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Old 06-17-2007, 08:19 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a good parking lot basher to learn with, no racing. I'm thinking of 1/10 scale, but would consider something smaller. No chance for me to race [no tracks, no time, no money...]

I don't want anything too complicated or difficult to work on. I have a losi mini-baja that I really like, but want something that handles better, goes faster, doesn't flip over so easy, etc..

I would appreciate any ideas or suggestions. Cost is definitely an issue. I can afford decent quality, but not to go crazy. Thanks.
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Old 06-17-2007, 08:39 PM   #3
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HPI firestorm sounds like its just what you are looking for. Read the reviews!

http://www.rctech.net/forum/showthread.php?t=162959

inexpensive

easy to work on

1/10 scale

fast

low cg and dosnt flip too easy
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:43 PM   #4
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I definitely want electric too. The neighbors would skin me alive if I tried for a nitro. I live in a townhouse with a common parking area and they grouse about every little noise, so I need to keep it very quiet.
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id go for the tt01 if you just want to bash in the street, cheap and parts are found easy.
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id get this

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Old 06-18-2007, 09:45 AM   #7
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get a tamiya,

tto1 for under 100, it comes with a very realistic body, rims and decals. The instructions are very easy to follow, many hop ups available, great for learning, and getting used to the car. several enexpensive mods avaiable to go faster when ready, full ball bearings, speed tuned gears, oil filed shocks, stickier tires. electronic speed control. this car is very popular for drifting and off road rally and probably begginner onroad racing class. it will need electronic speed control, racing motor, radio/servo system, battery and charger. I used work at a hobby shop and we would sell all the mentions items for about $230, plus paint and or tools. you will need a phillips head screw driver, exacto knive and your choice of color paint.

or you can get a ready to run that has a prepainted body. I suggest buying the kit, then you can learn how it assembles and how to replace the standard parts with the hop up parts.

tao5 is higher quaility and better for racing. the kit can be had for under 150. this one comes with full bearings and oil shocks. can be raced out of the box. it also needs electronic speed control, racing motor, radio/servo system, battery and charger.

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I definitely want electric too. The neighbors would skin me alive if I tried for a nitro. I live in a townhouse with a common parking area and they grouse about every little noise, so I need to keep it very quiet.

Sorry I didnt realise we were in the elec section I was looking in "todays new posts"
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Old 06-18-2007, 03:20 PM   #9
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I double the vote for TA05, I just got back into RC after a 10 year hiatus (and I was noob then, too!) and I love mine. It seems worth it for the 30 or 40 dollars more to go TA05 than TT-01.
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Old 06-18-2007, 05:23 PM   #10
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How is Tamiya for parts and support. My LHS has Traxxas, Associated and some Tamiya products. Losi is a pain to get parts for apparently.

Also, is the Ta05 better than or about the same as the Traxxas 4-tec for a beginner?
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I would think Losi would be much easier to get parts for than Tamiya just because many hobby shops stock Losi. But, I don't know where you live so it might be different in other parts of the country.

The Losi XXX-S, TA05, or Associated TC4 might all be good options......that are relatively low priced.

The one thing you might like about the Losi XXX-S is that the belt is enclosed unlike the TA05 which I think has an open belt. For parking lots, it's really easy to get leaves, rocks, etc in the drive belt when it's open like that.
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Old 06-18-2007, 06:58 PM   #12
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The tt01 has a shaft drive right, so does that mean you can go through more grit and stuff in the parking lot? Can somebody explain the pros and cons of shaft v. belt?

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Old 06-18-2007, 07:00 PM   #13
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One more question: I have the electronics and radio from a xxx-t [novak 10.5 brushless and ESC, JR radio, rec and servo]; will all this stuff drop into the tt01 ok?

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I'd also recommend a Tamiya TA-05 1/10 scale touring car. Its not too difficult to work on, and if oneday you decide to get into more serious racing - Tamiya offers all the hop-up parts you'd ever require.
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