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.
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.
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.
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