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Audi/Tamiya R/C advice: thanks all!
Thanks for all your comments, experiences etc. after my question about
entering the world of R/C racing as a newbie. I've found a local store run
by an enthousiast with whom I managed to spend as much as the initial kit
purchase price again on peripherals. From my discussions with other
R/C-savvy q-listers, I've found out that this is a hobby which can easily
turn into an expensive obsession. At least I'll be eating dry bread for the
next two months. ;-)
I've bought a remote control (the type with the steering wheel, not the
joysticks, which- as many of you suggested- is much more natural), a
battery pack and battery charger that'll run off mains and car battery and
all the paint I need. I'm also considering buying a cheap second lexan body
to practice with (a perfect replica of the Tamiya A4 body made locally
costs only $20, whereas the original Tamiya item costs $70!)
Top speed of a standard Tamiya A4 (battery-powered with belt-driven AWD) is
said to be around 25 mph, but better batteries, bearings, motor and speed
controller can easily uprate this to some 45 mph.I've decided to go with
standard for now, and try to hop it up a little when my operation skills
have improved. According to the guy who sold me all the peripherals, the
A4's chassis is one of the most tuneable of the Tamiya range. He told me
about some local guy who'd made his A4 do 60 mph!
OK, now for assembly. Looks like this isn't going to be too hard- the
instructions are excellent and everything is screwed on instead of glued.
You have to assemble the suspension (multi-link, fully independent,
oil-filled shock absorbers!) first and then screw everything to the chassis.
Looking for empty and flat parking lots already...
Tom Nas Zeist, The Netherlands
1987 Audi 90q 2.3E, Tizianrot metallic, 167,000km
Never make predictions, especially about the future.
-- Samuel Goldwyn