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TRG 112 Review
1 August 2013
The TRG 112 has been replaced by the TRG 118
By Deniz Akgun
Just a little background before we get to the chassis. I’m by no means a professional in terms of building or racing. I’ve raced a handful of times in the past 10 years but more so recently thanks to my good friend John. So please take what I say with a grain of salt and think of it as an "amateurs" point of view.
So, while walking around the busy streets of Tokyo, I made my way to Akihabara... I was finally in the country of my dreams. It should be - no, no, no, it HAS to be - on every RC enthusiasts list of places to go!
The night before I made a list of RC shops in the area and went to them one by one. RC Champs was the store to be at. I walked in and low and behold, HEAVEN… all that was missing was the massive white light beaming down on me and angels fluttering around me carrying me off…somewhere.
I slowly made my way around the shop with my wife reluctantly huffing and puffing and grunting. I nicely asked her to go away… it worked; this place must have been magical! I made my way to the front counter and looked at the guy with a blank stare wondering how I was going to get this transaction done. He spoke English in somewhat broken form but I didn’t care, he understood me and I understood him. I looked over his shoulder and there it was. The TRG 112N kit. I’ve read about this kit and heard about this kit and wondered if I would ever see it in the flesh. I pointed at the kit and jumped for joy as the price was on the money: 29,800yen which made it $299AUD. So I bought two, one for myself and one for my mate John. [Editor: The Chassis comes in two versions the 112W which is 200mm wide designed for foam tyres and the 112N which is 180mm wide designed for rubber tyres].
Now cut forward a few weeks later, I’m in Melbourne sitting at my desk with a few days off from work and I’m staring at the kit. Am I brave enough to proceed with building this? To hell with it I paid for it and I will build it. I open the kit and there in front of me stood these fantastic carbon fibre parts, brushed aluminium parts. It was nothing short of a masterpiece. I opened the packs and pulled out the parts one by one and put all the screws in separate cases and labelled them all.
I opened the manual. OH OH, Japanese with NO English. OH GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE. Ok… I’ve put together an Ikea cupboard and build servers and racks with nothing more than a weathermen kit! So HOW HARD CAN THIS BE!. I look at the pictures and note what I can down; I hold the manual up to my desk lamp thinking it might have English somewhere in the pages… It wasn’t to be.
But just looking over the quality of the product, nothing short of excellent 10 out of 10!
So I started building anyway.
I started by building the front-end of the chassis and mounted that to the main deck. Oh wow, it looks AMAZING. Slowly but steadily the kit came together. There were times during the build when I had to reference google images and websites that had a built TRG 112N so that I could see what the manual was on about. Low and behold it was complete.
Now other than the fact the manual was in Japanese this kit was a blast to build. Using the references from other sites images it came together beautifully. Each part that I put together just made me and more excited that I was accomplishing this build. The parts fit together perfectly and all the screws fit flush in their holes leaving nothing but super smooth bottom end.
I used the following to complete the kit:
- Tamiya super soft front springs. Item#50509
- Side dampers: Team Assoc 30w oil
- Yokomo ESC BL-Pro 2 Turbo +Yokomo ZERO Brushless 21.5T
- Futaba S3003 servo [Editor: Deniz - mate - please buy a better servo! :) ]
- Pit Shimizu soft fronts and rears.
- McLaren 2012 body with hi wing and low nose.
Now if you use some of the images on the web you will notice that the kit is missing some parts and some of the screws look different. So I shot an email to TRG about this, if you remember I had purchased two kits, one for me and one for John.
Email to TRG:
In March I bought 2 of your F1 TRG112N kits, while one kit was complete the 2nd kit I had purchased was not and that package was missing a few pieces.
The missing pieces are the following:
I would love to have the wheel nuts, the battery fasteners and also hex screws for the kits.
Reply from TRG:
Dear Mr. Deniz Akgun,
Sorry for the delay to reply you.
As no one in TRG can speak English so I reply you instead.
1. Wheel nut red
This was a bonus pack for only 100kits from the first batch as limited. From the 2nd batch, wheel nut red was not included. Unfortunatelly, there is no explanation in English about this limited issue, only in Japanese.
Unfortunattely this isuue was also explained in Japanese only at this moment. All kits are included phillips screws only, Hex screws are optional.
3. white battery fasteners
This white battery fasterners were temporary used for pre-production car due to the delay of actual battery holder which is more convenient for battery replacement.
We feel very sorry and it is the fact that these three issues are not missing parts from box as standard in the market. To avoid miss-understandings, we are now preparering the English text as well as the correct image for the web as productional version.
Really sorry for inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understandings.
Central RC Co.,Ltd.
I was very happy with the response. So it seems I have kit number 101…. Oh well…
First outing with the car
So I took the car to the track for its first race. Down at Templestowe (TFTR). For most of the day I raced my basic kit Tamiya F104 with F60 shell. I was a little afraid of using the TRG as it wasn’t dialled in at all. Then came the announcement of the final race, 15 minute stint. I had just crashed the F104 breaking the servo mount. So with the ESC in blinky mode and the motor timing set to full I hit the track with an un proven and un tested TRG. I started in last position (remember I’m pretty crap at this). After setting the steering trim in the practice laps the car was lined up and good to go. Race started and I proceeded through the field.
I trailled a little behind the pack to start with. But I slowly picked up pace. With 15 cars on the track I slowly started overtaking. 14 then car 13 and car 12, followed by car 11 then shortly after car 10, I was in 9th, I held 9th to the end of the race. What a kit. What a car! To allow a new comer to the hobby to have such an experience. The grip was there the power was there the balance was there. Under braking no twitchiness and I could power out of the corners with no issues. When manoeuvring the car it wasn't edgy, it was smooth and flat the entire time.
TRG really did this chassis justice. It’s a pity no one in Australia stocks parts. So when I order parts it’s from Japan or America. The car itself, in addition to looking like a masterpiece, is a wonderful bit of kit to drive. Handles great with the stock kit settings located in the manual. All I did was add a little more front toe out and I was set. I would recommend this chassis to anyone that’s look for a highly adjustable chassis. Would I recommend it to an beginner… no, I would recommend staying with maybe the basic F104 kit till you get used to the way F1 cars drive. After you start getting the rhythm without wasting too much time I would switch to TRG.
I honestly can’t wait till the next club day!