Finishing the Blitzer Beetle

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I had some trouble with the brush-less motor when testing the car where accelerating or reversing would cut out the electronics. I managed to sort this by Continue reading Finishing the Blitzer Beetle

Tamiya Blitzer Beetle Build 1:10

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I have a new RC car to build, this is an Volkswagen Beetle off road buggy.

I did not realise until recently that there are a fair few hard body kits available. I prefer these as you can add much more detail than you can with Continue reading Tamiya Blitzer Beetle Build 1:10

New pull start on Hyper 7 Black Edition

I just got round to bringing my Hyper 7 back into action. The pull starter stopped working a couple of months back so I have fitted a new one.

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I checked the condition of the old start when I removed it as sometimes you can repair them but in this case it had snapped.

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Usually pull starters can be a bit of a pain to replace because it either means removing a lot of parts to get to it or removing the engine itself. I managed to cheat a bit and just remove the rear diff and wheels.

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I had a bit of trouble testing my car after as it didn’t want to start in the cold but the hair dryer trick solved the problem.

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I recorded a short video while driving with one hand of the buggy back in action.

Twin Hammers new body and accessories

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I wanted to make my Twin Hammers more unique so I started by replacing the standard plastic body with a set of aluminium body panels.

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I decided to paint the panels in a basic desert camo scheme of sand and earth.

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Some decals were applied to the side panels to add a bit of detail.

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I also replaced the vehicle race number plates on the back of the vehicle with recovery boards. These are also aluminium and were painted desert yellow.

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To complete the new look I ordered a pack of rock crawler accessories from eBay and strapped some gear to the roof and recovery boards with bungee chords .

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Twin Hammers Crash And Repair

My Twin Hammers had a head on crash with a monster truck. This shattered the monster truck chassis (my blackfoot) and snapped a metal tie rod on my Twin Hammers. I am not too fussed about the Blackfoot which still runs but its gearbox kinda just floats between the wheels. The Twin Hammers however being my flagship electric car I wanted up and running ASAP.

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This was a nice test for me to see how easy it is to back order Vaterra parts. As a brand new company they have already shown they can make good cars but I had no idea how good their parts support would be.

I ordered a set of tie rods and rod ends from modelsport and had them in under a week. I needed the rod ends because the rod had actually snapped inside one of the current ones making it impossible to remove.

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The repair was easy. All I had to do was remove the body, cut out the old tie rod ends and snap the new ones into place.

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