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Old 11-05-2003, 05:57 AM   #1
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Hi to all,

Firstly, I must apologise for starting another thread, but I really need some help from the expert here. I am new to this hobby and I will be racing in the Tamiya local stock race next year. As the Tamiya race require only tamiya bodyshell, therefor I am lost in choosing which bodyshell to buy and run. as you all know that Tamiya bodyshell is very expensive, therefor i cannot afford to buy all and try myself. I will probably needs some ideas on how the bodyshell work before I decide which one to try. I know that different drivers will have different feel on even the same bodyshell but I just needs opinion. Hope that anyone out here kind enough can let me have an insight of how this few bodyshell works.
1) Skyline GTR
2) Ferrari Modena 360
3) Nissan 350Z
4) Honda NSX 2002
5) Toyota Altezza HKS

All the above are the Tamiya Bodyshell that comes with the transparent racing wing. If there are any other good Tamiya Bodyshell beside the one that I have mention, please kindly let me know. By the way, the car that I am using for the stock race is a TL 01 LA.

Thanks in advance.
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i have tried the skyline n nsx tamiya bodyshell...
the skyline is the more stable 1 around corners among the 1 tat i tried.but the nsx feels faster...
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If you check out the tamiya races in Japan they are all using the NSX for the slight speed advantage. You would only benefit from this if:

A) you are a very good driver
B) The track you are racing on is big and sweeping

I would say all of the shells on your short-list are pretty good, I particualy like the Modena and have used it in the past with good results. The Altezza has a HUGE wing so should be stable but may have too much drag for a really big course.

In sumarry, get the one you like the look of best
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1) Skyline GTR
2) Ferrari Modena 360
3) Nissan 350Z
4) Honda NSX 2002
5) Toyota Altezza HKS
Steven,

1) Skyline R34 is a good all around car. Very Neutral.

2) Ferrari 360 will take away some front steering and has been great for loose pavement conditions. It will work well on any surface.

3) Nissan 350z not very commonly used.

4) NSX has good downforce all around but with my testing has been a tab slower. It is very stable.

5) Altezza has gobs of downforce and traction. I have not used it but for a first body would be like opening a can of worms.

If I had to pick one for the list I would do the R34 if looking for a 2nd then add the 360.

Just my 2 c's....

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Old 11-05-2003, 12:22 PM   #6
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The word around the street is that the new Nissan Skyline, from Tamiya has a more aggressive front hood. But the current trend in the Tamiya world is the Ferrari 360 Modena Lightweight body.
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The only bodies that made podium at the Nationals was the NSX, Modena, MR-s and Skyline (no particular order). So where there's smoke there's fire
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For my driving style the NSX 2002 is the best body tamiya have ever made, the balance is far better than the Altezza and its more stable as its lower and sleeker. The 360 tends to push quite a lot. Rick
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The Skyline is the most popular body at my track. I have tried the Skyline, NSX, and Modena. I definitely like the Skyline the best, very stable handling. The Modena pushed for me and the rear quaterpanels fold in and get hung up on the rear wheels. The NSX was OK but I just didn't like it as much as the Skyline.
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Skylines Rule !!!!!!!

But in all fairness, I had a great experience with my Altezza. Had it on my display car and ended up racing because somebody stepped on my race body. Surprisingly it was great !!! This was not a tight course though. Mostly sweeping turns with only 1-2 switchback corners. Very stable and the sweepers were smooooth. Wasn't the Suzuki Escudo rather popular a couple of seasons ago??? The HKS Altezza seems similar.

I think for the TL01 , you'll really like the Skyline. Good Luck
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Hi to all,

Firstly, I must apologise for starting another thread, but I really need some help from the expert here. I am new to this hobby and I will be racing in the Tamiya local stock race next year. As the Tamiya race require only tamiya bodyshell, therefor I am lost in choosing which bodyshell to buy and run. as you all know that Tamiya bodyshell is very expensive, therefor i cannot afford to buy all and try myself. I will probably needs some ideas on how the bodyshell work before I decide which one to try. I know that different drivers will have different feel on even the same bodyshell but I just needs opinion. Hope that anyone out here kind enough can let me have an insight of how this few bodyshell works.
1) Skyline GTR
2) Ferrari Modena 360
3) Nissan 350Z
4) Honda NSX 2002
5) Toyota Altezza HKS

All the above are the Tamiya Bodyshell that comes with the transparent racing wing. If there are any other good Tamiya Bodyshell beside the one that I have mention, please kindly let me know. By the way, the car that I am using for the stock race is a TL 01 LA.

Thanks in advance.
Steven
I like the NSX 2002 alot. I sometimes run it over a stratus lol. The modena I heard has a little less steering, but still very good. The Altezza has gobs of downforce. I ran one on my pro 3 a while ago and it made the car on rails!

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Old 11-05-2003, 06:02 PM   #12
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Thanks to all who have responded. I personally likes the looks of the skyline and altezza and the track that i will be running will be kind of small and technical. I need a bodyshell that is stable and good in cornering not too much emphasing on speed cos i am still not that good in it. I think I will try out the skyline, Altezza and Ferrari to see which one i like it most. Once again, my sincere thanks to those that have responded.

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i love the skyline shell, very good in all aspects,
elise is also very good,

but the evo6 cover kinda sucks....

btw, how's the performance for the SUPRA shell???
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If you are looking for a neutral setup, the Skyline is definately the way to go. IMHO, on a carpet setup the Modena seemed to be too planted and was slower in the more technical let-right-left sections. I'm really shocked that the Corvette isn't even mentioned anymore. If I weren't running the MR-S short wheelbase, I would probabily still be running my Vette. I did get an NSX out in California but have not tested it yet.

If you do run the Modena, make sure you open the rear wheel wells enough, as that body has had a tendency to tuck under if you took a shot to the corner pannel.
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Old 11-05-2003, 10:45 PM   #15
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I have decided to zero down my choice of bodyshell to the skyline GTR and Altezza for my TL 01 LA reason is because that over here most racer are using the Ferrari, therefor I want my car to be different from the rest so that they dont all look alike. Furthermore I have always like saloon bodies better. Anyone here with any driving experience on the 2 bodyshell that I have mention above on a TL 01 can care to share the response that the bodyshell provide? Anyway just curious, I actually have a few Mitsubishi Evo 4 and 7 bodyshell which I bought them to prepare for the rally class but have since been scrape off by Tamiya. So my question is, have anyone try putting a racing wing and run with these bodyshell? If anyone have tried, can you all kindly share your experience with me? Thanks in advance.

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