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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 – 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 – 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 – Bits and bobs

After two weeks of digging deep into the rear setup of a car and how angle and length of the upper link affects camber, it’s time to relax (for me!) with an unpretentious look at miscellaneous things going on out there. For a starter, MST surprised me a little while ago, by announcing a release that actually fits into the general [...]

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Losing grip – Return to rear geometry

Today I’ll continue my endeavour to explain rear geometry, an enterprise that is quite the challenger, but the effort luckily rewards me with one geometric discovery after the other. Ha! Hands up if you saw what I just did?  Two missing, true, but since they are verbs rather than nouns, I consider myself excused. But I digress. It happens. Well, as [...]

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Losing grip – Parallell A-arms? I think not.

Today I am going straight to the topic: why are upper and lower A-arms never parallell? Previously, I have written about how camber gain when the car squats, depending on upper arm angle and upper arm length. The short story is that a short upper arm means more camber gain with squat (acceleration), a long upper arm less. More upper [...]

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Losing grip – On competitions

G’day mates! Long time no write, I apologize, yet hope that you have missed my column a lot. If so, why don’t you drop me an email at martin at bigsquidrc dot com, and let me know what’s on in that part of your brain that’s dedicated to RC? Regarding the tardiness of this column, all I have to say is [...]

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Losing grip – Bodies teased by MST

G’day fellow drifters and RC enthusiasts! In my last column, I just couldn’t refrain from commenting on MST’s latest high-end premium chassis, the FMX 2.0 LCG KMW, today I just can’t refrain from commenting on what their latest teaser. I just saw it, and while I usually don’t get particularly excited by excited by pre-production pics like these, now I [...]

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Losing grip – Blinded by the bling

”The battery holder is in plastic”. While this statement is pretty far from the official description of this chassis, it is a very apt way of summarazing the design of MST’s FMX 2.0 LCG KMW. I have tried not to, but it really is impossible to refrain from commenting on a chassis that forces you to squint when you look [...]

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Losing grip – Being rational on rotational inertia

In the never ending pursuit of speed, Control and precision, lightweight front axles entered the game a little while ago. The theory is that shaving off (rotational) weight improves acceleration – the wheels spin easier, which in turns improves handling. A lot of you readers will be familiar with the 1:2 ratio: shaving a pound from the tires is the [...]

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Losing grip – Lucky Americans

Yo! G’day mate! What’s up bro’! Hej! How do you do, Sir? If you’re preferred greeting is along the lines of “Yo!”, rather than “Hej!”, you’re probably American, and when it comes to RC, you’re lucky. Do you realize just how lucky you Americans are, when it comes to RC? Probably not, so let me tell you. As per routine, [...]

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Losing grip – YD-2 Beast Mode

The most exciting release from any of the big drift manufacturers the past few weeks has been a magnetic body mount from MST. In other words: things are pretty quiet. But it has to be said that MST’s body mount set looks quite nice, way simpler than the ones I have, and simple tends to be good. Still, not overly [...]

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Losing Grip – Hall of Fame: Teppei Makimoto

Last week I promised to show you some amazing builds, and true to my word, I will. Earlier, I have featured works by Vivian Grobler and Thirdie Lopez, today I make the first installment of Losing Grip’s official Hall of Fame. How to go about finding great builders? Well, easy, it is 2020 and we have Facebook. I asked a [...]

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Losing grip – On convicts and commitment

I have had the good fortune of spending eighteen months of my career in a position where I was flying around in a helicopter as my main mode of transportion. Some 250 return trips and rougly one hundred thousand miles flown, meant that I got to listen to pilot’s chatter quite a bit. See, I was sitting in the back, [...]

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