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Old 08-13-2004, 09:42 PM   #1
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Hello folks!

I'm thinking about getting into 1/8 scale on-road and have a few questions.

I would like to looking out for a used setup as I'm on a tight budget. The Serpent cars seems to be widely available on the market, so I was just wondering what all the different models are. From what I know, there're the following.

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Which one is a better car for a newbie? I would have thought a Kyosho Fantom would be a good choice, but hard to find on the used market.

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Old 08-13-2004, 10:46 PM   #2
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Go with a Mugen MRX-3. Or look for the new Mugen MRX-4. Should be out soon in the states.


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Old 08-13-2004, 11:40 PM   #3
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I just bought a MRX3, it looks better to me than the Serpent.
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I assume that you are going to race the car, based on that and the fact the you are on a budget I would go with the MRX-3, HPI, or Kyosho cars etc.. that you can get parts for easily and cheap.

I see you live in Hong Kong, I assume Serpent parts will be imported an cost way more than Mugen or Kyosho, HPI etc.. like they do in the USA.

My Friend has been racing his MRX-3 for the last 2 years and he was very happy with howe much cheaper the parts were than the Serpent stuff.

Go to the local track and see what cars are popular and you may be able to pick up a nice used car and motor.

Also don't worry about having the best motor, just a reliable strong engine will do, even a used one in good condition.

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Go with serpent as I know most of the racers in Hong Kong play serpent and you can get setup sopport from Christopher(Wing jet).
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Go with serpent as I know most of the racers in Hong Kong play serpent and you can get setup sopport from Christopher(Wing jet).
Yeah if you know him really well by spending megabucks in his shop....

Well crunch, if you are going to play 1/8 in HK, your only choice would be either the Serpent or the Kyosho. The only 1/8 track here is ACO, and they would make you feel like an outcast if you drive a MRX3. Costwise Serpent parts are expensive, so I would suggest if possible get yourselves a Kyosho Evolva. The price of just one a-arm of Serpent = a whole tree of Kyosho Evolva parts... go figure for yourselves!

I don't think you can easily get either the Serpent 950R or the Evolva used in Hong Kong, as actually there are not many 1/8 running. However, why get used when the price of a 1/8 kit is about the same as an upgraded 1/10 TC? Also, you could at least get some support from the shop you bought the car from. If you get used, you are on your own...Then again, the most expensive element on running 1/8 is not the chassis of even that killer engine, but parts, tires and fuel.
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I came across this post and thought it looked interesting
http://www.rctech.net/forum/showthre...threadid=47469
a brand new 1/8 scale on-road for under 400 bucks hmmmmmm.

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Old 08-14-2004, 07:33 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies guys!!

Jason> That what I have been thinking of and one of my main concerns, as good as the Mugen cars are....Kyosho and Serpent cars seems to get the crowd @ the ACO track.

I'll probably be keeping a look out for a Evolva.

The XR8 looks very interesting and seems like a good bang for the buck.

Anyone know who makes this kit in Taiwan? I mean Power Racing is only the importer? The Swift buggy kit from their website is made by "Hong Nor", same company that makes the CD3 and LD3 1/10 nitro sedans.

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that pretty much means ofna will probably be importing it for the states right?

that alone will turn a lot of people off.
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