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Features

Stirring a Hornet’s Nest – John Weston’s monthly column this month focuses on the iconic Tamiya Hornet as he looks back on the different models that have been released including the highly distinctive Jun Watanabe version.

The Learning Continues – You either win or learn, you never lose was a quote that Olly Jefferies heard after the latest round of the touring car nationals and is one he has taken to heart as he continues to strive for better results in a quest to retain his national championship.

Bloomfield and Agama Take National Win – Darren Bloomfield became the third different driver to take a win in as many races at the 2015 BRCA National Championships in 1:8 off-road as Slough stepped in for Wakefield to host the latest round.

Success at the ETS – LRP secured the titles in the modified TC, stock TC and F1 classes at the highly competitive ETS, proving their equipment can suit a whole range of applications whilst in 1:8 electric, they have announced a new speed control in the form of the iX8 V2

Inside the Euro Champ Car – It’s always nice to get our hands on a top driver’s car for a feature and even better when it’s a winning chassis too so this one ticks all the boxes as we check out Elliott Boots’s European Championship-winning Kyosho MP9 TKI3.

Engine Build – The engine is the heart of any model and this piece should always be treated as a precise instrument. In this stage of the Red Bull Racing RB7 build, you are tasked with fitting the crankshaft, pull start and carburettor as the F1 chassis continues to impress.

Serpent Drivers Do the Double – Serpent 977 drivers Mark Green and Tim Wood shared the wins at Mendip and Halifax, rounds three and four respectively of the BRCA 1:8 On-Road National Championships, but it would be Andy Hastings taking the championship lead into the fifth race of the series.

Grainger Gets Back to Winning Ways – Round two of the BRCA TC Championship took place at one of the oldest tracks of the series at Mendip. Whilst Zak Finlay was made to work for his pro stock win from third place, Chris Grainger was back on the top step of the podium in modified with his Team Associated car, taking pole position on the way.

RC Icons – This month’s icon is LRP’s traction control system that sadly never made it to market. Although those that saw it in action truly new this was an RC game changer…

Yardy Shows Clean Pair of Wheels – After taking TQ in the 2WD class of the BRCA 1:10 Off-Road National hosted by EPR, Team Associated’s Tom Yardy raced to three leg wins and the overall victory as team mate Neil Cragg was made to work hard for his win in 4WD.

 

Reviews

HPI RS4 Sport 3 Flux Porsche 911 GT3 – The latest incarnation of Falken Tire’s colour scheme for their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is this urban camo design the winning choice from some 200 competition entries. In keeping with the stunning full-size car, HPI has replicated it brilliantly, then placed the Porsche body onto their new RS4 Sport 3 chassis and equipped with a powerful Flux brushless system. You know you want to find out more!

Losi 8ight Gas – The 8ight platform has been around for many years but has always been able to keep pace with market trends and the competition. And the latest model is no different as it is powered by a small-size two-stroke engine, eliminating the need for specialist fuel and making it easier to own and run.

Team Associated RC8B3 – After a false start with the ‘never to be released B2 model, Team Associated took the opportunity to start again with the B3 and the wait has definitely been worth it. Carrying over very little from the RC8.2, the main focus of interest has been around its pivot ball front suspension, but we found out much more during our own build of the 1:8 off-road competition buggy.

RC4WD Beast II 6×6 – Few can ignore the presence of the six-wheel drive model from RC4WD and so the Beast name is very apt. And so it proved during construction with so many parts included in the kit, you will need to take your time. This multi-axle rig not only looks the part, but has the capability to match this out in the woods too.

Tamiya TRF419 – The latest top of the range touring car from the Japanese brand is the TRF419. Using knowledge gained from its predecessor, the new platform inherits the TRF418’s suspension and then updates the remainder of the chassis with a whole range of updates and new parts.

Price: £4.25
 
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