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 Talk

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

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

Drift Talk

Drift Talk: MDS and a Monday morning moan about…

Drift Talk: MDS and a Monday morning moan about stuff.

It’s Monday, it’s time to moan but it’s not all moaning there is some MDS news in here amongst the moaning and general observations.

MDS @ JAE

MDS @ JAE, myself and the rest of the MDS crew have been invited to put on a drift event at the UK’s biggest Japanese car show in September. Naturally we are honoured to have such an epic opportunity to put RC drifting in front of a whole new potential audience. The event takes place between the 31st of August and the 3rd of September our event will run from the 1st till the 3rd, over at MDS we are busy making plans and putting things in place to make this event special.

The event will be open to all our regulars and the wider drift community with full weekend tickets and Saturday only tickets also available. We will be running two tracks and demo cars for the public to try, originally we were going to run a full weekend comp but we feel that won’t show off drifting in the best light due to the stop start nature of competitions. We have decided instead to run the weekend as we run every other MDS event, you show up you drift and you have fun. I think if people can see a huge group together having a laugh and getting those drift trains going it will do far more for the hobby than a structured comp.

For me RC drifting is a social thing to do, the social aspect is just as important as the drifting itself. If we can show that off to people it will attract a lot more people to the hobby. So hopefully you can join us to show off what we do and try and get some more interest generated in our hobby.

CONCERNS

I love drifting, I love promoting and pushing the hobby and I do feel over 3 years Yokomuki has established itself as a fairly recognised name in the UK at least, not because we are fantastic drifters but because we care about what we do and want to see it progress as a hobby. Over the last 3 or 4 years I have watched drifting go from strength to strength in the UK, while shops have tried and failed the community has stuck together and created its own venues to drift at NRD, WRCC, MDS Unit 4 and many more.

I do have two concerns at the minute which I am sure I am not the only one who has them, one is not so major the other one I think is I will let you decide which one is which.

1, Venues you can’t have too many is the attitude I think most will have on this, however the more choice you have the harder it gets to keep all these venues going. People like to sample the delights of as many venues as they can which is natural, this year I have been to DRC (Before it got boomed to death), WRCC, NRD, Unit 4 and of course MDS.

I have a limited amount of drift tokens to cash each month due to being married with two kids and need to find that balance between drifting and family time. Every month I will cash in tokens to help run the event at MDS this then leaves 1 maybe 2 weekends where I can drift elsewhere that’s when the hard choices come because of the amount of venues available now. I have a massive amount of respect for anybody who tries to run a venue whether it’s a pop up track or a permanent venue it takes a lot of hard work to make them successful.

Loyalty will be a big part of making tracks work you need a good core of regulars to keep you going, we have built up a good group of regulars at MDS as I am sure WRCC and NRD have and no doubt Tim will at Unit 4. When you are fond of the people involved with running other tracks it makes those decisions all the more difficult as you want all of them to work out, because if there are no tracks we are all stuck with cars we can’t use.

I think it will be down to the community organising itself better to make these venues work because if the whole community is at one venue the others are losing money. You don’t want it to get to a stage where venues are closing all the time. We have been very lucky at MDS that when new tracks like Unit 4 have opened they have always tried to work with us and our dates so we don’t clash, the community was brought together in large at NRD on Saturday who have had a few slow weeks due to supporting the opening of Unit 4 and the MDS birthday, this type of support will help each track keep going in my opinion. We all need to work together, those that integrate will prevail those that don’t will fail.

2, when I got in to drifting it was easy, you chucked some drift tyres on a touring chassis job done you had a drift car. Well you had something you could take to a car park and have fun with at least. As the hobby has grown, dedicated drift chassis’ and technology have advanced massively, which don’t get me wrong is a good thing for the hobby. However with these advances the cost of drifting is sky rocketing, while you can still throw some drift tyres on a touring chassis and go to a car park the next step is becoming more and more expensive.

Yes there are “budget” options in the D4 and YD2 but when you put electrics, radio gear, bodyshell and batteries on top of them drifting on a budget is now a £350 – £400 outlay. If I was just getting in to the hobby now I would be very put off by the prices being banded around, I picked up my xxx-d HT VIP from Soul RC a couple of years ago it cost £550 for just the chassis staggering price really but now that same chassis will set you back £645 almost an extra hundred quid. When drifting completely loses its accessibility to people the hobby will die.

I don’t care who gets offended by this next statement but the truth is the hobby is full of snobs! People have forgot where they started and forgot why they got in to drifting in the first place. I don’t care if you have an Overdose chassis with a billion quid’s worth of electrics you are no more or less important to the hobby than the new guy with the 100 quid TT-01. When I chuck my drift chassis on track which owes me at least a grand I don’t get pissy that the kid with a sprint 2 has just hit me if he is trying to learn (I totally understand people getting angry when someone consistently smashes in to them and has no intention of trying to improve themselves that is very annoying).

I think sometimes though we all need to step back and evaluate what we are doing we are a bunch of grown me (In the most part) playing with toy cars. It doesn’t matter that you have just got the latest super doper chassis conversion that will make your car the best thing in the world until next week when something better comes out it is still just a toy car.

Anyway I am off to buy a TT-02 see you trackside

Matt “the grumpy” drifter

The One/Ten Drift Ezine

Drift Talk

Drift Talk: Team Tramdrift, Ratrap and issue 4 we…

Drift Talk: Team Tramdrift, Ratrap and issue 4 we have been busy!

It’s been a slow week on the page, we haven’t really blogged much other than to discuss that terrible bodyshell addiction problem. However it has been a pretty busy couple of weeks behind the scenes, earlier this week we announced a new member of the family in Bullhead who we are delighted to have as part of our team. Bullhead is a team mate with a twist as he is part of Team Trampdrift, I have also been part of that team for a little while doing things behind the scenes there. We are looking to build up Team Trampdrift as a separate thing to Yokomuki but there will be some links to each team. Trampdrift deserves to be kept separate as a lot of hard work has gone in to that name and it should be carried on.

Issue 4

We also now finally have all the content in for issue 4, this one has been a struggle with the worlds and people having their focus on that thankfully content is already coming in for issue 5 already. Issue 4 is shaping up to be a good one our good friend and Yokomuki writer Presta zmarsa has snagged us an interview with drift royalty Bagi San and we have some cool stuff in this one. This issue will probably be dropping around mid to late July.

MDS

MDS has been a big focus this week the group has been working hard to put plans in to place for our trip to JAE in September. We are planning on putting one hell of a show on and having a good time with the drift family. We will be working closely with Dale at Asbo-RC to make sure everybody drifting has what they need to survive the weekend. You can find out more info about the show via our MDS Facebook page.

Ratrap RC

This weekend we are taking Muki on the road again and heading to drifting mecca NRD for a day with our RatrapRC family and to hopefully nail down some great content for the magazine and the blogs. Ratrap have shown so much support to Yokomuki and MDS over the years and that is why we go there, this community thrives on support and nobody works harder than them when it comes to supporting the drift scene. If you are at Ratrap this Saturday hit us up for some stickers and have a chat with us if you are interested in being featured in the mag.

Taking stock

I took a step back this week to catch my breath because it has been a mental year and I am blown away by how far we have managed to take Yokomuki. You have to pinch yourself sometimes when you are talking to a guy from the other side of the world about the magazine and them wanting to be part of it. We really enjoy what we do and me personally I would like to thank everyone who has been involved so far, you have helped make the magazine what it is.

Enjoy your drifting this weekend wherever you end up,

#GETMUKI

Matt

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