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Old 03-19-2023, 04:13 AM
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As a novice to Mini-Z, I unfortunately don't know enough to give educated advice on transmitters. Hopefully someone else will give some input.
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Old 03-19-2023, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Slipstream_94 View Post
As a novice to Mini-Z, I unfortunately don't know enough to give educated advice on transmitters. Hopefully someone else will give some input.
You asked the right question. Without knowing what protocol his MR-03 is, no one can give advice on transmitters.
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Old 03-19-2023, 09:09 AM
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The only radio upgrade options for the current FHSS RTR cars are the Noble NB4 and new Futaba 4PM-Plus both with the Kyosho RM005 module for Kyosho FHSS protocol. There are no other current options for the FHSS cars.

If you have an EVO, then you can use the Noble or 4PM Plus in its native protocol with the appropriate receiver, or the 4PM with the RM005 module in Kyosho FHSS protocol if you would want to keep it all on the same protocol (Futaba T-FHSS and FlySky NB4 protocols have faster response than Kyosho FHSS).

The FHSS RTR cars are typically relegated to box stock, which often requires the original transmitter per regulations. Then EVO would be a performance option for racing in mid to high range AAA classes... Depending on your local regulations, you may want to consult with the organizers to see if an upgraded radio for the classes you race is an option.
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Old 03-19-2023, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by EMU View Post
The only radio upgrade options for the current FHSS RTR cars are the Noble NB4 and new Futaba 4PM-Plus both with the Kyosho RM005 module for Kyosho FHSS protocol. There are no other current options for the FHSS cars.

If you have an EVO, then you can use the Noble or 4PM Plus in its native protocol with the appropriate receiver, or the 4PM with the RM005 module in Kyosho FHSS protocol if you would want to keep it all on the same protocol (Futaba T-FHSS and FlySky NB4 protocols have faster response than Kyosho FHSS).

The FHSS RTR cars are typically relegated to box stock, which often requires the original transmitter per regulations. Then EVO would be a performance option for racing in mid to high range AAA classes... Depending on your local regulations, you may want to consult with the organizers to see if an upgraded radio for the classes you race is an option.
Thanks for the reply. My local track allows radio upgrades for any class so long as the car remains box stock (apart from batteries but they must be AAA size). The Noble NB4 is popular here but itís about $200 more than I really want to spend but in saying that I do have about 5+ other Rc cars and boats I could use the Noble with in the long run.
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Old 03-20-2023, 07:29 AM
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I also went through the phase of figuring out whether to commit to NB4 which was going to cost $200. It was not an obvious decision at the time as I was still new to RC. However in retrospect, NB4 was a good buy. It's a solid choice for all kinds of RC and it's certainly good enough for competitive 1:28 racing. Yes it's $200 but it's actually a good deal if you can use it on more than 3 mini-z/cars/boats. The mini-z community is very familiar with nb4 too so you can get a lot of support from others.
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Old 03-20-2023, 02:06 PM
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Haven't touched my Mini in a while, because I got tired of driving on an uneven surface. I don't have an RCP track, but I do have low pile carpet in my apartment and used painters tape to make a course. After watching the WEC opener and the 12 Hours of Sebring I got the itch to race the Mini around the apartment again and now see the bumps not as a deterrent, but as something that will make me better and hopefully faster on a smooth surface. My EVO is currently box stock with an Audi Bilstein body and a motor that is too big for my surface area. Stock tires are currently working for me and I can deal with the motor, but I think I can get more out of the car if I switch out the front springs and h/t-plate. My plan is to purchase the PN aluminum plate mount, PN black fiber #4, and PN front springs with the hopes that the car bonces around a little less and to gain corner speed. It's been a while since I've hoped up a Mini. Are the aftermarket springs/plates softer or harder than the stock springs/plate? Plan is to kingpin flip, add stainless front end parts and fluorine balls next.

I feel that the WEC and IMSA have the potential to blow up in the near future, some of the packages at Sebring were supposedly sold out and they stated parking needed to be added. I see a lot of RCers state that the hobby is starting to get smaller scale wise, because it's easier to find places to run and race. During the WEC race one of the announcers referenced Scalextric. Race fans love to buy product that features their favorite driver(s)/team(s) liveries, whether that be a t-shirt, a flag, or a die-cast and some of those die-cast cars are pricey. I wanted to purchase a 499P die-cast, but the only one I could find cost $397.99, the price of a Mini-Z is currently $179.99 - $199.99, they are beautifully detailed, also collectable, AND you get to drive it around. WEC and IMSA feature drivers and manufactures from around the world, I see people posting in this thread from around the world.

I know that RC Racing has been tried at races before, but has anyone tried hosting a 1/28th race at an IMSA or WEC race. A lot of those fans are deep into slot cars, as soon as I saw the GL cars I decided to put all of my slot car stuff on ebay, because Radio Control is much closer to 1:1 than slots. RCP track takes up a lot less space than a 1/10 scale track, it's easy to set up, moderately affordable, and anyone with the space can put one in their home. I realize that licensing deals would need to be signed to get bodies made, I also realize that the Hypercars/GTP cars would be hard to make scale, but there are a lot of GT cars. So, what would it take or is this just wishful thinking?
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I have a hard time with the throttle control, I like to come into corners hot, I overdrive and always have. Last night I found a great instructional video, it's a little over 8 hours long, but I learned a ton within the first hour.

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Originally Posted by PDR_ACT View Post
The Noble NB4 is popular here but itís about $200 more than I really want to spend...
Honestly, I'm not understanding this. You say the NB4 is "$200 more than I want to spend"...but, the NB4 only costs $185-225 (depending on who you purchase it from). I paid approx $200 for my NB4, which came with two receivers (for 1/10, and larger, vehicles). Micro receivers for Mini-Z cost $30-40 each, which is fairly reasonable.
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