Hi-Metal R VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Roy Focker Special

Apologies for the delay with this week’s post. The results for the poll a few days ago ended with a tie, but the VF-1S was in the lead most of the time so I started taking photos of it. While it’s the beginning of Golden Week here in Japan, I didn’t take any leave off nor plan any trip so I’m still working on Monday and Friday. Then yesterday I was out the whole day and after midnight, went to drink and hang out with some of my Japanese colleagues until 5am.

After the embarrassing morning I woke up at 1pm just now and scrambled to do some chores before typing up this post.

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Unscheduled Broadcast!

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Readers out there, you can pick which one of these items you want me to review this Sunday first!

Mini 4WD Madness! Part 2: AR Chassis Bumperless Conversion

Edit: This post was written some time ago and after some more research I’ve decided to overhaul this post.

The advantages of a bumperless setup are:

  • Possible weight savings and lower centre of gravity
  • Increased setup possibilities such as lower front rollers
  • Reduced distance between front and rear rollers
  • Improved adaptability with bodies that otherwise would get in the way if you wanted to install a sliding damper for instance.

However, it also has the following demerits:

  • Considerable effort required
  • Front rollers will have upper thrust without further work
  • Possible reduction in strength especially if using FRP plates
  • Increased maintenance demands to maintain the thrust angle of the front rollers

You’ll have to cut up the front of your chassis to leave behind just two mounting holes.

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The front base plate will be mounted to the chassis at the two remaining screw holes.

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As the underside is tapered upwards, the base plate will have an upper thrust. Without further modification, there is an increased risk of the machine going off course.

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To fix this, you can either use adjuster plates or cut up some unused polycarbonate from a clear body set to wedge in between the base plate and the roller mounting plate.

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The original post will be left below.

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Liebster Award

In a rare occurrence I have been tagged in one of those meme-ish things to pass on, so here goes!


Thanks to the wonderful Logan/Carnitas Fever at My Life in Scale for nominating my blog for this award thing. It’s supposed to help your blog gain visibility.

The rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to them.
  • Answer the questions given to you.
  • Nominate bloggers and present them with questions of your own.

Most likely voluntary, and even if it isn’t no one can enforce it😉 I’ll be answering the following questions.

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μ’s Final LoveLive! Live Viewing

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This post is one week late but yeah. I got into Love Live in autumn last year and never watched any of their concerts live until their final one on April 1st where I managed to get a ticket to a live viewing at a cinema near my place.

Watching the concert inside a theatre with Japanese fans was interesting as most if not all of them were waving light sticks, but I didn’t have any. At the end there were quite a few people crying too.

Mini 4WD Madness! Part 1: Getting Started

This is a new series of posts about building and setting up a Tamiya Mini 4WD machine from scratch. I’ll be sharing my machine and setup as well has how it was built. While this machine is not battle-proven in official races, the current setup has an average speed and I’m still working on improvements to its stability.

I decided to build a machine recently but due to official race regulations requiring a painted body, I couldn’t make it to enter the Spring 2016 Japan Cup qualification which was held at Kumamoto Prefecture, near where I live.

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The last time I played with these things was probably around 18 to 20 years ago, where as a kid the bottleneck was pocket money and the parts on your machine were limited to whatever you could afford back then with your meagre savings. Apparently in Japan Mini 4WD is experiencing a sort of revival recently, and there are numerous changes and new parts introduced over the years. Of note this time round is the heavy emphasis on jump/airborne stability as race courses are three-dimensional with jumps where poorly set-up machines will fly off course.

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stories of a toy-obsessed novice modeler


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