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Old 12-05-2003, 03:25 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

I am entering the 1/8th on-road world from 1/8th Inferno buggies so I am very noobie with this area of RC.

I am thinking of starting of with a Serpent 950 kit paired with twin Futaba S9350 digital servos and a 9886 EFRA Nova pipe. Buying these items would set me back approx AU$1000-1100.

Notice I have not mentioned the engine? :P

Would it be okay to use my buggy engine, O.S. .21 VZ-B and learn to drive and handle the car from there?

Or is it a bad idea as the O.S. engine is more designed for off-road power?

I am really limiting my budget to below AU$1000, not to mention that I am a beginner and I don't earn that much from my line of work. (yes I know this is the most expensive area of our hobby but not all of us can afford everything)

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Perhaps you can consider looking for something cheap or used from Ebay?
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Old 12-05-2003, 03:47 AM   #3
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Heh - I tried looking at EBay - nothing is for sale in the 1/8th on-road cars.

At least nothing is for sale that is available to Australia.

I think spending AU$1000 (U$720) is quite a good value to get a high performance, high quality car kit, 2 digital servos and a top of the line Nova pipe.

The only thing holding it back is the engine.

There is no point slapping a JP Black engine in the car if I cannot get used to the power and handling of the car. So may as well start with a milder mill - thats why I thought of bolting on my buggy VZ-B onto the 950.
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Old 12-05-2003, 11:49 AM   #4
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The VZ-B should be fine.. good low end grunt
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Old 12-05-2003, 01:16 PM   #5
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No offense man, with a budget of $720 USD or $1000 AUS you probably won't be able to get a high performance 1/8th. 1/8th is like the most expensive class in the hobby, correct me if I'm wrong. Maybe the $1000 AUS should be $1000 USD. Then you should start thinking.
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Old 12-05-2003, 02:12 PM   #6
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Default HEY GONSPEED......

dont let these guys scare you.i have a 950,i put about 1200.00 into it..i am now loving it...but i am on a budgett...i mainly likme to drag my 950 and race my 705....so my point is get what you like....if you feel the urge to get a 950 or a 950R...you have my blessings!!!kenchoco
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Old 12-05-2003, 03:49 PM   #7
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Ducati998 - when I claim a figure and posting it, I am making sure it is 100% accurate or I won't post it at all. It is not something I pull out of thin air.

Let me break it down:

* Serpent 950 kit @ RC Muchroom U$520 incl shipping to Australia (U$470 kit only)

* (2) Hi-Tec HS-5945MG Servos U$140 total incl shipping to Australia from Rotor in Singapore

* EFRA 9886 black pipe (not polished) U$38 from RC Mushroom in HK

* Nova manifold to go with the EFRA pipe U$22 from RC Mushroom in HK

TOTAL = U$720.00

The pipe and manifold can go with the Serpent kit and should not increase the shipping fee - if at all since those components are very light.

1/8th on-road is the MOST expensive class of RC. But if you shop around, and look somewhere else - you can get extremely good deals.

In the super expensive Australia, the prices are:

* Serpent 950 - AU$1300 (cheapest shop here)
* Hitec 5945s - AU$165 each (also cheapest shop)
* 9886 combo - AU$190

Now all of this totals to AU$1655 which is close to U$1200. Notice the extremely large gap of close to U$500?
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Old 12-05-2003, 11:37 PM   #8
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let me know what engine and where you get it from. i'm looking for a motor for my 950 also.
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