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Old 06-08-2009, 04:12 PM   #136
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While I was at the hobby shop buying a few bits, I noticed that they have rock-crawlers that look pretty interesting.
Supposedly they have batteries that last over a half hour now. I have an electric Traxxas monster truck, and I got bored with the 5 minute battery time.
There are alot of new electrical RC things these days Lithium polymer batteries brushless motors, new speed controls etc. They are all getting very effecient.

Add that those rock crawlers tend to be geared really low and the new batteries are so powerful. But I'm not the sort who wants to drive a slow RC truck up a retainment wall. I'd rather have a buggy going 30 flying over bumps and such.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:04 PM   #137
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I have an old Olympic II sail plane in the garage that I'm restoring.
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:17 AM   #138
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There were a few poeple on here that had some crawlers and I don't remember who it was now. They do look cool.
Velveeta has a rock crawler, and seems to me that Dbear might have one in a box too.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:37 AM   #139
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There are alot of new electrical RC things these days Lithium polymer batteries brushless motors, new speed controls etc. They are all getting very effecient.
So true, I am converting a .50 glow plane to electric.

Many people have different ideas on the glow vs. electric debate, but for me there it no point to run glow any longer.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:10 AM   #140
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Why doesn't anyone like to race nitro street cars anymore?

I've got two HPI RS4s at home.

The bigger one has a two speed and gets going pretty damn fast.

There use to be a vid of one doing 100mph.
Never liked the 2D RC stuff...cars, boats...too boring.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:15 PM   #141
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So true, I am converting a .50 glow plane to electric.

Many people have different ideas on the glow vs. electric debate, but for me there it no point to run glow any longer.
I remember back when I was getting into planes and heli's, only the electric planes were I think it was by Airtronics. Brushed motors were still 360 size so they were anchors. Batteries were still Nicad's which were heavy as well since most were only 1300mah at best. Now batteries are over 2000 mah and with li-po's they are very compact, although a bit more brittle and explosive.

It seems most planes have moved away from balsa and Ultracote and are now foam, plastic and/or fiberglass.

To get into heli's you were stuck with glow. The smallest ones were .30ci which meant you had to have a heli that was around 4ft long. Now you can get heli's that are electric and have full collective that are only a few inches long. Then there is cost. You couldn't get into a heli for less then $1000. Now you can get started for under $100 (fixed-collective not co-axle)

Then there are turbines. These were only starting out when I got started as well. Most 'jets' were glow powered duct fans or pusher prop'ed. The turbines are $$$ but sound awesome.

Getting back to glow vs. electrics. The fuel hasn't changed much and you're paying $40-50/gal which isn't cheap. Depending on the battery packs, you could get a few for that price. You don't have to deal with getting fuel all over everything either. Not to mention the mess it makes as it's vaporized and exits as exhaust then recondenses.

One other advance in the industry, RC Simulators. I think this is a huge step forward. No more having to go at it with books and a fat wallet.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:47 PM   #142
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So true, I am converting a .50 glow plane to electric.

Many people have different ideas on the glow vs. electric debate, but for me there it no point to run glow any longer.
Now electric is more powerful, easier to maintain, batteries last longer so its basically cheaper.

BUT. I don't do planes, I have a few Nitro and electric things around still, and if I do RC again I won't put money into anything that isn't gasoline.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:10 PM   #143
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my crawler

I had a savage 4.9 but got sick of chasing it down and flipping it back over. The rock crawling is much more fun and challenging to me.
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:58 PM   #144
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I had a savage 4.9 but got sick of chasing it down and flipping it back over. The rock crawling is much more fun and challenging to me.
Hey merickk do you go to the crawler comps out near Cuba and San Ysidro? I got out of cars for a few years but I'll be picking up a crawler soon for some fun. Thinking of going with the Losi 2.2 crawler now that it's out.
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:41 PM   #145
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Hey merickk do you go to the crawler comps out near Cuba and San Ysidro? I got out of cars for a few years but I'll be picking up a crawler soon for some fun. Thinking of going with the Losi 2.2 crawler now that it's out.
Missed too many comps up here this time around (busted the screen on my dx3R) There were quite a few farmington guys that went down to Alb for the semi finals a few weeks ago. The new losi is pretty nice though, havent messed with one but have seen them.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:02 PM   #146
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Missed too many comps up here this time around (busted the screen on my dx3R) There were quite a few farmington guys that went down to Alb for the semi finals a few weeks ago. The new losi is pretty nice though, havent messed with one but have seen them.
Just put in an order for the DX3R a couple days ago, nice fricken radio.

Yea saw pics and videos from the state finals from this last weekend (or last weekend not sure..), though there was some stupid drama it looked like there was some really good terrain that they put together for it.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:08 PM   #147
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Maidened my first successful scratch built today.



My hurried construction techniques bit me a little, but all in all a very good series of flights.

Tomorrow, I'll try to get a camera-sized payload off the ground.





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Old 06-22-2009, 10:55 AM   #148
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I need to put the final stickers on my WRX, the race ones. Has anyone here done the trick where you spray a solution of water and soap on it first so you can slide the sticker around and get less air bubbles? I've never done that before.
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:41 PM   #149
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Has anyone here done the trick where you spray a solution of water and soap on it first so you can slide the sticker around and get less air bubbles? I've never done that before.
It's pretty easy. You want only the very tiniest bit of soap in the water. Like 1 cup of water and 2-3 drops of soap, mix it up and use it. That has always gotten me good results.

When I say drops I mean like a water drop. Put a little bit on your finger/spoon that would be close and then stir.
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:07 AM   #150
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I need to put the final stickers on my WRX, the race ones. Has anyone here done the trick where you spray a solution of water and soap on it first so you can slide the sticker around and get less air bubbles? I've never done that before.

It works great! I just use window cleaning stuff like windex.
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