Notices
RC 1/8th Scale Buggies Discuss the ever popular category of 1/8th scale rc buggies in this forum!

Annsman Vapour

Old 11-03-2008, 06:07 AM
  #1  
firestormer
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Leicestershire, UNITED KINGDOM
Posts: 11
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Annsman Vapour

Hello. I am thinking of getting an Annsman Vapour 1/8th buggy to replace my ageing and battered Firestorm but I can't find any reviews on it, is it any good etc, cheers.
Old 11-03-2008, 07:23 AM
  #2  
tommygun32
Senior Member
 
tommygun32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: San Diego but living in Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATE
Posts: 4,857
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Annsman Vapour

First time I've seen this buggy mate or I should say this buggy name, and can't seem to find any "decent" threads regarding it, other than your bog standard company write up. I did however find this.... http://www.ansmann.de/cms/racingroot...m/company.html

I noticed on that page that they link to CEN racing, so I'm thinking CEN could possibly be a 're-branded' Annsman??? but don't know for sure. There is a CEN thread on this forum, you could check there mate. It looks fairly decent and appears to be loosely designed on the Losi platform, but again, I don't have experience with this car.

Good luck
Old 11-03-2008, 05:44 PM
  #3  
mx757
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Pueblo, CO
Posts: 221
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Annsman Vapour

the annsman definatly doesnt look like the cen. they use completly different suspension types and everything. Honestly I havent ever heard of annsman.
Old 11-08-2008, 02:14 PM
  #4  
Smoerrebroed
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: TönisvorstNRW, GERMANY
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Annsman Vapour

Guys,

Ansmann is a German company. They have been in the business for some time now but it seems they're kind of expanding lately (they started out selling batteries, then got more and more into RC models - today they even make / sell solar panels and have offices and manufacturing plants across the globe). However, modelwise they don't have much to do with CEN other than they are - apparently - their new official German distributor (they also distribute Ko Propo since a few months back). So it's little wonder you find CEN models on their website - but they are completely different models.

Their new model - the Vapor - seems like a reworked Virus of the same company. Not too bad and a real bargain for the kit (retails at ~ 120,- EUR). Can't say much more about the Vapor now other than that it's fairly new.

HTH

Smoerrebroed
Old 11-28-2008, 09:03 PM
  #5  
ben16l
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Armidale, AUSTRALIA
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Annsman Vapour

any more news on the vapour as i';m also looking at buying one and cant find much info
Old 11-29-2008, 12:12 AM
  #6  
INTEGRA
Senior Member
 
INTEGRA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wpg, MB, CANADA
Posts: 3,081
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Annsman Vapour

I wouldn't touch a buggy like this....where do parts come from ? will they still be making this buggy in 6 months....these are things you have to ask yourself before you go dumping 120Euro on a POS.
Old 11-29-2008, 01:28 PM
  #7  
tommygun32
Senior Member
 
tommygun32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: San Diego but living in Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATE
Posts: 4,857
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Annsman Vapour

Agreed...EU $ 120....that's what?....maybe US $ 250 - 300, depending on exchange rates. Is it supposed to be a basher or a racer? Too many established brands in Europe to be a racer. Honestly though, the looks and web adverts are slick, but it's just too affordable.[&:]

Who knows though.....maybe they're working on a Solar Powered Electric 1:8 skale buggie????

Indoor could be fun.......[&:]
Old 11-29-2008, 02:26 PM
  #8  
Smoerrebroed
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: TönisvorstNRW, GERMANY
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Annsman Vapour

Well, I don't know about the actual shop price in the States or Canada but I reckon it'll be around $ 140 - 150 (using the current exchange rate, it would come out to ~ $180 - I don't think they'll charge that much though). It seems that Ansmann are trying to position it as a racer rather than a basher (buggies aren't so popular for bashing anyway). At least that's what their adverts are pointing out. On the other hand, they're selling the RtR kits with a .28 engine - not a race legal piece of hardware.

Anyway, as I've said already, they surely seem like a solid company so I have no worries about the supply of spare parts. Then again, I'm living in Germany and there are plenty of dealers carrying their models and parts. As always, even if you have the best model in the world and there are no dealers offering spares for it, you're screwed. Period.

Having said that and coincidentally having taken delivery of my Vapor Kit a few days ago, I have the following remarks to make:

The manual is little more than a collection of exploded views. Sometimes it's difficult to find the exact part that is needed for a given step but if this is not your first model, you'll be fine. Quality of the parts is not superb but good. There's a lot of aluminum on this model (including very cool big-bore shocks) and so far I haven't found any remarkable "solutions" which look like they won't last long. It's definitely a solid model though it might be lacking the "revolutionary" touch that every maker claims for his latest and greatest product. There are some interesting details like the engine which is positioned almost in the exact centre of the longitudinal axis, a perfect, fully ball-raced steering setup for almost friction-free steering and an interesting upper suspension arm at the front wheels. Many parameters of the chassis setup can be adjusted though this is sometimes not completely hassle-free.

Anyway, my first feedback is that it's definitely worth the money. In addition, there will be some hop-ups available soon which should make it an even better car. So if you have the option of getting one and the supply of spares is secured, go get one - you won't find anything comparable for less money.

Cheers,

Smoerrebroed
Old 11-29-2008, 03:10 PM
  #9  
phattracker
My Feedback: (1)
 
phattracker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Crossville, TN
Posts: 591
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Annsman Vapour

I like the Vapor color scheme
Old 11-30-2008, 02:59 AM
  #10  
Smoerrebroed
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: TönisvorstNRW, GERMANY
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Annsman Vapour

Which one? The Kit, then Non-RtR or the RtR type. They all come with differently painted (though similar) bodies. So even on the track you can tell who's built his own car and who got it ready to run.
Old 11-30-2008, 05:49 AM
  #11  
tommygun32
Senior Member
 
tommygun32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: San Diego but living in Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATE
Posts: 4,857
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Annsman Vapour

Any pics???

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


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.