Okay...so Ed's addicted to R/C vehicles. There's no saving him either. It just seems to get worse as
time goes on. This was an early Christmas/birthday/bribe present from Mrs. Ed :-)
Norm is an HPI Baja 5B, 1:5 scale buggy. The Baja 5B comes totally RTR except for the batteries
needed for the transmitter. It even comes with a receiver battery...though it's NiCD so has to be
replaced (and was immediately replaced with an IB4200 5-cell NiMH). The stock 23cc Fuelie motor has got
some pep but could use a little help so Ed got a DDM Dominator pipe to assist in that department.
It should actually help a lot...but it's loud so we'll only run it when the
obnoxious neighbors are sleeping :) He also got a X-Can pipe for those times when
he's bashing hard and the DDM pipe would be compromised. Some other things that got
installed are: a custom-painted body (stock body doesn't suit the
skinny man) and carbon fiber chassis components (the stock purple aluminum also
doesn't suit). Ed has already replaced the stock tx/rx with Spektrum components
(DX3.0 tx and SR3000 rx). The stock tires are great for off-road but would soon
get worn down running on the street so Ed got a set of street tires
for when he wants to pound the asphalt or hard packed surfaces. He also got a set of sand paddles for dune trips.
It's been awhile since I updated this page and lots has changed. The biggest change is that yesterday I added a B-Dub86 Sandrail cage
to act as Norm's outer shell. When we move into the new house and I have all of my tools and equipment setup, I'll be fabricating lexan
body panels to dress him up. In case you found this by searching for his cages, B-Dub86 produces an awesome product. I'm really glad I
chose it over the HBZ and RC4WD cages.