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Old 06-04-2003, 10:29 PM   #16
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Old 06-04-2003, 11:03 PM   #17
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A few months ago, I asked in this forum (somewhere) whether driving the NTC3 would be a different experience than driving my Impulse. The reason I asked was I've owned the Impulse for quite some time and later got a V-One-R. I found that, althought the V-One-R has both front and rear diffs as opposed to my Impulse which runs solid fronts, I began to set it up just like I would setup my Impulse. It now drives almost the same way as my Impulse which means I ended up with 2 different cars that drive almost the same way. Sure I could drive both quite well and I learned a lot setting up both cars, so I didn't know what to expect when I finally got an NTC3 RTR last week.

Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! I took the car out of the box, installed the 2-speed and broke in the ps engine. I had it on the racetrack that afternoon and it was sooo hooked up, it felt like I've been driving it forever....Its an RTR, so I didn't have to adjust anything from the stock setup. I just threw on fresh rubbers and went on track. Being my frist time with the NTC3, it took some hard knocks, but survived surprisingly well.

For me, I got the best kick out of learning to drive a shaft car as opposed to the many belt type cars which, when you factor out all the differences, drive pretty much the same (when you set it up to your driving preferences).

Get the NTC3 if you want to learn something new or stay with belts to continue developing your driving style.

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Old 06-05-2003, 09:42 AM   #18
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I have a MR-4TCSD, and have had 4 TC3's, so I am no noob to shaft cars, I am basically just wondering which car performs better in general, and for me, it's propably going to be the GT4.
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Old 06-05-2003, 03:52 PM   #19
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I don't have the GT4 but i do have the ntc3 and i love it. i only wish they had a cover for the batteries like the rs4 rtr3. I was at the hobby shop last sunday and someone was buying the GT4 and the people who work at the hobby shop said thats its a real good car. So i think its just a matter of preference. maybe someone will let you drive both before making a decision.
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how come not most places sell the gt4-s
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Old 06-05-2003, 06:38 PM   #21
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Old 06-05-2003, 07:26 PM   #22
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Yokomo in general is usually hard to find, fortunately I live in Southern Cali, so everything RC related is at my fingertips.
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so u gonna get a gt4-s?
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Old 06-05-2003, 08:30 PM   #24
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I started nitro with a GT-4 - things I liked:

good control
Easy construction
good directions
fast car

things I did NOT like:

loose wires (you had to wiretie them, etc.)
floating dogbones! (I hate dogbones) - I believe they have Universals now.
somewhat fragile rear ends (all parts I broke were rear arms)
unsealed rear gear diffs.

I moved to the NTC3 - things I like:

TONS of control - car is eminently controllable!
Very good instructions.
VERY fast car.
Drives very like an electric (very positive reactions.)
radio box! (all wires inside the box)
CVD's (not dogbones)
very clean design

Things I don't like:

things are a tight fit.
Radio box is small (small receiver helps!)
2-speed is sensitive to adjustments
shock towers are a bit fragile (get TheFix - solves the problem)


I recommend the NTC3. I use a smallish receiver (Novak XXL) and it works fine. I like it a lot!
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shock towers are a bit fragile (get TheFix - solves the problem)


Thanks Boomer! Always nice to hear that from a satisfied customer! Jim
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I am using a Futaba HRS 3ch RX, pretty small, anyone know if it will fit in the TC3 box?
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Old 06-06-2003, 09:43 PM   #27
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Old 06-07-2003, 09:08 AM   #28
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Cool, I do have to say that I like the idea of having it protected from fuel spray, track dust, tire rubber etc... Is the TC3 generally a little smoother car than the GT4?
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First Randman,
ANY car can be competive, the GT4 is the one I own, I have just about every hop up, which there are not many. It runs just as smooth as any other car out there. The 3 belt drive car is the way to go, with the increased horsepower of the .12 engines, gears are not going to survive, unless you want to maintain them trackside all day. Now, on the other hand the shaft drive cars are very snappy and resonsive, and might have a radio box, but ask and NCT3, TC3, or maybe even a Tamiya driver how the setup there drivetrain(shimming), then ask them how often they rebuild the blown diffs? At least one will comment on it.... NOw with my yoke, or any other yoke, you can run trouble free, aside from normal maintance. The fuel spray you are so worried about for the reciever is not all that severe. The exhaust is on the opposite side of the receiver, and the receiver is mounted on the underside of the chassis. I havent had prob.
Now, the next question is the popularity, the NCT3 is far more popular, the reason for this is because the local fast guy or the Barry Bakers out there are using it. I would almost garauntee that if you local fast guy ran a HPI RTR and won with it, that is what would be on the track. But they probably use the NCT3. I run the yok because it is different, and I also run a Schumacher Mission for electric, also to be different. I find it amusing when the fast guy get beat by something different. It make everyone wonder.
In closing I think whichever you choose you will be happy, but choose it for the right reason., not because we say so.
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Thats the problem with the newer cars, they are all built to be smoother on the track, I like the old stuff that is responsive and snappy as heck, harder to drive, but I always got faster lap times with an overly responsive car. I did drive the very first GT4's and liked them, and since I know a bit about them that will most likely be my car of choice. The NTC3 is nice, just looks frail, and doesnt look like the car has it all together, I'd much rather be running a disk brake than a drum...
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