Friday, January 25, 2013
To continue on with the build up of the V2, there are some options to consider. One is the use of the damper tube instead of the roll shock or side shock.
Tamiya sells the 54413 aluminum roll damper, but the delrin version that is included with the X1 kit is virtually the same. Both are used with many types of grease, from pan car greases to 1/8 diff oils. I prefer the diff oils since I know what the rating is and they are available everywhere. There really is nothing wrong with the side shock but it's more work to set up and is a little more maintenance.
The 54332 Counterweight is also something to consider. This is another X1 part. With the older Tamiya tires, I did not notice a big difference with or without the counterweight, and much the same for foam tires. However, with the new "TCS" tires, the counterweight seems to be a big help. I find the car drives a lot better, and feels more balanced. I think part of this is the better grip afforded by the TCS rubber. With foam the cars are locked down and lighter is better, but the rubber tires need a little more balance when they have some grip.
The 54375 carbon brace...Do you need it? I'm not really convinced you do if you also have the aluminum pod. The pod comes with an aluminum cross brace anyway, so the carbon fiber is overkill. It might be good if you ran the plastic pod for some reason. IF you don't want to use the aluminum cross brace, then it is necessary, but the plastic from the kit is fine with the aluminum pod...
The odd ball part here is this doubles sided carpet tape. A nice rectangular patch on your chassis will keep the battery from moving at all. It retains it's stick for a long time, so much so that I find it's best to stick your hand to it a few times to kill some of the adhesive before you first put the battery in. This is great for sedans as well..
That's it for the extra stuff I used on the car, but I'll have some more tips on putting everything together in a bit. Enjoy Tamiya USA's Fred Medel as he explains the F104V2 setting sheet and what the adjustments do....
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
VBC to introduce a new F1 car...very cool front end setup, especially the steering which should help a lot of the bump steer woes faced by direct linkage cars.
Via Area 52
I built a second V2 car so that I could have something fresh, as I have a ton of time on the first car I bought since receiving it. Along they way I have picked up quite a few things that I thought I'd share as small tips that help make a nicer build on the car. So lets start with some front end items.
On the bottom is a Much More ball cup reamer that I use for the upper suspension arms. This is better than squeezing the arm with a pliers to free up the suspension.
It also can be helpful to partially thread the arm from the bottom with a 3mm tap.
An example of how the partially and fully assembled part looks.
That's it for now, we'll get into the rest a bit later.