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Old 06-11-2008, 05:46 PM   #16
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Depends on if I have to glue the chassis or not, if i need to glue the edges, one more day, if I don't, then about 3 days.
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:54 PM   #17
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Total, Couple hours. Depends on the kit.

I would take my time if its a NEW kit. Something used, I can tear down pretty quick.



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Old 06-11-2008, 05:56 PM   #18
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About 4 hours for a 1:12 or 1:10 pan car, because I cheat with shortcuts.

I do all the sanding and edge sealing with a saphire file and dremel. Seal with thin CA to soak into the split ends.

Wipe drips with acetone.

Build the pod, bottom up. Slap on a prebuilt front end from a doner car. Rideheight should transfer over since nothing is change, too easy.

Slide in a prebuilt Diff from a doner car.

Mount da body that I painted minutes after clicking "Confirm Order"

Once the car is built, I'll go and build the new front end. Most of my time is spent reeming out the steering blocks. Cutting the eye sockets for camber angle clearence. Polishing the kingpins. Making sure everything moves freely.

Then I go and build the new diff. I would tell ya how, but I would confuse everyone and get blamed for loosing a race.
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:00 PM   #19
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Hi. It takes about 15-20 hours from kits to racing rebuilds are about 10hr, no paint.. But i know my painter will take up to 8 hours to cut and paint a bofy for me.



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Old 06-11-2008, 07:00 PM   #20
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Sometimes 6-8 hours, my problem is I have 2 kits I have been putting together for 2 years. Someday I will finish my scalpel and Assoc. 18 truck
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:09 PM   #21
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i took 16hours to complete my 1st tc kit. i like to do it slowly n carefully to prevent anything loose out during race.....
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:18 PM   #22
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about 7 hours to get my TC5 running...and it showed on the first racing day
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:31 PM   #23
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I bought my car already assembled because I wanted to avoid the hassle, time and problems of building it from scratch.
Since then I must have taken it apart and put it back together so many times I think like the special forces and their M-16s I could disassemble and assemble it underwater blindfolded.

It would go faster but my experience has show that their are 500 places it can fail on the track, if you don't check and be careful on one of those 500, it will almost always reach out and bite you. The thread on the turnbuckle that doesn't feel 100% tight will always strip during the main race.
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:44 PM   #24
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I need to buy a new kit so I can see how long it takes to build now

My first cyclone took 7-8 hours.... But now I could do a MUCH better job, probably in the same or more time... Add on 3-4 hours to get it wired, and body cut etc (I like to stall)
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:03 PM   #25
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I can do an M03 Mini in 58 Mins, including electronics...

However I think I've built probably 50+ of them so instructions aren't necessary any more..
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:11 AM   #26
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Personally, I take a LONG TIME to build my kits. I only race 1/12th so everything has to be perfect. The front end takes most time. Both sides need to be identical. Everything must move freely but without any slop. Next, the chassis prep takes ages. I file the cell slots so that the cells sit as low as possible and round the edges off as smoothly as possbile. All this stuff takes ages to do but makes it worth it when at the track. A mate of mine gave me his car to work on because his car was n't handling correctly and it was shocking! The pivot balls were so tight that nothing moved properly, the kingpins did n't move at all, etc, etc.
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:24 AM   #27
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Personally I wont set myself any time limits as such, i'll just build it as and when I have time if I already have a car to race with.

Sure, the excitement is there to build the kit up, but I wont rush it to get it on the track, not worth it

Just built a TRF415MSXX and that took me at the very least, 20 hours. That is, just the kit as a roller, no shell or electricals.

You definately need to take off any sprues and file where nessesary, twofold reason.

1, the wishbones,suspension etc wont work right if its rushed.

2, marshals could get a nasty cut from that sprue you left on a wishbone or whatever... I guess its useful to crash on a corner if you dont like the guy though,lol
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:04 AM   #28
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Some people must have incredibly agile hands because it takes me at least 4 hours to build something like a TT01 or an M03 where everything just drops together.

My other cars probably take at least two solid evenings work - by that I mean starting before dinner and finishing when my eyes can stay open no longer. That must be 8-12 hours, including the electronics, body done seperately.

What can sometimes take more time is the partial rebuild after the first shakedown runs, where you find out what has come loose or settled into place and needs adjustment again.
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To build my B4 it took about 10 to 15 hours. I like to make sure everything is right and goes together smoothly. Could do it in 3 hours but I dont like to rush.
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I expected to see measurements in Beverages.
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