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bobbyz
2007.09.08, 12:57 AM
i've read just a little bit about these on rippers forums. any chance tiny rc will get any of these??? the reason i posted this is that i stopped by target today and checked them out. they had a couple in stock for $50, and bearing sets, alloy oil shocks, and 3 motor upgrade set. they are interesting little trucks, but i didn't take the plunge and buy one. the ones sold at target are the lesser quality am model, there there's also an fm series that will cost around $80. you can check out the website at www.radlinerc.com anyone else try one of these out yet??? i think there will be a lot of hacking and upgrading done on these. it looks like they will also handle 180size motors with a extra adaptor. personally i'm hoping kyosho has something similar coming for the holdiay season, but that could be a whole other thread:)

Brandon M
2007.09.08, 07:12 PM
I bought one today. I am going to be putting in a better servo and getting different electronics since they aren't the greatet

marc
2007.09.09, 06:12 PM
Cool, I like the buggy. I wonder if that is how Iwaver's will be like. I'll have to visit local Target and check theme out.

marc
2007.09.22, 10:42 AM
Hello there. While on a trip to California this last week, my dad and I stopped in Target and we picked up the Radline 1/24 buggy "Fange" for me to test. I'd like to say, it's not too bad! The chassis feels very much like the first generation Xmods, particularly the battery pack. The car is slow in stock mode, at first I thought it was batteries, but after another charge, it didn't improve. I think they intended on it being slow so you'd be forced to buy the hop-up motors. As the store did not have any hop-up's, I did not get to purchase any.
The suspension has a lot of slack in it, and the slack works before the suspension does it's job. Not very good, I'd like to try the oil-filled shocks and see if I can tighten things up a bit.
The steering is not nice either. It feels like the servo's have a delay and the car does not steer exactly as you would predict it.
One could rip out the stock electronics and put in some aftermarket micro's, and an aftermarket servo. But overall I don't think the suspension is worth that much effort unless you can tighten everything up.
To me, if Radio Shack's Xmods came up with a 1/28 scale buggy, this would be it. It just feels too Xmod like. The transmitter feels cheap, but not Xmod cheap.
I'll post pics of the "Fange" later tonight. Overal, for 50 dollars, it's an ok toy, great for the kid's, but not for the rest of us. I just hope that Iwavers 1/24 buggy turn's out much better.

marc
2007.09.22, 02:35 PM
Here are the photo's as promised.
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/DSC06547.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/DSC06549.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/DSC06550.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/DSC06553.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/DSC06564.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/DSC06565.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/DSC06566.jpg
If needed, I will try better pics later.

EMU
2007.10.06, 07:40 PM
My brother got me the ST from Target for my b-day. I think that there is alot of potential in the design. I like that I can use my Mini-Z motors and batteries. With the stock motor its slow, but a little faster than I expected. I swapped in an X-Speed in BB can and it almost tripled the speed, but it gets pretty hot after a 10min run.

The steering is poor, but that will change... I am going to try to make a small brace for the steering assembly, and change the servo out.

By the looks of the shocks, I think a direct swap can be done with MZM/OL shocks.

It looks like a Mini-Z board could fit where the existing electronics are, with a crystal relocation...

There is quite a bit of slop on the wheels, although I dont have bearings (anyone know where to get some besides Target?). But I hope it gets better with the bearings.

I am planning on getting a Spektrum SR3500/Spinner ESC/Futaba servo...

marc
2007.10.06, 07:56 PM
I did not realize that the Kyosho motors were the same size. Great find! I will have to check local Target here for ball bearings and shocks. I have not played with mine in a while, but might get back into it if I can find these mods. Did it feel a bit much like an Xmod thing to you? Meaning the battery tray and delayed steering?

pinoyboy
2007.10.06, 09:01 PM
ooh, these look pretty cool. I tried to get into 1/18, but it wasn't for me being a little to big to run in the house, and the costs.

But these look great to run inside, especially on 2 tile wide RCP. I'm thinking this would work great with those new Atomic PCB boards, and just upgrade the servo . :D

marc
2007.10.06, 09:19 PM
One thing I've found is that the steering is not predictable. Meaning, it is slow and does not seem to turn as quickly as you expect it. So I don't think it'll be great on the track especially if you have tight turns. Perhaps with aftermarket electronics and servo's it will be better. But as it is, it sucks. I just hope Iwaver's will be much better.

pinoyboy
2007.10.06, 09:34 PM
One thing I've found is that the steering is not predictable. Meaning, it is slow and does not seem to turn as quickly as you expect it. So I don't think it'll be great on the track especially if you have tight turns. Perhaps with aftermarket electronics and servo's it will be better. But as it is, it sucks. I just hope Iwaver's will be much better.

Yea, when I get one, I do plan on using aftermarket electronics and servos. I know Iwaver is making one also, but i'm sure I would probably end doing almost the same thing :(

Roketmini
2007.10.20, 11:05 PM
I spoke with a Rep from radline today @ iHobby. He says that they are releasing a full hobby grade version one soon with revised steering, etc. When he gave me a quick demo, it looked like it performed a Micro-T. I might have to get one when they start arriving at real hobby shops.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e100/Roketmini/IMG_0558.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e100/Roketmini/IMG_0560.jpg

cdog4w
2007.10.22, 04:28 PM
Durability is the real concern so far. I know some people already stripped some drive train gears (thread at ripper7) and those are not easily replaced from target. Once the hobby model is released the parts should be easier to get but I would hope they're more durable too or else I'm not too interested.

ChattavegasSE
2007.11.10, 02:12 PM
I have the truck with the mod racing motor and ball bearings. The bearings really take a lot of the slop out. I'd like to sell it, though. Any takers? ;)

pinoyboy
2007.11.10, 03:14 PM
I have the truck with the mod racing motor and ball bearings. The bearings really take a lot of the slop out. I'd like to sell it, though. Any takers? ;)

I might be interested. PM me a price

ChattavegasSE
2007.11.10, 05:43 PM
Clear your PM box, Hank, it's full. $50 :eek:

monkey19
2007.12.22, 11:36 AM
I could not escape the lure of AWD. While Christmas shopping for everyone I decided to get myself a gift and picked up the Radline AWD buggy. I also picked up bearing and the oil shock kit. Out of the box it is actually better then I expected. With the exception of excessive wheel slop and erratic steering servo it is not all that bad. I have not been able to get to the track as often as I like (ARCMS) so I am hoping that I will be able to bash this around my house to get my RC fix. This afternoon I hope to:

1) install bearings
2) install shocks
3) look into motor upgrade

pics to follow……..

Peregrinari
2008.05.03, 10:22 PM
Yeah, you know I bought one and the gears just don't hold up. I even bought the pro, not the target one. I keep eating gears. I tried the Mini-z AWD diff internals (which fit fine) and shredded them within 15 minutes. This vehicle is a joke. I wouldn't tell my worst enemy to buy one.

Tom

marc
2008.05.04, 02:26 PM
It is a Target peice of doo. I bought one a while back for review and it was slow and doggy. Interesting, but junk. Mine just sit's on the shelf.

ChattavegasSE
2008.05.09, 11:29 PM
That's why I sold mine, Marc. I got the super hopped-up race motor, and it caused such a delay in response that I couldn't drive it; it wasn't much faster anyways. So I always ran the stock motor in it. I bought the oil shock set; but I put them on my Mini Mauler instead.