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G434 – Carnival Legend – Pacific Islands – Green Eggs and Ham

My wife and kids attended the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, which is new thing for Carnival and  has been first rolled out to Carnival Legend cruise ship.

Below is a few pictures of the food from the menu for this event.

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Unfortunately my wife tells me that eating them for her was near impossible and after several bites had to get something normal. Believe she was referring to the Green Eggs and Ham.

Repairs complete on Monster Beatle

I sat down last night with the parts and managed to change out all the parts that required.

The rear diff would have to be the most difficult part of the job, as I couldn’t remove some screws that holds the motor plate from below the car. I suspect if these need to be removed sometime, I will need to drill them and replace them.

I also noticed previously some of the c-clips that hold the pin for the front and rear carriers had dropped off. I ordered the only c-clips you could get and these are too big. I noticed during work last night that a larger c-clip sits on the drive shaft just behind the slipper clutch. So the ones I got would be for that.

Can’t see any spare for smaller c-clips that I require, so will need to do some more research.

Truck can run, we will just need to monitor that the pins don’t drop out.

This repair took me 3 hours, and I also noticed that the rear shock tower broke on lower section when we screwed bottom right screw back in, so this will need repair soon enough.

Now my son has his truck to use again.

HobbyKing Spare Parts Order Arrives

The HobbyKing Spare Parts Order I made in the last 2-3 weeks arrived. Now I will be able to do the pending repairs against my son’s Monster Beetle.

Ordered duplicates across a number of parts, as the spares are very cheap and since I was making order good time to double up on common items that might break again.

Will post additional details on the ordered items in the next few days. Soon as I catalog what I got and what it’s used against.

Budget Dash Camera

I’ve been interested in a purchase of a Dash Camera for my car. I have long time kept an eye on a few models that contain so many features, however have a very high price tag.

I noticed recently that a budget model came up with a good discount via OzBargain site. It was posted here, via one of the newsletters. Thought it was a perfect time to purchase one of these budget models, since the footage looks good and the footage is what I am most interested in currently.

Will be sure to post back my experiences with this Dash Camera, however it’s a back order item for now and I don’t expect to get the unit for at least a month or more.

Unit purchased is a;

G1W-C 2.7inch 1080P Full HD Car DVR Dash Cam Capacitor Model

 

Turnigy 4×4 Mini Trooper and Monster Beatle ESC Upgrade or Replacement

The ESC in my Turnigy 4×4 Mini Trooper seemed to break and as such I was requiring a replacement.

If you need to replace and/or upgrade the ESC in either of these Remote Controls you can use the one below as a direct replacement. However, it won’t come with any connectors for the motor or battery, so you will need to order those items too and get them soldered on. It’s also a good idea to buy some of the heat shrink tube too.

And I would also highly recommend purchasing the programming card for the ESC, as the programming of the ESC for changes via the button on the ESC is difficult at best. It’s the part number below;

HobbyKing HK-30A ESC
HobbyKing HK-30A ESC

Axial SCX10 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited C/R Edition

I’ve previously owned a Traxxas Revo 2.5R and Taxxas Brushless Revo, however I sold off the later unit to fund the new car.

Have always wanted an Rock Crawler, so decided the time had come to switch.

Purchased an Axial SCX10 2012 Jeep Wranlger Unlimited C/R Edition.

Problem I now face is what upgrades to do and in what order to perform them. This will be a sequence of future posts covering all aspects of the transformation from an RTR to a custom setup.

For now I’ll post some pictures of it out of the box on its maiden use.

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HobbyKing Remote Control Car Purchases

I wanted to purchase a remote control that my sons and I could use together, and it needed to have good parts support. i.e where parts could be purchased for every aspect of the car.

After some research I decided to give some of the products at HobbyKing a go.

I ended up purchasing two car’s, and the following items too, as the car’s come ARR (almost ready to run).

Will be doing more posts about these HobbyKing car’s we purchased, as it’s hard to know what to order when things break, so I will share my experiences with them.