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ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by ironcorn » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:31 am

It begins! Time to start building my Agrios. I'm going to keep it mostly stock and box art. Using HITEC 5646 servos and Futaba 4PV for 4WS. I'm going to start out with a single 3800kv Castle with the Sidewinder 3 on 2S Lipo and see how it does. I'm not looking for speed or jumping over houses, I mostly slow bash and fart around the dirt piles. I'll give the stock tires a try at first, just to see how they are, but I have a set of Proline Destroyer tires and TXT-1 wheels waiting in the wings. Going to run a BEC to send 7.4 to the servos.

Most of the Agrios build threads out there have covered almost everything that can be done. I have a few new ideas, but nothing ground breaking. As always, looking forward to the build. If I'm being honest, I probably enjoy the build above all else in the hobby.
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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by GRAVETXT-1 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:30 pm

Sweet 8) nice to see someone buy and build one of these trucks enjoy the build :)
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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by 87lc2 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:37 pm

Agreed. We need to keep buying these so Tamiya keeps making them! I just convinced by father to buy one and he loves it. Both of mine never had the stock tires installed, I modified them pretty heavily right away. I drove his completely stock with 4WS, stock motors, and stock tires and its a really good truck out of the box. The stock tires work really well. I dont think I'd ever re-install mine simply based on looks, but they do work very well.

Looking forward to following this.

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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by GRAVETXT-1 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:17 am

For sure hopefully Tamiya will produce another batch of TXT-2's which will also drive down the price of NIB TXT-2's they are very expensive at the minute. I am on my second at the minute.

Really hope to see TXT-3 released and a bit more effort by Tamiya this time maybe fresh design. Unlikely but you never know!
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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by soze » Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:24 pm

I've yet to build mine, but I want a traditional pickup truck body for this truck. Any list of bodies that fit this truck out there?

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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by 87lc2 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:42 am

There are plenty of pickup bodies that fit the TXT, just shoot for approximately a 12" wheelbase. Good thing about monster trucks is you can cheat the wheelbase a bit by trimming to make pretty much anything with 11-13" wheelbase look good.

I mostly use Proline bodies and have used the 66 Ford, 08 F250, 72 Chevy long bed, and others I cant remember at the moment.

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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by ironcorn » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:21 am

GRAVETXT-1 wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:17 am
Really hope to see TXT-3 released and a bit more effort by Tamiya this time maybe fresh design. Unlikely but you never know!
I was at Tamiya HQ for their open house during the Shizuoka 17 model show. You were able to go beyond the normal museum and see basically everything they do there.

I was talking to an employee in the decal division and he was asking me which Tamiya RC I preferred. There was a box art Bullhead sitting on someone's desk and I said, "That one!". He said, oh, you like big tire cars, like it was shameful! The monster trucks they make are definitely not their bread and butter. In the main museum display area, in the archive cases, they have mint examples with original boxes of almost all of their RC vehicles. But, no Clod, Bullhead or TXT. They did have the Blackfoot :( .

That being said, Japan is the land of bizarre niche behavior and there are people here that do love the Tamiya monster trucks. Check out this video, cool race.

https://youtu.be/MVQSRgQdtV4

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Post by ironcorn » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:25 am

One other note on the decal division at Tamiya HQ. I was looking over an employee's shoulder while she was on a work station, from which she could pull up what seemed like every decal sheet Tamiya has ever made and hit print to the printers which were right behind us. Of course I asked about 1st gen Clod decals. She said no problem, could print more anytime, just needs to be a demand signal from Tamiya America.
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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by ironcorn » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:47 am

On this build I'm going to do the painting and cosmetics first. I was going to do box art, but now am thinking something different. My paint and masking skills are poor at best, so nothing too complicated.

Five minutes into working on it and I'm thinking that cutting bodies with lexan scissors and masking with tape are one of the circles of torment from Dante's Inferno. I really need to start scoring and snapping and get some liquid mask!
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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by 87lc2 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:03 am

Why are you wrapping the outside of the body when painting? I thought these has overspray film. At least I remember it having a film when I painted mine. Either way I feel your pain, painting is my least favorite part of RC. I much prefer building and tinkering to painting bodies.

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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by ironcorn » Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:39 am

Yep, they have the film on the outside. I painted the small black area in the back first and wrapping it in plastic wrap was the fastest way to mask the rest of the body.

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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by ironcorn » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:49 am

More work on the body. I used the 1996 Corvette GS and a Viper ACR for inspiration. On the Viper I like how the stripe very slowly widens from front to rear, which makes the smaller stripe angle over the driver's seat. Mine starts at 2" and ends at 2.25" at the back.
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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by ironcorn » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:59 am

Here's a few progress shots as I added colors over a few days. It's complete and looks good even with the outer over spray film still on. I need to back it (PS-41, Bright Silver) and maybe tint the windows. I'm going to go minimal on the stickers.
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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by ironcorn » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:08 am

Supplies used so far. The Tamiya masking tapes are awesome. The white stuff is very manipulable and follows curves easily.
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Re: ironcorn's TXT-2

Post by ironcorn » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:35 am

While waiting for paint to dry I started on the side plates. I'm impressed, they have a great scale look and typical Tamiya quality and attention to detail. I've read a ton online about the aluminum insert that is "super heavy" and wanted to investigate for myself.
They are right at 100g each with each assembled side plate coming in at 240g. Apples to apples, the original TXT plates are 169g and the light weight hop-up plates are 154g.
So, two Agrios side plates are exactly 5 ounces heavier than two original TXT plates. 5oz is no small amount in a RC truck, but I'm not overly concerned as it's sprung weight. I also like the black rather than the clear some people are doing. Of note, the TXT-1 hop-up plates are not as much of a weight reduction as I would have thought.
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