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Losing grip – SSD shocks for Axial SCX10

Shocks might as well look good, right? Hence, I’ve bought myself a set of SSD shocks for my SCX10. If you ask me, shocks are a necessary evil. I am not very fond neither of building, nor of tuning them. It’s something that should simply work. In this I am sure that I not alone, proof in case being that the Traxxas [...]

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Losing grip – Screw heads and materials

First, let me make it clear that despite the obvious (and tempting) ease, I will refrain from jokes relating to the subject of today. I am to write about screws, about different types of screw heads and materials. It has happened to all of us, and it will happen again: some screws rust, other screws strip. In particular, the screws attaching [...]

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Losing grip – There’s an IFS shaped whole in reality

Last column I pondered what (my) children want and expect from a good RC car: durability, capability, good looks and donuts. Now I find myself trying to apply their wishes to my own desires for my next build. I am starting to feel the itch to go on a diet of noodles and stale bread, in order to save up [...]

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Losing grip – What children want

G’day folks. If you’re reading this, I am guessing that you weren’t born this millenium. Also, your inner child is still alive and thriving – honestly, in essence this is a text about toy cars. And, you might have children of your own. Regular readers will know that I have children, and that just about all of my trigger time is [...]

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Losing grip – Hitting the trail

Yes, that’s an Axial Bomber driving through a puddle. And here goes Viper:Not quite as impressive, but what it all comes down to, is this: shared fun. I’ve had a two month hiatus from RC, due to work being busy and spare time scarce, but today I finally hit the trails again. Drift season is gone now, at least for [...]

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Losing grip – Borderline crawling

Available terrain and prevailing weather are the two main factors affecting my choice of vehicle whenever I feel like trigger time. I have no indoor arena anywhere near where I live, so I am dependent on nice and dry weather for outside asphalt drifting. Well, that’s part of what’s fun with RC, isn’t it? Variety. There’s a vehicle for every [...]

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Losing grip – Yokomo YD-2Z

Another letter has been added to Yokomo’s YD-2 series. A ”Z” this time, which according to Yokomo ”can be said to be the final form”. If that proves true, their next major revision of their drift chassis will be a YD-3. That remains to be seen. Anyway, here it is, the YD-2Z. Previously letters are S, E and R. The S [...]

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Losing grip – RC for every occasion

G’day folks! Long time, no write, once again. Work and a move that never happened, due to covid, has kept me off keyboard. Not off RC though, not completely. I have managed to find a couple of occasions to get some trigger time with boath cars and boats. Our hobby is a diverse one, and it is my firm belief [...]

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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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