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Old 02-04-2008, 11:17 PM
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For those who are looking for something a little different, I'm posting some pics of the car that we used in our 'Mini Build Up' story. Because the car was pictured by itself initially, with no other reference, only a couple of people noticed that it was slightly different....

In fact, this car had a satin black chassis, not the normal gloss. Check out the second pic to see the difference.
The satin finish is super smooth and flat and makes the car look downright evil compared to a normal black M03.

How'd we do it? Tim took it to work and used a super fine grain sand and sandblasted it.. The people who've seen the car in real life have all said how awesome it looks - trust me.

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used a super fine grain sand and sandblasted it
I'm working on sanding the bottom of my chassis little by little, with a mixture of corner dots, asphalt bumps, and other people's cars....
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Originally Posted by ozoner
I'm working on sanding the bottom of my chassis little by little, with a mixture of corner dots, asphalt bumps, and other people's cars....
LOL!
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Originally Posted by tony gray
For those who are looking for something a little different, I'm posting some pics of the car that we used in our 'Mini Build Up' story. Because the car was pictured by itself initially, with no other reference, only a couple of people noticed that it was slightly different....

In fact, this car had a satin black chassis, not the normal gloss. Check out the second pic to see the difference.
The satin finish is super smooth and flat and makes the car look downright evil compared to a normal black M03.

How'd we do it? Tim took it to work and used a super fine grain sand and sandblasted it.. The people who've seen the car in real life have all said how awesome it looks - trust me.
I'd like to be in a brainstorming meeting with the RC Mini guys.

"Look, we've done rocket Mini, rally Mini, Homosexual paint job Mini, so what next?"

"The Mega Mini"

Many slabs of beer later...
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Old 02-05-2008, 12:30 PM
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The only flaw in your plan being that apart from the owner of the aforementioned Homo Pony Paint Job Mini, the rest of us don't drink...

No Brewski's were consumed during the formation of any of the silly plans. Who knows what we'd come up with if we did drink...

The 'Satin Black' Mini came about because I wanted to do one, I just didn't know how. And Tim came up with the solution.

Oh by the way, it doesnt work on grey chassis cars, they look exactly the same!
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Originally Posted by tony gray
The only flaw in your plan being that apart from the owner of the aforementioned Homo Pony Paint Job Mini, the rest of us don't drink...
Not even Tony P? Wow. Must be the air in the Western suburbs near the airport
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hey I heard someone say that u can change the internal grears in the
mini so it would be faster with the stock sliver can. is this true?
if it is what gears do u use?
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Eagle Model in Japan make 'speed-tuned gearsets' for Mini.

To be honest they don't make a lot of difference. And they're illegal for racing.

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Originally Posted by tony gray
The only flaw in your plan being that apart from the owner of the aforementioned Homo Pony Paint Job Mini, the rest of us don't drink...
And you call yourself Australian. Disgraceful.
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Originally Posted by tony gray
Eagle Model in Japan make 'speed-tuned gearsets' for Mini.

To be honest they don't make a lot of difference. And they're illegal for racing.
I bought them a couple of years ago, they change the internal from 48p
to 64p. The spur gear is still 48p though. I didnt there is a difference, but it is negligable. you can tell someone is running them because they are quiet and more efficient.
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Originally Posted by Big Features
I bought them a couple of years ago, they change the internal from 48p
to 64p. The spur gear is still 48p though. I didnt there is a difference, but it is negligable. you can tell someone is running them because they are quiet and more efficient.
Sorry misread your post

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"Big Features" the "Pit Monkey" wants your setup sheet!
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Originally Posted by abailey21
"Big Features" the "Pit Monkey" wants your setup sheet!
Let me dig it out tonight and I'll E-mail it to you
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Tamiya Minis have become a big hit here in Finland during this winter. A lot of our racing drivers have bought Minis to have fun, also including couple of our regular national touring modified A-finalists. Everyone who have drived a Mini, knows that itīs quite boring when driving alone, so there was a clear demand for races. One of the most active clubs is organizing a 3 race series for Minis only, the first race was on the weekend after christmas. I just wanted to share a video I made from that event.

Hope you enjoy!

Youtube version
Hires version(about 50mb)
(Nevermind the music, itīs a local oldie that tells about a wannabe rallydriver)
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I am interested in get a mini to start racing again and not sure which one to get. The M03R has a few alloys pieces that I assume the chassis will weight more than the regular M03 which is a disadvantage if the class that I will be in only allow silver can motor.
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