I've been thinking about buying another car for about 20 years. I had a Hornet, Frog, Sand scorcher, Ford Ranger and a Mardave Ministock in the mid -80's. All smashed to bits and allied to that didn't have the funds to keep buying 6x AA batteries for the radio gear. My brother had a clod Buster and a Manta ray, between us 30 years on we have a box of broken bits at my folks house collecting dust.
Fast forward - a lot. I've been trying to justify a new car and now that finally my own children can ride bikes I think that this is now the perfect cover for me to get one and play about outside with them.
It's also quite cold outside which is stopping me from lying on the floor and replacing the steel fuel lines on my 205!
The Hotshot was the car we all wanted but you could upgrade it further to the Supershot. This was essentially the same but with 4 shocks instead of 2, fully ball raced and a guard under the chassis. This one comes with an electronic speed controller.
I thought mine was safe in the loft (with all my other cars, radio gear, chargers etc.), at my parents house, that was until I went to find them a few years ago only to be told by dad that he had thrown them all out. Some one got very lucky that day !
Still gutted about to this day that he did that.
Looking forward to reliving it through this thread.
I did exactly the same. I used to be into them in a big way, and now my boys are the right age the old fleet is expanding rapidly! Would still love a Toyota Bruiser but just can't justify the cost. One thing I've realised is that electronics have came a looong way. Thank god they don't have those horrible mechanical speed controllers anymore. Have a look on Youtube for a guy called Matteo, he films some amazing Tamiya action videos and it makes me want all of them! Here's one of the Hotshot-
So gearboxes built - now the assembly of the wishbones. There are a lot of parts on this model, it's a fairly comprehensive build which I'm spending about an hour on most evenings. I got my DSLR out for these and the future snaps.
You’ve got more patience than me, that curse word would have been a none stop build until completion after a very late night and multiple bottles of beer! Well done, it’s coming on well, one thing I’d say is you probably want to loose a fair bit of pre-load on the shocks, too much and it’ll bounce around far too much, ideally you’ll want a slight bit of sag but sometimes it’s not too easy to achieve with the standard shocks and spacer clips.
So I've got new radio gear including an electronic speed controller. Aside from the servo this technology appears to have shrunk in size and is easy to get into the box it all goes into. Steering needs setting up well as once it's all in the box it's a pain to get to. (I've had it apart a lot - further into the build). The steering is crap on these I've found out so I'll be modifying that in due course.
It mounts on a few points on the chassis including a hex shaped 'dowel' omn the front. I'd installed this incorrectly right back at the beginning of the build. I had to dis-asssemble the front suspension to get to the nut and bolt!