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A positive look at drifting

I have been taking a break from writing about drift stuff, I have been sat on the side-lines watching and reading stuff and observing the current goings on. I have spoken to various people in the hobby who I haven’t really spoke to before and tried to look at the hobby differently. By speaking to other people I have realised that elitism doesn’t exist (I hold my hand up to thinking it did) some people just have a bigger budget than others. Speaking to Overdose fans has been a real eye opener for me and learning more about the brand and what it offers. I think people (myself included) have been a little to wrapped up in budgets etc. to see how truly epic their stuff is.

Speaking to people who own the really high end stuff has been very positive for my outlook on drifting, these guys don’t think they are any better than the plastic YD owner they have just invested more money in their chassis. Understanding why they like Overdose and other high end brands makes sense, they don’t believe owning these makes you a better drifter.

I will hold my hands up and admit to being negative in the past but when you cut to the core of it we are all the same. We all do this because we enjoy it, some like to compete and some don’t but when we are all on track we have fun and really that is what this hobby is about. It isn’t about siding with people in arguments or club rivalry, the reality is there is no club rivalry not that I am aware of any way. People will drift where they want and that is up to them, some will travel and some won’t but it doesn’t matter as long as they are helping one track keep its doors open.

Social media is a great thing for promoting the hobby, it is also a terrible thing as well because all the issues you see on Facebook never translate to venues. I have never been to a venue and experienced any hostility or bad atmosphere whether that is MDS, Unit 4, WRCC or NRD I have only ever seen people enjoying themselves. So clearly there isn’t really any issues in the real world away from a keyboard.

I would also like to congratulate Dan Cotton and everybody else involved with getting a qualifying round sorted for the worlds. It is a really positive step for drifting and will insure that only the very best drifter’s end up representing the UK. Also it means everybody will have a fair shot at getting over to the worlds. I hope everybody embraces the idea and gets behind it.

Thought I would write something positive for a change, hope to see you all soon I am back off to write geeky stuff.

Matt

Bodyshells & Builders

Drift Talk: Wheel Addiction

Drift Talk: Wheel Addiction

Today is a bit of a change from our usual top quality blogs, Matt is running himself ragged as always trying to do everything so I figured we could give him a little break from being superman. So here it is, my first blog for you all.

Addictions. We all have at least one and we have touched on this in the past with bodyshell addiction but we seem to have let another addiction slip through. Until now. I’ve not been drifting for that long really, not compared to some of the old timers in the U.k scene. This doesn’t stop me having a healthy supply of wheels, in fact I have over 20 different sets, some I prefer to use and abuse, others are left on the display chassis as I like them so much I refuse to use them. I would say I’m not alone either when I admit that for every new bodyshell I make, I buy at least one more set of wheels.

So, the symptoms of this rather serious affliction:

  • The most serious, as I said above, New body, New wheels. Not happy with those wheels? Yeh, that’s fine, Ill pop them in a box and buy another set.
  • More than one set of the same wheels? But, but, but they look so good in every colour!
  • Hiding them, I know Mr Tim Ansell over at Unit4 is a culprit of this. Let’s face it, the other half doesn’t need to know how many sets you have.
  • That one proper pretty set, the ones that never turn because let’s face it, they’re rare, honest.

With all that said, it’s time to hear what you guys say on this rather distressing subject. How many sets have you got? Don’t forget, pictures or it never happened. Do you suffer from the “New shell, new wheels” problem? Also, let’s see those killer display only wheels.

And finally. “Hello, my name is Ash and I suffer from a wheel addiction.” Ahhh, much better.

 

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Drift Talk: Usukani YD-2 upgrades part 2

Drift Talk: Usukani YD-2 upgrades part 2

I was recently sent some new upgrades from Usukani for the YD-2 I haven’t fitted them all yet because the last time I changed loads all at once it took a while to get the chassis handling right. So this time round I have been a little more methodical with things. I changed the rear diff for the new Usukani 7075 AL Integrated Rear Solid Axle Set with Ceramic Coating and added the Usukani x Sanying/High centre of gravity/AL Motor Mount + Fan Holder US88138.

Let’s start with the motor mount, my Yokomuki team mate Slideshow Bob has been banging on about the benefits of a high motor mount for a while after adding one to his D4 so I was delighted when Usukani sent one through to test.

As with all Usukani parts it was nicely packaged and very well finished but let’s not bore you with that, it was simple to install and done in a matter of minutes. I have to say for me it made the world of difference on my first run with it. I noticed an instant difference in how the car handled the change to the way the chassis transitioned was just what I have been looking for. With the weight shifted higher up I found I could be far more aggressive on entering a drift and exiting the corner I was able to get the power down much quicker the upgrade certainly helped with the rear grip level on my chassis.

I am not saying everyone will have the same results it depends on how you chassis is set up and how you like to drive. For around £23 from Asbo-RC it is well worth experimenting with one on your YD-2, personally I am over the moon with the upgrade and it is definitely staying on the chassis. It looks great as well which is a bonus, in the void left by the motor I am tempted to shift my ESC and receiver in to the gap.

 

The diff was a little harder to spot in terms of the difference it made, I certainly had a more direct throttle response on the carpet at MDS. The diff fit perfectly and again was a relatively straight forward job to do. Again the diff won’t break the bank so it is worth experimenting with.

 

I still have version 2 front lower and upper arms to fit so I will get that done and review them in part 3 of my Usukani YD-2 build. The chassis is very close to where I want it to be now and the Usukani upgrades I have used have all made a huge difference to the chassis, but how my chassis drives may not be to everyone’s taste but I bloody love it.

 

For all your Usukani parts in the UK contact Dale at Asbo-RC.

 

See you track side

 

Matt

 

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RC Drifting is about having fun, lets not forget…

RC Drifting is about having fun, lets not forget that!

I have been taking a back seat recently and have been looking at drifting from the outside, seeing people packing up and leaving the hobby, people bickering and the so called “Banter bus” rolling along crushing all in its way. There has been a certain level toxicity in the hobby at the minute, lots of jealousy and bad feeling.

I had sort of made the decision that after JAE with MDS I was walking away from drifting, I have had a tough 18 months and have found myself enjoying drifting less and less. I had kept my decision to myself and my mind was made up but Saturday at MDS changed my mind all together. I had an epiphany of sorts while drifting at MDS.

I sat at my pit table and watched the crowd at MDS for a good while, doing this really opened my eyes to what this hobby is all about. As I sat looking around all the good in drifting was on show, people helping each other, friends laughing and joking, friendships being forged and some bloody good door to door drifting. When you cut through all the bullshit and bragging we are all in this hobby for the same reason, to have fun.

Whatever chassis you own, it doesn’t matter you started up to have fun. Those that can afford the best of everything should not be hated for it and those that are on a budget shouldn’t be frowned upon. Most people will embrace each other regardless of what budget they are on, there will always be a few bad eggs that want to spoil things and stir up shit that is life.

People who have put the effort in to running track or venue should be applauded for it regardless of how much detail or what surface they have, the time and effort involved is the same. Those who have started pages or groups to try and help should not be given shit if they get something wrong at least they are doing something positive. By all means point out the mistake but don’t be a dick about it. Too many good people leave this hobby and not enough is done to encourage people to take it up.

I will be the first to hold my hands up and say I have been negative in the past and a bit of dick, that stops now because that kind of shit doesn’t help anybody. I look at how far this hobby has come in such a short space of time and that is credit to everybody involved, it would be a shame to see it fall apart because of a few negative people.

World champ or newbie it doesn’t matter this hobby needs both to flourish. Of course some people go balls deep in to drifting and want to study technique and become the best they can be, others just want to have fun a couple of times a month and don’t really get involved with all the technical side of things and both attitudes are fine. What I think about drifting the next guy may not agree, it doesn’t mean one of us is right or wrong we may just share different attitudes to the hobby, doesn’t make one of us more important than the other either.

So let’s cut through all the crap and just see things for what they are we are a bunch of grownups playing with toy cars. Some people’s toy cars are more expensive than other people’s toy cars but when all is said and done they are still toy cars.

So whatever it is RWD, CS, 50/50, Overdose or Sakura just have fun and make friends because that is what RC is really all about.

 

Over and out

Matt

Bodyshells & Builders

Drift Talk: What is your favourite bodyshell ever?

Drift Talk: What is your favourite bodyshell ever?

Hello, yes we are still alive and today is time for some waffle! I have been off setting up my own website and Facebook page for a personal project and it appears the rest of the team has been busy! I have the Timehop app and not long ago it flagged up a gem from my past which is the reason for today’s blog.

It flagged up this my old Yokomo FC body.

So I am going to talk bodyshells for a minute, I have been drifting for a while and have had my fair share of shells (See the addiction blog) this shell however is my all-time favourite. It was one of my first Yokomo bodies and it was perfect. I loved drifting with this shell, I have never enjoyed drifting with another shell as much as I did with this. I knew exactly where to put it through corners and could get its ass right up the barriers at Radshape (which was brave those things were metal and when you hit them your bodyshell showed the scars).

People have mentioned in the past how certain shells drift differently to others and there is definitely some truth in it. You get used to certain reference points on your shell when drifting which help you judge things, how close you are to wall for example. I am sure after a few laps most people will get used to a shell but I do think some suit you better than others.

I have fancied an E30 shell for a while, when I finally got one I hated it tried running it for a while but just couldn’t get to grips with it. The FC clicked straight away for me and I had this shell for a long time sadly I don’t think Yokomo make it anymore and the one in the photo has long gone. These days I tend to stick with S chassis bodies and get on okay with them.

So what shells do you prefer to drift with and what is your favourite shell?

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Cheers for reading

Matt

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Drift Talk: Problems for noobs and entry level pricing!

Drift Talk: Problems for noobs and entry level pricing!

Yesterday we sparked debate about the rising cost of drifting, most of you agreed a few didn’t but raised valid points to defend their argument. One thing that was made clear is those with plenty of cash will always spend big bucks on the stuff at the top of the hobby. I can’t knock them for that if I had spare cash I would do the same. I don’t think having the best chassis on the market or the most bling is a bad thing so fair play to those who can afford it.

The starting point

The most concerning thing I think is the entry price point, this is where the price has really crept up over the last few years. I know you have your HPI and Tamiya stuff but I really don’t class this as entry level stuff, I am talking CS and RWD options. If I was a noob who had picked up a HPI sprint for arguments sake I would instantly feel out of place at a drift track with the out the box model. I know you could go and spend a fortune on the Yeah Racing upgrades for one but then let’s face it you may as well buy the right thing first. By the time you have upgraded it you will be at least 350-400 quid out of pocket.

There are what you would class as entry level price products available from most drift manufacturers including Yokomo, MST, Street Jam and Sakura to name a few. However there is a distinct lack of RTR options MST have a fair few and I think there maybe one available from Street Jam but I am not 100%. Now all of us in the hobby probably enjoy the building as much as the drifting but the casual hobbyist or those looking to get in to the hobby may be put off by the fact they have got to build something, wire it up, paint a shell these are all daunting things if you have never done them before.

The above problem leads to people being fobbed of by their local hobby shop and ending up with a touring car with plastic tyres, they then show up to their local track totally unprepared for how underwhelming their chassis will be. While I am yet to visit a track in the UK that would turn its back on these people. All UK tracks will go above and beyond to get these guys up and running and help as much as possible, the poor dude who has just spent a few hundred quid will always have one hand behind his back. I am sure the attitude of the UK tracks is mirrored around the world because on like other forms of RC drifting is a very friendly hobby.

Problems for noobs

The problem for these new guys is the expense let’s say for arguments sake they have been to a model shop and spent £200 on something RTR from a mainstream manufacturer, they will outgrow that chassis in a matter of weeks. We see it all the time at MDS people show up  with their new RTR and quickly end up wanting a better chassis either RWD or CS so within a couple of months they end up buying something else more often than not the D4. They then switch to a brushless set-up and buy a new servo, Lipo batteries and charger and normally the only thing that ends up on the D4 off their original purchase is the bodyshell.

So within a few months of starting drifting you have probably ended up spending closer to £600. I won’t slag the LHS off for selling the initial RTR they are running a business and need to make money but why do model shops continue to overlook drifting. They will bitch and moan that buying from overseas is cheaper but the same can be said for any form of RC. I would much rather buy in the UK for a little bit more and I am sure I am not alone in that attitude. When I purchased my MST XXX I used Soul RC even though I could have got it cheaper from Hobby Best, I wanted the support that came from buying from a UK supplier. In fact the only time I buy from overseas is when I can’t find a UK supplier.

So my question is how you better educate newbies to save them money when in reality their first stop will almost always be their LHS. Will model shops ever get on board with the drift scene, I know a few have tried but they have never given it time to take hold or promoted it properly.

We are going to work out a few good solid entry level options and post them up over the next few days and hopefully that will help one or two people in the future.

Enjoy your weekend and stay sideways

 

Matt

 

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