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Old Feb 22, 2005, 09:11 PM
Dre
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1/8th scale on road questions

Hi all, I've been involved with 1/10th scale on/off road cars/buggies/trucks
and 1/8th scale off road buggies but now I have the urge (yeah I know, I'm a
freak to get into 1/8th scale on road.

I would like to start off by slowly building/rebuilding up a kit and then
maybe in a years time race the thing at the local track (I allready race
1/10th scale gas/electric sedans there).

My question is, there are so many companies that make the better cars, what
are peoples opinions on them? I only really know of Serpent, BMT?, Mugen
etc. but I'm more than happy to investigate any brand.

Spares aren't a concern for me, I would like a car that I can tune, is
durable and is comparable re quality as my Kanai 2 Inferno...

Cheers Dre


Old Feb 23, 2005, 11:11 AM
Chris Dugan
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Re: 1/8th scale on road questions

> My question is, there are so many companies that make the better cars,
what
> are peoples opinions on them? I only really know of Serpent, BMT?, Mugen
> etc. but I'm more than happy to investigate any brand.
>
> Spares aren't a concern for me, I would like a car that I can tune, is
> durable and is comparable re quality as my Kanai 2 Inferno...
>
> Cheers Dre
>
>

Go with Mugen, easy to drive, work on, robust and the spare parts are
cheaper than Kyosho or Serpent, oh and unlike the Serpent the handling won't
go to pot as quickly as the suspension wears. The current car is MRX4 but
you can get some great deals on second hand MRX3's, a friend of mine got a
rolling chassis with engine, pipe and enough spare parts to make another car
and still have spares to run them all through the whole season all for
£200GB, no the engine wasn't dead, it was just rebuilt with new bearings and
rod.

There are a few cosmetic differences between the two cars but mainly the
changes were to give the car a bit more turn in and reduce drivetrain drag,
which is why the Serpents and Kyosho's shone over them in corner speed last
year (it took Serpent and Kyosho two years to get there!).

BMT aren't in the market anymore but there is Picco(seems to be mainly
Europe) and a few other manufacturers that seem to stick to the states and
the Pacific area (China, Hong Kong Japan etc.) I have no experience of them
and the only Kyosho I have seen running was Dave Spashett's. It goes well
enough but I have no idea of what Joe Public would make of the build
quality/handling and strength of the car, knowing Kyosho it should be easy
to build but given the quality of the Readysets (RTR cars) that i've seen
Kyosho may have lost their way.

Oh and for an engine don't get a Sirio, I reckon they still need another
year of running to get longevity out of their motors, they produce good
power but at the expense of the engine lifespan. When they first came out
(2002) they would produce good power for about 40 minutes of track racing
time and then require rebuilding (not just bearing and rod but usually
piston and liner as well) they also used some nasty fuel that was specially
blended (turned black in the tank after 30 secs of running!), we tried one
on Tornado and Runner-time but it just couldn't produce the power. Novarossi
are a good known brand as are Picco now they have got their carbs sorted,
Serpents' Novamega range are rebadged and tweaked Novarossi's and JP is
another good make derived and built from Novarossi parts.

Chris


Old Feb 23, 2005, 09:11 PM
Brian Wax
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Re: 1/8th scale on road questions

go to: www.happytimehobby.com and check out the XR 8. Besides the awesome
vehicle is tremendous support.

Old Feb 26, 2005, 09:12 PM
Billy Bad Assrİ
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Re: 1/8th scale on road questions



"Dre" <blah@somewhere.com> wrote in message
news:3823aoF5k8efrU1@individual.net...
> Hi all, I've been involved with 1/10th scale on/off road cars/buggies/trucks
> and 1/8th scale off road buggies but now I have the urge (yeah I know, I'm a
> freak to get into 1/8th scale on road.
>
> I would like to start off by slowly building/rebuilding up a kit and then
> maybe in a years time race the thing at the local track (I allready race
> 1/10th scale gas/electric sedans there).
>
> My question is, there are so many companies that make the better cars, what
> are peoples opinions on them? I only really know of Serpent, BMT?, Mugen
> etc. but I'm more than happy to investigate any brand.


there is only ONE >>Serpent<< that's worth a damn. stick with what you know!
IMHO Serpent's are the way to go @ the 1:8 scale on-road level!


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Old Feb 28, 2005, 05:11 AM
Dre
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Re: 1/8th scale on road questions

"Brian Wax" <waxxer@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
news:KX9Td.4045$MY6.2406@newsread1.news.pas.earthl ink.net...
> go to: www.happytimehobby.com and check out the XR 8. Besides the awesome
> vehicle is tremendous support.
>


Thanks all for the suggestions. I was leaning towards a Serpent, but now I
have seen the Evolva

I think I'm going to try out the new Evolva.

Cheers Dre


 


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