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Old 01-15-2012, 01:07 PM   #3736
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Now that TCS is moving F1 to 21.5 I am converting my F1s over to BL and am curious what motors & speed controls others have found to be the "hot ticket" in F1? Roughly how much motor timing and with what gearing range has everyone been using?


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Old 01-15-2012, 05:34 PM   #3737
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LOL James & Terry

If I can buy the F1 kit I need in the UK then I will. There are two or three shops that are proving very good for F109 parts, and one source of older Tamiya parts that's been good for wings.
When I bought my F109 2 years ago there was no stock in the UK, so the choice was Hong Kong or do without. Got rid of it as I go faster with my F103 and my latest F103 has a Yeah Racing one piece alloy rear pod and ball pivot suspension, 3Racing graphite chassis, Tamiya alloy diff housing, TRG diffuser, TRG Advance rear wing and the amazing Zac Project tyres. If those parts were available over here I wouldn't bother buying from abroad, especially as these days there isn't the cost saving. If you know anywhere that actually stocks Zac project tyres in the UK I would be really happy.

I got very jaded about supporting UK shops over all others when I raced WorldGT cars from 2000 to 2006, when no one would even bother importing pan car tyres for us and spares for the RC10L3 took literally months to get hold of.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:31 PM   #3738
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I wouldn't even bother looking at US shops for F1 car stuff. Shipping is way to expensive to New Zealand and they just don't stock all the right parts. Hong Kong model shops are the KING of F1 parts!!!!!

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Old 01-16-2012, 02:30 AM   #3739
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I agree the Hong Kong shops have so much more cool stuff my f103 is very similar to terry's with the yeah racing alloy one piece part and trg wings.

Had much more fun with f103! I have used some 3 racing f109 parts for replacements from the UK. But the kits from hk like trg111 look amazing!

Great stuff over there!
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You guys convinced me. I am placing an order at RC Mart
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:08 AM   #3741
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Rc Mart and Dinball rc are both very good Hong kong based shops,i order from them at least once or twice a month for various parts and the delivery time to the uk is 5-7 days usually and i've never had any issues with either,cheap too
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I wouldn't even bother looking at US shops for F1 car stuff. Shipping is way to expensive to New Zealand and they just don't stock all the right parts. Hong Kong model shops are the KING of F1 parts!!!!!

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I am trying to change that with F1PAINTLAB, I am slowly getting the invntory built up.
The bigger issue right now is that there no parts to be had from Tamiya America, I have had stuff on backorder for months
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I had a set of tires for my F103 on backorder for 5 years from Tamiya here in Norway. So they suck on parts, i order all my parts from Hong Kong, Japan or Asia. Besides, alot cheaper too! Just for reference, a set of upgrade steering for TT01 cost 80 USD + shipping (maybe 10 USD) here, get it from Rcmart for 29 USD incl shipping.

No wonder shops struggle!

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I had a set of tires for my F103 on backorder for 5 years from Tamiya here in Norway. So they suck on parts, i order all my parts from Hong Kong, Japan or Asia. Besides, alot cheaper too! Just for reference, a set of upgrade steering for TT01 cost 80 USD + shipping (maybe 10 USD) here, get it from Rcmart for 29 USD incl shipping.

No wonder shops struggle!

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I will never charge full retail for this stuff, just no way to compete. It doesnt make a lot of sense for you guys overseas to buy from the states if you are not getting a deal. Unfortunately shipping costs are something we have no control over
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When I bought my F109 2 years ago there was no stock in the UK, so the choice was Hong Kong or do without. Got rid of it as I go faster with my F103 and my latest F103 has a Yeah Racing one piece alloy rear pod and ball pivot suspension, 3Racing graphite chassis, Tamiya alloy diff housing, TRG diffuser, TRG Advance rear wing and the amazing Zac Project tyres. If those parts were available over here I wouldn't bother buying from abroad, especially as these days there isn't the cost saving. If you know anywhere that actually stocks Zac project tyres in the UK I would be really happy.

I got very jaded about supporting UK shops over all others when I raced WorldGT cars from 2000 to 2006, when no one would even bother importing pan car tyres for us and spares for the RC10L3 took literally months to get hold of.
I hear you Terry and James. My F109 has got me into the class at an affordable money, and there is a UK shop who's helped a lot with that.

However if I wanted a tricked out Tamiya F103 or F104 then I'd be looking where you are (aside from ExoTek who do have a UK importer).

Not seen Zac tyres in the UK...but will keep looking and will let you know Terry if I do.

GT has improved, but like you I can remember a harder time. Some tyres are still hard to get hold of in the UK, but other options are available to race on.

And that said I'm now racing a CEFX kit from Josh
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Holy cheap 104 knock off batman...

I guess aluminum is cheaper than FRP....
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Holy cheap 104 knock off batman...

I guess aluminum is cheaper than FRP....
Unless Tamiya machines it.
$40+ for a pair of hubs for a Mini? X 2? Yikes!
$50+ for steering components? Eeyoww!
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The R2hobbies has an aluminum upper/lower deck. Even the T-plate is aluminum.
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Holy cheap 104 knock off batman...

I guess aluminum is cheaper than FRP....
Yeah, a cnc laser scanner is much cheaper then actually hiring a team of engineers and product developers and race team and owning several test tracks and facilities and maybe giving employees paid vacations...

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Unless Tamiya machines it.
$40+ for a pair of hubs for a Mini? X 2? Yikes!
$50+ for steering components? Eeyoww!
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