Well, it's winter, so why not.... I hate TV.
Of course I really like my SH-based engines - Machs, LRP's, Dynamite Big Red, etc... I'm currently running:
1.) silver Mach 427/2047 pipe in an Ofna DM-1
2.) Losi 454/stock pipe in LST2 #1
3.) Dynamite Big Red .28/stock pipe in LST2 #2
4.) Nosram RS.30RR(rebadged LRP ZR.30X)/JP-4 in an SC8
5.) Modded Nosram RS.21RR(rebadged Picco/Jammin JPX, etc..)/Ofna 086 in an RC8T truggy
6.) RB Fire 11/2058 in an RC8.2 buggy
I also have an Argus A52/0801 on the side, which is great in buggy or truggy. So, six RC's, and seven engine-pipe combos..
This winter I am getting a new RB Blast V9(already ordered from amain when they were going cheap last weekend..), and probably a .28 of some kind to share between the DM-1 and LST2's...(and maybe SC8). Good chance it will be a Picco Torque .28.
I like all
of the above engines - more or less equally.. I mean really like
.. I am thrilled with every single one of them, and cannot complain about any of them. They all have their place, all deliver great for what I paid for and expected of them.
A couple of points re my outlook regarding engines:
1.) I don't care what anybody says. I have become a massive cheapskate: there are too many good deals out there if you are patient, and you really can get excellent, fantastic engines for good prices. The only engines in my list above that cost more than â‚¬200 were the Fire 11 (â‚¬200ish with pipe, which I sold for â‚¬55, so really like â‚¬150 for the engine..), and â‚¬130 for the Nosram 21.RR/Picco, but I paid â‚¬85 to get it modded, so â‚¬220ish all up - the most I've ever paid for an engine. All prices including shipping, all bought new, mostly from shops, not randomly off forums or ebay.. The Nosrams were being sold off at rock-bottom prices, half or in the case of the 30, way below half of the normal price. None of the others cost more than â‚¬120. The RB Blast V9 I just bought should work out to about â‚¬135-140 with pipe. For bashing the MT's and DM-1 for ex., some more power would come in handy. With the buggy and truggy, if anything I would need a less powerful engine to be able to get faster lap times.
2.) Pet winter theory: people underestimate how sound affects their perception of speed. Over the years there has been this big deal argument, LRP Spec 3 vs. Picco 28, and lots of people want to swear up and down that the Picco "blows the doors off the LRP", which IMHO is total nonsense. The Picco maybe sounds crisper, but I don't think it's faster by much, if at all. No video of budbud with all his Picco-powered Savages ever proved anything different to me. No offense to him or any other Picco fans. But a better sounding engine is not necessarily a faster one.
3.) Racism. It, IMHO, is the main reason people swear up and down that Italian engines are "better" than Asian engines. I am the least PC - or maybe the most un-PC - person I know - so that's not what it's about. But peoples' blind reflexive holding on to this baseless idea that Italian engines have to be better than Asian engines has no basis in anything other than ignorance and wishful thinking afaic. OS - Japanese, okay, but still Asian - many people would say are the best engines period. I also disagree with the notion %100 that Italian engines last longer. Why would they? Even if they do have "better quality materials", most engines will go 6-10 gallons before needing a rebuild or whatever.., wherever they're from.. The insistence that Italian engines are better reminds me of those stories of American car companies requiring employees driving Japanese cars to park further from the plant. Instead of making those employees prefer to buy the US product because it was better
... Asia, and not only Japan, puts out good engines - LRP's and co for bashing, and Alpha for racing for ex...
So, those are my nitro-related thoughts for this holiday season.. Let the flaming begin...