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Whats up It's Heikki here! What happened outside? Just few weeks ago I was freezing in -25C and now I can wear only T-shirt when I come to work! I also had a super fun time last weekend breaking my Team Corally Shogun.
It's amazing what kind of bombing these modern day RC's can take. Of course it broke (you would too if you hit the trees with high speed) but thanks to good engineering, we got it back to running with just putting the pieces back together. I used to think that I am reasonable guy but now I am a basher for life! Evolution goes to many directions I guess.! Check out the best moments of our Bashing Session from this video in our YouTube Channel.
Are you prepared?
You should have a field kit for sure! Many racers know these things by experience and have everything ready. They also usually bring a car or even a trailer where to pack all the required gear for successful race day. Experience has taught them well and when racing, you do not really have a time for a Walk of Shame.
What we are talking in this weeks issue is a bit smaller in scale - what should every RC hobbyist have in their backpack when there is a long waited driving day. Our professional RC Team has collected some of the essentials below. Are you prepared like you should be?
Required for your RC
- Fully charged batteries in storage bag or container. This is a true classic. Also, don't forget the transmitter batteries. Always have set of AA-batteries in your kit even if you use LiPOs in your radios. Trust me. There is always that guy. Beeb beeb BEEB!
- Tool set. Get yourself another tool set and keep it in your Field Kit. This is something I've heard many time.. "does anyone have 2mm allen in hand?!" This Traxxas Tool Kit is very good option for all types of RC cars and will fit in your backpack. Leatherman is a good plier but thats pretty much it is good for. Use RC specific tools only for your RC and browse our selection here!
- Spareparts. This depends a lot of what type of RC you drive. And how. Most common part to fail is the plastic spur gear. Bashers should have extra dogbone driveshafts in hand. Front arms are often first to go but if you hit something when doing wheelie, it's the rear arms that take the hit! Extra set of tires are a big carry but maybe they fit in your car. Atleast you dont have to drive back home.
- Hardware. Plastic shims are pain to find from the mud. Just add fresh ones! Missing nut from the wheels is another classic. Get nuts. Sometimes you can fix your broken car with longer screws if the original thread is ripped off. Keep a good set of M3 and M4 sized screws always in your bag. Our selection of quality screws and storage boxes for many uses here!
- McGyver-section: zip ties, duct tape, electrical tape, super glue.. These help you fix more than just your RC! Check out Team Corally Zip Ties - available in all the colors of the rainbow! This magical wheel balancing putty from Hudy belongs also in to this section.
For Yourself and Your Friends
- Water. Stay hydrated, homie! Soda is good but water is better.
- Sugar. I eat it raw, some add chocolate!
- Something else to eat too. Remember this even if you just had breakfast and are heading for the track. This is not a Hunger Games and nobody likes to see you angry.
- Good shoes. When I see people deep in the forest with flipflops I just dont know even-
- Socks. Yes, Spare set of socks will make your day better. Try it out!
- First aid kit. There are some very compact sets available and jokes aside, this often overlooked little thing can be a real life saver. Other medicines? Antihistamine and painkillers.
- Shades and a cap. Sun gives life but can also be annoying! Only one type of caps are allowed and they are Halko Caps, check them out! Finish your awesome but cool look with these Bittydesign Claymore Sunglasses.
- Sun block. Being a redneck is sometimes fun and giggles but please add some. Don't get roasted!
- Foldabe chair. Remember that this is just for you and not for your friends!
Thats about it! This letter was inspired by many walks back to home go get something that I was sure that I had with me. Actually I should take some hints from this letter and prep up my own field kit. Next week we focus again to my buggy building project! It's almost ready!
See you again next week, and greetings from Finland!
Heikki / EuroRC
ps. Remember that mysterious vintage beetle from last week? It apperas that it is a super rare Kyosho Volkswagen Baja Beetle (not the Baja Bug) from year 1982 and we are more than happy to have it in our collections! Interesting feature is that this car has a centrifugal clutch. One day we will open a RC museum and this will be one of the stars!
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