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Terra Scorcher Re-re. Initial thoughts. 4 months 2 weeks ago #61098

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After a lengthy wait (opted to save money and use RCJaz), the new Scorcher has arrived and will be occupying my rain soaked Thursday.
I decided to plunge into the re-re having had an original back in the day and loved it.
Some advice though if anyone can assist:
1) the well documented fragile A5 issue. What's the best fix?
2) will egress high-caps slot straight in or do they need adapting?
3) what are people's experiences with Tamiyas in-the-box ESC? I remember way-back-when they weren't super well regarded but I don't want to upgrade unless totally necessary, and I'm not planning on running anything crazy motor wise.
Any advice, pointers, thoughts, greatly appreciated.

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Walnut wrote: After a lengthy wait (opted to save money and use RCJaz), the new Scorcher has arrived and will be occupying my rain soaked Thursday.
I decided to plunge into the re-re having had an original back in the day and loved it.
Some advice though if anyone can assist:
1) the well documented fragile A5 issue. What's the best fix?
2) will egress high-caps slot straight in or do they need adapting?
3) what are people's experiences with Tamiyas in-the-box ESC? I remember way-back-when they weren't super well regarded but I don't want to upgrade unless totally necessary, and I'm not planning on running anything crazy motor wise.
Any advice, pointers, thoughts, greatly appreciated.


Welcome on board :y: B)

Not overly familiar with this chassis, but:

A5 - brace it ( www.ebay.co.uk/...1928172427 )

Hi caps, no idea

ESCs - they all have some "issues" - no BEC on the early ones (TEU-101BK), double tap reverse which some people don't like, noise at low speeds, no Lipo support (Tamiya having opted for Li-ion, aka LiFe instead). On the plus side they allow you a modest motor upgrade to the torque tuned or sport tuned motor, which despite the recent downgrade from black to silver is still the cheapest 30% improvement you're going to get.

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Terra Scorcher Re-re. Initial thoughts. 4 months 2 weeks ago #61102

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Cheers Jonny.
Been 'in the hobby' forever but this is my first foray into the forums.
Will hit eBay and have a look at the A5 fix.
Re the ESC, I have a sport tuned motor that I bought for a recent TT-01 project so might well employ that.
I've had a quick look to see what hop-ups are available and it's slim pickings, as it always was for the thundershot cars(?).

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Terra Scorcher Re-re. Initial thoughts. 4 months 2 weeks ago #61107

The terra scorcher is already a "full" option buggy. It is a hopuped thundershot.

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Terra Scorcher Re-re. Initial thoughts. 4 months 2 weeks ago #61114

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Yeah I know but wondered if anything had come along over the intervening period since initial release (32 years is a LONG time).......!
Certainly the motors an obvious one (and as above I'll use the spare Sport-Tuned I have for at least a modest performance improvement).
Straightforward and satisfying build so far. I'd forgotten what a pretty buggy it is. In comparison my Top Force looks like it's been trodden on.
I've bought the suggested A5 brace as per above. Probably a wise £10 investment.

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Terra Scorcher Re-re. Initial thoughts. 4 months 2 weeks ago #61115

The A5 tends to break always

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Terra Scorcher Re-re. Initial thoughts. 4 months 2 weeks ago #61117

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It's a far 'nicer' kit than I remember the original being. Packaged like the upmarket kits were back in the day. And I'm reminded why Tamiya enjoys so much enduring popularity. The kit and the instructions are a joy.
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Terra Scorcher Re-re. Initial thoughts. 4 months 2 weeks ago #61138

I use the kit TBLE-02s ESC on many, many cars and buggies with no problems. It will handle anything up to a sport tuned and will even run a sensored brushless if you want. Only downside is no Li-Po cutoff so I usually use NiMH with my re-re and vintage cars. You can also just install a $5 Li-Po alarm.

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Terra Scorcher Re-re. Initial thoughts. 4 months 2 weeks ago #61142

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I'm going to stick to that then.
Besides anything else I've just dug out the spare motor I had in mind and it's actually a Torque-Tuned so certainly no issue for the kit ESC.
Only decision now is do I a) stick to the authentic box-art colours/wheels/stance or b) lower it, put Avante wheels on it and go all moody. I've seen some customised ones that look incredible.

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Terra Scorcher Re-re. Initial thoughts. 4 months 2 weeks ago #61149

I back ordered one myself and it is on its way. Very excited to get this build underway. I have a Tamiya BZ 23 turn motor waiting for it and it already comes with a full set of bearings.

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