RC Racing: Why Formula 1?

Tamiya TRF 102: Red Bull Racing
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It is interesting to note that, almost without fail, whenever I start on another time-consuming project in life, specifically Formula 1 class RC racing, the naysayers, the discouragers, and the envious show up.

What is it with people that they cannot be encouraging towards someone starting out (a newbie) in a new sport or hobby?

If I had a dime for all the negative and envious people I meet day-in and day-out, I would be an extraordinarily rich man.

In the words of Rhett Butler (Clarke Gable) in the 1939 motion picture “Gone with the Wind”:

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

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An Unspoken Language?

An early circular ichthys symbol, created by combining the Greek letters ΙΧΘΥΣ 

There is a story told of the modern “fish” symbol so prevalent amongst North American Evangelical Christians. One can see it on the bumpers of cars, on jewelry and t-shirts alike. The fish symbol has become almost as popular as the “cross” amongst certain religious subcultures in modern society.

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The 505th: Am I Worthy?

There was something crying out to his conscious mind. The feeling was ever so familiar. Something was not quite right, though he could not put his finger on it. The unrevealed was troubling the young soldier, though he scarcely perceived it, let alone understood the nature of it’s significance.

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RC Racing: Formula 1 (Part 2)

Tamiya TRF 102: Red Bull Racing



RC Racing: Formula 1

When an individual first starts RC Racing, one of the most difficult decisions to make is deciding which scale, racing class, and type of car chassis and electronics to burn our money on.

The history of indoor and outdoor RC racing is quite convoluted in North America. Its popularity seems to follow the ebb and flow of the American economy. One thing I did notice was that, historically, each time something rather simple, fun, and relatively inexpensive comes to the world of RC racing, manufacturers and retailers turn that simplicity into a complex monster that eats up one’s hard earned cash faster than you can say wahoo!

Recently, I have been taking a good, hard look at the racing scene locally and considering what it would take to be competitive in that environment. Learning to be a skilled, consistent driver is most important to me.

The quality of car(s) and hop-up potential is secondary to developing good driving skills.

Formula 1 and GT class racing, in real life, has always appealed to me. Although I have never had the privilege of viewing an F1 race in person, I just love watching the racing online or on the big screen. Perhaps, the 2018 Formula 1 Canada Grand Prix in Montreal might just end up on my bucket list of things to do in 2018.

A few days ago I visited a local hobby shop and spoke at length with the owner, a seasoned RC racer himself. He was kind enough to show me a selection of his racing cars, including a rather beautiful Tamiya 1:10 scale Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car.

Trust me on this, once you see the inner workings of a high-end pan-type carbon fibre chassis of a 1:10 scale F1 car, everything else seems to be just run-of-the-mill plastic or nylon junk.

Needless to say, I thought about the Tamiya F1 for a day or two and then made another inquiry. The owner seemed generous and was willing to sell the pre-built kit, including motor, servo, ESC, and battery for a reasonable price. I jumped the gun on this one – hopefully I will not regret it down the road.

I suppose, in the final analysis, the car makes a nice Shelf Queen and a terrific conversational piece.

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The Nature of Truth: Communication Meltdown

truth and jabsolutes

Even for those of us who have been taught to think critically and to validate our sources, it is very difficult to know what constitutes truth anymore. When truth becomes relative and opinions are viewed as fact, we are heading for a meltdown in communication.

EclecticChoices, August 29th, 2017.

Sadly, social media is leading entire societies down that rabbit hole. Just ask Alice.

Speak the truth, write the truth, live the truth. Light chases away darkness. There is no other way to correct the orientation of an upside down world.

The choices we make today become who we are tomorrow.

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