Apr 13

KJ Works M9 Firing

Kuan-Ju Works Tactical M9

The feeling when you pull the slide back for the first time is defiantly something special; it feels very smooth and elegant. You can feel the resistance of the hammer at the back as well, it has a very tactile feel about it. You can easily picture the bullet being loaded into the barrel as you let go and the slide ambitiously returns to a ready state. It feels that real.

Firing the gun is another pleasure in itself. You can very gently and precisely squeeze the trigger with not to much pressure to firing point. It has a near-perfect resistance. You can feel it right to the firing point, from there it’s just a small, gentle bit of pressure till the bb is released from the barrel at about 300fps. I believe that’s somewhere around the 1 joule of energy mark using green gas.

This precision and brilliant feedback you get from the M9 allows for very accurate aiming. Over about 10 meters you will get a 3-4” spread on a target. The KJW M9 aiming site is just right. It’s big enough to see at pretty much any time of the day. You could even scope out a target if your relying on moonlight as your only light-source. The KJ Works M9 Tactical model I have also features an adjustable trajectory. This seems to be a feature that more recent models come with. So after some messing around you can get a lot of distance, and very accurately, since it complements the hop-up system.

The blowback feeling is very addictive. There’s something very satisfying about it that is hard to explain. It just feels good and in the split second it lasts you get an instant buzz. If it was a real gun this would be a complete feeling of power and devastation. You’ll be lost in the recoil, smoke and 9mm shell flying out of the ejection port. Its just such a good feeling, just without the life threatening dangers and limitation of where to use it. You can be having a bad day and just gas up and fire off a few rounds in your garden!, Instant stress relief :) You couldn’t walk out into your back yard and start firing a real gun at a target. The noise and danger are the first thing that come to mind. With a gas blowback you can get a similar or as close to experience without all the downsides.

 

Final Verdict KJ Works M9 Elite

Exploring The Insides Of a Kuan-Ju Works Elite IA

KJW M9 Firing

KJW M9 Elite IA Magazine and Filling

Kj Works Tactical M9 First Impressions

Kj Works All Metal M9 Gas Blowback Intro

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Apr 01

KJ works M9 Elite Review, Kj works M9 Magazine and filling

Kuan Ju Works Tactical M9

Of course the next thing to look forward to after initially admiring how real it looks and feels is to gas it up and use it!. I’m Using cybergun green gas and ultra air green gas. It’s possible to use red gas with these KJW Metal M9s since they are so well built, and very durable, Unlike the more mainstream and more expensive TM, HFC and KWA replicas which can only handle 134a gas and lower.

When you actually take it apart you can see why it’s so durable, everything, absolutely EVERY part is metal. That Said The Trigger Broke once but it was easy to locate and fix, and the magazine valves need to be tightened occasionally.

The Kj works magazine filler valve is brilliant, when you get the technique right, it’ll take a while but you lose no gas whatsoever. It seems to make an airtight seal with no gas leak or spray at all. I found this to be a constant problem with the Tokyo Marui M92 magazine and when I’ve seen videos of people filling magazines on YouTube, you can always hear a spray where some of the gas is escaping when filling.

TM mag left, KJ Works Mag right

After about a 10 second fill it’ll last for about 2 magazines worth at 25 bbs each. It’s not the best but good enough, and if your not to serious about skirmishing and just like to shoot stuff like me, I only go 10 bbs or thereabouts at a time. And it seems to last for ages. However the cheaper, abs plastic KJ Works M9 lasts for 3 or 4 magazines. I strongly suspect this is because of the lighter slide.

I can’t recommend the ABS Plastic GBB M9 enough, I used to have one and I still do, I just wanted an all metal one as well. Apart from the metal slide and just about everything else being metal on my Tactical M9 the internals are the same at half the price. You can’t really use red gas with this one due to the plastic slide and barrel casing. But it’s cheap enough to find and buy a metal slide then you’re good to go. To be Honest Green gas in the plastic M9 provides more than enough of a kick though!

 

Final Verdict KJ Works M9 Elite

Exploring The Insides Of a Kuan-Ju Works Elite IA

KJW M9 Firing

KJW M9 Elite IA Magazine and Filling

Kj Works Tactical M9 First Impressions

Kj Works All Metal M9 Gas Blowback Intro

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Mar 28

KJ works M9 elte Review, KJ elite tactical M9 first impressions

Kuan-Ju Works Tactical all-metal M9

The KJ Works M9 comes in a pretty usual bb gun box, nothing to special. Theres a brilliant picture of the gun on the front. Its very convincing and looks real.

When you actually open the box and take the gun out, that’s when it gets exciting, and you will not believe what you got for the price. Its very well, and accurately built, Looks real, when you hold it in your hand you will be amazed at how heavy it is. I believe it’s about 200-500 grams lighter than the real Beretta M92 it’s based on.

The KJ works m9 has a very nice finish on it, no blemishes or imperfections anywhere on it that you will usually find on gas bb guns of a similar price. It’s a very well weighted gun aswell, It feels very neutral in your hands. Overall the gun has a very purposeful, mechanical feeling and quality about it. It really does feel like a solid, reliable and efficient weapon. The weight of it also helps it feel more authentic.

If you’ve seen a Tokyo Marui Beretta M92 you will be instantly familiar with the KJ M9. You can actually use a lot of TM parts for it since it’s built pretty much the same and based on the TM version. Kuan-Ju works Don’t have the Beretta license and right to use their logo and trademarks, This is an exclusive license to a few of the more mainstream bb gun manufacturers. more on this later in the review.

 

Final Verdict KJ Works M9 Elite

Exploring The Insides Of a Kuan-Ju Works Elite IA

KJW M9 Firing

KJW M9 Elite IA Magazine and Filling

Kj Works Tactical M9 First Impressions

Kj Works All Metal M9 Gas Blowback Intro

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Mar 22

KJ Works M9 Elite Review, KJ works Tactical M9

KJ Works Tactical M9

sorry i havent been around or updated for a while, i have had alot of work to do else where
and been enjoying a new toy :)

A Gas Blow Back KJ works Tactical M9I’m going to be letting you all know very soon how immense this BB Gun is

So stay tuned!

 

Final Verdict KJ Works M9 Elite

Exploring The Insides Of a Kuan-Ju Works Elite IA

KJW M9 Firing

KJW M9 Elite IA Magazine and Filling

Kj Works Tactical M9 First Impressions

Kj Works All Metal M9 Gas Blowback Intro

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Mar 03

Tamiya tt-01 review, Tamiya tt-01 how it drives

Well without a doubt it drives incredibly smoothly and acts very much like a real car, it has the very distinct handling characteristics of a 4wd car. You get some incredibly bad under steer, you get some very nice lift off over-steer, even with the standard motor its quite quick and has a fair bit of torque to pull you out of the corners. The acceleration is progressive and smooth, the teu-101 speed controller has brakes aswell. It’s a motor brake, so if you pull full on the brake all 4 wheels will lock up. This again means you get a perfect 50/50 brake balance so its smooth and predictable, and you don’t get any wallowing or wobbling under braking. Theres defiantly an art to braking, especially on a smooth surface like polished or painted concrete, vinal, gym hall and other places like that

The chassis is very balanced and predictable, I believe it’s a near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, this Is accomplished by having all the electrics on one side, motor, speed controller, steering servo and receiver, then the battery pack on the other side, since the battery pack is quite heavy it equates to near the same as all the electronics. It’s also all mounted low, in the tub chassis for a overall low center of gravity.

There’s quite a rewarding feeling about mastering the car, since it has a 4wd system. The secret to controlling it well is mostly about weight shifting and minimal steering, also balancing the throttle and brake in a corner to fight the under steer. I managed to learn to drive it pretty well in its standard form but then I got a toe and camber kit, now I have it so well balanced, I can pit the car sideways to carry the speed better this is brilliant in the race for the corner, it’s just brilliant to watch and control.

The tt-01d comes with a near-perfect setup to what I have now, so if your not all up on setups or cannot be bothered I’d say this is the best way to go, If you want a FULLY customizable car, out of the box and don’t want to bother with all the expenses and efforts putting new parts on, the tt-01r is the one for you

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Feb 25

Tamiya TT-01 Review, Tamiya TT-01 Pictures 2

Tamiya TT-01 pictures 2

 

The LED’s are surprisingly strong
They look almost like the Halogen Bulbs on very expensive cars
The Lighting unit used is a TLU-02, these now seem to come as standard with most kits, not sure if it’s included in just a body kit
The lighting conditions were perfect on the day this was taken
This was shortly after i finished most of the bodywork
I think the elevation looks cool here

 

TT-01 and TT-01D
Notice the see through body on mine?
You have to admit, the see-through body does look pretty good


Tamiya TT-01 Pictures 2
Tamiya TT-01 Pictures
Tamiya TT-01 Painting
Tamiya TT-01 being built
Tamiya TT-01, TT-01R, TT-01D

Tamiya TT-01 Introduction

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Feb 25

Tamiya TT-01 Review, Tamiya tt-01 Pictures

Tamiya TT-01 Pictures
 

I find that alot of these pictures are a really good reference and help if i’ve forgotten something.
This was quite a hard stage…
These parts here are what makes 4wd possible since they transfer the power to the wheels
Early stages again but you can see i’ve got one of the gear boxes sorted
It was all a bit easier once i got the gearboxes on both sides, alot of the technical confusing stuff was done by then, and of course less parts in the box

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Feb 12

Tamiya TT-01 Review, Tamiya TT-01 Painting

Tamiya TT-01 BMW Z4 Painting stage 

 

 

THIS is the State at which you should paint it :s

Painting is probably one of the biggest worries I’ve faced while building the car, especially since the BMW Z4 is arctic white, If anything goes wrong, the paint bleeds, or something along those lines it’s going to show up very clearly with a white car.

After a bit of trial and error with a piece of cardboard I thought I’d hit google to see about any painting tips. The paint kept spraying out chunks or coming out uneven, then it would start bleeding, basically it looked a mess.

You can see the yellow Tamiya Masking on the windows and lights here

If you look closely on the bottom, you will see where i wrapped the cling film round

Google turned out to be a godsend to me as I quickly found out across forums and websites that one of the best things you can do to get ultimate results is boil some water, let it cool down a bit then drop the spray can in there for about a half hour or so, this raises the pressure in the can and seems to lessen the thickness of the paint. Now when I sprayed it against the cardboard it came out clean and evenly.

The Exciting stage :)

Seeing it almost there is quite a good feeling when you build it yourself

This was all good and great but then I fast realized a new problem, I’d cut the body out and took the protective outer layer off, I didn’t think about this very well, so I had to make do with cling film, It works but not as well and it meant I didn’t manage to spray it all because I had to wrap it round the bottom of the body, I now have an idea of how to create a two-tone body if I felt like it, that’s the one positive. It’s one of them first-timer mistakes though, so better to learn now I guess (:

You got to admit the Z4 is a very attractive car, even in this state

So basically, even though it says to cut out the body in the manual, before you paint it. Unless your experienced or have other things in mind my suggestion, and the chap that owns my local model centre is DON’T, you’ll also find that if you cut it perfectly to how you want it, sometimes you’ll get overspray, which is spray that gets on the outside of the polycarbonate shell, it can make the car look really badly finished if this is the case. It happened to me just a little bit somewhere up the front. This Also meant I had an unnecessary expense of specialist paint remover.

If you were wondering, with all the tamiya body shells they include pre-cut lights and windows masking, so you don’t have to spend ages trying to cut some masking tape to the measurements and worry about not applying it properly.

Also with polycarbonate bodies, you have to use the tamiya paint, specially for them, otherwise it will crack or wear off, Unfortunately for me I had no choice but to paint the bottom of the car with a white enamel paint and it was beginning to crack off when I’ve crashed it, However I seemed to of got round that problem by spraying lots of hairspray on the body, a good botch but I don’t know how long or if it will last.

Tamiya TT-01 Pictures 2
Tamiya TT-01 Pictures
Tamiya TT-01 Painting
Tamiya TT-01 being built
Tamiya TT-01, TT-01R, TT-01D

Tamiya TT-01 Introduction

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Feb 08

Tamiya TT-01 Review, Tamiya tt-01: being built!

Tamiya TT-01 BMW Z4 

 

 


As you can see building it is a lot easier said than done, even considering the overall simplicity of it and the fact the TT-01 is supposed to be one of the easier models to build. 

Stuck stage

I was stuck at this stage for a very long time, I think it was about 2 or 3 hours, I just kept reading the manual and measuring things, seeing if they fitted or not over and over again, I was also very worried about if I had enough screws and washers for the job, also if they were the right ones and how they go together, It all gets very complex and confusing basically.


The easiest thing to do while still quite shell shocked about the task ahead was put the tires on the rims, and put the shocks together. That really helped ease things while I was staring at the manual!

Note to everyone building or planning to buy any tamiya models out there: At the back of the manual there’s a part with all the screws and pieces and how many there should be, including spares.

uumm yea…

I strongly believe one of the other contributers to the difficulty in building is all the languages in the manual, while for the most part it’s Japanese, it’s hard to find the English amongst some of the other languages, and as it’s all listed under each other all over the page, it really clutters it.

You’re probably like why is this important? It’s simple, if you’re missing one thing or part; it could jeopardize the whole building of the car. It all adds up no matter how small

From this…

While overall I enjoyed building it, the one thing that really irritated me so much is the measurements of the screws, The difference in a lot of them is a few milimetres, and of course this means all the difference as a lot of the time they won’t fit if their the wrong measurement. So keep an eye on that, that is one of the sole reasons it took so long to build, I had to keep holding every screw against the diagrams to see if it was the right one, Fortunately they make measuring not to much of a problem as theres life-size diagrams of the screw to the left of every step.

 

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Feb 04

Tamiya TT-01 Review, The Tamiya TT-01, TT-01R, TT-01D

When I was looking for this car and it’s variants, no-one nowhere seemed to answer the simple question, which is the best?

Well I cant tell you that but I would’ve been greatful to see a comparison of all the main stream models/ builds like this. I would’ve bought the TT-01R out of the lot if i knew

The TT-01 Comes in a few variants, the 3 I defiantly know about are TT-01 which is the base model, the TT-01R which has a lot of the hop-ups already installed and the TT-01D which comes with drift tires and adjustable suspension parts, here’s the write up for mine.

TT-01D

TT-01

The BMW Z4 first made its debut in 2002 as the replacement for the earlier Z3 roadster. A few years later, the coupe version was unveiled, and it wasn’t long before BMW’s M Division went to work turning it into a full-fledged racing car. The result was the stylish BMW Z4 M Coupe Racing, which Tamiya now brings to you as the newest addition to our ever-expanding lineup of electric R/C cars on the reliable TT-01 chassis

  • Lightweight and user-friendly TT-01 chassis modified by reversing rear suspension arms to create the shorter wheelbase (251mm) for greater scale accuracy.
  • 4WD shaft driven bathtub chassis with coil spring damped, 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension and sealed front and rear differential gearbox.
  • All-new body shell accurately recreates the sleek lines of the Z4 M Coupe race car and is made from durable polycarbonate.
  • Markings and painting instructions included to depict the car in BMW Motorsport works livery.
  • Includes electronic speed controller (TEU-101 BK) and type 540 motor.
  • Includes LEDs for head and tail lights that turn on automatically when the car is switched on.
  • Metal-plated light fixtures enhance the realistic appearance of the LEDs.
  • Add the TLU-02 Light Control Unit (ITEM 53937) for greater control of light operations.
  • Wide varieties of tune-up parts are separately available to customize your machine.
My TT-01 on the right, TT-01d on the left

 

This is the write up and spec list for the TT-01D

Popularized by such movies as Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and the well-known animation series Initial D, the once amateur sport of drift racing now has a wide audience and professional race series. Tamiya now brings you the Mazda RX-7 (FD3S) rotary-powered sports car on the drift-spec TT-01D chassis complete with LED lights to let you drift in style.

The TT-01 chassis features a longitudinally placed motor allowing reliable power transfer through a shaft-driven 4WD transmission. The drive train and battery are loaded flat in the bathtub frame for a low centre of gravity, providing a perfectly balanced chassis with excellent handling. The 4-wheel double wishbone suspension combines with front and rear diff gear to ensure reliable cornering. The overall chassis has been designed for easy assembly and maintenance making it perfect for those new to R/C cars. A full range of option parts are also available (sold separately) allowing you to draw out the full potential of this high performance chassis.

  • 540 sport tuned motor
  • Bathtub chassis
  • Front and rear sealed differentials
  • Aluminium heat sink
  • Drift tires
  • Special suspension tuning
  • Full ball bearings
  • CVA mini shock dampers and short springs
  • TEU-101BK forwards and reverse Electronic Speed Control (ESC)
  • Kit includes 4 LED lights to depict head and tail lights, (white headlights x 2, red tail-lights x 2). Lights turn on automatically when R/C car is switched on (Lights cannot be operated independently)
  • Add the TLU-02 Light Control Unit (53937) for greater control of light operations

 

TT-01
TT-01D 

 

 

 

TT-01R

Semi-tuned version of the TT-01 is designed to give beginning R/C users a taste of what a little tuning and some option parts can do, and to provide an entry-level chassis that is immediately ready for R/C competitive racing.

About the TT-01R

Chassis Based on the lightweight and user-friendly TT-01, this shaft driven 4WD chassis has been souped-up to improve performance. The TT-01R is ideal for beginners to competitive R/C racing and can be used in Tamiya Official Races. Chassis features independent 4-wheel double wishbone suspension with adjustable upper arm, toe-in rear uprights and CVA mini shock dampers. Full ball bearing configuration ensures maximum engine efficiency. Propeller shaft, front and rear propeller joints all made from durable yet lightweight aluminum.
About the TT-01R Chassis Based on the lightweight and user-friendly TT-01, this shaft driven 4WD chassis has been souped-up to improve performance. The TT-01R is ideal for beginners to competitive R/C racing and can be used in Tamiya Official Races. Chassis features independent 4-wheel double wishbone suspension with adjustable upper arm, toe-in rear uprights and CVA mini shock dampers. Full ball bearing configuration ensures maximum engine efficiency. Propeller shaft, front and rear propeller joints all made from durable yet lightweight aluminum.

 

High performance 1/10 R/C chassis kit features original parts for racing-ready configuration ideal for use in Tamiya Official Races.

  • New parts include urethane bumper and suspension arm.
  • Newly designed front and rear propeller joints made from aluminum.
  • Drive shaft and wheel axles made from durable metal parts.
  • Includes R/C TT-01 spur gear set (55T/58T).
  • Full ball bearing configuration.
  • Suspension settings are fully adjustable.
  • Comes with high performance, competition class GT-tuned motor.
  • Package may be used as carrying case for the R/C car.

After a bit of googleing the TT-01r is a limited edition vers. The Price is good for it though, but a lot of the parts on it you can easily attain for the other TT-01 variants

Tamiya TT-01 Pictures 2
Tamiya TT-01 Pictures
Tamiya TT-01 Painting
Tamiya TT-01 being built
Tamiya TT-01, TT-01R, TT-01D

Tamiya TT-01 Introduction

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