So we received an e-mail from our friends at RC Hobbies in Canada to let us know that the show RC Insider, which is hosted by Dirt Girl Anna Curtis and directed by Jayne Romyn, is back on air. No longer is it being shown by the Outdoor Life network in the US however, but instead it will be shown online, which is of course better for everyone. The show itself features race reports, interviews and product reviews and seems to be a good effort so we recommend you go check it out.
The first demo episode of this show can be seen here.
Our partners Kimihiko Yano have begun selling these great specialist tools from US based Niftech, specifically this armature shaft straightener and armature / tire balancer. The shaft straightener features a very precise measuring tool that allows you to measure the deformation of the armature shaft accurately while the supplied tool allows you to straigthen the shaft. The Balancer is a magnet hung shaft that comes on a base that sports a spirit level to ensure it has been placed flat while it comes with 2 shafts to allow you to check the balance of both tires as well as armatures.
Rain has been heavily effecting this weekends ROAR Gas Buggy Nationals that are being held at the St. Louis Dirt Burners track in Missouri. With the weather basically eliminating all but a handful of practice sessions for the 300+ entries setups have not been perfected heading into qualifying. Yesterday saw the first round of qualifying, take place under dry weather conditions but on a track that is still soft from the rain. In that session it was Associated RC8 driver Ryan Maifield that took the fastest time in this round ahead of Jammin racer James Taylor, while World Champion Mark Pavidis, racing for Kyosho, ended up with the 3rd fastest time. Qualifying continues today, hopefully under dry conditions, and we will bring you an update after todays sessions.
Our partner Neo Buggy are running a great competition right now to win a Neo Buggy branded pit mat from Upgrade RC. Simply predict the winner of this weekends ROAR 1/8th Buggy Nationals, and win and be one of the first 5 correct answers, to win this great prize. Entries close 1 hour before tomorrows main final so get your entries in quickly.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> RB Products have a brief report from round 2 of the Swedish Cup – Link [rbproducts.com]
> New servos, racing clutch and tools from SIIM Racing – Link [neo-buggy.net]
> Tamiya release full details of the TA05-MS Chassis – Link [tamiya.com]
> Serpent F180 with Ferrari / Michael Schumacher paint job – Link [serpent.com]
> Hobao ST PRO Truggy of David Crompton – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> Pictures of the Kyohso X312T packaging – Link [rcworld.ch]
Alex Racing today announced their new full line up of Stock 23T brushed motors, suitable for use in the JMRCA National stock class, called Flat Out. Comprising of 3 main motor types, the VS Series, the M series and the L series, all the motors are available with the choice of brush hardness – soft, medium or hard, brush material type – carbon or pure silver, rotor specification – for lots of torque or high revs and finaly whether it comes with a steel or aluminum ring. The M series comes with a new style end bell which allows the use of bigger brushes than on standard motors.
Way back at the start of February Team Orion showed their CPD (constant pressure device) system to visitors at the Nuernberg toy fair, and we showed it to you for the first time then also. Well if you have been waiting to buy one ever since, you now can, as it has just been released.
The CRF CPD acting as a pressure valve system, effectively resolves this problem by regulating the amount of pressure going to the fuel tank. The valve allows a constant amount of pressure to be sent to the fuel tank, by opening or closing itself depending on the engine’s rotation speed.
Last weekend in the West of Germany, at the Dormagen track, the 4th round of the west German Regionals were held. The event attracted 53 drivers, slightly less than espected due to the predicted bad weather, which turn out to be wrong, as the weather was dry for the entire event. Qualifying was a battle between top electric racers Mark Fischer and Markus Mobers, with Fischer taking the pole position for the main final. In the race itself Mark was able to pull away directly after the start and could easily win by 2 laps from the Serpent pairing of Markus Mobers in 2nd and Karl Heinz Meister in 3rd.