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'Pop rod' is the FWD offroad racer which I designed.
It had a 'Winger' body on my handmade chassis and was a 'Super-stock 2WD class' competitor.
I was participating in Japanese TAMIYA Grand Prix by the car like this in 1988.
At the 7th Tamiya Grand Prix on April,1988 I won with this car and became a Grand-champion of this class.
A few years ago, I thought to reproduce that car by present-day technology.
'Project Pop rod Mk-2' has begun.
At first, I made the gear shell from 8.0t and 6.0t polycarbonate plate by scroll-saw,
and put in it differential gear of Tamiya's old RC racer 'Thundershot'.
I used Primary-geardown unit from TA03's 0.6 module gear. because they are very compact.
There are so many C-FRP parts and Polycarbonate parts of this car, all are my homemade.
I made these parts by a small scroll-saw machine, hand saw, and the file.
It was not easy way but I did my best.
My old 'Pop rod' had an eccentric equipment in rear suspension.
At the 'Mk-2' I tried again the technique of those days.
It has a extra rear shock apart from the usual shocks, and 3 shocks work synthesizing each other.
This system is working just like an high accuracy stabilizer. It is easy to adjust.
Consequently, this car has high stability but can be cornering sharply.
I am going to improve this car continuously.
Stock Thundershot's blue-colored lower arms are very limply as you know.
regrettably, they can't keep geometry right.
So, after shakedown, I redesign and reproduced all lower arms by 8.0t polycarbonate plate.
Short movie of test run is here