New for 2014 – 4WD Dual Ridge

1/10 Electric R/C Car Series No.596

Dual Ridge (TT-02B Chassis)
Item No: 58596

Length: 380mm Image shows assembled and painted model. ※Enlarged image

The future is now!
The Dual Ridge is an exciting addition to the Tamiya R/C buggy line-up, and this 4WD model is equally at home on- and off-road! Tamiya enlisted Japanese design company pdc_designworks to create the body design, a stylish and futuristic layout which utilizes subtle curves and a front-oriented cockpit showing off the twin raised lines that give this model its name. The body combines with the sharp rear wing for aerodynamic form. The finishing touch is provided by the silver and blue stickers included in the kit. 

Body designed by pdc_designworks in Japan
Designer Takayuki Yamazaki of pdc_designworks came up with the design for this model’s body. A former employee of the world famous Honda organisation, he used his wealth of experience to create the flowing futuristic silhouette. 

※Images show preliminary design sketches.

【 Shaft-Driven 4WD and Superior Handling from the TT-02B 】 The shaft-driven 4WD TT-02B buggy chassis uses a skid-shaped frame. Its suspension setup uses 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension with long arms, plus white CVA shock units, giving the car assured handling, while Left/Right suspension arms and uprights are identical to facilitate hassle-free assembly. Front/Rear gearboxes include 4-bevel differentials for smooth operation, and are sealed to ensure that dust can’t get inside. The top can be removed simply by loosening a few screws, making maintenance a breeze. 4 different gear ratios can be applied with the use of 3 separately-sold types of pinion gears, allowing you to match the characteristics of your car setup to the conditions at any given time. Of course, this off-road chassis also includes receiver case and motor cover to protect them from dirt and debris thrown up off of the track. 


4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension is fitted with long arms and CVA shock units.

Reliable shaft-driven 4WD system employs front and rear sealed gearboxes offering easy maintenance.

Chassis includes a receiver case to protect the unit from dirt and debris. 

【 Dpecifications 】 ●Length: 380mm, Width: 250mm, Height: 145mm ●Wheelbase: 266mm ●Tread: 217mm (Front), 208mm (Rear) ●Bathtub-type Chassis Frame ●Shaft-Driven 4WD ●Front/Rear 4-Bevel Differentials ●3-Piece Steering Tie-Rod ●4-Wheel Double Wishbone Suspension ●Tire Width/Diameter: 32/82mm (Front), 41/82mm (Rear) (Square Spike Tires) ●CVA Shock Units ●Gear Ratio=10.71:1 (with kit-included pinion gear) ●Type 540 Motor ●Requires an Electronic Speed Controller (sold separately) 

【 Separately Required Items 】 ●2-Channel R/C Unit with ESC ●Battery Pack & Charger ●R6/AA/UM3 batteries for transmitter

Information is correct as of September 29, 2014. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

McLaren plots faster 650S for Geneva

More Geneva goodies for us…

666bhp, lightweight ‘675 LT’ to land in March, with Ferrari’s 458 Speciale in its crosshairs. Good news

Which makes the mind boggle all the more at the news McLaren will unveil an yet faster version of its ‘mainstream’ supercar at the Geneva motor show in March.

Let’s talk about the dazzle-camo first – the lurid monochrome swirls are in fact a print of countless McLaren F1 LMs – the famous ‘longtail’ version developed as a slipperier model to succeed on the long straight of Le Mans.
Word is the upgraded 650S will take inspiration from that very car, and have the initials ‘LT’ (for long-tail, keep up) bestowed upon it. Black cloaking around the rear of this test mule hints at a protruding posterior.
Spotted that extra air intake on the car’s flank? If extra cooling is required, you’d imagine there’s a dollop more power on board – 675PS is being mooted, or 666bhp in old money. The devilish connotations of that output will surely not have been lost on the engineers in Woking.
The ‘675 LT’ may also be the first McLaren to receive the ‘lightweight special treatment’, as per Porsche’s GT3 RS and Lamborghini’s Superleggera efforts. The 650S provides a good base, with its carbon tub helping towards a svelter kerbweight than the rivaling Ferrari 458 and Lamborghini Huracan. Some P1-pinched diet tips could be shared with the LT, potentially making the 597bhp Ferrari 458 Speciale’s power-to-weight ratio look, dare we say it, a little bit limp.
It’s not as if Ron and co. aren’t busy enough as it is. Don’t forget, McLaren’s also working on its new Sports Series models – the entry-level, £120k 911 Turbo chaser due later this year. Oh, and Geneva will see the full reveal of the P1 GTR. Yup – more Le Mans-related initials. When McLaren applies them to a car, it tends not to pull half-measures.
Roll on the Geneva show…


EVO: Ford Focus 2.0 ST TDCi review

A diesel ST? Seems that it IS worthy of the badge.

First up, we were all surprised by Ford’s Diesel ST offering. Not least because it arrived at evo towers in a rather fantastic battleship grey colour.

Then there was the fact it was a diesel. Controversial at first, but after a few drives it as evo’s Stuart Gallagher put it “delivers a performance worthy of the badge”

Read: Ford Focus 2.0 ST TDCi review

Windows Goes Universal… and Holographic

Windows10 logo

Windows Goes Universal… and Holographic:

In a high-stakes product keynote, Microsoft showed refinements to the upcoming Windows 10 (now on smartphones as well as tablets and PCs) and announced new products, including holographic headgear. Yes, really.


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Winter In New York

Winter In New York:

A long time ago, on 7th Avenue.

PMDA 10 copy

I’m probably jinxing things here, because it hasn’t been too bad a winter in NY–so far. But man, I used to pray for bad weather. I was living in the city, in the Hotel Beacon, old school, back when the city was broke and the west side of Manhattan was rotting right there along with all the unpicked up garbage. My room cost $210 a month, inc. electric. No air conditioning. Cockroaches big enough to kick ass and take names. My take home pay was $109 a week, as I remember. Things were tight. I was just out of school, and I made noise about it to my mom, about how I didn’t think any job I would get right away could float a NYC apartment. Her response? “Don’t think you’re living here.” I headed for Manhattan.

I worked at the Daily News as a copyboy, and found over time I could submit photos to the newspaper. I couldn’t get an assignment, of course, but what happened on the street was fair game. A daily newspaper like The News always needed weather pictures. Sunny day in the park, torrential rain floods the streets, winter winds blow New Yorkers down the avenue. This I could do. If it was published, I’d get an extra $25 bucks in my paycheck, or, if you look at it this way, a 25% raise for the week. Front page? 100 bucks. High times, big money. Good week. Maybe not McDonalds for an evening or two.

On the odd occasion I got page one, I got a back slap from a couple of the wonderful shooters there who were my mentors, like Danny Farrell, or Jimmy McGrath. I would get the back of the hand from many other veteran shooters on the staff, the ones who outright couldn’t shoot, or were insecure in their skills. That’s a phenomenon I’ve seen repeated to this day. Photogs who are confident, secure about their abilities, help others along and dig it when their pictures get better. Others, not so much. They get scared and bitter, and both their pictures and their personalities wither.


I prayed for rain, snow or sleet. Or sun. Sun so hot a pair of cats took refuge with an ice cream cone.


Or a dog with his tongue out.


Weather pictures. I came in once with a warm weather picture of an enormous lady in a sundress, sitting on a park bench, bending way over to feed the pigeons. Her dress barely contained her boobs, which, when compressed against her knees while she was feeding the flying rats, looked like a pair of seriously explosive air bags. I was prepared to duck. I was working the news desk that night, and Joe Kovach, the editor, started bellowing with laughter. He shouted across the newsroom, “Joe, this isn’t a weather shot! This is a whether or not shot!”

All these years later, bad weather still makes for good pictures. More tk…




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