RC Cars and Trucks
Acme Tech Vanguard
by A. Kuhon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vanguard is a 1/10th scale EP touring car.
The unit that I've got comes complete as Ready to Run. The pack
consists of: the car, esc, motor, body (Alfa Romeo touring) with Sanwa
radio system (remote, receiver and servo).
The chassis made of flex-nylon. It's the same material as Kyosho V-One
R series. It has lower deck, upper deck, front and rear damper stay /
shock tower, as we have seen in common touring competition cars (Tamiya
TA/TB/TRF-series, Xray, etc).
It'a a shaft driven car made of lightweight-strong alloy.
It also comes with ball bearing install on every parts. Those have 3
The damper shock made of aluminum, which can be adjusted, for the ride
height of the unit. It comes with the medium spring.
The battery holder placement is line-up with the shaft on one side of
lower deck. It can be used with side-by-side packs or stickpacks type
Front upper arms look the
same design as Kyosho V-one R. It has pivot ball mechanism to adjust
the camber, turnbuckle tie-rod to adjust the toe-in/out, and small pin
to adjust caster angle. In front of the unit, before the foam bumper,
there are droops screw (next to bumper stay screw) to adjust suspension
droop. Not a normal placement like I used to know, but it works. The
placement of damper shock can be adjusted, too. The front shaft still
use dogbone, not the universal shaft.
Rear arms look the same as Kyosho PureTen FW-05R. It has adjustable
turnbuckle upper arm for the camber and pivot ball to set the
toe-in/out. There are 2 droop screws on lower rear arm.
Stabilizer / sway bar
The stabilizer only exists on the rear wheels.
Bulkhead and gear box.
The bulkhead made of flex-nylon, the same as the chassis but the
gearbox more looks like Teflon material (I'm not sure).
It's steel ball differential with 12 balls on the center and 10 balls
on the screw. Very responsive and light. It places on both front and
Wheels and tires
Wheel rims design use multi-spokes (not 5 or 6 spokes rim) with
Spur and the pinion.
The spur and pinion use 48 type. The pinion has 22 teeth and the spur
It capable of using the motor up to 13T. The design and spec. almost
the same as the Futaba MC330CR with reverse disable function (reverse
can be activated or de-activated)
The motor that comes with the unit is stock motor with inner brush.
Based on the manual, it's 15T motor with high torque.
THE RADIO SYSTEM
It comes with standard Sanwa Blazer Sport without steering / EPA dual
rate. It's a very basic remote control with AM frequency. It comes with
1 unit of 3kg servo and receiver.
Straight form the box, this car is very attractive in term of speed and
handling. Although to get better grip on tight turn you have to set the
camber, toe-in and out and perhaps replace the standard tires since
they're a bit loose (less grip for high temperature asphalt).
Be sure to check the differential as it might a bit loose after several
runs. And I think it's still normal. The pinion can be replaced with AV
pinion from Tamiya (I can change it up to 18 teeth). I haven't tried
any 48-pinion type. I still haven't replaced the standard spur but I
think it can be replace with Tamiya spur that fit with AV pinion.
So far, this is the best car for touring class. But for racing
competition, some parts have to be replaced since the weight seems too
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