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  1. Foreword: This thread is very image heavy. What can I say? I was a photo major in college. It turns out that while I did size them down for the site I didn't lower the DPI per image enough and the images are about .6MB each. This can (and has) cause slow loading and unnecessary bandwidth usage. I've adjusted my image editing software so that both the dimensions and resolution are reduced to optimal levels for the web. I will update the existing pictures as I can. Once that has been completed I will remove this forward. Until then, I apologize for the large-ish file size of the images. The build: I got a TRF 201 for my birthday. I couldn't find any TRF 201 builds here so I guess it's up to me to make one. I know there are a number of people here who have these cars so if you notice that I'm doing something wrong or if you have any tips for me while I build it, please speak up! I'm going to take my time on this because I want to do it right. It's been like forever since I raced R/C. My last foray was in 1989 when I raced the guys in my shop while I was in the Air Force. We build a small, impromptu track and I hammered my Falcon almost daily. Back then I was running a Technituned motor and NiCad batteries. It'll be interesting to see just how far ahead of my old Falcon this buggy is. If the DT-02 Desert Gator my son and I recently built so he can race is any indication of the potential of this car I'm sure to be blown away. So without further ado, let's get on with the build. The box is little. Mostly because the body and wing are packaged separately: The box may not be very big, but WOW they sure do pack a lot into it! Every single sprue was individually wrapped in it's own plastic bag, closed with 2 staples per bag. I'm not sure THAT'S necessary. It sure did take some time unpacking them all. The screw bags are all still neatly in their bags. It seems like there are hundreds of parts in each screw bag too. Whew! This is really going to take some time to build. You might notice that I have a Super Stock BZ motor. I also have a Dirt Tuned I could use instead but the BZ seemed more appropriate as a starter motor for this guy. Why not go brushless? Well, I will eventually but I have a new Duratrax Intellispeed 12T ESC which won't work with a brushless motor. So I'll stay brushed for a while until I learn how to drive again and then I'll upgrade the ESC / Motor when I get a better feel for what the other 2WD buggies at the track are running. I also have a Futaba S3151 servo to use in conjunction with my Futaba 3PL. To me it seemed that the basic S3003 servo wasn't in the same league as this car so I opted for a bit of an upgrade there. I'm going to end the post here and will pick back up with Step 1, building the ball differential in the next post. Wish me luck!
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