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Traxxas Ken Block Gymkhana Fiesta 2011

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Hi, I am loving Ken's Gymkhana 3 video ;-

with the new model Ford Fiesta.

Having seen the 1/16 Traxxas model of it a few times now (and it having annoyed me several times by it's departure from scale) I decided to try putting the 1:1 and model (which is actually about 1:11, wheelbase 206mm versus M01 at 210mm wheelbase) above each other side on and comparing them.

Take a look. Some people I know prefer the cartoon looks and very much over large wheel arches and so on.

However I do NOT and to me it looks like someone stood on the model by accident :lol: This is because the wheelbase on the model is VERY wrong, forcing the distortion of the upper section of the body to fit it.

I wish Tamiya would do a 1:10 of this but ACCURATE to scale INCLUDING the wheel arch and tyre / wheel sizes, with officially licensed decals, I'd certainly buy one.

Cheers,

Alistair G.

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That body is awful,it's a mile off!!!!.

This is why(being a static scale modeller too),I only do buggies.

If I did a "car" that "looked" scale,I'd be annoyed at it's performance.

I'd expect it to look, drive and handle like the real thing.

For example,can anyone drive a 1/10th scale RWD Escort like Simon McKinley

drives his Mk2 Warrior Escort?

I haven't seen anyone do it yet.

At least buggies don't seem to match any full size counterparts,so there isn't

any comparisons to be made as such.

That's my take on it anyway.

BTW,here is Mr McKinley in that wicked Mk2 giving it plenty of beans:

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I agree buggies are a lot of fun, but don't write off the Tamiya shells/cars because they won't perform enough - they are plenty of fun, and all that's needed is a spare body (or two perhaps) :) Nice vid by the way, that driver is driving with a very aggressive approach, it almost starts to look like drifting :lol:

Anyway, Traxxas is really bad at making scales bodies. Actually, my opinion is that pretty much all their body designs are bad. The only one I really like is the Summit, because finally, the dimensions seem about right, there's no cheap-o looking graphics on it and it has a nice cage - though I am sure another brand would have made the shape of the shell better suited to my liking.

I also used to have a Traxxas, I liked it for it's reliability (of the chassis, not it's brushed motor), but to be honest, the driving performance was less than exciting in general. The most fun I had with it was when I drove the car and let a few friends drive it, often in the snow or inside a large shed, making some jumps for it and driving around on the slippery concrete.

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BTW,here is Mr McKinley in that wicked Mk2 giving it plenty of beans:

thanks for that link !

he ain't scared is he : exhibit A 1.03 in.... WOW !

As a long time Mark 2 owner and fan I love seeing stuff like that.

as for the Fiesta, I have one on Pre Order as it is part of a collectors edition of the upcoming game, Dirt 3.

I think it'll look close enough for my 3 year old to love it !

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thanks for that link !

he ain't scared is he : exhibit A 1.03 in.... WOW !

As a long time Mark 2 owner and fan I love seeing stuff like that.

as for the Fiesta, I have one on Pre Order as it is part of a collectors edition of the upcoming game, Dirt 3.

I think it'll look close enough for my 3 year old to love it !

Ahh good, my first car was and still is a year 2002 Fiesta (one of the very earliest ones of April when they were first sold in the UK), we seem to call them MK6 in UK.

I see that Kamtec has introduced a MK6 but IMHO it doesn't seem to have quite the correct body shape that my MK6 does, otherwise I'd have bought one. Yes folks, unless it looks pretty accurate (basically like Tamiya does them) then I ain't much interested on the whole. Scale looks matter very much to me.

http://www.kamtec.co.uk/index.php?page=sho...t&Itemid=53

I think the bonnet slopes "too horizontally" (should start with more slope and end with more slope) as though someone has lifted up the bonnet, and the almost complete lack of panel lines disturbs me, and stupid huge wheel arches irritate me. The 1:1 Fiesta MK6 Super 1600 with rally body kit on doesn't have such stupidly overlarge wheelarches, for example;-

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http...1t:429,r:11,s:0

All just IMHO of course.

Cheers,

Alistair G.

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