Its Christmas – Justin Noble offers his ideas for some great RC gifts this year with a range of items to suit budgets and interests.
The Light Fantastic – With more and more models having the capability to fit lights into headlight buckets or on the roof with a light bar, it made sense for this monthâ€™s How To feature to focus on installing an LED set into one of our review samples.
Inside the New TLR 22-4 – We were lucky to get this exclusive opportunity to photograph the new TLR 22-4 4WD 1:10 off-road buggy. Not only could we see it up close, but there was also the chance to tear it down and see some of the finer details. Don’t miss this four-page feature with an insight into the actual car that Daren Bloomfield raced at the recent World Championships.
100 Not Out – This month contains the 100th column from our partners LRP. Not only does Jurgen Lautenbach wish to celebrate the success of the partnership, but also takes the opportunity to inform us of some major changes for them in North America, as well as reflecting on Neo 13 and looking ahead to the LRP TC Masters in 2014.
Gadgets and Gifts – Many of our readers are gadget geeks and motorsport enthusiasts as well as being into their RC. So just in time for Christmas, we came up with a selection of ideas that can be added to your wish list for 2013…
Spashett and Jefferies Do Battle – The Teesside clubâ€™s latest race venue hosted the first round of the new look BRCA 1:12 National series. With many team and equipment changes, the 2013-14 championship looks like being an interesting season and it was last yearâ€™s double champ David Spashett who shared the wins with another former winner Olly Jefferies.
Retention Guarantee – Wins at rounds six and seven of the series going the way of Mark Green, it seems that a successful defence of his title is almost guaranteed, especially after Kyle Bransonâ€™s mechanical issue that robbed him of a win at Halifax. The penultimate race report from 2013 brings us up to date with rounds six and seven from Adur and Halifax as the season comes to a close…
Making a Twelfth Return – This season former double national champion Olly Jefferies is making a return to the 1:12 class and some indoor racing action for the winter. In his regular column, Olly reflects on the first round and the challenges he expects for the rest of the series.
Vaterra Glamis Fear – The latest Glamis model in the range is a four-seater with a very different look to the original release, the Uno. We headed down to the sand pit for a blast, fitted with some of the optional paddle tyres so we could kick up a roost and pick up the front wheels at the same time. We let the words and pictures do the talking.
Yokomo B-Max2 MR – This is Yokomoâ€™s first dedicated mid-motor 2WD buggy and follows a long successful history for the company with 1:10 off-road models albeit in the 4WD class. With development of the chassis from the likes of World Champions Masami Hirosaka and Naoto Matsukura, itâ€™s no surprise that the car is gaining a popular following at clubs around the country.
RC4WD Gelande II – Topped with a distinctive Land Rover hard body, the new Gelande II model has enjoyed a serious make-over with some fantastic features including a machined billet aluminium ladder chassis, Yota II axles, R3 single speed gearbox and hammer transfer case. Neil McCallum, one of our team of scaling experts puts this truck kit to the test.
Tamiya F104 Version II Pro – As the name suggests, this Pro model comes with a range of Tamiyaâ€™s option parts supplied in their trademark blue colour. We decided to replicate the Red Bull Racing F1 design with help from Mike Parker at Number 5 Designs for the perfect scheme to match the high spec chassis.
HPI Discount Tire/Falken Tire Nissan S13 E10 Drift – This version of the E10 is based on Dai Yoshiharaâ€™s Nissan S13 and is aimed at the entry-level sector of the hobby. It comes built as a drifter but included in the box are the parts that allow the motor to be moved to convert it into a conventional touring car design. This flexibility makes it a great package for the first-time buyer as well as great value for money.
Xray XB9 2013 Specs – Xrayâ€™s latest contender in the 1:8 off-road buggy arena is a subtle, but noticeable update. A year on since the release of the revolutionary XB9, the 2013 car doesnâ€™t look too different at first, something that is reinforced by the use of the same body shell as last yearâ€™s version, but under the hood, youâ€™ll find a fair amount of changes which we outline for you.