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    Default Looking to get into the hobby

    Hi,

    Hoping someone can help, I'm looking to get into RCs and I'm about to buy my first model. However, I noticed that part availability seems to be an issue in South Africa.
    I was looking at the Arrma Senton SCT.

    Can anyone assist in getting parts for this model?
    Also, which sites can I look for better deals?

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    Take a drive to SpeedModels in Bellville. Next to McDonalds, opposite Tygervalley Centre.


    Speak to Marius. He KNOWS the game !!!


    Tamiya is WELL represented in SA, with parts very available.

    Marius will confirm which other other brands have a current presence in SA, with back-up parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisF View Post
    Take a drive to SpeedModels in Bellville. Next to McDonalds, opposite Tygervalley Centre.


    Speak to Marius. He KNOWS the game !!!


    Tamiya is WELL represented in SA, with parts very available.

    Marius will confirm which other other brands have a current presence in SA, with back-up parts.
    Thanks for the reply. Will go past there later today.

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    You can also look at Traxxas, check out the UDR, also 6S.
    B&B Importers carry almost all parts pretty much on hand.
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    Have a look at: http://www.jk-products.co.za/. They are also big importers. I bought a ECX Torment SCT from them and they have all the spares. They also sell the SCT you are looking for. You can also look at the very popular Traxxas Slash from B&B Importers.
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    I see you are situated in Cape Town. Try and go past jk-products in Strand if you have time.
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    Don't do it. I paid over R800 for a tiny set of Mud terrain tires the other day....rather take up knitting
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrannaM View Post
    Have a look at: http://www.jk-products.co.za/. They are also big importers. I bought a ECXHow a Torment SCT from them and they have all the spares. They also sell the SCT you are looking for. You can also look at the very popular Traxxas Slash from B&B Importers.
    How are you liking the Torment? I've been eyeing that as my first rc truck, looks pretty good.
    How does it hold up in terms of durability? I was thinking of getting that and upgrading to a brushless motor.

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    Micton Hobbies,
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    Speak to Clinton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WorthyJoker View Post
    How are you liking the Torment? I've been eyeing that as my first rc truck, looks pretty good.
    How does it hold up in terms of durability? I was thinking of getting that and upgrading to a brushless motor.
    I am really impressed with the truck. I have read many reviews and not one bad. I also bought the truck with going brushless in mind. Thus far the current setup is good enough for now. The LiPo (1800) included will not be good enough as you only get 10min run-time. I bought 2 x 3000mah LiPo's extra.

    I have only managed to break a component of the drive shaft, but parts are readily available and R114 later I have more spares than the part I broke. Durability is this trucks claim to fame. If you want to go brushless you will need a new ESC and brushless motor, all metal gear set and possibly better drive shafts & cv's. My mods so far: Better shock oil and better front tyres. Next will be better rear tires, all metal gear set and lastly brushless motor and ESC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snyks View Post
    Don't do it. I paid over R800 for a tiny set of Mud terrain tires the other day....rather take up knitting
    O ja, and lastly, what Snyks said
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    Dammit. Now I'm also going to start looking into this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrannaM View Post
    I am really impressed with the truck. I have read many reviews and not one bad. I also bought the truck with going brushless in mind. Thus far the current setup is good enough for now. The LiPo (1800) included will not be good enough as you only get 10min run-time. I bought 2 x 3000mah LiPo's extra.

    I have only managed to break a component of the drive shaft, but parts are readily available and R114 later I have more spares than the part I broke. Durability is this trucks claim to fame. If you want to go brushless you will need a new ESC and brushless motor, all metal gear set and possibly better drive shafts & cv's. My mods so far: Better shock oil and better front tyres. Next will be better rear tires, all metal gear set and lastly brushless motor and ESC.
    Thanks for the info! I see JK products have now got the Torment 4WD in stock. So perhaps I will go for that instead. Still, have to take a drive past there as I would like to know if they do plan on stocking Arrma spares in the future.
    If not I will definitely go for the Torment, it seems to be the best bang for your buck. If i do go with the Torment I will most likely upgrade to brushless as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snyks View Post
    Don't do it. I paid over R800 for a tiny set of Mud terrain tires the other day....rather take up knitting
    Oof, lol how long will those last though? I guess if it lasts for a while it's not all too bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorthyJoker View Post
    Thanks for the info! I see JK products have now got the Torment 4WD in stock. So perhaps I will go for that instead. Still, have to take a drive past there as I would like to know if they do plan on stocking Arrma spares in the future.
    If not I will definitely go for the Torment, it seems to be the best bang for your buck. If i do go with the Torment I will most likely upgrade to brushless as well.
    They have quite a big selection of Arrma cars. I am sure if they stock the brand they will have the parts for them. All the other brands they stock have a full range of parts in stock.

    Good quality (not the studded type) tires will last a very long time, that is if you use the tires on the surface it's meant for. The Torment stock tires are nice for street bashing, but not so much for gravel and sand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WorthyJoker View Post
    Oof, lol how long will those last though? I guess if it lasts for a while it's not all too bad?
    Guess you're right
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisF View Post
    Take a drive to SpeedModels in Bellville. Next to McDonalds, opposite Tygervalley Centre.


    Speak to Marius. He KNOWS the game !!!


    Tamiya is WELL represented in SA, with parts very available.

    Marius will confirm which other other brands have a current presence in SA, with back-up parts.
    Just bought my first cars from Marius and he is seriously knowledgable, chose Speed Models because of their service and Marius was AWESOME !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acydebyte View Post
    Bought a HPS Brushless 2WD LiPo Monster Truck for the kids, they going to love it
    And what did you get for yourself...?
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