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FEATURES
YOUR INSIGHT INTO THE BEST
OF RC CARS, PEOPLE AND
TECHNIQUES.
24 SPEKTRUM’S SMART
MOVE
Like any smartphone,
Spektrum’s new DX6R is a
powerful tool. The stunning
transmitter offers colour
touch-screen simplicity, WiFi
connectivity, unbeatable DSMR
range and security, 5.5ms
frame rates, telemetry and
Bluetooth model transfer. And of
course it does a pretty good job of
controlling your RC vehicle as we
found out…
52 DON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGER
This month’s Iconic Column takes four guest
contributors and finds out how they got into the
hobby back in the hey-day of the 1980s. This means a trip
down memory lane and reflecting of the Tamiya, Kyosho
and Mardave cars of the era that spawned a long-term
love of the hobby.
56 CUTTING EDGE
If you fancy making your own parts and a 3D printer
doesn’t cut it, then a CNC router is the way to go. Shaun
Garrity builds up the Ooznest C-Beam model and gets
cutting!
68 SPASHETT, HAGBERG AND NUTTING ARE
TOP DOGS
The latest round of the BRCA 1:12 National series was
hosted by MB Models and on a track that tested the
drivers with a section that resembled a dog agility course.
Nonetheless it was the two World Champions and a
GT12 expert who survived the jeopardy best to take the
victories on the high-risk track.
74 TECH TALK
This month’s diary piece sees Olly Jefferies discuss
the set-up on his Xray 1:12 car and the things he may
change over the course of a weekend national and most
importantly, why.
76 POCKET ROCKET RACING ITALIAN STYLE!
LRP’s own Jurgen Lautenbach introduces the new LRP
AE On-Road Challenge race series for Italy, whilst the
long-awaited LRP Gravit Monster Vision FPV is now also
ready to be shipped in combination with their brand new
78 WEIGHT MATTERS
If your car seems to turn better one way than the other, or
spins out in left turns but is fine the other way then there
could be an issue with your corner weights. This may
sound daunting but we think that by using Trackstar’s
Corner Weight System it’s a quick and simple fix.
88 SPARRING PARTNERS
The Sparmax Arism Viz air compressor is a compact,
travel-friendly air compressor that’s aimed at the hobby
enthusiast rather than the professional airbrush user.
REVIEWS
THE LATEST
THRASH TESTS.
32 ECX AMP MT BTD
Our tester turns back the clock and puts himself back
in the shoes of the would-be first-time RC car buyer to
re-live that all-important entry point into the hobby with
the new Amp MT Build-To-Drive. This sees ECX offer a
kit version of one of their more popular Ready-To-Run
monster trucks that we think adds to the whole learning
experience of building an RC model.
42 SERPENT 4X
The 4X touring car from Serpent is revolutionary in the RC
world with a suspension design that we have never seen
before fitted to a regular the carbon fibre chassis with a
belt drive transmission. Always someone who has been
attracted to something a little different, touring car expert
Stephen Coyle gets his hands on a car and finds out how
the car that took a podium position at the recent world
championships builds and performs.
60 ABSIMA AT1BL
Speed and cost are often two words that go together but
less so with the AT1BL truggy from Absima. This RTR is
a brushless-equipped 4WD off-roader that is strong and
durable, yet capable of around 40mph straight out of the
box. Items like the waterproof brushless speed control
and the 3421Kv brushless motor are standard issue on
the model that comes with an RRP of well under £200.
80 CARISMA GT24
With their GT24 series, Carisma offer a fine range of
1:24-scale micro RC. We take a look at the GT24R rally
offering that uses their tried and tested 4WD shaft-drive
transmission and brushless power. Then we hit the track
and give it a good thrash test with some 1:10 cars at
Stafford Model Car Club.
REGULARS
NEWS, LETTERS, DATES, NEW PRODUCTS
AND OUR VIEWS.
8 NEWS
The Racer Off-Road Series is officially announced, Lee
Martin leaves Mugen for Infinity, dates for this year’s
BRCA sanctioned 1:10 off-road events, Jack Embling signs
for TLR, Team Associated announce the RC10B64D Team
Kit to replace the B44.3 whilst there is news of the E817
E-buggy from HB and much more.
12 INSIDE LINES
All the latest stuff including kits, accessories, option parts
and much more.
20 EDITORIAL
Let it ROR in 2017!
20 WHO, WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE?
Three pictures from the past but who are they?
21 TIME WARP
What was happening one, five and ten years ago.
73 COMING UP
What you can expect to see in the next month’s issue of
Racer.
79 DATES
Plan your schedule for the next few months with our
racing calendar.
92 CLUB RACER
Reports from the Masters of Foam in the Netherlands,
the Schumacher Indoors Masters at Worksop, the Essex
Winter Series hosted by the Deanes Sports Centre in
Thundersley and the all-mew North West Nitro Winter
Series at Blackpool.
96 BUYERS GUIDE
Where to shop in your area with Racer’s comprehensive
store guide.
99 ALL OVER
“Sorry mate, I only know about off-road.” Seriously…

Price: £4.25
 
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