Drift Talk

Drift Talk: Some quick advice for noobs!

Drift Talk: Some quick advice for noobs!

First of all thank god (or whoever you believe in) it’s Friday, I was reading through our track etiquette blog yesterday (which received a great response, thank you) and it got me thinking what other advice could we give to the noobs.

I have seen a few posts recently on various groups with people asking questions about everything from what chassis to buy to what Lipo batteries and various other questions. Some of these have received great advice and some have been ridiculed for bad choices, so I want to give my opinion on a few of these questions. Remember this is my opinion and I am not saying it is the correct one or that these options will suit everybody but if it helps one person then my job is done.

So here is some advice for noobs, those newcomers who often get overlooked and are to scared to ask.

What Chassis to buy?

Now I am a big fan of supporting your local hobby shop (LHS) but unfortunately as 90% of model shops don’t really cater for the drift community, so if you go to your LHS for advice you will more than likely walk away with something from HPI or Tamiya. Now there is nothing wrong with those to brands but you will not have a drift chassis you will have a touring car with hard tires and you will be forever chasing your tail trying to get it to drift well, it’s not impossible but it will mean you spending more money in the long run.

People will disagree with me on this but in my opinion your best option is the Sakura D4 if you buy in the UK you are looking at just over the hundred pound mark, you can get them cheaper online but like I say if you can spend that fraction more and help your LHS or stockist in the UK.

The reason I recommend the D4 over anything else is you have the choice, as it is available in RWD or CS and if you try one and don’t like it you can modify the chassis to try the other. There are also a tonne of hop ups available for it from various suppliers. Yes you will have to source radio gear, electrics and a bodyshell but trust me it will be a much better starting point than the RTR stuff on the market.

What Electrics?

This is a big question, the beating heart of your drifter needs careful consideration and to be honest this is more a question of budget. So let’s say you are trying to keep your spend to a minimum because after all you are a noob and this hobby might not be for you.

For me you need to buy the Toro TS120 Competition ESC from Sky RC without doubt the best ESC for under £100, for around £75 you can get a super smooth ESC with an advanced timing system. Tonnes of people will agree with this and there will be plenty of people around to give you advice on it, worth mentioning though if you want the best from this ESC it is worth spending an extra £15 and buying the program box (PROGBOX) to be able to easily adjust settings.

Motor wise just something smooth around 10.5T will do make sure its sensored, maybe the Onisiki sensored brushless motor, there are alternative available from Yeah Racing, Speed Passion and OMG to name a few.

What batteries?

Plain and simple for me 2s Lipo’s good mAh rating I would say you want at least 5000mAh and a good discharge rate anything over 60C should see you right, something like the Turnigy Graphene 6600mAh 2S2P 90C Hard case Lipo Pack or if you need something cheaper I have been using the Turnigy nano-tech 5300mah 2S2P 30~60C Hard case Lipo they only have a 30 – 60C discharge rate but they will do a job if you are on a budget. Remember if you are new to Lipo tech you need to look after them and be sensible check out this guide http://thedronegirl.com/2015/02/07/lipo-battery/ it is from a drone site but the advice is spot on about battery care.

I won’t get in to telling you where to buy all this stuff as people are loyal to certain sellers so I will leave that to you.

#GETMUKI

Matt

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Bodyshells & Builders

Drift Talk: Bodyshells, what do you like and why?

Drift Talk: Bodyshells, what do you like and why?

Been a few days since we talked rubbish and I thought you might be missing us, so let’s talk bodyshells what style do you like Jap, German, American Muscle? What’s your favourite brand?
Or what brand are you made to think is the best?

First off what shells do I like?

I have been around a while and I am by no means the best when it comes to bodyshells I paint them destroy them and move on. I have tried most brands over the years, Yokomo was always my brand of choice great detail lots of accessories and stickers with each shell for around £40 to £50 depending where you got it from. However they have changed all that and have become far too expensive when you factor in everything is now sold separately. My last Yokomo body wasn’t even that great when it came to quality.

Over the last few years I have found Matrixline stuff to be okay for the money and for a quick basher you can’t go wrong with HPI they’re not perfect but they are cheap. Tamiya have always been fantastic in my opinion great detail and who doesn’t love Tamiya. I have had a few Pandora bodies and they offer some quite quirky shells and they have got better over the years, their decals could be better.

One brand that has impressed me though is Killer Body, their shells are very well priced and you get tonnes with each kit and the detail is fantastic our very own slideshow has their crown and it is fantastic. They have some cool shells out and are bringing new stuff to market all the time.

Style?

I don’t really have a favourite style personally if it is done right any shell can look cool, I was at Ratrap the weekend and naturally you see some epic bodies up there from clean street shells to epic drift missiles. Our very own Dud the stud has picked up an epic Chevy shell which looks the nuts going round the track.

I think shells are just a cool way to express yourself so I don’t stick to a certain style with mine although you can guarantee 9 out of 10 shells will be black…..

So let us know what floats your boat, do you agree with me or do you have different opinions on the above.

We will be featuring some awesome shells in issue 3 that have been sent in so keep an eye out for that.

#GETMUKI

 

Matt

One Ten Drift Ezine

#NFG Issue 5: Midlands Drift Society

Sunday marked the first full day of testing at the new venue for Midlands Drift Society and what a day it was but first a little info on how we got to this point.

Last year as LARC drift was winding up a group of drifters from around Birmingham clubbed together to buy their carpet and take over their venue in Little Aston forming Yujin RC sadly due to restrictions with the size and times the venue was available, Yujin never realised its potential.  At the start of 2016 after 6 months of drift nights it became clear that Yujin was coming to the end, the decision was taken that the carpet would be sold.

Not wanting the carpet to be lost a few of the original group (myself included) decided to buy the carpet after figuring out all the details we finally got the carpet. A group of 6 people were left out of the original 13 (Bullhead, Darren Dudley, Me, Garf, Lee Hughes & Jack Leach) Bullhead was quick to find us a new venue. After checking out the new venue and a visit to the local pub it was clear we were all on the same page with the carpet and future events.

We all agreed we wanted to put our own stamp on things and not continue with the Yujin RC name, Midlands Drift Society was quickly decided upon. So that brings us to Sunday and our first day of testing at the new venue. We arrived nice and early on Sunday morning buzzing for the day ahead. Over in Little Aston we were never able to unroll the carpet fully due to the size of the hall that is not a problem in the new venue we were shocked at just how much bigger the carpet was when it was rolled out.

By around 10:30 after a good hoover and some hard graft we had the track down after a few hours of sliding it became clear we still need to sort a few details out on the track but only minor ones. We had a visit from Gary Richard James who was impressed and had a slide with us for a few hours, Dale Clements of Usukani UK (& one of the main driving forces behind Yujin) dropped in to check out the place and show some support. On the whole it was a good day with plenty of things to think about.

So here are some details we can reveal about upcoming events first of all the new venue, Fazeley Town Hall Tamworth Road, Fazeley, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3RH, our events will be held on Saturdays from 11:00 AM till 10:00 PM these will be held monthly we are still working out pricing etc.

Stay tuned to the Midlands Drift Society & Yokomuki RC pages for more details and dates for events.

Stay safe, stay sideways….

Matt

Yokomuki RC

One Ten Drift Ezine

#NFG Issue 3: Our trip to Ratrap RC/N.R.D

Our first Yokomuki road trip of the year saw us travel up north to Wakefield, to check out Ratrap RC/N.R.D. We assembled at my place at 7:30 before heading over to pick up fellow drifter Jon. I won’t bore you with the details of the journey, but going 4-up in the world’s lowest BMW meant a lot of scraping and scuffing for the duration. When we arrived at Ratrap we met up with the lads from Yujin RC and The Outsliders.

I was blown away by the place, the guys had placed banners around the track with Yokomuki Skulls and Yujin RC logos which was a nice touch and made us feel really welcome. We were lucky enough to get a look around the whole place including the awesome race track hiding upstairs, they also have the best indoor scaling course I have seen, it made me incredibly sad that I sold my SCX10. It was then on to the drift track, which is an absolute credit to the guys there. It opens with a beautifully detailed little section which offers many perfect photo opportunities, then that leads into the huge drift track which, again, has some really nice details and finishing touches.

One thing me and Garf commented on was the fact that there was nowhere to get stuck, more often than not when you head to various drift tracks there are tonnes of places to get stuck, meaning your shoes are on and off all day as you run to rescue your car. The track is nice & wide and forgiving for beginners but technical and entertaining enough for the more seasoned drifters. The pit area has plenty of room to accommodate everybody, and there’s plenty of table surface with space underneath for the hauler, which is always appreciated.

The atmosphere was fantastic, really relaxed and friendly, but the big plus point for us was the two lovely ladies who were on hand all day to keep us fed and watered. Great food, reasonable prices and A BREW IN A MUG! I cannot tell you how nice it is to sit and work on your car while having a brew in a mug.

As always, Garf was a drift machine, going through battery after battery getting as much track-time as possible, Lee Lee started the day with a RWD DIB but ended up reverting back to 4WD and I got plenty of track-time in and had a good natter with some great people. I also got my hands on some new stickers, which is always a bonus.

On the journey home we were all buzzing from a truly brilliant day and we are already looking forward to our next visit. If you are planning a trip to Ratrap you won’t be disappointed and if you are not planning a trip, sort yourself out and get planning one.

Big thanks to everybody at Ratrap for their hospitality, the place is a credit to your hard work and dedication.

Stay safe, stay sideways

Matt