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Tamiya Volkswagen Beetle Rally – MF-01X

Tamiya Volkswagen Beetle Rally – MF-01X

I purchased a Tamiya Volkswagen Beetle Rally – MF-01X for a bit of fun, this four wheel drive chassis really sparked my interest and reminded me of those old Tamiya models people first used to get in to drifting.

The MF-01X features a rear mounted motor, and uses a prop shaft to transmit power to the front wheels. It features a robust, easy to maintain monocoque frame. It is at home on road and flat dirt surfaces.

My original plan was to create a nice little rally chassis but as the build (Which was awful) progressed I decided not to go down that road straight away. I thought it would be pretty cool to see this beetle going sideways. I went with my trademark black paint job and added some MST adjustable wheels with pink inserts from Shapeways and created the Muki Beetle.

Will it drift?

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to create a new feature “will it drift?” taking a pretty stock RC car to a track and seeing if it could drift seemed a pretty neat idea in a world of expensive models and big egos could a plucky little Tamiya stand out?

The answer

If you want to go dictionary definition it didn’t drift, power sliding is the term most would use but what is good enough for a CS Chassis is good enough for me. So in my my opinion yes it did drift it also did a pretty good job of it. The only change to the standard setup was using the control tire at MDS, it was ran using the Tamiya Torque Tuned motor and ESC provided.

A few people had a go with the Tamiya MF-01X and it put a smile on their face this simple little chassis was a blast. It was so much fun a ran a fair few batteries through it on the day it was out to test and it was able to keep up with the rest of the cars on track.

To sum it up

The Tamiya MF-01X is a god awful build but it’s a hell of a lot of fun to drive, it looked epic going sideways. It also goes to show you still don’t have to spend stupid money to have fun on track and I am confident a few more of these will be sliding in to peoples collection after it’s appearance at MDS.

Now the question is answered it will be going back to its original purpose and becoming a little rally car. It may make a return to track one day who knows but for now its parked up in Muki HQ awaiting it’s next mission.

Thanks for reading and look out for more “will it drift?” features in the future

 

Bodyshells & Builders

Shapeways

Shapeways 3D Printing

Shapeways are a unique 3D printing service offering a print on demand services for creative minds to bring their creations to life. I was lucky enough to be sent some of their products to review recently.

I am a big fan of 3D printed stuff it has opened up a whole new level of detail to our hobby but some stuff I have seen lacks a bit of quality so that was the first thing I looked at when my package arrived from Shapeways. First things first all the items were so well packed, which when you are dealing with fragile items is essential Shape ways have you covered here.

Quality

So, let’s talk quality, all the items I received do require finishing (Painting) but I don’t mind that it allows you to put your own stamp on things. Print quality is outstanding the products are so crisp you would thing they were molded not printed.

As I am putting together a scale garage at the moment so the bulk of by items were centered around that theme. The level of detail in each item is incredible not only is it a testament to the quality of the print it also highlights the brilliance of the designers involved. Each time you look at a product you can’t help but marvel at the detail from the beautiful chain on the engine hoist to the delicate spring at the base of the pump truck not one thing has been missed from any of their products.

Quality does however come at a price and some of the items do carry some pretty hefty price tags but in my opinion the products and the time spent making them warrant that cost. I needed to paint the items I was sent to bring out the detail. I used Tamiya acrylic paints and had a blast putting the finishing touches to the items I was sent.

The range

In terms of a dedicated drift range things are a little limited at the moment but but is growing all the time however there are still some awesome parts available. Where Shapeways do come in handy though are with their scale garage items there is a ton of choice. Shapeways also have an extensive range of other RC parts available from classic Tamiya bits to the latest trick bits for your rock crawler. 

What I was sent

As I mentioned I was lucky enough to be sent a pretty decent amount of stuff to sink my teeth in to. I have already touched on the level of detail in the products so from this point on I am going to let the pictures do the talking.

MST wheel inserts
Engine hoist, pallet truck and tire rack

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Drift Talk

Team feature: RWD-Freaks

RWD-Freaks Holland

Team members

Tin Nguyen:
main chassis: OverDose Vacula 2
second chassis OverDose Carbon XeX

Awan Tjiptowardo:
main chassis: YD2/Carb-D
second chassis RMX-D Vip

Joeri Kroes:
main chassis: R31house GRK Global

Pascal:
main chassis: RMX-S 2.0
second chassis RRX-S
backup: DSA DR201, MST RS-01, Capt Chris RMX-S

Martin Lansink:
main chassis: RMX-S 2.0
second chassis RRX 2.0
third: Usukani PDS

Pieter Riedijk:
main chassis: RMX-S 2.0
second chassis RRX-D VIP

History

1. Please tell us how it all started?

First off all we are very honored be featured.
Thank you all for reading our story.

It all started back in early 2013 we were driving CS at the time, not competition, just for fun. We were not really a team back then, 3 guys who starting with rc drifting, we drove together at garage workplace in the weekend. One day Tin came across a Japanese Video, didn’t we all :-P. And he was hooked from that day on. Knowing we were not to reach the level of the CS competition drivers quick. He told the guys “Lets go RWD it’s the hot thing in Japan” He could not convince both at first but after he converted his EA (Eagle Racing – red.) Ta05 and got it running better and better. They tried it and got hooked just like him. It was so natural the way you needed to drive the car.
At the time there was no RTR RWD chassis, so 2 of us decided to convert a DP to a nice sliding RWD roller. From that day, we were converting it to a WUN FRD. Even a current CS chassis had to believe it: the DIB became also a RWD.

We decided: gone with AWD, RWD is the future. So seeing we were to go 100% RWD from that day on. RWD-Freak was a logical choice as a Team Name. To be honest we had it rough at first. Driving amongst the AWD guys. Speed was not all that. Also back then RWD was to be considered cheating. Because hey why would you run with a Gyro?.

But we kept going, knowing it was the future.
We kept improving and found the right tires. And suddenly speed was no longer an issue. We kept getting better and better while AWD was still at its peak in Holland. We tried to promote RWD as much as we could. By organizing RWD-Meetings. And met new members like Joerie and Pieter, Both never left. Also Pascal Joined sometime after and is also a team member that never left. Of course we have our Body builder Martin Lansink which we are very happy to have in our team.

Present

1. Are there any specialities in the team or any team member that focus on?

We have some specialties within the team Martin Lansink off course body shell builder at its finest.
Pascal who is our “Bob the builder” with chassis, Awan, Joerie and Pieter focuses on the D1-10.nl Competition
Leaves Tin, He only got eyes for blinged out chassis .

2. You guys don’t go after publicity much, compare to other teams. why is that?

We no longer need it, RWD is where we wanted it to be today. At the moment RWD is popular than ever.

3. Where do you guys drift, i.e. where can we find you?

Currently after our home base closed, our beloved Streetjam.nl track ran by the guy we all know as Capt Caveman. It is somewhat hard, the local tracks do not have structured opening times where we can plan some weeks in advance so last time the whole team was together was some time ago. So some of us can drive more than others at Drifted or DAG. And now and then at Megadrom (Germany – red.).

4. How do you guys feel about the current state of RWD, some people say that it’s being too aggressive, too much speed, not scale compare to the real deal. what are your thoughts about that subject?

Yes…some of them are really too aggressive and too much speed. This is for the RWD addicts among us just a pain in the ass. You can’t normally make a train for a round because the speed difference are too much. This is why some guys don’t want to drive competition anymore as well.

Future

1. (1 / 2) How do you see RWD to be develop in the future?

At this moment the development keeps rising and there is no ends so far…

2. (2 / 2) What do you like to see further in the RWD scene?

It’s too popular right now…so we need more local tracks

3. Are there any plans for the team for 2018 and/or further, team growth, more focus on certain specialities?

In 2018 we decide to come out with the team bodies that is designed by Martin All lexus RCF’s and we keep doing the RWD things like always. Currently we have a member stop. But who knows 😉

Finally

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Keep drifting fun, it’s just a hobby…damned

Is there anyone you want to give a shout out to?

To all peoples who like RC drifting RWD and supporting us.

Drift Talk

AceofAxe RC

Matt had asked me how I found my way to drifting. That spurred a long-winded answer that has since been shortened. (you’re welcome)

I have been into RC for a very long time. It started when I was a kid and first tried my mates Tamiya Blackfoot. I needed my own car and quickly ended up with a Traxxas RADicator. All I wanted to do was race it! I finally found my way to my first race and couldn’t wait to get on the track. It was a carpet track and had no jumps. It was basically an on-road course. I was racing an off-road buggy with carpet tyres. First lap of practice I smashed the car and destroyed the steering linkage. No spares to be found. So that ended my first race meet. I wouldn’t find my way on to another track for another 20 years.

So fast forward 20 years and I’m on a track in Coventry with a Short Course truck. It was the Traxxas Slash 4×4.  I didn’t do bad for a first time out, and really enjoyed it. But I needed lots of practice driving from a rostrum. The closest track to me was Snetterton (which has since been bought and destroyed). I sat out with a mate to go get some practice running around that track, albeit a road course. But it allowed me to practice controlling the car from a distance.

We were making lap after lap, getting quicker and learning how to navigate the corners better. But it was a mistake that launched me into the next chapter of my RC life.

I was getting faster and starting to really push the 4×4 Slash around the corners. But I came in to the corner at the end of the straight way too fast and started to slide out. But then I caught it and managed to hold a perfect drift around the corner. That was it! I had drifted before on dirt, snow, Grass and other surfaces, but this was the first time I seen it on a track. So that was me for the rest of the day, getting the tyres to break loose and drift the truck around the apexes was now my only concern!

I went home that night and ordered a HPI Sprint 2. My mate had just opened a RC Shop with a drift track and I knew I could practice there. I bought a one way for the front, locked the rear diff, upgraded to an ally chassis and added drift tyres. Sorted!

Meeting Matt Ellis, Lee Hughes and David Matthews at the shop was a great help! They would take time to give me some tips, not only on drifting but setup as well. I drifted with the Sprint 2 for a few months. But I ended up stepping up my game a bit and bought a Sakura D4 AWD. I used that and got comfortable with it. But, I was already starting to look at the RWD by the time I was getting comfortable with the AWD. It seemed everyone was going that way, but I wasn’t convinced yet.

I decided I needed to practice a little closer to home. It was a 2-hour drive to the Midlands just to do some drifting. So, I started to look for some used carpet. Then, I found out my local on road club had some spare carpet bits. They let me have a few rolls. I started a small drift club and tried to get some people interested. I ran into a few issues though. One was the carpet, it was loaded with additive from the on-road cars and would be a bit sticky for drifting. Next, the venue was only available on Tuesday from 6-10. And Lastly, there was just a lack of things to mark the track out with. The lack of track layout materials was the most painful for me. After seeing the well laid out ones all over YouTube, I knew I needed to step up my game.

I bought some of the Tetsujin click together drift track. After ordering it from Hong Kong and paying Duty on it, it was apparent I wouldn’t be buying much more of that. At least not without a sponsor! Lol I started looking into other items that would be useful but kept coming back to the Tetsujin track! But we managed to make it all work.

All things considered it was a fun event but only lasted for a few months. The Tuesday night would be too much of an odd day to get the numbers we needed to carry on.

Right, fast forward to now. I had been watching Midlands Drift Society, NRD and other drift events on YouTube.  I was getting really interested in it again and after reading the latest issue of ONETEN Drift I knew I had to call me old’ mate Matt! I found out when the next event was and headed up to Fazely for the November meet!

I showed up and immediately started setting up cameras to capture the action. I have a YouTube channel and love capturing events that not only look fun but are ran and attended by great people! And this event was full of great people! It was great to see Bullhead again as well! I missed his beard! Lol and now, he does too!

{ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcRzL0pGtm4 }

Quite simply a great event and I came away from it with a new-found desire to get back into drifting! So much so in fact, I immediately started making phone calls.

I quickly sourced some carpet for a drift track. I had it in loaded into my van and ready to start a track exactly 7 days from attending Midlands Drift Society’s November event. I started talking to Matt and asking loads of questions about where I could find various bits and the best way to start building my own layout. So, stay tuned for West Suffolk Drift (#WSD) I will keep you updated.

You can follow the journey by searching AceofAxe on all your favourite social media. Make sure you let me know you found me by reading ONETEN Drift, that way I can tell Matt thanks each and every time! Lol

See you on the track,

Scott

Drift Talk

Why the mag ended

Why the mag ended

It is a question I have been asked a lot since the announcement was made on Facebook a few weeks ago. I thought I would explain the decision for those interested here and make the plan for the future clear.

One of the major factors was time, chasing content, writing content and then designing the mag took an incredible amount of time. When the magazine started I was in a job I hated and had time to burn, I also needed a creative outlet. Before Christmas 2017 I was made redundant, I quickly found another job, a job that allows me to be creative and one I love. Unfortunately now I don’t have time to burn and fitting the magazine in had become impossible.

Another reason was the schedule, releasing a mag every few months means Yokomuki sit on really great content and you guys have to wait to see it. Before the mag I was able to publish content on the website as soon as we had it. I want us to get back to that original idea of regular content on the website. The stuff I put in the magazine will now be put on the website as soon as I have it, sure it won’t be wrapped up in a nice neat package anymore but the content will still be the same.

Matt Ellis RC

I am a massive RC fan, I love the everything about the RC hobby and the opportunity to start writing for other publications came my way last year. I have contributed reviews for RC Racer magazine, RC Mart blog site and RCCar.Zone to name a few. I simply couldn’t produce the kind of magazine I wanted anymore, as I said there just isn’t enough hours in the day.

Yokomuki RC

The final factor in the decision was simple, it just wasn’t fun anymore. Drifting had started to become a chore and the need to find and chase content to hit deadlines was becoming a drag. As a result the team suffered, what started as a group of people out to have fun had gone. The team was forgotten One/Ten overtook Yokomuki, I need to put that right and get this team back on track. No deadlines, no rules, just drifting if that is there everything else will follow.

What the future holds who knows, the team may lose sponsors and followers but that isn’t what I started Yokomuki for. I will go back to what I love drifting and writing about what I want to write about. What I will do is open Yokomuki up to you guys, if you have something you think should be published then this is the platform for you. Send in articles and features for the website get yourself out there, the doors are open.

Lastly I want to thank two people who made the magazine possible for over a year, first Zac Loftus my best buddy and probably one of the greatest designers in the world who helped make the magazine visually stunning. Then my good buddy and team mate Ash Williams who contributed fantastic content to the magazine and went out of his way to help make it awesome.

Thanks for reading, take care and stay sideways!

 

Matt Ellis

Drift Talk

Drift Track Etiquette

Drift Track Etiquette

We wrote an article about track etiquette last year and it was pretty well received at the time, the hobby has come a long way since and has seen a wealth of “noobs” join the drift world. This is due to clubs and people creating geat tracks and the cost of getting in to the hobby reducing massively thanks to models like the D4 and YD2.

 

The standard of drifting here in the UK has also improved massively with people trying to drift together and get drift trains going. At MDS we see a lot of new faces coming through the door at each event and for the most part these noobs respect the track and the people on it, some however don’t naturally pick up on track behaviour. It falls to someone to put a hand on their shoulder and say “this aint racing try this” which isn’t always the most comfortable conversation to have with someone when they have paid to use the venue.

So with that in mind below are some simple things you can outline to newcomers to get them up to speed.

1, it is drifting not racing, it’s not about how fast you go round the track if you want to go fast join a racing club. If you find yourself behind a train of cars all trying to drift together don’t smash through them it’s NOT COOL hang back let them do their thing, better still try and join in drifting with better drifters will help you improve.


2, If you spin out wait for the cars behind to pass don’t pull straight back on to the line and cause a collision. In most cases you are better to just not move trying to avoid people only leads to more carnage.

3, Have respect for the cars on track some people have invested thousands in their chassis and spent hundreds on bodyshells.

4, Observe the recommended drift line at each track it is there to help you improve and have more fun. These are normally indicated by lines on the track and clip boxes following these will help you understand the way everybody else is drifting.


5, the track owners have spent a lot of time and money building their track smashing the hell out of them is again NOT COOL. If you get stuck don’t sit and spin the hell out of your wheels this can damage the carpet simply go and retrieve your car.

6, Drifters are a friendly bunch don’t be afraid to speak to people, ask for advice people will always be willing to help because the more people drifting at a high standard the more fun it is for everyone. Everybody wants drifting to reach a certain standard in the UK and folk are more than happy to take time to sit down and explain things.

7, If you are trying to get in a train and give someone a love nudge by mistake nobody is going to flip their shit at you because you are trying to drift and people appreciate that. As long as you are sticking to the same speed as everyone else you will be fine.


Have fun, have respect

Matt Ellis RC

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Yokomuki RC

Images taken at Midlands Drift Society