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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 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

#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

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Drift Talk: Let’s get nostalgic for a moment!

Drift Talk: Let’s get nostalgic for a moment!

I have been taking a break from drifting lately due to some family stuff taking priority and the time away has been a blessing in disguise. Taking a break has helped me realise you can take things to seriously in life and forget why you started something in the first place.

I have dedicated a number of years to drifting and spent plenty of dosh in the process. I have been through my fair share of models over the years I currently have knocking around a YD-2, DIB, DIB 275 and a XXX-D HT VIP but I am starting to feel nostalgic.

Many moons ago I started out as a lot of people do with a good old Tamiya TT-01 in a car park and a big part of me wants to buy another one for shits and giggles. I know technology has moved on loads and it won’t be anywhere near as good as what I currently own. I just want to see if you still get that same buzz from back in the day before there was all the awesome chassis’s that are on the market today.

One of my few regrets with RC is selling my first ever model the TT-01D, so owning another one even if I only use it once will be worth it so I can pop it on a shelf and admire it. There is also a tonne of upgrades about now that didn’t exist when I had mine so I may just go bat shit crazy with it and see how far I can take one.

It would be cool to see where you guys started compared to where you are now, what model got you in to the hobby? Do you still own it now?

Here are a couple pics of my original TT-01D from all those years ago!

 

Let us know how you started, let’s all get nostalgic for a moment.

Cheers for reading

Matt

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Bodyshells & Builders

Drift Talk: Team shells Ratrap style.

Drift Talk: Team shells Ratrap style.

Team shells, there are many of them about these days but one team has taken things to another level with their latest creations. The guys from Ratrap RC have always had a unique style but their new team shells are insane. I was up at NRD when they were prepping and painting them earlier this month.

A lot of thought clearly went in to these shells and a lot of money, more Yokomo bodies than most shops stock as well as Yokomo light buckets, wings not to mention the tonne of SRC goodies picked up from Asbo-RC. As well as all the shells and accessories there was enough Tamiya paint kicking around to paint a full size car.

The new team shells are not a straight forward one or two colour paint scheme either, the guys from Ratrap have used translucent, metallic and many more to achieve the look they were after. They complement the epic paint work with a complete custom livery designed and cut in house at NRD. Achieving the end result clearly took a lot of time, hours of prep work went in to each shell with more masking involved than I have ever seen.

Like I eat my Cadburys Cream Eggs shells were being painted two at a time all through the day, with a mad rush on to get them ready for Ratrap’s European road trip (More to come on that in issue 5). We were honoured that our logo featured on the shells as well as the One/Ten Ezine getting on the back window, so enough waffle check out the shells and see this epic work for yourself.

Cheers

Matt