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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 – just dreaming

Living the dream, eh? That was the standard greeting phrase on my previous job, at three o’clock in the morning; when everyone was tired, thought the task at hand was nonsense, could only vaguely remember last time we had coffee, and in general just wanted to be somewhere else. Like in bed. Yet many of us were living the dream – [...]

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Losing grip – new kit versions

G’day mates, hi buddies and what’s up dudes! Nothing’s much is up here, but rain is pouring down. While one of my main drift theses is that just about anyone can find a place to drift close to where they live, I am not an advocate of drifting in miserable weather. In this weather I wouldn’t even take a crawler [...]

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Losing grip – wrapped up

A week ago, just about everytning I own was in boxes and bags, neatly stuffed away in the attic. A couple of days later, just about everything I own was all over the place, in a humongous mess that I had to wade through to get into the kitchen. Today, things are a bit more organized, and I can see [...]

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Losing grip – can’t come to grips

I like to believe that I don’t often rant in this column, but today, please allow me. What’s up with MST’s pricing model? It makes no sense what so ever. On one end, we have the budget kits of the RMX 2.0S and the soon to be released FXX 2.0S. The RMX has a fair price of around 200 dollars for [...]

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Losing grip – MST FXX 2.0S

Depending on perspective, this column is either ten days late, or three days late. Suffice to say, that moving countries tends to put hobby matters quite far down on the to-do list. Making sure kids and some four hundred pounds of luggage gets on and off the plane, does not leave a lot of room for RC related matters. Nor [...]

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Losing grip – once upon a time

Doug was certainly the right man to sum up the last decade in regards to RC monster trucks. I certainly don’t have the historical perspective on RC drifting, that he has on solid axle monsters – from a historical perspective I pretty much just got into it. Luckily, for it saved me a lot of trouble not having to go [...]

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Losing grip – work in progress

It’s Christmas day, and I’m at work. That’s a bad thing. I’m at work, but have downtime. That’s a good thing. While I don’t get to see my family, I do get to do some writing for this most esteemed of sites. And no, I have nothing better to do, except maybe watch a movie. So yes, that essentially means [...]

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Losing grip – wheels keep on turning

Last week I wrote about how it was too warm and I was too lazy to go to my usual spot in the park for drifting, so instead did some drifting around the BBQ in the back. At the end of the day, my previously very shiny body was not so shiny any more, since it happened to be a [...]

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