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Old 05-13-2009, 08:52 PM
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seems to me after getting everyone on board with the "cheap" 103, clubs wouldn't be to excited about bringing in the "not so cheap" 104. but thats just me.
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:59 AM
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I still love my F103 and for the 1 hour endurance races we run in our area, the 103 is the ticket for quick pit stops. Interestingly though, how do you guys think the 104 will handle vs 103. 104 is longer and narrower (see below)


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Originally Posted by PDR View Post
I'm sure you've probably spotted this by now, but information is starting to appear on the official Tamiya web site:
F104

Does anyone know how the battery goes in and out?
Remove a clip from the front,pull the battery foward about a half inch,pivot the battery to the left and the speed control plate and recivier plate pivot along with the battery. Puting ing back in is just as easy. Its a trick set up.
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Originally Posted by grifballs View Post
Looking to get my first F1 car and after reading this thread I dont know whether I should get the Tamiya F104 or the new HPI car. Is there any any threads on this forum talking about the new HPI car?
The HPI is half the price and half the car of the F104R of F103R.
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by bakaguyjean View Post
The HPI is half the price and half the car of the F104R of F103R.
That basically boils it down.

Disclaimer: all of the following is conjecture since neither car is in the hands of the public as of now.

I'd say that the HPI is more "toy car" and the F104PRO is more "race car" much like the distinction between the Slash and the SC10 in the off-road SCT world. To carry that same comparison further, much like with the Slash, a proper injection of money will bring the HPI up to near-parity with its peers.

Quite simply, they are different animals.

Out of the box, the HPI will be more suited to fun bashing and racing. It looks to be designed for durability and low maintenance. The F104PRO is pure race car -- superior on the track but you wouldn't see me ripping it around on the street in front of my house.

HPI will certainly offer a full range of hop-ups that will bring its car up to full competition spec, much like the entry-level Cyclone S will accept most of the high-end Cyclone TC parts.

When similarly equipped it'll come down to driver skill. Out of the box you're comparing apples to oranges.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Daddy Cool View Post
I still love my F103 and for the 1 hour endurance races we run in our area, the 103 is the ticket for quick pit stops. Interestingly though, how do you guys think the 104 will handle vs 103. 104 is longer and narrower (see below)


It probably wont steer as well as the 103, but it will probably be twitchy.
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Old 05-14-2009, 01:40 PM
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Hey all, not sure if anyone has seen these pics or not so I thought I'd post them up.











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f104, longer and narrower, maybe easier to drive. scale looks is great. hope this brings more interest back into F1 racing.

vyger, can't wait for your paintjobs on the F104
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Old 05-14-2009, 03:07 PM
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After seeing that I am kinda bummed out I just bought a 103RM. That thing is just too cool looking!
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:46 AM
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One thing that makes the 104 so different from the 103:
Attached Thumbnails Tamiya F104 Pro!-picture-6.jpg  
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:28 AM
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Here is some F104 info in English

http://d-drivesportsenglish.blogspot...miya-f104.html
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video posted on youtube


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUQSc...layer_embedded
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hi bakaguyjean,

i am almost ready to buy one. but one question... will LIPO fit, especially those whose battery wires exit on top (e.g. Orion)?

thanks.
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Originally Posted by rccartips View Post
i am almost ready to buy one.
thanks.
That's great! Because it is almost ready to be released
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I feel all sorts of erotic after watching that. It was like r/c p0rn!
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