Category Archives: Bashing

Snow Patrol

Just a quick picture of the test run tonight in the snow .

The waterproofing held up fine , the floor pan helps a lot, even with the cut rear wheel wells. The snow is too soft and brittle to climb it so its like driving on sand , you get stuck a lot if you don’t keep your speed or go for the too high snow.

All went fine, i’m satisfied !

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Servo woes

Today was the Wraith’s first terrain outing , was short but sweet . After about 5 minutes the JB Welded servo mount on the blue bird 630MG came of . It just goes to show, how much force goes true the steering . I replaced yesterdays broken stock servo horn with a futaba original one. I hope that the replacement servo arrives tomorrow.  As you can see, today the Led kit arrived and is already installed .

From what i saw of todays drive, its not the fastest vehicle, but climbing it up this rock pile was super fun. this is going to be a great vehicle ,especially for the autumn time.

note the dislodged servo

 

 

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 😀

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

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 🙂

 

Diva

Along with the Audi TT came the Diva of my collection , the beautiful Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Junior.

I’ve changed her over to oil shocks in preparation of Acto Tuned M Special motor install , but before i do that i need to fix the handling because at the moment the rear end break out every time i break from speed , some fiddling with the shocks will do the trick

Enjoy

Blue Bull

Today we went out to the track to find it completely unusable , since some jerk parked a semi truck with trailer on it . so we dropped by the backup location which is so so, also it has  nasty poles and you drop of a curb if you’re not careful (Mojca managed both due to receiver trouble)

it occurred to me that i haven’t posted any pictures of the TA04SS AUDI TT-R DTM yet so here she is . a beauty of a car . Running a sport tuned and 25t steel pinion, otherwise stock.

Enjoy the blue one , its yellow twin is still in painting.

Holly Smoke

Back from the sea side , a great week of lots of sun with minimum RC action , why you ask ?

thats why :

The Ansmann 12t ESC goes up in smoke

first ESC that died on me

The Ansmann VR 12 Turn ESC from the Blitzer Beetle went up in smoke (very very stinky smoke i must add) . I think it just was past its time , it started behaving weirdly then just died. After i got back to service i just plugged it in and it started smoking . Now i have a bit of a problem since don’t have an ESC for the Ta03F pro as i was planing to use this one .  oh well, will see what i can find on Ebay , until then the TA03f pro gets a 101BK.

The Sea side running of the Blitzer Beetle and The Dual Hunter was fun . Great terrain in the woods in the shade .  The Blitzer Beetle handles fantastically, the DF03 shocks and the Prolines are doing wonders , the handling is precise , stabile , the tires provide plenty of traction , maybe too much , as i’ve managed to roll it 3 times on tarmac. with a hard body the rolls hurt and it has scars to show .

first run, first scratches

The looks of the Beetle bring a smile to ones face , it really looks fantastic, i’ve always fancied this car , but could never afford it when i was young . Its a constant grin when it runs, it only changes when you roll it .

a classic beauty

I must say something about the tires. The Prolines Dirt Hawgs are fantastic, much much better than stock tires , worth every euro , i did expect them to be better , but not that much better. after a pack of hard running on mixed terrain, they show no wear what so ever .

one more

Mojca was driving the Dual Hunter while i did the Blitzer Beetle, the servo mount was flexing way too much with the high torque servo , Tamiya did a design mistake there , but a aluminium mount will fix that , its on the way along with better shock mount , so i can mount the 100cm shocks i got of ebay for super cheap . i temporarily fixed it with longer screws instead of the 3x10s used. its a bit better. Also we lost a screw holding the shock (must replace those with ball heads). Since this was the only run that day and it turned out to be the last for the whole week, we cleaned the vehicles thoroughly and went to have a beer 🙂

Lesson learned, always bring a backup ESC along and also always take running shots at the begging of the run, so you don’t get stuck with static shots again …

cleaned and waiting for the 3200kv Brushless combo….

Flying practice

The weather was so so this weekend , and since mail is late with replacement parts, we decided to take the off road cars out today and test out the new ramp.  The Blitzer beetle stayed inside since the body is still being painted and i still didn’t put the ball diff of the Dark Impact back together .

So for today flying lessons i present , The Dual Hunter and The Blitz

Status Report :

Time ran : 90 min

Terrain: – Tarmac for run up

– soft grass: for landings

– concrete curb: when missing the ramp

Damage: – lost two body pins

Things to improve: -attach longer shocks on Dual Hunter

– more power for Dual Hunter needed

– glue tires on Dual Hunter

– get stiffer servo mount for Dual Hunter

– draw a center line on the ramp

– try not to hit the pavement curb so much

The Dual Hunter currently uses shocks from a TGX with no oil and spring changes , its definitely not optimal , but 100cm aluminium are on the way from HK

it nose dives if you brake on the ramp

Durability is excellent ! 

lost two body pins today, the Blitz likes the greens

It jumps incredibly balanced and controllable and predictably

i need to take it on the tracks, its potential is wasted here, fun non the less

with two stronger motors and some 100 cm shocks it will be even better , a tough little truck.

 

 

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