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    With the increased stress levels of a newish job, and having been compelled to sell my Pajero sport due to increased distances being required versus hellish fuel consumption, I have found myself resorting to building more and more radio control models in an effort to keep my sanity. Due to the ever increasing costs associated with the hobby however, I mostly buy second hand models in need of restoration and overhaul them. Of all the grasshopper 2 models I built, only one has a chassis less than 20 years old, but two have new bodies. The kyosho usa1 monster truck took just under 3 years to fully restore, but I sunk more into that than I care to admit, only because of its rarity. I did build a brand new mini copper Monte Carlo for my nephew once, but I couldn’t give him something used for his birthday. My wife says nothing of this obsession, probably knowing that I would go loco if I did not have a stress vent of some sort. Anybody else in the same boat?
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    Whatever floats your boat Bud! BTW, that Mini looks sharp!
    Hats off to you, I don't have the patience for that!
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    Nice work there!!

    I can spend hours in the hobby room working on chassis's
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    That Mini looks awesome.

    This weekend at the Land rover charity convoy there was a guy with a RC Defender 90. Swambo and the kids fell in love with it instantly.

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    Thanks everyone for the acknowledgement. Everyone has something I suppose. That Defender could be a Traxxas trx4. In which case, they are formidable on trials. But they are ready-to-run models, and cost roughly R10k. And yes, they are worth it, but it holds no appeal for me, as there is nothing to build or tinker with. I do own a Traxxas or two like this Traxxas telluride, but I built that one from scratch by importing a bare chassis, a body and wheels from the states (this was many years ago, when it was still feasible) and sourcing everything else locally. I still have it, but it barely gets run nowadays. Traxxas really is amongst the best you can get (especially that Defender, with its remote locking diffs); they will last you for your entire lifespan, so go get one
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    This is something that I would love to do. Best is, I have the time and the inclination but not to sure about where to start?


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    Sorry replied by phone earlier. I have just tried to get back into RC planes. Had a few false starts, but decided that now is the time.

    Just signed up with North Eastern Flyers and have bought two planes to try not to crash while learning. Its going to be great.

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    I did RC flying and due to having too many other hobbies slacked off a bit. I flew a lot, but designing, building and testing was the most satisfying park for me. At one stage i had 30 planes in my hanger.( a hanger is a garage next to which your car spends its nights out in the cold)
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    They were all own designs and built at low cost and a load of fun. The material cost for each model was around R150 excluding the electronics.
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    I have recently cleaned out my garage and organised al my RC gear and I am thinking about starting up again.

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    There was a RC rock crawling event recently at Dirt and Dust outside Cape Town
    Amazing watching these miniature vehicles do their stuff
    Some car, some bike and two legs

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    Quote Originally Posted by preyalin View Post
    With the increased stress levels of a newish job, and having been compelled to sell my Pajero sport due to increased distances being required versus hellish fuel consumption, I have found myself resorting to building more and more radio control models in an effort to keep my sanity. Due to the ever increasing costs associated with the hobby however, I mostly buy second hand models in need of restoration and overhaul them. Of all the grasshopper 2 models I built, only one has a chassis less than 20 years old, but two have new bodies. The kyosho usa1 monster truck took just under 3 years to fully restore, but I sunk more into that than I care to admit, only because of its rarity. I did build a brand new mini copper Monte Carlo for my nephew once, but I couldn’t give him something used for his birthday. My wife says nothing of this obsession, probably knowing that I would go loco if I did not have a stress vent of some sort. Anybody else in the same boat?
    My Dad and I was, many years ago. Best quality times spent, travelling the country competing in SA On Road Nationals. It was hellishly expensive back then, don't even want to know what it costs now. But in a year or two I want to get back in to it again too. Not competitive, just social.

    It really is weird how you relax after work (back then after school) working and modifying chassis.

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    Are most modern Rc lipo battery driven?
    Is fuel engines still a thing other than I'm assuming still being used in Rc planes?

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    With RC Planes a lot still fly internal combustion engines, the bigger you go the less costly it is compared to electrics. I just like the simplicity of the electrics and generally stay around 3.5 kg all up weight , that is about what you can do cost effectively with 3S Lipos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Are most modern Rc lipo battery driven?
    Is fuel engines still a thing other than I'm assuming still being used in Rc planes?
    In general Lipo's are the go to source for power nowadays.
    No noise, no fuss, and you can get heaps of power out of them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeeperCreepers View Post
    This is something that I would love to do. Best is, I have the time and the inclination but not to sure about where to start?
    Best would be to decide what you want out of the hobby bud.
    There are a few whatsapp groups, which could be a good source of info and finding guys in your area to enjoy the hobby with.
    PM me and I can have you added to a rather large crawling specific group if you like.

    I went with crawling because it doesn't require huge space as you're never going crazy speeds.
    Loving the 1:1 off-roading in the Defender also had a lot to do with it :-)
    We have comps every month, with a generous dose of social GTG's where we just walk and crawl, finding crazy obstacles to negotiate.

    A few pics to whet your appetite
    The scale part of the hobby is a huge fun factor for a lot of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by preyalin View Post
    With the increased stress levels of a newish job, and having been compelled to sell my Pajero sport due to increased distances being required versus hellish fuel consumption, I have found myself resorting to building more and more radio control models in an effort to keep my sanity. Due to the ever increasing costs associated with the hobby however, I mostly buy second hand models in need of restoration and overhaul them. Of all the grasshopper 2 models I built, only one has a chassis less than 20 years old, but two have new bodies. The kyosho usa1 monster truck took just under 3 years to fully restore, but I sunk more into that than I care to admit, only because of its rarity. I did build a brand new mini copper Monte Carlo for my nephew once, but I couldn’t give him something used for his birthday. My wife says nothing of this obsession, probably knowing that I would go loco if I did not have a stress vent of some sort. Anybody else in the same boat?
    I got lots of respect for people who have an eye for that kind of detail and the skill and patience to make scale models like that, be it cars, trucks, ships or aeroplanes. Very impressive.
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    So paar van my karre en modelle. Hotwheels is my ander poison. Gelukkig het ek 'n awesome vrou wat my ondersteun met my "siekte"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henkus View Post
    So paar van my karre en modelle. Hotwheels is my ander poison. Gelukkig het ek 'n awesome vrou wat my ondersteun met my "siekte"
    Bliksem!!
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    I have an old Savage X 4.1 I've been meaning to try getting operational - its missing a tiny little pin in the starter rotor


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