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  1. I finished a build of a rere Hotshot recently and ran into a couple of problems. I wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts that might help. I picked my Hotshot up off the shelf the other day and one of the screws that holds the chassis to the rear gearbox just completely fell out. The bolt must have fallen off when I took it for my first test drive. Unfortunately there's no extras in the kit and I didn't have luck finding it in the yard. I'm so afraid of over-tightening things now that I'm guessing that is why this happened. Is this a common problem with the Hotshot? It seems like such an important piece that is constantly moving with the rear suspension bouncing up and down that I'm not totally surprised it came undone. This is step #18 dealing with BA4 and BD2 which is right below the rear shock. I had the small washer in place too. Also, I was unable to use the washer when mounting the front bumper to the chassis on step #31. If I remove the washer and only use the spacer I am able to tighten it without a problem, and it seems to stay, but I do not have any thread-lock as the instructions state. I thought I might have stripped some bumper stay when I first put this in so I have ordered a new bumper stay. $$ Finally my last nit-picky thing is that I am using the ESC that came with the kit and the wiring for the battery pack is going straight from where it's mounted as indicated in the instructions to side of the car, but I find the clip for the battery pack keeps getting caught under the edge of the shell pushing the body up blocking "Crash" Cramer's view to the left and right, LOL. I feel like even if I had more slack here the body shell would still ride up. Am I missing something or is the body really only held down with that one clip in the middle? I feel like after running the car I can always push it down around the sides to seat it more firmly. It seems to work itself up in the front too. I don't think I've cut anything incorrectly. Looks exactly right according to the manual. Anyway, thanks for reading
  2. Turns out the pinion gear just came loose probably due to me not having it in the right position when tightening it. The screw stripping has also taught me to be careful not to over-tighten things. Lesson learned! I finally got to take the thing for a drive again and due to us getting a lot of snow up in Oregon lately I swapped back to the original tires for the grip needed in the snow. Wow, it really doesn't take much to ding up these chrome plated rims. Once that melted away I finally got to try out my slicks and had a blast driving it all in front of the house and on the street. Naturally I'm wondering what the next step up would be for a faster motor (but still brushed), but I am very happy with this kit overall. It just looks cool and is fun to drive. It's also screaming for a lighting kit though to be frank I wouldn't know where to even start with 14 potential locations for lights! I may just keep it as is and perhaps slap some random stickers on the body to make it my own.
  3. I did a bit of a trick with the angle. There's actually a few inches that stick out beyond the Hornet's wing.
  4. It doesn’t look like it. It’s just not catching on the two gears that it touches so I assume it’s loose. Wish I could know for sure but I won’t until I can figure out how to get this stripped screw out.
  5. First run today was cut short by what looks to be my pinion gear coming loose. I promptly stripped the motor mount screw trying to get into the chassis. That’s enough for today.
  6. I've yet to have my own, but the wild design definitely has me convinced that it will join my collection. I think I'll have to go with box art too when I eventually get it. It just looks so iconic!
  7. Preordered the upcoming release from Tower.
  8. Exactly what I was looking for. I'll put my money on nabbing the Hotshot for now!
  9. Hi all, As I...pace out my R/C purchases over the year I wanted to see if anyone knows about the availability of the Frog as I'm sure many of you have been following releases longer than I have. Is it likely that I will be okay holding off on one of these for the first part of the year or do these releases dry up without too much notice? Any insight is appreciated!
  10. I couldn't resist skipping a few steps and trying on the wheels Also just for fun:
  11. Indeed! I allowed myself to go wild on hop ups this time because this is my first kit that I'm attempting to make my own rather than sticking to box art completely. Yeah, I plan to only use 2 wheel steering too. Every video I've seen of the 4 wheel setup features the car immediately rolling over multiple times which isn't what I'm going for. I've already closed the chassis up, but ended up going with AW grease in the front two diffs and the standard grease in the back diff. Hopefully that works fine enough. I have the unpainted body version so I'm planning to mask off the bumpers and front fenders, spray some lame flake, 3 coats of camel yellow, white, and then black to darken the interior and get the bumpers / fenders. Hopefully that goes alright with the PS paint I have. I've absolutely got to track down a fine point sharpie pen as that sounds perfect for the lines. I'll definitely consider the smaller bumper as well. I'm not planning too much abuse for this thing so it should work. Thank you!
  12. Thanks for the tips so far! This is where I stopped tonight.
  13. Hi all, This evening I'll be starting on my King Yellow and I had a few general questions I wanted to put out there to see what people's opinions are. 1. In the artwork on the box it looks like there are thin black lines outlining the hood of the car, but there does not appear to be decals included to replicate it. I have a feeling this is one of those things that will give the model a better look so I was wondering how other people have handled these lines on their own kits. The lines are indented from the outside of the shell so I don't know if painting from the inside would work and I'm not sure I could pull that off cleanly. 2. What is the best grease to put in the diffs on this model? The instruction indicate to use the Tamiya grease, but I've seen people recommend the AW Grease for off road cars. Do the big, puffy tires play into this? ie; they aren't glued and don't have inserts so the thicker grease might pop them off easier. 3. Anyone recommend a good tutorial or video for gluing tires on a model like this? There's a lot out there for super fast high performance stuff, but I'm not sure if this is something I need to worry about with this kit. I also have a second pair of tires that are pretty different compared to what comes with it, the kart style slicks from R31House. I'm probably going to glue them...I'm just afraid to mark them up by getting excess glue everywhere. I'd appreciate any advice!
  14. I'd rather they offer precut bodies and more stickers to help with masking rather than paint. I recently got the King Yellow and at the time of ordering was a little bummed that it wasn't the precolored shell which would have saved me some time, but the reality is that when they offer these prepainted shells it's usually just one color which happens to be the easiest thing to paint. Due to the color matched stickers of the King Yellow I'm limited to camel yellow, but even in this case I was able to customize it by adding some metallic flake to make the body my own. Edit: Oh how funny @markbt73! I didn't read the whole thread before posting, but I guess I won't be the only King Yellow cruising around Portland! I haven't done my decals yet....any pro tips?
  15. I wish I could justify the beautiful Formula E car, but finding a place to run it is difficult for me and I just blew so much money on my King Yellow build.
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