Outsiders RC

After spending too much time on facebook one evening, the name Outsiders RC popped up in a topic somewhere.  The name didn’t ring a bell, but the post about Australian made bodies piqued my interest.  So I go in contact with them to ask them a few questions.
ARCN: What made you decide to start Outsiders RC?
OutsidersRC: When my boys started racing RC buggies they were 5 & 8 years old, they were breaking a lot of wings as beginners do. I would go to hobby shops to buy wings and many times they had none in stock. So I would put an order in and suppliers would have no stock. So I started making my own. I saw a hole in the market where there is a great demand and very little supply. Unfortunately in Australia we are very limited in what comes in that is affordable for the low budget/ family racer. Hopefully I can help to reduce there costs in racing
ARCN: Making moulds for wings and bodies can’t be easy, how do you go about starting that process?
OutsidersRC: Making bodies and wings is a long process. This is secret information, if I told you I would have to kill you 😂
ARCN: What plans do you have for moving forward? Any new products or lines that you are contemplating? and when are you doing bodies and wings for the XB2 2017 so I can buy one to test?
OutsidersRC: Currently we have many projects on the go that are in testing. These include new designed aero bodies and wings for AE, TLR & X-ray. Outsiders RC will have many other products available in the future for the budget minded racer. The mould for Xray bodies are currently in development a long with rear wings. If all goes to plan they should be available by the end of July if not sooner.
ARCN: With the rise of rock crawling as a popular area of rc, any plans to make Crawler bodies?
OutsidersRC: Yes crawler bodies and touring car bodies will follow down the line plus other accessories like crawler inner guards and possibly down the track will look at interiors. But that is down the track.
ARCN: Where can we find you and your products?
OutsidersRC: Currently Outsiders Rc can be contacted via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Outsiders-RC-105762751670087/), emailed on outsidersrc@tpg.com.au, items can be purchased from EBay – outsiders Rc and soon from our website which is under construction- Outsidersrc.com.au. And hopefully in the future through a hobby shop near you.

Australian R/C Events

We have tried in the past to keep up with what events are happening around the country, but , well I’m not good at keeping up with them all in honesty.

However thanks to and amazing list for Victorian Drivers put together by Ray Munday I have put a few major meetings into our Events page now. The list itself is reproduced below.

So if you have a major event coming up, but it Drag Racing, 1/8, rock crawling or Touring Car, let us know on the form below.

Traxxas goes drag racing with the Drag Slash

Traxxas have joined the dragster race with the new Drag Slash.  Yes I know Traxxas has had dragsters for a while in the form of their Funny Car, but the Noprep dragsters becoming popular are all SCT based beasts, and some of the rule sets for noprep racing in Australia categorise all these SCT based vehicles together, and I don’ think that’s a bad thing at all.

Now lets face it, these cars look amazing, and this is no exception.  With the recent focus on scale looks in RC circles, this body looks awesome. I mean the Chevy C10 has always been a personal favorite, but this looks well detailed, and available in a fabulous set of colours.  The vehicle itself has some interesting features too.  The TSM (Traxxas Stability Management) has a drag mode now, there is a stronger transmission to take more power, there is even a transmission brake now so you tan hold the brake and let rip when the lights turn green.

This car definitely raises the bar for street dragsters another notch, and is absolutely worth adding to your list if you are in the market for one.

Source: https://traxxas.com/products/landing/drag-slash/

Element RC Enduro Ecto trail truck RTR

Element RC is hitting the trails once again with a new car, this time their Ecto Trail Truck.  Now don’t go thinking that there is a Ghostbusters crossover here, there is no ECTO-1 Body on this truck. Rather a vintage Dodge Power Wagon style truck body  on top of their Enduro platform.

There is a few suspension changes as well as the ability to change the rear axle drive ratio with their Stealth(R) X gearbox.  So really it is aimed at a buyer who wants better performance from heir truck.  All in all it looks great and is an excellent addition to the lineup at Element RC.

Source: https://www.associatedelectrics.com/element/cars_and_trucks/Enduro/Ecto_Trail_Truck/

Open Source RC Cars

Recently I had the pleasure of having access to a Prusa 3d printer at work, which led to  a lot of interesting discussions about just what you can do with it.   From cookie cutters to vases and figurines, what you can do is in many ways limited only by your imagination, as long as you have a bit of  technical knowledge about the printing as well.  I can assure you it isn’t as straightforward as it looks!!!

So naturally applications in R/C formed the basis of some of my searches, and what a lot of things there are, from scale accessories, to witches hats, trailers and more.  But then  I wondered how far you could go  when  I saw some 3d printed r/c rims and tyres (not in  actual  rubber, but a substance with similar properties).  A little bit of searching found Daniel Norée’s Open RC project.  Yes an entire Truggy that you can print from your very own home. Now this isn’t just a few bits to  add other rc bits into, all the parts are printable, even printable versions of shocks are available for  some cars.  There is also a touring car and F1 car that can be found in a variety of places,  but i’ll list the thingiverse links below.  Now not every 3dmodel is available, although  the community sharing files is quite astounding.  Some models you pay a small fee for, but the results are truly worth it.  While looking for a Land Rover body to print for my Trailfinder 2 I stumbled upon a small model available for free from Prusa  themselves (Manufacturers of the 3d printer that started me down this rabbit hole).  Now whilst it  was too small, and the wrong model for what I was after, the article was about the team at 3d Sets.com who, for a small fee, have  quite a variety of rock crawler kits available for you to  print, Chassis, wheels, bodies, the works!! Not only that, but the quality and detail were astounding!

So I have to say, that my mind is blown somewhat by some of these amazing, home grown projects out there.  It also reminds me of another article I have not printed about this as well, oops. These are also some amazing rock crawler bodies, and ground up models out there as  well.  There is a trailer that I want to try my hand at personally.

Now as I mentioned, don’t presume that these are quick and easy, from failed prints,  different filaments, different print settings and modeling mistakes to out of whack tolerances and sheer number of hours of printing needed, these are a labor  of love no doubt, but they are a fascinating addition to our hobby.

Links

Open RC Project: https://danielnoree.com/

Open RC Project Links

3D Sets.com: https://www.3dsets.com/