Thanks rc market, the car arrived yesterday and I began assembly today.
First impressions were good. Fit and finish of the kit appears very good for the money. No worse than a number of more expensive kits I have built. Instructions are rubbish so you'll want to have some experience building kits or get some help if you are new to building rc cars.
Anyway here is a bit on the build.
Diff/spool is 1st and the feel of the rear diff is very smooth. Kit comes with 1000wt (according to the bottle) oil and fingers crossed it doesn't leak
The spool was not fully threaded to secure the outdrives but that was easily fixed with a drill bit.
The build sequence is a little different from previous kits (top deck is on before you start mounting arms and steering mechanism) but I follow the the very limited instructions anyway. Note the instructions are a bit blury and the diagrams unclear in black and white and overall appear nothing more than a low quality photocopy. Building experience will get you through but will be tough for a beginner.
I finish the diff, spool, bulkheads and front end and everything has a very nice fit. The arms are nice and free and I don't have any slop in my steering like the previous comment. Struck a problem when I got to building the rear end though.
Mounted the rear arms but they were a touch tight. Quick light sanding and they are very free with no play. Went to mount the cvd's in the uprights and hit a snag... My kit has no rear uprights.....
I haven't looked at the low profile shocks yet as I figured I'd stop there but hopefully everything is there. The low profile shocks look very small in the bag.
Even with the missing rear uprights (which I'll advise cso about and see if something else fits in the mean time) I'd still give the kit a 7/10 considering cost. Would have loved to give it a run and then provide u all with a complete review but that can't happen without all the bits lol. For a very early production kit though things look good.
Simple things I'd work on if I was cso:
- higher quality detailed instructions. The price point for this kit is great for beginners. The instructions however are useless for a beginner.
- number the bags to simplify the build
- quality control to ensure kits are complete.
So assuming my missing bits are not the norm and allowing for the fact I haven't put the car on the track yet I'm still impressed with what I got for $300 including shipping.