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Losing grip – The best looking wheels and tires out there

With these tires I fell in love at first sight. For comparison, with my wife I fell in love at about the one-hundred and first sight. While the latter admittedly was on a rather different level, that does in no way subtract from the fact that the BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM3 2.2″ from RC4WD are the best looking 1.9″ [...]

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Losing grip – One, two, three, testing, testing

When compared to humans, RC cars have several advantages. For one, they are easier to control. Think of teenagers. Also, they are a lot easier to perform studies on. Evaluating the effects of interventions on humans is a tricky process, since we are all slightly different. Two RC cars of the same make are not. Suppose I want to evaluate whether [...]

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Losing grip – Clever 2-in-1 tool from SamixRC

SamixRC recently sent me a tool that I myself would have bought long ago had I known it existed, the SCX24 .050″ hex & 4mm nut 2 in 1 screw driver. It’s clever, fitment is very snug, does not roll away, feels good in the hand, and so good looking it could be worn as jewellery. Not really sure where though, [...]

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Losing grip – Club5Racing accessories review

We all want a good looking car standing out from the crowd, and while a custom paint job requires a fair bit of work and skill, boosting the look with accessories do not. Also, it’s basically fool proof. A custom bumper simply cannot be messed up the same way as a paint job can. As I was planning my TRX-4 2021 [...]

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Losing grip – The TRX-4 Simba is released!

Here it is, the  Traxxas TRX-4 2021 Ford Bronco Simba edition. This version of the TRX-4 comes with a custom paintjob, upgraded lights and electronics, and a creative rearrangement of the diff lock and gearbox servos. Only one will ever be made. The lion. Available exclusively from Yours Truly, at a price so shockingly high I am sure I’ll get [...]

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Losing grip – Working, sleeping, driving

G’day folks! I am happy to report that last week was a good one. While there is more to life than work and RC, a week with nothing but work and RC is a pleasure at times. A bit of eating, reading and sleeping too, but that’s about it. I worked away from home, and had my family laugh at me [...]

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Losing grip – Painter’s progress

G’day mates! The one thing that keeps me attached to this hobby of ours, toy cars, is all the many aspects of it. Last week’s column was dedicated to electronics, something I am slowly getting more and more comfortable with, today’s topic will be painting. I have now come to the point where I cannot immediately say how many lexan bodies [...]

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Losing grip – Transforming the TRX-4 transmitter functions

As far as plans go, mine was as simple as they come. Even so, it failed miserably when faced with reality. It was like this:  1) Buy TRX-4 kit and 2021 Ford Bronco body, 2) build and paint TRX-4 kit and Bronco body, 3) drive and enjoy TRX-4, 4) upgrade and do pre and post comparisons one thing at a [...]

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Losing grip – Watch what the receiver receives

Knowledge ought to save money, but it doesn’t always. Lacking a BEC, a receiver can be powered by a receiver pack, often 5 NiMh cells with a nominal output of 6V. I knew this, and that’s why I just smoked my Traxxas TQi receiver and need to get a new one. Very annoying. Let’s start from the beginning. I have a [...]

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Losing grip – Roundabout painting

When everyone else out there seem to be building their own version of the new TRX-4 High Trail, I’m as behind as ever and am turning a TRX-4 kit into a 2021 Bronco. Goes to prove that I never was an early adopter, and that Brian needs to raise my pay check. Speaking of money: if you want a TRX-4 [...]

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Losing grip - Center of gravity and being clever about upgra…

Do you know where your car’s center of gravity is? I do, and you can find out in less than five minutes. It might save you money, and it might inform you to make better upgrade decisions. I’ll start by explaining center of gravity, will then touch on torque, do a quick brief on tipping point and base of support, and then run [...]

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Losing grip – To BEC or not to BEC?

An external BEC is a nifty little device that I recently realised I use too often. Maybe you do as well? My Bomber, Yeti and SCX10III all have one, added by way of default thinking as I was setting up the electronics on them. I had read that it’s a good thing, and so added one to every car without [...]

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Losing grip – Bring in the crowd!

How best to spread this great hobby of ours? It’s a rich one, with lots of different aspects to dwelve deeper into: driving (duh…), building, painting, racing, engineering. Indoors, outdoors, in mud, on asphalt, at the beach, in the mountains, on the trails. Not that I really have to tell you, you know what I’m talking about. If it is good, [...]

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Losing grip – Trail running

The summer isn’t over yet, but enough of it has passed for me to label it as a good one. I have done a fair bit of trail running with my SCX10III, and although not quite as long walks as I had hoped, certainly enough to be happy about it and to properly evaluate some of the work I’ve put [...]

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Losing grip – When to retire?

No, I’m not talking about me. I’m talking about my cars. When is it time to let a car retire? Or, put more truthfully, to put an end to it by gutting it of its electronics? Organ donation, so to speak. I have a specific case sitting on a shelf at home. Snowman, my Axial Yeti, bought and built in 2017. [...]

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