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Old 08-27-2009, 09:41 AM   #5866
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A couple of questions about HPI Vintage TA bodies:

Do you have a preference based solely on whether a body is a one piece body (68 Camaro) or a two piece body (Mustang and Cuda)?

What would you like to see in future bodies?
a. Same level of performance and detail/realism as the current bodies
b. More realistic details even at the cost of performance
c. More performance at the cost of realistic details

Would Lexan light buckets be a welcome addition to the bodies?

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Probably nothing new from me but I'll put in my vote.

Keep at least the same detail... performance of the body should not matter.

Additional bodies - my order would be

Notchback Mustang
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'70 Mustang
'70 Camaro
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Light buckets would be cool! Just not sure if it would be worth it considering how beat up these bodies get fairly quickly.

Oh and my list above... HURRY!! PLEASE!!
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Keep at least the same detail... performance of the body should not matter. Light buckets would be cool! Just not sure if it would be worth it considering how beat up these bodies get fairly quickly.
While I am with you on wanting to at least keep the same detail. It doesnt do much good if the shell doesnt hold up. Thats why Im good with the current formula or going a little thicker on some shells. Im all for light buckets. I would race with them in and lit. Even if it gets beat to crap, it would look so cool. Tail lights baby.


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69 or 70 Boss 302 for me please. The Pegasus body is ok, but a cleaner front and rear valance would be nice with a real chin spoiler. The shaker and the side scoops don't fit the image exactly either.
+ Me. I know HPI would outperform Pegasus on the 70 Boss.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:46 AM   #5868
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Hi everyone,

A couple of questions about HPI Vintage TA bodies:

Do you have a preference based solely on whether a body is a one piece body (68 Camaro) or a two piece body (Mustang and Cuda)?

What would you like to see in future bodies?
a. Same level of performance and detail/realism as the current bodies
b. More realistic details even at the cost of performance
c. More performance at the cost of realistic details

Would Lexan light buckets be a welcome addition to the bodies?

Thanks,

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My vote would be for option "A"
HPI provides a nice level of detail to their bodies already. It might be nice if they could be made a little bit thicker to help with durability.

As others have already said, the cool looking bodies in this class are far more important than the performance. It's the looks that are attracting new drivers.

If you are looking to add other bodies, I think that the Javelin needs to be the next one added. It played an important part in the history of Trans Am and I think it would be great to run one on the track.

I would also like to see a '70 Firebird body.
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I have a body question. The USVTA rules state that the bodys have to be accurate Trans Am series cars that raced from I believe from 68 to 72 in the 5 liter class. I want to know why the Bolink 70 Nova is not on the list. If you go to wikipedia and look up the Trans Am series it gives you a list of cars that participated in those years and the 70 Nova is on it. I am just asking because in my oppinion the more cars that are out there the more variety there is and that is awesome.
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I have a body question. The USVTA rules state that the bodys have to be accurate Trans Am series cars that raced from I believe from 68 to 72 in the 5 liter class. I want to know why the Bolink 70 Nova is not on the list. If you go to wikipedia and look up the Trans Am series it gives you a list of cars that participated in those years and the 70 Nova is on it. I am just asking because in my oppinion the more cars that are out there the more variety there is and that is awesome.

1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova #95
The original builders of this car were Neal Wegner and Dan Spiegel in 1966.

It is the only Nova to ever compete in the SCCA Trans-American Series.

It raced in the July 19, 1970 Road America SCCA Trans-American Championship and the August 16, 1970 Watkins Glen SCCA Trans-American Championship races.


BL2278 '70 Nova

Unfortunately it is not the same model. That's why it was never legalized.

I know, the mustangs aren't exactly the same either.
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Speaking of realism, what would you guys think about a requirement to at least run a driver in your car? I have a driver (the famous B. Jucha bobblehead) that I should have in the car more often. Sometimes I think we are worrying about the performance aspect too much.
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Speaking of realism, what would you guys think about a requirement to at least run a driver in your car? I have a driver (the famous B. Jucha bobblehead) that I should have in the car more often. Sometimes I think we are worrying about the performance aspect too much.
If it'll slow you down a little, sure! Can we outlaw programmable ESCs in this class to keep speeds down too?
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I see your point but I still think some of the other older car bodies such as the nova and pantera should be legal. It would just add more variety to the class and plus with a 21.5 the body is not going to make a big difference.
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Drivers are cool but non programmable esc's I disagree with. The whole purpose of this class I thought was to make it affordable and use what you have already. Alsmost everybody that runs uses a competition brushless esc. To change the rule would make people buy an esc that they are only going to run one class with and that makes no sense.
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Speaking of realism, what would you guys think about a requirement to at least run a driver in your car? I have a driver (the famous B. Jucha bobblehead) that I should have in the car more often. Sometimes I think we are worrying about the performance aspect too much.
I don't think it should be a requirement. I like the idea but it could be a pain if you go through bodies like water. I know a few that do.
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Drivers are cool but non programmable esc's I disagree with. The whole purpose of this class I thought was to make it affordable and use what you have already. Alsmost everybody that runs uses a competition brushless esc. To change the rule would make people buy an esc that they are only going to run one class with and that makes no sense.
I'm talking about the Tekin RS and the LRP models that have advanced timing profiles specifically and I own 4 Tekin RSs. All Brushless ESCs have some settings you can manipulate. The problem comes when someone feels the need to take their car to the next level and put down big money on a percieved performance enhancement. In this case it is an actual enhancement and the cars run within a couple tenths of the 17.5s. I've seen it happen in this class. It isn't pretty. I will not put an RS in my TA car. Its not fair. A used GTB or Havoc is plenty for these cars. If you have to go that fast, step up to Sedan or RCGT or higher.
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If i have to buy another ESC to run in this class i will simply not run in VTA anymore... I build my car around VTA its what ive learnd to drive on road in and a class i would like ot stay in for all of my racing days, but if i have t go buy another ESC I'll simply run 17.5 stock touring car and I knwo a ton of other people that would do the same.... if you change rules people will quit and the class will die.... leave the rules alone except for adding new bodies...


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Hi everyone,

A couple of questions about HPI Vintage TA bodies:

Do you have a preference based solely on whether a body is a one piece body (68 Camaro) or a two piece body (Mustang and Cuda)?

What would you like to see in future bodies?
a. Same level of performance and detail/realism as the current bodies
b. More realistic details even at the cost of performance
c. More performance at the cost of realistic details

Would Lexan light buckets be a welcome addition to the bodies?

Thanks,

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Hello Andy,

I'd like to start off by saying how awesome HPI bodies have become over the years and even able to compete with some of Tamiya's elegant and realistic bodies. Thank you.

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Do you have a preference based solely on whether a body is a one piece body (68 Camaro) or a two piece body (Mustang and Cuda)?
I would prefer unibodies. The two piece bodies are great, but they break way too easily. Sometimes I am scared to race my Mustang. I'd like to get rid of that fear.

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What would you like to see in future bodies?
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b. More realistic details even at the cost of performance
c. More performance at the cost of realistic details
My answer is A. By far. And I am sure others here would agree.

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Would Lexan light buckets be a welcome addition to the bodies?
It would for concourse events, like the ones at the HPI Challenge. When it comes to racing, again, I'd like to avoid that fear of racing such a beautiful body, especially if it has lights. On the other hand, realistic results after crashes would add a whole new level of realism. Hmmm... something to ponder!

Since this can be an expensive hobby, I think light buckets for LEDs would be great to add as an added option to the bodies.
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