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Old 05-16-2001, 07:08 AM   #1
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Talking R/C car build

A few weeks back, I had posted a query for some cheap, basic R/C that I could race around, nothing serious.

Well, then I went to the hobby shop yesterday and up an bought a Tamiya Impreza WRC Rally kit. I just couldn't resist. Sure I ended spending like three times what I had originally intended, but as you all know, when it comes to subaru stuff, there's no point to resist the temptation.

Anyway, I can't start building this this until finals are over, so in the meantime, I was wondering if anyone has put together a kit like this before, and could offer some advice.

To be exact, I have the Tamiya TB-01 chassis, shaft driven 4WD.

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Old 05-16-2001, 07:28 AM   #2
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I'm sure there are a lot of people on the board who can help you out if you need it. I've been into R/C cars for years, but I've fallen out of of it over the last two or so, with computers now being my main hobby. I loved putting cars together, enjoying it more than actually driving them (they get dirty that way, you know!).
Tamiya cars are among the easiest to assemble, even their high-end kits. Just be careful, read the instructions twice, and take your time. If you can change the spark plugs or install a sway bar on your Subaru, then you can handle building an R/C car.
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Old 05-16-2001, 07:33 AM   #3
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Good luck on the build! Be careful!!! It's almost as addicting as your real subie! There are so many hop up parts out to make it drive faster, turn better,.. well you know, just like the real thing!
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Old 05-16-2001, 08:08 AM   #4
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Mike, give me a call if you need any help. I will PM you my number if you need it. I have built a bunch of these cars.

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Old 05-16-2001, 08:25 AM   #5
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I feel the same way.. building them can be very theraputic... it gives you something to do, its relaxing, it takes your mind of everything but the item at hand and although it is consuming of your attention, it is by no means stressful (unless you do something wrong or break a part and become confused or frustrated at what to do now!). I built myself a Team Associated TC3 Rally in the requisite i-Club livery! see here:

<IMG SRC="http://24.8.55.94/rc/tc3/DCP_0454_med.jpg" border=0>

<IMG SRC="http://24.8.55.94/rc/tc3/DCP_0457_med.jpg" border=0>

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Old 05-16-2001, 08:28 AM   #6
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I'm really interested in getting into it also. How much apporx. will I spend for a good setup with an electric motor?

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Old 05-16-2001, 08:41 AM   #7
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chad,

for a decent kit from a good company, a radio and batteries, etc you can probably expect to spend about $3-400.
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Old 05-16-2001, 09:52 AM   #8
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Thanks for the advice everyone, I only wish I could start now! aaaaagggghhhhhh at least I've got something to look forward to after i finish.

Chad -

You have many options, and trust me, it is very very very very easy to get caught up and spend the cash, but make sure you get what's good for you.

There were 3 cars at different price ranges and abilities i was considering here they are:

~$220 Tamiya Impreza WRC XB
This is their basic on road chassis but everything comes prebuilt. Radio included, but you need charger / battery

~$110 Tamiya Impreza WRC
Same chasis as above but you built it yourself. You'll also need a radio and battery/charger

$169 Tamiya Impreza Arai version (the one i got)
This is the on-road / off-road chassis with the subaru body. I know once i got a car i couldn't keep it on pavement for more than 5 minutes, so i spent the extra cash for the rally version. The sponsor decals aren't very good, but I'll be needing extra bodies for the car, so I'll just order a WRC '99 body and be happy.


If you get any of the kits you need to build yourself, you will need a radio and a battery and a charger. I got a package deal with a pretty sweet radio for about $150.

Good Luck,

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Old 05-16-2001, 10:08 AM   #9
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Congratulation on your new R/C Mike!

I got a Impreza WRC R/C too but it is not as good as yours and I am sure of it. Mine cost $80 with Radio, battery, and a charger. (All included in one box). The Impreza R/C is 1/10th Scale size. The reason I choosen this R/C then the Tamiya is... My reason was to have fun and not go Pro R/C at it... that's why I purchased this inexpensive little R/C. I got it in Ebay.com and I think it is the best place to find anything you want.

Here is a website to Tamiya if you like to see there newest product:

http://www.tamiya.com/english/e-home.htm

Anyway, ENJOY your R/C!!
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Old 05-16-2001, 10:25 AM   #10
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here's my baby
soon to have a subaru body on it

<IMG SRC="http://wsphotofews.excite.com/011/zF/m3/Md/RL64374.jpg" border=0>

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Old 05-16-2001, 10:32 AM   #11
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ya r/c

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Old 05-16-2001, 10:49 AM   #12
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If you want a cheap Impreza RC, just something to kick around the office, check out this thread - http://www.i-club.com/ubb-files/Forum2/HTML/006137.html

I just bought one of these and they're pretty cool. They run on 2AA's in the car and 2 in the remote. There isn't variable steering or speed, but it isn't fast enough to need it... it only goes maybe 5-6mph.

But it is cheap ($25+$7 shipping) and looks good. Here's sybir's for example -

<IMG SRC="http://www.jps.net/mstanley/DCP_0802.JPG" border=0>
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Old 05-16-2001, 11:07 AM   #13
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Hi Mike:

Here is a picture of my WRC 1/10th Scale Impreza WRC.
http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...item=589277912

For $69.99 and $10 for shipping.. it is not bad at all. Beside, where can you buy a 1/10th Scale for this kind of price? The R/C has two adjustable speed as well. Kinda like the R/C car called: "The Cat" (It is a great car to kick around) As I recall, the Cat is a 1989 R/C car and it is dam fast for $150.

Enjoy~
AliasAngel
P.S. Got a Kyosho Turbo Optima Mid SE (AWD Belt drive system) still sitting in my room. This car only ran 3 times and has a Revolution Engine equiped. Top Speed of close to 45mph!!! I paid about $500 when it first came out.~ It is a sweet dirtbug~~

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Old 05-16-2001, 11:14 AM   #14
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does anyone make a 200mm 2002 wrx body?
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Old 05-16-2001, 11:44 AM   #15
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New WRX STI street version by Tamiya

<IMG SRC="http://www.tamiya.com/english/nurn2001/nurnphoto/nm3.jpg" border=0>
combined with this real r/c car
<IMG SRC="http://www.ofna.com/graphics/z10nitro/teamcar.jpg" border=0>
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Old 05-16-2001, 01:49 PM   #16
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does any one make this in a 200mm wide body?


<IMG SRC="http://www.hpiracing.com/graphics/new/snsub/front.jpg" border=0>
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Old 05-16-2001, 01:58 PM   #17
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hey all,

Cosworth- you are the man i have a tc3 team edition and i love it i race 4wd EXPERT STOCK with all the big boys here in florida and i love the tc3 and the impreza i got a impreza body like yours and i will paint it white like my big bros and race it once cause a impreza is like a unicorn u see one once in a while .. i love the impreza but i cant race it it is a tank to bulky so i race a doge stratus "the best r/c car body"

b tapper that is a hpi body www.hpiracing.com or local hobby shop
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Old 05-16-2001, 02:03 PM   #18
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Heya Mike~

Nahhh... it wasn't me man~ Hahaha~ (J/k)
Actually, it is me~ I purchased a month ago. I believe they had two of those on Ebay. I don't think they run out of those dude. Anyway, I really enjoy this pocket saving R/C. It's just more practical to have a quick entertainment for me. But Hey, I'm sure you probably want more then just practical fun so~ Perhaps you can race my Turbo Optima MID SE since your new car is a Pro R/C sooo~ Haha~

-AliasAngel

P.S. Take it easy on your R/C when you drive it. Getting replacment parts after a crash is a beetchhh... (From experience: Trust me, I know...)
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Old 05-16-2001, 02:07 PM   #19
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I know its from HPI. They only offer it in their supersized cars (1/8 scale i guess). It has a 300mm wheelbase compared to the 256mm I need for my 1/10 scale car.
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Old 05-16-2001, 02:19 PM   #20
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b_tapper: by the end of the month the 200mm WRX body will be out from HPI =]

here is a pic of the 200mm version


once my 300mm WRX is done ill post pics
<IMG SRC="http://www.hpiracing.com/graphics/bitmaps/0501/5-01-800.jpg" border=0>

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Old 05-16-2001, 02:37 PM   #21
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Just built my first R/C about 2 weeks ago, it was the very same WRC car you are building.

As for the XB, it is NOT the same chassis. Look at it on the Tamiya website. It is much cheaper made and less parts. If you are just looking to open the box, insert the batteries and terrorize the neighbor's cat, it will probably do fine.

I ended up spending about $250 for kit, transmitter, servos, battery, and charger. Questions? PM or E-Mail me, I'd be happy to answer.
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Old 05-16-2001, 02:53 PM   #22
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I can't wait till the end of the month
I can terrorize the cat with my mini impreza

-brian
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Old 05-16-2001, 03:35 PM   #23
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<FONT size="4">FIRST thing</FONT s> you should do is buy a bearing set (dynamite makes good/inexpensive sets) and build it with those the first time around, trust me, you'll regret it later if you don't...

oh and one of the Impreza TB01 kits has some bearings in it already, best thing to do is take all the bushings and go to your local hobby shop to match them up with the right bearings (which will all be metric, usually 5x10, 5x11, 5x8, 4x8, 15x10)
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Old 05-16-2001, 03:37 PM   #24
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i would suggest going NITRO on your first kit, the start up cost is the same as electric, but with nitro you get more power, better run times and a more realistic feel.
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Old 05-16-2001, 03:50 PM   #25
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Yeah I always liked R/C cars...in fact, I was all set on getting the 1/8 (I think it was) Nitro Tamiya Mini Cooper (Yes, I've said it in other posts...i love minis), but then it hit me...i don't really intend on racing it...i'm just going to jog it around, back and forth and whatnot...it's pretty expensive for a driveabout...so in the end, i didn't get it...and when i see how everyones all happy, i'm starting to regret it.....damn
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