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Old 05-27-2009, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by InspGadgt View Post
Yes it has to do with the height of the COG and the roll centers...but weight and where that weight is placed also play a large part of that. Think of the battery like the age old physics experiment of 2 bars of equal mass but different lengths...Hold each in the center and try to spin them, the shorter one is the easiest to spin. Now think of the battery like these bars, A battery crosswise on the chassis is going to be harder to get to roll, but once it rolls it is harder to stop, while a battery in-line will be easier to roll but also easier to stop.
so, in effect... left/right direction changes should be sharper with the F104?

in that case... I'm ordering one now... especially at the prices we've been seeing
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:25 PM
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Hello everyone,

The amount of excitement on the new F104 Pro is cool to see. I wanted to post some hard facts about the new car. Ask around for those who may not know who I am in case you're wondering "what the heck is this guy talking about.

1. The car is headed to the U.S. as we speak. It's on a vessel to Tamiya USA and the ETA is mid June and should hit hobby shops in Late June to early July.
2. The kit comes with all hex screws
3. The new body is a work of art. The side pods are fastened with screws and double sided tape. If you want to go old school the body side pods don't have to be used if you think you need more radio room. The kit looks 100 times better with the rounded side pods!
4. The rear pod movement is not hindered by the rear of the body whatsover.
5. You will have to find a really small brushless speed control if you you want to go the brushless route. A GTB has no chance of fitting. Maybe a LRP SPX...maybe. Need to get one to see for sure...
6. Rounded hard cased Lipo's fit the best. It's going to take some creative mods to the radio trays to make a flat hard case fit.
7. You get a blank set up sheet in the box and you'll be able to download a pdf version soon on Tamiyausa soon.

detailed pics coming....

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So if your an F1 fan, you will love this...

http://www.charleslightfoot.com/UF1SD.html
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It's a shame that race is on the same weekend as the Tamiya TCS Finals. F-1 will be a Finals class and that winner will win a trip to Japan to compete at the Tamiya Worlds along with the Mini winner and GT winner.
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Here are some more images of our office sample build.
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Old 05-30-2009, 03:35 AM
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the kit is aviable?
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by FMW View Post
Here are some more images of our office sample build.
just wanted to verify... does the topdeck clear the holes on the lipo pack?
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Originally Posted by nocif13 View Post
the kit is aviable?
It will be available for the japanese market by the 20th of june. If it will come to Europe and when, it is still a mistery.
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Originally Posted by suparajicon View Post
It will be available for the japanese market by the 20th of june. If it will come to Europe and when, it is still a mistery.
ok thank for the new
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It's a shame that race is on the same weekend as the Tamiya TCS Finals. F-1 will be a Finals class and that winner will win a trip to Japan to compete at the Tamiya Worlds along with the Mini winner and GT winner.


Have you finalized the rule package for F-1 at the TAMIYA NORTH AMERICAN FINALS yet Fred? Any estimate as to how soon you will be shipping and I can get an F-104 from Tamiya America? (with all the hop-ups of course)
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So if your an F1 fan, you will love this...
http://www.charleslightfoot.com/UF1SD.html
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Have you finalized the rule package for F-1 at the TAMIYA NORTH AMERICAN FINALS yet Fred? Any estimate as to how soon you will be shipping and I can get an F-104 from Tamiya America? (with all the hop-ups of course)
Okay, I'm officially confused. The F1 race that FMW refers to (too bad it is the same weekend as "TCS Finals") is 9/29/09. TCS North American Finals is still 8/29/09.
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Originally Posted by minidriver View Post
Okay, I'm officially confused. The F1 race that FMW refers to (too bad it is the same weekend as "TCS Finals") is 9/29/09. TCS North American Finals is still 8/29/09.
Maybe he's referring to the finals in Japan?
So I wonder what GT class is going to Japan GT-1,GT-2 or GT-3, ie, 13.5 class, 17.5 class or silver can class?
Inquiring minds want to know!

P.S. By the way Fred brought an F104 to the Tamiya track this past Saturday! All I can say is "SWEET"!
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Okay, I'm officially confused. The F1 race that FMW refers to (too bad it is the same weekend as "TCS Finals") is 9/29/09. TCS North American Finals is still 8/29/09.
Charles changed the date once he realized there was this conflict with TCS. We really want to see a great turnout for this F1 only event ! Should be a blast .....
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Originally Posted by FMW View Post
Here are some more images of our office sample build.
FMW...can you confirm 1 thing for us...on TamiyaUSA, Tamiya Japan or any other source, since day 1, said the F104 pro kit (58431, the only kit for 104) came with upper and lower carbon fiber chassis/top plate. Looking at your sample kit...it looks like a black fiber board material like the F103RM...what is true?

And on the option list...there are another carbon fiber upper and lower chasssis/upper deck...are they different carbon fiber material? Why 2 different type of carbon fiber..?

Thanks.....
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