Monthly Archives: September 2016

VBC WildFire D09 CAD Pictures

Thought I would share these low resolution CAD drawings of the upcoming VBC WildFire D09.

VBC will probably release full information soon.

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Volvo S60 Body

Here’s some inspiration for you Tamiya. We need more FWD bodies, and the Volvo S60 WTCC would be a perfect alternative to the mostly hatchback bodies available.

For those of you wondering, the body pictured is too wide for FWD use (at 200mm – wheels spaced out for picture), too heavy, and the quality is not what it needs to be. But I just wanted to see what it would look like and get a feel for how it would handle.

On track it was very safe and reasonably fast, so for sure there would be some potential in a properly made S60 body.

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TRF102 For Sale – SOLD

SOLD

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TRF SSBB Dampers, Springs, Parts

All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2016 in Tokyo this weekend, but except the TRF SSBB dampers available separately, as well as spings and parts for them, it really seems Tamiya don’t have much of interest (to me) to display this time.

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TRF102 – SOLD

SOLD

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Muchmore Fleta Pro V2

A first look at the brand new Muchmore Fleta Pro V2 ESC.

While outwardly fairly similar to the successful original Fleta Pro, the new V2 has lots of nice new features. Obviously performace is most important, and on that I can’t say anything yet, but here are a few of the nice new details.

– On/off switch with connector and 2 different positions available (left side or right side). You can also remove the switch entirely and have the ESC switch on when you connect a battery.

– Receiver wire position can also be switched between the left side or right side of the ESC, perfect for fit in different cars.

– Motor cooling fan connector for direct battery power supply to your motor fan.

– HV BEC possibility for HV servos, adjustable BEC 6V or 7.4V.

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FF2017 Development Update

Continuing on with the FF2017, here’s a bit of a look where the car’s now.

Most new components and some new ideas have been tested, and most everything has worked really well. I now run the car with the TRF SSBB dampers (from the TRF419X), which will be available as a separate set in October. The car improved with the short dampers, and the feeling from the 419X was instantly recognisable.

I also tested a full size lipo, but reverted back to the Muchmore 5000 shorty as the car felt better and more secure with it (obviously with the same overall weight).

Last week I spent quite some hours working on the car, disassembling it and making sure everything was just right when I put it back together, making small improvements here and there. All part of making a new design work.

That work really paid off with faster laptimes as soon as I put the car on the track.

In the last picture you can see the alu diff joints with blades. Used these when I built a new diff and it made the diff 8gr (!) lighter.

That’s it for now, enjoy the pictures!

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FF2017 Body Test

I already explained in the Scirocco TCR FF Body post about my hopes that I could continue running the Scirocco body.

Well I tested it  last week, but unfortunately even after trying several different positions and angles for the rear wing I could never get it to be as good as the Civic WTCC on track.

So the 3Racing Civic WTCC body will have to be the body choice for now.

The Scirocco looks great though, doesn’t it? 🙂

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Tamiya October 2016 RC Releases

58634  NSX (TT-02 Chassis)
58637  Honda Civic SiR (EG6) (TT-02D Chassis) Drift Spec
56350  MAN TGX 18.540 4×2 XLX (French Blue Edition)
47321  Porsche 911 GT2 Racing (TA02SW Chassis)
42305  TRF Super Short Big Bore Damper (4pcs.)
42306  Touring Car Large Diameter Short Spring Set
54724  TA07 Aluminum Servo Mount
54725  TA07 Aluminum Motor Mount Posts
54726  TA07 Front One-Way Set (37T)
54727  Oil Seal (4pcs.) for TRF Super Short Big Bore Damper
54728  Piston (4pcs.) for TRF Super Short Big Bore Damper
47327  TB-04 Carbon Damper Stay Set (for TRF Super Short Big Bore Dampers)

Some further info on the interesting bits:

42305  TRF Super Short Big Bore Damper (4pcs.)  – October 19 Japan release

Translated:

– TRF419X standard equipment that have been high-performance damper. “42102 TRF special damper”, etc. Dan
The cylinder bore and 1.2mm expansion compared to par, it sets short damper length of about 6.5mm.

– And steering response is a characteristic of super short damper, high to ensure even grip Traveling in the corner speed There will be possible.

– cylinder, o-ring cap, spring adjuster, damper shaft, oil seal, da
Down par piston will be new.

42306  Touring Car Large Diameter Short Spring Set  – October 19 Japan release

– it is the perfect spring set in super short big bore damper.
– about 25mm → 20mm the spring free length to fit super short big bore damper
– excellent steering response.
– medium, soft, super-soft set the combined three types of the (two each at a time) set, to the road surface condition Computing is possible (kit standard medium).

Tamiya USA description on the TRF Super Short Big Bore Dampers.

These are dampers designed for the TRF419X. They came included with the standard kit, but are also available as separately sold units. 1.2mm wider (inner dia.) and 6.5mm shorter than TRF Special Dampers, they give a shorter and wider stance for sharp response and superb grip through high-speed corners.

Set Information/Contents

  • Super Short Big Bore Damper Cylinder x4
  • Titanium-Coated Piston Rod x4
  • Piston: Blank x4, Four-Hole x4
  • Aluminum Spring Retainer x4
  • V Parts x4
  • Large Diameter Short Spring (Medium, Black) x4
  • O-rings, E-rings, oil seals and other small parts.
  • Compatible with TRF419X and cars with stays for super short big bore dampers (Item 47327 for use on the TB-04).