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Old 04-13-2008, 07:10 AM   #16
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Looks very cool. Parts are a little on the expensive side though.

http://www.casterracingusa.com/produ...9&cat=5&page=1

http://www.casterracingusa.com/produ...7&cat=5&page=1
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:19 AM   #17
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the parts pricing is meant to help local hobby stores if you would like the vehicle you can get your local hobby store or another online hobby store to stock the parts and I guarentee you they will be cheaper we are the importer and we dont want to step on anyones hands with pricing eventually our online purchase site will primarily be used for just team drivers

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great to see they are on the way.

excited to see the pics and what the differences are from last time I saw the proto.
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Old 04-13-2008, 12:52 PM   #19
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$10,000. Sounds cheap to me. No, actually it is a code to be able to instantly see that the price is to be announced and letters can't be used.. I am sure that if a person made it $0, they would be legally liable to sell at that price...lol. Also, do not want it to NOT be available either....

Besides, Camshaft would probably do something special for you if you did purchase one for $10,000, like lifetime replacement parts or sell the original prototype electric ZX-1R......
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Old 04-13-2008, 03:26 PM   #20
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there is an A123 pack that could fit fine. Those 1100mah cells they have, I saw a 2200mah pack fit perfectly in a Tamiya TA05 IFS in an issue of RC Driver. they just need to decide if they really want to do RC.
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Old 04-13-2008, 04:56 PM   #21
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The r/c community is just going to have to start running them. If a major vendor such as horizon would offer the cells at a respectable price then I'm sure they would be more widely acepted.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:01 PM   #22
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www.casterracingusa.com webpage has been updated. They are taking pre-orders for anyone who is interested. Dealer and distributor inquiries are welcome. It will be fun watching Caster Racing become a household name in the next year.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:12 PM   #23
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I'm excited and would buy one, but I just bought several Neu packs and have a considerable amount of money into my 777 conversion. I think most people will be hard pressed to give up current packs and cars to get into this vehicle. I love that someone has finally stepped up and wants to help bring this exciting branch of the hobby to new people and I hope it does.
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Old 04-14-2008, 02:18 AM   #24
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I'm excited and would buy one, but I just bought several Neu packs and have a considerable amount of money into my 777 conversion. I think most people will be hard pressed to give up current packs and cars to get into this vehicle. I love that someone has finally stepped up and wants to help bring this exciting branch of the hobby to new people and I hope it does.
There is also a "standard" layout coming that will take most large packs currently being used in conversions. I don't know when just yet...

A123: another "problem" is the cost and availability. What's out there now is too expensive IMO, with the exception of buying Dewalt packs on Ebay and building them yourself. Unfortunately that's not a viable option for the masses. There's also the charging issue that has to be dealt with... very few chargers are plug and play for A123.

But I see the advantages of A123 also, and I'm not against them like some guys. Bulletproof, huge cycle life, can be charged super fast, etc...

When the first cars show up, I will do some testing with the 2300mah A123 cells. I also have a few 1100mah to play with, but they would be rather expensive to build a pack big enough for 1/8 buggy. It would require 16-20 cells (4s4p/5s4p)) at $10 each...
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I would just run a 8s a123 pack & drop a high turn motor instead of a low turn motor. They will generate the same power, give you the great run times, but be more effecient.
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Hi glassdoctor,

Saw one of your BL racing videos when I started back into RC in '05/'06. It was quite awe inspiring. Caster Racing is forward thinking in teaming up with u on this .

I like your battery configuration in splitting one big pack into 2 for easier balancing. I am guessing that in order to place the battery closer to the centerline, the center diff is moved ? How is the motor mounted ? Is it in the center ?

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pw:
yeah... that is a better setup

joe:
The center diff actually is not moved forward... let's just say the battery is squeezed in there. It is moved to the centerline.

The motor is up front in the tank location, and there is room for up to a 1515, but likely not a Feigao XL. A smaller motor like a 1512 (or maybe even a 1509) will be the best setup in this car I think.

Or something like a Pletty Maxximum or Lehner 1930/1940... ?
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Glassdoctor,

How is the load compared to a converted Nitro?

Weight similiar? Gearing similiar?

What are you driving it with, motor, esc? How does runtime compare?

I contacted them and it is not going to be offered in a RTR, just a roller for now. They are expecting people to buy electronics and motors from companies like Tekin at this point.

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Hi glassdoctor,

Thanks for the quick response. I've already alerted the caster distributor in my country about this thread through the regional forum here. Hopefully he will import some.

Tekin boss,

Your esc looks really interesting. I like the current limiting feature of the R1 pro. My impression of Team Tekin when I was growing up (circa mid to late '80s) was that u guys are one of the best but with prices to match .

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Yes, the RTR is not ready yet. I'm working on packages to sell with the Pro kits also... I will even install everything for the customers, and give it a systems check.

This car is like any other converted nitro. But it's a bit different and it's done at the factory for you. Weight and all that is like other cars.

I'm hoping to have something more radical in the future. Something lighter, something more specialized.
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