Who the heck is Carisma I can hear a few of you saying! That’s not an unreasonable question as many Australians will not have heard of them at all. This Hong Kong company is best known for their 1:16 scale buggies and cars. However of late they have been bringing out some excellent scale vehicles which are grabbing the attention of a lot of people, particularly in the US where they have just announced a new distributor.
Distributed in Australia by OMP they have some fabulous looking 1:10 and 1:14 on road cars with some great looking bodies including a couple of nice rally bodies. In off road, as I mentioned before, they have some fantastic 1:16 scale buggies, and a recently released monster truck, as well as a few nice off road desert beetles. In 1:10 off road the M10DT Volkswagen Desert Beetle is winning a lot of fans with the pre painted bodyshell containing a lot of scale features. It even comes with some jerry cans to mount on the body. The GT10DT is an Axial Exo style buggy that while a little smaller, still packs a good punch and looks great.
However it is their release in 1:8 that, as a rally fan, really has my attention. The M48S platform fitted with a fabulous looking Porsche 959 Dakar Body that looks absolutely spot on! The vehicle is based on a shaft-driven 4WD chassis with three gear differentials, it features a short A-arm layout for scale appearance, large volume oil-filled shock absorbers, and high-traction semi-slick tyres. The factory-assembled 959 also comes with a waterproof speed controller, a 3000kv brushless motor, waterproof RC box and a water-resistant steering servo.
New on the show are the M10DB 2WD endurace buggy and the M10SC short course/stadium truck, both of which are prototypes. I have to say that I love the scale looks and accessories on the Endurance Buggy prototype and hopes it makes it to production as it is!
Source: Area52.cc http://www.area52.cc/news/4600-toyfair-2014–carisma.html