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Tamiya 57409 - Lunch Box Mini (SW-01)

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13 hours ago, lsear2905 said:

A while ago I proposed that the second vehicle to be released on this SW01 chassis should be the Dump Truck, but instead they released the monstrosity that is the MadMud. I tried doing some 'Photoshopping' this morning (yes, it's terrible Photoshopping) and came up with these:

The idea is that even if it has to be much taller to accommodate the electronics it doesn't look ridiculous, and the actual tray (?) can be enclosed (fake rocks on top) to allow room for ESC, receiver, etc.

I looks a lot better than the Mud Mad! I kind of expect Tamiya to release the VW T1 on the SW-01 chassis, but even as a fan of aircooled VW's, I think I would rather prefer the Dumo Truck.

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The dump truck imho is a better bet than the mad thing. In fact I think it’s better than the mini LB (sorry LB fans)

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Absolutely love this little car - and use it inside all the time - especially now the weather’s really wet.

I have the four wheel steering bars, bearings, Hop Up springs (the hard set feel identical to the standard ones to be honest....) and the hop up drive shaft cross pieces (to stop the axles pinging apart whenever it bumps in to something.... a serious design flaw by Tamiya - evidenced by how quickly they released the hop up...).  I’m using a Tamiya ESC and the Carson 1700 Li-Ion battery, which last for absolutely ages.

I also had to toe-in almost exactly the same as the photos of other owners in order to pull steerable wheelies - So straighten up the front, and toe-in the rears. 
 

I also fitted a sport tuned motor - and I found this completely ruined it though! It became completely unmanageable - SUPER fast but it’d flip at the slightest steering input, impossible to wheelie-steer and generally crashed - a lot.... it also span the dog bones... (I suppose the rear anti roll bar is completely slackened off having followed the hop up instructions for the rear steer.... no one seems to have the yeah racing CVDs in stock). 
 

I’ve actually gone back to the standard motor and am now able to enjoy it again (although it does feel rather defeatist...). 
 

Has anyone used the torque tuned motor - as this is the official hop up for this car... be interested to seen if anyone’s managed to get more speed and maintain usability (and also whether it's just me being rubbish not being able to use it with the sport tuned motor!). 

As an aside, I find that feathering the throttle assists with steering when it’s popped a wheelie. Really love this little RC car!

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I have helped my son build the Mud Mad - which actually imo is great - as it rolls over well being almost symmetrical end to end. We have the torque tuned and it seems reasonably drivable to me. have the upgraded cross pieces, bearings and steering bars as well. 

Have ordered the LB mini for my other son in prep for Christmas along with 2 sets of the Yeah drive shafts - which i think i will put one set each on the rear. have also got the upgraded diffs on the way - wondered whether to put on the rear only too - expensive but maybe be required......

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Love these 1/24 comicals. MudMad gets my vote too Love these daft wee burgers

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