Kyosho Sand Master – Build & Review

Orange and Black version of the Sand Master

Orange and Black version of the Sand Master

A few months ago I was in one of my local hobby shops  and I saw a kit that looked like something you would normally have seen in the late 80’s, it was a Kyosho Sand Master. The Sand Master was part of Kyoshos new EZ Series of vehicles, they all share the same basic chassis but then have different bodies and setups, the EZ series’s claim to fame is that they can be built with just a Phillips head screwdriver which is supplied (and a wheel spanner which is also supplied). These kits are actually great kits for someone who is interested in building their own car but may not have the confidence to tackle some of the more advanced kits.

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Radio Control : Tamiya Levant Rebuild

Tamiya Levant the XB Rebuild

After a recent bash I lost the rear dogbone and diff drive cup , as I was driving in fine dust  I decided that now would be a good time to pull down, clean and rebuild my Tamiya XB Levant . Seeing as how this was an XB Model the manual was basically just a quick blurb about the model with all the usual warnings about not driving while working a chainsaw etc etc, the only really useful bit of information was the exploded diagram and parts listing.

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Hint to the Australian Labor Party


Hint 1.

If Labor is going to jump up and down about the Government doing something that is legally questionable then maybe Labor ought to make sure they are not guilty of the same offence.

Hint 2.

The “No comment on Operational Matters ” mantra is bullshit pure and simple and Labor was right to call the government on it, but to then rely on that self same thing as your defence can only be described as a move so monumentally stupid as to possibly qualify Labor for special funding under the mental disabilities act.

Wind Farms and idiot politicians


Tilt away Mr Abbott

Tilt away Mr Abbott

So we have a Prime Minister who proudly boast about killing investment in the renewable energy sector ( he even spelled it out which shows he knows Alan Jones’s audience ). It beggars belief that we have a Prime Minister who is proud of killing off investment in one of the fastest growing and most lucrative sectors in the world, in Australia this sector is estimated to generate 20 Billion in investments in the next 5 years as well as an estimate 20-30 thousand jobs and Tony Abbott is boasting about how his government will kill that off. He then went on to pile ideologically based lies on top of each other

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RC : Kyosho Turbo Rocky


A Kyosho Turbo Rockyfew years ago I bought a box full of old RC Cars off of Ebay after a quick look I put them in a storage box and pretty much forgot about them, then recently the high winds and lousy weather here in Brisbane meant that I couldn’t get much flying done. So I thought it was a good time to start getting some of my cars up and running , while doing this I found the old box of parts and decided it was time to rebuild a few of them.


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Radio Control : Tamiya Club

Just a quick post to talk about the website, while researching information on a few vintage Kyosho’s and a few new and old Tamiyas I came across the Tamiya Club website and forum and it has so far not failed me in providing a ton of information on even the more obscure models I have been looking at. I have also been able to find quite a few build/restore threads on various models which have helped me in getting a few of my own restorations finished.

While the yearly subscription may be a bit steep for some the free side of the site is still an excellent resource and I highly recommend it.

Politics: Joe Hockey and lying is the new truth.

politicsYet again Joe Hockey keeps referring to figures, even after has been told that they are incorrect, first was his claim that his high income electorate was one of  the highest bulk billing electorates in Australia (it is in fact the fifth lowest in Australia.). Now he keeps referring to figures about how Australia had the highest increases in forecast real expenditure growth between 2012 and 2018 even though they this claim has been shown to be incorrect by the Parliamentary Library . In both cases Joe Hockey just kept repeat his comments, in the real world we call this lying.

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Politics: Scott Morrison chucks a tanty…again

politicsThe Refugee Council of Australia was told last Friday by the Department of Immigration that its core funding of $140,000 a year would be cut just two weeks after it was allocated in this year’s budget. Obviously they did not bow down and prostrate themselves in thanks after the budget, so Morrison chucks a tanty and pulls funding. This is very similar to when the Howard Government announced that Charities would only receive government funding if they agreed not to criticise the government, this is the sort of hubris that got the Howard government a holiday on the opposition side of the house, maybe Tony, Scott and Chris are pining for their old seats.

Abbott Govt Robbing Peter to stop Paul getting into trouble

daftvaderWhile nobody can argue that Labors home insulation scheme was anything but a tragic debacle I think that spending $19 million to tell us something we already know is a dubious allocation of funds, from the governments apparently rapidly dwindling coffers. The Pink Batts commission is a political point scoring exercise so that the Abbott Govt can beat Labor over the head with the bloody stump of its election loss, all the while pointing out what terrible people they are. It is the political equivalent of kicking a man while he is down, though to be fair that is pretty much par for the course in politics these day.

Where it goes from “dubious value” to outright wrong is when they take funding from Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, to pay for up to a 3rd of the cost of the ‘Pink Batts’ commission. Of course this is no real surprise, as for the longest time Abbott fought to deflect any criticism of the catholic church and heaped praise on the likes of Cardinal Pell , so to see the government remove funding from something that might criticise of his beloved church, sadly the use of the funding to score political points is less of a shock and more of the same old same old.

Politics : We Don’t Need no Stinkin Science

TonyAbbott ministryJob well done to the Abbott Government, their NBN plan is the equivalent of a two tin cans and a piece of string and is over budget and the rollout is way behind. Now thanks to Abbott and Co’s wonderful vision of returning to 1950’s Australia the CSIRO is having to close a lot of sites and stop a lot of research, small unimportant things like irrigation research, geothermal energy research and of course all that silly climate change and modelling research. Guess they didn’t get Uncle Tony’s memo about science being silly and that we should maybe just spend more time preying or something.

But hey, we don’t need to be on the cutting edge of Bioscience and nanoscience research, we can leave that stuff to the grown up countries, especially as we can just keep mining stuff to sell, that will last forever won’t it ????