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Old 04-08-2017, 09:53 PM
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Finally got to build a 2011 kit...took about 2 evening not counting painting body and installing decals.

The good:

-No missing parts
-Good manual
-Great carbon parts
-Very interesting complex design...this is a good thing for a tinkerer.
-Wheel lock design is cool
-Was a lot of fun to drive in the back yard on reasonably well manicured St Augustine grass

The things that annoyed me a bit:

-Need to make blister packs easier to get parts out of individually...just tearing it open can cause confusion
-Step 2 pinion height from motor plate suggestion isn't exactly right...will need to re-adjust prior to step
-Some of the metal parts had burrs
-Frame should have come with edges sanded and sealed...lots of room for error that could make the frame look bad.
-Motor should have Diodes preinstalled
-Installing screws into E11 on step 6 was unessairly tight...kit should have included a tap or adjusted the hole size for the screw.
-Don't agree with the recommendation of using AW grease on the dog bones since sand will stick to it and probably wear the assembly faster
-The mechanical design is funky...lots of parts on a complex design with very little adjustablility (in places that count)
-(potential) Incorrect part call out reference (BH6) for either step 30 or 31. For some reason my kit bag came with 2 longer parts and 2 parts with lengths as shown in the manual...it made more sense to use the longer ones on the back.
-dealing with a lot of E-Clips
-Surprised that the steering rack uses bushing vs being fully ball race

Though I may have pointed out a few quirks, the build was still fun and I am glad I did it. I wonder what the Tamiya engineers were thinking (or smoking) when they came out with this design; definitely a vintage car connoisseur's car Looks like they learned between it and the Top Force.

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Nice rc I have the old and the new ones, have to restore my old one, but always loved this style
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Always wanted that one and the Hotshot.
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