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Old 11-16-2010, 03:08 PM   #3766
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:49 PM   #3767
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What equipment do you use to true your Tamiya tires down?
Are you trueing your tires after each race, or is there a need for new ones?
I Use Integy lathe with 1/12th coned shaped arbors- the cone shape centers the wheels. I only true to a certain size then run the foams until they are done.

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Old 11-16-2010, 05:27 PM   #3768
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The F104 upper arms that I put on my F109 are really tight on the pivot balls and was wondering what you guys were doing with the F104 about that. I have several runs on the car and still the front suspension is too tight.
Instead of sanding them in a dremel I use Mothers polish, works great even gives a mirror image. The pinch also works too but can bind back up over a run sometimes.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:24 PM   #3769
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Well I assumed after sanding them I would use Mothers on them...They do seem much too tight though for Mothers alone...some sanding will be needed.
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:21 AM   #3770
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Is the stock chassis compatible with bullet style LIPO plugs?
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:26 AM   #3771
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I see a few companies carrying the F104 pro and then Ferrari kit on an F104 chassis and a Type 79 F104w can any one tell me difference and advantages one way or the other.
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:13 AM   #3772
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I see a few companies carrying the F104 pro and then Ferrari kit on an F104 chassis and a Type 79 F104w can any one tell me difference and advantages one way or the other.
F104 Pro has carbon fibre chassis, turnbuckles, carbon drive shaft, alloy diff housing, kit foam tyres, body based on 2008 F1 cars, hex screw set.

F104 F60 (or ferrari as you refer to it) has an FRP chassis, stainless steel drive shaft, resin diff housing, body based on the 2009 f1 cars, rubber kit tyres, phillips head screws all around.

The Lotus 79 (F104W as you call it) looks to me like an F104 F60, with a standard F103 front end bolted onto it. From the pics it looks like it has a piss poor shock dampner too. I am not very farmiliar with this car but this is all i have gathered from the limited things ive seen of it online. Why would someone build a car liek this? Looks mainly, nothing else.

What car should you buy? I'd go the 104Pro all the way. The kit is jsut so much more refined. Price may be an issue though, and to be honest, id jsut save up for longer and the get the pro. The F60 you'll get cheaper, but then jsut spend the same amount upgrading it in any case.

That's my opinion anyway.
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:29 AM   #3773
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Thank-you...that's what I wanted to know.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:01 AM   #3774
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The Lotus 79' is the second in a series of F-104W cars. They do have the 103 front arms with 103 wheels, and are aimed at a scale late 70's F1 appearance, when F1 cars were wide and low with ground effects. It's a style that could be quite popular with the F1 crowd in the future, and has no issues keeping up with any 103 or 104 on the track now.

This chassis is quite capable, in fact a driver put one into 2nd in our UF1 series opener.

The kit rubber tires are for looks, so you may want to look at the RIDE or Shimizu tires for racing.

The upper FRP deck is an improvement on the the 104pro upper deck.
It has more flex and room for bullet connectors at the back of the battery box.
As you can see from the picture it has an FRP chassis which may work better than the carbon pro parts.




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Problem is I don't think any of those tire companies make a tire the same size as the rear and the normal 103 or 104 tires won't look right with the body.
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Problem is I don't think any of those tire companies make a tire the same size as the rear and the normal 103 or 104 tires won't look right with the body.
Shimizu are working on tires for it, and my guess is RIDE are too...
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Problem is I don't think any of those tire companies make a tire the same size as the rear and the normal 103 or 104 tires won't look right with the body.
Have to agree.
Got the P34, and the F103 rear look far too small, in both Foam and Rubber.

Hoping someone will make Historic sized Rubbers for lotus 79 and Tyrrell P34 type models
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Im new to this site and just wanted to contribute, I read every page in this thread and wanted to put some pics up.
My F104 Pro F60:
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I just have to finish a few details and it will be complete!
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:16 PM   #3779
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^^ Did you have to grind down the battery clip to hold in that Li-po or does it just fit directly? Are you going to run the spliter? Nice car.
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^^ Did you have to grind down the battery clip to hold in that Li-po or does it just fit directly? Are you going to run the spliter? Nice car.
I'm not using his brand but I had to grind it down for one of my HK lipos and even more for a reedy 2400 lipo.

I think the clip was sized for sub-c cells, not sure why they did that though.
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