The most important tool for racing RC Cars

Written by J.P. Turner

Believe it or not,repparttar most important tool for tuning and modifying RC cars, in any RC racer's pit box, probably isn't even sold at your local hobby store. Despite thier absence at hobby stores, you will see them laying on EVERY serious RC pro's pit area.

The tool is, collectively,repparttar 145341 pencil and paper. One ofrepparttar 145342 most enjoyable experiences in RC cars, besides buying a new trick ride, is testing something new, inrepparttar 145343 hope you will discoverrepparttar 145344 slight edge, or even a HUGE edge.

Today's RC cars, buggies, and trucks have so many variables that can be tinkered with, evenrepparttar 145345 slightest adjustment can have a drastic effect onrepparttar 145346 handling and speed of your ride. Whether you race or just bash, you really should write downrepparttar 145347 current operating state of your RC ride. Variables such as ride hieght, camber, caster,repparttar 145348 toe-in,repparttar 145349 fuel mixture you use,repparttar 145350 charge time of your batteries,repparttar 145351 needle settings of your nitro,repparttar 145352 running temp, how many races you get in before you need to rebuild your motor,repparttar 145353 shock oil you use, and any thing else that you can think of.

As I've shared withrepparttar 145354 subscribers to my RC ezine, you can't improve what you don't measure. If you are serious about racing RC cars, you not only need to master your hand eye coordination, but you should become compatent at adjusting your RC car torepparttar 145355 conditions you race under. Your RC car performs differently on asphalt at 10 a.m., with a certain compound tire, than it will at 5 p.m., afterrepparttar 145356 oil and moisture has heated up from exposure fromrepparttar 145357 sun. The traction can vary greatly. And with allrepparttar 145358 excitement and preparation ofrepparttar 145359 day's events, writing down these changes can be of great value for when you prepare your chassis or tire choice forrepparttar 145360 following week. If you didn't write them down, you will probably forget them.

And you weekend bashers might be thinking that you aren't serious at RC, so it's not necesary. But let me tell you, if you takerepparttar 145361 time to write downrepparttar 145362 current state of your RC cars and trucks, when you eventually change something, or fate throws a tree in your way and "adjusts" your car setup for you, you will be able to measure your setup and get back to that original state, with no guess work. That means less down time, and more bashing. And if you are still at a loss on how to get back to that original state, you've got it in writing for someone else, likerepparttar 145363 local hobby store guy, to look over.

How to Make the French Knot

Written by Katrina Renouf

French knots arerepparttar bane of any stitcher. Many will completely avoid any pattern that calls for them while others will just suffer through them, never being satisfied withrepparttar 145340 results. There are ways to makerepparttar 145341 knot easier though. One tip that Iíve heard is to use a beading needle. Since it is so much smaller,repparttar 145342 knot wonít be pulled throughrepparttar 145343 fabric. I still recommend using two threads and wrapping it twice aroundrepparttar 145344 needle though.

Another alternative is to use a colonial knot instead. This knot is easier to do, and creates a similar result.

How to makerepparttar 145345 colonial knot: ∑ Pullrepparttar 145346 thread through torepparttar 145347 front ofrepparttar 145348 fabric. ∑ Putrepparttar 145349 thread overrepparttar 145350 needle, from front to back. Note: Holdrepparttar 145351 thread in your non-needle hand between thumb and index finger. Pushrepparttar 145352 thread to formrepparttar 145353 loop. ∑ Pullrepparttar 145354 thread underrepparttar 145355 needle, then up and overrepparttar 145356 tip ofrepparttar 145357 needle. This is critical torepparttar 145358 colonial knot. Note that this will create a figure 8. From this point,repparttar 145359 colonial knot is exactly likerepparttar 145360 French knot.

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