Top Force’ish Runner


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So i got the white C.V.A. Dampers yesterday, so today have ben doing some dying.

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parts that will be dyed

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all done

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and offcourse i couldn’t wait to try the parts on even if there is quite a few things that needs to be done before the car is ready

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Very slow progress since I still haven’t gotten my Carbon Fiber sheet.

I have made a second prototype of the front damper tower mount, I might give it a third try.

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Done a third attempt on the front damper tower mount. This time it will do the job, but think i will make another one, to make it perfect.

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Had to test with the damper tower from the black and red Top Force

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So I got one of the Carbon fiber sheets I ordered, but it was not carbon fiber it was fiberglass with a layer of carbon fiber on the the top. Working with this material i at least learned how big a difference it’s on these two materials.

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That said, I think it will be more than good enough for a top chassis plate.

Have done some more work on my red and black car. A while back i got hold of a set suspension arms that once was white and had been dyed pink. I decided to give it a go and see if i could get em red.

How them looked before.

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 here is the result, not quite the same color, but close enough

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Mounted on the car

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Added dampers, took them from my recently bought Terra Conqueror. I Changed the spring to some red one’s i had.

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this s my armada of DF-01 and Top Force right now.
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I was going to sell my df-01, even got a buyer, when i decided not to sell it.

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I want to see how this chassis looks with the blue parts you could get for it. So i bought what i could find of the parts, still waiting for the last parts.

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I think i will be taking this shell back to this chassis to get a much better end result.

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It might take some time before i get this done, as usual


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So last night I got some time to rebuild my car using the blue part I have bought.

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DSC_5672_zpsls5yk0ux.jpgMy tribute to the vw bug 😛

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Things remaining to do
Front and rear carbon fiber damper towers
Upper chassis plate in carbon fiber
Change rear tie rods
And for sure something i have forgotten to mention

10 thoughts on “Top Force’ish Runner”

  1. Hi there!

    Great website, very interested reading about your Top Force project.

    I’m doing something similar to my old Manta Ray. Have started racing it and the yellow plastic damper popped open the other day. You say that you took TRF dampers from a 501X, was that the same as this set? http://www.rcmart.com/tamiya-54028-75mm92mmtrf-buggy-dampers-p-26110.html?cPath=389_390

    Thanks very much for your time! Wondering whether to go for cheap shocks or proper TRF ones.

    Cheers,
    Stu.

    1. Hi Stu,

      Thanks 🙂
      Glad to hear that you like the Top Force project, it’s such a fun chassis to work with.
      Oh, that has never happend to me, regarding the dampers, did you go big air?
      The dampers Do look to be the same, i must say i dont’t know the lenght on the one’s i used and don’t have them any longer so i can measure them. If your yellow dampers are about the same lenght then it’s the same one’s.
      I would have bought the TRF dampers and not cheap dampers. If i compare the cheap dampers i have to the TRF one’s, the TRF one’s are so much better. That said i haven’t tried to many cheap dampers.
      Good luck on the race track!

      1. Hey.

        Yes, a few jumps on the track, think that did it. Front are 80mm and rear are 90mm I think. TRF would be 5mm short on the front, no idea if that matters! Getting some cheap ones for now, anyway. Thanks again for all the photos!!

  2. I’d found your Stendhal Top Force on the TF Facebook group but here you posted so many more infos about this build!
    It’s very interesting to follow its evolution (even if it’s not an evo) 😀
    Very very nice, I’ll take lots of inspiration from yours to build mine. I didn’t know the red was paint; thought it was a custom MCI decal.
    I feel the TopForce body is very weird. Frontally or from above it looks very large, makes me think of a mop or a towel above a car. There’s a lot of resemblance to the Boomerang or the Bigwig in a sense, as it shares the same body=wing idea.
    But when looked from the side, it becomes one of the most stylish and racy body Tamiya had ever released.
    The color stripes therefore have a lot of importance to break down the monoblock shape and you need to respect the flow of the bodyshape. Hence I really think you did a great job on the red/black one.

    The red dyed sus arms and Egress wheels , plus TA01 red gearboxes are looking great on this one!z

    1. Hi,
      If i don’t remember wrong, i think it was from a Bommerang? I had several lying around so i could be wrong.

  3. Thanks! I’m actually happy to see that one can fit a driver under this super low body 😀
    I was hoping to put a driver in my TopForce and if it wasn’t possible, I wanted to swap the body for a Desert Gator… 😉

  4. Btw, what have you done with your white sus arms?
    Wouldn’t they be a great fit for your Iceblue Top Force? 😀

    1. Good thing i could prove to you that you can actually fit a driver. Keep the TP body, it’s better looking

      I still have a pair of white suspension arms, but I don’t have the iceblue TP still, I swapped it for some other TAMIYA cars.

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