My RC week

Looks like a quiet week coming up in my RC week.

The Cougar SVR Buggy is on the workbench, badly glitching steering servo, that’ll have to be fixed, although I won’t be out at vintage for another 3 weeks.

Wednesday night at Logan I’ll be running my F1, and depending on the track condition I might even run the TC.

Then I am going camping for the Easter so I will miss Saturday night at Logan sadly. Think there will be a working bee on the Friday evening to try and clear a bit more of the stubborn mud from the floods, but whatever the track will be raceable on Saturday night so don’t miss it.

Finally got a motor and speedy into the vintage Schumacher Storm for last Saturday and gave it a good run, very happy, for and old truck it works very well.

Just hanging out for Schumacher to get the CAT XLS Masami ready for distribution in a few weeks time, there’s a few lads on the edges of their seats waiting on this rere. Before that the M16 EVO has to come out, thinking I’ll just get the upgrade for my M16 as it’s practically new hardly had any use.

Another prediction about this week

Last week nothing I said I was going to do, where I was going to race etc happened, thanks to Cyclone Debbie.

This week I’m hoping to be doing the following.

Wednesday from 5pm – working bee to clean the Logan Onroad track, roll up to help, bring brooms shovels buckets etc.

Saturday morning. Vintage offroad. I know it’s not a regular Boondall weekend but some of us are going out anyway because it’s been a few weeks and the next regular week will be Easter so we’re squeezing one in this week.  I’ll be there from 9.30 for a few hours .

And that’s the hoped for, for this week.

oh forgot to mention, I have a good Losi XX buggy for sale if anyone is in the need for a vintage runner.

Maybe a normal week at last

Seems like awhile since I’ve had a “normal” week of rc, but this week is looking good – weather permitting.

WEDNESDAY,  Logan Onroad for the usual practice night. The F1 needs a few laps.


AM Boondall for the vintage run and talk fest. Have a motor / speed control for the Schumacher Storm truck now so keen to give that a run, probably run a couple of other cars as well, maybe the Super Shot.


PM Logan for the Onroad meet. If my knee will let me up the drivers stand I’ll begin the process of relearning to drive the touring car. I’ve been driving like a rookie lately and it’s time to rethink my approach.


There has been some delays in the Schumacher release of new cars with the Mi6 EVO now due about the middle of April and the rere Cat sometime after that, be patient it will be worth  it.

If I was a few years younger I’d have one of these.

The new Cougar KD is Schumachers latest offering -” made for dirt ” as opposed to the KC “made for carpet”.

Full details here

Pretty sure the car would be great on any of the SEQ Offroad tracks but sadly I’ve had to give up offroad racing as I’m too unsteady on my feet to Marshall on the uneven surfaces, come to think off it I reckon the KD would be OK  on the Boondall track which I frequent every second Saturday morning for the vintage racing. Cmon Malcolm can’t you put the Age Pension up a little bit.

Back to the regular.

Just tearing my mind away from the excitement of the Schumacher announcement of the CAT Masami XLS rerelease for a few moments to bring you all up to date on the current activities.

Wednesday evening 15.2.17.    F1 and TC practice night at Logan, gates open around 5, come for a run, a serious practice field r the big one on Saturday or just to have a laugh and maybe tell some lies.

Saturday morning – vintage offroad at Boondall, not sure I can make it this week but there will be plenty of guys there to make you welcome, I’ve got some blockades in for the guys that wanted them.

Saturday day/night will be a rerun of the Australia Day Cup that got washed out a month ago, come and have a run, doesn’t matter if you entered originally or not you can still enter, we will be starting with a clean slate, if you paid entry fee  last time you don’t pay again.

Did I mention Schumacher just won the World Champs for the GT12  class with that brilliant driver Michal Orlowski behind the wheel, normally a World Class offroad driver took to Onroad like a duck to water, had not driven the Schumacher  Atom 1/12th before the event started.

Did I mention the XLS, 1987 World Champ winner is being rereleased. Announced on 11th Feb and due end of March pre orders are at unexpected levels and a second batch is ordered. Go on, you know you have shelf space for one of these.


By the way, I’m moving to only having Schumacher cars in my vintage runner fleet so keep an eye on my second hand page there will be a couple of early Losi and some assorted other things there that you might not want to miss.

Australia Day Cup this Saturday 21.01.17.

Venue: Meakin Park Model Raceway Soccer Drive, Slacks Creek. QLD 4127

Date: Saturday 21st January 2017

Classes: TC 1 (mod), TC 2 (13.5), TC 3 (21.5) & F1


Practice 9.30 am 11:30 am

Race Entry 10:00am to 11:30am

Drivers’ Briefing 11.45 am

Racing Starts 12 noon

Entry Fees: Adults: $15 , Juniors $10, Family $30 $10 ($5 Junior) for second Class. Family = 1 Adult and 2 or more juniors from the same family.

Entries per Class: A minimum of five entries per class will be required. Scrutineering: Will be conducted randomly and at the discretion of the race director. All cars at the conclusion of each race must be left on the scrutineer’s table. This will be a Day / Night Event Heats starting at Noon with Finals running into the night expected completion time 10:00pm

(All Classes): It is intended that three, rounds of staggered start qualifying for all classes will be conducted (time & weather Permitting), with finals for all competitors.


1. First three in each class A finalists

2. The best three Juniors (under 13) TC 3 class only

3. Club Champion

Fastest 10 (best 1 of 3 qualifying time) qualify for “A” final. Next 10 to B final etc. Classes – TC 2, TC 3 : TC 1 : Formula 1

TC3 and TC2 – Three (3) 6 Min Heats Three (3) 8 Min races for A finalists ,

TC1 – Three (3) 5 Min Heats Three (3) 6 Min races for A finalists

F1 – Three (3) 8 Min Heats Two (2) 12 Min race for A finalists

TECHNICAL REGULATIONS Electric: as per “ ORRCA Qld” excepting Two Motor Fans allowed Formula 1: as per “ National Rule Set” Tyres: All TC’s Open Rubber F1 Rubber Tyres F104 size only

All Traction compounds are permitted.

Multi tool – everyone should have one

Going crawling, don’t want to lug the big toolbox, going for a quick practice run or a vintage day out. Here’s the perfect tool, stick it in your pocket and you’ve got 2x flat blade, 2x Phillips, the metric drivers in 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0mm and also the imperial drivers in .050, 5/64, 1/16, and 3/32, all safely contained in the handle. If you had this and a Tamiya box wrench you just about have everything covered.

All that for just $24 while stock lasts, be quick.





STORM is good

Had a chance to do a few laps with my newly acquired Schumacher Storm vintage truck this morning. I am a very happy boy, handles the rough Boondall track very nicely indeed. Something is slipping a bit in the drive train, not sure if it’s my rebuilt ball diff or maybe the Losi hydradrive. Guess I’ll take the hydradrive off, put a spacer there and try it, that should tell me if it’s the diff, anyway a month before I will get back to Boondall so no urgency.

I had to admit I had a shocker at Boondall this morning, every car I put out had something wrong with it – obviously I have been a bit slack with the maintenance over the summer break. Will have to go through them one by one and fix before I put them away.

Still an enjoyable morning out with the vintage boys regardless.

Stay tuned, there’s a beach run coming up.

Happy New Year starts on Saturday

First rc event of 2017 for me is the vintage rc event at Boondall this Saturday. (7th Jan 2017)

The first event is usually special as the guys all come out to brag about the new (old) cars they have acquired over the break or got for Christmas. I have a couple of Schumacher cars to show off this week.

As usual between the chat, banter and sledging we will all put some cars out on the track for some racing – of course having regard to the fragility of the old girls and the scarceness of parts, but we’ll laugh plenty.

Thinking about going to “just Schumacher” brand vintage cars from now on so keep yours eyes on my second hand page as I might have some good deals coming up.

First Onroad event for me will be the Australia Day Cup at Logan on 21st. I’d love to race 2 cars – F1 and TC3 but hopefully sanity will prevail and I’ll only race one, time will tell. Think I’ll be putting my shade shelter up with a table and sitting down for the day – just about over standing up all day for the long events.

Having made the decision to be in RC for another year I’m really looking forward to the year and all the possibilities, the competition, the comradaree etc

Christmas is upon us


As Christians in the world it’s a time for us to celebrate our Faith.

As Aussies it’s time for Christmas holidays, sun, surf and maybe a bit of cricket, and if you have been good maybe finding something under the tree with your name on it.


Last but not least it’s time to catch up with family , we’ll be seeing our wider family from both sides and of course a memorable gathering with our 4 sons and their families – gotta love Christmas with the grandkids.

Whatever you’re doing this Christmas, do it safely, we want to see you again next year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us to all of you and yours.

Storm is here

The day of excitement has arrived in the ActionRC workshop, the Storm has arrived. Buying vintage secondhand models is always a risk as the pics don’t always tell the true story so its always an anxious moment or two.

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Looks pretty clean, and its all there, bonus Losi Hydradrive, might be swapping out those non-original blue screw caps for some Schumacher purple ones.

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Certainly been used but not too badly. Very Happy overall well worth the $150 it cost me. Now what motor class to run – old school brushed or brushless. I think for the debut maybe old school.

Back in the day we had a Storm on the team. Murray Dowsett drove Scotts Storm to a win in the Qld (Hawthorne)  and NSW (Central Coast) Titles in (we think ) 1994. Steve possibly won a B final with it as well as Scotts victories in numerous club events, a truck dear to our hearts and one which will go well again – Boondall 2017, can’t wait.

The summer break

So no more racing for a few weeks – what to do, how to fill the void.

You can start this Saturday night by turning up at Logan around 6 to help spread the new surface, it’s a lot of work to recoat the whole track so remember the old adage “many hands make light work”. We are all going to enjoy the new surface so it would be good if we could all help put it down. If you can’t make it Saturday then how about Friday night when the cleaning will be happening, either would be ok, both would be better, see you there.

I’m going to be spending some time getting a couple of new (to me) old cars ready for the Vintage meets that I go to every second Saturday morning at Boondal.

One is not really vintage and its come back to me for a second time, a Schumacher (naturally) Cat K1. This one won’t be getting much attention as it’s in good shape, just a dust off and fit the electrics, will be mod as I have a 8.5t waiting for some work. Should have it ready for a chance to run at the Chargers opening meet at Cobald Street sometime later in the New Year.

This is the second one – genuine Vintage and I’ve been looking for a fair while for this and had the chance to grab one this week, it’s currently in the mail so c’mon Aust Post get my parcel here.

Who can guess what this is – and look at the motor – only the old boys will recognise it.

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Logan annual V8 Ford v/s Holden event done and dusted.

Saturday night saw the running  of this popular event with some changes – this year it was still the V8 theme but as per the full size events there were now two Volvo cars in the mix, also some cars with their own paint schemes not copying a team car. Some of the paint schemes were very good. Sorry I dont have any pics, did take some but my phone is in Sydney at the moment (dont ask ,long story) but there are some on the Logan website

Qualifying followed by a top 10 shootout and then 3 finals was the go for the V8. The normal 2 qualifiers and two finals for the other classes.

Top 10 shootout was fairly intense with drivers getting a lap warmup and then their one hot lap with all eyes on them some mistakes were made, some recovered from – Noel on the best 2 wheeler i’ve seen outside the real thing, – naturally happy to report that Robert Tyler / Schumacher was able to piece together the fastest lap and take the TQ.

Final results for the night are up on the club website for all to see but I can’t get the grin off my face when I tell you the winner across the 3 finals was Robert Tyler – Schumacher Mi6 – go you good thing.


Laura Matthews also took out the B final in her Mi6 and there were a few other Schumacher spread through the field as well, some of us even as low as the C final. I can’t say I had a good night, more driver than car in my case but I have a few weeks now to make some adjustments (possibly wind back the drivers age by 50 years) and think about things before the new season starts with the Australia Day Cup on 21st Jan. (stay tuned for news on this one)

Team Schumacher Queensland

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