(with apologies to Dick Van Dyke) Punctures are frustrating. But what can be even more frustrating is working out why they happen. And why they didn’t used to happen. And why they seem to be affecting perfectly good tyres and inner tubes… My bike left the factory with these Giant S-RX4 tyres. They are a […]Read more "Diagnosis: Puncture"
I have too much stuff. I need to get rid of some of it. So I’m in the middle of a bit of a clear-out. One of the boxes I hadn’t looked at for the past decade or more contained some RC magazines. They are a nice reminder of three phases of my RC history… […]Read more "A blast from the past"
You know what, I REALLY like building IKEA furniture. A change of circumstances recently means that I have furnished a two-bedroom house from scratch, and almost all of the contents have come from IKEA. The experience of building IKEA furniture has a lot in common with building a Lego set or Tamiya kit: The quality of […]Read more "I heart IKEA"
Sometimes life challenges you at work. Sometimes life challenges you in your relationships. And sometimes, life challenges you in your hobbies… I’ll start with the positives from the 2017 Iconic Cup. I was racing with a great bunch of clubmates; it was great to see so many “scale” RC cars going around the track; […]Read more "Reflections on the Iconic Cup"
I used to build quite a lot of plastic kits – pretty much exclusively Tamiya. But at the age of 11 I got my first proper RC car and plastic kits fell by the wayside. I do remember the sheet of hardboard that I had to build them on, and the “diorama” I once made […]Read more "Done! My first plastic kit in ages!"
Finally got under 5 minutes per km over 5k! Took a long time to get here. I reached 5m30s within a couple of months of running regularly and I’m six months further down the road now. 4m 30s is my next target. I expect it to be tough.Read more "At last!"
I’ve got a soft spot for Tamiya’s Sport Tuned motor. It was fitted as standard to my Avante 2001 buggy, and I always found it to be surprisingly rapid – outperforming the supposedly faster motors I had been using before. Of course, I was about 14 years old and didn’t know very much about motor […]Read more "Inside the Tamiya Sport Tuned motor"