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Long time no update on this project, although I was using time to collect parts, stuff and ideas. With the rerelease of the Avante 2001 bodyset I made one in boxart, but still only had 2 original white wheels. Three years ago, I found on local advertising a battered 2001 for 80 bucks, which had a seemingly o.k. body and silver sprayed wheels. Bought it, and was surprised: Under all that dirt it was even in better condition than my first 2001, despite some broken parts. Hours and hours of sokaing the original white wheels and scrubbing finally succeeded in bringing the paint off. But this wheels took so much work, that they will go with the new bodyset as a shelfer 2001, which has still to be fully assembled. So back to the runner, last year TBG and MCI had to spend a new bodyset for bashing, undertray was stripped with paint killer, same for the wing, which had to spend the winglets for the new Astute (middle part) wing. The TBG wing was not good enough for me, to be honest. I fixed my concept, not to end up as Egress, so FRP parts had to stay, wheels shouldn ´ t be black, so a set of Rere black special was the choice, to get some neon 90`s appeal in the project. For the tires I decided on the Vanquish pin spikes just for looks. Electronics I wanted to keep clean and equal to my Vanquish runner, so the Tamiya TBLE02 was equipped with XT60 connectors for my M-Chassis stick pack. Engine is also the same, a former Speed Passion sportsman 13,5t silvercan with bullet connectors and an MCI Racing Dynatech 01R sticker. On off switch was changed to a smaller one and all wires shortened as much as possible. Some Tuning parts still have to be mounted, see the pics. It ´s running so nice in the garden with the torque splitter set, and has good power on a 23T pinion. A lot of detail work in the CVA ´ s, new piston rods, pistons, ventilated caps and Egress springs to increase travel front. Changed ball studs in the steering bridge together with the new Tamiya ball connectors, because the originals were blocking full suspension travel. For the color I wanted to do no boxart job (have my shelfer), but wanted metallic and fresh look. So I decided to try 'bright gunmetal' from Tamiya. More and more happy with the choice, but judge yourself. Driver figure is a 2011 one with glued on extensions.4 Out of the shadows 4 What a floating design! 4 cockpit took it ´s time 8 MCI stickers work well, cannot complain on them. 2 Clean and cheap electronics. 4 Retro brushless engine, as Tamiya should do it... 1 Tamiya TBLE02 working very well for the money. 3 Yeah racing drive shafts to test in the front. 4 Still playing with the thought of a slipper clutch 2 need another, smaller spur gear 1 2011 driver made to fit.
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Avante 2001 Runner - part 1