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Having grown up racing Tamiya radio and remote controlled cars and trucks I was keen to get my kids started on the same hobby. Here, I share my R/C reviews and guides to getting started in this electric and petrol powered world.

Although there are a lot of expert Radio Controlled sites, we are unique in offering the beginner's track to getting started. Although I'll explain all the jargon I won't be dumbing down my reviews though, read a few and you will have the best way to become an R/C expert. Read more about me.

One of the most noticeable things about racing out Carisma GT14 cars on a wooden floored communal hall is the lack of grip available. Many clubs have either permanent tracks of carpet or rubber matting, or lay their own each session. Our club on the other hand has yet to reach this stage and marks out a new track each time using the bare wooden floor, which although is as smooth as an ice rink is a slippery as one as well... read now

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Our Carisma GT14 RC club has developed a schism. Some members are purely focused on speed and performance, whilst others are more concerned with looks and appearance. Some have even go two cars, one that they work on for looks and another for speed... read now

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It's not until you come to set up the Carisma GT14 Mk 2 that you realise just how much thinking has gone into this new version of the diminutive 1/14th Radio Controlled car... read now

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Plenty of tea, a kitchen table and all manner of Carisma R/C cars to fix, tweak and setup. It was an evening for our Radio Controlled car club that turned out to be almost as much fun as actually racing... read now

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This is the second edition of 1/14th radio controlled Carisma GT14 cars. Although on first inspection it looks similar to the original, it offers a number of improvements to enhance driving and adjusting the R/C car... read now

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One of the first issues we faced with our Carisma GT14 cars was a strange steering behaviour. The car would develop a twitchy steering wobble... read now

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As we continue to race our Carisma GT14's we are learning how to maintain them as well. Twitching steering, grinding gears and loss of power are all issues we are now familiar with... read now

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As well as getting better at driving our Carisma GT14 1/14th scale radio controlled cars, we are also learning a lot about how to fix them... read now

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Carisma GT14 R/C car racing started as a distraction, but has grown into an obsession. Our swelled competitor numbers are matched by enthusiastic visitors to create an unusual and friendly atmosphere... read now

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Having become accustomed to the ups and downs of our Carisma GT14 1/14th Radio Controlled cars it was with a little trepidation we heard about a Mark 2 version of the chassis... read now

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Carisma GT14's arrive in pristine fashion and are slowly destroyed by hard racing. Some lucky cars though have considerate owners like James, who lavishes love attention and polycarbonate spray all over them... read now

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 Loading comments...

It's Sunday night, the racing is finished for the evening. I did okay tonight, the first races on the shiny wood floor were great but we then rolled out the carpet and I struggled to adjust - being beaten and even lapped several times... read now

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We all started as novices at our Carisma 1/14th car club. But with some reading, trial and error and community support, we are become pretty well informed about out new hobby... read now

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With the summer months arriving and the daylight lasting longer, we've taken our Carisma R/C club outside. But running these small cars with such low ground clearance means a bit more work to the driving surface... read now

Mon, 31 May 2010 Loading comments...

Our Carisma 1/14th R/C club has been an education for many reasons. But I have benefited most from skills and enthusiasm from other Carisma radio controlled racers... read now

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