I think after this year HPI Hotbodies will want to lock down Ty for more than just one year contract or someone else will scoop him up!
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Watch On Liverc.com all the action from the NEO14 race!!
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One More Lap is a brief recap of some of the RC related happenings from this past week, that we didn’t feature for one reason or another. Lets take One More Lap and try and do a better job of hitting our marks.
The Toyz Blog, featured a really interesting 3D-Printed ‘Scorpion’ Micro-Crawler, from CTM Projects. This is a great read and it is always interesting to see how technology can play a role in our hobby. Also check out 3D-Printed Micro R/C Crawler. Continue Reading
It’s been a while but I’m back with another upgrade for my ECX Torment. This time I am going to show how to install the new HD drive shafts, this is great for owners of the brushed versions of the truck.
First I will show the difference in the size of the drive balls, as you can see the left is the new HD vs on the right the original.
Now we need to remove the wheel, camber link, axle nut and pin.
Next we pull the outer axle out of the hub and slide the outer drive out from the inner drive as well.
Remove the pin for the inner shaft, and slide off the inner drive.
Now is a good time to inspect and clean.
Next put the new HD inner drive on the transmission shaft and install the pin.
Next slide the new outer drive in the inner driveshaft , then into the hub, install the outer pin and axle nut and you are finished.
I have tested this new setup and I have to say that the truck is more responsive to my throttle input than it was before, and i think this is due to the extra strength that doesn’t allow as much flex.
So in conclusion, if you have the old drives throw them away and go get the new HD drives, you won’t regret it.
I don’t like seeing this type of thing done to a person or small business and it makes it especially difficult when it is done to a successful business. Mike’s Hobby Shop in Carrollton, Texas faces an uncertain future. The State of Texas wants to take part of the land the shop currently and for the past 26 years resides on, for the I-35 corridor expansion. The piece of land in question “Literally cuts through all 3 RC car tracks, rendering the entire facility useless in terms of its current operation.”
This sort of thing isn’t against the law and sadly is common practice in many parts of the world, I have seen it happen in my own community. It is difficult to try and stop progress, usually the best you can hope for in these circumstances is a far shake. It is hard to believe that the state of Texas can’t figure out a way to make this right. If you would like to try and help, there is currently an online petition Do Not Force A Family Hobby Center To Close .
Check out Mikes Hobby Shop for more details.
Have you ever heard of Marty McDaniels? I hadn’t until I read his story. Marty is a resident of Homewood, a small neighborhood located in Pittsburg PA. Homewood has a high unemployment rate, a reputation for violence and is a place trying to put its gang problems in the past. Marty McDaniels is like many of us in respect to his passion for building and racing RC’s. Marty also sees RC’s as an alternative to the hardships and temptations that surround him and his community.
Marty has built and maintained a Backyard Track from items he has found discarded in his neighborhood. He wants the track to be a place where kids and adults can race free from fear and intolerance. Marty McDaniels spends his spare money on car parts and track maintenance and was recently awarded the $1,000 Awesome Pittsburgh Grant. He plans to use the money to clean up the lot, buy some landscaping tools, install some professional track tubing and buy professional grade dirt to give the track a clean surface.
Marty McDaniels Vision: “The vision is big, but we have to start small. By creating a fun, positive, racing environment that is accessible to everyone, we can raise awareness for the sport of RC racing and the positive effects it can have on urban youth and adults. Many people want to race but there simply isn’t a place within the city limits. My goal is community awareness and involvement by creating a Pittsburgh RC track that everyone can be proud of.”
In addition to the grant, Mr McDaniels was the recent subject of a documentary done by Daliborka Films, a small Pittsburgh-based film production company, owned and operated by Keith Reimink. You can follow the progress of the film and find out how you can help with Marty’s project by contacting Keith through his website or Facebook page.
We have reached out to Keith to get some more information and we will update when we have it to pass along.
This is a great project that we support. RC’s help bring together so many families and thus communities, why wouldn’t it work Homewood. We applaud Mr McDaniels and wish him success in achieving his vision. Something like this will take a lot of help and hopefully once some more people and some of the RC companies see his story they can figure out a way to help Mr McDaniels.