I got through the rest of the thread yesterday and I have a few comments and questions.
It was good to read Paolo's post that the first batch of kit bugs have been worked out. He mentioned that Serpent has addressed the plastic parts issue, but what about some of the quality control items that have been brought up? Drilling, parts, flashing (although not that big a deal for experienced racers), etc.
Was anything done about some of the binding/tightness issues or is that just how the kit comes?
Some people have posted having some issues with the durability of the belts and I'm wondering if Serpent is acknowledging that as an issue or if that is being considered a racer issue?
Congrats to the big guns that won the 2009 Gulf Coast Grand Prix. That certainly speaks well of the car.
I noticed that some people are weighing in at over 1800g and I find that somewhat surprising. Does anyone know what the weight difference is between a 720 roller and a 733 roller? I hope that people can continue to run NiMH batteries. I need to go back and re-read some of the posts on weight and what tips people were providing.
The reason I'm asking all these questions, is that I am recommending Serpent as a good car to get in my beginner's guide - but that was based on my knowledge of the 720. I started cringing at some of the posts I read here because it started reading like a G4xx thread.
The RRR, MTX-4 and NT1 don't generally have these type of issues and my expectation, new kit or not, new manufacturer or not, is that the quality of the kit and the way it goes together is as good as or better than those of the other top manufacturers.
Keep in mind that people new to the hobby are going to buy this car and assemble it as is without knowing some of these tips and tricks you guys are talking about. If the instructions aren't good, parts bind and things don't quite go together right, it just doesn't present a positive image of the brand. Yes, I know - some people have not been having any issues at all and the posts here only reflect a small sampling of the 733 community, but these people do seem to be having some real issues. Perhaps I'm misinterpreting some of these posts.
The kit has been out for a few months now and I sincerely hope that Serpent is making every effort to continually improve the quality of the kit so that it reflects the good name of the company.