My bluetooth project

I’ve started a new RC project with my scaler car. As I don’t want to spend the $200 (in Norway) a new fancy controller with extra channels, I had to think about something else. So I went into my “tool-box” and took out my Arduino and borrowed a bluetooth module from a friend. Now it’s all hooked up to my lights in the car, and I’ve made a nifty app that controls it all. It’s still not “realease” ready, but not far from it. Atleast for an alpha version.

SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Yesterday I talked about my RC savings (a little fun fond). I had originally planned to buy myself a 4×4 Scaler with the money. More precisely an Axial SCX10, either the Dingo or the Rubicon. Since I ended up buying a drift car to drive with my colleague I put my SCX10 idea on ice, until I saw a Christmas offer I didn’t wanted to say no too. So I ended up getting myself my very first scaler! The actual building of the kit was done before Christmas, but I finally now got around putting the time-lapse together for my blog. Enjoy the view of me building my SCX10.

PS: I’ll upload another video of me testing the car tomorrow.

3Racing XI Sport

I uploaded images of a new car yesterday (that my brother managed to crash). I had originally planned to post this little image series a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been to busy so it has just stayed in my draft folder. Finally I had some time to post it. So, yeah…I’ve started drifting! It all started when a friend of mine talked about how boring it’s going to be when the winter sets in and we can drive on the road any more. So we went looking for places to drive inside. The closest one was RC-Land (which I’ve already posted a video from), but we weren’t allowed to drive with our buggies. Which kinda sucks, but I totally understand. The track is way to small for a 1/8.

As you can see underneath that didn’t stop us. I spent part of my RC-budget (which I was saving up for something else, but more on that later) on a new 3Racing XI Sport. Originally for touring, but works really well for drifting when you switch the diff’s.

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The box for the 3Racing XI Sport.
Continue reading 3Racing XI Sport

My new car(s)

I got this car, a Losi 1/24 Short Course Truck (SCT) a week after I bought the ECX Smash. And since then I’ve bought a lot of extra stuff for it. Originally it was defect with a brushed engine. It nearly worked, but I quickly ordered a a new brushless engine on Ebay. I also went to the local RC store and bought a set with pinions gear. found out later that I already had a pair laying around, plus there where some that was in the package the car come in. So now I have a lot of them. What you see underneath is not the SCT edition, but the Truggy. It got bigger wheels, a cool spoiler, and a lot smaller space under the “hood”. The bigger wheel made the Losi run a lot better outside, but the hood was a bit cramped to keep all the electronics inside it. So now I’m back to the SCT body, but I modified it to use the same big wheels!losiTruggy

So on to my next car. You may remember my Nitro to Electric conversion of the old Tamiya TGX MK.1? I finally bought a proper engine too it, the Mamba Monster v.1 which I found on Finn.no for a fair price. A week later this package arrived at my local mail store.

mamba-0It was pretty heavy, and it was several reasons for that. Mostly because the guy that sold the engine wanted to get rid of his two cars too. So I got them too. Plus some other stuff.

mamba-1 mamba-2As you can see it was fairly well package. With a lot of paper. He even sent me his old tool-kit which has been wonderful! And I use it every time I work on my cars. Plus some spare parts. There was even a light controller (I think it that).

mamba-3Here are some more images of the car. The body is a bit to big, and after some Googling I found out that it is supposed to look like this (it’s a fuel car, what a coincident).

mamba-5Too much air around those wheels for my taste.
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The other car he had sent was a Sakura Zero by 3Racing used for drifting. Sadly it is missing way to many parts. So I’m just going to scrap it. Probably saving every part in a bag.

Enjoy some “inside” photos.

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New car (not really)

It is nearly a month since I’ve uploaded these images to my blog, but I kinda forgot all about them. So here they finally are. The orange Maxam Truggy you see is my new car. As you may know I have crashed my Maxam buggy quite some times. So it was either getting new parts (a lot of them, and some a bit expensive), or buy the last Maxam they had on storage (as they want to be rid of them). The inside is nearly identical to my old one, so now I have a ton of spare parts to use. Which is good, since last time I was out with my truggy I end up breaking the back hub carrier (the one that holds the wheel at bay). So I just took it from my old car. No need to wait for the mail with new parts.

You may also notice that there is a difference between the first and second picture. If you look at the hood you see a big black spot. That’s because my dad managed to drive into a container. He needs more practising.

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Javazone 2013 – day 1

Finally I’ve uploaded the image recap of Javazone 2013 day 1. I have a couple more from day 2 that will go in another post. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow. I’ve also written some text underneath.

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Vianett, a company from Moss working with SMS had this awesome competition where you had to drive these Zenwheels micro cars around a home made track. It was a big challenge and a lot of fun.

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You could also win a radio-controlled car (not the Zenwheel, but a cheaper one) if you lapped under 40-seconds. So after a couple of tries I managed a lap for 00:39:661 which put me in fourth overall. So I got another car later that night (I’ll post a photo of the cars in the next post about Javazone).

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There where also a stand with a huge collection of old computer/Amiga games, which was cool. You could also play some of them.

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Computas had the best food-stand if you ask me. It was a yoghurt, muesli and fruit bar.

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In another stand (can’t remember the name) you could try this little robot, and try to shot down the wooden cubes (the ones standing on the black cubes). It was fun, but hard.

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On my way home I spotted this blue and black bike. Pretty sweet!