bhambrent - the 200mm version of the 3.0 will not be till probably feb or mar/05. I want to get some good feedback from racers using the 190 mm version on rubber/outdoors to find out its personality there. Once I have a good sense as to what its doing, I'll be able have some "data" (poor use of the word) to know how to adjust certain parts of the 3.0's shape to make it more effective for 200mm gas racing.
Greg Sharpe - you rock! I hope there are many more out there in "rc land" that understand this race-body biz as well as you do. Your post was excellent. I am hoping that guys like you will put your thoughts in writing and send it to ROAR pres Rick Wilson & Bob Ingersoll. I have probably sounded like "a voice in the wilderness" when talking to Bob about this stuff, so I know that if he recieved a few letters calling for some reforms in body legalization, it would probably carry a lot of weight. (toward change) If you need address' just let me know, or look on ROAR web site.
I've got a few questions for you racers.
1 - With this negative outcry from (a small percentage of) you about the Stratus 3.0, just wondering, has there been any similar protests anywhere about the very strange looking, long-trunk series of Accord bodies from Ride? (2nd place at the 2004 Worlds) What about the completely unrealistic Yokomo Stratus E (version #5)? What about the Skoda body that's ROAR & IFMAR legal. And hey, have ya seen a lot of (non rally) Skoda's racing on Speed tv lately? lol The official Skoda web site refers to this model as a "prestige, luxury sedan". Strange. And what about the Tamiya Subaru body? Did you ever notice just how familiar that thing looks? When an industry icon like Tamiya puts Subaru lights & grill on a mold that is 90% Stratus 2.0, it has me scratching my head. (3rd place at the 2004 Worlds) I have nothing but respect, awe and admiration for the hobby giant Tamiya, but for a brief moment, when I saw this body at the Shizuoka Hobby Show, I was very disappointed in them.
2 - for all you racers who share my concern for "realizm" what say ye about these poorly prepared bodies that often make the A-mains at the most prestigious races in our sport. You know exactly what I'm talking about. One color of white or yellow, no headlights, grill, tailight stickers - only a couple of sponsor logos. Even a dead-nuts perfectly realistic Tamiya or HPI body would look like Casper the Ghost if prepared so carelessly. But they show up at every major event (in america) and sadly have even won a few. If the manufacturer has gone to the trouble and expense of including all the appropriate stickers and engraving, why not take 2 minutes to put them on?
2b - for all you realism fans - what about this trend started in the far east, of painted on "anime" style headlights, grills etc. I personally have no problem with this, but what do you think of it? Is it allowed in the UK? Just curious.
3 - What are your opinions about companies like Titan Blitz that blatantly rip off - back pour - copy to a T - whatever, PROTOform race bodies. In some cases, they even used our decal sheets on the painted web-site bodies. To add even further insult to injury, they have "arrows" pointing to the "unique features" only seen on Titan Blitz bodies. (sound of puking) Hey, I didn't find these molds in the garden, each one took a month or more to finish. Should a company like this be supported by racers & dealers? For me its very frustrating - and they've done an extensive list of PROTOform clones. I guess they just have no class (or conscience) whatsoever.
After, reading and considering the views and opinions expressed on this thread and the other RC Tech Pf thread, I've been able to kinda summarize the feeling of many. I "hear" that many of you want me to be the "body - cop" for the industry because ROAR and IFMAR have been so ineffective. BUT, it seems like you want me to keep my own self-imposed "rules" while at the same time you think its ok for everyone to completely ignore this new-generation of "funny" sedan bodies coming in from overseas. I hope I'm wrong.
On a positive note - we will figure this thing out - and it will be better!
Well, I gotta go shovel snow now, eh. aarrrgh!
Have a great Christmas season! - Dale - PROTOform