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Pneumatic
20th June 2002, 19:24
I went to a buddies house and he had a really cool new toy. It's an R/C Nitro burning monster truck. It was so cool I went out the next day and bought one. Now I can't stop upgrading the stupid thing. I have upgraded nearly everything from the motor to the wheels.

Three of us that have these got together yesterday and had a long jump competition. We set up a 4x8 sheet of plywood on a saw horse as a ramp. I won the day with a jump of 31 feet (we had a tape measure laying out). The rule was that you had to land and drive away. Divebombing it into the ground didn't count . There were plenty of buper shaped divots in the ground when we were done but the only damaged sustained were a few blown shock caps (there are 8 oil shocks on the car which I will be upgrading this week).


Anyway, it's called a T-Maxx by Traxxas and it is a TON of fun.

I love the smell of nitro in the morning.

Pneumatic
20th June 2002, 19:24
Here is one with the body on:

Dr Mordrid
20th June 2002, 19:52
I preferred the 4 engine B-17 bomber I had back in the 80's. It had working landing gear, bomb bays and "bomb" release mechanism.

Fun for taking out toy trucks on the fly :D

Dr. Mordrid

Kruzin
20th June 2002, 20:06
Before I had kids, I was a hardcore RC racer.
Ran a hopped up Associated RC-10T open class electric truck.
Had over $5000 in my racing setup (truck, radio, batteries, etc.), spent over 100 a week on tires, motors, shocks, and so forth.
Was sponsored by a local track to go around to other tracks and race with my sponsor's name plastered all over my truck.
This was during the dark days whem my mother-in-law lived with us, and I would spen 4-6 nights a week at the track.
Was great fun. Hopefully I can afford to get back into it someday, now that my kids are old enough to enjoy it too...

Pneumatic
20th June 2002, 20:19
I can see how you could spend some serious money on this stuff. I am in over $800 so far and I only do it for recreation. I can't imagine if I were to do it competitively!

Kruzin
20th June 2002, 20:29
Racing RCs is actually where my handle came from.
Me and a pal used to take turns at the announcer's stand timing and calling the races we weren't in at the track that sponsored us.
I dubbed him "Dyno" Paul D., and he dubbed me "Kruzin" Kenny. Those nicks became well known at the local tracks, and have stuck ever since...

Marshmallowman
20th June 2002, 20:33
hehe...looks like parhelia is a cheap "toy" in comaprison to these :)

Gurm
21st June 2002, 03:36
Yup. RC Racing is pricey and addictive. ;)

Edit: But fun as hell!

- Gurm

ZokesPro
21st June 2002, 07:33
Originally posted by Gurm
Yup. RC Racing is pricey and addictive. ;)

Edit: But fun as hell!

- Gurm

Man, I miss my old RC cars, I had a cool 4x4 truck but it was from Radio Shack so it only lasted about 30 minutes until the motors fried, got my money back but I sure was upset. :(

Stupid reminisin, makes me sad.

bobby2
21st June 2002, 08:46
hasnt this been replaced by 'Robot Wars' as the expensive hobby of choice (BattleBots) in the US ...

(Had a RC Helicopter when young ... serious fun with the tomato dropper :)

Beezer
21st June 2002, 08:51
That does sound like a lot of fun. I pass an RC field on my way to work. There's always someone flying a plane or helicopter or racing their cars. I've been tempted many times, but still haven't tried it out yet.
How fast does that truck of yours go?

Helevitia
21st June 2002, 09:02
I miss RC Cars. I used to have all kinds of stuff. Yokomo YZ-10, Kyosho Optima(pre-87), The Hornet! My first car. I miss racing and yes, it is very expensive. Hey Kindess, who did your paintjob?

Dave

Technoid
21st June 2002, 09:52
I had a Nico raven!
4x4!
Fast as hell on both track and ofroad but chewed batteries as fast as Gurm Chewes newbies :D

Pneumatic
21st June 2002, 13:49
Originally posted by Technoid
I had a Nico raven!
4x4!
Fast as hell on both track and ofroad but chewed batteries as fast as Gurm Chewes newbies :D

That's the cool thing about nitro cars. I can pull it in and add fuel while it is still running. It is pretty much non-stop untill you break something.:)

Beezer
21st June 2002, 16:01
Which is.... about 10 minutes? :)

Pneumatic
21st June 2002, 16:13
Originally posted by Beezer
That does sound like a lot of fun. I pass an RC field on my way to work. There's always someone flying a plane or helicopter or racing their cars. I've been tempted many times, but still haven't tried it out yet.
How fast does that truck of yours go?

Missed this question earlier.

The truck will do around 40 MPH.

They come completely assembled with the radio. Pretty much all you have to do is add fuel and go.

The T-Max has the most "Hop-Ups" (upgrades) of any other r/c car and is the best selling R/C product EVER. I have changed the motor to one that has twice the power, changed the gear ratio to get more torque, changed the wheels and tires to get more grip. Now mine can do wheelies when I take off (for a 10-11 pound truck that's pretty good).

The most fun is having buddies that have them too. Three of us get together and race and jump. It's a blast. Also when we are all together we can share parts if we need to. Last time we ran, my buddy stripped a gear that I just happened to have in my box. He gave me the $3 the part cost and we got to play some more.

T-Maxx by Traxxas. They rock. :)

Pneumatic
21st June 2002, 16:14
Originally posted by Helevitia
I miss RC Cars. I used to have all kinds of stuff. Yokomo YZ-10, Kyosho Optima(pre-87), The Hornet! My first car. I miss racing and yes, it is very expensive. Hey Kindess, who did your paintjob?

Dave

That's actually the stock body!

I will be doing a new body for it soon.

ZokesPro
22nd June 2002, 13:34
I'd love to take that flat four engine (FF-320) (http://www.osengines.com/engines/osmg1320.html) and make a scale model Subaru Impreza with it! That would rock!

I want to make an R/C that resemble a real Subaru, but of course that engine would be massive overkill for power! Pop the hood of your Subaru R/C and voilą! A boxer engine! :D

:sleeping: ZZZzzz :tired: Ok ok I'm dreaming! :)

Dr Mordrid
22nd June 2002, 13:49
I want to build a BattleBot. A heavyweight :D

Dr. Mordrid

ZokesPro
22nd June 2002, 14:09
Originally posted by Dr Mordrid
I want to build a BattleBot. A heavyweight :D

Dr. Mordrid

That would also be cool!

Pneumatic
22nd June 2002, 14:09
Originally posted by ZokesPro
I'd love to take that flat four engine (FF-320) (http://www.osengines.com/engines/osmg1320.html) and make a scale model Subaru Impreza with it! That would rock!

I want to make an R/C that resemble a real Subaru, but of course that engine would be massive overkill for power! Pop the hood of your Subaru R/C and voilą! A boxer engine! :D

:sleeping: ZZZzzz :tired: Ok ok I'm dreaming! :)

Wow! That is a slick looking motor! That would flip even a large RC car onto its back every time you hit the throttle.

ZokesPro
22nd June 2002, 14:35
Originally posted by Pneumatic


Wow! That is a slick looking motor! That would flip even a large RC car onto its back every time you hit the throttle.

I'd use it more for looks than for power obviously! hehe Unless the R/C car was made of heavy steel or something.

ZokesPro
22nd June 2002, 14:39
They even have Rotary engines

http://www.osengines.com/engines/osmg1400.html

Technoid
22nd June 2002, 15:22
miniature jet engines?

Do they exist?

Dilitante1
22nd June 2002, 15:32
I miss RC Cars. I used to have all kinds of stuff. Yokomo YZ-10, Kyosho
Optima(pre-87), The Hornet! My first car.

I have my Hornet still with less than 10 battery runs on it as the charger pooped right off and i got so pissed I packed it away.....

ZokesPro
23rd June 2002, 06:07
Originally posted by Technoid
miniature jet engines?

Do they exist?

Yes they do, sort of. They cost like 5000$ but apparently they are powerful.

This is what I'm talking about.
http://www.amtjets.com/gallery_pegasus_hp.html

jsb
25th June 2002, 06:02
:alien:

Snake-Eyes
17th December 2002, 14:19
Thanks a bunch again Pneumatic! Now I'm hooked on R/C too. But I'm not goin' for the nitro powered job (even though I seriously considered it), for two main reasons-
1) This area seems to suck for hobby stores carrying R/Cs, accessories, and parts. I checked some local listings, and so far the closest I've found the Traxxas trucks is the Milwaukee area (about an hour drive from where I'm at, so not TOO bad, but I couldn't be driving the truck, break a part, and just drop into the store real quick for a fix and go driving some more :p).
2) I wanna be able to run the truck around the house. I seriously suspect I'm gonna (havta) learn to lightly feather the throttle though, because..

I'm buying one of the Traxxas E-Maxx trucks (electric brother to the T-Maxx you have, shares a ton of parts too, woohoo!). I've already located several hopups to add to my future purchase list too:D. Ironically enough, one of the ones I want most won't cost me much- I just buy one extra 7.2v battery pack (the E-Maxx uses 2 for 14.4v power) for spare cells, and mod two others by adding 1 cell to each from the extra, making them 8.4v cells. The best part of this mod is that it doesn't void the warranty. (Found that on the Traxxas web site. ;)). The next item down my list, even ahead of shocks and such, is the full aluminum rollcage I found elsewhere for around a hundred smackers. With my R/C driving skills (I haven't quite defeated the control reversal syndrome thing completely yet), I know that's gonna come in real handy.

I should be placing my order for the truck, battery packs, charger, and some tire glue in the next couple of days. :)