FEMCA week is here!

FEMCA week is here!

Today marks the start of FEMCA week! The 2017 Kart World FEMCA 1/8 I.C. Off Road Buggy Championships are upon us here in Perth! As Model Off Road Buggy Club (MORBC) in Whiteman Park, Western Australia plays host to the event for the second time in the last two year…all in the buildup to hosting the 2018 IFMAR 1/8 I.C. Off Road World Championships next year!

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The club have been tirelessly working over recent weeks and months despite the very wet winter that Perth has experienced. Last week the track build was completed by the master himself; Craig Laughton. Ropes have been laid and the track painted…were getting ready to hit the track Wednesday morning!

We have some big international names in attendance this year, with 2000 IFMAR World Champion Yuichi Kanai joining the entry list alongside fellow Japanese aces Shin Adachi and Wataru Takashiro, plus Indonesian 1/8 Buggy star Jason Nugroho and Joao Figueiredo from Portugal; just to name a few! They will line up alongside Australias best including 2015 FEMCA champion and 7-time Australian National Champion Kyle McBride and his fellow Queenslander Aaron Stringer fighting hard to keep the FEMCA title in Australia. We’re even graced with the presence of some Kiwi’s! Shane ‘Mad Maori’ Mangu and Shane ‘Taxman’ O’Connor will be ones to watch as they’re no strangers to racing with the best in Australia and abroad on the international scene. Flying the flag for the local West Aussies will be Josh Pain, Aaron Dexter and Kyle Francis who have all been prepping and getting ready for the last few weeks, ready to show off their skills on home turf.

This week we won’t only be burning Nitro however, as a Demonstration class of EP8 Buggy will take to the track also. Ones to watch battle on track will be Josh Pain (2015 FEMCA EP8 Champion), Kyle McBride, Shin Adachi, Shane O’Connor, Ben Panic, Zac Ryan and Aaron Stringer.

AsiaRC will be here following the event with regular updates, along with yours truly attempting to update as much as I can right here on Aussie RC News. But the best news of all, Front Row Screens will be covering the event from Thursday onwards with a complete live streaming package; moving cameras, vision switching, timing overlays and interviews to boot! (I will post the links each day so you can all find them easily)

If you’re still hungry for updates (you should be here!), keep an eye on the MORBC Facebook page and FEMCA Facebook page

Event Schedule:
Here is a rough breakdown of the event format coming this week
Wednesday: 4 rounds of Practice
Thursday: 2 rounds of Practice + Qualifying 1
Friday: Qualifying 2-4
Saturday: Qualifying 5 & 6 + Lower finals, EP8 leg 1 finals, Junior final
Sunday: all remaining finals, A final due to start 2.30pm.

My picks? McBride will be hard to beat, although if anyone can beat him it would be a tough decision between Joao Figueiredo, Aaron Stringer, Wataru Takashiro or Josh Pain. Adachi, Dexter, Nugroho, Francis, O’Connor, Ryan, Kanai, Panic, Mangu and Ricca are my picks for the A final, but don’t hold me to anything! We will find out come Sunday afternoon!

 

 

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Crash tested: Highest DLP750 Servo

Crash tested: Highest DLP750 Servo

Welcome to the first edition of Crash Tested. The review column where I will take an RC product thats new (to me) and go do my usual thing to see how it performs. There may be crashing, they’re may be winning (sometimes) but at the end, I have a verdict.

On my test bench I have a brand new Highest RC DLP750 low profile servo, aimed at 1/10 on road and off road vehicles in Highest RC’s regular fashion of good looks and impressive specs.

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Mounted up and ready to go! Oh father please forgive the sins of my messy wiring! 

Build and specs

An aluminium top and middle case, with plastic bottom looks very nice in any car. That ‘full metal jacket’ look that everyone likes is mostly there on the DLP750, although slightly diminished due to the plastic bottom cover, but we can get over that once its installed in the car!

A Coreless motor and full metal internal gears puts it on the same level as its main competitors in the Futaba BLS571SV and Savox 1251mg, however its 51.6g weight makes it 10g heaver than the futaba and 7g heavier than the Savox, if you’re a stock racer who’s watching the scales closely, this may be a deal breaker for you.

What the DLP750 loses in weight, it makes up for in its torque and speed numbers, boasting 0.1s / 11.8kg-cm on 6.0V, and 0.08s / 14.3kg-cm on 7.4V, its a full head and shoulders above the Futaba at 0.08 / 11/0kg-cm on 7.4V, meanwhile the Savox only hits 0.09s / 9kg-cm at 6V (no specs given for 7.4V)

With a 25t spline to match up with Futaba and Savox users, plus plenty of extra torque and a flashy ‘Full Metal Jacket’ look, at the cost of 7-10g of weight? This servo looks to be a winner for most.

Track Test

The testing comes at a perfect time, after last week I managed to knock a few teeth off the internal gears in my Savox 1251mg ‘Black Edition’, while I drove my Team Associated B6 around the indoor carpet track at Perth Radio Electric Car Club (PRECC). So it was time for a new servo to continue racing.

On Saturday I bolted the DLP750 into my B6, set the centre & endpoints, and threw the car down at PRECC. Right away the steering felt strong and more sensitive, even on 6.0V BEC .after turning a few laps I was feeling comfortable with the handling and pulled the car in to tinker with the BEC and try again.

After turning the BEC voltage up to 7.2 on my ORCA R32 ESC, i headed back out on track to see if I could truly tell the difference between alleged 11.8kg-cm and 14.3kg-cm of torque. Im happy to say that I have always struggled for steering on the tight carpet track at PRECC, however the increased torque made all the steering inputs happen in a flash, so much so I continued to crash into the apex pipes for the next 3 minutes while I tried to figure out the inputs I needed.

I settled down and added -5% expo into the steering before trying to set some fast laps, managing to steer harder meant I could cut tighter lines and change directions faster in the chicanes, a welcome addition to the small 13s layout! I bested my old hot lap from 13.63s to 13.28 s before the run finished. Enough proof to convince me this servo is up to the task!

To further cement my liking for the servo, during my final practice session I had a huge crash and tumble, which actually broke my modified (HB parts) steering linkage on the B6, but did not harm the servo at all.

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The Highest DLP750 looks great! (nicely broken improvised steering linkage)

Conclusion

If you want a servo with good looks, good specs and solid quality, at a decent price…then you should look no further than the Highest DLP-750 Low profile servo. At an advertised retail of $169.95 its not the cheapest servo on the market, but its still cheaper and looks nicer than its main competitor, the Futaba BLS571SV which would set you back $180+ at most Hobby Shops in Australia. Im very happy with the DLP750 in my B6, and I am definitely going to be putting one in my B64 4WD ahead of the upcoming IFMAR world championships in China!

The Highest RC range is now available at Hearns Hobbies in Melbourne, and Ryper Hobbies in Perth, thanks to the guys at Ryper for putting this one aside for me to purchase and test!

The countdown is on! 2017 1/8 FEMCA Championships are coming soon

The countdown is on! 2017 1/8 FEMCA Championships are coming soon

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As many of you already know, the 2017 1/8 FEMCA Championships are returning to Australian soil this year, being held at the Model Off Road Buggy Club (MORBC) from October 4-8, right off my own backyard in Perth, WA.

If you’re getting that deja vu feeling, you would be forgiven for thinking we’ve somehow wound back in 2015, as the same event was held at MORBC just 2 years ago. The FEMCA event in 2015 was an absolute cracker of a show, and kickstarted the push for MORBC to host the upcoming 2018 IFMAR 1/8 Off Road Worlds next year, potentially the biggest RC event to come to Australian soils in a very long time!

If you haven’t been to MORBC before, or haven’t seen the 2018 worlds trailer which was released on LiveRC’s stream of the 2016 IFMAR 1/8 Off Road worlds last year in Las Vegas, check out these:

2016 AARCMCC 1/8 Nationals Series RD3 Buggy A Main

2018 IFMAR Worlds Teaser

More information is continuing to come from the club as we near closer to October. You can keep tabs on all that is the 2017 FEMCA at the following links:

 

MORBC Facebook page

MORBC FEMCA Web page

FEMCA Facebook Page

 

West Coast Model RC throws down fresh asphalt

West Coast Model RC throws down fresh asphalt

West Coast Model RC are very proud of their recent works, the major upgrade and resurfacing of their on road circuit in preparation to hosting the 2017 AARCMCC Australian EP ONR National Championships in November!

The original track, which was built well over 20 years ago, has not been completely resurfaced since its original construction, and has stood the test of time in Moojebing Reserve, Bayswater. This year, the club decided it was time to change things up, with original plans to simply put in some bitumen cut-outs for additional layout options. These plans quickly blew out to a complete overhaul, with cutouts and a resurface of the circuit.

The new surface should last a lot longer, and the cutouts will provide plenty of layout options for WA’s on road racers to play on. This work is the focal point of the buildup towards hosting the 2017 AARCMCC Australian EP On Road National Championships on November 2-5, right here at WCMRC!

Personally, this makes me want to build up a tourer and go back to my RC Racing beginnings, but I’m thrilled to be a part of a growing RC scene here in WA, and also to be trackside announcing the show!

Event info and entry forms, including hotel and tire information is all coming soon from WCMRC, follow the club on Facebook to stay in the know, and I hope to see plenty of faces here for the Nationals!

WCMRC Facebook Page

WCMRC Chat Group

 

 

 

Carpet Off Road open for business in Perth!

Carpet Off Road open for business in Perth!

Adding to Perth’s growing RC racing scene, the Perth Radio Electric Car Club (PRECC) has completed the final touches on their indoor carpet off road track in Morley, WA.

The PRECC club has been around for many years, running weekly club racing for EP On Road racers at their indoor facility, in recent times the club has moved around, finally settling into their current location at 26 Boag Place, Morley WA 6062 (behind the Bunnings warehouse).

Adding to their existing carpet on-road track, the club has now added EP Off Road to their roster, with a new track build behind the existing circuit, allowing both tracks to share the same drivers stand. To do this, the club has relocated their pit area to the back of the building. The track itself is quite small…well its very small to tell the truth, which adds a certain element of character to the new track. The measurements come in around 20m x 10m in size, made up of older on road carpet segments, and utilising a double-crossover, a clear perspex tunnel and a fantastic wall ride, the ladies and gentlemen behind the scenes have spared no effort to deliver a great new track to throw our cars around on.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with the committee in the last few weeks. Testing various tire options, minor layout changes and offering some advice on future plans, the track is very technical and crazy fast, delivering 14-16s lap times with a 2WD Modified buggy.

Due to the size and fast-paced nature of the track, the track is only open to 1/10 vehicles (No EP8!) but even then it will be a challenge for even the best drivers to turn a perfectly clean run by themselves, let alone with a full field of cars on the track! But fear not racers, the layout is easy to grasp initially, after a couple of battery packs you can expect to driver comfortably around the track on decent pace. The club have been looking to address the issue of size, at the moment the track is probably too small to run a full 10 cars at once, so they plan to start out racing with 8 car heats. They have expressed a long term idea for the addition of an upper-deck back straightaway; which will add a 6th lane and open up the track to allow 10 car heats.

The off road track is available for practice on Tuesday nights while they hold their regular on-road club racing, and the plan moving forward is to host weekly Saturday night off road racing, so as not to clash with the other EP Off Road tracks in Perth (West Coast Model RC and Belmont Radio Controlled Car Club) which both race weekly on Friday nights.

The official launch race night is next Saturday July 1, doors open at 3pm, racing from 6.30pm. Typical carpet tires seem to be working best (Schumacher mini pins & cut staggers 2WD / Wide Stagger rib 4WD works best for me so far) however its very fun to throw down your dirt car on an old set of pin tires and cut loose! The only other thing needed are some shock tower protectors (if your car has carbon towers), a few pieces of hacked up old wing, or the bottom of a coke bottle make great protectors that are easy to make and fit to your car!

Hit up the PRECC Facebook page to stay up to date with all the info.

See you at the track!

 

 

New face, old name

New face, old name

Hi Everyone, I’m happy to be writing my first post here as a contributor to Aussie RC.

Some of you may know me, but if not…allow me to briefly introduce myself:

Im Chris Mitchell, 25, from Perth WA. I’ve been racing RC for 5 years now and currently race 1/10 EP OFR at tracks around Perth, but i’ve been known to pick up other peoples cars in other classes and fly around for a while before something breaks (you can guess how I got the name ‘Crash’).

Aside from racing, Ive been involved in the West Coast Model RC committee for a few years now, having the pleasure of being the club President in 2016, and being able to host the 2016 AARCMCC EP OFR Australian Championships at my home track late last year. These days apart from racing, I serve on the EP OFR Committee for AARCMCC, helping to coordinate rule changes and matters arising for sanctioned events around Australia.

I also have a well known talent for being able to talk the back legs off a pool table, as as such I have the pleasure of announcing and race directing some of the biggest RC race events in Australia. Anyone who races the AARCMCC 1/8 Off Road Nationals Series at the moment will have gotten sick of me by now! I’ve had some amazing opportunities and attended some fantastic events in the last couple of years because of this, all starting at the 2015 1/8 Nationals at MORBC.

So, I am here to help bring more stories to the Aussie RC page, if anyone has something to share, feel free to contact me via Facebook. Thanks for reading!

 

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Champagne showers sound a lot more glamorous than they really are…