12th Motor Musings and Photos

Ever since I started running mod I have been a huge fan of the LRP X20 motors, there is no point in denying it.  I think that the build quality of the LRP motors is nearly unparalleled and I absolutely adore the feel of the X20 mod motors with the ridiculous amount of low-end torque that they have.  Unfortunately, I have realized that while I love the feel of the LRP motors in both sedan and 12th scale, I am actually faster when I use any of the other mod motors made by folks such as Reedy.  At the end of the day, it all just comes down to the motors with a softer lower-end being easier to drive.  In line with this thought process, I recently switched to a Reedy 5.0t for my sedan and immediately noticed that I was more consistent when compared to the LRP X20 4.5t I was using before.  Yes, the car feels noticeably slower and is nowhere near as much fun to drive, but when I go faster both in fast lap and overall run it is hard to argue against the Reedy.

After such good results with sedan, I decided that I really wanted to try a similar experiment with my 12th.  With that said, I don’t really want to spend another $80 on a new Reedy 3.5t or 4.0t to try in my 12th scale, but I do have an older D3 4.0t that I bought for cheap some time ago.  Time to see whether it works for 12th as well, no?

Now in all honesty what I would really prefer to do is use the 12.0 mm rotor that LRP makes for the X20 mod motor.  Unfortunately, though, this rotor has not been ROAR-approved and I highly doubt LRP is even going to submit it for approval.  The smaller diameter rotor would give a bigger airgap when compared to the 12.5 rotor that comes stock in the X20 mod motors, which would help smooth out the throttle feel.  On a hilarious side note, a couple weeks ago I tried to measure the rotors I have in my various LRP mod motors and several of the rotors were so large in diameter that I couldn’t even fit them in the rotor measurement tool (so no way they are even 12.5 mm!)  So yes, I think a 12.0 mm rotor would help smooth out that throttle feel!  Unfortunately, I think that I am stuck with using a different motor for now unless LRP submits that rotor for approval.  We’ll see, but I will probably try ordering one of the 12.0 mm rotors just to try out.

On a completely unrelated side-note, I recently purchased an actual camera (Panasonic Lumix LX-7: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-lx7 ) and am hoping to start taking more photos of random things.  Car, pit, and track photos are the low-hanging fruit that I will likely be hunting to start out with, but considering this purchase was truly prompted by my visit to Iceland this past July, I would suspect that landscape/scenery photos are incoming as well.  For now, I am going to try and attach some photos I took last night of my 12th scale while I was swapping out motors.  Nothing too extravagant, just playing with depth-of-field and lighting.