Money Pit

One of the attributes of a good hobby is that it costs money. Sure, you are going to spend money to get started. That is easy to see and to account for. And to do your hobby, there will be some ongoing costs. Whether it is greens fees if you are a golfer, or gasoline if you are a motorcyclist, or tires and gear if you bicycle.

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RC Drivin’

If you have been following along with the saga, you are aware that I had a splurge purchase, a Losi 8ight E RTR remote controlled car. Technically, it is a buggy, 4 wheel drive, 1/8th scale.

Alas, it arrived the day that I headed to Barcelona on a business trip, and when I returned, it became apparent that I also needed a IC3 to IC5 converter cable. I took that opportunity to also get some better tools (using Allen wrenches was not an option…)

This weekend, I got it charged up, and ran a couple of charges through the car in the street near my house.

Wow. It is fast. I learnt quickly to not grab a fistful of throttle. It gets up and GOES. I did take it easy at first, and played with settings. The steering trim is very touchy. Possibly this is due to the bargain transmitter.

I got pretty good at going, and using the brake. Apparently, if you “push” the trigger once, that applies the brake. Push it a second time, and it goes in reverse. I got pretty good at doing the “Rockford”. That is going in reverse, slamming on the brake, and pivoting. Known as the “J” Turn.

I only flipped it over 2 times, in nearly 2 hours of running. Not too bad.

There are some scuff marks, the beginning of a patina of speed. No broken parts, but, I do need to buy some tire glue, as the high G turns, and some high acceleration runs did peel off the glue on the inside lip of the front tires.

It is fun. Lots of fun. I have a lot to learn, and a lot of skills to build, but so far, it brings a pretty monstrous smile to the face.

I do think I will need a second car, a true basher. Looking hard at the Arrma Outcast.

Hobbies – Delayed

A few posts back, I mentioned that I am dipping my big toe into the world of Remote Controlled cars. A lot of research, some hands on handling, and some recommendations that I culled from various forums, and I pulled the trigger.

I ordered what I thought would be sufficient to get started. I was mostly correct.

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Hobbies

I have had many hobbies over the years, from video gaming (I was an arcade junky in my formative years in the early 1980’s), music (guitars and guitar playing), shooting, off road motorcycling, and bicycling.

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