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Old 11-28-2007, 12:34 PM   #361
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In the past, what's been the barrier keeping this car from using foam tires? Is there any chance those things are changed on the 416, aside from the obvious issue of chassis/topdeck rigidity.

Don't get me wrong, I know this car isn't for foams, and intend to get it for rubber racing. I'm just curious, mostly. I don't plan on doing much foam, but I'll definitely want a car around if I want or need to go that route for some reason. I'll probably keep my current car for that, which is more than capable, but it would be nice not to have to split time/parts between two manufacturers.
I guess the two limiting factors for the 415 were the lack of a front diff. The offical tamiya one has only been avaliable for about a year... only other option previous to that was to run an old yokomo one.
Also, the front hubs restricted the use of tyres wider than 24mm, not so good for 28mm foams. The option to rectify it was running HPI front hubs.
Both mods can be found here.

Another reason more recently would be the thicker chassis opition. The 4mm chassis could only use the old steering system, limiting it to some extent to just the 415, MS, or MSX.

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Old 11-28-2007, 12:36 PM   #362
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Is it known whether the front hubs on the 416 will impose the same limitation?
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:15 PM   #363
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from the pictures so far, I would guess not
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:17 PM   #364
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tryhard: you know the 9550 has been replaced by the 9551, right ?
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:56 PM   #365
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Hey Guys,

I don't think anyone has mentioned the release date yet. If so, my bad. My distributor has indicated a January 16, 2008 arrival. Which, means we will receive them approximately Jan. 17 or 18.

We're still taking pre-orders, but running out fast.

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Old 11-29-2007, 01:23 AM   #366
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tryhard: you know the 9550 has been replaced by the 9551, right ?
I didn't know the 9551 was out yet?
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:47 PM   #367
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I believe, yes it is the same duct.

I am indeed, mainly as I keep pestering them with emails about the car (front drive, duct, release date etc) I've pre-ordered the car with the blue screw kit, the duct, and a S9550 servo... usually get a reply back within a 24hrs.
If you don't mind Ed, can you keep us all informed on everything you hear from RC Champ?
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Champ is saying 12/20. Is it normal for Japan to get kits before the US? I'm assuming that's the case, but being a Tamiya newb, I've gotta ask.
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Champ is saying 12/20. Is it normal for Japan to get kits before the US? I'm assuming that's the case, but being a Tamiya newb, I've gotta ask.
yes.. japan always gets it first. then Tamiya USA receives their shipment.
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:06 AM   #370
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I just got an email from RC Champ saying that the release date is now the 13th of December. Can't wait!
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release date is now the 13th of December.
Awesome!!......... That's great news!
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I just got an email from RC Champ saying that the release date is now the 13th of December. Can't wait!
I'm think can't in 13 Dec ,
because Tamiya was posted change to 12 send hobby need 13rd or 15 start to sale !
http://www.tamiya.com/japan/news/news0712/news1.htm
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I can't wait.
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Great news indeed. What a pity all club racing in my area will be over... But the earlier the better!
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Old 11-30-2007, 02:58 PM   #375
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Found some nice close-ups from the Hobby Show:
http://www.rcmodel.com.hk/leobbs/att...5751&type=.jpg
http://www.rcmodel.com.hk/leobbs/att...5843&type=.jpg
http://www.rcmodel.com.hk/leobbs/att...5843&type=.jpg

Looks like the steering components will be well clear of the belt.
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