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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by RC Pilot, Apr 15, 2009.
Try a little heat in case it's the good loctite??
I wouldn't call myself a nut but am starting to get into radio controlled cars again. About 6 years ago I bought a nitro car because I always wanted one when I was in my teens. I thought it had a real cool factor with the exhaust note, also I remember having to wait hours for a battery to charge to get 10 minutes of run time in an old hornet my neighbor had.
I got over the nitro thing real quik after screwing with the engine and constantly breaking parts. Still seemed to get 15 minutes of run time to $45 in broken parts. After a coulple months the car sat idle in my garage for the past 5 years.
My buudy has a son in a wheelchair and one of the hobbies he's into big time being a teen is RC cars. They told me to try an electric car as they a pretty good today and he's gotten rid of all his nitro stuff and replaced it with electric.
I bought an HPI Savage XS a couple weeks ago and todays electric cars are awsome. The thing will do a standing back flip if you squeeze the trigger fast. Batteries charge in about an hour and the thing is night and day difference with what I remember as a kid. Back then it was three speeds forward and you hit reverse for brakes. Now you have infinite speed control and progressive braking. Unreal power and decent runtimes have me hooked.
I think I'm now now and looking to get a short course truck too and check out a race.
I have one of the red ones that I've modified quite heavily for aerial video application and love the way it flies, as long as it isn't windy.
Is there a huge difference in control with the aileron setup? The planes are so light, I'm wondering if it's worth modifying mine.
A coworker ran nitro cars for years before he got out of the hobby. He made fun of me for running electric airplanes, saying that real men ran nitro in the RC world. A couple weeks ago he ran into one of his old friends from his nitro days. The friend has converted everything to LiPo and Brushless. Said there is no going back to LiPo. He hasn't bothered me about the electric stuff since.
I work in a hobby shop and 95 percent of the cars and planes we sell are electric. And the big reason we sell what we do in nitro is bigger planes.
I actually enjoy flying my Slow Sticks in the wind. They are kind of like RC kites.
As i posted a few pages back I am building up a Tamiya Bigwig. last night I started and completed this morning the rear gearbox and drive train.
I am a bit dissapointed with it. I have built a few Tamiya platic kits and have always been happy with them. With what I have just built, there is a lot of slop in the drive train, more than I would have expected. For example, i can hold the assembly and move the wheel inboard / outboard a bit, not much, but there is movement there. These are all brand new components.
I checked the build manual and what I had put together, everything was there (including ball bearings, not using plastic bushes)
Does this seem normal.
Anyway, it kept me entertained for a while am going to continue the build.
Oh, and this is the Tamiya Bigwig. My body scheeme will be slightly different
Unfortunately yes when it comes to the Tamiya plastic kits. :ddog
Even with planes I have gotten away from glow. I converted a 80" 15+lb plane to electric and it is just a dream to fly. I only have 1 pack for it as that is a bit of a pain to get in and out....have to remove the wing. It flys on 48v and is the biggest plane that I currently own. I do not it much anymore as it is really just too big for me to mess with.
I have always loved the P-39 but truth be known I fly the wings off my little P39 alfa, the big VQ has about 10 flights total on it.
link to the plane I converted.
Anymore I just fly foam. I really enjoy the Radin I just bought and am just going crazy with the little panther. I actually do not think I would be still flying if it was only balsa.
The cars I actually don't even mess with my 1/5 buggy much anymore...bet it has been 6-8 months. I do like to dig out the slash once and a while and bomb around the yard, the race scene around here is just a little to nutty for me....most of the father son, casual racers have left....only hard core guys anymore.
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I get a kick out of watching the die hard glow guys at the local field. Don't get me wrong, glow is fine, but I do find it funny when they stall on taxi out or as they lift it off the pit table. That and the constant fiddling as the weather changes. I prefer to simply plug the battery in and fly.
Same can be said about cars/trucks as well. I remember all the constant fiddling... running around with the body off so I could tweak it just right... then put the body on and it would die . Or, trying to get it started forever and ending up with a face full of fumes. Good times!
There is something to be said for the sound, though. Gotta love the snort of a high-compression nitro engine (or 10).
Modern nitros arent that hard to tune, Ive got a slayer pro and a tmaxx, both run great. It does take some time to learn , but its worth it. A temp gauge is a must have for tuning. I do like electric, my brushless rustrler is super fast with 2cell lipos, but nothing beats a nitro engine screaming at 35000rpms.
I would be shocked it nitro even exists in 10 more years.....me I do not miss it one bit. I use to buy 409 by the gallon.
Depending on what the nitro car is you might be able to convert it to brushless and get some more life out of it.
Here is what I built about a year ago:
It's a R/C racing sailboat, Class: Marblehead (50/800) Design: Monarch by Graham Bantock Material: Paulowina
If you want to read the build log, Go to RCGroups: Monarch Marblehead Yes, I did make everything. Hull, Fin, Bulb, Rudder, Sails. And I have been winning trophies with it in my area. I'm going to San Diego next month to compete in the Marblehead NCR. I hope I can at least place with it.
That is beautiful!
I'm about ready to give up on glow, too. I'm having too much fun with an electric Super Sportster.
And, I can fly it anywhere!
Nice boat. I had a few Kyosho Seawinds and Fairwinds but never a true race boat.
Beautiful craftsmanship... Don't see this all that much anymore.
My flying field was being over run with members with deep pockets, giant scale ARFs with radios that cost enough to put a kid through college. Sad fact was, they couldn't glue two stick of balsa together using cyanoacrolate.
Refreshing to see someone that looks at this as a hobby, not a means to impress.