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Losing grip – YD-2SX III

A couple of grand things has happened this week, Brian has setup an official BigSquid email for me, so should you want it, you can write to me at martin at bigsquidrc dot com. Also, my wife read one of my columns, for the first time ever. She got hooked by the quote by Shakespeare and couldn’t help but continuing reading. [...]

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Losing grip – Guilt by association

”What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet” Wrote Shakespeare, in the second scene of the second act of Romeo and Juliet, a bit over four hundred years ago. The scene is a classic. Juliet compares Romeo, who comes from the rival family Montague, to a rose and argues that he is [...]

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Losing grip – Gaining camber

In logic there is a term called reductio ad absurdum. It is a way of showing that an argument is untrue, by following its implications logically to an absurd conclusion. Any statement that contains universals such as ”always”, ”never” and ”everybody” would be highly likely to be exposed as false by this. However, that is not relevant to this column. [...]

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Losing grip – Digress, digest, donut

One of my favorite words in English, is digress. To digress. To lose track, for a little bit. As a word, not unsimilar to digest. In writing this column, I sometimes digress, and you as a reader digest my digression. That was a digression indeed, considering this is a column about RC drifting. Well, eat it. Ha! Well, as I wasn’t saying, [...]

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Losing grip – Stay Galm

If Yokomo and MST are the Ferrari and Porsche of the RC drift world, then Overdose is Koenigsegg. A smaller brand, with less brand recognition, but cutting edge technology and record-breaking capabilities. While the Bugatti Chiron might hold the present top speed record, Koenigsegg Regera holds the record for 0-400-0 kilometers an hour (yes, that’s 249 mph) at 31,49 seconds, [...]

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Losing grip – corona edition

Corona edition it is, and no beer joke about it. A couple of weeks ago, I thought about it, but decided not to comment too much on the ongoing pandemic in this column. Since corona is all over the news, and all over everything, I wanted to keep this column clean – sterile, if you get my drift. Well, today it [...]

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Losing grip – Big Squid Evolution

Today is the day I order a new body. It doesn’t really have to be much younger than the present one, but I’m thinking one without grey hairs and with no Iliotibial Band Syndrome that prevents me from running, but with perfect eye sight and just a tad whiter teeth. I am sure the guys working at the lab in [...]

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Losing grip – Spring assembly

What’s been happening in the drift world lately? Not much. The opening of Formula Drift has been postponed, and is now planned to kick off in Atlanta on July 3-4. Yokomo’s home turf Yatabe arena has closed due to corona. MST hasn’t released a new chassis, nor has Yokomo or Overdose. What Yokomo has released, is a new drift site, [...]

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Losing grip – Hoonitruck tribute

While I am not a frequent prowler of Facebook groups, I venture into them every now and then when I need to kill some time. Like on night shifts, when everything is quiet, but I still need to stay awake. Perfect time for forays into this thick RC undergrowth, where strange and beautiful things can be found. If not by [...]

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Losing grip – turning forty-one

Yo! G’day! What’s up! Mambo vipi! Guten tag! 你好 Tjena! Bonjour! привет! I figure not all readers have English as their first language, so why not try a couple of different languages by way of greeting? With my somewhat eclectic pick of English, Chinese (Mandarin?), Russian, German, Swahili, Swedish and French, I ought to greet roughly a third of the [...]

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Losing grip – turning forty

I believe this is my fortieth column, in almost as many weeks. I’ve missed two weeks I think, both of them around the time when I changed jobs and moved some ten thousand miles.  A pretty good run so far, I dare say. Who’d have thought that, a year ago? Cubby, maybe, since he was the one who first approached [...]

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Losing grip – get this, Cary!

It’s Wednesday, and time for another Losing Grip column. No, just kidding, it’s Saturday and my column is a couple of days overdue. As usual, as of late, better get used to it, I’m afraid. For most of us, it’s spring, and thanks goodness for that. This whole covid-19 issue would have felt even worse if it was fall. Now [...]

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Losing Grip – Details and transitions

Don’t ever send your LiPos to yourself by international mail. I have tried it, never to see  them again. I wonder where they ended up? Hopefully confiscated by someone who is into the hobby himself, so that they get used, rather than just thrown away. But if not, someone else will be happy to receive an order for a couple [...]

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Losing grip – a Doug or a Bonkers?

Some columns ago, I wrote about colors. Allow me to quote myself: ”Buying and painting a body is a fair investment of money, so you want it to look good, right? Therefore, chose your colors wisely.” What wisdom! Either read some color theory, read my column, or check out some super heroes and steal their colors for your car. Easy. [...]

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Losing grip – Turn, baby! Turn!

The very first time I pulled the trigger on a drift car, on the linoleum floor of the kitchen, I did nothing but donuts. Smaller and smaller donuts. In a way it was very practical, because the car didn’t need more than ten square feet of floor space, but in the long run endless donuts gets a bit monotonous. Something needed to [...]

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