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Old 06-27-2003, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default release date for te new tamiya 4wd buggy called the neo-shot?

looks like it would make a nice basher car

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Old 06-28-2003, 06:22 PM   #2
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It seems that Kyosho is also testing the waters of 4WD electric off-road again with their Zaboon 4wd.

Strangely, the version they had at the Shizuoka hobby show was a carbon-fiber belt-driven unit, while this one is RTR, with a glass chassis and shaft-drive.

Let's hope that either Tamiya or Kyosho take the plunge and release a true racing version of their respective buggies... Honestly, I'd prefer the Kyosho over the Tamiya though, as the former tends to produce better competition vehicles, and is traditionally much easier to find parts for.
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Old 06-28-2003, 07:13 PM   #3
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yeah i saw that belt 4wd buggy it had weird belt/gear tranny.

but what about that shaft driven buggy you talking about?first time i hear of that!

any pics?
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Old 06-28-2003, 07:46 PM   #4
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Hi Chrono.

Yup, just have a look at this link:

http://www.kyosho.fr/catalog/product...b9621bf61cb0ee

As you can see, it's a pre-assembled sku with pre-painted body, aimed at beginners, but I think the potential is there for a competition-class racer if they want to market it as such. Personally, I'm really warm to the idea of shaft drive as opposed to belt drive: belts are probably more efficient, but they DO skip, and need constant adjustment, whereas a shaft unit is quite bullet-proof.
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Old 06-28-2003, 08:34 PM   #5
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yeah that car has some real potential
i wonder why tamiya doesnt make a buggy out of their tb evo series!??
shaft(if done right)is more efficient then belt,but its only downfall is adding a slipper is not a easy task!(durango did do it tho with their tc3 conversion)

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Yes i hope they do something in the 4wd market to make the class grow.
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Old 06-29-2003, 11:26 AM   #7
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I think Yokomo is going to jump into the competition 4wd boat before Tamiya or Kyosho does. Yokomo has built competition 4wd buggies in the past that were better than the competition at the time. If they released a car built off of the SD platform, and priced it so anyone could own one, the Durango wouldn't exist anymore.
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Old 06-29-2003, 12:28 PM   #8
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Hi Randman.

Yokomo has also been noticeably absent from the off-road 4WD scene lately, and so far as I know, they haven't announced any plans for a new buggy, unlike Tamiya and Kyosho. Then again, they might just show-up at the off-road Worlds and surprise everyone.

However, I feel it important to mention that I believe that Yokomo's success in the late 80s and early-mid 90s has been due mostly to Hirosaka's driving talent. I firmly believe that the Schumacher cats have always been slightly better, faster cars.

As for Kyosho and Tamiya, both have more than enough capital and the technical infrastructure to build & race a championship-winning buggy... The question lies more in their desire to do so.
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well i just wish someone would make a decent shaft driven 4wd bashing buggy with suspension that actually works well!
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I'd rather have a competition shaft driven buggy that didn't cost $1200.
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Masami ran 4-WD at the Losi race in Tampa with a Yokomo prototype. At least I think it was a prototype -- I didn't get much of a look at it, but I heard it was a proto.

He broke it in each of the first two mains, but took off like a rocket to win A3. My guess is we'll see it at the World's.
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Tenth Technology has a shaft driven off road 4wd

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Hmmm... Tenth Technology. Bold claim about their off-road 4WD being the best, but no pics: not the BEST way to win potential clients over.

Does anyone else have any info on this car by chance?
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tenth tech is sort of dead in the uk no new stuff since their last predator car a few year ago!
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hey guys would the belt skip in a 4wd buggy if i am climbing and stuff?
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