Sunday, 23 August 2015

Tamiya TBLE-02S mod for LiPo cut-off

In 2014 Tamiya changed their kit ESC to the TBLE-02S model. The speed controller features a low-voltage cut-off function, but it is set to 4.9V -- much too low for LiPo batteries that most RC enthusiasts use nowadays.

However, by adding a single resistor we can modify the cut-off voltage to a LiPo-safe 6.0V or 6.3V.


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Friday, 14 August 2015

Eye decals for RC scale figures

A few weeks back we were discussing with fellow RC enthusiasts how difficult it is to paint the eyes on the plastic driver figures, like the Wild Willy or the Rally Cockpit. Turns out help is at hand:

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Tamiya LiPo holder for CC01 TA02 TA03

Companies like LRP make rounded LiPo batteries which fit into the round cavity found in older Tamiya bathtub chassis like the TA01, TA02, TA03, CC01, DF01 or FF01. However, compared to NiMH stick packs the LiPo cases are about 5 mm longer. This means that the battery is sticking out too much and the battery holder that comes with the car no longer fits.

We designed a 3D printable holder that solves that issue. For good measure we included a case for the popular 1-8S LiPo monitor -- often those old cars run speed controllers without LiPo cut-off.

A LRP LiPo stick pack in a CC01 chassis with our new holder with included LiPo monitor.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Bed-mobile - 3D printed RC bed on TT02 chassis

The LANE Boys recently acquired a 3D printer. Beside printing spare parts and accessories, why not print a body shell?

A few years ago we were amused by the motorized furniture creations of Edd China. So we decided to build this:

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Using Tamiya TS paint on polycarbonate

Tamiya has a good range of colours for polycarbonate named PS. But sometimes a RC project demands a specific tone that is not available. What to do?

Using our favourite search engine revealed that it is possible to spray other types of paint over PS-55 Flat Clear. We gave it a try and the results was excellent.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Tamiya M01 3D printed battery holder

Last year we bought second hand Tamiya M01 and M02 cars. Both cars were in excellent condition. However, on both car the plate that secures the battery was missing.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Starting on 3D printed light buckets for RC cars

After long consideration, the LANE Boys finally got a 3D printer. One of the applications we had in mind is printing custom light buckets for RC cars. The first results are very promising.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Bug-eyed Subaru

Recently we tried to sell a newly built Tamiya TT02 Lexus RC F Eneos Sustina. That did not go as well as planned; it took quite some time and we had to sell the car in pieces.

However, the photos I posted along with the ad led to someone contacting me, asking whether I'd be interested in painting a body shell and installing lights. My first client <smile>.

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Value-for-money - SG5010 servo

If you are looking for a low-cost standard size servo on Aliexpress, eBay, Banggood and such, you will stumble over the SG5010 servo. Four of these servos can be bought for USD 17.40 including shipping, which makes it an astonishing low USD 4.35 per servo. And that includes worldwide shipping!

But are those servos any good? Lets find out...

Value-for-money - Team Powers Cup Racer brushed motor

We are cheap. And therefore we like stuff that delivers a lot of value for little money. One of those items is the Team Powers Cup Racer TP-540B-94F "black can" motor.