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Baja Prototype

The Blitzer Beetle Baja lexan shell is finished with the painting . For the first time i’ve mounted it to the chassis . I still need to clean the overspray as the kamtec shell doesn’t come with it, and apply the decals, also clean the chassis for a proper photo shoot.  I like the clean prototype look , so here’s a couple of shots . The masking isn’t perfect, but its a bitch to mask as no line is straight on this car, but Mojca did a great job non the less with the painting .

Enjoy

 

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Drying in the wet

Wraith progress is slow but steady , yesterday i took the cage apart to find the longer screw i was missing. Also started the painting which continued into today,  the goal for the wraith paint job was to use leftover paints aka the “leftover special” . Today i planed  to finish the painting but a big thunder storm cooled everything down.  I’ve also modded the wraith (second mod already and the car hasn’t been run yet). i’ve replaced the tapping screws on the axles with machine screws, shame on you axial , the screws cost me 2 euro , i imagine you get them cheaper. During the installation i’ve put some m6 threaded r0d into the axles to stop them flexing. Also with Mojca’s help we have programed the ESC into crawler mode with drag brake and all .

Tomorrow , the electronics go in the box and esc gets fixed into space, also the interior will be painted along with the last layer of the wraith side panel. Oh yeah , the Blitzer Beetle Baja Shell is painted , just needs decals .

New worlds

Today was another nice bash with Blitzer Beetle and the Dual Hunter . Both now have the Kimbrough servo savers fitted . The Blitzer Beetle also now has a Futaba S3305 servo. its almost perfect . The Dual Hunter steering is much better now, only the straight run has to be fixed, but i trimmed it out. The shocks are still too soft for the track,but for rough terrain like today it was ok .

 

The terrain was a half done building site which , its a bit rough at places but has some tarmac areas as well . i think i found the perfect off road bash spot, it has everything: dust, gravel, tarmac, crawling terrain. and its really close by .

 

The Blitzer beetle ended up a lot on its back , the super traction tires and the power make it real easy to flip .I lost a couple of body pins and one wheel pin , had to make a makeshift one out of a hair pin. This was probably the last outing of the ABS shell , as the lexan one is almost painted. it sure took a beating, with lots of back flips on tarmac .

 

here’s another shot of the playground , it will also be perfect for that big package that is coming tomorrow :D

Big things are coming

for the last two days i’ve been to the post office twice, not the usual picking up of packets but posting . a total of 13kg of mail went to a better home , i am now officially Tamiya nitro free , all the TGX parts, bodies , chassises  i had are of to Denmark and the UK.  The money acquired was used to finance something new , something big, something wide, something heavy.  I could tell you what it is but i won’t, it will be here on monday anyway :)

Today the paints for the Lexan Blitzer shell arrived from Schweighofer .Im going to use Gunmetal, White and Orange, i’ve also ordered a can of silver as that always seems to run out when needed most.

i’ve been prepping the shell for painting ,but masking is a pain, as there is not a single flat surface on the Beetle.

i leave you with this gloomy shot of the work table .

Save me Servo

Todays mail arrival :

- HPI 6920 PINION GEAR 20 TOOTH (48DP) for the Blitz 

- M3 NYLOC nuts

- M3 serrated  flanged nuts

- Tamiya 53662 TT01 Turnbuckle set for Mojca’s TT01E

- Kimbrough KP 201 Medium Servo Saver (one for the Blitzer Beetle, the other for spares)

- Kimbrough KP 124 Large Servo Saver ( for Dual Hunter)

lets get fitting then :)

Track Attack

Today me and Jernej took the Blitz, Blitzer Beetle and Dual Hunter to the track meet at Blatni Dol, there were lots of nitro 1/8 buggies and a couple 1/8 and 1/10 racing buggies, all brushless. a guy also brought his stock Tamiyas, a Grasshopper , Hotshot and Boomerang .

Because of time constraints and battery shortages ,we both put two pack trough each car. Jernej mostly drove the Blitz and I the Blitzer beetle .

The Blitzer beetle handles wonderfully, currently the brakes are set a bit too strong for the terrain, i forgot the ESC programmer at home . still lacking the weight in the front , but otherwise almost perfect. The Lexan shell is cut now, waiting for the paint job.  Oh yeah, after a hard run and one 4000mah lipo true it, the ESC and motor were super cool at around 35to45 .

The Blitz now carries the 8.5t Ezrun Combo, but its really under geared as the correct pinion is in the mail, im still using the stock one. Hopefully , with the other pinion i will be finally able to clear the big jump with no problems :) . The handling was a bit problematic at first but after moving the battery to the back and lowering the front it improved. It really shows how the Blitz has to be tuned for the track its being driven on, its much much more race capable, and hence out of the box less good .

The Dual Hunter is too slow for this track and the suspension even after 40wt all around is still too soft .

Damage Report : nothing broke, lost 3 body clips though, all on the Blitz front. must stock up on those.

Overall a superb 3 hours, im glad there was at least one more Tamiya guy there ! I forgot to ask his name though .

Here are two Instagrams courtesy of Jernej

The Invisibug

fresh of the GLS truck, i present the Invisibug !

The Lexan Kamtec Baja Bug body from ebay.  the body itself is much nicer than they present it in their pictures. Thanks to my forum buddies on Tamiyaclub for helping me choose one.

This will finally relieve the fear of jumping the blitzer beetle , as i can’t make my self to go over the big jumps fast with the ABS body , i just can’t.

now to cut it and decide on how to paint it . I also ordered some reproduction sand scorcher decals from thailand .

Field Runners

My friend Jernej helped me out with the car maintenance yesterday, he is very keen on RC to say the least . Installed an Kimbrough servo saver on the Blitzer beetle and did some drilling to reinforce the chassis, but that will be a post on its own.

we took the Blitzer Beetle and the Blitz out for a late bash in a grassy field . turns out the grass was a bit too high as the Blitz Firebolt 15t motor got smokey . No big problem, as i was planing on changing the motor & ESC from the df03 to it anyway , so now i will do that and the DF03 is going back to brushed running , just can’t decide on which motor yet , probably a Tamiya Super Stock BZ.

The Blitzer Beetle again performed admirably, i can’t belive how much fun the little car is . it went trough two packs with no issues, just one shock screw backed out , but i fixed that . great little impromptu outing.

this time i took the picture first then started driving :)

TrackBug

Today was a track outing with the Blitz , Dual Hunter and Blitzer Beetle . The Blitzer Beetle handled the best out of all the three , probably due to the  Proline tires. I need to get some weights for the front as it rises too much , and much more importantly a lexan body shell as rolling the nice abs one makes it super scary to drive.  Im satisfied with the power of the motor. fast enough

The Blitz looses traction too quickly in the loose turns , need to fiddle with the slipper clutch again. also for some reason it seemed a bit slow on some of the jumps. maybe ill put the 8.5 ezrun i have in it .

The Dual Hunters front shocks popped of at the first jump due to the poor quality mounts , Mojca fixed that . The current shock combo is definitely setup too soft. also , it needs a better servo saver , as now the stock one flexes too much so the drive is sloppy.

Enjoy the only pictures i made with the Iphone as i’ve forgot the camera memory card at home :)

 

Brushless Beetle

I’ve installed the 10.5t Hobbyking brushless into the Blitzer Beetle , the included ESC wires were to short , so a little extension had to be soldered on, at first i planed to do a direct solder to the motor , but since the cables were to short i used 4mm bullet plugs. the installation went without a hitch. Both Hobbyking components seem very well made , glad i got the extra sensor wire though as the one included with the motor is a bit puny.

the Blitzer Beetle , now brushless :D

also did the shock tower reinforcements with m3 threaded rod  and shock ends. its really simple , just cut the proper size and screw on , also keep a m3 nut on it so you can rethread the cut end with it . if i find some aluminium pipe small enough ill put that over the m3 rod .

reinforced shock mount.

i’ve only test driven it inside but first impressions are very good, might need to add some weight in the front .

 

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