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R/C Tamiya Asia Cup 2004, Winning Setups, Photos

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Vol 1, Issue 54        Subscribers: 2,900+        September 29, 2004
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CONTENTS

* R/C Tamiya Asia Cup 2004 Race
* M04M Winning Setups
* Photos from the TAC 2004 R/C Event

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R/C TAMIYA ASIA CUP 2004 RACE

Hi,

Just got back from the Tamiya Asia Cup 2004 r/c car race in
Hong Kong. Luck was on my side as I managed to squeeze into
the A-Main for the Tamiya M-Chassis category by 0.5 seconds
in my final qualifying attempt.

The A-Main had 3 races. Starting at the last place on the grid, I
finished 7th, 8th and 4th in the 3 races. Overall placed 7th.

I'm happy with the result considering I've not raced r/c cars since
2000 and that this was my first international race and first time to
run on a carpet track.

First I would like to thank God for giving me a chance to race and
luck to make the A-Main.


I would like to thank Jonathan Jao, who provided me items such
as tires, speed control and the help he gave me. I also thank Alan
Colico for lending me his shock absorbers and servo. And finally
I thank Dan Gardner for his tips on setting up the M04M.

I also thank my family for their support.

Joel M.

P.S. The Tamiya Cup also gave me the chance to meet Smith, a
reader of this newsletter who lives in Hong Kong. Nice guy, hope
to meet you again soon.

P.P.S. Racers representing Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Singapore,
Philippines, Korea, Taiwan and Lebanon competed. The event
was also held inside a shopping mall, where a lot of people made
the event even more exciting.

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TAMIYA M04M WINNING SETUPS

I had a chance to hold the winning car for the Tamiya M-Chassis
category. This is the setup:

Rear
2 degree toe in hubs
Red springs, preloaded on the right shock
S Grip tire with soft insert

Front
M Grip tire
Yellow springs

I spun the front tires, they freewheeled for only 5 seconds. Also
the champion mentioned he did not use swaybars so as to reduce
the r/c car's weight.

Motor was a Tamiya Sport Tuned handout. Looking at his
motor, the brush was fully seated (fully broken in) but the
commutator looked dirty (not shiny).

His r/c car also seemed to have some slop in the suspension arms,
axles and hubs. He used some shims, but just enough to still have
a free amount of play.

He mentioned that he cleaned his tires with Tamiya motor spray.

So the winning car itself did not have anything special. It was
definitely the driving skill that resulted in his winning the A-Main.

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PHOTOS FROM THE TAC 2004 R/C EVENT

Here are some photos from the event, hope it encourages you to
also join the Tamiya races and hopefully participate in international
r/c races.

http://www.rccartips.com/TAC-2004-RC.htm

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