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  1. The latest RC Kicks video appeared on my Youtube page this morning as I sat down to eat my breakfast and catch up with what's going on in the world. I don't watch a lot of RC Kicks stuff (I've nothing against him at all but generally watching people open up boxes isn't my thing). It's a review of the new PR S1 RM, a buggy that had escaped my attention until now. I don't exactly keep my ear to the ground on new RC releases, I get most of it from here or whatever appears in my very eclectic Youtube feed, so I didn't know about the Kyosho Dirtmaster until my LHS started promoting that almost all their initial allocation were already sold, and I didn't know about the Geforce Genova until it was mentioned in the RC Kicks video. But having looked at them, they're all following the same philosophy: a classically-styled rear-motor racing buggy with modern parts. Vintage style and performance, without the vintage cost, rarity or fragility. Which, on the face of it, sounds great. And yet, they aren't vintage, so they won't be eligible for any vintage race series (where most re-res are eligible). Plus, there have been so many re-res over the past two decades that you can still go racing and not worry about breaking parts. (OK, some re-res are harder to get parts for, and not all cars are re-released, but 3D printing and companies remaking old parts are making it easier than it ever was). Given the rear motor layout, it seems these new buggies won't be competitive on modern tracks. I get that they're not supposed to be, but, who is going to race them? There may be more grass tracks in the UK than I realised - Oswestry have a big, fast track, one of my local clubs (Chippenham) races on a tiny patch of grass in the summer evenings, but I don't know that we have much in the day of dirt, sand or clay over here. Maybe this buggy isn't really meant for the UK market. As always, my thoughts run to "these would be great in a one-make race series" but for that to happen, enough people need to commit and stay committed until the series gets going, and with so many vintage race events already taking place around the UK, I'm not sure if there's space for that over here. I'm sure all three would make for great backyard bashers, in the same way that the Frog, Grasshopper, Fox, DT-series etc are great backyard bashers, but with plenty of cars already filling that part of the market, and more buyers these days steering towards the likes of Arrma and Traxxas, I wonder exactly who these new buggies are aimed at. It's interesting that Tamiya's take on this went in a different direction with the BB-01, which is styled more on vintage 1:1 race buggies than vintage RC race buggies. I have to say, the more I look at it, the more I love the look of them - especially the Kyosho Dirtmaster. I've never had a DT-02 in my fleet, and I keep thinking I should jump before the model gets pulled and the price skyrockets, but perhaps there's space for the Dirtmaster instead? Aah, what am I saying? There's no space for anything in my workshop! What are your thoughts on these? Anyone racing them where you are? Just a trinket to add to the collection? A real fun basher that brings back the childhood joy without the breakages?
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