on Nov 26, 2008
Xpress mini 1:10 RC cars are the latest craze in Malaysia... The dimension is the same as Tamiya M-chassis but Xpress car is 4WD whereas Tamiya M-chassis is only 2WD driving either the front or the rear... Xpress came out with 2 types of kit, the pro kit and the junior kit... The main differences between these 2 kits are pro kit uses carbon fiber lower and upper deck whereas junior kit uses fiber reinforced plastic (FRP)... Besides that, pro kit uses aluminum front and rear bulkhead and knuckle... As for junior kit, it uses more cost effective material which is plastic...


This is the Xpress MRR2 Pro Kit V2.1... The is the new version... The placement of the servo is different and the design of the upperdeck is different as well... By using this design, Xpress engineer is able to lower the centre of gravity of the whole car... Besides that, the weight distribution is also more balance in V2.1...


This is the junior kit...



The pro kit is currently retailing at RM899... By looking at the price it is indeed a very good buy because you don't have to hop it up anymore... Junior kit is retailing at RM499... This is really cheap comparing it to Tamiya M-chassis... No wonder it is so popular nowadays... But in my opinion, if you have the money, is better to go for the pro kit... If you thinking of buying the junior kit and hop it up yourself, better don't... The reason for this is it will cause a lot more compare to pro kit...
on Nov 20, 2008
3 Racing aluminum shock...


3 Racing aluminum steering link...


3 Racing aluminum motor mount...


3 Racing rear aluminum suspension mount...


3 Racing front aluminum suspension mount...


3 Racing rear carbon fiber damper stay...


3 Racing front carbon fiber damper stay...


All these hop up items will definitely enhance the outlook and also performance of your DB01 buggy... Although some of the items are not really necessary, but who can resist the alluring blue anodized aluminum... Frankly speaking, I can't...
on Nov 19, 2008
3 Racing carbon fiber main chassis...


3 Racing carbon fiber rear damper stay...


3 Racing carbon fiber front damper stay...


3 Racing aluminum drive shaft...


3 Racing aluminum shock...


3 Racing aluminum gearbox plate...


Completed chassis in silver carbon fiber...




If you like your chassis all bling up, these conversion will definitely suits you nicely... Other than that, by using carbon fiber chassis, your car will be more rigid and it is good for handling... You can actually use this chassis conversion on the new chassis that Tamiya is going to release call DF03RA which is meant for rallying...
on Nov 18, 2008


Just like DB01 Baldre, Tamiya DF03 Keen Hawk is exactly the same as DF03 Dark Impact except for the bodyshell...




DB01 optional hop up part... Slipper clutch... The benefit of slipper clutch is to control the application of power on low traction off road surfaces... Controlled and adjustable spinning of the slipper clutch instead of excessive wheel spin gives more control and better acceleration...


Optional front one way...


Optional universal joint...


Actually DB01 Baldre is exactly the same as DB01 Durga except for the bodyshell... The design of the bodyshell is different so it depends on individual preference... But in my opinion I prefer the Durga over Baldre although Baldre is the newer one...
on Nov 16, 2008






The experience gained through the development of the TRF501X is now readily more available to fans around the world, with the introduction of the much anticipated RC off road buggy called the Durga by Tamiya... Essentially a plastic version of the TRF501X... The Durga uses a reduced number of parts for ease of maintenance and comes supplied with the wheels, tyres and 540 type motor... The all new DB01 chassis locates heavy components such as battery and motor near the center for optimum weight distribution... Following the layout of TRF501X, the Durga also uses the race proven and reliable 2 belt driven 4WD system which is enclosed with ABS resin covers to prevent dirt and debris from interfering with drivetrain operations... Besides that, the chassis features integrated bulkheads which reduced the number of parts and simplifies maintenance...
on Nov 15, 2008
TRF501X is Tamiya high end electric off road buggy... Since its release in 2006, this chassis has enjoyed many competition successes worldwide... The main reason Tamiya designed this car is very clear in the very beginning... To win the World Championship title which it did... The design of this chassis is not very ground breaking as it looked a bit like Yokomo BX... What Tamiya designers did was look at the best designs around, borrowed some ideas here and there and introduced their own magic... The downside of this chassis are the main chassis itself... The reason for this is because it is made from carbon fiber... You can't really use this car for bashing if you treasure your carbon chassis... So if you are loaded with money, this chassis is one of the best money can buy... But too bad as it is very hard to find one nowadays as all TRF products are produce in limited quantity...

The main chassis...








The mid range 4WD off road platform DF03 that I posted in earlier post have receive full race spec treatment from Tamiya... The new chassis is call DF03MS... DF03MS is design by Tamiya TRF driver Satoshi Maezumi... This limited edition buggy features a chassis that is loaded with performance enhancing parts and a Dark Impact bodyshell as found in the normal DF03 chassis... But the bodyshell comes with special marking designed by Satoshi himself...

The additional parts that are included in DF03MS over normal DF03 are as follow...
53791 DF02 - Assembly Universal Shaft
53924 DF03 - Heat Sink Bar Set
53925 DF03 - Slipper Clutch Set
53926 DF03 - TRF Aluminum Damper Set
53931 DF03 - Center One Way
53940 DF03 - Hard Turnbuckle Shaft Set
53941 DF03 - Aluminum Turnbuckle Steering Rod
53948 DF03 - Aluminum One Piece Propeller Cup Joint
53949 DF03 - Lightweight Battery Stopper Pin
53984 - Buggy Racing Wing
5100 - Hi Torque Servo Saver (Black)

If you already got the normal DF03, you can actually convert it to DF03MS spec... Just buy all the hop up listed above and you got yourself a DF03MS... But the downside of this is the price will definitely be much higher comparing to buying DF03MS itself...
on Nov 14, 2008
The completed chassis...


Inserting the battery is as easy as ABC...








This is Tamiya mid range buggy chassis... This 1/10 scale 4WD electric buggy is specially designed to excel in off road buggy racing... It features a mid rear mounted motor and longitudinally mounted battery for optimum balance for jumping... Battery is inserted through the bottom of the chassis eliminating the need to remove the bodyshell which makes routine maintenance easy and quick... High performance shaft drive 4WD combines with suspension system that feature extra long suspension arms for improved stability and off road handling... The reason for such long suspension travel is because off road racing normally will have lots of jumps... Besides that, by using shaft drive, you don't have to worry about sand or small pebbles because all the diff and gearing are seal... No more snapping belt...

My previous post, I posted a chassis called DF03RA... Actually the chassis is exactly the same as this chassis... Albeit there are some modification done to the suspension, suspension arm and damper stay...