Monday, 10 October 2011

Why i prefer kits over RTR

Honestly, I'm not a fan of RTR models, and feel a bit saddened by the fact that it’s how most models reach their end user these days.

I appreciate the companies are trying to make their products more appealing to a mass market, but building and learning my models from the inside out was always half the fun. Plus you knew it was constructed perfectly.

I know some do still come in kit form but I also don't see how it would be difficult to provide any model in kit form. Its just basically bags of parts etc. and you could knock £50 off the price too. More if you rely on the end user adding the radio gear…

As a result my run of bad luck continues! I hope someone is having a string of good luck in a universe yin-yang type balance, either that or I'm due a good haul on the lottery…

Tonight i decided my most reliable model would get a turn, that hadn’t any problems as of yet, my Traxxas E-Revo.

I got a good 5 minutes before all drive was lost and nothing was happening other than the motor whizzing round.

I returned to base and got the spur cover off…


And discovered the spur gear itself had sustained some damage, thankfully not completely stripped…


The mesh was very poor…


So i attempted resetting the motor using the silver cap screw in the blue engine mount.

I then discovered it was at best finger tight, other than the spring washer holding onto it.

Shame on me i suppose for not adequately inspecting the model and making sure that screw was tight, but sadly the person who assembled it in the first place cannot be applauded either!

Thankfully, it seems there is enough tooth on the spur to keep going for a bit, and this time it was meshed properly and ensured that cap screw is tight!

Sadly by now it was dark! Ill test it soon!

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