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

 

720 Spin – New Setup Products

I love being able to promote new Australian RC companies, so it is always an exciting day when I find out about a new one.  720 Spin is a very new company selling performance RC Products from their base in Victoria.

72ab39_origThese products take the form of toe and camber wheels, camber gauges and more.  Make sure you find them over on Facebook and give them a like as well as check out what products they have available on their website at http://www.720spin.com.au. You will also find their products at Traction RC, as well as I am sure other stores in the near future.

In other excited news, I have a set of these arriving for testing soon and I will be able to give them a good test run at the largest event of the year at my local club, the 2017 Launceston R/C Cup.  So keep your eyes peeled for some first hand reports of what these are like.

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AARCMCC Calendar of Events – CLUBS READ THIS

The AARCMCC executive is trying to get together a more balanced calendar of events for 2018, which i can say from the perspective of trying to arrange non clashing dates for a major event, is very, very welcome!

This is the information that AARCMCC posted on their 10th offroad Facebook page today, and was also emailed to affiliated clubs. I have removed the link to stop AARCMCC getting un-needed spam, but if you need it just message us and we can pass it on

Dear AARCMCC Clubs,

In an effort to align, publish and plan next years calendar, we are now seeking expressions of interest for AARCMCC Sanctioned Events for the 2018 calendar year.

This includes all events as defined within the various section technical regulations, including, but not limited to National and State Championships.

We ask that you nominate the event(s) you would seek to host next year, including two dates – one that aligns to any preliminary or example calendar within the relevant technical regulations and a second date of your choice.

If you plan to apply for two or more events, for example BOTH a state and national championship, you will need to submit this form twice.

Cut-off for expressions of interest will be 15 October 2017, and you will be asked to reconfirm any event EOI that you may submit with your re-affiliation by 1 November 2017.

To be guaranteed to be considered to host an event next year you MUST submit via this process. Any event that does not receive an EOI is not guaranteed to run next year.

the form us located HERE

Kind Regards,

AARCMCC Executive

R.I.P team Durango, long live the King! 

With the apparent death of Team Durango (although technically unconfirmed), it seemed fit for me to look for a new team to power me into coming years. 

Now that home has come a little earlier than I expected, but he when opportunity knocks grab it. I was fortunate that a mate had a Team Associated B5M for sale 2nd hand.  After looking at who offered the vehicle classes I was interested, prices and so on, Team Associated seemed to be the way to go. Looking into the support offered by Team Associated Australia the choice was a clear one so #WeAreAE and soon I will have a B5m to review, so watch this space.