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HaCo
2018.01.19, 01:23 PM
It seems to be hard to get one here in Europe, but thanks to the guys from SRCC I was able to get one (the only one they got from Kyosho Europe).

Unpacked car, see attached file...
http://mini-zracer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=35260&stc=1&d=1516389115

http://mini-zracer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=35259&d=1516386086

Did a first run on my attic, where I have a small carpet track. Big fun, handles like and FWD (what else? :D )!!! It's my Tamiya M-chassis in small scale.

Out of the box it has 30 degree tires, the rear end is a bit light, but still big fun and handling ok out of the box.

HaCo
2018.01.20, 11:16 AM
Race livery...
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4707/28020053889_ce5f95f5c5_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/JG36Pp)fr_636_size1024 (https://flic.kr/p/JG36Pp)on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4670/25926088798_1e0374ed4e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/FuZYX1)fr_637_size1024 (https://flic.kr/p/FuZYX1)on Flickr

Thorvald
2018.01.20, 12:14 PM
Finally one of these in the "wild"!

Have you owned the AWD before? Just curious how it compares the AWD chassis as it originally looked like they just depopulated that chassis.

Did you print the race decals yourself or did they come in the kit? Really dresses up a boring body nicely.

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I was hoping they'd release a VW UP body so I can make the "Sub 7Up" Nurburgring car that the crazy Russian Misha did up for Apex and uses to spank supercars on the Nordschleife lol.

https://www.6speedonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Apex-Sub-7Up-VW.jpg

HaCo
2018.01.21, 03:42 AM
Hi,

Yes, I have an MA-010, MA-020 and now the MA-030F.

I don't really like the bottom battery compartment door. The battery layout and weight distribution is great, but access is harder then the previous models.

For the rest many parts are shared as you can see:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4613/38912160715_ebd33e42e3_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22hwZGF)fr_646_size1024 (https://flic.kr/p/22hwZGF) on Flickr

I added more images here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskAGLPhZ

I made the stickers myself with a vinyl cutter. The Mazda logo is the smallest I can plot I think.
https://www.silhouetteshop.be/portrait2.html

I also hope we will see more FWD models. The new Clio, or the old Clio Williams would be my preference :-)

herman
2018.01.23, 09:22 AM
How does it compare to the mr03 rear wheel drive? Guessing a lot less spin outs? Speed wise is it comparable to the stock mr03 as well? Mind posting a pic of the gear ratios? Thanks.

arch2b
2018.01.23, 02:50 PM
Doers it look like you can do a direct swap of the PCB board with ASF?

HaCo
2018.01.24, 12:57 PM
How does it compare to the mr03 rear wheel drive? Guessing a lot less spin outs? Speed wise is it comparable to the stock mr03 as well? Mind posting a pic of the gear ratios? Thanks.

Hi Herman,
It drives easier then an MR03. I'm still working on a setup, it's too early to compare times.
At the start I was running stock tires 30 degree all around. The rear end was quite loose, but it doesn't matter with this car, not like it would on an MR03. You can easily safe the car all the time.
Then I put some 20 degree tires on the back, from another car. The rear end didn't move at all, but I lacked a bit of steering, still very easy to drive.
Then I put some new 20 degree tires in the front: undrivable, the front had way more grip then the rear and it kind of stuck in the carpet.
So I swapped the new ones in front, with the old ones in the back: super car! I could use slightly more steering, but this car is so easy to drive, great!
Times are going down, but not there yet.

Then I had the idea to stick the front diff with thicker grease, in order to get more traction under acceleration. What an adventure: switching diffs, or spur gear seemed not so easy on this car. At a certain point my complete servo fell apart, but it all worked out okay in the end.

Step 1 is removing the motor with a screw and a clips:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4613/39828980722_bf468d0aea_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/23FxWmb)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/23FxWmb) by HaCo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/99967306@N02/), on Flickr

Then (I thought) you have to remove the top cover, but you can only do this if you unscrew the servo motor, at least I thought:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4622/38962416985_af3b5d6fa4_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22mYz96)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/22mYz96) by HaCo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/99967306@N02/), on Flickr

Everything came apart at that point. In the end I think it was not necessary. When assembling I first put back the servo cover and then the front diff cover:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4607/39861412341_bf2e45691a_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/23Jqa92)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/23Jqa92) by HaCo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/99967306@N02/), on Flickr

More images in the Flickr album if you want.

Next up is adding some camber, and verifying the gear ratio with the MR03's I run.

Stock GR on the FWD is 31/15 or 7,23:1, on my MR03 I run 43/6 (7,16) or 43/7 (6,14) I think. Reducing the gear ratio will also reduce wheelspin I think.

Then we can start comparing times I hope :-)

herman
2018.01.25, 12:21 AM
Thanks very much for your feedback. Highly appreciated. Was also wondering the same thing as arch... can you swap the board to a asf mr03 board? It would be one less controller to bring if it can be done.

herman
2018.01.25, 12:23 AM
Wondering if a front one way diff would be any better?

arch2b
2018.01.25, 07:34 AM
Thanks very much for your feedback. Highly appreciated. Was also wondering the same thing as arch... can you swap the board to a asf mr03 board? It would be one less controller to bring if it can be done.

I'll be a bit more blunt, if I cannot swap an ASF or MHS board into the chassis, I will not buy it. I will not drag along multiple transmitters and certainly not switching everything over to FHSS at this point. :rolleyes:

herman
2018.01.25, 07:43 AM
Oh and another thing... does it finally track or go straight? My experience with awd is that I can hardly make it go straight. It annoyingly veers off to one side ever so slightly... hope this isn't the case with the fwd...

HaCo
2018.01.25, 01:50 PM
Thanks very much for your feedback. Highly appreciated.
You're welcome, happy to share it!

I think a one way would be a terrible choice, since you would have no brake at all, but it is always worth a try. I wanted to buy the Atomic solid front axle, it's a very nice part, but out of stock where I've checked.

http://www.rcatomic.com/atomic/images/medium/atomic/AWD208_l_m.jpg

HaCo
2018.01.25, 02:04 PM
Regarding the PCB...

First I had to remove the heat shrink from the antenna, it bothered me anyway, I prefer a narrow antenna.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4712/39185655284_867e9d7f5f_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22GGJ7h)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/22GGJ7h) by HaCo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/99967306@N02/), on Flickr

Then, I opened up the pcb cover, to find out it is the same fit as for an ASF-board:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4662/39863613312_a1e9394f50_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/23JBrpN)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/23JBrpN) by HaCo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/99967306@N02/), on Flickr

A disadvantage of the 4 pin connector is that it is not the traditional ICS connector for configuration, but a LED-board connector. Anyone know what kind of signals are on it?
Most importantly, the plus and minus are inverted compared to the ASF board 4-pin connector!
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4722/39861411121_a9908daeaf_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/23Jq9LZ)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/23Jq9LZ) by HaCo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/99967306@N02/), on Flickr


The transmitter looks a bit cheap, but is really a great transmitter. Feels good in the hand, very light. There is still a training mode on it, but throtle dual rate is missing, which I use for my kids. Steering dual rate is available.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4695/39185656064_76fa1ffe6b_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22GGJkJ)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/22GGJkJ) by HaCo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/99967306@N02/), on Flickr

I let the Tx on for 24hrs by accident, and only consumed 400mAh from my 4x AAA batteries which are required to operate the Tx.

arch2b
2018.01.25, 03:44 PM
:( so the port is a carry over from sports in which it's just power for accessories such as lights. thats disappointing as well as it means you need to ring terminal or hardwire a transponder.

interesting in that the PCB layout seems largely changed. are the FET's on the bottom?

arch2b
2018.01.26, 07:59 AM
can you tell if the pin out on the FHSS board for the servo and pot are the same order as ASF? Looks like the steering wires and power are routed to the bottom of the board.

HaCo
2018.02.02, 12:26 PM
Here some more info and images of the board and ASF conversion:
http://www.rctw.net/thread-433456-1-1.html

herman
2018.02.17, 07:22 PM
From the pics looks like you can swap it out to an asf board... was wondering if the wires on the asf board to the pot and servo motor are long enough to fit the fwd chassis... or do you change them to longer wires?

arch2b
2018.02.17, 10:47 PM
Why? I would imagine itís easier to just swap the wires right over to asf board VE trying to put board, wires, pot and all in. Just swap over as if you were using a clone board.

herman
2018.02.18, 01:28 AM
Was asking if the asf board wires were long enough. I don't actually have a fwd, and from the pics the wires from the fwd look a bit longer due to the orientation of how things are put on the chassis. If the asf wires are long enough, then no need to change anything just a direct replacement.

Otherwise yes, I guess it would be easier to use the fwd pot and servo motor wires and all... just de-solder from fwd board then solder onto asf board... and hope you get the orientation correctly...

herman
2018.02.28, 08:01 PM
Greetings haco! Was wondering if you went on changing the fwd board to asf? And if the asf was a direct replacement, or you had to change the servo motor / pot wires as the fwd wires looks longer... (due to the orientation of the board and pot/servo motor placement)

Thanks in advance.

mugler
2018.08.29, 04:47 PM
What is the latest trending best tire combo info for FWD on RCP smooth side ?

I did see post #7 on this thread but was wondering if there were new racier tire news for FWD's.








https://image.ibb.co/eFNLL9/Screen_Shot_2018_08_29_at_1_43_10_PM.png

arch2b
2018.08.30, 07:23 AM
HERE (https://www.bigsquidrc.com/kyosho-renault-megane-r-s-fwd-mini-z/) is the bigsquidrc page. Most sites request you include link back to their site when sharing their content.

Awful color... I prefer the Mazda simply for the Soul Metallic Red color.

rensuchan
2018.08.30, 05:14 PM
Might have to pick up a white body of this when it's out... agree that I don't care for the yellow.

I'm still trying to figure out my FWD and the tire / balance situation as well... if anyone is driving them and has found a consistent setup, input would be appreciated.

EMU
2018.08.30, 09:19 PM
The Renault will also be a beautiful orange! 98 1.5/1.5. Similar to civic.

arch2b
2018.08.30, 09:23 PM
:confused: Beautiful orange? All in the eyes of the beholder I guess. It looks about as awful as the yellow to me.

EMU
2018.08.30, 09:35 PM
I like orange :D

mleemor60
2018.08.31, 06:34 AM
You're supposed to like orange, it's your National color.

EMU
2018.08.31, 07:56 AM
You're supposed to like orange, it's your National color.

SHhhhhhhhhh.... nobody is supposed to know :o I might be changing my racing colors soon... Orange nose, blue tail on a white body. Easy to see, easy to paint, and I have always loved Jilles' paint.

http://site.petitrc.com/reglages/tamiya/setup/TRF417/TRF417_JillesGroskamp_ApeldoornETSRd52011061112/2.jpg

I love the green/blue, but its not easy to paint. I need practice.

herman
2018.09.02, 11:03 PM
Hmm... yellow or orange at least a new body... another plus would be that they would be quite easy to spot if you intend to race them... a 98mm body? Was hoping it would be 90mm... but i believe that the fwd has a 94mm minimum setting? (can anybody confirm this?)

EMU
2018.09.03, 06:46 AM
I believe that the chassis can do 90, 94, and 98mm. Looks like all avalable FWD bodies are 98mm.

herman
2018.09.03, 06:02 PM
SHhhhhhhhhh.... nobody is supposed to know :o I might be changing my racing colors soon... Orange nose, blue tail on a white body. Easy to see, easy to paint, and I have always loved Jilles' paint.

http://site.petitrc.com/reglages/tamiya/setup/TRF417/TRF417_JillesGroskamp_ApeldoornETSRd52011061112/2.jpg

I love the green/blue, but its not easy to paint. I need practice.

Kinda reminds me of my original teile

http://mini-zracer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=35489&stc=1&d=1536012048

EMU
2018.09.04, 12:32 AM
I was never able to get that one... I has black clk if i remember correctly.

herman
2018.09.04, 01:51 AM
I was never able to get that one... I has black clk if i remember correctly.

Yes there was a black, silver, and the original teile...

I thought about doing it, saw some one do it on a black body... so i figured why not replicate it?.... kyosho then came out with their own version just when i was about to finish my version...

Here's the link (http://mini-zracer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6636&highlight=original+teile)....

Now back to your regular programming....

HaCo
2018.11.01, 03:07 PM
Some images of the Renault Megane, I hope I can find one before Christmas, a body.

https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/mini_z_tikitiki/15191178.html

I remember with the Mazda there were delivery issues.

HaCo
2018.11.04, 11:25 AM
I killed my PCB today :(

Never had this before, but it's fully on me. I wanted to replace the white antenna with a black one. But at the bottom of the antenna there was same white stuff which I had to remove to resolder a new antenna. Under this white stuff there was an SMD component hidden, which accidently with my nail was removed. It is a very small component, while trying to fix it back it sprung away while I was holding. I don't think I would have resoldered properly, but I lost it anyway.

So I had to order a new one, on r c m a r t they are in promotion.

Btw, do we have an electronics section? I cannot seem to find it.

arch2b
2018.11.04, 11:44 AM
I guess Mini-Z Science (http://mini-zracer.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=30). There are FET threads there, and of course elsewhere.

SuperFly
2018.11.04, 01:19 PM
I killed my PCB today :(

Never had this before, but it's fully on me. I wanted to replace the white antenna with a black one. But at the bottom of the antenna there was same white stuff which I had to remove to resolder a new antenna. Under this white stuff there was an SMD component hidden, which accidently with my nail was removed. It is a very small component, while trying to fix it back it sprung away while I was holding. I don't think I would have resoldered properly, but I lost it anyway.

So I had to order a new one, on r c m a r t they are in promotion.

Btw, do we have an electronics section? I cannot seem to find it.

If you ordered a direct replacement board, just remember to take a picture and notes about the current configuration. There are 9(?) points to solder (3 steering pot, 2 steering motor, 2 switch, 2 power). Wait, antenna? Are you replacing an MR02 board with a newer MR03 board?

HaCo
2018.11.04, 02:04 PM
If you ordered a direct replacement board, just remember to take a picture and notes about the current configuration. There are 9(?) points to solder (3 steering pot, 2 steering motor, 2 switch, 2 power). Wait, antenna? Are you replacing an MR02 board with a newer MR03 board?

The MA03F has an MR03 Sports board. The board I ordered (MD310) has all the accessory on it for MA03F, so no need to solder I think.
Were there other options then?

SuperFly
2018.11.04, 03:20 PM
The MA03F has an MR03 Sports board. The board I ordered (MD310) has all the accessory on it for MA03F, so no need to solder I think.
Were there other options then?

If you're buying it that way, it should just drop in. I think you only need to undo the battery terminal post screws, and the power switch and steering motor screws, and then put them all back with the new board. No soldering needed.

Thorvald
2018.11.07, 12:17 PM
Some images of the Renault Megane, I hope I can find one before Christmas, a body.

https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/mini_z_tikitiki/15191178.html

I remember with the Mazda there were delivery issues.

It shows as in stock now on Kyosho USA's website.

http://www.kyoshoamerica.com/MZP441Y-B-ASC-MA-03F-RENAULT-MEGANE-RS-Yellow_p_25460.html

Cheers

HaCo
2018.11.08, 12:51 PM
It shows as in stock now on Kyosho USA's website.

http://www.kyoshoamerica.com/MZP441Y-B-ASC-MA-03F-RENAULT-MEGANE-RS-Yellow_p_25460.html

Cheers

Thanks mate, I have one underway already. As a birthday gift on 12.12 :D :D

HaCo
2018.12.08, 03:56 AM
The MA03F has an MR03 Sports board. The board I ordered (MD310) has all the accessory on it for MA03F, so no need to solder I think.
Were there other options then?

So I finally recieved the board, installed it this morning, turns out there is another issue with this board as well. When I am more then 3m away from the car with the Tx, the connection is lost (LED turns off), just by reorienting the car or Tx it comes on again. Gutted! It is undriveable :(

Thorvald
2018.12.13, 09:56 PM
Got my Megane finally (nice yellow one). Looks awesome but the body fit is VERY loose. Would need to be taped on to actually race with it.

I did the DWS rear shock upgrade (man those are hard to find now) and seems like it made a difference but honestly stock it's hard to tell.

They need a VE (Brushless) upgrade for this thing though eventually. Right now the stock motor is fine for home use but would be rough at the track lol.

I'll try an XSpeed it in next.

HaCo
2018.12.15, 02:41 PM
I got mine as a birthday gift this week as well, great looking. Went for the yellow one.

Hoping for a refund of the board so I can buy a new one in a local shop, want to get this car running as soon as possible...

Thorvald
2018.12.28, 05:55 PM
Now we just need Kyosho to release a brushless board for this thing.

arch2b
2018.12.28, 05:59 PM
Need to know if the MZ601 board will fit? Then can interchange brushed/brushless and receiver.

ghost chili
2019.01.04, 08:58 PM
I just received one over the holiday season. Great fun. I like how it is compatible with the AWD chassis parts, so I was able to swap over some parts from a busted AWD chassis I had lying around. So far, I've got a 50t PN Racing BB motor with the stock gearing, the DWS rear end I swapped over from the AWD chassis, and the gyro unit.

Packed up the stock gear diff with some Tamiya hard friction grease to limit the diff action and it pulls pretty well on my carpeted basement floor with the stock tires. I ordered the Civic Type-R but swapped over to the Golf R32 I had from the AWD chassis so I wouldn't mar up the clean Civic body. Thinking it would be great to swap the board to ASF so I can continue using the EX-6 radio I'm already using for the other Mini-Zs I have.

herman
2019.01.11, 09:38 PM
Thinking it would be great to swap the board to ASF so I can continue using the EX-6 radio I'm already using for the other Mini-Zs I have.

Welcome to the forums... Let us know if you do make the swap... looking forward to see what you did.

arch2b
2019.06.30, 11:57 AM
Now that I have FWD and already bought an EVO board and receiver, looking to jump right to ASF. With the formal release of EVO MA-03, the parts diagram shows that there is a specific carrier part for the EVO board, MD402 Receiver Cover Set. I cannot find this part for sale yet so may be waiting a bit till this part is released before I convert mine.