The Shack is Back?

Stopping in to my local Hobbytown this afternoon and saw a Radio Shack banner in the window. Sure enough, there was a whole wall dedicated to electronics parts and pieces with Radio Shack badging. I find this to be pretty cool, there is a lot of nostalgia for me with Radio Shack and it is cool to see it back, even if it is just one wall of another store.

Of course, Hobbytown is as close to being a hobby shop as it is to being an electronics store. Most of their employees have to look up how to spell “RC”, and their knowledge about their products isn’t much higher; I am doubtful if they know how to spell “AC”, “DC” or know much about either. More shamefully, they also likely know nothing of the band either.

As cool as it was to see Radio Shack again, their selection of products was not that great, and everything hung on peg-board. I would like to see them bring in the larger cabinets that actual Radio Shacks had to provide more product and selection.

I know, “You can get that stuff online…” Sure, but for stuff like this, I like to actually see what I am buying, and sometimes I see another part or piece that leads me in a better direction, or even another project.

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TRX-4 sport build – 1966 Bronco

So I have a TRX-4 Defender that I absolutely love. You can see pics of it on the image section of this forum. It runs a Mamba X and the 2850 KV slate, as well as a host of other mods, sound system, winch etc.

I wanted to build something that was a little more simple. This build will be based on a TRX-4 sport. I have started working on it and should have taken some photos earlier. I envision that I will do most of the mods that affect the looks first, then hit the electronics and function matters (correcting the wheelbase is critical – it is driving me nuts).

Initial impression. The 1966 bronco is not a 12.3 wheelbase body. It’s about .5 inches too short. Additionally the receiver box interferes with the molded interior. Same with the battery tie down and the stock location of the ESC. My plan is to cover the missing pieces of lexan with cloth, a plaid of some sort to give it a 60’s feel. I’ve got a few driver figures coming as well, and if I can get Kratos in as a driver I will make it work. I will also relocate the Mamba X back on the driver’s side under the seat. Since I had to ditch the sliders I will dremel off the screw receivers and attach it to the plastic. Since this model has no servos, there is tons of room! Note that I will also have to trim off the excess panels since I will need to shorten the wheelbase and in any event, they extend past the body and look silly anyhow!

Pics coming soon. Body is mostly taped, will be done today. Wheels and tires are changed too. Custom bumper on and more to come. Will need to cut off a lot of the TRX-4 frame rails to get the look I want in the rear.

Remember that the objective is to have a simple portal crawler that is highly maneuverable, stable, and powerful. This is my first foray into an “image first” rig.

Pics of a few other builds to show how they panned out. I am going to try to do a blue like the LOSI below, less silver more blue.

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SWORKz S14-3 Pro 4WD Buggy kit

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SWORKz have introduced the new S14-3 Pro 4WD Buggy kit. Based on the success of the S14-2, the S14-3 features a 7075-T6 aluminum chassis with the center flex system giving more rear grip while using of the new front and rear upper carbon fibre decks will provide even more traction. The S14-3 features 5mm universal axle cross drive shafts specially designed and machined with the same steel material as than that of SWORKz 1/8 buggy. The new pivot ball system together with the C-Hub steering system improve front and rear suspension shock system on carpet surface. SWORKz have devolopped new front and rear arms made from strong composite
nylon materials. The kit includes the new centre slipper clutch system and many high quality parts including a refined shock system and many SWORKz Factory Team option parts.

Features:

  • 7075-T6 aluminum B.H.C (Black Hard Coated) chassis with its new center flex system.
  • High performance CNC crown gears and pinion gears.
  • Unique 5mm axle universal cross drive shafts.
  • New centre slipper clutch system.
  • New Pro-composite carbon fiber shock towers with new geometry shock positions.
  • New design shock bodies with 3mm Teflon hard coated shafts.
  • Front and rear arms made from strong composite nylon materials.
  • Kit comes standard with both, 9 and 11 degree front C Hubs.
  • New adjustable steering plate with new bell crank.
  • Full aluminum arm holders with adjustable Toe-in block.
  • Aluminum steering servo mount.
  • Velocity 2.0 body with Formula bulkhead wing.

Specification:

  • Length:  385mm
  • Width: 245mm
  • Height: 170mm
  • Ground Clearance: 50mm
  • Wheelbase: 282-285mm
  • Track: F:232mm /R222mm
  • Gear Ratio: C:81T/19T, F/R 42/17T
  • Weight: 1698g (Race condition)

      

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SWORKz S14-3 Pro 4WD Buggy kit

See: SWORKz 

SWORKz have introduced the new S14-3 Pro 4WD Buggy kit. Based on the success of the S14-2, the S14-3 features a 7075-T6 aluminum chassis with the center flex system giving more rear grip while using of the new front and rear upper carbon fibre decks will provide even more traction. The S14-3 features 5mm universal axle cross drive shafts specially designed and machined with the same steel material as than that of SWORKz 1/8 buggy. The new pivot ball system together with the C-Hub steering system improve front and rear suspension shock system on carpet surface. SWORKz have devolopped new front and rear arms made from strong composite
nylon materials. The kit includes the new centre slipper clutch system and many high quality parts including a refined shock system and many SWORKz Factory Team option parts.

Features:

  • 7075-T6 aluminum B.H.C (Black Hard Coated) chassis with its new center flex system.
  • High performance CNC crown gears and pinion gears.
  • Unique 5mm axle universal cross drive shafts.
  • New centre slipper clutch system.
  • New Pro-composite carbon fiber shock towers with new geometry shock positions.
  • New design shock bodies with 3mm Teflon hard coated shafts.
  • Front and rear arms made from strong composite nylon materials.
  • Kit comes standard with both, 9 and 11 degree front C Hubs.
  • New adjustable steering plate with new bell crank.
  • Full aluminum arm holders with adjustable Toe-in block.
  • Aluminum steering servo mount.
  • Velocity 2.0 body with Formula bulkhead wing.

Specification:

  • Length:  385mm
  • Width: 245mm
  • Height: 170mm
  • Ground Clearance: 50mm
  • Wheelbase: 282-285mm
  • Track: F:232mm /R222mm
  • Gear Ratio: C:81T/19T, F/R 42/17T
  • Weight: 1698g (Race condition)

      

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1/8 HSP on technical course – running stock

Hi, I’ve been a member here for years, returning to crawling after a 6 year break (yeah, I know 😥 )
Link here to two short clips of me driving one of 2 brand new HSP unlimited crawlers. One is still boxed up, as a ‘spare’ unit.
These things are unreal, and climb like a boss. I had a 1/8 RedCat Rockslide years ago, it was a fail. This HSP can go places the big Cat cried at.
Videos are shaky, as my wee boy was walking on essentially boulders while recording.
I hope to post pics of the custom decal / sticker job I’ve done on one of the stock bodies. Went for an 80s retro look.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5D…McVwdCEK46wCQA

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