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Scythe Touring Car Kit (2008 Alu Option Combo - Red)

Manufacturer: TOP Racing
Part Number: SCYTHE
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">Scythe Kit with 2008 Aluminium Option Combo - Red</span><br /> <br /> This version comes with the following red aluminium option parts:<br /> <br /> 2 x bulkhead cover <br /> 2 x bulkhead left/right sides <br /> 1 x motor pod base <br /> 1 x motor pod right side<br /> 1 x top deck support post
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">Scythe - Tokyo hobbies Optional Parts</span><br /> <br /> New release &quot;Scythe&quot; 1/10 EP Touring Car Kit<br /> <br /> The following review is from Xtreme RC Cars Magazine<br /> <br /><br /> <br /> There is yet another contender in the touring car class: the Tokyo Hobby Option Parts or T.O.P. Racing Scythe. Marketed as a high-end racer loaded with aluminum parts and carbon fiber technology, it has its goals set high, and as the new kid on the block the Scythe is going to fight toe-to-toe with some of the biggest names in the touring car class. Of course, the Scythe does have a few tricks up its sleeve along with the standard features almost almost every TC uses in its arsenal to battle its way to the top.<br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Features</span><br /> <br /> The current trend in touring car design is to get the drive train and the motor as low as possible. Why? Because it works - and the T.O.P. Racing Scythe knows it. With the basics being the same as most touring cars, T.O.P. Racing incorporated a few new features to make it their own.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Single Bellcrank</span><br /> <br /> The Scythe uses a single bellcrank steering setup. This allows an even steering throw to both the left and right wheels. It also allows for more room on the chassis to mount the receiver and ESC. The Scythe's single bell crank is ball bearing supported and is mounted to the lower chassis deck only.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Stiffen it Up</span><br /> <br /> Underneath the steering is an additional piece of carbon fiber that is bolted to the lower chassis deck. This is a front chassis stiffener. Thicker braces are available to make the front portion of the chassis stiffer, or you could remove the brace altogether for a softer front chassis. Changing the stiffness of the front portion on the chassis will change how the front end grips the track and affect steering response. The stiffer the front chassis section, the quicker the response. The softer is the front chassis section, the more relaxed and forgiving the feel.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Sway Bars</span><br /> <br /> The Scythe doesn't use a traditional way of mounting the sway bars. Instead, T.O.P. decided to go with a collar mounting system. The sway bars are fed through two cylindrical mounting holes and collars are slid on either side and clamped down. This provides smooth, friction-free movement, especially for the heavier gauge bars.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Threaded Aluminum Shocks</span><br /> <br /> Being marketed as a high-end touring car means that aluminum threaded shocks come standard. These shocks have an aluminum adjustment collar with an o-ring insert. This o-ring keeps the collars from moving due to vibration and the rigors of racing. On the inside, bladders are used to make the shocks operate smoothly with very little air, if any. Various pistons are available to fine tune the suspension for just about any track condition the Scythe might see.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Jenny Craig Diffs</span><br /> <br /> The Scythe came stock with a one-way up front and a ball differential in the rear. The rear diff is a molded plastic unit designed to be light-weight yet durable. There are two aluminum rings that wrap around the out-drive cups, keeping them from expanding and exploding under acceleration.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Building and Setup</span><br /> <br /> Since this was a preproduction kit it was approximately 90% preassembled in Hong Kong. The only things that needed to be completed were shock assembly and body post installation. This was fairly simple even without instructions. Setting up the Scythe for the track was just as easy. I just threw the Speedmind universal setup station on and adjusted the toe, camber, ride height, and droop. Of course, before hitting the track I went through the car to make sure screws were tight and the drive train and suspension were bind free.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Testing</span><br /> <br /> To test the Scythe, I headed down to a one of the few remaining permanent indoor on-road tracks in shiny Southern California, SoCal Raceway. The track is an asphalt banked oval with twists and turns making up the infield for road course racing. It's not a large track; it is on the smaller side with tight hairpins and S-curves. It was the perfect testing grounds for the Scythe asphalt version touring car whose chassis is set up for tight turns and high traction.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Acceleration and Speed</span><br /> <br /> With the Checkpoint 8-turn double modified and Trinity Team Level IB 4200Mah, the Scythe was a rocket. It had plenty of punch out of the turns and loads of speed down the straightaway. It had so much power that during the radar portion of the review, it was hard to keep the tires from spinning off the line on our speed test runway. On the track, however, the Scythe maintained traction and rocketed out of the turns without the slightest sign of a problem. The drive train held up perfectly under the tremendous power that the battery and motor combo put out.<br /> Rating: 9/9<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Braking</span><br /> <br /> The Scythe came stock with a one-way front differential, which posed a slight problem under high braking when I actually used the brakes in a turn. To keep the rear end from breaking loose, I applied the brakes gently when approaching a turn and while the car was still pointed straight. On a tight track like So Cal's, it was just a little too slow for me. After the first couple of battery packs, I ended up swapping out the front one-way for an optional front spool. This allowed me to go into a turn hot, slam on the brakes, and throttle out - just the way I like to drive. With this setup the car under-steered a little into and out of a turn but was perfectly manageable.<br /> Rating: 8<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Low-Speed Handling</span><br /> <br /> At low speed the Scythe was a gentle giant, so-to-speak. It meandered around the turns staying flat and hugging the corner dots. There were no signs of over- or under-steering. The T.O.P Racing tires grabbed the road as if running on rails.<br /> Rating: 9<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">High-Speed Handling</span><br /> <br /> As mentioned before, the Scythe came stock with a one-way differential. With this installed the car displayed a slight over-steer and it was a little to easy to break the rear end loose. With a little bit of tuning and the change to a front spool, the car started to have a very slight under-steer. This, however, was a lot easier to deal with than the over-steer that the one-way introduced.<br /> Rating: 8<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Wrenching Maintenance</span><br /> <br /> The Scythe, like most touring cars, is fairly simple. The suspension options are out in the open and easy to access. It took a little more work to get to the differentials than I would have liked, but it's nothing that can't be dealt with. However, getting to the spur and pinion gears is a little more of a hassle. The tight quarters make it difficult to make gear changes. This is something that could pose a bit of a problem if you were running two separate classes that required different gear ratios. Other than that, there really isn't much else to report.<br /> Rating: 8/10<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Wear and Tear</span><br /> <br /> During the photo shoot I did get a little throttle happy and ended up clipping a board - one that was bolted down and four inches thick. This caused the front bulkhead to break towards the bottom. The bulkheads on the Scythe are designed with light weight in mind, and don't leave much for strength. So if you are a driver who tends to use the boards as guide rails, you may have issues with broken bulkheads. The good news, however, is that T.O.P. Racing is developing stronger bulkheads. There is no word yet as to when they will be available or what changes have been made, but I'm sure they'll be out by the time you read this review. Just visit their website for more info.<br /> Rating: 7<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Tuning</span><br /> <br /> Like all high-end touring car chassis, the Scythe is a dedicated racer. All the chassis tuning options are present and easily accessible, with the exception of the spur and pinion which takes a little more work. Other than that, the Scythe is easy to tune to just about any type of track condition. T.O.P. even has a carpet version available for those of you who like to balance out your racing diet with some carpet fiber. Don't worry though - if you're one of those racers who likes to switch it up with some asphalt and carpet, parts are available separately to convert your Scythe to whatever floats your boat.<br /> Rating: 9<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;">Conclusion</span><br /> <br /> Though Tokyo Hobby Option Parts (T.O.P.) and their Scythe are still not as well known in the States as they are in Asia, this high-end racer definitely has great potential to be a champion. While driving this car for the review, I was completely satisfied with the way the car performed on the track. The guys over at T.O.P. Racing really did their homework, and once a few more of these cars make their way to local race tracks, you'll see more and more of them on the podium.
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