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Losing grip – Samix RC brass upgrades review

It is well known that a low center of gravity improves crawling performance, by making a car less prone to tipping over. A forward weight bias improves climbing ability for the very same reason, and that’s why manufacturers compete to have the motor mounted as far forward, and as far down as possible. A wider car also makes it less [...]

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Losing Grip – Looks, performance or durability?

As I see it, there’s three different roads to chose between when upgrading an Axial SCX10-3: scale looks, performance or durability. Some upgrades tick not one, but two boxes, other upgrades will be an improvement in one area, and an actual detriment in another. Example on the former: aluminum wheels look good, and also add weight down low, hence improving [...]

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Losing Grip – Jeremy, I accuse you!

Bullying can be a hard thing to tackle. First it might take a while just to recognize what is going on, another while to realize that it is an ongoing, systematic abuse, and then yet some more time to reach the decision to stand up for the victim. Or in this case: victims. Being a newcomer in an established group makes [...]

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Losing Grip – Hobbynox airbrush paints

I painted my very first polycarbonate body in 1992, using two pots of paint and a brush. A Kyosho Ferrari F40, state of the art. Red body, red spoiler, black windows. Back then precut window masks weren’t invented, so the method was slightly different. First, a thin (1mm) black masking tape was applied on the outside, marking windows and body [...]

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Losing grip – A kit and a bumpy road

There are pros and cons to building a kit, rather than going the easy way and buying an RTR. The main pros being that one can choose electronics, the main cons being that one has to choose electronics. Some people might also add that it is a disadvantage that the body of a kit doesn’t come painted, but for me [...]

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Losing Grip – Things lying around

I came out of the Dark Ages in 2017, by buying an Arrma Furious BLX short course truck. At the time, it had been more than twenty-five years since my Kyosho Ferrari F40 was retired, due to most of the electronics having been cannibalized for a friend’s scratch built RC. The chassis then lived a quiet life in my parent’s [...]

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Losing grip – Facetime!

After showing off Massimiliamo’s work in my last column, and still suffering nightmares from my own recent debacles, I have felt a need to redeem myself in regards to my hobby skills. No, I am not a great drifter, and yes, I am better with words than with wires, but I am enthusiastic and actually do have some skills that [...]

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Losing Grip – Hall of fame: Italian Virtuoso

Where do you find great wine, great food, great cars, great coffee and great soccer and great painters? Barolo and Amarone wines, pizza and pasta, Ferrari and Lamborghini, Illy and Lavazza, Milan and Juventus, Leonardo and Michelangelo? And no, that’s not the ninja turtles, but the painters behind Mona Lisa and the Sistine Chapel. Italy of course. Also from Italy is [...]

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Losing Grip – Liquid mask mess

Today, rather than showing off the beginnings of a well painted body, I will lament my use of liquid mask. I have used liquid mask for all my bodies so far, and have been very happy with the result, but, alas, not today. Previously I have applied the mask using a brush, three layers brushed on in alternating directions. Bitty [...]

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Losing grip – Resuming control

Most things I read in forums, I soon forget, but a post at rccrawler from a couple of years ago still resides somewhere inside me. Reading Jeremy’s last column, I came to think of it, and I think there is a pattern forming. First, let me quote our dear scale guy, commenting on his hauler build last week:This build helped me [...]

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Losing grip – Gone fishing

If you ask me, the best door is the outdoors, especially now with spring well on its way. The wood anemones have started to bloom where I live, and the birches have started to bud . Lots of reasons to go for walks with the dog. Except that I don’t have a dog. I do, however, have a wife and kids and [...]

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Losing Grip – Is backwards the new sideways?

G’day folks! Last column I was a bit unlucky with the timing, Yokomo managing to release a new RTR when I had written most of the column, but had to take a break before I could finish it off. Well, it’s difficult to stay on top of the game at all times. But now the news are well and comfortably [...]

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Losing Grip – All Quiet on the Western Front?

Whereas all the big brands in bashing and crawling are American, the big names in drifting all stem from the Far East. Yokomo hailing from Tokyo, MST from a nearby country but I am not sure which, and Weld Overdose also from Japan.  Now, the Far East was named the Far East back when Europe was the center of the [...]

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Losing Grip – Accepting Not Perfect

I recently told Boss Man Brian that I was about to adjust the brakes on my Mamba X ESC so that my rock bouncers neither would roll away when standing on a steep slope, nor do a front flip when the throttle is released from full speed ahead. For testing drag brake strength, and climbing abilitiy, I have a nice, [...]

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Losing grip – Encouraged by screws

A couple of days ago it was, in theory, spring outside, so one of my squidlings and I decided to do some crawling on the rocks just outside. A Yeti, a Bomber, and a grey, barren post-apocalyptic landscape just about to wake up. Also, recently adjusted break settings on the Bomber, to prevent it from doing a front flip whenever [...]

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