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Old 10-20-2001, 04:51 PM   #301
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I think we have to wait longer for the F104
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Old 10-21-2001, 06:48 PM   #302
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Does anyone know of a retailer that still sells the F103 option parts. Most of these parts are discontinued. Of corse, these parts are the ones that myself and my fellow racers are looking for. The big boys do not carry anything any more (Tower, Horizon). Anyone know of anything?

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Old 10-21-2001, 07:52 PM   #303
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Odie,
Les from MDI, can probably find you any F103 option part out there

I just got a Carbon Axle from him....

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Dragon......

I agree with ya, the older machines have a great deal of character.
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Old 10-22-2001, 08:56 AM   #305
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Tamiya tried to revive F1, but it hasn't really worked. Hopefully releasing some classic bodies will help. It looks like the 312T3 body will work over the LM chassis too. That should make the switch from GTP bodies easier for those racers too. Personally, I like the F103 chassis. The only thing I would do differently is redesign the battery pod to make it easier to use side-by-sides. Maybe a small plate that goes across the bottom so you can glass tape the batteries to the lower deck instead of the upper deck would be good. Also, a height adjustable front end is a must on future cars or at least a suspension that accomodates rubber and foam tires equally well.
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Old 10-22-2001, 09:04 AM   #306
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Odie: If I were designing the F104 I would mount the battery just like the battery is in the Kyosho KX-1 touring car or Cross F1. Right down the center with removable pods to hold the electronics and keep the battery in place. This system would fit cleanly under a F1 body and look sweet in the process.

This would also make the chassis more friendly to side-by-side pack configurations with thick battery bars! Unlike the F103 battery holding system which treats side-by-side packs like an ugly step child.(NO love!)
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Yep. Shoehorning in side-by-sides isn't much fun. Using power pole connectors helps a lot, though because you only have to fight with one wire.
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Psycho: I finally gave up and just hard wire the speedo to the batteries. That way I can just have two thin bent battery bars as the solder points. I can at least get the battery in and out then.
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you guys use side-by-side batteries on F103?

How can you fitted in?
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Old 10-23-2001, 02:57 PM   #310
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I use Trinity battery bars and solder them so they are as low profile as possible. I use power pole connectors and solder the wires to the "top" side of the battery face so it can pass thru the small channel between the battery pod and the top deck. It's a little rough, but it does work.
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I have the same setup as Psycho, It is a littel tight... but works for me.
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Here's how I fitted side by side cells and hard wired them into place. Notice teh negative tab is angled at 45 degrees from the top or the cell to allow it to side under the top plate.
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Why don't you guys submit an articel to Formula 1 RC about the hard wired batteries?
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Good idea.
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Old 10-23-2001, 07:28 PM   #315
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dcracer; is that a micro servo? and a carbon F1 chassis?
nice

Did you race at the TCS last sunday?
I think i remeber seeing one of this car.
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