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Losing grip – On procrastination

Procrastination – a tongue twister if ever there was one. In the picture above there’s an example of it, a long since unfinished scale body for my SCX24. According to Psychology Today procrastination “implies performing an alternative activity to the one intended and is synonymous with idleness.” Regular readers might remember me writing about getting a scale body for the SCX24 way [...]

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Losing grip – Big things have small beginnings

Remember the movie Prometheus, the fifth in the Alien series? The scene where the android David says puts a small drop of alien yuck in a glass of water, before serving it to one of the crew members? “Big things have small beginnings”, he says, and sure enough, a couple of hours later nasty things start to sprout from nasty [...]

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Losing grip – Two face Firebirds

I believe it was a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the third generation, the one with a square nose and eye slits for headlights. Back then, to me, it was right up there with the Camaro and Mustang. American muscle at its very best. Which, of course, can’t beat European full bloods, but still really cool. Anyway, this particular car was [...]

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Losing grip – On wheels and The Wall

G’day folks! Do you remember the fall of the Berlin Wall? I can’t say that I remember the exact date, but I clearly remember hearing the dramatic news on the radio. Years later my wife got to know a German who grew up on the Eastern side of the wall, in former DDR. Her strongest memories of the changes it [...]

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Losing grip – Which would you bring?

Which of your rigs would you take on a ten or fifteen mile trail walk? Or, if you could bring any car, which one would it be then? For me, it comes down to four things to consider: funniness, capability, durability and ease of wrenching. First, it should be a fun ride. If it is to be driven for several hours, it [...]

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Losing grip – The IFS shaped hole is filled

I called it! Sort of. But I am surprised that Losi was the one to fill in the blank. Surprised, but not disappointed, seing how Doug seems to be absolutely in love with their LMT. There was an IFS-shaped hole in reality, now it is gone, and the RC fauna is better off for it. I haven’t had the time to [...]

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Losing grip – New shocks for the rocks

G’day folks! No physics lesson today, but an update on my heavily upgraded SCX24. A wonderful little car it is, suitable for indoors, capable enough for outdoors, small enough to fit in a backpack with room to spare for coffee and biscuits. A lot of bang for the buck, and durable too – it hardly weighs anything, and it certainly [...]

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Losing grip – Hitting the Traxxas Sledge with a sledgehammer

Right now, a lot of us want a Traxxas Sledge, the latest and want to be greatest bash machine out there. I want one too, but due to a limited budget am sadly not likely toget one. Anyway, suppose I do buy one (birthday is coming up), would I want to hit it with a sledgehammer? Would you? For reference, [...]

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Losing grip – Weathering the SCX24

G’day mates! Another week of losing grip is here, and my SCX24 has aged twenty years since last week. As you might remember, it was first repainted by Bob’s grandson Rob in a shark scheme commemorating the Curtis P40 Warhawk that Bob once flew. Initially lovingly taken care of, it was then forgotten and found recently, in a somewhat derelict [...]

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Losing grip – Outside painting

No, I haven’t been outside painting. I’ve been painting on the outside. Of the body of my little SCX24. Last column I mentioned I had some trouble with paint peeling off with the masking tape, but no such trouble today. The idea behind the paint scheme is simple. This car belongs to Rob Smith, son of Junior Smith, son Bob Smith [...]

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Losing grip – More and more for the SCX24

G’day folks! The post apocalyptic landscape of winter in southern Sweden is slowly giving way to something that might eventually turn into spring. Snowdrops have started to turn up in the garden, giving us all a little hope of better weather eventually. With better weather comes more RC. Driving when it’s freezing outside is fun, driving on ice is fun, [...]

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Losing grip – Active toe, so? So what? So awesome!

Today I present the scariest featured picture ever, at least if you’re not really keen on maths and physics. But fear not, this column will be a light hearted read. The picture is taken from the dissertation and thesis Dynamic Understeer Control Using Active Rear Toe, by Mark Oliver Dixon Kaufman of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, Florida. I read parts of it, [...]

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Losing grip – Anniversary edition

Happy anniversary to Losing Grip! It’s not the column’s birthday, but this is the 100th column published. All together, they would amount to a novel by now. Editing them into an enjoyable novel would admittedly prove quite the challenge, but the word count sits just about right for a debut. As luck would have it, I even got a present for [...]

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Losing grip – Project time

Any good project starts with a little bit of dreaming. That’s the easy part. After dreaming comes pondering, then calculating and compromising runs in parallell for a while, eventually reaching the decision point side by side and slightly irritated with each other. Both have to be involved, neither can win. Decision point is where it all turns around, but this time [...]

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Losing grip – Arrma’s R&D read my mind

Need for speed? That’s what I wrote about a couple of weeks back, how the speed bug gets me when the sea turns to ice. How all that wide open space calls out for something fast. How “the ice just about always gets covered by a bit of snow, providing a bit of traction. Enough grip to gain plenty of [...]

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