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Old 09-28-2014, 07:50 AM
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Hello. Been in hobby about 6 months (have a Slash) looking for a winter project with my son. I had a Grasshopper as a kid looking to build a Tamiya Kit. Looking at the Neo Fighter (or maybe sand viper - nothing high end, but not super cheap):

1) What brushless motor would go with the stock brushless ready ESC?
2) What transmitter/receiver would be good for the Neo Fighter (nothing high end)?
3) I read the kit needs 14 1150 bearings, which are like $50? Really?

Any other do's and don'ts I should be aware of when building a car?
Thx
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looking at the manual here:

http://www.tamiyausa.com/pdf/manuals/58587ml.pdf

More info on the specific ESC here:

https://www.tamiyausa.com/items/radi...s-esc-02-45057

It looks like they are saying it can be ran with up to a 10.5 turn motor.

I would suggest going with something a bit milder. A good 17.5 motor would be a nice place to start for a child in general.

For cheap options, Speed Passions V3.0 series of motors can be hand brand new really really cheap these days and this was the previous race level motor prior to the MMM and the new V4. what i like about them is that the motor has the option of plugs for usage so if you need to take the motor out you don't need to keep soldering on and off.

As for a transmitter, I would stick to something that 2.4 GHZ for sure. If you can find them used, the Futaba 2PL or 3PL work very very well and can grow with you on the cheap. Futaba even offers receivers that are compatible with these radios that are antenna-less.

As for the bearings, just find the sizes and buy from places like avid.

I have been considering the same thing for my daughter with a Kyosho Sand Master. they offer a kit version and I like the fact they have a real look to them.

http://www.kyoshoamerica.com/KIT-SAN...1_p_23431.html
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Thanks Cain. Good stuff. I'm liking that Sand Master.

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looking at the manual here:

http://www.tamiyausa.com/pdf/manuals/58587ml.pdf

More info on the specific ESC here:

https://www.tamiyausa.com/items/radi...s-esc-02-45057

It looks like they are saying it can be ran with up to a 10.5 turn motor.

I would suggest going with something a bit milder. A good 17.5 motor would be a nice place to start for a child in general.

For cheap options, Speed Passions V3.0 series of motors can be hand brand new really really cheap these days and this was the previous race level motor prior to the MMM and the new V4. what i like about them is that the motor has the option of plugs for usage so if you need to take the motor out you don't need to keep soldering on and off.

As for a transmitter, I would stick to something that 2.4 GHZ for sure. If you can find them used, the Futaba 2PL or 3PL work very very well and can grow with you on the cheap. Futaba even offers receivers that are compatible with these radios that are antenna-less.

As for the bearings, just find the sizes and buy from places like avid.

I have been considering the same thing for my daughter with a Kyosho Sand Master. they offer a kit version and I like the fact they have a real look to them.

http://www.kyoshoamerica.com/KIT-SAN...1_p_23431.html
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here is a link I like of them racing together:

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looks like fun, plus that have that "look" too.
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Originally Posted by rcnewbie418 View Post
Hello. Been in hobby about 6 months (have a Slash) looking for a winter project with my son. I had a Grasshopper as a kid looking to build a Tamiya Kit. Looking at the Neo Fighter (or maybe sand viper - nothing high end, but not super cheap):

1) What brushless motor would go with the stock brushless ready ESC?
2) What transmitter/receiver would be good for the Neo Fighter (nothing high end)?
3) I read the kit needs 14 1150 bearings, which are like $50? Really?

Any other do's and don'ts I should be aware of when building a car?
Thx

Hi I would use a 3000KV motor with the Tamiya kits as there pinion gear options are very limited I have many Tamiya DT02 buggies the same gear box you need to use the smaller pinion gear and run a 3000kv motor.

also get a robinson racing steel pinion gear as stock Tamiya ones are soft aluminum and wear quickly.

search e-bay radio get a cheap flysky 2.4 or hpi ones are nice ,axial or redcat racing should be just fine.

as for ball bearings do a search for that Tamiya buggy you should be able to find cheap standard ball bearing kits.


bearing kits they are cheep see here fast eddy and others have them
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw...kit&_sacat=220


cheap radio this one works fine I used it in my nephews Tamiya dt02 buggy
http://www.ebay.com/itm/HPI-1-10-E-F...item5d4f7afc0f

this one is really nice for the $

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HPI-2-4ghz-T...item20e6fa8d3c
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Thanks Reptile. As far as the motor and pinion (and sorry if this is a dumb question), does the pinion typically have to match up to the motor (i.e. the 'turn'). Actually do you have suggestions for an exact 3000kv motor and a pinion that would go with it? The links you (and Cain) have below helped tremendously. I went to ebay and put those items on 'watch' until i'm ready to purchase. Thanks man..

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Hi I would use a 3000KV motor with the Tamiya kits as there pinion gear options are very limited I have many Tamiya DT02 buggies the same gear box you need to use the smaller pinion gear and run a 3000kv motor.

also get a robinson racing steel pinion gear as stock Tamiya ones are soft aluminum and wear quickly.

search e-bay radio get a cheap flysky 2.4 or hpi ones are nice ,axial or redcat racing should be just fine.

as for ball bearings do a search for that Tamiya buggy you should be able to find cheap standard ball bearing kits.


bearing kits they are cheep see here fast eddy and others have them
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw...kit&_sacat=220


cheap radio this one works fine I used it in my nephews Tamiya dt02 buggy
http://www.ebay.com/itm/HPI-1-10-E-F...item5d4f7afc0f

this one is really nice for the $

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HPI-2-4ghz-T...item20e6fa8d3c
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any idea what steering servo i should get? cheap if possible.
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how much are you talking?

I would say try and stick with a metal gear servo.
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