Words & Images: Peter Gray
It’s been a long few months since Issue 4. It seems like a distant memory, but we got there in the end and issue 5’s content is now well on the way in a new 100% online format. It’s been a very odd few weeks, with lots of professional highs. And in parity, a few personal lows too. Let me explain…
First of all an apology. We lost nearly 8 weeks of the production schedule leading up to the collation of issue 5. I developed a swollen optical nerve that’s meant very little or no computer time was allowed until the swelling subsided. And as ever in life, it was my ‘good eye’ affected so double the problems for me. I couldn’t drive, use FPV goggles or headsets, watch TV or Films and taking manual pics with a DSLR resulted in some rather interesting if blurred results.
Thankfully, after listening to about a million audio books and doing every little job I’ve ever put off doing in the house, garden and on my aging Jeep, I have finally been given the go ahead to start using computers again. With new glasses and regular breaks, things are ‘almost’ back to normal. It’s going to take a little longer to collate and edit each issue from now on, and to that end we will be drip feeding in content for a while to accommodate this. The good news is that you can now easily read the articles on any type of device without having to download a PDF first!
The support I’ve received from friends, the RCCZ and Hive Mind RC teams is nothing short of amazing. Other than giving me a right royal roasting (par for the course) their phone calls, emails, messages and visits kept me sane. They all pulled together to make my burden as editor a little less of a strain. I won’t mention individuals, but certain team members made me laugh when I needed it most. For that I’m truly thankful. #Huge #Respect
Now For The Good Stuff…
Our recent RECON G6 UK and Scale Nationals event was a huge success. There’s a report of each inbound. In fact by the time you read this, the RECON G6 one will be up and ready to read, with additional articles being put together offering a competitors viewpoint from on of the drivers who travelled over from Europe to compete. We have another Scale comp planned for late October and Brian Parker has confirmed the UK G6 will now be an annual event and given us full ‘G6 Certified’ Status. But there’s more… Keeping on the ‘Scale Vibe’ We will have a full review and Trail Test of Axial’s new SCX10 2 Jeep Cherokee Builders Kit.
And for hard bodied scale fans the RC4WD’s Long Wheelbase Trail Finder 2 with the epic Chevy Blazer hard body & Alloy V8 engine. It’s the ultimate Lexan v Styrene build off and just cemented our love for both genres of rig.
We sent a SWB version of the Trail Finder 2 chassis kit to our Austrian contributor Daniel Siegl and he transforms it into the rig he ran at the RECON G6 UK Edition. We get his thoughts on the build, how it performs on the trail and why these small wheel, leaf spring rigs are so much fun to drive.
For Tamiya fans we have a new entry level 2WD buggy. The perfect gateway model into RC and kit building. Our newest recruit takes this right of passage and emerges the other side having learnt vital skills and inspired for more.
On the RTR front we have a fun brushless 1/8th 4WD buggy from Maverick, the Desert Wolf. A very cool Pikes Peak inspired Carisma RC 1/24th Brushless 4WD, the GT24R. A 1/18th Monster truck from Helion. We also explore the world of RC Drifting further with a close up look at the Midlands drift scene and report from a recent event.
We really do hope that you enjoy the way RCCZ is evolving. It’s been a little more demanding than usual to collate the content, but everyone involved is very proud of what we have managed to achieve. Remember to keep checking out our website and Facebook for more announcements…as we haven’t finished the transformation yet (lets say it’s ‘In Progress’).
All my best regards