06-23-2013, 01:17 PM
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Wrong Planet
Originally Posted by HeliYogi
As you test the chassis, please let us know your findings.
The F104 PRO originally behave and drove like a garbage truck - compared to the F103.
Today the F104X1 is as fast or faster (plus much sturdier) than the F104V2. Thus the X1 is still the preferred choice in the UF1 series (Phalen , Cuda... etc).
Fred Medel says that the F104 GP is the fastest ever F1 produced by Tamiya, then why not developed that car for rubber?
Over the years I've heard the old chant that "a chassis must meet a dialing up curve with time." OK - but will we ever see a new proposal that beats it's replacement (almost) out of the box? As it sort of happens with some 4wd progressions.
It seems that Tamiya is definitely not on that road (pardon the pond
) as it concerns its F-1 platform and don't get me wrong - I buy all of their crap (which is less crappy than the rest
I really like my F104V2, it's certainly fragile, maybe not as fast as the X1 but it drives well on rubber, so why not develop it to be better? (like IFS sturdier "baseball"...etc.)
I can't figure out why the new design was made for foam tires in mind... Why?
As a man of the world, I think you are not thinking "globally" when you ask why Tamiya designed this car with foam tires in mind. Japanese and other Asian markets are predominately foam tire and 200mm in width. Because of the added grip, they also run faster motors, usually 13.5. The US is such a small market for all of these manufactures of F1 cars. We are pretty much an after thought in a world market. Most modify their desings to accomodate the tastes of the US market jsut to pick up some extra market share.
One other comment. The part you keep referring to as the "baseball" on your car breaking is commonly known as the "football".
I know, I know, football to most of the world is something that you play with your feet, but the part you are refferring to (the pivot ball mount) is shaped more like an American football not a baseball.