New K5 Blazer Ascender from Vaterra

I make no bones about the fact that I love what new player on the block, Vaterra, have done since their inception.  Today’s news of a Rock Crawler from them continues to give them huge brownie points in my book!

The 1986 Chevy K5 Blazer is one of the first mainstream competitors to the mighty SCX10 platform from Axial and it ticks a lot of boxes.

  • It comes as a kit, which is the crawlers preferred method over RTR
  • The body is unpainted, and looks very scale
  • It’s originally configured with a front mounted battery
  • it has a metal gear transmission
  • it is designed around a Ladder frame chassis with an adjustable wheelbase (important for fitting other bodies)
  • the front and rear bumpers look great, and appear to be functional as well as sliders at the sides
  • 4 link rear end and 3 link front end
  • alloy links all around for steering and suspension

All in all it looks like a great package and on Modelflight where I saw the news first, they listed the Australian RRP as$399, so a competitive with the SCX kit which is normally around the $400 – $450 mark.

For more information visit the model page at the Vaterra website

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