But first, a little background... Effectively, I haven't been racing for the past 3 years. Personal circumstances and choices meant I could't attend club races regularly, and because I wasn't racing regularly, I felt less inclined to attend the bigger events. Last year, I tried to race in the Iconic Cup, and for whatever reason … Continue reading Tamiya #42313 Large Shim Set for Gear Differentials
I have to confess that I've been struggling with the Tamiya TRF418. Although there are a great many things to like about this car, the handling on carpet (for me at least) has not been one of them. I've tried all the tricks that have worked with other cars in the past and none of … Continue reading Samix V2 chassis conversion for the TRF418
I've been struggling with a lively rear end on the TRF418, this makes it quick when the conditions are right but tricky when they are not. I experienced both traits today. The car was tricky in the first two rounds (and there was a lot of contact as racers got used to the difficult track), … Continue reading CWIC 23/2/14 – Blinky
I've read a lot of articles on how to build a TRF gear diff, and some of the are pretty extreme. My way is a lot simpler and doesn't require any parts to be modified. This build guide has come about after I had a few difficulties with my diff over its first few races, I've … Continue reading TRF diff a la Dave
Decent result at the CWIC today, perhaps my best of the series, and a better day with the TRF418. Ended up qualifying 6th but was a lot closer to the front of the pack, in fact I had a shot a TQ in the last round but made a couple of mistakes with an empty … Continue reading Today’s CWIC
Gave the TRF418 its proper race debut at the CWIC today. First run was a bit erratic, immediately decided to swap the kit springs for something more conventional (ARC White front and Yellow rear, equivalent to HPI Pink/Silver) and to thicken up the rear diff to #2000. I was disappointed to find that the rear … Continue reading First race meeting with the TRF418
And here it is... I won't go into too much detail about my build - there are already a lot of very good build blogs on the internet from more experienced TRF owners than me - kentech's blog is a great example which. But I will list a few of the things that stood out … Continue reading TRF418 – The build completed!
Bag B and C done now and the first couple of niggles. The suggested suspension arm spacing is far too tight, looks like the 0.5mm spacers are not needed at all. The anti-roll bar mounts move around too easily and are hard to set, I'm on the lookout for an alternative. The car uses a … Continue reading TRF418 – The build continues!
Bag A completed tonight - no need to rush. First impressions of my first TRF kit - very high quality, perfect fit and finish and akin to a Swiss watch in the attention to detail - this builds like an F1 car with no flab, just the minimum amount of material to get the job … Continue reading TRF418 – The build begins!