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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.

Rough Stuff the Movie in Miniature

Movies written, produced and shot in Australia is something of a rarity.   Movies featuring four wheel drives instead of sports cars are uncommon, but those showing them in action off road can almost be counted on one hand.  A movie with both of those features is something that should be celebrated, and unfortunately in this instance it is sort of hidden in the sidelines for most people.

Yes, I understand I am one of the few people that enjoy taking my 4wd off road, and yes, I know this is a radio control website, but stay with me here! In movie making in major movies before computer graphics miniatures were often used to make scenes realistic, and Rough Stuff was no exception using radio control four wheel drives to shoot or supplement many scenes.  We decided our readers needed to know about this so we asked the Director (and Writer) of Rough Stuff,  Jonathan Adams, a few questions about the movie and the miniatures that they used.

ARN: Thankyou for answering some questions about the Rough Stuff movie and the miniatures used during filming.  Can you give us an overview of what the movie is about and how the movies production came to be?

JA: I had always wanted to do an honest-to-god adventure film which harkened back to the serials and jungle adventures of the 30s,40s, and 50s like “King Kong”“The Lost World”“The African Queen”, and “Jason and the Argonauts”. I’m also a huge fan of classic pulp adventure authors like Robert Louis StevensonSir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne. So that kind of “journey into the unknown” genre just happens to float my boat in a big way.

At some point the idea of doing a kind of Australian “Indiana Jones” collided with my love of offroad adventure in what I felt was a compelling way – that I could substitute the Canoes from “The Lost World” or the venture from “King Kong” with 4WDs. Its also a bit of a “Western on wheels”. They become integral to the fabric of the story, and I thought that would be a really fun way of modernising the genre and grounding it in something I can relate to. So once I had that, I started to think what I could call the characters who drive these rigs, and I conceived something between a cowboy and a pirate in the Australian Outback. That got me very excited for the possibilities.

ARN: Why miniatures, was there a specific reason to shooting some of the action in miniature rather than full size?

JA: Absolutely – we needed to use VFX of some sort to create sequences that would be far too dangerous or costly achieve with the 1:1 vehicles. For the climax of the film I wanted to see the two rival vehicles face off in a final challenge – a daring climb up a mountainside. I wanted to see the vehicles climbing a mountainside without tracks, and I wanted the vehicles to be tiny compared to the scale of the mountain. Showing the scale of this sequence without VFX would have been impossible at any budget.

Of course, RC fans will be able to spot the vehicles, but the vast majority of audiences actually can’t tell. I’d wager our miniatures are more effective than any CGI vehicle that’s ever been used. We all know when we see a visual effect shot, but that’s kinda part of the fun.

ARN: Once you had decided on using the miniatures, how did you go about finding a suitable model, and what led you to RC4WD, did somebody on the crew already have experience with their vehicles?

JA: There’s a bit of chicken and egg here, because I was aware that lifelike RC scale vehicles existed, and I had a sense that if we got the technique right in terms of how we photographed them, we could make them look very close to the real thing. So it was a matter of keeping that in the back of my mind, and then when it came time to get serious it was a matter of doing a lot of googling and visiting hobby stores and just generally trying to get a sense of what was out there, and how much legwork has already been done that we could build on. I can’t remember if it was Andrew or myself who found RC4WD, but when we did it was obvious they were ahead of the game in terms of scale realism.  And it wasn’t just the bodies and the mechanics, it was all the accessories, like the branded ARB accessories and the Mickey Thompson tyres. I figured those were things Andrew would have to mould himself, or 3D print them, but RC4WD had already done a lot of that work for us. So, it made perfect sense for us to go with them.

 ARN: Did your choice of real world vehicles hinge on the availability of small scale ones at all?

JA: Not at all actually – I didn’t want to put too many limits on the hero vehicles, because they had to have an sense of identity and represent the characters who drove them, so it was always a case of hoping somehow or other we could manufacture the shell’s we needed.

ARN: So which models did you use in the end, did they need much modification?

JA: There are only two RC miniatures that appear in the movie – the Toyota FJ40 driven by the The Ranger, and the Nissan Patrol GQ driven by the hero Buzz.

ARN: Was much of the footage shot in miniature make the final cut of the movie?

JA: Shooting miniature footage is actually very time-consuming and fiddly. Because we shoot them in slow motion (most footage in the movie is shot at 60fps) and at a very tight aperture (usually f15 or above) we need a lot of light, so we can only shoot in broad sunny daylight. So we didn’t shoot a great deal of stuff that didn’t make the cut. There was one sequence we did some testing for, which was a Man from Snowy River-inspired high-speed descent down a mountainside.

ARN: I have seen photos of a patrol ute model that looks amazing and came all the way from Italy, how did you make contact with the model maker there?

JA: Like most things these days, it was with some help from Mr Google. We were just looking for someone who had already done the moulding for a GQ shell, and Giuseppe Musumeci it turned out has already done an amazing one. So we snapped that up and used it as a base to work from.

ARN: It wasn’t just the models that were made in miniature, but sets too, was it hard to find a matching place to build the sets, and then to make them look believable at the right scale?

JA: In a word, yes. I made the decision to shoot outside with real light with real bush backgrounds, with the belief that with the high speed and with some creative editing the scale wouldn’t really be noticeable in context. Then to fill it out Andrew added some scale trees and foliage detail to really sell it. I think it works really well. It just looks they’re driving through a forest of big trees, which is fine! The hardest thing was probably having to rake up all the leaves and create field of fine dirt. If you look carefully, you night see a few stray leaves still in a few shots!

ARN: What was the biggest advantage, as well as the biggest challenge, while doing the shoots with miniatures?

JA: The biggest advantage was that we could perform action without endangering people or the 1:1 vehicles. We didn’t have duplicate vehicles, so we didn’t have the option of rolling them or putting them in really precarious situations. So the miniatures allowed us more flexibility and to push the action into more epic and exciting places.

The biggest challenge from my point of view was replicating the dynamics of full scale action with the physics of a 1:10 scale vehicle. As all RC enthusiasts know, RC cars move really quickly and we it can be difficult to respond. This is because gravity and inertia effect smaller objects very differently to large ones. So trying to perform very specific actions with vehicles that seem to move from A to B before your brain even knows whats happening, was very challenging.

ARN: Do you think the movie would have had the same look and feel if you had not been able to shoot some scenes in small scale?JA: No, definitely not. As realistic as the miniatures look, I do think they contribute somewhat to “old fashioned” appeal of the movie. Miniatures were a major feature of the movies I loved growing up, like Star Wars, Aliens, Indiana Jones and many others. Having miniatures in Rough Stuff just helps place it alongside those films in style and texture.

ARN: What was your favourite scene in the movie, and favourite miniature scene?

JA: The miniature scene I think works the best is actually the GQ Patrol rollover in the opening scene. Almost no-one, even dedicated RC enthusiasts as wheelers, know its a miniature. So we’re really proud of that one. Fun fact, that rollover was shot by me and my friend Gabe – just the two of us, two idiots sitting outside in the dirt playing with toy cars. And there it is, in the movie, completely convincing.

ARN: For those who are interested, where can you see Rough Stuff the movie?

JA: Head to to see all the options.

It is currently only available in Australia, but it will be released in the US soon (hopefully before the end of the year) and the rest of the world soon after again. Its a long road!

Aussie RC have a number of great exclusive videos, some of which you can see here, and a few others on our Brand New Youtube Channel at

For more visit Rough Stuff’s website, Youtube channel and Facebook page as linked below.

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

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

FEMCA 2017 is here!

Tomorrow morning marks the start of the 2017 Kart World FEMCA 1/8 I.C. Off Road Buggy Championships here in Perth! As Model Off Road Buggy Club (MORBC) in Whiteman Park, Western Australia plays host to the event for the second time in the last two year…all in the buildup to hosting the 2018 IFMAR 1/8 I.C. Off Road World Championships next year!

The club have been tirelessly working over recent weeks and months despite the very wet winter that Perth has experienced. Last week the track build was completed by the master himself; Craig Laughton. Ropes have been laid and the track painted…were getting ready to hit the track Wednesday morning!

Continue reading FEMCA 2017 is here!

Carpet Off Road open for business in Perth!

Adding to Perth’s growing RC racing scene, the Perth Radio Electric Car Club (PRECC) has completed the final touches on their indoor carpet off road track in Morley, WA.

The PRECC club has been around for many years, running weekly club racing for EP On Road racers at their indoor facility, in recent times the club has moved around, finally settling into their current location at 26 Boag Place, Morley WA 6062 (behind the Bunnings warehouse).

Adding to their existing carpet on-road track, the club has now added EP Off Road to their roster, with a new track build behind the existing circuit, allowing both tracks to share the same drivers stand. To do this, the club has relocated their pit area to the back of the building. The track itself is quite small…well its very small to tell the truth, which adds a certain element of character to the new track. The measurements come in around 20m x 10m in size, made up of older on road carpet segments, and utilising a double-crossover, a clear perspex tunnel and a fantastic wall ride, the ladies and gentlemen behind the scenes have spared no effort to deliver a great new track to throw our cars around on.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with the committee in the last few weeks. Testing various tire options, minor layout changes and offering some advice on future plans, the track is very technical and crazy fast, delivering 14-16s lap times with a 2WD Modified buggy.

Due to the size and fast-paced nature of the track, the track is only open to 1/10 vehicles (No EP8!) but even then it will be a challenge for even the best drivers to turn a perfectly clean run by themselves, let alone with a full field of cars on the track! But fear not racers, the layout is easy to grasp initially, after a couple of battery packs you can expect to driver comfortably around the track on decent pace. The club have been looking to address the issue of size, at the moment the track is probably too small to run a full 10 cars at once, so they plan to start out racing with 8 car heats. They have expressed a long term idea for the addition of an upper-deck back straightaway; which will add a 6th lane and open up the track to allow 10 car heats.

The off road track is available for practice on Tuesday nights while they hold their regular on-road club racing, and the plan moving forward is to host weekly Saturday night off road racing, so as not to clash with the other EP Off Road tracks in Perth (West Coast Model RC and Belmont Radio Controlled Car Club) which both race weekly on Friday nights.

The official launch race night is next Saturday July 1, doors open at 3pm, racing from 6.30pm. Typical carpet tires seem to be working best (Schumacher mini pins & cut staggers 2WD / Wide Stagger rib 4WD works best for me so far) however its very fun to throw down your dirt car on an old set of pin tires and cut loose! The only other thing needed are some shock tower protectors (if your car has carbon towers), a few pieces of hacked up old wing, or the bottom of a coke bottle make great protectors that are easy to make and fit to your car!

Hit up the PRECC Facebook page to stay up to date with all the info.

See you at the track!



Another Aussie Business: Melbourne Hydrographix Depot

Sounds like some kind of swimming body paint, not even close.  Hydrodipping is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces and whilst it is known by many different names, the results are no less impressive on whatever it is applied to, especially radio controlled cars.

Based in Victoria, Melbourne Hydrographix Depot (you can find them on the web here or on facebook here ) can cater for all of your Hydrographics, commonly referred to as water transfer printing, needs.  It was in the applcations of RC cars that it caught my eye.

Have a look at some of these samples and talk with them about your next custom painted radio, body or chassis.

What 2wd Short Course Truck for racing in 2014?

In my mind the Short Course Truck has done a lot to invigorate electric 1:10 off road since it’s appearance in the form of the Traxxas Slash which brought the fun (and fender rubbing) back to a lot of RC Racers.  The Short Course Truck was also affordable, durable and brought a lot of new people into RC racing with it’s scale looks and handling.  Now another two generations down the line, what are the options out there at the moment if you want to buy a Short Course truck for racing in your local 2wd SCT category.

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The Slash is still the original Short Course Truck, and it is still available almost unaltered from when it was first released back in 2008 as a RTR.  In racing terms, the slash died off when the 2nd generation of lower centre of gravity short course trucks appeared.  That said, I have seen many a beginner racing a slash, and in some cases very successfully, partially through the Traxxas Low CG chassis version that was released recently, and the Proline Low CG conversion kit that has now resulted in the Pro-2 truck. Today there are no less than 6 different versions of the Slash available varying from the original through to Robbie Gordon editions, Ford F150 SVT Raptor versions, and the latest version with an On Board Sound generator to sound like the real thing! Interestingly there is no version which comes with the Low CG chassis as seen in the Traxxas Rally, but it is an option for around $40 USD.  The Slash is still tough as nails, and always looks great, but as a racer has been dynamically eclipsed in most forms.

Team Associated

Associated were the 2nd cab off the rank in the Short Course Truck market releasing the SC10 in 2009.  Based on the popular RC10T4 it had a much lower CG and was if you like the style of the 2nd generation of Short Course Trucks to hit the market.  Whilst still durable, it was more competitive and race oriented due to it’s close relationship with the T4. Today you can still buys a SC10 RTR or you can get the SC10RS (Race Spec) with some upgrades, or the SC10.2 is available as a kit.  Now the kits are always something that racers like because they can build up their car, add upgrades and electronics of their liking to them.  Ironically few RTR versions of SCT’s actually meet the motor and esc requirements for the AARCMCC sanctioned SCT class as most are sensorless.  Associated also hit the mark with the SC10 for another reason, they came with a plethora of good looking bodies, in many cases modeled off the real thing in one of the various Truck Racing Classes from TORC, CORR or Baja. Like all trucks of the time, it is still rear motor configuration only, but on most tracks that still works just fine.

HPI Racing

HPI came to the short course party in late 2009, and like the SC10, it too was based on a Stadium Truck, in this instance the bulletproof E-Firestorm.  The Blitz was a RTR with scale Maxxis Trepador tyres, a 15t brushed motor and NiMH battery with wall charger. This was the Short Course that I wanted as I had an E-Firestorm at the time.  However I never actually bought one because as a racing vehicle it was soon overshadowed by the Blitz ESE Kit released in 2010.  The ESE stood for Erik Shauver Edition , the designer of this racing special variant of the ESE.  Visually it stood in stark contrast the the black plastics of the Blitz because it used stiffer White and Grey plastics in virtually every single part of the vehicle.  This was a blessing in terms of handling, but a curse in terms of durability.  Personally I have snapped two ESE Chassis, but the 3rd one is still going strong, as is the whole vehicle some 4 years of racing later, although it is for sale at the moment, but more on that later.  This was the first all white kit I had seen since the very early Associated Kits, and something that is still fairly unusual, probably because it always ends up looking dirty! Today the only variant of the blitz still on sale is the Blitz Flux RTR, a brushless version of the standard kit with new electronics, radio and tyres. THe Blitz still is available in a rear motor mount only configuration.


The Ultima SC hit the tracks in 2010 based on a lengthened RB5 Buggy, and it was a good platform, albeit one that I didn’t see much of personally.  There was also a kit version with the upgrades you would expect in the form of the Ultima SC-R as well.  However the Ultima SC6 released early this year was the truck that really brought Kyosho back to the rest of the pack. The offspring of the RB6 Buggy and RT6 Stadium Truck, it very much looks like a stretched alloy chassis that is in the RT6 with all of the Short Course parts that you expect to see.  As well as the alloy chassis, there is mid or rear motor configurations making it a true 3rd generation truck. Great shocks and a competitive platform well and truly makes the SC6 a top of the line competitive SCT.

Losi & TLR

Losi started in the SCT game with their Strike in 2010, and from the little I saw of it, it wasn’t particularly popular, at least not at my club. However things greatly improved for Losi when their new racing arm, TLR, released the 22SCT based on their popular TLR22 Buggy in 2012.  This was a quantum leap forward in vehicle dynamics, bringing a narrow alloy chassis and a re configurable motor position that allowed for the traditional rear mounted motor, or a mid mounted configuration for high traction surfaces that were becoming popular at the time.  In essence defining the layout of the 3rd generation of Short Course Trucks. Today the same revolutionary platform is still available in an updates form of the 22SCT 2.0 boasting a range of updates and improvements, and is still one of the top choices for racers around the globe. The added benefit of the 22SCT using the buggy platform is that you have some parts commonality between the 22 Buggy, 22SCT Short Course and 22T Stadium truck if you race a few classes.

Team Durango

Team Durango is a very young RC manufacturer, starting with a 4wd Buggy of their own design in 2009 and branching out into many different classes after that.  Today they have fantastic 2wd and 4wd platforms in 1:10, as well as Buggy and Truggy platforms in 1:8 scale.  2011 saw the release of Durango’s DEX210 2wd Buggy, but it was not until 2012 that the DEST210 Stadium Truck and DESC210 Short Course Truck were released on the same platform.  Like the Losi, the Durango features a variable configuration that allows mid and centre motor placement which in my mind places it as another 3rd generation SCT.  However unlike the Buggy which has a narrow alloy chassis, the Stadium Truck and SCT feature a composite chassis.  To all accounts the platform is a good one, and I’ve got a DEX210 Buggy myself now. The DEX210 is on the upgraded V2 version now, and I hear that the V2 SCT is on the way soon as well, but for now the original DESC210 is still for sale, and for a rather good price, which is why I am finally saying goodbye to my Blitz ESE (or trying to) in order to get a DESC210 to become my Short Course race truck.


A late comer to the Short Course game, Serpent only released their Short Course Truck earlier this year in the shape of the Spyder SCT SRX-2 RM (I know, long name).  Based on the buggy with almost as long a name, it has some interesting design features such as lexan inserts on the side nerf bars to try and stop some of the parachute effect that Short Course Trucks are famous for when jumping. Like the Durango it uses a composite chassis although rumor has it the buggy is having some issues with breaking chassis. It looks like Serpent is going to go the route of different models for Mid and Rear motor mounts, but unlike the buggy, there has been no sighting of a mid mount version yet, but I think that is only a matter of time before it appears.  A Kit or RTR version of the Spyder SCT is currently available.

Other Players in the SCT Marketplace

There are many other Short Course Trucks in the marketplace from players such as ECX, ARRMA and Helion, and I am not for a minute saying that they can’t cope with the rigors of a race track, it’s just that they are not designed as racers, and the design and upgrades available for them reflect that, as well as the strength of the materials used.  A bashing vehicle tends to have softer more flexible parts which will take a hit readily, but a race vehicle tends to trade durability for composure and handling on the circuit through stiffer or lighter materials.

Short Course Trucks have not found favour with every manufacturer either.  Tamiya have no SCT offering, which is interesting as some of their early trucks could certainly be pointed to as the source of SCT, but in truth it’s popularity was fuelled by the Traxxas Slash despite it not being the first to the party by some years. To date there is no SCT from Schumacher for example, although photos of prototypes have appeared in recent times.  Xray is another major racing brand that still does not offer a SCT.  I suspect to some of these manufacturers still see Short Course racing as a fad that won’t last, and for a long time that is how it was considered by many in the industry I think.  However SCT has brought a lot of new people o the RC Racing scene and many have stayed and loved it.  I know the close racing and low level of repairs is what attracted me to it initially, as well as strong numbers at my local club.

It is also interesting to note that many people who started in Short Course Trucks are also stepping up into the Stadium Truck class which is helping to fuel a re emergence of interest in that class to levels not seen for a decade.

2nd Hand Trucks

I have said it before, and i’ll say it again, don’t discount looking at a 2nd hand truck.  You do not have to have the world’s best Short Course Truck to race and have fun.  In fact nowhere is this more true than in the short course class. This is especially true of the offerings from Losi, Team Durango and Kyosho where their 3rd generation trucks have had upgrades to new versions, sparking some very good deals to be had out there.

Will SCT Last?  I don’t know, nobody does, but for the time being it is a popular and fun class that looks more realistic than any other being raced.  If you haven’t had a try, beg borrow or, well borrow not steal, and give it a go, you might just like it!

Why Ask Ray Munday for Help?

So who is Ray Munday and why should you be asking him for help with your race RC Car?

You see Ray  wants to make sure as many people as possible are aware that they can talk to the factory drivers and ask questions, not just wait them to write about what they are interested in in magazines, forums or blogs.

Why Ray?

Well Ray is a sponsored driver, he is sponsored by JConcepts, Novak and Team Associated off-road electric products in Australia.  You will often see articles written by Ray in Racing Lines about vehicles, or setups that work in different areas. However what more is there to know about Ray?  Well have a read below to see what Ray had to say about himself.

My Background: I have been racing electric off-road since 1992 and am the Australian factory driver for Associated / Reedy, JConcepts and Team Novak. I race 1/10 electric off road only (2wd, 4wd and SCT) and am based in Melbourne.

Outside R/C racing: I am a professional mechanical engineer working in full-size off-road vehicle development (for Toyota) and have previously worked in F1, WRC and Dakar.

The help thread was started as a way to assist people to get the most out of their cars and equipment in Australian conditions. A lot of the setups online are for high grip, smooth, perfect tracks – not like most in Australia. I’m happy to field questions on all topics in rc, and not just on the brands I am sponsored by.

The thread that Ray refers to is the Ask Ray Munday thread on the gigantic RCTech forums, specifically linked below.

The thread itself is certainly worth a read with reviews, insights, hints and tips on so many facets of RC Off Road racing. These include setups, reviews of cars, reviews of tyres, driving tips and all sorts of hints and help offered to people over the years.

So instead of reading about it in Racing Lines, be a part of it and get your questions answered!

What 4wd Buggy to race for 2014

I have written a couple of “What to Buy” type articles before, and with the release of the B44.3 I thought I would add a what 4wd Buggy to the list! We won’t separate into RTR or Kits because there are very few competition level 4wd buggies that are available as RTR’s. Mid mount or rear mount motors, well there are variations to positioning, but in 4wd they are all mid mounted. I may have missed out some, but I think I have most of the major models in the 4wd game at the moment.

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Team Losi / TLR

TLR had a bit of a gap in their lineup until recently when the 22-4 was added to their range.  A development of the older XX-4 (not the XXX-4 that replaced that) it is unusual in that it sports a triple belt drive system rather than the driveshaft arrangement found more commonly in other 4wd Buggies.  Featuring an alloy chassis that is the current trend in buggy chassis it follows the norms there, but the forward motor, triple belt drive system certainly makes it look a bit different under the hood.  Ball Differentials at each end to provide drive and a cab forward body finish off what is an impressive package.  TLR even throw in two sets of wheels for the 22-4! Battery wise, it is Saddle packs here, although you can accommodate a few different sized packs.

Team Associated

The newest player on the 4wd block, although with a revised rather than all new car, is the Associated B44.3.  The B44 platform has been no slouch, and the .3 iteration adds some important updates.  An Alloy chassis being one notable feature update for this model along with a floating motor and servo mounts. Weight distribution is also a key flexibility with the ability to run a Front motor, rear saddle battery pack configuration, or flip it all around to with a rear motor configuration with a shorty pack on the opposite side. Gear differentials are a new feature to cater for the current generation of high grip, and/or indoor tracks, however the previous generation ball differentials are compatible.


The new ZX-6 Buggy is the natural choice for a Buggy form Kyosho which comes as a kit as with the B44.3 and 22-4 above, however there is a 2nd choice from Koysho.  That 2nd choice comes in the Ready to Run Dirt Hog Buggy which is a fraction of the price of the ZX-6 Kit.  Yes, it is nowhere near as competitive as it’s big brother, but as a vehicle for somebody wanting to try out 4wd Buggy for a smaller slice of your hard earned dollars, or a younger driver getting in to the hobby.  Based on the Fazer platform it comes with a 2.4ghz radio, slipper clutch, 27t brushed motor and ESC, NiMH battery and charger.

Let’s talk about big brother now, the ZX-6.  Like the B44.3 the ZX-6 has a configuration that can be altered from a shorty battery on the right or left, through to a saddle pack layout, although the ZX-6 has a few more configurations available than the B44.3.  Alloy chassis is the name of the game here as well, and the shocks are the quality we have come to expect from the ZX line of Kyosho vehicles.  Ball differentials at both ends and an aggressive cab forward body finish off what is always a high quality product.


For the most part Traxxas is a Basher brand, not racing.  This is illustrated by them not having a 1:10 4wd Buggy in their lineup.  So if you are a Traxxas Fan, move along, nothing to see here.


The much hyped, and long delayed D413 is the still hard to get Buggy from HPI/HB. It’s layout is a little different to the norm with it’s designer, Torrance Deguzman focusing on strength first to give the driver confidence to push on.  It has a very similar layout to it’s predecessor, the Hot bodies D4 and D4 WCE with a Carbon Fibre chassis, but very different front bulkheads/shock towers, with a triangular arrangement with front and rear arms bracing the arrangement.  Gear differentials x3 (front, centre & rear) are another defining feature.  This is something normally reserved for the big 1:8 buggies, but has been packed into the small D413 platform.  Another unusual feature is monocoque suspension arms with adjustable stiffness plates.  A Saddle Pack or Shorty configuration are also battery placement options along with Front or Rear motor placement options.  Whilst one of the more unusually configured buggies, it has proved itself at the 2013 Roar Nationals at the hands of Ty Tessmann where he took the win in the D413.


Xray are no strangers to off road racing with their luxury, and very competitive, 8th scale buggies, and now they have a fighter in the 10th scale ring in the form of the XB4, with the XB4 2014 being the latest version of the Buggy.  A key feature of the XB4 is the composite chassis frame with separate front and rear chassis plates allowing the entire rear suspension to be mounted in the standard position, or directly to the aluminium chassis with some optional parts. The front and read differentials are bevel gear types for lifespan and reliability, however optional ball differentials are available.  Saddle pack batters are the only battery configuration option here.


The CAT series of 4wd Buggies from Schumacher are legendary in their home country of England, and the latest version, the CAT K1 Aero is no exception. Sporting a Carbon Fibre chassis, nut guards on the shock towers to protect them from damage, gear differentials front and rear, twin efficient belt transmission and awesome black anodised parts, it is a car that looks as good as it performs.  Not the cheapest car with all the carbon fibre, but one that can perform on any world stage.


Bolstered by the addition of Atsushi Hara to their ranks of racers they have suddenly shot into the limelight.  It’s not that they are new, they just had a much lower profile in the west until recently.  In 1:10 their platform is the S104 EK1 which is a little hard to find much information about from their website, and to be honest, i’ve not seen anybody in Australia racing one, but it’s an option none the less.  I have seen a Kit and RTR version in different places which is unusual for a competition 4wd buggy.  It comes with two different bodies as well, one for salle pack configuration and a different one for shorty battery packs. Alloy chassis and shaft driven it’s layout is fairly conventional with maybe the exception of the 14mm wheel hexes.

Team Durango

Now onto it’s fourth version, the DEX410 V4 is an affordable car that is well engineered and proven itself on a range of race tracks around the world.  Stronger gear differentials and a narrow alloy chassis are features of the Buggy. The saddle pack battery configuration is a little different with the rear driveshaft running over the top of the batteries, and removed in order to change them.  The car comes with an almost bewildering range of adjustments, which means it can be made to work well on any circuit.


Yokomo also has a player in the 4wd game with their B-Max 4 III.  I’m afraid to say I know little about this platform, although I have seen a few people racing them.  Shaft driven, Gear differentials, Saddle Pack battery configuration and an alloy chassis all look top notch quality, and up to date in terms of their design.  It is just a manufacturer that we don’t hear a lot about.


A big name in RC Cars, but one that you don’t often see on the tracks with their TRF503 4wd Buggy.  Perhaps it is the price, nearly double some of its competitors, or maybe it is the …… no, really it;s the price that puts it out of reach for the average racer and for that much more over some fantastic other buggies in this sector that cost less, it’s hard to justify.