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Contra Industries – Custom Decals

 

Have you seen those cool sticker wraps on chargers and radio’s, or ever wondered where to get your own custom decals and graphics? Well we spoke to Adelaide based, Contra Industries to see how they make it happen.

It all starts with you finding a design or logo which can be sent electronically, the higher the resolution the better the results will be. If you don’t have something in mind then Reece from Contra Industries can steer you in the right direction.

Once a design has been chosen it will be scaled and an electronic draft will be created. Cut lines will be added to the image for easy peeling from the backing sheet. The image is printed by a commercial vinyl printer onto a quality piece of adhesive sticker vinyl. If required a varnish can also be added to preserve the decal from containments like nitro fuel.

The decal is then complete and ready for application, Contra Industries can post your new decals to you around Australia.

If your looking for some quality custom decals to add the finishing touches to your model, rc race car or other rc related equipment then Contra Industries is contactable via Facebook. They also have a lot of their past work on display for inspiration.

 

Intech Racing ER-12M 2.0 Lite build review

Intech Racing ER-12M 2.0 Lite build review

There is no doubt that the ER-12M 2.0 lightweight is a good looking 2wd buggy with its milled alloy chassis, carbon towers and beautifully presented shocks. I have also found that it is very similar to the Team Durango DEX210, which is probably a good thing considering these are a popular and well regarded buggy. Over a week I set out to build the ER-12 and review it as I went about building it.

Chassis and Towers

The chassis of this car is possibly the most striking I have ever seen and it went together very well, there were no issues at all and the car feels rock solid. The chassis has braces running the full length to add strength and the shock towers are made of 5mm thick carbon fibre. The chassis and towers are for me the most impressive part of the car and if you’re seeking a solid and tough platform that can handle the big impacts then this car is most definitely for you.

The arms on this car are made of a nice strong plastic and they have very little free play. Arms feature a grub screw so that you can adjust suspension droop in the same manner you would on an on-road car. Both front and rear arms are gullwing style, however there is currently no straight arm option available for the front of these cars, which would be more suited to Australian track conditions.

The space for the electronics can be tight, depending on what electronics you are fitting into your vehicle. I found that you must use a low profile servo with this vehicle or you will really struggle to fit anything in the front other than the smallest of electronics. I have used the electronics from my stadium truck in the test vehicle and I had to lightly grind a small section of the chassis brace in order to neatly fit it all in.

Another great feature of the chassis are the Intech monogrammed brass weights which can be placed in the front to improve weight distribution. I also liked the swing away carbon fibre battery straps and alloy thumb screws which not only look great but will make battery changes quick and easy.

Steering and Suspension

Steering on the ER-12 is an all alloy and carbon fibre affair with the drag link being carbon fibre and all other components being alloy. The steering is super smooth with the servo sitting inside a frame rather than on individual mounts.

Suspension is also impressive with an all alloy body, alloy cap and red anodised collar. Shocks went together pretty much the same as any other shocker I’ve built, are smooth and do not leak a drop. The pistons are slightly oversize at 12.4mm which means that you won’t be using your big bore TLR or AE pistons in this car. I found this a little frustrating as I have a plethora of 12mm pistons which would not fit the ER-12. The stock pistons are all 6 hole of varying sizes, I have chosen to use the 1.2mm up front with 30wt oil and the 1.3mm in the back with 25wt oil.

Driveline

The ER-12 comes standard with a traditional style 4 gear transmission, however a 3 gear is also available. You also have a choice of ball or gear differential and I have chosen to build our ER-12 with the 4 gear transmission and with the ball differential. The ball differential went together easily and is very smooth, but make sure you fully compress the spring before assembly. I especially liked the caged thrust bearing which is carried on the inside of the outdrives, rather than outside, where they would be more susceptible to dirt ingression. The differential rings are also keyed and sit securely on the inside of the outdrives. The differential also has an all alloy T-nut which retains the main spring on the differential, rather than a plastic one. The top shaft of the transmission on the ER-12 is an interesting setup, as it is reversed with the slipper being adjusted from the rear. Overall the driveline has no slop, moves freely and is precise.

Body and wing

The body and wing is made of a quite thick and strong polycarbonate plastic, however the cut lines were not clear around the transmission and you will need to mark your own lines. This is necessary to get the body to fit around the transmission. Once you have cut a hole for the transmission the body fits well and comes with Velcro to secure it as well as a pin arrangement. I removed the pin arrangement and will just use the Velcro around the edges of the chassis to secure it.

Improvements

The kit as a whole is very good but if I was to make any changes I would like to see the instructions printed a little bigger to make them clearer and also the screws placed in bags with labels telling you their size. This would speed up the build particularly if it was your first time building an Intech vehicle. I would also like Intech to provide in their instructions the spring rate of the kit springs, the number of teeth on the kit spur and the final drive ratio to make setting the car up easier.

Conclusion

The whole kit went together very well and has taken about 10 hours to build. Tolerances throughout the car are precise and overall the car has little to no slop in key areas such as the arms, steering and shock mounts. Components on this car are all top notch and you certainly get a lot of standard parts that others would call hop-ups and charge you extra for.

I originally intended to build and race this car in the stock buggy class but as I built it I have come to the conclusion that it would be better suited to the modified class. The solid build and lack of smaller spur options has meant that getting the ER-12 setup for modified will be far easier than stock.

In the new year I’ll be bringing you a full race and track review of the ER-12, so bring on the 2018 season!

Rcstore.com.au are currently offering 15% off the entire Intech Racing range and throwing in free Australian postage!

If you’d like check out the full range of Intech Racing cars and products check out www.intechracing.com or to get your hands on any of the cars in the Intech Racing range, contact the Australian distributor, Duncan at duncan@rcstore.com.au or (TEL) 0408 906 326. We also need to give a huge Thankyou to the team at Intech Racing and Rcstore.com.au

Lachlan Munday at the Worlds

Here is what Lachlan had to say about his trip to the worlds in China!

2017 Worlds in China are all done, and boy do I have a lot to say! Ok, so in 2WD I qualified 63rd with some runs in the 40’s and 50’s but it was really hard to do better as I had some hacks in my group. Just crazy to see how different their racing etiquette is! In my final I led until the last lap, then hit a random bump and my car flipped  Such bad luck   Finish 62nd. In 4wd I also had some top 40 and top 50 runs. I was getting pretty tired by then and I qualified and finished 66th^-^ even though I tried my hardest. I was hoping to win that race but I got hit pretty hard and I had to race with a bent shock absorber from lap 2! It was actually pretty fun taking the jumps with a broken car and still finishing 6th with a car that wouldn’t jump or turn properly. It was pretty funny. The early starts, late nights and dark racing were really challenging, as well as having a sore stomach, but I am very happy with my results overall as I smashed my top 100 goal🔥

My highlights (not in order!!!!)

  • Holding the Australian flag at the opening ceremony. Representing Australia
  • The worlds best drivers signing my B64 body
  •  Meeting Masami Hirosaka
  • Holding the World Championship trophy with Ryan Maifield
  • Ty Tessman giving me his 4th place trophy and pass
  • Meeting new friends Clement Boda and Matthieux from France. Stéphane Boda
  • Getting interviewed by Liverc and visiting the Liverc box Aaron Waldron
  • Being on the drivers stand with Dad at a World Championship
  • Seeing the massive facility!
  • The bus ride home after the banquet with the funny Aussie team
  • “waiting for a taxi”
  •  Sitting with the ‘rockstars’ in the AE team Spencer, Kyle, Ryan, Dustin

After the racing finished, we also did some sightseeing around Xiamen City. Now , i want to talk about my expectations vs reality side of things. I thought it would be like a giant metropolis! Well it was like that, but different in many ways. I thought it would be more tall buildings and apartments- well there were, but there were also lots of small buildings and traditional buildings. Was the traffic like i expected? No. Just.Plain.No. The drivers are crazy!!! Every day we thought we would be in an accident. There are huge buses and trucks swerving, people going the wrong way down the freeway, tuk tuks, mums on scooters with babies and no helmets, three cars wide in two lanes. One day we had a supersonic bus ride- we all cheered when we arrived back at the hotel safely.

I thought crowds would be like Australia, but with more room! Nope. It was very squishy, and it was a bit push to the front-ish. Actually it WAS push to the front-ish.Very much so. You have no personal space, and people kept wanting to touch and photograph me and my sister.

Now enough about that for now. Im going to talk aboutall the wonderful experiences! (well, mostly😂) One of the coolest things In my opinion was gulangyu island, nanputuo temple and the hotel! At the botanic gardens get this, we saw 30 weddings going on!!!! We also did a bit of rock hopping 

Gulangyu island, which was a tourist island, had a great view of the ocean and some nice street food! The temple and botanical gardens was a massive day where we saw such beautiful gardens but had to climb hundreds of stairs. We also went to the hot spring in the hotel which was bliss 😁

The last day we basically spent nearly the whole time at the Airport waiting for our planes. Aaaaaaaand, now where back in Aussie Australia!!!!!!

All in all I learnt a lot and did much better that I thought I would. I also learnt that I have to do a lot more practice to be able to drive like the amazing drivers in the A-main final. I screamed so much watching them as they changed positions and raced so close. Maybe one day I can do that. I also learnt that China is an interesting and different place to visit, and that we are very lucky to have our life in Australia.

Thanks very much to everyone who has supported me in this journey to China! I read your messages but was too tired to respond. It was awesome having all of you cheering us on. I can honestly say I did my very very best.

Finally thanks to……
#HelloWorldWatergardens for helping me get to China and supporting me
#RCRS Matt Griffin for his support
ACE- Matthew Kellett and Gary Kellett
#TeamAssociated #ReedyPowered #JConcepts for the awesome products.
Mum and Dad for working on the car.
Jasmine for being a great sister.
Andrew Selvaggi for always helping out.
My Australian Team mates for their support and encouragement
The organisers for putting on such a cool event.

Intech Racing ER-12M 2.0 buggy Lite- Unboxing Review

Intech Racing, I had never heard of them either until recently, but they are a Taiwanese manufacturer making a fresh push into the Australian market with some unique and innovative ideas. Intech Racing is a relative newcomer to Australia but they have been building cars for over ten years with a focus on continuous improvement. Intech Racing manufactures a range of off-road buggies and trucks in both 10th and 8th scale, with either electric or nitro power trains.

Intech Racing has kindly provided Aussie RC News with an ER-12M 2.0 Lite 2wd buggy to build and review. Prior to sending a test vehicle, Intech Racing contacted me to discuss which vehicle we would like to test first. After looking at their range of smart looking vehicles the ER-12M 2.0 Lite 2wd buggy stood out to me as a vehicle which would be well suited to racing and being 2wd we could put it to the test in the 2wd stock class, racing against the established brands.

The ER-12 2.0M is a rear wheel drive buggy, with a mid-mounted motor design and a narrow aluminium chassis. This type of design is now the most common in Australia, with rear mounted motor platforms now a rarity. Continue reading Intech Racing ER-12M 2.0 buggy Lite- Unboxing Review

The worlds according to Crash

Walking out as Team Australia! what a feeling… Photo Credit: Jconcepts inc. on Facebook

Since I was just 8 years old I’ve been racing Karts, Formula Ford & RC cars, I’ve spent the majority of my life being a total fanatic about racing in all shapes and sizes.

When I started RC racing around my 20th birthday I quickly got hooked on the competition that bigger events had to offer, and when I made a start in EP Off Road, it didn’t take me long to set my sights on competing at an IFMAR World Championships. Continue reading The worlds according to Crash

Australian EP On-Road National Championship Report

Held over the weekend at the West Coast Model RC (WCMRC) track in Perth Western Australia, the 2017 Essential RC Australian Ep On Road Nationals will go down as one of the closest Nationals in recent memory. The WCMRC track located in the industrial suburb of Bayswater in Perth is a very impressive facility. Originally built for 235mm 2WD IC cars in the 1980’s, the track provides a challenging mix of flowing, high speed corners with a high grip undulating surface and an exciting banked corner at the end of the main straight.

1/12 modified results:

  1. Ed Clark – XRAY X12
  2. Mark Wallin – XRAY X12
  3. Paul Sims – Teamsaxo
  4. Warren Buttriss – Teamsaxo
  5. Chris Schmidt – Serpent
  6. Graham Hayward – Teamsaxo
  7. Luca Polizzi – VBC
  8. Gerard Elias – CRC

Ed Clark set a fast pace during the early rounds of qualifying but suffered some reliability issues later in the day which allowed Mark Wallin to relegate him to 2nd on the grid for the finals. Paul Simms had to work hard to hold off Warren Buttriss for the 3rd place grid spot for the finals. Simms took advantage of errors made by both Wallin and Clark to take an early lead in leg one final. However he was not able to hold off Wallin or a recovering Clark who went on to take a victory in leg one. Clark followed up his win in leg one by taking the 2nd final after a race long dual with Wallin which gave Clark the title. Wallin secured 2nd and Simms finished 3rd.

F1 results:

  1. Michael Clark – XRAY X1
  2. Graham Hayward – Roche
  3. Brian Stewart – VBC/Roche Hybrid

Graham Hayward took top qualifier (TQ) by one point from Michael Clark who qualified 2nd from Brian Stewart in 3rd. Hayward wasn’t able to convert his TQ in the finals as Clark found some pace and won the 1st two legs and took the title. Hayward was able to hold on for 2nd overall by winning the last leg from Stewart.

Source: https://www.teamxray.com/

Intech in Australia

Taiwanese company Intech has been pushing into Australia recently with RC Store now carrying a range of their vehicles as well as providing spares, manuals, race setups and more. So lets have a look at the vehicles that Intech are selling.  

in 1:10 there are four vehicles in the line;

  • ERCS-10 a 4wd short course truck Kit
  • ER-14M 4wd buggy Kit
  • ER-12M 2.0 Lite 2wd buggy Kit
  • ER-12M 2.0 2wd buggy Kit.

In the 1:8 line you have the choice of;

  • BR-6E Sport  Electric buggy Kit
  • BR-6 E Electric buggy Kit
  • BR-6 2.0 Sport Nitro buggy Kit
  • BR-6 2.0 Nitro buggy Kit
  • BR-5 Nitro Buggy Ready To Run

So Intech have most genres and vehicles covered in their range at an excellent price point.  So check them out on their own website at http://www.intechracing.com/ or at RS Store https://rcstore.com.au/

 

IFMAR World Off Road Champs – 2WD Results

The 2wd word champion has been crowned for 2017 in Xiamen China, and it was Ryan Maifield from Team Yokomo that has claimed toe top spot from Ryan Cavalieri and Lee Martin.

However I know you want to know how the Australians fared because unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that we have a strong contingent of drivers in China this year. Continue reading IFMAR World Off Road Champs – 2WD Results

2017 Victorian Off Road Titles Racer Report

2017 Victorian State Titles

The 2017 1/10 Offroad Victorian State Titles were held at the red clay track of the bordertown Wodonga RC Club.  Big winners were TLR/Motiv Leigh Cheeseman (2wd 17.5, 4wd 17,5 and Truck 17.5), AE/JC/Reedy Ray Munday (2wd Mod), AE/Reedy Cameron Zammit (4wd Mod) and ORCA Simon Healy (Truck mod). 
The original date in August was washed out so the re-run was held in combination with the Coleman Cup, an event that has been running for over 20 years in memory of a young racer who tragically died at a young age.  This event celebrates sportsmanship and competition, and the prestigious ‘Coleman Cup’ for services to the sport was awarded to Bazz Densely who not only prepared buggies for his 2 kids to race but also helped with track prep and even cooking the bbq through the weekend.  It’s because of racers like him that the sport of RC is so much fun!
Racers were treated to a fantastic blue groove surface on the bumpy but flowing classic outdoor track, with sunny weather for practice and 4wd day but rain on 2wd day which kept everyone on their toes chasing the perfect setup.  The event ran with the Holeshot V2 as the control tyre for all classes.  The small but enthusiastic club members had worked tirelessly in the leadup of the event and during the weekend to give all racers something to remember.

17.5:

TLR / Motiv racer Leigh Cheeseman was on a mission all weekend, taking TQ in each of the 17,5 classes and converting in the finals to win all 3.  It wasn’t as easy as it looked though, as he was pushed extremely hard by Ben Howard (2nd 2wd 17,5 ) and Jason Milbourne (2nd 4wd 17,5 and2nd Truck 17,5T) with Simon ‘sticks’ McHugh rounding out the podium in both of the buggy classes and Hope Densley taking a popular 3rd in Truck 17.5 with her T5M!

4wd Mod:

Munday took TQ from Zammit and Andrew Selvaggi, but in the finals ‘CamZam’ proved too strong taking out A1 and A3 to defend his title from 2016.  Cam was pushed hard by AE racer Selvaggi, the result only decided in the last couple of laps of A3, with Simon Healy and Lachlan Munday 3rd and 4th.

2wd Mod:

Munday also took TQ in 2wd with his B6D from Healy (Kyosho) and Selvaggi 3rd.  In A1 it started raining making conditions slippery but Munday took the win from a hard charging Healy with Andrew holding his podium place.  Unfortunately the rain came down harder after A1 so the event was called based on the results of this single final.

Truck Mod:

Cam Zammit took TQ in this class but had some poor luck in the finals.  Simon Healy made the most of this to take the win, Matt Kellett (AE) in 2nd and Andrew ‘Ace’ Adamic (Xray) in 3rd.

Junior 17.5 (Under 16 2wd):

This is a very popular class in Victoria, with a full field of racers looking to make their mark on the sport.  Brian Lawrence took TQ from Nathan Facciol and Shane Lawrence.  In the finals Brian took the win from brother Shane, Nathan 3rd.  Look out for these names in the future!

21.5T 2wd

Paul Slifka took TQ in this class but couldn’t convert in the finals, Nathan Krone taking his B6 to the front of the pack for the win.

21.5T 4wd:

This was another battle between Paul Slifka and Nathan Krone with many entertaining races.  The result was a reversal of 2wd, Slifka taking the win with his Schumacher from Krones Yokomo.
Thanks to the club for putting on the event!

Continue reading 2017 Victorian Off Road Titles Racer Report

FEMCA Day 2 Wrap Up: Stringer and Pain Strike first

Well a big day is finished here at MORBC for the second day of the 2017 FEMCA 1/8 IC Off Road Championships! The day started with the opening ceremony, 3D Helicopter demonstrations and concourse judging.  The WA Model Aircraft Sports Centre (WAMASC) were happy to put on 2 3D Helicopter demonstrations over the track, and an RC jet flyover to add to the opening ceremony, showcasing another world of RC excitement and skill from their club, as the 2 clubs operate side by side in the Whiteman Park area.

Myself (Chris Mitchell) Opening the event this morning with Trevor Reid (FEMCA President) and Andrew Silva (MORBC President)
one of the Heli ace pilots from WAMASC demonstrating his abilities over the track

Continue reading FEMCA Day 2 Wrap Up: Stringer and Pain Strike first