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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

#GETMUKI

Yokomuki RC

Images taken at Midlands Drift Society

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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

Check out issue 1-4 here

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Drift Talk: Guest bloggers, we need you!

Guest bloggers, we need you!

We like to blog, we like to share our views on certain things but we know that sometimes people don’t agree or may have a different slant on something. So we are opening up our blog to guest bloggers, we can’t offer financial rewards for this but we can offer a platform for people to share their knowledge and insight in to the hobby.

Guest bloggers are welcome to link back to their own pages and groups (sharing is caring) our goal has always been to be a vital source of information and opinion. We will of course still voice ours but we want to share what other people think as well.

It is important to point out that we still want content for the magazine and if you want to share something massive about your team or track, it may be worth putting that to us for inclusion in to the magazine. The blog is more for people to share their opinions or tips, to spark discussion amongst the community.

So if you fancy a guest blogger spot get in touch with us via Facebook or you can email us at Yokomukirc@hotmail.com it doesn’t need to be regular stuff just as and when you feel like it, we won’t be making demands on timescales, word counts and all that crap.

Alternatively if you want to contribute to the magazine click here to see what we are after.

We would again like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for the tremendous support we have received over the last few years. We love doing what we do and your support makes it all worthwhile.

Many thanks,

Matt (Mr Yokomuki RC)

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Drift Talk: Your dream chassis?

Drift Talk: Your dream chassis?

Today I want to talk about your dream chassis, that chassis you always wanted to own. We have written some stuff recently that has divided opinion a little which we like as it gets people talking, today though is about being mushy and sentimental.

For me it wasn’t a specific chassis that I dreamed about originally it was more a brand, anything by that brand would do. Like most people I got in to the hobby watching YouTube videos and one brand always stood out and that was Yokomo. I was a budget drifter using the usual TT-01 followed by a TA-05 and finally a Sprint 2 but I had always wanted a Yokomo chassis. In late 2012 I landed a job in the hobby and it wasn’t long after that I was sent some info on the Yokomo DIB, it was love at first site.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on one a few months later, I remember the day it arrived being like an excited kid at Christmas. I know the DIB is not everyone’s cup of tea but for me personally I love the chassis, I have had it for 4 years now and many other models have come and gone in that time but the DIB will always be my favourite.

It has changed a lot over the years it started life as a humble version one DIB it now has all 3 upgrade packs on it, runs 1.8 CS and drifts beautifully. It doesn’t see much of the track these days as it is semi-retired since I purchased the Yokomo YD-2 late last year and started to focus on RWD. For me Yokomo are still the best brand around, they are easy to set up and do the job straight out the box.

So people, let us know what your dream chassis is or was, do you own it now? Did it live up to your expectations?

As always get in touch via our Facebook page drop us a comment or message, let us know your thoughts.

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Matt

#Usukani #ASBORC #Yokomukirc

Remember to check out issue 1&2 of our free to download drift magazine issue 3 lands soon! Download here

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Drift Talk: Beginners budget buying guide

Drift Talk: Budget buying guide for beginners

Why have we bothered with a budget buying guide for beginners, well we ran a blog recently where we discussed a good starting point for people, as the advice from local hobby shops (LHS) can be sketchy at best, the blog was well received so we thought we would go all out and give you the best advice we could for those newcomers on a budget or with that little bit more dosh at their disposal. The stuff we are going to suggest is based on what we know, what we have run and not guess work. You may have different ideas on chassis’ and electrics based on what you run but we don’t want to do any guess work on our part.

So let’s just say you’re on a budget your average RTR from HPI is going to cost around £200 but that doesn’t represent the best value for money, it will come with a NiMH battery, brushed motor and ESC and some low end radio gear. You will end up upgrading to a brushless motor and ESC and maybe switching over to lipo batteries at some stage, you will probably want to change the radio gear to give you more control. After all of these upgrades you still will only have a glorified touring car that now owes you over £400.

The question is what else you can get for around that money or just a little bit more and will it be a better option, so if you take the £200 you started with plus about £200 in upgrades, here is what I would be buying with a budget of £400.

What Chassis?

For me when it comes to entry level stuff the best option available and it will help keep your overall spend down is the Sakura D4. The D4 is available in both CS and RWD models so you have the choice of which discipline you want to try, it’s worth noting that both can be converted should you not like CS and you want to try RWD or vice versa. The D4 is available in the UK for around £115 you can find it cheaper overseas but then you take the risk of import charges etc. Where possible I always like to support UK sellers.

Although the D4 falls under the budget category it certainly packs some punch straight out the box here are some of it’s out the box features.

Weight Distribution: Allows the battery to be mounted on the rear diffuser or in front of the motor.

Steering: A redesigned steering rack which allows the massive steering angles required for RWD drifting.

Drivetrain: Utilizing a belt drive system, connecting to a rear spool follows the trends of new drift cars.

Suspension: Suspension components have been completely redesigned to accommodate the large steering angle. The D4 Features Y arm suspension on the front which is seen almost all high end cars, will prevent the wheels from hitting the a-arm.

Oil Filled Coil Spring Shocks: 55mm coiled spring oil filled shocks with threaded shock bodies allows a more progressive chassis roll action and easy tuning

Moulded Rear Diffuser: For an added touch of realism, a moulded composite rear diffuser comes standard to give the Sakura D4 the extra attention to detail

FRP Chassis: The Sakura D4 will be outfitted with a FRP lower plate chassis designed with rigidity in mind to ensure efficient side to side weight transfer to easily initiate high speed drifting.

As well as being pretty awesome out the box 3 Racing offer a huge range of upgrades to further improve the chassis. There are also tonnes of third party companies that make upgrades for the D4 including Usukani & Oxygen to name a couple, so the D4 is a chassis you can really progress with.

What Electrics?

Electrics is a trickier subject to tackle as there are quite a few budget options available but what you really want is a sensored brushless combo this will allow for smoother control of your throttle. As we are working with a budget you can’t go wrong with Speed Passion Reventon-R ESC-2S-Silver Comp V3.0-10.5R  Motor Combo priced at around £80 it comes with everything you need including a program card and if you are like me and not a dab hand with a soldering iron it comes plug and play with dean’s connectors. For the money the Reventon is a very smooth combo it is better than some higher end combos I have used.

You could also check out the Toro 120A Esc which is a step up from the Speed Passion, you will however be paying around £75 for just the ESC but you can add the program card and a motor for around another £60 so you will be looking at £135, which is why for this blog I have gone with the speed passion to keep cost down.

What Servo & Radio Gear?

With our spend currently sitting at around £195.00, with a little shopping around you could shave a little off that figure though so it is worth searching the internet.

So chassis and electrics sorted you need to add radio gear and a servo for me this is where you don’t want to cheap out, a good servo and radio gear will all add to your control over the car.

For your radio gear I would be looking at Spektrum at the DX4C at around £85 but trust me they are worth every penny just have a read through the specs.

 Key Features:

Frequency-agile DSMR™ 2.4GHz technology

Includes waterproof SR410 Sport Surface Receiver

Extra channels can be used for other functions with standard receivers

Integrated transmitter antenna

20-model transmitter memory

LCD screen

Comfortable transmitter grip

Compatible with DSMR and DSM2 receivers.

Servo with you can’t go too far wrong with the Savox Digital Low Profile Servo SAV-SC1252MG this will give you smooth and fast turns from left to right and coupled with the Spektrum handset with give you fantastic control over your steering. The Savox will set you back around £40 but again it is well worth the extra.

This is where people will tell you to buy a Sanwa MT4s and RC OMG servos blah blah blah, and I don’t dispute that they are awesome I use both myself now but to start with they are going to increase your spend massively you could easily do your £400 on those two items. If you are not restricted by budget though definitely look at these as you will no doubt upgrade to them at some point if you take to the hobby.

What Batteries and Charger?

By this point your budget has taken a pasting we are £320 in already, however those big items are out the way. Batteries and chargers are always a big debate in the world of RC you can spend huge amounts of money on both but we are on a budget of sorts, so for your charger set yourself up with a Core RC UAC50 Charger at around the £40 mark they are perfect to look after you lipo batteries and can charge just about anything with all the leads provided in the box, I have been using mine for over three years and it hasn’t skipped a beat (although now I have said that it will probably blow up next week).

Batteries again I am going to recommend what I run and that is the Turnigy Nano-tech 5800mah 2S hard case lipo Pack at £25 they are fantastic and have outlasted batteries that have cost three times that price.

What Bodyshell?

Last but by no means least the bodyshell we have already blown £385 so let’s be honest we are going over budget but not by much. For a low cost bodyshell you can’t go wrong with something from HPI or Matrixline they have a tonne of choice including Japanese icons and American muscle cars and you are looking at around £25 tops for one plus a couple of tins of Tamiya paint and your bodyshell will only owe you around £35.

In Summary

So with all that said you have a dedicated RC drift chassis that has great electrics and high spec radio gear for £420 and as I have said before searching the internet you could easily get that below £400. Another notable mention is the MST MS-01D 1/10th AWD RTR Brushless @ £319 all you would need to add is a battery and charger for a sub £400 spend, the reason I opted to highlight the D4 over this is the option to go RWD or CS. MST do offer a RWD RTR in the shape of the FXX but it pales in comparison to the D4 in terms of its out the box performance.

Hopefully this will help you out if you are looking to get started or you are in the market to upgrade from your RTR touring car that you LHS fobbed you off with. At some stage we might even do a blog about drifting with a mega budget but we don’t have enough money for that.

#GETMUKI

Matt

You can get most of the items mentioned from Dale over at ASBO RC, check out the ASBO Facebook page. Dale is also so the UK distributor for Usukani so he has plenty of upgrades for the D4 available.

Tell us your thoughts on our Facebook page, do you have some better suggestions?

Bodyshells & Builders

Drift Talk Guest Blog: E46 BMW RC Replica bodyshell…

Drift Talk Guest Blog: E46 BMW RC Replica bodyshell for Brendan Puren

So as a beginner in the RC Drift scene I was asked by super drift series driver Brendan Puren if I could do a replica bodyshell build of his BMW, as beginner builder I quickly agreed and was really excited to start with the build.

The very next week I went to the local hobby store and purchased a HPI-Racing BMW M5 and bought two cans of (PS5) black. Cut the body and shaped the body to my liking, masked the windows so I could have the clear windows.

Unfortunately the HPI bodyshell did not come with a light kit so I was forced to use the sticker kit that was provided. I also got a HSP boot spoiler to go with it did a test fit then bolted it on to the body, which fitted awesome on this body.

After all that being done I was left with the problem of sticker and the task of finding someone who would be able to get the stickers done according to scale and the only person I was going to trust
With that was the person who did the real car so I contacted him and personally sat with him measuring the body and cutting the stickers so it would be done perfect. The outcome speaks for itself as you see the stickers are 100% on scale which made me happy.

Lastly to make the body look identical, I had to search for the replica rims which I found at one of my team mates RC garage. Also I was left to build a roll cage which I used styrene to build
it out of. The most fun part was adding on all the accessories which were all 3D printed and then bolted on.

I would like to send a shout out to Brendan for allowing me to build this replica bodyshell of his real drift machine , Katana Racing Group for the great parts they provide.

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To see my future builds plenty more to come, Watch the space.

Jared Govender