Originally Posted by DLS II
How about a slightly engineered TA-01/02? Don
Keep at it long enough and you'll end up with the DF03RA.
I have a vast collection of TA01/02 chassies (because of all the rally bodies they came with) and parts for them which have fallen out of grace since the RA appeared. That chassis addressed most of the shortcomings of the TA chassis which I tried to iron out over about 10 years (just for fun). They're still my favourite cars, but a DF03RA (and I have a few of these as well) will beat the crap out of any of them any day in any respect (durability, tuneability, etc., etc.). Great fun factor though.
There is only one aspect that I can think of where the TA01/02 chassis is still better and that is the possibility to make up your own plates to adjust the wheelbase to a non standard bodyshell. I did that and created a mini-wheelbase (short
mini wheelbase for the Alpine A110 shell) version of the TA02 and a midi-wheelbase version for a uber rare Alpine A310 bodyshell from Germany I came across. The latter is shorter than the TA02SW of the Taisan Porsche and uses its inverted rear suspension arm setup, that is how short it had to be (but still longer than the mini version). The mini version has the "normal" rear suspension arms inverted and the servo (standard size) crammed up against the battery. The rear suspension arms nearly foul the motor. Great fun.