Drift Talk

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 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

Team feature: RWD-Freaks Holland

Team members

Tin Nguyen:
main chassis: OverDose Vacula 2
second chassis OverDose Carbon XeX

Awan Tjiptowardo:
main chassis: YD2/Carb-D
second chassis RMX-D Vip

Joeri Kroes:
main chassis: R31house GRK Global

Pascal:
main chassis: RMX-S 2.0
second chassis RRX-S
backup: DSA DR201, MST RS-01, Capt Chris RMX-S

Martin Lansink:
main chassis: RMX-S 2.0
second chassis RRX 2.0
third: Usukani PDS

Pieter Riedijk:
main chassis: RMX-S 2.0
second chassis RRX-D VIP

History

1. Please tell us how it all started?

First off all we are very honored be featured.
Thank you all for reading our story.

It all started back in early 2013 we were driving CS at the time, not competition, just for fun. We were not really a team back then, 3 guys who starting with rc drifting, we drove together at garage workplace in the weekend. One day Tin came across a Japanese Video, didn’t we all :-P. And he was hooked from that day on. Knowing we were not to reach the level of the CS competition drivers quick. He told the guys “Lets go RWD it’s the hot thing in Japan” He could not convince both at first but after he converted his EA (Eagle Racing – red.) Ta05 and got it running better and better. They tried it and got hooked just like him. It was so natural the way you needed to drive the car.
At the time there was no RTR RWD chassis, so 2 of us decided to convert a DP to a nice sliding RWD roller. From that day, we were converting it to a WUN FRD. Even a current CS chassis had to believe it: the DIB became also a RWD.

We decided: gone with AWD, RWD is the future. So seeing we were to go 100% RWD from that day on. RWD-Freak was a logical choice as a Team Name. To be honest we had it rough at first. Driving amongst the AWD guys. Speed was not all that. Also back then RWD was to be considered cheating. Because hey why would you run with a Gyro?.

But we kept going, knowing it was the future.
We kept improving and found the right tires. And suddenly speed was no longer an issue. We kept getting better and better while AWD was still at its peak in Holland. We tried to promote RWD as much as we could. By organizing RWD-Meetings. And met new members like Joerie and Pieter, Both never left. Also Pascal Joined sometime after and is also a team member that never left. Of course we have our Body builder Martin Lansink which we are very happy to have in our team.

Present

1. Are there any specialities in the team or any team member that focus on?

We have some specialties within the team Martin Lansink off course body shell builder at its finest.
Pascal who is our “Bob the builder” with chassis, Awan, Joerie and Pieter focuses on the D1-10.nl Competition
Leaves Tin, He only got eyes for blinged out chassis .

2. You guys don’t go after publicity much, compare to other teams. why is that?

We no longer need it, RWD is where we wanted it to be today. At the moment RWD is popular than ever.

3. Where do you guys drift, i.e. where can we find you?

Currently after our home base closed, our beloved Streetjam.nl track ran by the guy we all know as Capt Caveman. It is somewhat hard, the local tracks do not have structured opening times where we can plan some weeks in advance so last time the whole team was together was some time ago. So some of us can drive more than others at Drifted or DAG. And now and then at Megadrom (Germany – red.).

4. How do you guys feel about the current state of RWD, some people say that it’s being too aggressive, too much speed, not scale compare to the real deal. what are your thoughts about that subject?

Yes…some of them are really too aggressive and too much speed. This is for the RWD addicts among us just a pain in the ass. You can’t normally make a train for a round because the speed difference are too much. This is why some guys don’t want to drive competition anymore as well.

Future

1. (1 / 2) How do you see RWD to be develop in the future?

At this moment the development keeps rising and there is no ends so far…

2. (2 / 2) What do you like to see further in the RWD scene?

It’s too popular right now…so we need more local tracks

3. Are there any plans for the team for 2018 and/or further, team growth, more focus on certain specialities?

In 2018 we decide to come out with the team bodies that is designed by Martin All lexus RCF’s and we keep doing the RWD things like always. Currently we have a member stop. But who knows 😉

Finally

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Keep drifting fun, it’s just a hobby…damned

Is there anyone you want to give a shout out to?

To all peoples who like RC drifting RWD and supporting us.

Drift Talk

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.

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

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