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fovea3d
04-23-2002, 08:43 PM
They are 15 years old but put the Tampack battery in charge and its still one of the fastest small RC i ever raced. I hope Tamiya will consider small scale again, they have the resources to design a top competitor for the mini-z and others...

Wedginator
04-23-2002, 09:24 PM
looks cool... how does the chassis look like? got a pic?

fovea3d
04-23-2002, 09:35 PM
The only hopup i can recall are ball bearings, this one has them.
I will post another pic so you can compare with a mini-z.

fovea3d
04-23-2002, 09:37 PM
On left: Tamtech short wheelbase 105 mm.
On right: long wheelbase 116 mm.

Wedginator
04-23-2002, 09:40 PM
wow.... i wish i had one.... how's the runtimes?

fovea3d
04-23-2002, 09:46 PM
Well pretty short wedge, even worst now with aged batteries something around 5 mn if you are full throttle most of the time. But with 2 batteries and a quick charger you can get around this.
I found the Testarossa like new on Ebay one year ago and i try to keep it in condition.

Hardtrukr
04-24-2002, 03:41 PM
Nice man! You can get another one at Dinba.. with an F50 body ready to run, at least that is what it says.

Mykroe
04-24-2002, 05:07 PM
Those are cool lil cars...

fovea3d
04-24-2002, 05:35 PM
Writing about the Tamtechs just gave me the idea to measure the timings as compared to the mini-z. My living room track is small, it is a L shape and a complete round measures 30ft.
For 10 rounds my 2 mini-z (GT3 and Modena) made it in 53 seconds.
The Tamtech is under 46s and still improving!!! thats more than 2/3 second a round :D

IcemanTOPGUN
04-24-2002, 07:03 PM
Yeah, these cars fly. I love racing them on hard wood floors, all you do is spin the tires, but its fun.

IcemanTOPGUN
04-24-2002, 07:05 PM
Forgot to ask a question, what kind of tires to you have on the long wheelbase?

fovea3d
04-24-2002, 07:14 PM
These come with the white firebird shell you can see on the first pic. Its a a 1/24 revell kit but i dont race with them except for power slide practicing ;) Stock foams have much more grip!

IcemanTOPGUN
04-24-2002, 07:22 PM
I tired using M-Z F1 tires for it and it seemed to work fine although I had to put some electrical tape on the rims to make the car have a higher clearance for the ball diff. None the less I think I will keep buying the F1 tires unlees you have any better sugestions.

fovea3d
04-24-2002, 07:40 PM
Well i had the chance to find NIB Tamtech foams on auction so i got some spares for a while. But they are no longer on market so the F1 mini-z is a good alternative i think.
I never had clearance problems, with new stock foams the diff is only 2mm off the ground, i race on industrial carpet though.
Are the mini-z tires that thin? What is the thickness? Stock tamtech foams are 4 mm rear and only 3 in front.

IcemanTOPGUN
04-24-2002, 08:30 PM
They are thin, real thin. I would get out a ruler and check it out but I am too lazy. I also have awesome clearance with the foams, but those were a ton thicker.

fovea3d
04-24-2002, 09:14 PM
Iceman, if you like to spin the tires, something you definetly need to try with a tamtech: put drops of water on a glass surface and when the tires get wet you will enjoy controlled burnouts and slow motion donuts at full throttle :D :D :D

IcemanTOPGUN
04-24-2002, 10:37 PM
Rock on, I will give it a try.