes (and mopeds) in endurance racing and just motorbikes in sprint (5-10 lap) races. The rule book for the endurance races is always significantly larger than for the sprints... Think of it as a duty of care thing, it'll reduce the chance of one of us not taking a quick break for a drink and breeeeaathhh... and then driving a shiny new car into a brick wall at full pelt. Edit: I'll say this now as a very strongly recommended piece of advice. If you're just counting in your head the number of laps you do; At the pit stop, write down how many laps you've just done. Or else I promise you, you will forget how many before you restart. Obviously if you've got some kind of timing beam counting thing going on then you'll be fine but otherwise...
  2. I've just charged the battery completely and the Controller is reporting that receiver voltage is 5.8v. I think you're right, it's a bad cell in the pack which is a shame as it's not been charged that many cycles. Ho hum, it is what it is. I've ordered a 4500mA pack off t'internet. We'll have to see when it arrives. Thank you for the reset information though, I must have missed that.
  3. I have a Futaba T3PV controller and have it paired to a Futaba R304SB receivers in a Lunchbox and Terra Scorcher. They've worked well for long time, but more and more I'm getting weird glitches when running both cars. Sometimes the steering will just fail, as if the servo has come unplugged, sometimes the throttle consistently becomes jerky in that it'll accelerate, then just give up for a few seconds, then come back or refuse to do anything until both the car and receiver are switched off an on again. The only common item between the two vehicles is the NiMH battery pack and the controller. I've tried changing the ESC in the Terra Scorcher from the TBLE-02 to a 1060 and that made no difference. I'd like to try factory resetting the controller and then re-paring the two receivers to the controller. I've looked through the paper manual and I can't find anything about how to perform a factory reset. Anyone have any ideas? Thank you in advance! Spike
  4. I love motorbikes. I've got 8 sat in the garage. 5 of them work as intended which being above 50% I feel that counts as a win. My wife is less than happy with this state of affairs.
  5. Huh, so scammers are at least inclusive. That's.... good I guess? I do however feel a little left out, not a single one has contacted me and offered to sell me a fully painted Celica GT-4 body, resplendent with lights and driver/co-driver figures for peanuts. The bar stewards.* *Now some of you could point out that I've not written any wanted or for sale adverts up, but lets not get bogged down with minor technicalities here, ok?
  6. 2007 Citroen Dispatch. Bought mainly for getting changed in after surfing and for transporting and racing motorbikes around the country. Cheaper and better than the equivalent VW without the scene tax. Spent a month living in it whilst surfing the north coast of Spain/south west France a few years after buying it. Thankfully I've significantly upgraded the occupant to someone in my life who doesn't randomly throw a punch when she feels like it...
  7. I'm clearly doing something wrong as my TS just understeers everywhere under power, turns neutrally on part throttle and only oversteers when braking. It gets better when I use the small preload collars on the front end, but then it's dragging it's nose everywhere like a Tory MP over the Westminster bathroom mirrors... I'm using modern 2.2" wheels, narrower at the front than the rear. Mainly tarmac Absima wheel/tyres on the asphalt but have some Schumacer pinspikes on JC Racing pepperpots too.
  8. You're not helping me not get one of these!
  9. See now I like ice cream too. I'd go so far to say it's pretty much the only desert I eat. I mostly eat it just when we're out and about on hot days. But despite the thousands of flavours out there, my favourite flavour is vanilla. Vanilla with honeycomb in for preference, but vanilla none the less. If all other flavours disappeared overnight it would not bother me one bit. My wife thinks I'm weird.
  10. Indeed, it's my bike, I'll do what I want with it even if that means picking bits of it out of the gravel trap occasionally. Same with these cars we build and drive or sit and look at on a shelf. It's your car, you do with it what you please. People that hoard multiples of kits or deliberately destroy ones that others would appreciate is a bit sad, but what can you do? Also @Willy iine
  11. I own a Honda motorbike that they built in very limited numbers for homologation and race/trackday it. I have written a long blog about how I came to own, rebuild and start racing it. I've fitted a gopro on it and recorded some laps around tracks like Jerez, Donnington Park, Portimao etc. Whenever I put up one of these videos on Youtube there will be people who will come along and spam the comments telling me I'm riding it wrong or too slowly. Or that I shouldn't be riding it as it's such a rare bike. Or I should put it back to standard and display it, or if I can't afford to purchase all the original parts then I don't deserve to own it. Moral of the story; some people are weapons grade bellends and because it's the internet they can facelessly outlet their petty jealousy. I've no idea who they are, whether they've ever ridden a bike - any bike for that matter and I highly doubt they've ever ridden one like mine. Any you know what? I couldn't give a f
  12. I got into the RC game during the pandemic and wanting something to do with my ample if somewhat unemployed time. I bought a Terra Scorcher because when I was a nipper in the 80's I had a QD Super Sabre. If I had the choice back then I'd have bought the 'Saber without a hesitation, but now? It's not going to drive any differently from my Terra Scorcher is it, plus the most fun part for me is in the building of the diffs, gearboxes and suspension. This is basically going to be doing the same again as the TS, isn't it? So I want one, I really do. But I'm probably better off buying the Tyrrell P34 or a Merc C11 (and popping a Nissan or Mazda body upon) for something that'll be a new experience and drive very differently. If only I could get a Sabre body to fit the twin front shocked Scorcher chassis. In my (ridiculously biased) eyes, the Sabre is one of the best looking buggies ever made.
  13. Sorry to hear it, hope the end is peaceful and surrounded by those who love you.
  14. Aye, watching too! Just got the standard CVA's on mine but wouldn't be averse so something a little more Gucci on it...
  15. Am I right in thinking a Super Sabre is just a Boomerang in a different frock? The Thundershot was a proper new model albeit similar looking with some worthwhile modifications/upgrades to the chassis?
  16. Some wheels, because everyone loves OZ Rally wheels...
  17. I bought myself a Type S a few days ago, I've been contemplating one for literally a year or so and when someone put up a Appliance Electronics for a cheap XV, I also saw the Type S for £123 I managed to talk myself into it. As it doesn't come with a speed controller like the Lunchbox and Terra Scorcher I've built before, I've ordered a Quicrun 1060 to go with the Torque Tuned in the kit. The only upgrades I have bought are the alu propshaft and cups, plus a Yeah Racing Aluminium Ball Bearing Steering Set, which I'm hoping will fit. It's the bridge and two pivot arms, but if I don't use it, it's not the end of the world. I saw this article on the RC Racer about him/her building and racing a Type S, and their mods where minimal although I suspect that was because of the class they were racing in. I'll be using a NiMH battery to power it. I know a fair few people on here have had a Type S before. Is there any other worthwhile modification I could or should do? I realise that the suspension doesn't include anti roll bars, and I've heard that TT-02 need to be run with stiff springs at the front and soft at the rear, but I'm uncertain if the latter it only for the standard kit and not the Type-S. It's going to have a Celica body despite me only going to run it on tarmac, so I've bought some of these for it as I entirely associate OZ Rally Racing wheels with virtually anything Group A, despite me knowing they often ran OZ wheels that looked suspiciously like Volk Rays TE37's. I'm sure they tyres will be rubbish but I'll have fun sliding it wherever I can. Anything I should also purchase whilst I've got my credit card out and before guilt sets in?
  18. I too have been playing Santa. Because he's only four Christmas is still pretty magical for Mini EvilSpike. He's tried hard to be a good little sausage, and he's worked very hard at school the past four months. Anyway, because he's done so well, Santa has brought him some presents! The remains of a carrot, a vanished mince pie and a long departed glass of port. Even footprints! Irrefutable evidence that Santa has been...
  19. To be fair, it's Ecover so fairly Gucci...
  20. I got my wallet out today and pressed "buy" on something I've had on my radar for a good couple of years. The chassis was £120. Sounds like near the final price, no? NO. And yet I knew this and but still do it. Again.
  21. They are: Schumacher Mini Spike 2 Front Buggy Tyres - Blue - 1 Pair (U6517) SKU: SCH-U6517 1 £5.62 Schumacher Mini Spike 2 Rear Buggy Tyres - Blue - 1 Pair (U6518) SKU: SCH-U6518 1 £5.99 Schumacher Foam Tyre Insert; Med - Front - CAT (pr) SKU: SCH-U6733 1 £1.49 Schumacher Foam Tyre Insert; Med - Rear - CAT (pr) SKU: SCH-U6734 Bought from Make It, Build It a couple of years ago. 1 £1.49
  22. We had an incredibly thin layer of ice all over the drive this morning. Got the Terra Scorcher out and had an enjoyable ten minutes sliding the car sideways everywhere, mostly under complete control, it was Ossum™ and in my mind I was Colin McRae! I'm just using some cheap Absima onroad wheels and tyres. I had no idea that you could convert the car to a monoshock front suspension setup. I'm guessing the black triangular shock mount parts are on one of the trees that I ignored? If you're ever after modern 2.2" wheels and tyres instead of buying the (very nice) Vanquish ones then the JC Racing Pepperpots look brilliant I think!
  23. Would a Super Sabre body fit this with little or no modification do you think? I've wanted a Super Sabre for a very long time but I'd be surprised if Tamiya re-released one of their least popular kits. I guess I'd just need the SS's body mount posts, I'm not bothered by the shocks being the "wrong" colour. For what it's worth, I quite like the BH colour scheme, especially on the Super HS from a few years back.
  24. Whilst I really like what you did with the Fire Dragon, I think that beautifully made Terra Scorcher now looks like a dogs dinner I'm afraid. I do like the TS wing though, and think that may well look brilliant if you swapped the standard somewhat naff wing for the TS jobbie. It might not, but it would be neat to see it!
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