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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