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Drift Talk: What is your favourite bodyshell ever?

Hello, yes we are still alive and today is time for some waffle! I have been off setting up my own website and Facebook page for a personal project and it appears the rest of the team has been busy! I have the Timehop app and not long ago it flagged up a gem from my past which is the reason for today’s blog.

It flagged up this my old Yokomo FC body.

So I am going to talk bodyshells for a minute, I have been drifting for a while and have had my fair share of shells (See the addiction blog) this shell however is my all-time favourite. It was one of my first Yokomo bodies and it was perfect. I loved drifting with this shell, I have never enjoyed drifting with another shell as much as I did with this. I knew exactly where to put it through corners and could get its ass right up the barriers at Radshape (which was brave those things were metal and when you hit them your bodyshell showed the scars).

People have mentioned in the past how certain shells drift differently to others and there is definitely some truth in it. You get used to certain reference points on your shell when drifting which help you judge things, how close you are to wall for example. I am sure after a few laps most people will get used to a shell but I do think some suit you better than others.

I have fancied an E30 shell for a while, when I finally got one I hated it tried running it for a while but just couldn’t get to grips with it. The FC clicked straight away for me and I had this shell for a long time sadly I don’t think Yokomo make it anymore and the one in the photo has long gone. These days I tend to stick with S chassis bodies and get on okay with them.

So what shells do you prefer to drift with and what is your favourite shell?

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Cheers for reading

Matt

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Drift Talk: Problems for noobs and entry level pricing!

Yesterday we sparked debate about the rising cost of drifting, most of you agreed a few didn’t but raised valid points to defend their argument. One thing that was made clear is those with plenty of cash will always spend big bucks on the stuff at the top of the hobby. I can’t knock them for that if I had spare cash I would do the same. I don’t think having the best chassis on the market or the most bling is a bad thing so fair play to those who can afford it.

The starting point

The most concerning thing I think is the entry price point, this is where the price has really crept up over the last few years. I know you have your HPI and Tamiya stuff but I really don’t class this as entry level stuff, I am talking CS and RWD options. If I was a noob who had picked up a HPI sprint for arguments sake I would instantly feel out of place at a drift track with the out the box model. I know you could go and spend a fortune on the Yeah Racing upgrades for one but then let’s face it you may as well buy the right thing first. By the time you have upgraded it you will be at least 350-400 quid out of pocket.

There are what you would class as entry level price products available from most drift manufacturers including Yokomo, MST, Street Jam and Sakura to name a few. However there is a distinct lack of RTR options MST have a fair few and I think there maybe one available from Street Jam but I am not 100%. Now all of us in the hobby probably enjoy the building as much as the drifting but the casual hobbyist or those looking to get in to the hobby may be put off by the fact they have got to build something, wire it up, paint a shell these are all daunting things if you have never done them before.

The above problem leads to people being fobbed of by their local hobby shop and ending up with a touring car with plastic tyres, they then show up to their local track totally unprepared for how underwhelming their chassis will be. While I am yet to visit a track in the UK that would turn its back on these people. All UK tracks will go above and beyond to get these guys up and running and help as much as possible, the poor dude who has just spent a few hundred quid will always have one hand behind his back. I am sure the attitude of the UK tracks is mirrored around the world because on like other forms of RC drifting is a very friendly hobby.

Problems for noobs

The problem for these new guys is the expense let’s say for arguments sake they have been to a model shop and spent £200 on something RTR from a mainstream manufacturer, they will outgrow that chassis in a matter of weeks. We see it all the time at MDS people show up  with their new RTR and quickly end up wanting a better chassis either RWD or CS so within a couple of months they end up buying something else more often than not the D4. They then switch to a brushless set-up and buy a new servo, Lipo batteries and charger and normally the only thing that ends up on the D4 off their original purchase is the bodyshell.

So within a few months of starting drifting you have probably ended up spending closer to £600. I won’t slag the LHS off for selling the initial RTR they are running a business and need to make money but why do model shops continue to overlook drifting. They will bitch and moan that buying from overseas is cheaper but the same can be said for any form of RC. I would much rather buy in the UK for a little bit more and I am sure I am not alone in that attitude. When I purchased my MST XXX I used Soul RC even though I could have got it cheaper from Hobby Best, I wanted the support that came from buying from a UK supplier. In fact the only time I buy from overseas is when I can’t find a UK supplier.

So my question is how you better educate newbies to save them money when in reality their first stop will almost always be their LHS. Will model shops ever get on board with the drift scene, I know a few have tried but they have never given it time to take hold or promoted it properly.

We are going to work out a few good solid entry level options and post them up over the next few days and hopefully that will help one or two people in the future.

Enjoy your weekend and stay sideways

 

Matt

 

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Drift Talk: The growing prices and pressure on RC…

The growing prices and pressure on RC drifters is the subject of today’s drift talk. Not many days go by without seeing some new sexy drift part or chassis being announced on social media. The rate of development at the minute is insane. I’m not saying it is a bad thing in fact it is awesome that the boundaries are being pushed so much, but how is that effecting the market.

New products a plenty

Take for example the YD-2, last Christmas I picked up the standard plastic version and was delighted with it’s out the box performance but since the initial release of the YD-2 and the YD-2 Plus we have had the YD-2 EX and now Yokomo have announced the YD-2S Plus, So in less than 12 months my chassis is now 3 models old.  With each new chassis you see the price point increase, obviously each version has new bells and whistles on it which improve the performance.

The latest Overdose Gyro the DAIS comes in at three times the price of my gyro but it does a hell of a lot for the money and has been branded revolutionary by some. With this revolution comes huge prices, upgrade costs are insane as well and some are just purely for a bit of chassis bling (Which most of us are guilty of having).

The second hand market

The rate of improvement and the rising cost of products has all but shafted the chances of you getting good money for your chassis should you want to sell it. I have recently seen MST XXX-D HT VIPs going for as little as 200 quid with upgrades, a chassis that would cost in excess of 500 without any upgrades new. The harsh reality is that even though it is a sensational chassis it is well dated now, I tried to sell mine a few months ago and some of the offers being made were to be fair were insulting, you can’t blame people for trying to bag a bargain though. I decided I would rather keep mine than take a low offer (Proved to be a good decision as I have ended up using it again as my CS chassis)

The pressures

I don’t know if this is the same for everybody but I feel the pressure a little bit with all the new products and advances in tech it is easy to feel left behind. I don’t knock anybody who can keep up with the trends and the latest products but for a guy with a wife and two kids and an average paying job I just can’t afford or justify the very top end of the hobby. This does get me down when you see all the cool stuff around but know you will never be able to afford any of it, The reality is if you save your dosh up for a while to buy something it will have taken that long that by the time you buy it a month later the next best thing will be out. Then you are left with something worth half of what you paid for it.

I am not saying this hampers my enjoyment of drifting or by having the latest stuff makes you a better drifter. It just sucks a little that I can’t afford the cooler end of the hobby anymore and I guess the gap will continue to grow as the improvements continue.

It would be interesting to hear what you guys think and how you feel about drifting, are you drifting on a budget or is money no object and you have the best of everything. If you have the high end stuff are you happy with it do you think it makes a huge difference. If you are on a budget or middle of the road drifter are you happy with that or would you like the high end stuff.

 

Cheers

Matt

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The future of the magazine

The future of the magazine

Issue 4 was released last week and personally I think it was our best issue yet, so our attention has turned to the future of the magazine. Interest in the magazine is growing steadily with each issue and we have had some great feedback so far however we do feel we are in need of some changes to the format.

We love RC drifting but it has become clear we are catering to a very small audience, when we started out with the mag we always had a goal of getting review content in there but we have had no joy with any manufacturers to this day. In fact we have sent a copy of the mag out on more than one occasion to them and had zero response or feedback (Maybe they just don’t think it’s any good). We always wanted to show the hobby off as a whole so not be solely a review machine but a place that highlighted the good stuff in the hobby from individuals and teams, tracks and venues, talented builders etc. I think we do that with the current format pretty well and people are always submitting content we are already well underway with issue 5.

So how do we change it up a little?

We want to dedicate a section of each issue to none drift related content, we don’t plan on taking content out we will simply make each issue bigger. Hopefully this will give us a broader audience and also it may introduce RC drifting to people who are not familiar with it. The logical step for us would be to include scale/crawler content as it is something we are big fans of and we know many people who drift also scale as well.

We don’t want to stop at just crawling, we would love to cover all aspects of the RC world and maybe even none RC related hobbies which people may find interesting static model builds for example. We don’t know if we want to change to a fully-fledged RC magazine but it can’t hurt to show off some of the other stuff that is out there.

What we need!

We want to keep to a similar format with none drift related content, so we would like to feature great spots to go scaling/crawling for example. Awesome tracks to go buggy racing, tips, advice, information on anything and everything. Let’s just make this magazine about the fun that is had in the hobby regardless of whether it is crawling, racing, flying, bashing or vintage.

If you want to get involved please get in touch with us via Facebook or email us Yokomukirc@hotmail.com

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Thanks for reading

Matt

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Drift Talk: MDS event at JAE

Yokomuki along with the rest of the MDS crew and Asbo-RC will be putting on a 3 day drift event at this year’s Japanese Auto Extravaganza (JAE), our part of the show will run from the 1st till the 3rd of September. This is a great chance for us to show off the hobby to a new audience and also a great chance for the drift community to hang out and have fun at the end of the summer.

We have two types of tickets available for the weekend, single day and full weekend you can find out about pricing on the MDS page buying tickets through us will be discounted compared to buying at the show. All tickets will give you access to our track and the usual MDS style event as well as full access to the show itself.

The full weekend tickets include camping for the duration and unlimited access to our track we can drift till we drop. We can fire up the BBQ’s, have a few beers and show off drifting to the masses, we will also be running raffles and giveaways all weekend as we do at our usual events. We may even run a few fun comps but nothing serious the goal of the weekend is to show off how fun the hobby is. Weather depending we will be running a separate track for members of the public to try their hand at drifting so you won’t have to worry about your cars getting battered by noobs.

As this is a Japanese car show only Japanese bodyshells will be permitted at the request of the organisers, these can be street, stance, race or missile as long as its Japanese.

We are hosting the event along with Kettering Model Car Club who will be running a full race meet in the RC arena on a separate track of course. Adam Burgess from Kettering Model Car Club posted this about the event to give you a little more info!

“Well I thought I’d take a minute just to cover a little more of what goes on at JAE, as after all, all of you who have ordered tickets through me or through MDS have access to it all – not just the RC Arena. Those of you who attending the event for multiple days will have plenty of time to explore while your cars take a break. And even the day visitors will have ample opportunity to experience some of what JAE is all about.

So first up what is JAE? Well JAE is the largest all Japanese car show in Europe, and probably even the biggest outside of Japan now. Well over 3000 Japanese vehicles are expected to be on display, brought along by individuals and car club’s from all round the UK and further afield. Have you ever been a forum or FB group member of a Jap car club? I have, both GT4OC and IMOC actually. There is a very good chance you will see these club’s you have engaged with over the years live and in the flesh at JAE, not just on a computer on phone screen – imagine that!

For these club’s JAE is an end of season celebration, a time to just chill out with their mates and enjoy a fun weekend. There’s no mad track action like you would find at events at the likes of Santa Pod or Silverstone, just enthusiasts parking up the pride and joy, giving it a polish and then breaking out the beer and fire up a BBQ.

In addition to all the car club’s you will also find a large trade area with all kinds of companies, not purely automotive, demonstrating and selling their products. There are food and drink vendors too so if you’ve had enough BBQ food then you have some other options.

Other attractions include a 4×4 display area, drift taxis, a race car paddock, show and shine display and on Saturday night there is a cosplay competition, firework display and live bands. Also the HKS IKO (its a knockout) interclub challenge see’s members of lots of the attending club’s take part in challenges to score points, events including Japanese Food Eating, Tug of War, Car Pull and more take place throughout the Saturday.

So in short, if you thought you were just booking into a race meeting or drift event then you are mistaken. Of course for the majority here the RC part is the major attraction but if you are able to then I’d strongly advise attending for as much of the weekend as you can and enjoying everything that is on offer at JAE. Remember, the chance to camp for up to 3 nights with wash and toilet facilities next to the track, plus use if the mains power supply is all included in your weekend ticket. Speak to the MDS chaps or me about ticket prices and how to order, and for anyone who has booked a 1 day ticket but fancies upgrading to a weekend ticket instead there is still time to change.”

The whole event will be covered in the ONE/TEN Drift E-zine as well as other media platforms so it is a great chance to promote your club, team or brand if you would like to send banners to be displayed round the track please get in touch. Cut off for booking in is the 19th of August but be aware numbers are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment

Thanks for reading

Matt

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We love RC, do you?

We love RC, do you?

As this is not really Drift related I am leaving it out of the usual drift talk blog, I want to talk about RC in general. Saturday me and Daz went down to Burton Dasset for a spot of scaling, it is something we both like to do when we are taking a break from drifting. Scaling always offer a nice change of pace to drifting, you get out in the fresh air and get to walk round instead of being stood trackside for hours in a stuffy hall or unit.

OTHER FORMS OF RC

At Yokomuki RC we all have various tastes in RC, some of us just drift but most of us have dabbled a little with various forms of RC over the years. Daz has come from a racing background with 1/5th scale petrol cars being something he was into heavily at one point, he also started scaling before he got in to drifting. Lee is our resident lunatic he has a reputation for making things go fast, drifting opened the hobby up for Lee but it wasn’t long before he found himself racing stuff off-road. Lee has long lived by the code of buying something and sticking a huge brushless motor in it and driving it ti the wheels fall off. Inevitably with Lee’s RC habits he has had his fair share of epic crashes, one incident springs to mind with Lee and a few who know him will be familiar with this story.

THE STORY OF HIS MOST EPIC CRASH!

Me, Lee and Dave used to work for a model shop a few years ago and Lee was always building ridiculous fast models one he was particularly pleased with was his short course truck (I think it was made by HaBao) needless to say it was rapid. We were mucking around outside the shop one afternoon with a few customers getting big air off ramps and just generally pissing around.

Lee had the idea to push the ramp up next to a kerb and try and jump over the grass verge next to it, sounds harmless enough until you noticed he was taking one hell of a run up. He started his run up the car looked stable enough until just before the ramp. Lee lost control just before hitting the ramp and veered to the one side missing the ramp and smashing into the kerb. What followed can only be described as an explosion of RC bits, wheels, bits of chassis and other parts went flying some of which were never found. Lee was obviously gutted but he took it on the chin and built another monster although he never took that near the ramp again.

There is a video somewhere I think!

WHAT RC MEANS TO YOU

For me drifting opened me up to the RC hobby in general, I have had fast off-road stuff, touring cars and 1/14th Tamiya trucks. I love the build, I am a big fan of old Tamiya kits they are just good fun to build. I think it is nice to have a distraction from the drift side of things from time to time and with scaling I really get to let loose I don’t worry when I see my SCX rolling down a hill side. Having said all this I am looking forward to dusting off the drift car for MDS on Saturday.

So what about you guys do you just drift? Or are you in to other forms of the hobby? What does RC mean to you?

RC has always been a nice escape from the day to day crap that life throws at you, there is something very therapeutic about building something from scratch and taking on that first run.

I have always thought about expanding the reach of Yokomuki and the magazine to cover other forms of RC but I wouldn’t want to dilute what we do. Maybe in the future we could create a full blown RC magazine, it is certainly something to think about.

Let us know what you think and what forms of RC you are in to…

Matt

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