RC Electric On-Road vehicles, race cars and more Discuss electric RC on-road vehicles here. Also discuss brushless motors, speed controllers, brushed motors, etc

Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Reply
Old 05-28-2009, 03:22 PM
  #1
SpeedstaBrad
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: sidcupKent, UNITED KINGDOM
Posts: 20
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Though i would make a thread discussing the Df-03 Ra as no-one else has and i am thinking of getting one myself so i would like to here some opinions and see some pictures. Thanks
SpeedstaBrad is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2009, 05:17 PM
  #2
john01374
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: ABC WORLD, IL
Posts: 2,550
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

I have one on order. Will check back when it arrives. Looking forward to the build
john01374 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2009, 04:47 AM
  #3
mcspanners
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND
Posts: 129
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

just ordered mine yesterday, the subaru 2008 hatch, im also gonna get a dark impact body, to use as an inner shell to keep out the dirt........ can't wait.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Sq45681.jpg
Views:	111
Size:	70.0 KB
ID:	1229570   Click image for larger version

Name:	Rc41494.jpg
Views:	71
Size:	63.2 KB
ID:	1229571  
mcspanners is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2009, 05:57 AM
  #4
burtoe
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: menifee, CA, CA
Posts: 1
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

I just got mine yesterday, gonna take it out for a test drive tommorow wewt!

burtoe is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2009, 06:52 AM
  #5
d.k.v
 
d.k.v's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: perthWA, AUSTRALIA
Posts: 631
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

looks good burtoe.
any body off pics?
d.k.v is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2009, 11:41 AM
  #6
aflipz
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Posts: 1,299
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

For an "official" thread this one is pretty quiet!

I'm REALLY interested in getting one of these, subscribing out of interest but since there haven't been any posts in months I'm wondering; is anybody buying this thing? You guys enjoying yours?


Cheers!
aflipz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2009, 03:23 PM
  #7
lee172
 
lee172's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Midlands, UNITED KINGDOM
Posts: 8,216
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

this body is out soon.. pretty odd, as its a really old body, most have the other have been fairly recent..

pics from: http://tamiyablog.com/

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Ro41732.jpg
Views:	44
Size:	34.3 KB
ID:	1321143  
lee172 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2009, 03:44 PM
  #8
aflipz
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Posts: 1,299
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

I am all for the classics! More so than new cars... new cars are so ugly and "flavorless" even the WRX; was ok up to 2007 (though I liked the earlier ones better) but the new "round" design... ugh! Full scale cars suck now more than ever; technology gave manufacturers a whole whack of new trick stuff to improve performance and they did just the opposite; take an Mk1 GTI for instance; the 2010 gti makes twice the power, but weighs twice as much and drives like a school bus compared to the original... It'll take a lot of changes in building philosophy before I buy a new car.

Tamiya does have a delta integrale (lancia) and a fairly old celica df03 ra too.

I would LOVE to see a Mk1 VW rabbit GTI, a lancia stratos, a nissan pulsar GTI-R, mazda 323 gtx, early audi quattro etc..


anybody selling one of these df03 ra's?
aflipz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2009, 09:56 PM
  #9
aflipz
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Posts: 1,299
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Ok so I ordered the DF03 RA through my local shop, strangely enough I opted for the body I hate most; the 08 WRX. My rationale is 1) his distributor had it on hand so it won't take long to get here 2) you always drive and mess up your first body, so might as well make a second one for shelf queen purposes down the road. 3) it's "ball" shaped and in a roll over this tends to help roll cars back onto their wheels. For now, the only option I got for it is the slipper clutch.

Got the clutch because I think going brushless is inevitable; I remember brushed motors from a long time ago (basically only ran micros/minis and all brushless ever since I came back into the RC hobby) brushed motors yield very marginal performance, a lot of parasitic drag (when coasting) and go through Mah's like crazy.



I'm eyeballing a couple of brushless setups, there are some interestingly priced deals here and there I'm wondering if you guys have something to recommend? I am definitely aiming towards run time vs high speed; looking for something that I can use to drift endlessly on dirt without overheating on 2S, and that I could wire up some 3S lipos for some moderately fast bashing on tarmac. Again; mindless enjoyment without constant fear of overheating is desireable to me; insane drag racer setups that can handle only seconds of throttle before requiring cool down is the opposite of what I am looking for.

Water resistance would be a giant plus.

Any recommendations?
aflipz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2009, 09:45 AM
  #10
BillMill
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 45
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Anyone know if it's possible to mount the Dark Impact body on the chassis AND have a cockpit set on top? I got the complete cockpit set for my soon-to-be-arriving Delta Integrale and am down the road looking to get the Dark Impact body as a chassis cover.

For those who have the Dark Impact body on their DF-03Ra, is it helpful? For those who don't, do you think it's necessary?
BillMill is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2009, 03:27 PM
  #11
aflipz
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Posts: 1,299
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-7_5K7CfHo


Looks like it's quite possible.


I'm confused... I saw an "unboxing" video of a DF03 RA on youtube and it had two bodies; a small buggy like body intended to use as a dust shield and the actual outer shell.

Do some of these come with a dust shield and others don't? I don't have mine yet...
aflipz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2009, 01:11 AM
  #12
BillMill
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 45
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread


Quote:
ORIGINAL: aflipz

Do some of these come with a dust shield and others don't? I don't have mine yet...
As far as I know the only ones that come with the dust cover are both the Mitsubishi Evos. The Celica comes with a cockpit, the '07 and '08 Imprezas come with lights (the Evo X comes with the cover AND lights), and the Lancia comes with none of the above [&o]. As frustrating as it is, I am beggining to think that this is a marketing strategy on Tamiya's part based on the popularity of the body styles...
BillMill is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2009, 01:31 AM
  #13
aflipz
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Posts: 1,299
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

ineffective marketing if you ask me, I dug and dug and couldn't find it (info on the inner shell that is) anywhere on the tamiya usa site. Various web searches and youtube searches showed very little. This car's been out for a year now, the very few user impressions I've read have been favorable. I am hoping to find a satisfying basher in this car, one that will prove versatile enough to be fun on various terrain.

Oddly enough burtoe didn't return to share the info on his ride, maybe we should PM him to get back to us on his driving impressions he offered in july?

aflipz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2009, 10:25 AM
  #14
alexchen86
 
alexchen86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 811
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Here's mine

Tamiya alloy heat bars
Tamiya slipper clutch
Traxxas 2075 servo
Traxxas XL-5
DF-03 Dust Cover
Waterproofed light buckets and 10 LEDs
Lookin for light bar for hood...

2007 Subaru Monte Carlo WRC Body
Lotus Elise Body (for bashing)
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	wu61320.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	870.6 KB
ID:	1329764   Click image for larger version

Name:	aw70604.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	22.9 KB
ID:	1329765   Click image for larger version

Name:	gl20779.jpg
Views:	191
Size:	721.5 KB
ID:	1329766   Click image for larger version

Name:	tn31543.jpg
Views:	49
Size:	657.6 KB
ID:	1329767   Click image for larger version

Name:	it10611.jpg
Views:	52
Size:	773.1 KB
ID:	1329768   Click image for larger version

Name:	nd53439.jpg
Views:	64
Size:	731.1 KB
ID:	1329769  
alexchen86 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2009, 11:18 AM
  #15
aflipz
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Posts: 1,299
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Nice car(s) but what's the white "bundle" on top of your dust shield?

And why on earth would you power your leds with 2 ounces of dead weight (2x 9v batteries), glued as hight up above the vertical cg as you possibly could?

One could easily power leds off the 5-6v RX!
aflipz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2009, 02:13 PM
  #16
alexchen86
 
alexchen86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 811
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Thanks aflipz,

To answer your quesitons:

The white bundle is a crappy Traxxas 2 channel AM RX I had laying around and I couldn't find a balloon big enough so I used a latex glove lol...ziptied and siliconed.

Also running all the LED wiring into the crappy RX is not my plan. I intend to upgrade to a brushless setup later which is why everything is just temporary for now. TX/RX will be replaced with a digital setup as well later.

The 9V battery snaps were supplied as I used Ram LED lights and since I have a dust cover on there attaching the batteries onto the dust cover would just be a PITA to remove later.

The whole idea behind this car right now is to have a waterproof rally car that's easy to clean and maintain. It delivers just that...plus no one rally races down here in Texas so I just race with girlfriend's GTR which was the other TT-01E car pictured above.

Good times!
alexchen86 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2009, 07:17 PM
  #17
aflipz
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Posts: 1,299
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Though I haven't received mine yet, I went parts hunting today; my (custom made) LED setup will be powered by the bec/RX; to bypass the inner shell is a piece of cake;

you make your led light set and attach it to the outer body, then you use a male servo connector for the LED's power leads (same polarity as on the RX)

You then take a short extension (micro servo extension wire, 6" should be more than enough) Punch a hole in the inner body and pass the female connector through it then seal the hole you made with shoe goo. You plug that into your RX when you mount your dirt shield, this gives you a power outlet right where you need it outside the dirt shield!

As a result, it's easy to take the top shell off , and disconnect it from the dust shield separately.

Using a 27mhz, 2.4mhz and brushed or brushless motors/speed controllers has no effect on any of this, the same LED set designed to be powered off 6V will work just the same on any of these including the stuff you are using.

Between the dust shield (looks like I'm going with the dark impact with velcro) and the "corrosionx" I plan on dousing everything in I doubt i'll have any water issues. I can't really wrap a brushless esc with fan inside a balloon or a glove anyway...
aflipz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 07:30 PM
  #18
studysession
Moderator
 
studysession's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: New Freedom, PA
Posts: 10,453
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread


Quote:
ORIGINAL: alexchen86

Here's mine

Tamiya alloy heat bars
Tamiya slipper clutch
Traxxas 2075 servo
Traxxas XL-5
DF-03 Dust Cover
Waterproofed light buckets and 10 LEDs
Lookin for light bar for hood...

2007 Subaru Monte Carlo WRC Body
Lotus Elise Body (for bashing)

Do you have a link to the DF-03 dust cover?
Thanks
studysession is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2009, 09:57 AM
  #19
aflipz
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Posts: 1,299
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

I don't know but we can use the DF03 dark impact body as a shell; it's out of stock at my LHS, so I think I'll give the gutted 1-2L pop bottle a try to get to the driving part asap.

Got the kit on Friday, finished the roller the same night, did the body saturday and finished off the lights on Sunday. All that's left is to mount electronics and fabricate some sort of a dust shield.

For lights I am using 4 5mm whites and 2 yellow 3mm in front, and 2 amber 3mm two red 3mm and 2 red 5mm in the back. Looks pretty nice if I do say so myself.

I painted the body "pactra outlaw black" and only used the side mirrors from the body trim kit. I am disgusted to see how much the wing weighs I can't believe it! Sure it would put some weight on the rear wheels but more due to gravity than downforce.

Pics to come soon.


edit; oh I forgot about the tires! I studded the stock tires for ice driving prior to glueing them on the rims (used sewing pins with flat heads, inserted from inside the tire then cut to length) Should be fun this winter...
aflipz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2009, 11:21 AM
  #20
aflipz
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Posts: 1,299
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Other observations;

the suspension arms, steering links etc are quite sloppy, I wasn't expecting it to be that bad. (probably won't matter that much in "rally" conditions)

the suspension action; the recommended sponges that we are told to put un the diff outdrive add a great deal of "spring" to the suspension; even without shock/spring assembly installed the car barely sagged when dropped onto it's wheels and feels too stiff when shocks/springs are added, especially in the back; to make the suspension action smooth I replaced the inner cushions with dogbone springs from an associated RC18R Much better...


The springs are pretty firm; probably more suitable for on-road use but I think I'm going to need something softer for ice driving.
aflipz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2009, 01:07 PM
  #21
aflipz
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Posts: 1,299
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Just a couple of cellphone pics... better ones to come shortly I hope. (lent my good camera to a new dad to capture those few first precious moments)
aflipz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2009, 01:13 PM
  #22
alexchen86
 
alexchen86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 811
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Anyone looking for DF-03 dust covers you maybe lucky to snag one off ebay that's where I got mine...
alexchen86 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 03:39 PM
  #23
MD6
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wheaton, IL
Posts: 292
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Does anyone have a DF-03RA roller REALLY cheap for sale?
MD6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 05:12 PM
  #24
iomracing
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: lake orion, MI
Posts: 1
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Ihave one posted up for sale...http://www.rcuniverse.com/market/item.cfm?itemid=584003
iomracing is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2009, 02:30 AM
  #25
aflipz
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Posts: 1,299
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: Official DF-03 Ra Thread

Looks like my last picture upload failed, here are some I uploaded on photobucket;









aflipz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:42 PM.