RC Car Tips of Mike Blackstock
Here are some of the best rc car tips from
Mike Blackstock, one of the best rc car drivers of all time. These tips
were quoted from the forums of RCTech.net website.
"As for advice. PRACTICE
PRACTICE PRACTICE.. Try running different setups as much as you can to
learn what the car do's etc."
"rccartips... I usually have my
brakes turned way down so that if i do panic and stab them hard it do's
not throw my car for a loop.. So in sharp corners at the end of
straights i lay on them pretty hard since i have it set in the radio at
like 50% or something close to that.. I have never been one that could
be smooth on brakes like i am on the throttle.. So i need this crutch
to help me."
"At the preworlds we used
the Protoform Mazda 6 and also at the reedy race we used the Mazda 6. I
think the two bodies to try and that and maybe the stratus 2.0 from
here is what my testing showed for me. The alpha was the loosest and
most consistent entering and mid corner then any other body. The
stratus was loose mid corner not so much as entering. And the Mazda
turned in like crazy but would not finish the corner. No matter what i
did to my car i could not get it to finish the corner. so i went back
to the alpha..."
"If you are willing to
spend $$$ a Competition Electronics Turbo 35 is the best one right
now.. I think there may be some more companies coming out with chargers
like these soon.. But i use that."
charge 6-cells 6.0 amps and .02 cut off... 4-cells i charge 5.0 amps
with a .02 cut off... Hope this helps.. I have not tried any of the
funky reflex stuff..."
"I put paragon on first
then apply coppertone on the surface you put the paragon on only ,
Right over top of it , Use a fair amount to make sure it covers the
paragon then Let it sit your desired amount of time ... usually for me
between 15-25 mins then wipe like normal."
45... I use it because if it is hot out side and the sun is beating
down hard paragon has a tendency to dry up rather quickly, So by
putting coppertone on the tire after the paragon the tires actually are
able to soak without the heat or sun drying it up."
"I run my front diff
tighter than my rear diff."
"More droop = more roll =
more traction to a point.. less droop less roll =less traction to a
point.. It also will change weight transfer .. So it is really a trial
and error thing."
usually run about 1.5-2 mm of droop in the front and .5-1.5 mm in the
rear for carpet."
"Novak profile.. I have
done lot's of testing and 5 has the best feel as far as punch and top
end. Pay no attention to the oval tag. The speedo has no idea where it
"We play with spurs for
getting the motor geared correct. I have also found the biggest spur
you can run to get your ratio the more efficient it is also."
"I would stay with 48
pitch.. I recently switched from 64 to 48 for outdoors.. I like it a
lot better.. less hurting spur gears and easier to get a good mesh and
not as easy to strip. Plus if you get dirt etc it do's not effect as
much.. Only downside there is not a lot of room to play with ratio's as
with 64 pitch.. But that is something i do not think you need to worry
"I have been running 10
turns the last few weeks preparing for the nat's.. I like the doubles
better. Seem to be a little more efficient with good top and bottom
end.. I am running the springs bent a little stiffer with 18-24 deg of
timing.. 766 brush"
Brush and Springs
"I ran 767's with a hole
in the brush. Never played that much with two different brush's. I also
ran the stock springs Bent past 180 so basically like purples or
stiffer. If i run one lighter it is always the neg."
"Yea bigger tracks less
timing a little more gear , I get scared with a lot of timing of having
a meltdown :-("
"The new Novak discharge
tray.. It works awesome . I usually tray them before and after i run
them.. I do the .9 per cell on the tray.. I like it the best so far and
the batt's seem to stay consistent... I do this for both touring and
really like it.. I think my battery's have been way more consistent now
and to be honest they are not losing the runtime that they once did.. I
was losing 40-60 seconds with a new pack.. Now i am losing about 10 -15
with a increase in volts."
i am using a turbo 35 to test my packs and some of the older one's not
using the tray i was losing that amount of time . Then i got some new
packs that have been used on the tray and they are staying real strong."
"The first and most
important thing is practice, The more the better.. Then after that
learn your cars. What i mean is to try different setups all the time
and learn what change do's what . With doing this and the practice you
will go far, Just do not get frustrated and think positive all the
time... This is as much a mental sport as anything."
"AS far as the job in r/c
racing.. Well to be honest the thing you need to do is get noticed.
Once there then try and prove your self either in racing or design
which ever way makes you happy.. Just keep practicing and go to some of
the bigger races .... I am one of the lucky one's in this industry."
"I use the KO pds2343
Servo. It is the best i have ever driven."
"I always limit my
steering by dualrate.. I set my car up with max steering then back off
from there. I usually will run anywhere between 80-95% dual rate at
"I usually sauce anywhere
from half to all the way to the orange... Mostly all the way to the
orange to be consistent... I always sauce the rears full.. Never have
tried anything but that ... I think you might not be able to be as
consistent as you would with a full sauced rear."
let my tires sit till the heat before then i wipe them to were they are
somewhat dry . Then i have someone scrub them in to finish them off."
used paragon Ground effects for traction at all the race's that allow
the use of it ."
"As for the free
transmission.. Two tips.. First one is to get the newest transmission
case's they have been adjusted to be perfect with no dremeling
required... you might have to use two shims on the diffs now though.
Then spray out all the bearing's remove one or two seals and apply a
light oil to them and you are ready. Just make sure everything is free
piece by piece and do not overtighten anything."
"As for tweak . I set
ride heights then set the tweak on the track. Then after i get it where
i think it is correct. Then i will set it on a tweak board and see
where it is then go back to that setting before each run."
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