Bad news for Adelaide on-roaders!

Bad news coming out of Adelaide with the closure of the last indoor on-road racing facility. Hobby Habit located in Melrose Park, which has been hosting Friday night on-road meetings since the Parks track closed is shutting the track come the 30th of June 2017.  This comes on the back of the indoor off-road track at Hobby Habit closing last year and leaves the only on-road track in Adelaide situated at Littlehampton in the Adelaide Hills.

AussieRC understands that the areas once used as on and off road tracks at Hobby Habit will be converted into storage for caravans and alike.

Fortunately for Adelaide drivers, 1/10 on-road racing will continue on alternate  Saturdays at Littlehampton and off-road drivers are catered for at the awesome ARCR track at Mitchell Park.

Aussie RC News hits 2000 likes on facebook!!

It’s taken a couple of years, but we have finally surpassed 2000 likes on facebook!  Thankyou to those that have followed us along the way.  This also opens an opportunity for you the reader out there to join the team.  Sorry it isn’t a paid gig, and we don’t get lots of free stuff (I wish, but you never know…).  All you need is the ability to strong together a decent article, have a good knowledge in the field of RC cars, and a bit of free time on your hands.  I want to hear about local events, reviews of gear you have and insights into the latest releases from around the world. If this is you, shoot me an email at aussierc@outlook.com or comment or message on facebook.

It seems that the milestones were coming yesterday as personally I finally decided, with some sadness, that I would be moving away from Team Durango for my vehicles.  Yes, I have been very happy, but PARTS are key.  If you can’t get parts, you can’t keep the fleet running, and Team Durango have posted very little news on anything for almost a year now, not a good sign when you look at the droves of customers going elsewhere as a result.  With 4 cars in the fleet (2wd Buggy, ST, SCT & my sons 2wd) there is a gradual change, but at reasonable cost.

So where to go, Xray make nice cars, but as you may recall from my article about the true cost of racing, they costs are high, and no short course truck, although really Stadium Truck is the class I am enjoying most at the moment, closely followed by 2wd stock, so not a huge issue.  It is hard to deny the amazing support that Team Associated give the local market in 1:10 off road in Australia, so that has to be at the top of the list, however Losi have great offerings at a similar price point as well.  So many things to consider here, which way would you go?

For now I will have to look at it closer and you will probably see some musings about this later and which way I decide to go.

Racing Lines 248 out now! 

The May edition is out, and it’s not bad. Let’s have a look inside. 

  • Auto Alley looks at Al the latest releases, interestingly quite a few on road releases this month. 
  • Light up your rig looks at installing and using the Killerbody six led light set
  • Quads and drones flies the LRP gravity vision FPV. 
  • Second look re looks  at the Kyosho  Dodge pair of cars, and to be honest, it seems to add nothing much to the original review so I was left a little confused there. 
  • Ray Wood reviews the budget Kyosho Dirt Hog as well as the DHK Cage-R 2wd buggy. 
  • Christian Brunelli reviews the RC4WD Gelande II Land cruiser. I liked the review, however the exceptional photography really does the vehicle justice and makes me, a land rover man, want this Toyota. 
  • Racing lines has all the latest results and race reports including one from yours truly. If only I had made the results in a better than passing mention. 

The true cost of a new 2wd buggy?

So I have 3 Team Durango vehicles that I race, and my son one as well, 4 vehicles in all.  However I face the prospect of looking to change camps because Team Durango, that I do love for their flexibility and parts cost, have simply been silent for so long.  It isn’t strictly the lack of new releases that bothers me as their two new 2wd buggies are not that old, but after their release was a deafening silence about EVERYTHING!  Parts are hard to get, bodies near on impossible and in the current financial climate, you can;t help but think things are going very badly.  My only thread of hope is rumours of a Chinese factory making parts went under and stopped the supply of parts rather than the company itself.

So I looked at what other Buggies were on the market to see what is our there and what they cost.  For the purposes of this article I looked at Amain Hobbies in the US (I know, boo me, but hear me out), you see I wanted to see how they compared in price, and few stores if any in Australia stock the new buggies from all the main brands.  However as one friend said to me, make sure you look at parts cost too because that realy varies across the board.  Now i’m not a good enough racer for design to make all that much difference, however strength is important to me, but racing on Carpet/Astroturf, I was looking at the carpet edition cars.

Immediately I took the Hot Bodies car out of the equasion because unlike the current generation carpet cars, no laydown gearbox.  Something also lacking in my Durango, but partially fixed in the more expensive DEX210F.  So I looked at the new Losi 22 4.0, Team Associated B6, Serpent SER-2, Xray 2017 XB2 CE, Kyosho RB6.6 and Yokomo YZ-2 CA.

In terms of parts I took into account the cost of the following assortment of standardly broken parts: Front & rear towers, front & rear arm pairs, front hub & knuckle pairs, rear hubs and spur gears. In honesty, I was surprised by the results overall. And yes, I know different cars break differnet parts, but I had to lay a baseline and these seemed the most reasonable choices.

  1. $310 – Team Associated B6
  2. $330 – Losi 22 4.0
  3. $330 – Serpent SRX-2
  4. $350 – Yokomo YZ-2 CA
  5. $350 – Xray XB2 CE 2017
  6. $400 – Kyosho RB6.6

$90 difference over all the kits, sales aside of course, not as much as I was expecting, although prices have certainly not stayed still of late as you used to be able to pick up 2wd kit under $300, although the new generation of kits are more complex and include more fancy (alloy or carbon) parts.

Similarly the cost of parts encompased only a $100 bridge as well as you can see below.  However this plays an even more important factor if you are looking at a 2nd hand car with a cheaper initial purchase price.  However there is a but in here as well, some cars have composite rear hubs and shock towers, some alloy rear hubs and carbon towers, and naturally those items are far more expensive.

  1. $402 – Losi
  2. $428 – Associated
  3. $454 – Serpent
  4. $473 – Kyosho
  5. $480 – Yokomo
  6. $500 – Xray

So overall the order was fairly much the same for the parts with the exception of the most expensive places with Kyosho tipping out Xray and Yokomo because of their kit’s more expensive purchase price when kit and parts are included.

 

  1. $732 – Losi
  2. $738 – Associated
  3. $784 – Serpent
  4. $830 – Yokomo
  5. $850 – Xray
  6. $873 – Kyosho

So first place to last is a whopping $141 differenice.  And the more parts you buy, the bigger that gap becomes!  Now this of course is not telling the whole story because differentials are an expensive item, and vary in price from $40 to $72 which is a lot, the story there, don’t break em!!  However the expense did seem to match the  overall expense of the kits and parts.

Of course performance plays a part in choice, and it’s hard to say that the Xray car is anything but a stellar performer in international competition but then so is the Yokomo buggy.  Other variants play a part in m decision making too, I love my stadium truck, so a company that does both with common parts is a big plus (ala Team Durango).   At the moment I have to admit to leaning towards the Losi product as they make a ST as well and seem to do it with a minimum of exotic materials, however I really want to see some real world results before making any jump, and I have enough parts (and little money) to have to make any choices just yet, so keep tuned to see where this race eventually finishes!

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Racing Lines: April 2017

Yes it’s on the shelves at good newsagents once again, and here is the wrap on what you will find within the pages of the magazine this month. There is a few different articles in this edition which is always interesting to read.

  • Auto alley has the latest news on the Team Associated F1 Car & T4.3 RTR, the Traxxas Ford GT & new Rally car, HPI Savage XL Flux Y Kyosho 1970 Chevelle SS.
  • Quads & Drones look at the affordable Ares Recon FPV quadcopter
  • There is an interesting article on getting into RC which is worth a read by anybody getting into the hobby
  • Chris Lander has also penned an interesting piece on what spare parts to carry for your car.
  • Second Look goes back to review how the Kyosho Rage VEi is holding up after almost a year
  • There is a great article on building the Axial Racing SCX10 II Jeep Cherokee, being built by an 8 year old to boot!
  • Reviewed is the BSD EP8 Blazer XB Buggy
  • Racing Lines has all the latest event news, reports and results.

Racing Lines February 2017

Perhaps a little belated,  but everybody needs holidays! 

So this edition we have the following articles:

  • News on all the latest gear releases
  • A test of the Futaba 4PV radio
  • A look at the very fun looking Kyosho Drone Racer
  • A second look at the DHK Hunter BL 4×4 SCT
  • A review of the Axial Wraith Spawn kit
  • A thorough review of the ARRMA Outcast 6s stunt truck (love that big air) 
  •  A review of the Haiboxing Volcano tenth scale mobster truck.  
  • All the race news and reports from around Australia

Ausdrift Round 4 Results

The Round 4 final of the Ausdrift 2016 Championship was held on Sunday 11th of December. This was the first Ausdrift competition held at Perth RC’s new location at 27 Newcastle Street in Perth. It’s been a testing time moving and setting up the new venue with some unplanned downtime in the interim.

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Round 4: drivers & judges, Photo: Harry Prussian

It’s been an absolutely fantastic 2016 championship with a different winner in RWD class for each round making for a very tight top 4 on the ladder. Numbers in AWD however have been disappointing but with the amount of new drivers attending sessions lately this will hopefully improve next year. This round saw a total field of 12 entries, 8 in RWD class and 4 for AWD. The top end of the table brought out their best again with some awesome driving on the new tile surface. Drivers enjoying a flowing track layout designed to result in some close door to door drifting thanks to competition director Soorian Ang.

Luke Veersma completed a clean sweep of T.Q performances for this year in RWD class with a 92.67/100. In the final battle brackets, Bradley Burge came away with a well deserved first round win of the 2016 series ahead of Luke in second place. Third and fourth came down to between Paul Hayes and Anthony Tottman, with Paul claiming third place after 3 close battles with Anthony.

In AWD class for this round, our competition director Soorian Ang took out top qualifier and first place. It was great to see Soorian competing again after a year of purely judging duties. I was relegated to second place and 13 year old Rilley Prussian took 3rd place from newcomer Marcus Scott.

The overall RWD championship for 2016 was a close affair with the top 4 places separated by only 7 points. First place went to the always consistent Luke Veersma with 98 points, 1 win and 2 x second places for the year. Second went to Bradley Burge on 94 points also with 1 win and 2 x second places. Third went to Paul Hayes with 92 points, 1 win and 2 x third places. An honourable mention goes to Jordon Vukojevich who missed this final round due to interstate work, he finished fourth with 91 points, 1 win and 1 x third place.

The overall AWD championship for 2016 went to myself with 97 points, 3 wins and 1 x second place. Second place went to Andrew Marriott with 62 points, 1 x second place and 1 x third place. Third place going to Mike Adams with 58 points and 1 x third place.

Many thanks to our host Perth RC and to our sponsors; Perth RC, AsiaTees, OOSpeedDrive, MRC Plaza, Drift Bunny Decals and Ken Leong’s Drift School for all of their support throughout the year.

Thanks also to this rounds judging panel; Soorian Ang, Peter Veersma, Don Jamieson & Jayden Goncalves (who stepped in to judge AWD while Soorian Ang competed) for their hard work in making the tough decisions and to my fellow admins; Michael Smith, Anthony Tottman, Jayden Goncalves and Soorian Ang for helping to make this year’s championship a success.

Thank you to all drivers who competed throughout the year and congratulations to all competition and championship place getters. Special thanks to all who lent their help throughout the year at; comps, demos, busy bees, set up and pack up, etc your help has been greatly appreciated, Ausdrift wouldn’t be where it is now without your help.


Round 4 Entrants; AWD class – 4, RWD class – 8


Judges; Soorian Ang (head judge and competition director), Peter Veersma, Don Jamieson & Jayden Goncalves


Round 4 RWD Class Results;

Top Qualifier – Luke Veersma

1st place: Bradley Burge  –  2nd place: Luke Veersma  –  3rd place: Paul Hayes


Round 4 AWD Class Results;

Top Qualifier – Soorian Ang

1st place: Soorian Ang – 2nd place: Noel Gettingby – 3rd place: Rilley Prussian



2016 Championship Total Entrants; AWD class – 9, RWD class – 17


2016 Championship Series – RWD Final Placings

1st place: Luke Veersma – 2nd place: Bradley Burge – 3rd place: Paul Hayes


2016 Championship Series – AWD Final Placings

1st place: Noel Gettingby – 2nd place: Andrew Marriott – 3rd place: Mike Adams


Please check out the Ausdrift Facebook page for all of the event photos and videos.

https://www.facebook.com/ausdrift/

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