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  1. Project Start: 10/2023 Chassis - TRF419 based Body - Tamiya Honda Civic ( Multiple) Electrics - Multiple Paint - Multiple Ambitions - Front and rear lights - Interior Cockpits I decided to start a thread that will focus on all Honda Civic projects of mine. I have multiple in the project queue and this is a good place to have them archived. It will include the official Tamiya boxart livery builds including Jaccs, Ideumitsu Motion; Street focused, SpoonSports and maybe more Liveries! This will be a long haul project. The starting point will be this 1990s torquise metallic teal. With beautifully complementing light buckets I just recently discovered.
  2. Hi, some may remember my account. I haven't been active lately, life obligations got onto me, good ones tho. A friend (John, later in text) and I are back on the speed run thread. After a pause in this hobby, John decided to make his comeback with a Xray T2 007 and a brand-new factory built 3Racing Sakura Advance S, as I understand it is a decent entry level race car. Nothing too fancy, I don't know his final setup yet, but I want to give this challenge a try with my old FF03 that in the last speed run challenge hit 103km/h. I think it was 2020 when we had the last challenge... John drove a AE TC6.1 with a 3s setup and managed to achieve a speed of 113km/h, while my FF03 achieved 103km/h. I don't remeber the rations now, but my setup was a 3s Tamiya TBLE01 / TBLM01 8T sensorless brushless combo. This time it is similar (I unfortunately sold the tble01 combo) with a Carson Dragster 10T motor, it is actually a rebranded TBLM01 10T. I can guarantee this, as the ESC Dragster Carson is identical to a TBLM01. I can not use the TBLE01 esc, it burnt out and haven't found somebody experienced enough to reroute the connection and restore the board. (picture below) https://imgur.com/Xxq94ZH Anyways, the setup China ESC 120A 2-4S (4s will be eventually used, chaos mode ) Carson Dragster 10T 4300kv 2-3S (4s will probably work also but once ) Savox 1252MG (low profile servo, mounted with @wtcc5's technique) GEAR RATION: Spur 64P 72T //// Pinion 64P 60T /// FDR 1.20 diff Spur 52T /// Pinion 20T /// FDR 2.60 FDR: 3.80 (this should on 3s run 103MPH /// 172km/h) There is a Yeah Racing diff set with a 50T diff spur, that would bring the FDR down to 3.70. I already have the tamiya 54471 steel gear diff. My question where I need advice is, what kind of gear diff putty should I use or only oil? if oil? what kind of oil? I obviously will not be racing through corners, I need something that will hold stable under load in straight runs. and please share thoughts and ideas about this setup. 72T 64P vs 35T 48P (for reference) The Chassis Since this will be a 100MPH run, I have put a bit of thermal paste on the heat sink for MAX efficiency The motor The ESC ( ) funny how it can be the same price for 45A 60A 80A and 120A, this is a hit-and-miss Other parts on order This is what racing on a budget looks like if this thing hits anything near 100kmh I will be more than happy. Taking suggestions for body choice!! Tire recommendations are also welcome!
  3. My first build thread. Please bear with me; i write too much rubbish and i take **** pictures. So i was down @ the local Tamiya distributor one day and was just nosing around. Friend was there to get some parts. I have been out of RC for what, 20 years? So anyway i saw a bunch of FF03s gg on sale. Like $150 (82 GBP, 98 Euros) a kit. I am like whoa holly **** thats not expensive, right? Should i get 1 for kicks? No i didn't. I felt i needed to re-educate myself first u know? Did some research abt the chassis, current electronics trend, parts, etc. I always liked realism in RC. Or rather, how RC tries to replicate real life. Like the TA03F. Front motor placement, upright suspension, just like a real car. That car had no proper suspension geometry and with the motor in front(wrong place for racing), its just not going to be beating any of the 2 belt touring cars, but it didnt matter, i liked it. To me, its the "correct" rc chassis. Heavy bits in the right places. I had a David Jun before i quit the hobby. I think i gave the car away or something. I think it was 4 years ago that snagged a BNIB David Jun for not too much money. I liked it so much i always wanted another one. But i flipped it coz someone offered me more than 2x as much as i paid for it. So obviously, i didn't get to build it. On hindsight looking at the residual value now, that was a move i regret. I want to say i love it, but if i really did, but i wouldn't have sold it away. Okay, i must have, all those years ago. half the reason why i sold it was because i couldnt stand the thought of the ball diffs. I hate em'. I hate the idea that @ some point, if i play with it, i would have to take it apart and rebuild it. Urgh. Why can't Tamiya or somebody make a sealed gear diff for all the older cars?! Back to the FF03. interesting car. I always fancied the idea of an FF touring car with a Honda Civic body. Front motor, just 1 diff to build and talking abt the diff, wow! Oil filled sealed gear diff! Wow! i was amazed by the sealed gear diffs. I always hated building ball diffs. So i found the sealed gear diffs to be God sent. If i was disappointed at it, i would say that its got a 3 gear gearbox. I mean, Why can't they make a belt drive FF car just like EVERYONE else, right? And there are so many. Ok fine, i need to buy the ver.II XV01 gearbox and gear diff if i wanted to use that. Ok. the kit's cheap so, do-able. oh need a set of those alloy dampers. Wait a minute, wow in board suspension!! This FF03 is madness. But flexy tub chassis looks meh. No worries mate, 3Racing makes a CF chassis conversion. We got you covered. Oh hey, theres the FF04 Evo. But it was going for stupid money, and also i hate the battery placement. I mean, how do you balance the battery on 1 side, and your electronics on the other? Anyways i did the sums, and the more i thought abt it the more it didnt make sense. Its fine if you leave it like that. But i'll want to throw some shiny bits on it, just like everyone else. And idealistically by the time i am done, for all the money i was gonna throw @ it, i could have bought something newer, cheaper. Maybe faster & better. The more economical alternatives were the Schumacher Mission FT (LHS was selling it @ very close to Xpress FT1 money), the 3Racing FF20 and the MTS FF V3. All belt drive, All front motor (except for the Schumacher). Because every chassis had something i didn't like, i forgot about buying an FF chassis for abit. Then i was talking to an old friend i knew from my RC days; i asked him what he was playing with of recent. FF Touring. So i told him i wanted an FF03 and he totally advised me against it. Buy the Xpress, he said. Superbly good value for money he said, kicks *** out of the box, he said. That, or the Schumacher, which was, in his opinion, just as good. Anyway to touch on Xpress. They are from Hong Kong, and they have being around for 20 years or so. Back then i was still an 18 yr old kid, and i am like... ewww, ugly red anodized parts. Typical touring car copy of every other brand out there. Then again to be quite fair to them, almost every other 4wd touring car had 2 belt drive and offset ball diffs back in the late 90s... This, is that touring car. Its called the Roadrunner *beep beep* and they had a M chassis version, 4wd as well, though i can't rmbr if it was a 210mm or 225mm wheelbase. My friend was semi sponsored by the LHS who brought in the Xpress brand to ran some races and he did mightly well. Granted he was a good driver and he could drive my flip flops into the A Main if he wanted to, but he mentioned it was a very good car; build quality was very decent too. It took me by surprise; i am chinese but i never had any confidence in chinese products; i have this stereotype that they are all.. crap, @ least, in those days anyway. But it changed my impression of the brand. But i still hate the red anodized parts. Ewwww. @ some point the guys behind rcmart.com took over the rights to the brand and launched their own products. I don't exactly know when, and quite genuinely i don't care either. They have some interesting stuff going on, and not bank breaking too. In the end i went with the Xpress despite obnoxiously hating the red anodized parts(i'll say it as many times as i want ). Parts support for Xpress is amazing. Parts from the newer touring cars will fit the older ones (arms, etc) so you nvr have to worry about breaking anything. Tons of options too!I would have liked to give the 3Racing a go but the support online is pure rubbish. Reads my queries through FB messenger on the official page but doesn't respond. What a dick. MTS doesnt seem to have much support in terms of parts; and the Schuey just looked weird to me. Front mid motor mount position is kindda silly isn't it, @ least to me. Looks weird for 1. In the end, people are adding brass weights in the front bumper to get traction? Anyhoos i bought the FT1S (sport version with FRP chassis) because the FT1(full carbon chassis with all the go fast aluminum parts and the bees' knees) was way too expensive. Enough talk. Picture time. I figured out since the kit wasn't expensive, i could throw some money at some hop ups. Nothing too crazy, i mean, the whole point is to get back into the hobby without spending too much. Rightttttttt? Or @ least i thought. Just carbon front and rear shock towers, carbon upper deck, aluminum floating servo holder and carbon plate. Ahhhh just 1 more hopup; how much more would it cost anyway.... As it turned out, it would cost enough to have me realize that i would have been doing myself a favor by getting the FT1 with all the carbon and aluminum parts in the first place. shiiiiiiit Random pic of the FRP main and upper plate, together with the carbon upper deck. Alright folks, thats all for now.
  4. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272411464013 Never seen one like it before, but it looks like a CRX/205 with a plastic tub chassis?
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