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Posted by peacekeeper94 | Jul 01, 2013 @ 02:00 PM | 1,892 Views
I traded a couble boxes of 9mm ammo for a used TC3. It was a bit of a mess. The body was thrashed, it didn't have a motor, and the ESC didn't work. I managed to get it running with just spare parts I already had in the garage. I installed an old Kyosho Lemans 300E motor, and a LRP ESC. I switched the crystels in the receiver with some that matched a transmiter I already had. I swithced out the body with an HPI Lexus and aded some new wheels for 'bling'. It runs beautifully and is pretty quick. Not too bad for a couple of boxes of ammo that I didn't even need.
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Apr 30, 2013 @ 09:51 PM | 2,570 Views
So here's the lattest addition to my collection. I'd been looking at the Traxxas Slash for a while, and when I was talking to a friend at work about it, he told me he had a 1/16 Slash for sale. When he first showed it to me I though it looked like a toy, but once we ran it, I was hooked. It was rediculously fast, and had all the features of a 1/10 scale. 4WD, independent suspention, brushless 380 motor, 2.4g, it had it all. And it tops out at 50 mph. Stupid fast! And all I had to do was get a new body for it to make it my own. Off-road it's a little tricky. It's so light, that rocks and bumps that normally wouldn't bother a 1/10 scale, send this thing tumbling violently. Throttel control is a must!
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Aug 23, 2012 @ 12:57 PM | 4,140 Views
For the last six months I've been working on a true monster. My Tamiya Knight Hauler Semi Truck with Flatbed Trailer. This was one of the most challenging, but satisfying builds I've ever done. With over a thousand parts, lots of chrome, working lights, and so much detail, it was like building a rolling model. I probably spent a month just painting the body and interior. Driving it is a pure delight and is actually very relaxing. It's so much different than a basher. I just cruse around the cul-de-sac, shifting gears and steering around mailboxes, taking care not to scuff the bright work or nick the paint. So it was a lot of work, but it was totally worth it in the end....Continue Reading
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Aug 22, 2012 @ 09:37 AM | 3,400 Views
I've wanted to get into the crawler scene for a while now, and I finally got one. And would you believe I actually got something that wasn't Tamiya? I went with the HPI Crawler King because it was a great price at $240.00, and it has everything! Radio, ESC, full bearings, and it was RTR......almost. When I took it for its first test run on my front lawn, I noticed a clicking noise coming from the rear axle. I opened it up and found that one of the bearings on the main gear was completely missing! I decided to give my new ride a good look over and noticed that the sleeve on the rear telescoping drive shaft was an inch shorter than the front. (It was the wrong part!) I called HPI and they made good on it by sending me all the parts I needed for free, and I had them within a few days. They assured me this was an isolated incident.

Once I got it all put back together I took it to the hills for its first hard run. I was so impressed! The torque is ridiculous, and it will go anywhere you point the front end! I had one major crash where it tumbled down a 50 foot hill, and it didn't even faze it. The thing is tougher than a gypsy bare-knuckle boxer! And even with all the extreme hill climbing I did, I still got a run time of 40 minutes on one standard 6 cell battery!

This is a great ride, and if you’re looking to getting into crawling, I highly recommend the HPI Crawler King....Continue Reading
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Jan 24, 2011 @ 12:19 PM | 4,439 Views
So here's what I get for making fun of the fly-boys for so long. This year for Christmas my wife got me a Craft 9074 helicopter.

It's a 3 channel model, with twin rotors and lights in the upper stabilizer. It came with a wall charger, takes about 2 hours to charge, and runs constantly for about 12 minutes.

I have to say, I LOVE IT!!! I have a lofted ceiling in the main entrance of my home, which gives me plenty of room to fly it. It has a gyro, which makes it very easy for an off-roader like me to fly. But sadly, I think this is as far as I will ever advance into the flying world. I'm happy with me wheels on the ground.
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Dec 17, 2010 @ 03:49 PM | 5,739 Views
While I was in Iraq back in 2003, my brother sent me a pic of this unbuilt kit that he found on e-bay. He said if I came home alive, I could keep it. I was planning on doing that anyway, but I still accepted his offer.

Well, after starting this project at the beginning of summer, I finally finished it. I ran into a few complications along the way though.

As it turned out, this kit was actually from Japan, with all Japanizes instructions. As I began assembly, I noticed that all the metal gears were crumbling in the package. Fortunately, the Frog used all the same metal gears, and I was able to order new ones direct from Tamiya. Then, another tragedy: As I was assembling the chassis, the right rear corner where the axle mount attached, crumbled away. I was devastated, but too far along in the build to just give up. With a little grinding and creative metal work, I was able to fabricate a bracket to hold the axle mount. The rest of the build went very smoothly.

I contacted the guys at Tamiya101.com to get their opinion on what happened to this kit. They thought for sure, it was poor storage, and was probably exposed to extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, which weakened the plastic and metal. I've run it twice now, and so far everything else seems to be solid. I thought I was goint to keep it as a soft runner, but it's just too much fun! I'll try not to run it too hard.

So here it is, cruzin down the trails of Baja on a rainy day. (Or maybe the...Continue Reading
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Apr 23, 2010 @ 10:13 AM | 5,097 Views
I was talking to a few guys about removing paint from old plastic car bodies. It seems like a lot of people don't know about 'Easy Off' Oven Cleaner.

Basically, you take off all the old sticker the best you can, and remove any chrome parts or windows. Spray the entire body with 'Easy Off' and let it set for 15-30 minutes. After that, wipe the 'Easy Off' off with paper towels. The paint slides off like it was fresh and wet. You may have to do this a few times, depending on how thick the paint is. You may also have to use a tooth brush to scrub smaller detailed areas, like door jams and vents. Once the paint is removed, wash the body really well with hot water and dish soap. That's it! You are done within a couple hours, as opposed to a week using other soaking methods. And no, it doesn't damage the plastic.

One last tip: Do NOT rinse the 'Easy Off' and old paint off in the sink. The fumes are very harsh, and the chemicals and paint will clog the pipes.

Hope this helps. gby

Kevin
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Apr 01, 2010 @ 12:30 PM | 5,398 Views
My introduction and inspiration for R/C cars was a little different than most. When I was about 9 years old, Dad fell asleep on the couch watching his football game on NBC, and the next broadcast was that of the Baja 1000. I watched intently as all these different classes of vehicles battled it out down the Baja peninsula. I remember specifically a pro-truck flying down a desert road at 90 mph, and passing a civilian vehicle! What kind of race is open to civilian traffic? I was hooked, and I've followed the race ever since.

When I was about 14, a kid down the street brought up his Grasshopper. It looked just like a 1600cc buggy right out of Baja. I figured for a 14 year old, this was as close as I would get to the real thing.

I bought my first Tamiya car, the old faithful "Grasshopper", when I was 15 years old. That was 25 years ago, and I still have it. I was hooked on R/C immediately, and my Grasshopper would be the first of about 20 different cars that would cross my path.

After college I joined the U.S Army and traveled the world for about 10 years. I took my Associated RC 10 along with me, but that was all I could carry. When I came home for good, I found all my R/C's waiting for me. I also learned about this crazy new thing called "e-bay", and heard how people were buying vintage Tamiya cars and restoring them. I already had quite a collection, and decided to start fixing up my own. And as luck would have it, a few more fell into my lap.
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Apr 01, 2010 @ 12:09 PM | 5,386 Views
My second ride was the Road Wizard. This thing was ridiculously fast! But unfortunately, I lived in a very rural part of California, which was mostly dirt roads, and there weren't many places to run it. One day my brother came home with this crazy thing called "The Lunch Box". I had to have one, so I sold my RW and bought my LB. It was perfect for the setting we lived it, and a blast to run. I did miss my RW though. While I was going through my divorce my brother found one on e-bay and gave it to me as a "cheer up" gift.
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Apr 01, 2010 @ 12:04 PM | 5,483 Views
And then came the "CLODBUSTER"! I loved this ride because it was like no other. Unlike most Tamya kits that shared common parts (Grasshopper/Lunchbox/Pajero) (Frog/Brat/Blackfoot), this thing was totally unique. Like all my other Tamiya kits, I beat the crap out of it, then later fixed it up. Of course I still run it, (all my rides are runners), but I'm not nearly as abusive as I used to be. Money is tighter these days. All the mods I've done were mostly to make it stronger. I used the Super Clod metal parts in the chassis, CPE steering links, rc4wd gear box brackets, and ESP bumpers....Continue Reading
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Apr 01, 2010 @ 11:57 AM | 5,373 Views
I tried to compete at my local track with my Grasshopper, but found myself constantly coming in last due to this American made ride called the "Associated RC-10". Had to have one! I raced stock class and did okay, usually coming in between 2nd and 4th. It was pretty hard to keep up with the kids who were all sponsored by Mommy and Daddy, and had all the trick parts. I still have this ride, and yes, still run it.
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Apr 01, 2010 @ 11:53 AM | 5,386 Views
Most of my collection started in the late 80's and early 90's. And even then, I found classic discontinued rides falling into my lap. My uncle gave me his Ford F-150, which was in mint condition. He only ran it a few times, but found that R/C just wasn't really for him. It actually came with a Futaba 3 channel airplane radio installed (slightly illegal). While I was in college and ringing up groceries for a living, a kid came in with an old Sand Scorcher. It looked like he had taken it apart with a hand grenade. I figured I could use it for parts for my F-150, so I gave him $20.00 for it, and he left happy. After going through the parts, I found out that, with the exception of some cosmetic parts, everything was there. I managed to re-assemble it, and ran it just as it was. When I returned home from the Army, I decided to fully restore it. This was my first true internet hunting project, finding parts to make it complete. Most people will probably want to slap me for this, but yes, I still run both of them.
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Apr 01, 2010 @ 11:46 AM | 5,236 Views
It had been a while since I'd purchased any new kits. After safely returning from the Iraq war in 2004, I decided to splurge on myself a little, and bought my Harley Davidson Sportster. And it was while riding my bike, that I happened to stop in at a hobby store. The R/C bug bit me again! Over the next couple of years I picked up a Blitzer Beetle, King Blackfoot, HMMWV, and a Mini. I still love building and running the simple ones, and now that my kids are old enough to play with them, they often join in.
Posted by peacekeeper94 | Apr 01, 2010 @ 11:07 AM | 5,256 Views
I'm 40 years old now, remarried to a wonderful woman, and have a 12 year old daughter, 7 year old son, and a 12 year old step-daughter. My wife did the greatest thing she ever could for me, and that was to get me into church to hear about this awesome man named Jesus who died for my sins, and lived to tell about it.

Besides my God and my family, a big part of my life has always been, and always will be, my motorcycles. I still ride a lot, and still have dreams of going to Baja someday for the big race. (Or maybe I'll just stick with a guided tour and leave the racing to the pros.)

But my R/C's, though I've probably outgrown them just a little, are still such a big part of my life, and a contributing factor to where I am now. R/C's kept me busy and gave me something to do. They literally kept me off drugs (as they were all around me in high school and college), and encouraged me to go after my true passion in real life, of desert racing. Although I did have to stick with the motorcycle class, being as Trophy Trucks and Class I Buggies tend to cost around 1 million dollars.

And now, I'm passing it all on to my kids. I already knew my son would take a liking to it, but I was really surprised to see how much my daughters and wife get a kick out of it.

There's not much more to say, so I guess I'll just wrap it up here. GBY.

Kevin.