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Old 2009.05.23, 11:24 AM   #61
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Aki Susuki said in an interview years ago "the base concept was to be able to use the model on a dining table, so what is important is the turn radius, a 1/24 scale would have need much more space" in the french "Auto RCMag"
Small Mini-Z vs Big 1/32 slotcar The Stratos has 86mm WB just like the Torino
Interesting that in the same article, he mentioned they sold 500,000 mini-z in the first 5 years. That means there are about a million mini-z out there currently. That is quite a few mini-z. Wonder if there is more of that article out there.
As far as the scale goes, I don't think anyone knows what exactly are in those contracts. They may be limited to the scales, but I don't think each manufacture is competing with another. There is nothing that say Ferarri can't have unlimited number of license for 1/24 scale. Bottom line is just how much money they think they can make. If Kyosho can sell 100 million Enzo, I am sure Ferarri will be willing to grant Kyosho exclusive rights to the Enzo for all scales in the next go around, and shut everybody out. But at couple thousands, Kyosho is probably a small fish.
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Old 2009.05.23, 11:38 AM   #62
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Interesting that in the same article, he mentioned they sold 500,000 mini-z in the first 5 years. That means there are about a million mini-z out there currently. That is quite a few mini-z. Wonder if there is more of that article out there.
Keep in mind that this is an old interview of the Kyosho chairman (early 2004).
Here is the full article. There is rather interesting info, he his mentioning a mini-mini-z long before the release of the Lit. Sorry for being OT.
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Old 2009.05.24, 05:19 AM   #63
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Hey guys,
Just was looking around on HPI blog to get some extra info...

So, this is a slottrack at the HPI booth...



And then suddenly...



Why did nobody take a video of it!!!!!
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Old 2009.05.24, 05:23 AM   #64
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Ok, here is the source of the pics:
- http://hpi-express.jugem.jp/?day=20090512 ==> With body lineup at bottom
- http://hpi-express.jugem.jp/?day=20090514 ==> With pics of tracks
- http://hpi-express.com/ ==> Main link to blog
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Old 2009.05.24, 06:59 AM   #65
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Hey guys,
Just was looking around on HPI blog to get some extra info...

So, this is a slottrack at the HPI booth...



And then suddenly...



Why did nobody take a video of it!!!!!
Brilliant! Now that's what I'm talking about. I wonder if the track can be rearranged.
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Old 2009.05.24, 01:52 PM   #66
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Concerning the price, there's a pricetag here:

17800JPY = 187USD = 134EUR. I hope that is RTR.
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Old 2009.05.24, 02:13 PM   #67
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and we thought the dnano was expensive... if a full rtr, it's only $43+/- cheaper than the dnano with tx/charger.
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I wouldnt say that is very expensive for an RTR. Look at the price for the new MA010 RTRs. Over $200, for AM
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Old 2009.05.24, 02:22 PM   #69
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good point. nice thing i don't ever have to buy an rtr anymore.

yet another things that bugs me about this is i'm sure it's not he same 2.4 as kyosho uses meaning your tied to another tx or module.
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Old 2009.05.24, 02:44 PM   #70
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Hmm... I also wouldn't say $187 was particularly expensive for an RTR. That means we're probably looking at ~$100 for a bare chassis?

I was sure that was a 130 class motor, but looking more closely at some of the images that have become available, I'm ready to agree that it's not.

My RC experience is limited to Mini-Z's, so I don't know how powerful those smaller motors are, but if these aren't in the same ballpark speedwise as a Z, it will be a disappointment to me, being something of a speed freak.

If the electronics will take it, perhaps someone can make a conversion motor mount to take a 130?

Still worth keeping an eye out for...
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Old 2009.05.24, 03:14 PM   #71
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I'm steel thinking about the batteries..... I don't think 4AAA will fit on this chassis...
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Old 2009.05.24, 03:39 PM   #72
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The motor

This was posted by arch on the sister forum...

http://www.tinyrc.com/forums/showthr...935#post205935
http://www.tinyrc.com/forums/showthr...935#post205935

To be honest I wish this had come way before Mini-Z. Still I don't know if I will buy and do a switch...
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so even if the chassis is $100+/-, it's still only slightly cheaper than the dnano and a mini-z chassis. i agree, still definately worth looking into.
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Nice new set of pix, defenetly got me drooling even more.
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Keep in mind that this is an old interview of the Kyosho chairman (early 2004).
Here is the full article. There is rather interesting info, he his mentioning a mini-mini-z long before the release of the Lit. Sorry for being OT.
thanks for the article... now if i can only read french...
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