Many thanks to RedBullFIXX for gathering this info into one place. I ran across it here a few days ago and have been working my way through. I have been running 1/12th scale at the Gate here in Cleveland for a few months now and have found that I am really enjoying a class that I had not previously considered. I only picked up the class because another member was selling his stuff at a price I couldn't afford to pass up. Now that I have it, and have run it a bit, I am truly enjoying these cars.
1.These cars are FUN to drive Hard, but HARD to drive fast.
This is part of the appeal for me as I don't mind having to put my laps in to learn about the car and or improve my driving skills. (8 min heats and Main also made a big difference.)
2. Driving 1/12th scale WILL improve your driving in other classes. I found that I was doing much better in VTA after I started driving 1/12th scale.
3. It will take time. Practice days are key, especially if you can get up there with some Veteran 1/12 scale drivers who won't mind looking your car over when they are not trying to run their own program on a race day. They will undoubtedly see something affecting your car that you may not even be aware of.
4. Get into a routine. There will be a number of things you will want to check regularly, and some items before every run. Ride Height, Tweak, Chassis Tweak, Camber. These items are often affected by a good shot to the boards, which for me happens every run. Doh!
5. The 3 On-Point videos RedBullFIXX has listed where great. And I would start there. I found a couple of things that I had not checked before and were indeed out of spec.
Most of all try to keep it fun. Most of the drivers in 1/12th scale are serious competitors and approach it as such.