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Old 10-03-2010, 08:02 PM   #16
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Great:
HPI RS4 Pro2
AE TC3

Not so Great:
HPI RS4 Pro3

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Old 10-03-2010, 08:15 PM   #17
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Well 1s i've owned, and that totals over 100.

Best (no order)

XRAY M18 (no oil shocks, super tough, and fun)
AE RC10 60xx (classic 2wd buggy truely timeless in its appeal)
Tamiya Blackfoot (cant argue w/this truck, my 1st RC-so thats a big deal)
Bolink Legend (simple, stupid cool, spec's best days-mmm dirt oval)
Losi 8ight 2.0 RTR (yeh i said it-cant beat that deal)

Worst

Hot Bodies LSP (100bux for those junk ally arms-never even ran truck)
GS SUT RTR (wheel extenders from hell, but PRO version was a joy to run)
AE FTC4 (pinion change, ugh...)
Tamiya TA01 (felt like buildin a lego car, good car to burn motors up in)
AE RC8 (bad frontend, didnt like part fitment, wear rate, and neither did AE)

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Old 10-03-2010, 08:33 PM   #18
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worst: Duratrax nitro evader st
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:57 PM   #19
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wired and unique don't forget the Serpent tenforce (a 1/10 pan car with independent suspension and belt drive, don't know if I should call it a pan car, it really in a class of it's own). Love that car and drive quite nice. And the great one's for me are RC10, RC12, serpent quattro, BMT's, oh, and a rare one the FSR bullet. A great touring car handle like a 1/12 on carpet!! Just makes sure you don't hit anything or it will break into one hundred pieces..... lol
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From what I have owned:

Best:

Tamiya TRF415MSX MRE - Smooth and FAST
Traxxas - Summit
X Ray - T1M

Worst:

Corally RDX - You sneeze it breaks. Parts quickly add up to a down payment on a house.
Losi Strike - Transmission is lucky to last 5 minutes on a Tamiya 540 Silver Can
Duratrax Evader (Any) - Weak transmission, shredded spurs / idlers every 2nd run
Yokomo Drift SD CGM - Was recommended this as a first "race car" when I first got into RC, in hindsight I think the LHS guy was just trying to ensure I'd be back frequently for parts.
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Old 10-04-2010, 02:58 AM   #21
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Best;

Tamiya 416 - runs great when u setup & tweak correctly.

Worst:

Tamiya DF02 buggy. This car made of ABS plastic which is very soft & brittle. An upside down flip, the car break into pieces.... shame for tamiya 2006.
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Old 10-04-2010, 05:47 AM   #22
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The best RC?
1st RC10 felt like a real RC car. lol
2nd was the introduction of the stealth tranny by AE. Smooth and stealthy. lol
3. HPI Pro 2 got me started into TCs
4. TC3 got me into shaft drive
5th Many would say it was a failure, but the Losi XXX-S. It was super smooth, simple design, and I loved it. It was just a pig.
6th Xray T2. Loved and fit finish of the Xray.
7th. Xray 008 got me into TC after long battery & motor war. Plus the car just looked and felt so good to drive. lol

The Worst RC?
1st Pro3, I ripped on it and predicted an epic failure. I did buy one, and well, should have listened to myself.
2nd Many would say the TC4, I liked it as a stock shaft car. lol
4th TC5 I thought it was a @ss backwards designed 008, but I guess it was cheap.
5thJRXS for it's lack of company support and it was weak. I never owned one but many of Losi die hards disliked it. For a car of it's kind, I think it was the best.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:45 AM   #23
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Tamiya Blackfoot (cant argue w/this truck, my 1st RC-so thats a big deal)
That was my 1st RC also lol great times with it!!!!

Blackfoot for the win
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:36 PM   #24
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BEST

SCHUMACHER CAT XLS (BEST EVER RC CAR RELATIVE TO TIME)
SCHUMACHER C-CAR I THINK (THE FIRST BALL DIFF)
ASSOCIATED RC 10 (I THINK THE TITLES SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES - LIKE THE YOKOMO DOGFIGHTER - TEAM CARS OFTEN NOTHING LIKE THE CAR FOR JOE PUBLIC)
YOKOMO SUPER DOGFIGHTER (THE PUBLIC NEVER GOT PARTS THE TEAM DRIVERS HAD - BUT I STILL THINK MASAMI WOULD HAVE STILL WON EVERYTHING)
ASSOCIATED RC 12 (IT JUST KEEPS ON WINNING)
TAMIYA TRF 414 I THINK (THE BLUEPRINT FOR ALL NEW TOURING CARS)
KYOSHO 1/8 ON-ROAD (USED BY THE ITALIAN CHAP WHO ALWAYS WINS THE 1/8 WORLDS)
TRINITY SWITCHBLADE 1/12 (JUST A SUPERB KIT TO DRIVE - SHAME THE FRONT END IS SO FIDDLY)


WORST

SCHUMACHER TOP-CAT (Looks nifty - shame about the rest)
SCHUMACHER MI4LP (sorry guys - the set up is a bit like the slug on the edge of a blade from APOCALYPSE NOW)
YOKOMO SD LCG (LIKE THE MI4LP BUT WORSE)
ASSOCIATED TC5 (BEHIND THE TIMES EVEN ON ITS RELEASE)
ASSOCIATED TC4 FT (UTTERLY POINTLESS KIT)
XRAY T2'009 - (ODD CHOICE I KNOW - BUT THE ONLY THING DIFFERENT IS THE ORANGE ANODIZING - NONE OF THE CHANGES ACTUALLY IMPROVE ON THE 008)
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Worst:
Front wheel drive Kyosho cars - Maxxum and I though there was another one.
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YOKOMO SD LCG (LIKE THE MI4LP BUT WORSE)
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The best RC?
1st RC10 felt like a real RC car. lol
2nd was the introduction of the stealth tranny by AE. Smooth and stealthy. lol
3. HPI Pro 2 got me started into TCs
4. TC3 got me into shaft drive
5th Many would say it was a failure, but the Losi XXX-S. It was super smooth, simple design, and I loved it. It was just a pig.
6th Xray T2. Loved and fit finish of the Xray.
7th. Xray 008 got me into TC after long battery & motor war. Plus the car just looked and felt so good to drive. lol

The Worst RC?
1st Pro3, I ripped on it and predicted an epic failure. I did buy one, and well, should have listened to myself.
2nd Many would say the TC4, I liked it as a stock shaft car. lol
4th TC5 I thought it was a @ss backwards designed 008, but I guess it was cheap.
5thJRXS for it's lack of company support and it was weak. I never owned one but many of Losi die hards disliked it. For a car of it's kind, I think it was the best.
Which JRX-S you talking about? I love my JRX-S Type-R.
My greatest.
1. HPI Mini Trophy Truck
2. Rc10FTT4
3. Losi JRX-S Type-R
4. Losi XXX-S Graphite+


Not so great.
1. Traxxas Rustler XL-5(before the metal tranny)
2.Losi Mini-T
3. Losi XXX-S RTR
4.Traxxas E-Maxx(so damn expensive to run but the truck was awesome)

Most missed Rc from my collection is the RC10T3.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:31 PM   #28
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My list of clever designs:

- Tenth Technology Predator
- Tamiya TL-01
- Tamiya TA03
- Yokomo YR-F2

Not so great/weird:

- The Kyosho Nitro fwd M-chassis
- Yokomo YZ-10 (because of the fragility and cost, not the design)
- Tamiya M-01 (rediculous suspension design)

It seems to me that Tamiya was doing their best work in the late 90's. Lots of clever packaging ideas and out of the box thinking. who knew the crazy TA03 design would work.
i really thought the TA03 was one the worst cars i have ever owned. the TA02 was bad enough, inneficient drive line, too much traction roll..the TA03 was better than TA02, but had its own set of problems. You had to put threadlock on the diff splines, or else they will come off from the diff while running, then come back in, which will cause..no more spline...and it wasnt even mentioned in the manual. Then it came with fixed upper links, which wasnt so bad, but if you put turnbuckles on them, the flex from the hubs is so bad that it will come off in hard corners..if you used the 64 pitch gears on carpet, the spurs will surely strip. not to mention the akward design for the driveline, 3 gears in front, and 2 in the back, with a belt connecting them, the car wasnt as efficeint as the HPI RS4 pros of the time. you had to upgrade the pulleys to aluminium if you didnt want little chunk of the belt clogging the plastic pulleys..i vote the TA03 as one of the worst..gave me nothing but grief. bought a kawada SV10 alcyon in 1998 and it was far better than the TA03, run times were much longer and helluva easier to drive. Tamiya only made a good TC from the TA04 and TRF 404 onwards..with a conventional design.
Next on my list is the Pro3, HPI was selling Pro2s like hot cakes,and cemented HPI's name as one of the best, then came the Pro3 which left a lot of people unhappy..
The Shumacher Cat XLS, a good car, drives great, but the funny thing is the drive belt runs under the chassis! its covered all right, but under the chassis?
Yokomo YR-4 series, you had to servo tape the servo..how annoying...
Tech racing Voggered T-10, awesome car, but too many things to maintain, like the arms would fall out if you didnt use threadlock...

Now the great ones..

HPI RS4 Pro2, a lot of happy and satisfied drivers, easy to drive and setup.
Kyosho Optima Mid SE, great car, although the belt cover didnt do the greatest job of protecting against dirt entry into the gearbox..
RC10 Stealth transmisson cars till the current one...
Tamiya TRF 414 M2...the last saddle pack car from tamiya...easy to drive and setup..
Kawada Alcyon2 EX, only car than can be driven on tarmac with no flex in the chassis...
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Great:

RC10
Kyosho Optimas all until the zx
Traxxas Slash
Axial SCX10
Scale looking touring cars and trucks that actually looked like something you could drive in real life.

Worst:

Dodge Stratus bodies on touring cars that were the precursor to the equally craptastic dish wheel and just as craptacular masami hirosaka copy cat paint jobs of exploding neon flowers.
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Maybe so, but the Dominator is probably the most famous and sought after dirt oval car ever.
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A friend of mine still has three of them from back in the day. He won't part with any of them.
I have a Dominator. Full graphite chassis, no differentials, chain drive, Yokomo style square 2 bolt wheel hubs, and I won't sell mine either. I do need to dust it off and get some pictures of it though, maybe throw some old school electronics I have on it and run it for old time's sake. Still have a mess of wedge bodies for it too.

As for greatest and worst cars, I can't comment on that, but there are some components I'll comment on:

BEST ingredients ever added in RC:
-Oil shocks
-Metal gear servos
-Ball Diffs
-Sealed gear diffs [anybody remember when a diff was a spur with 3 planetary gears sticking through it to interface with the outdrives? ]
-CNC machining [think of where we'd be in design and cost if everything still had to be hand-cut from templates]
-2.4 GHz [Anybody who ever raced indoors with AM and had a car glitch because a fluorescent light decided to start flickering JUST for your race knows what I'm getting at]
-Standardized [per class] wheel mounting
-Ball bearings

Worst components ever introduced in RC [really can't think of much on this]:
-Nitro Scent
-Light weight parts that only world champion gods could use without having a breakage DNF
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