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The importance of Maintenance

I’ve been an advocate for the purchase of 2nd hand cars for some time, although I don’t know a single RC driver that doesn’t love opening the box on a brand new RC car.

However for some of us that is simply financially impossible. I’ve purchased 2nd hand race cars for some time and been very pleased with what I got. However before Christmas I purchased another rally car, this time a 2nd hand HPI WR8 Flux and it reminded me of the bubble that I have been living in. You see I race at an indoor carpet off road track, and the cars that race here, well they stay pretty clean. Blow out the fluff and astro turf between races and you are good to go. Cars that operate in dirtier conditions however don’t fare so well!

So in the advertisment the car looked ok for the price, although well used for sure. And as it’s a relatively uncommon car to find, I had a hankering for a rally car that could cope with a wider variety of terrain. I mean I love my Tamiya XV01, but it has to be a fairly level surface and small rocks to operate at it’s best. So the WR8 appealed to me. Parts seemed reasonable as it shares a platform with the HPI Bullet, Vorza and Trophy series vehicles. So many parts are common. So through a friend I made the purchase and had him do the pickup, and eventually got the car myself about 2 weeks later when I was in that town on a work trip.

I mean it looked OK in the advertisement ….. but in hindsight, it looked wet in the photo…

Now here is where reality but a little, there was rust in a number of places and a little more wear and mismatched parts than I had bargained for. Not helped by me seeing other WR8’s for sale just one state over for a similar price, but better condition. On driving the car, it drove awfully and wow was there some noise from the mechanical components of the car. One arm on the rear was broken and the body was rougher in the flesh. Breathing deep I started to tear down the car, re grease and clean parts, and see what needed to be replaced. I ordered some ebay special alloy rear arms, as well as wheel hexes. In the defence of the rust, it seems the vehicle was cleaned for the for sale photos and boxed slightly damp still, it all cleaned up off the rusted parts.

The more I tore down the car, and cleaned it up the happier I was with it. I found that the platform inherently has a noisy drivetrain, although it seemed from my investigations that 80% of the wheel and differential carrier bearings were either very rough, or completely collapsed. It turns out that my stash of bearings for my old HPI Blitz had the right number of the right size bearings to do the job, thankyou HPI Racing!!!

What remains of some of the bearings

Then another setback, the WR8 hexes that I ordered for the ebay special price of about $6, whilst the right size, were about twice as tall as they needed to be, leaving the one wheel that needed a new hex looking somewhat odd poking further out of the bodywork, and the wheel nut barely going on. But until I get the single hex I need, it keeps the car going for now!

Some adjustment of the mismatch of turnbuckles fitted to a better geometry, combined with the replacement bearings and a few greased, cleaned and adjusted parts meant I was ready for a proper test of the vehicle in earnest.

Mid teardown and clean.

And then all of my apprehension evaporated. The car is fantastic fun to drive, copes with rough gravel roads and areas with aplomb and despite the mismatched bits and additions, it was well worth the asking price. The drivetrain is bloody strong and exhibited only minor wear outside of the bearings. I’ll continue to fix some small bits and pieces, but for now, it proves the point that regardless of the price, the smiles per mile factor is incredibly high no matter what your RC car is worth.

Ready to go somewhat cleaner and tidier looking.

HPI Back with Jumpshot SC V2

It’s big, it’s orange and it signals HPI’s return from the brink of the abyss.

HPI, once a powerhouse in the RC industry, has been Team Durango levels of quiet in recent months, however under new ownership they seem to be returning to the market with a revamped Jumpshot ST, with promises of more products back in the pipeline soon.

Promising more speed in the form of a 12t motor and revised gearing and parts (up from a 15t motor in the original), this truck uses a Twin Vertical Plate (TVP) chassis like the savage that allows for an under body battery compartment. Honestly there is a lot to like about this truck, and I love the new orange scheme with orange wheels. Hopefully a sign of good things to come (or return) for HPI.

4wd Prototypes at the Worlds

2wd has been run and won, and now the 4wd’s are on the track. I was surprised to see no new developments or versions (that I could spot) amongst any of the 2wd chassis vehicles, as the worlds are usually when new vehicles are tested or revealed. 4wd however rings true to the norm, with TLR running a prototype 4wd, Team Yokomo running a prototype 4wd, and apparently Team Xray are running an as yet unreleased 4wd as well (although i’ve yet to see any pics) It will be interesting to see what works well in the conditions in Slovakia, time will tell I guess.

Only body on pics of the TLR so far
8th style 4wd prototype from Team Yokomo

Hearns Hobbies 2019 Tasmanian State Titles

Last weekend the Hearns Hobbies 2019 Electric, Off Road, Tasmanian State Titles was held at the Launceston R/C Track at Quercus Park in Carrick Tasmania. Supported by Hearns Hobbies and Launceston Toyota the event was another success for Launceston R/C.

Aussie RC Racing in 2wd Stock, and placing 1st in the B main.

On the predominantly carpet track small mistakes were punished by big losses in an event that is always tough and competitive. To see all the action, check out the videos from the live stream courtesy of Leo Lorenzen at LX2 RC

Here are the results, also thanks to LX2.

Spektrum DX5 Rugged

So details of this new radio are starting to emerge, and I gotta say I like what I can see from the video on Horizon Hobby’s youtube channel, check it out here

OMP who distributes for Horizon Hobby in Australia have a great rundown of the radio’s features on their website too

So if you are reading lads, i’m more than happy to test one for you !!

I’m Not Dead Yet … I’ve just been busy!

Whilst I have been busy, I’m not dead yet.  As always life has it’s ups and downs, and of late spare time to report the latest RC News has been at a premium.

So keep an eye out for news and updates, as always we want to hear about your rigs, events and news at  We even want to hear if you want to be a regular, or even irregular contributor, so write in and let us know.

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.


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