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Old 09-09-2007, 10:15 AM   #301
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How much space is there between the steering and throttle servos? I have been looking at different larger tanks. Since I have not been able to build my Spada yet I am not sure how much space is actually available.
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The space front to back is taken completely by the length of the tank... .there is room left to right... if the right tank were to be found to fill that width... the volume of the tank could almost double. That would be perfect
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Perhaps something like this could be mounted sideways.

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXCXT8&P=7

Of course wouldn't it require making a custom plate or bracing to replace the mounting plate for the steering servo?
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Old 09-09-2007, 12:40 PM   #304
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I actually have that gas tank... it also fits the NTC3 that I run. It is a bit tall and yes, there would be extensive mods. I am ordering in a 3mm sheet of carbon fiber and scouring the LHS's to find a tank that would work. I may have to reposition the steering and or throttle servo's. I have been 'mind engineering' while staring at the chassis for the last 10 minutes....

....or just gas it every 3 1/2 minutes....
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Old 09-09-2007, 12:43 PM   #305
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What kind of runtimes are you guys getting on a tank of fuel?

Japan?

US?

Anywhere you have a Spada?
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:31 PM   #306
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I am curious just how many Spada's are in the US? I can confirm two in Utah. Are there others?
I've got one in South Carolina and although I'm having a bit of radio trouble (Spectrum!!!), I love it!! There is a lot of interest an the track too. (Carolina RC Complex-Check it out!!)

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Old 09-09-2007, 05:38 PM   #307
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I posted several photos of the car in the build up process. Look at the completed car photo on page 9. I ran the spektrum antenna through fuel tubing to the antenna mount to isolate it.

I assumed that your spektrum problem wasn't a 'general' problem. I haven't had the smallest glitch with this setup.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:55 PM   #308
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I probably should offer a bit more information regarding my first race outing with this car. We ran a 1/12th class where we ran the Spada against 19T pan cars. At the end of the seven (yeah... not eight minutes) minute race (two pit stops) I was two laps down to the leader (19T). It wasn't a bad showing for the first race showing. The 19T had more straight away speed and more snap from corner to corner. But I could peg the throttle (thanks 4 wheel drive) in places that would loop out an electric pan car. I actually took both kinds of cars to the track… in case the Spada wasn’t playing nice. It really was fun.
You will note that the diff action really loosens up after the first couple of runs…. To the point where the tightening nut hits the stop before applying any pressure. I added a small washer between the pressure fitting (SD004) and the tightening nut (1179) to allow adjustment. Doesn’t need much pressure…. Just a little to allow you to control the diff action you want.
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i am very interested, these would run goo at a large tennis court set-up if you didnthave a track.
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If the tennis court doesn't have deep seams in the cement (assuming cement). These cars have about 3mm clearance with new tires so they don't deal well with seams, small pebbles, etc. But that could be a great place if the conditions were right. Don't tell the tennis players about the oil in the exhaust... they might get angry....
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I also thought this one might be an option. It is shorter than the Associated tank but has a bigger foot print. The real problem is the price!

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXEPJ8&P=SM

One thing I am doing with my Spada is to use smaller servos. Will give more clearance between the stock tank and the steering servo. I ordered the Futaba S9650 Mini Digital.

I wish I had a good LHS for shopping parts, but sadly I don't. Hobby shops in the Atlanta area have always sucked bad!!!
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:33 PM   #312
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That could work. If turned sideways it would extend as far as the battery pack extends on the right side of the chassis. I would move the RX to on top of the steering servo and place the battery where the RX is now. The body would be modified to allow the tank and larger filler cap to work.

Extensive modifications....But... we would get runtime!!!!

I am touring the LHS's tomorrow...or Tuesday... I'll let this thread know what I find.

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Spare parts arrived... great service ... AGAIN!! Thanks Ivan.
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FRANKEN-SPADA

In my quest for more run time... I shoe-horned a tank from a Losi XXX-NT. Fewer mods required than I thought.

Runtime test tonight. (and yeah.. the pickup is on the side... we will see how that works out.)
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:49 AM   #315
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Looks good!

What did you use to make the new braces?

What electronics are you using?

Did you have to make the horn for the throttle/brake servo because of the tank change?

Originally I thought a change like this would require ditching the top plate from the kit.
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