New RC-car!

Yesterday I visited my favorite RC-store SamiRC. I’m not experienced in the file of RC cars, but I like SamiRC, because they believe or at least help me out with my ideas. When I first started to think I should get my old RC car up and running I visited Smallsize to hear if they had any tips or ideas to how I could get my nitro car going again. Not much help there, and they had no faith in switching the nitro engine with an el-engine. In my head I was all “What?! There is no reason it should not work in theory. All the wheels need are something that make them spin!”. So I quickly left Smallsize. So I went to the internet to search for other stores in Oslo who maybe could help. Luckily SamiRC was there and they even helped me find the right gear I needed for my el-engine. “Anywho”, this was all last year. Now back to this weekend. I wanted to pick up my old RC car again and this time get it to work properly. So I got in contact with SamiRC again and asked if they had some all steelcage engines and ESC for a good price. They of course did and asked me to bring my car up so they could see what I was working with.

So the next day I brought my gear up, car, remote, battery. Everything, even the old engine I was using. Got up there, did some talking, and tried out some cool RC cars, tractors and a plane. So while we where talking I asked if I had thought about buying a new car, and pointed me to a car without a body he had laying in the shelf. So after some discussion and persuasion I ended up buying that said car. Now I just need to either find a body or make one my self. I’m leaning for the latter. At least the only official body I’ve found was from a danish store, which would end up costing around 300NOK! That’s like third of the price I paid for the car. So, what so special about this car compared to the others I have? Well, it’s lipo which gives it that extra umpfh (is that a word?), brushless which gives it a lot more throttle. Guess thats that. One minus is that it’s not waterproof, but will get to that in a later post. First let’s look at some pictures, and see what I ended up buying.

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The new steelcage engine with a Tamiya ESC. The new ESC is so much better then the old mechanical one. Looking forward to try to hook it up with the Arduino.

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The new car! It is a Maxam Racing one, not sure how known it is, but my guess is not very. At least he said that they had a lot of the spare parts which is whats important. Not that I’m going to break anything. Yeah right! Also got a sender/receiver with it.

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The new engine after I crashed into a wall. Guess I need to build a better housing for the engine. Thinking about adding a plastic-“flap” next to the whole so that I can bolt the engine. Let us see if I have time tomorrow.

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The old nitro car with some plastic protection. Without the old engine it look so empty. For now the only problem/challenge I have with it is the degree of turning. It’s not sharp turner. Of course a more powerful engine can be at help there, but that’s not really a solution. More a detour or ad-hoc solution.

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Nearly forgot, bought some new tires to the nitro too. Wanted something with more grip for indoor driving. Since IFI is all leonium floors. Hopefully these foam tires will work. They are a bit smaller then the ones I have so the car is getting really low.

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The three cars all nicely parked at my dinning table.

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