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Jive
2007.03.14, 06:26 PM
Saw the previous post here about them, but have yet to read a review. I have two that I bought, and so far, like them. But, they are my first Micro R/C. Does anybody know if the Mini-z bodies will fit, or the Xmod bodies? Thanks!

Jive

arch2b
2007.03.14, 07:08 PM
no, so please post as much information as you can. please include pictures :)

mighty_mace
2007.03.15, 09:55 PM
I looked at the local walmart tonight for one..and were nowhere to be found.

Jive
2007.03.17, 11:29 PM
no, so please post as much information as you can. please include pictures :)

Ok, will do. Just had our first race event today, and I am a bit disappointed in the overall speed of them. Then again, this is my first micro r/c, and the last r/c car I had was a Traxxas Nitro 4-tec! :D

The car is around 8.5 inches long. Not sure how this compares to the Mini-Z or the Xmods. In the box you get the car/body, set of treaded tires, and a set of slicks, extra motor that is supposed to be faster, 3 different pinion gear sizes from a 6t up to a 10t (2 of each), 3 different sets of front springs, each a different tension, full size pistol grip radio with d/r on steering, trims, and servo reversing. Also, you get what looks like a rear diff. repair kit, softer spring for the rear suspension, 3 cones, and 3, umm frisbees, and a bag of screws and misc. plastic pieces.

Box! (http://www.flyparks.org/rpmz/box.jpg)

Car! (http://www.flyparks.org/rpmz/car1.jpg)

Car Naked! (http://www.flyparks.org/rpmz/car2.jpg)

Body Shell! (http://www.flyparks.org/rpmz/body.jpg)

Rear Suspension! (http://www.flyparks.org/rpmz/pinion.jpg)

Front Suspension! (http://www.flyparks.org/rpmz/carfront.jpg)

Radio! (http://www.flyparks.org/rpmz/radio.jpg)

Car Rear! (http://www.flyparks.org/rpmz/carrear.jpg)

We did a race today on textured berber carpet, and used the 6t pinion with treaded tires. They ran good, but just not a lot of speed. Tried the 8t pinion, and it was very sluggish. Both my friend and I did run into some weird problems. After a crash, say into a wall, the car would not go forward. It would back up, but that was all. After about a 5 second wait without moving anything on the radio, it would then drive normal. This happened numerous times, and was quite annoying. Also, whenever my car would get close to where my friend was standing, I would lose signal for a bit. Almost like his radio was causing interference. He stood on one side of the track, with me on the other, about 25ft apart. Overall, I think the cars would've done better on smooth carpet. The berber was just too bumpy, and made the cars hard to run at top speed. I have run mine on very smooth carpet at the office, and although it ran better, still seemed sluggish compared to the Xmod I tested at RadioShack over Christmas.

I will say this, keep your eyes open for them at WalMart, and make sure you scan the boxes for the price. One WalMart near me has them for $59, and the other had them for $20! I bought all 4 of those for $20, and for $20, it is a steal. $60? I'm not so sure, but like I said, I haven't really ran anything else.

One question I do have, is whether any aftermarket bodies will fit these?

Jive

mighty_mace
2007.03.18, 10:36 AM
It really looks similar to the mr-01, if they are the same scale i would imagine bodies could be retrofit in some way or another.

arch2b
2007.03.18, 10:49 AM
someone mentioned they were closer to true 1:24 scale meaning no mini-z plastic peices will work nor bodies. it would essentially be a scaled up version of the mr-01 which someone alluded to audly having some hand in the design

Taazz
2007.03.22, 07:45 PM
someone mentioned they were closer to true 1:24 scale meaning no mini-z plastic peices will work nor bodies. it would essentially be a scaled up version of the mr-01 which someone alluded to audly having some hand in the design


Ok, track test on the RPMZ. Yes they are an overgrown 01. There are no interchangeable parts and are a true 1/24 scale body.

Run on an RCP track on the high grip side. RPMZ run with the high speed motor and an 8 tooth pinion, slicks on the front, treads on the back. MiniZ 02MM Enzo with a stock motor and 7 tooth pinion.

Timed with a core system, same driver, both clean runs.

RPMZ - 18 laps 3.09.54 Fast lap - 9.97
02MM - 18 laps 3.06.19 Fast lap - 9.67

As you can see, they are both in the same ballpark. Now, the question is can the RPMZ handle an xspeed or radio shack 30K motor without burning out the board? RPMZ is very smooth, tracks very straight, drives every bit as well as a MiniZ.

My opinion, a bargain at $60 bucks.

bobbyz
2007.03.22, 08:43 PM
do the cars take 4aaa or 4aa batts?

Taazz
2007.03.22, 08:56 PM
do the cars take 4aaa or 4aa batts?

4AA They will run forever. Motor doesn't even get warm.

bobbyz
2007.03.23, 02:06 AM
Taazz,

I Thought From Pics They Were 2aa, But It Was Hard To Tell For Sure, Well That's Great For Runtime. So Do The Batts Last For About An Hour??? A Little More??? A Little Less???. I'm Also Pretty Impressed With The Laptime Comparisons. Once These Get More Exposure I'm Sure We'll See Some Great Custom Modifications And Paintschemes. Thanks Again. I'll Keep My Eyes Open For These.

rkk
2007.03.23, 02:30 AM
I was hoping these would be a good source of Nascar bodies but am now looking at them as a possible host for 1:24 models.

rharris
2007.03.23, 02:43 AM
Good stuf. Maby we'll see a new group of drivers like from the xmods craze.

The walmart web site does not seem to cary them, and they are not at any of the local walmarts around here. (the telephone is faster then the speed of rubber :D ) .

I could only find one listing on ebay.

How long have thease been out?

Taazz
2007.03.23, 05:07 PM
Good stuf. Maby we'll see a new group of drivers like from the xmods craze.

The walmart web site does not seem to cary them, and they are not at any of the local walmarts around here. (the telephone is faster then the speed of rubber :D ) .

I could only find one listing on ebay.

How long have thease been out?

Same thing with the Walmarts here in Grand Rapids, MI. None on the shelf yet. I believe that they started releasing them around the beginning of the month. Sites like Horizon and Southeast RC are looking at beginning of April. Talked with my local hobby shop and he said he could match the Walmart price but there wouldn't be much of a margin. Ebay is where I snagged mine from.

We are hoping that it will turn into a fun class to run on our 4 square wide (6ft lanes) RCP track along with Associated 18Rs, Recoils and Carismas.

simpleskin
2007.05.15, 04:41 PM
I saw two of these on the shelf at Hobby Town today in Dulles Virginia. There were two different colors but otherwise identical nascar style bodies. $69 was the price.

-justin

arch2b
2007.05.15, 05:07 PM
there has been some general opinions and info posted but no formal review to my knowledge.

for $70 i would spend the extra little bit and get the actual nascar cars vs. some crayon type scheme that is a tad larger than a mini-z.

TALLGEESE
2007.05.15, 05:35 PM
I saw two of these on the shelf at Hobby Town today in Dulles Virginia. There were two different colors but otherwise identical nascar style bodies. $69 was the price.

-justin

What's up Simpleskin, I had spoken to Arch at our last GTG about these cars... They're basically a slightly larger scale MR-01 clone, what I thought was funny is that I saw the car at the EXACT same Hobbytown location about 3 weeks ago... I'm glad to see they still have it there, When I was there, I thought they just had one?? I was thinking about purchasing one for my nephew...

HammerZ
2007.05.16, 10:44 PM
I agree with the crayon like themes, as that has put me off of them. And the Mini Z's are easier to find hop up parts for. I think the big reason Revell brought these out is to use the 1/24 scale EZ builder kits (old Monogram kit's) for the bodies.

I do have a question or two about bearings. Can bearings be installed? And what size will it need?

hrdrvr
2007.05.20, 06:32 PM
I went ahead and picked one of these up the other week after running across this thread. They arent half bad, but they arent that good either :D It is DigiPropo and way smoother than an xmod, but slow as heck. Id say its in line with an Iwaiver Iw01. Even with the upgraded motor its a bit slower than a stock xmod. It handles a lot better though and I was able to easily beat xmods (stock and S2) on our track. It would be a cool gift, but I would team it up with the model kit of the persons favorite driver so they can make an immediate converson, or at least repaint it to match their driver. The paint jobs are horrible!! Im thinking Im going to tear into this thing and see what the insides looks like and see where it can be improved easily.

Hammer, I just popped off the front wheel and it looks identical to the 02 wheel set up. I dont have any of my Zs at home currrently, but I can throw one of my 02 bearings in it this week and verify it for you.

What Im curious about is how F1 wheels/tires would relate to these as the tires arent soft at all. They are pretty good on the concrete, but not grippy enough for the carpet (well if it was faster they wouldnt be grippy enough :D).

EDIT:
I decided to break this thing back out today after posting here. I dont have my camera so Im goig to wait to tear into it when I can share my findings. I did however, put a gen1 xmod S2 motor in it. Its WAY faster now. Im still going to be on the lookout for tires. I looked all through my model wheels and everythign I have. I came up with nothing better than the stockers.

Oh, and arch I forgot to mention earlier, It has Audley stamped right on the bottom (molded into chassis), and a couple Audly stickers to add as your NASCAR sponsers. I definatly think they are the designers/builders.

When I tear mine apart Ill definatly take as many pics as I can to get a little more info out here on these things. They may be a good player in getting people into this small scale racing. They are far superior to xmods as far as chassis/electronics goes.

michvin
2007.05.21, 01:42 AM
who is/what is "Audley"?

Fovea3d
2007.11.04, 06:30 PM
@Michvin: Auldey is a brand that makes mostly non propo RC's like the 1/32 radi-can or race-tin. They also made this big MR01 type chassis that is now sold as a Revell RPMZ. Previously it was sold with a CLK Mercedes and Audi TT body at 1/24 scale, also a semi truck at 1/32 scale.
This old chassis is now sold under the brand Revell with 2 types of Nascar bodies, or with Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang bodies (retro-design versions).

I bought both the Challenger and the Mustang. They are very slow in stock form. On the Challenger I mounted 10 ATM F1 tires rear and 30 ATM slick front along with an ATM stock motor. The result is what you see on this video (http://alain.galluser.free.fr/Z/videos/071102RPMZChallenger.wmv) It goes around 28kph on the speed checker with a 8t pinion. It does not so bad on the track, main problem is with the weight, around 250 grams with batteries, so the acceleration is slower than a MZ. But once it gains speed it handles very good.
Steering has the same flaw as the Kyosho MR01, it does not recenter very good... Anyway once you are familiar with the MR01, it is not a problem. The only problem I had was that the first servo gear is easy to brake like it was on the MR01. better keep the front wheels protected under the shell...

marc
2007.11.13, 05:08 PM
I had a look at these at local hobby store, they look like cheap imitations of the mr01 but made larger. They look like crap and I wouldn't buy one.

Fovea3d
2007.11.13, 05:35 PM
I had a look at these at local hobby store, they look like cheap imitations of the mr01 but made larger. They look like crap and I wouldn't buy one.

Well its your choice Marc ;) Certainly it does not look as sophisticated as a MR02, an AWD or even a Lit...
Did you watch my video? For my part I enjoy to make "crap" perform like a MR02 on a track, it is priceless to be able to win a race with such a "thing" LOL. Due to the rather good ESC, it is easier to make this RPMZ perform well, wich is not the case with my XMods for instance :rolleyes: I am glad to have this in my collection.

marc
2007.11.13, 07:07 PM
Do you know if standard 1/24 scale bodies will fit this chassis? They may look like crap as I stated earlier, but they are still tempting. I did noticed the similarity with audley. Disapointed they are slow. Are they trying to compete with anybody or just introducing something different?

Fovea3d
2007.11.13, 07:29 PM
Do you know if standard 1/24 scale bodies will fit this chassis? They may look like crap as I stated earlier, but they are still tempting. I did noticed the similarity with audley. Disapointed they are slow. Are they trying to compete with anybody or just introducing something different?

You did not see my video (http://alain.galluser.free.fr/Z/videos/071102RPMZChallenger.wmv) did you? :D They are slow in stock form as well as with bundled "high spec" motor but I did put an ATM stock in mine with MZ F1 tires and it does not bad at all against any MR02.

I don't know if they have the ambition to compete with anything else, if you read this post you will see that this Auldey chassis is as old as the MR01 back to 2000/2001, it was just rebranded recently as "Revell RPMZ" it even feels like the MR01 and this Auldey were designed by the same team by looking at the separated servo, servo gears, etc.

Yes 1/24 bodies can fit, this is the main reason I bought them. I will post pictures of my current projects soon.

Fovea3d
2007.11.13, 07:49 PM
These are my 2 projects on this chassis:
1/25 Dodge Charger from... Revell (http://alain.galluser.free.fr/Z/RPMZCharger.jpg)
1/24 Mustang Mach 1 From Arii (http://alain.galluser.free.fr/Z/RPMZMach1.jpg)
Only problem I have with both bodies are the front wheel sticking out of the wheelwells. But this is with MZF1 wheels, too bad because it was looking good with the Charger. I will probably end up using MZ wheels.

marc
2007.11.13, 07:57 PM
that would be my next question. Are the wheels the same size as MiniZ's? Seems like they should be larger for the scale.

Fovea3d
2007.11.13, 08:19 PM
They are the same diameter: 20mm still corresponding to 18" at 1/24 scale. The tires are thicker: 27mm in diameter thats what gives the scale look.
But forget the stock tires, I don't know on RCP, but on carpet they are useless (soft but not enough).

Also the stock wheels have 2 ridges but having the same lock system than MZ, 015/02, F1 and Overland wheels will fit :D

marc
2007.11.13, 10:16 PM
so could you pu these wheels on the Mini Z for that inch-up look? Seems to me like you can, if the tires will stretch.

Jace1283
2008.05.17, 05:43 PM
i just got one of these and wow its really slow. I put a xmod stage 2 motor in it but its still pretty slow. Anyone know about the FETs in this thing? I want to put lithium in it. Do you think it could handle lithium and like a stock mini-z motor?

Fovea3d
2008.05.17, 05:54 PM
It can handle an Atomic stock motor without problems. Mine is as fast as a mini-z, only a bit sluggish in the curves due to its weight.
Don't forget to use the 8T pinion that is included and steady batteries (I use Varta 15 minutes).
Watch this video (http://alain.galluser.free.fr/Z/videos/071102RPMZChallenger.wmv)

Jace1283
2008.05.17, 07:01 PM
yeah i saw your vid a couple times. that motor must be A LOT better than a xmod stage 2. i didnt even see the 8 tooth, i though it was 6, 7, and 10(probly 8, i counted it quick). there's only one spacer, kinda confused how thats suppose to work well. I'm actually probly going to put a V2 in it cause i have one on an xmod truck and its overkill. I want this thing rippin down the street at like 35mph, lol

Fovea3d
2008.05.17, 09:46 PM
I think the ATM stock has enough torque to move the weight of this car. Yes it is definitly slow with the original pinion whatever the motor you use (must be 6T). I also had problems with this spacer until I found out how it works ;) Look closely, the spacer is made of 2 parts. Separate them and put the smallest behind the motor and the biggest in front so you can use the 8T. You can use a mini-z 8T pinion, they are the same. I think I got mine going 32kmh on the speed checker. For 35mph it would require serious mods though :D

Jace1283
2008.05.18, 12:30 AM
VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDsx1D5OUJc

oohhhh thanks so much i never would have seen it splits....
here's my car that i just got, lol. Its pretty fast now, maybe too fast. I took it out on the street and its a little bit of a beast, im gonna have to play with the suspension and work some understeer into it...
here's some pics! i'm running stage 2 and 6 pinion
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/5/web/725000-725999/725472_116_full.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/5/web/725000-725999/725472_114_full.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/5/web/725000-725999/725472_115_full.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/5/web/725000-725999/725472_117_full.jpg