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Old 08-10-2003, 12:26 AM   #1
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Default Micros amd Minis/Still popular??

I have no real experience with the smaller cars(1/18 and smaller) but I'm curious as to why I don't see near as much info as I did some time back.
Do you guys think the Micro and Mini cars are on the way out ???
Or are they just getting started??
Do alot of you who have 1/10 or larger cars also have Micros/Mini cars???
Would you get involved if you had an indoor facility to race Micro/Mini cars???
Give me some ideas folks. Thanks
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I think 1/18 and 1/24 mini's and micro's are going to be the next big thing in the R/C industry. There are a few companies currently in the works of developing cars to compete with the 1/18 Micro RS4. Hopefully the class will grow once all these companies release their new micro's and mini's.

I own a Mini-Z, but I honestly can't remember the last time I used or raced it, i'm probably going to sell it on eBay soon.
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Old 08-10-2003, 01:58 AM   #3
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Hey John...so what makes you think so ??? And will you be joining the Micro craze?? What makes them so appealing ??? I see where it's rumored that Xray is producing a Micro...you think this will start the trend toward more Micro develpoments again??
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Where i live:
micros are going strong as ever.but ppl are holding back on hop-ups as there aint so much competition(which drives the mad hop up shopping sprees).
An LHS has stopped carrying Mini-Z stuff...and is even in the process of dumping the current stock at half price!
People compare the prices of Micro's and mini-z and head on to HPI..which is only about US$25 more only.
there are imitation Mini-Z's which go for about US$25 where i live,RTR with proportional radio.
Personally i see the smaller scales as past time only,not as a serious hobby.
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Old 08-10-2003, 10:52 AM   #5
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Are the mini-z's 1/18? And who makes them?
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Old 08-10-2003, 11:09 AM   #6
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1/18 is micro-made by HPI and some other aftermarket companies
1/24 is mini-z made by kyosho.
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I think it's all based on location, and unless some other companies come up with some cars that are comparable to the RS4, they will be tinker toys.
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Old 08-10-2003, 11:59 AM   #8
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Originally posted by lee82gx
1/18 is micro-made by HPI and some other aftermarket companies
1/24 is mini-z made by kyosho.
actually miniz's are 1/28

in HK the miniz are pretty popular....they are much cheaper to play with and are better for kids and stuff...however there aren't many things to do with them...and the car isn't too cheap....but usually places with the r/c track far far way (big car tracks), miniz and micros would be more popular
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Old 08-10-2003, 03:13 PM   #9
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Around here - Denmark in europe - I've only seen very few Mini-Z and Micro's.
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Old 08-11-2003, 12:39 AM   #10
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The Mini-Z/Micro trend seemed to have been a one hit wonder.

A bunch of the guys and including myself jumped on the Micro RS4 when they first came out. Sold it a few months later because everyone just got bored of them (even me.) They were great for rainy days though.

Looking to get a Mini-Z though or waiting for that new one. Only because Kyosho makes a car body so I can have a miniature version of my 1:1 car.
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Old 08-19-2003, 11:28 AM   #11
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You guys,

I just raced my micro this past weekend on Sunday in Camarillo California. We had the second largest class of the day with 22!

The micros are strong here. HPI is not the only company which makes 1/18 cars. There is BRP, WWS, Trinity as well as GM. HPI seems to be the most popular however. Most popular does not mean the best.

This class can definitely be competitive. There were a couple of pro drivers there racing their micros! I don't however prefer the micro as an awd car. I have pictures of some of my cars if you are interested. These are not the toys that you guys make them seem to be.

I was beating a 1/10 car around the track

I will send some pics of some mods that I have done to get my micro competitive.
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Old 08-19-2003, 05:29 PM   #12
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That's one reason why I really like my micro, you can hop them up to your heart's content, but it's not absolutely neccessary to do so. If you run a stock class(like we do in my area, the stock motors & 6 cell packs), you can be just as fast with the stock chassis(though one or two hopups do help, like the rear ball diff, proper tires for the surface, etc.) as you can with all the goodies money can buy. And I'm speaking from experience on this, as I've been winning my share of races here & the only things I've changed on mine is the rear ball diff, micro steering servo mount(with the adjustable steering links) & keeping the right tires on it. One thing in particular I noticed is that with the stock chassis, my car is as much as 5 ounces lighter than guys' cars that have many of the aftermarket chassis(& you can imagine how important that can be with stock motors). main thing for me, is just that those things are a real blast to drive, I can't get enough of it, no fretting over perfect gearing or setup, just charge it up, put it down & drive.....
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I personally like the HPI micro a lot. It is very simple, and so maintenance is easy, and not as critical as with more racing oriented cars. Also, it is small enough to be raced in my backyard. That way, since we don't race too often here (twice a month for onroad), I can practice some more. With 2wd, it is much easier on the equipment (most importantly the motor) and is fast on the top end. Incredibly, with foams, it handles similarly to my nitro touring car.

But admittedly, this car isn't the best platform, and as it comes stock, you need several hopups (or modifications) before it is truly fun to drive for the avid rc racer.
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Old 03-22-2004, 01:22 PM   #14
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Now that Xray and Losi have jumped on the small scale wagon, how do you guys see that part of the hobby.....Does Micro 1/18 still have a future?? Does MiniZ?? Is 1/10 scale going to remain king of the hill or do you think 1/18 is the next growth part of the hobby?? Thanks
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out be me people will have the micro vehicles, but no racing really takes place.

I used to race at a track dedicated to micro racing during the past summer, but the race night switched ( funny thing is more guys were racing on the night I could race, my wife was going to race too ).

So far from what I have seen, I really like the BRP SC18. Its cheap and tough and you really don't need any hopups for it. Basically buy the ball diff right away and the high flex rear plate and you should be all set. If running on carpet, get the orange front tires.

I race this setup against micro RS4s in both the stock micro and mod class. the mod micros couldn't turn for anything unless you paid to make it a pan chassis ( for some reason they didn't ) and I would put down about 5 to 6 laps on the stock class running my stock versus there stock.

I ran AA cells, big heavy electronics and my car really was a pig in the weight department compared to the micro RS4s so when running stock the cars were evenly matched. But the BRP just handled that much better.

If I raced micro again, I would probably get a BRP SC18 again. Maybe even do a full pro mod that they have out. I will say this though, the XRay car does look very nice.
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