Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ferrari 599 GT

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FF Volkswagen Motorsport Scirocco

Just painted a Scirocco body in Volkswagen Motorsport colours for my Huge FF-11.

Black & Gold Scirocco

The assignment was; “paint it in the colours of this years Lotus Renault F1”. End result is ok πŸ™‚

Next up I will paint my own Scirocco FF-03 bodies in a VW Motorsport scheme. But first I need to make a custom S2000 wing to replace the horrible original Scirocco CNG wing.

DB02 Painted

Since the DB02 includes such nice stickers I decided to use them and go for the simple 2 colour paintjob.

Applying the stickers was not simple though but the end result looks quite good!

Tamiya DB02 Leonis Build (comments added)

So the DB02 Leonis arrived today.

Since it is such a unique chassis I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look.

The DB02 Leonis arrives in your typical Tamiya box, very nicely presented.

Kit contents.

The moulded chassis of the DB02 – fairly stiff but quite heavy.

The cast aluminium center bulkhead/motormount.

The complex center shaft and gears fitted. Everything fit together well and spin freely. All-in-all the center piece with alu gears, steel shafts and the large alu bulkhead is quite heavy. A slipper clutch would have been welcome in the kit, but as is normal on a middle-class Tamiya chassis, this is an option part. The blue cover under where the motor goes is an option part to add at least some of that Tamiya blue to the kit! Included in the kit is a simple plastic cover.

The diffs (same front & rear) are exactly the same as on the TRF502X. This is a huge improvement compared to the DB01, which came with some rather useless diffs. The TRF502X spec means steel outdrives with good quality gears etc.

Lots of axles and gears here!

The rear gearbox with the diff and input shaft fitted. Notice that the input shaft is angled to clear the battery. Camber link mounts are the same as on the TRF502X. A weird detail is that the 4 longer screws are hex head screws, while all other screws on the car are not.

Front gearbox is as far as I can tell exactly the same as on the TRF502X. The parts tree include parts for 2 gearboxes, and a Carbon Reinforced version of ths part has already been announced with a normal 5 digit option parts number. This means that the parts will be easier to get and cheaper also for the TRF502X.

Rear gearbox, damper stay, wing stay, prop shaft dogbone and center gear/spur cover fitted. The damper stays both front & rear seem rather robust and should be fairly reliable.

The DB02 even beats the TRF502X in some parts with angled steering system and a new steering bridge, much beefier and completely different from the TRF502X part. No bearings on the steering posts though, just the 2 bearings in the steering bridge. Front bulkhead also mounted, similar to TRF502X, but plastic instead of aluminium.

Front gearbox and damper stay fitted. Notice angle of the front prop shaft dogbone.

Another view of the rear damper stay.

Front upper deck.

Rear upper deck. The upper decks key into place and makes the car quite stiff overall.

Suspension added. Same geometry as on the TRF502X, just parts not carbon-reinforced. Notice alu front brace to support hinge pins. Dogbones front & rear.

Normal plastic middle-class buggy dampers.

Yellow wheels and Tamiya tyres.

Finished chassis.

Beautiful (imo) body designed by TOM’S!

DB02 Arrived

Tamiya DB02 Maezumi Style

Satoshi Maezumi’s DB02 in RC World magazine.

Tamiya DB02 Ad in RC World

TRF Double Joint Shafts – Part# & Info

42216 44mm Double Cardan Joint Shaft (2pcs.)

This Double Cardan Joint Shaft features two joint sections to minimize rotational vibrations for better suspension feel. The shafts are made from high-strength steel and are especially ideal for use with direct couplings (Spools). The overall length is equivalent to that of a standard 44mm universal drive shaft. Each component is available separately as a spare par to aid with maintenance.

Specs and Features
● 44mm Double Cardan Joint Shaft x 2pcs.
● 1050 Ball Bearings (3mm thick) x 2pcs.
● Compatible with 1/10 touring cars equipped with Item 54083 Reversible Suspension Arms (i.e. TRF417, TA06, TB03, TA05, TB Evo. 5, etc.)

42217 Drive Shaft for 44mm Double Cardan Joint Shaft (2pcs.)

Specs and Features
● Drive Shaft for 44mm Double Cardan Joint Shaft x 2
● Use as a spare part for Item 42216.

42218 Axle Shaft for Double Cardan Joint Shaft (2pcs.)

Specs and Features
● Axle Shaft for Double Cardan Joint Shaft x 2
● Use as a spare part for Item 42216.

42219 Joint Casing for Double Cardan Joint Shaft (2pcs.)

Specs and Features
● Joint Casing for Double Cardan Joint Shaft x 2
● Use as a spare part for Item 42216.

42220 1050 Ball Bearing (3mm Thick, 2pcs.)

Specs and Features
● 1050 Ball Bearing (3mm Thick) x 2
● Use as a spare part for Item 42216.

42221 Cross Joint for Double Cardan Joint Shaft

Specs and Features
● Cross Joint for Double Cardan Joint Shaft x 2
● Use as a spare part for Item 42216.

DB02 LEONIS Video