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Old 05-24-2007, 05:42 AM   #1
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Default NTC5 on the way?

After designing the TC5 and RC8, is the NTC5 on the way?
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Old 05-24-2007, 06:11 AM   #2
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Probally not. They are going to be working on setups for the RC8 and TC5. I would imagine they are working on a truggy now.
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So you think that the Nitro T-C 3 will be discontinued?? I think you are right about what Associated is focused on right now.....Truggys.
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So you think that the Nitro T-C 3 will be discontinued?? I think you are right about what Associated is focused on right now.....Truggys.
I think that the NTC3 has already been discontinued. I could be wrong.
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That is too bad
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Old 05-24-2007, 09:31 AM   #6
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It isnt really too bad, it is honestly a very dated car, although you can go into any hobby shop and buy parts for it. The NTC3 will only take a person so far. I ran one for 2 years, it is a very good car dont get me wrong but it takes alot of hours and alot of hard work to keep it going top notch all the time. It is a good beginners car and is a very good starting point for most, but once you get into the bigger motors and more horsepower the car just cant handle it all and you will spend your time rebuilding diffs after every heat on raceday. When I came to the end of days with it for me I founf I kept 6-8 complete diffs built up as you always had to run the car on the brink of blowing up diffs to keep it going straight down the track. There are much better cars out there now and for honestly not a whole lot more money.
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Old 05-24-2007, 09:35 AM   #7
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Associated really does have to step up if they want to remain competitive in the present and future world of 1/10th onroad nitro touring!
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Associated really does have to step up if they want to remain competitive in the present and future world of 1/10th onroad nitro touring!
I don't think they care about the world of 1/10th onroad nitro touring.
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It honestly looks that way. They did have a good thing back in the day with the NTC3, it was definitely a good car in its time.
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Yes, the NTC3 was a good parking lot basher to small/medium sized club track race car. I bought one when it first came out and loved how balanced the car was out of the box. But the stripping of the screws in crucial places as well as the major surgery you had to do to replace gears or arms turned me off on the car. Like what has been mentioned by others, you were limited in the type of mill you could put into it without blowing up the diffs. Since they redesigned the electric car with belts (mimicking the Xray car), there may be hope for a belt drive nitro car from AE/Thunder Tiger.
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I love AE stuff, the only thing that scares me is thunder tiger purchased AE and now all of AE parts are mass produced for the RTR market. I believe when parts are mass produced on this scale quality will suffer.
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I have to agree with Scott Fischer that Associated doesn't
seem to care about 1/10 nitro onroad anymore.
They have gone along with the other rc manufacturers in promoting and producing endless offroad vehicles such as truggies and buggys and monster trucks, etc., etc., etc.
Have you noticed that all of the rc car magazines focus 90% of their content on these types of vehicles and what is left over is sometimes onroad vehicles. They are guilty of promoting this unfair trend and there are plenty of the follow-the-trend type who will think they have to have a truggy or whatever to be cool. And the manufacturers are happy to oblige, ka-ching, ka-ching$$$$ I hardly ever waste my money on any of the rc car magazines due to this; and I used to be a regular purchaser of them all!

I got into rc cars in the 80's and it was mostly offroad back then such as the Associated RC10. A few years later the onroad cars started getting more popular and then came the touring cars in the 90's and later came the nitro onroad cars too. But now the trend has reverted back to offroad and the play-in-the-dirt set are having it all their way!

So until (if ever) that trend changes don't expect to see much new from Associated or anyone else is concerned when it comes to new and interesting onroad cars.
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Well put!!!!!
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THEY WENT WERE THE MONEY IS........
How many rc car that are purchad really end up being raced....
They saw what was going on and jumped on the bang wagon.....
We are a dying bread, us racers. people thiese days rather buy a rtr, slap some fuel in it and run it up and down the street,sometimes they see a race some place and get into the sport, must of the time they thinks is cool and all but
think that they could never do that and just keep to bashing on the street.
Racing just isnt the same since all these rtr's came out....thats all
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I find it funny in the last RCCA reader's choice top picks, for the nitro onroad scene, the NTC3 still was #2. Associated wouldn't jump ahead, to 5, if anything they would work on a 4. This really shows how the onroad nitro scene is giving way for the offroad. If only they could make their own 4wd...why I'm going with a XX-4WE.
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