Category Archives: Basher

My HPI Garages have opened!

Not sure if anybody else signed up for it at all, but I just got the email saying that my MYhpi Garage is open.  This is what the email had to say.

Hello from Myhpi! You’re receiving this email because you previously registered for MYhpi and told us what HPI kits you own.

We’re very happy to let you know that your MYhpi Garage is now fully open and ready for you to check out!

See the recommended hop ups for your kit and all the tutorials and cool stuff for your HPI right now – click here to check out your personal MYhpi Garage now!

We’ve also got even more good news for you: we promised prizes for MYhpi members…lots of prizes!* By the end of March, one lucky HPI fan will be the first to have a Savage XL OCTANE in their MYhpi Garage! You’ll receive another email from us if the lucky winner is YOU!

Check out your MYhpi Garage now!
http://www.hpiracing.com/garage

*Terms apply. See link for details
http://www.hpiracing.com/myhpi-tc

So what does it look like, well here is mine!

myhpiWhat does it show, well not much new at this stage.  You can add the kits that you have, see optional parts, help videos, instruction manuals, nearby dealers and so on.  It is showing the option to edit your kit, but that is still showing as coming soon.  Basically your own personalised version of the HPI website, nothing ground breaking so far, but still very cool.  Check it out today at the HPI website!

Source: HPI Racing

Monster Truck Videos

As I posted about just yesterday, the monstar trucks are back!  However with only 2 exceptions, they are all electric powered trucks.  However monster trucks need noise, and those 2 exceptions are the Losi LST XXL-2 and the HPI Savage XL Octane. So if anybody at HPI or Losi are watching, I’m happy to write up some reviews of both trucks, just post them to me 😉

I can hear you saying, we want videos, and, here is a video of each vehicle from HPI and Losi respectively, so sit back and enjoy!

The Monster Trucks are BACK!

I can’t but help thinking while reading the avalanche of news from the Toy Fair that the monster truck is making a comeback in a big way!

It was only the other week that we saw news of a refreshed Savage XL Nitro truck, and earlier this year the impressive Halifax monster truck from Vaterra appeared featuring the intriguing ACV from Spektrum.

This week in news from the toy fair we have seen the new Losi LST XXL-2 Gas Monster Truck, the Savage XL Octane Gas Monster Truck, ECX have updated their Torment with 4wd, ARRMA have released details of their 6s capable Kraton Monster Truck and from Kyosho another 6s EP monster has been announced in the form of the Psycho Kruiser.

Am I the only one that wants to see a Massive Monster Truck comparison?

When 4×4 just isn’t enough for your crawler

Yes, Exceed has come out with a 6×6 version of their Mad Torque rock crawler.    While the design and layout isn’t for everybody, I can see the parts making their way ito a lot of crawler builds!

Are you ready for this rock stomping, boulder chomping Mad Torque 6×6 Crawler? Challenge the laws of gravity with the ready-to-run Mad Torque 6×6 truck. It is complete with front and rear multi-link suspension, 3 solid axles, a full aluminum chassis design, and six oil filled shocks. This setup allows this 6×6 MadTorque to flex and articulate over any obstacle. With triple high-torque electric brushed 540 Motors and dual electronic speed controller system, this crawler is pumping out some serious torque. This truck has dual electronic speed controllers that have been tuned specifically for rock crawling mayhem and includes a 2.4ghz Exceed radio system for precise driver to machine interface. Aggressive true bead lock rock crawling wheels married to aggressive terrain shredding treaded tires, this crawler is ready to tackle all types of mystery terrain.

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HPI Savage Octane finally near release?

As pointed out by the boys over at Bigsquid RC (Love your work boys), the HPI Octane, first previewed way back in 2012 looks to be ready for release with Tower Hobbies

Listed at around $800 USD, this petrol powered 8th scale truck is set to revolutionise the basher market by bringing petrol engines down to 8th scale.  it’s taken HPI a couple of years, and we presume a number of teething issues as the design has subtly changed from what we first saw in 2012, but that is how the best things develop, over time! The Savage platform has proven itself time after time after time over the years as one of the best, so it will be interesting to see how well this vehicle does when it comes to sales, and good old fashioned bashing!

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Source: Bigsquid RC, Tower Hobbies http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXDUTT&P=ML

Updated Baja 5B SS for 2014

Yes, HPI Racing have updated it’s fantastic Baja 5B SS for 2014!  hpi5bss2014

This massive vehicle weighs in at a hefty 9.6kg, and is 817mm long, and for 2014 it comes with some stellar upgrades!  The SS is the “go fast”kit so it comes with a clear body, and needs your own radio gear and throttle servo.  However everything else is in the box.  The powerful 26cc two stroke petrol engine is still there, but for 2014 it has a new aluminium tuned pipe with a steel header for improved durability. New heavy duty front wheel hubs, and one piece rear hub carriers are included in the kit.  One of the most welcome additions comes in the form of Super Heavy Duty Diff Shafts, super Heavy Duty Drive Shafts and Super Heavy Duty Axles.

The new livery in grey and orange looks fantastic as ever HPI kits do.  Makes you want a BIG RC buggy doesn’t it!

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News at HPI?

It’s been a while since we have seen much come out of the HPI Racing / Hot Bodies stable apart from the very nice D413 4×4 1:10 buggy and a new mini rally car.  In the past HPI has released new products on an almost monthly basis, however for the last 12 months there has been nothing, and little completely new apart from some new bodies on kits.

So what is going on?   Is the Octane Savage (1:8 scale petrol vehicle line) still causing problems and holding things up as there has been no sign of them since the Hobby Town USA Dealers Convention and Nuremberg Toy Fair earlier this year.  Rumors flew everywhere back in February this year saying that HPI was in trouble and had been sold!  However those rumours only turned out that Hobbico/Great Planes had done a deal to be the exclusive distributor for HPI/HB in North america.  But then it”s been really very quiet since then.  We had a new website back in July this year, umm yay! Really what we want is new kits, more monster trucks, race cars, rally cars, and, well whatever, maybe a crawler?

The below image appeared on the HPI Facebook page a few days ago eluding to something new.  Checking the HPI website found this page http://hpiracing.com/en/article/view/2013121301 about being able to have your own personalised garage on the HPI website.  Fantastic service for enthusiasts, but not new or updated kits.  Still better than nothing happening, but HPI are going to need to step up as they are falling behind some of the other players in the market in respect to keeping up with what people want.  I’m the first person to say that I love the HPI Racing brand and vehicles, but they need to step up.

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Scale realism the best thing since sliced bread?

RC Cars have gone through a roller coaster ride of popularity over the years.  It would be hard to find any adult who doesn’t have the big kid inside us just waiting to get out and play when the opportunity presents itself.

Radio control car racing traces it’s origins back to a boom in the 80’s in electric 10th scale off road racing.  In the noughties, nitro 8th scale was king of the RC off road racing crowd, big, loud and fast.  However there has always been a core of “Bashers” who just have whatever car that they like, and drive at local parks, tracks etc.  Monster trucks have always been popular here, but the release of the big HPI Baja brought 5th scale into popular RC culture in both racing and bashing in Australia.  In recent years there has been a re emergence of electric 10th scale off road racing, with new 2wd biggies, 4wd buggies and stadium trucks hitting the shelves from a range of manufacturers.

However the real boon in RC in recent years has been vehicles that look great, and are fairly accurate in appearance and scale.  It is because of this that in many ways the hobby of driving radio control cars has gained a foothold in the mainstream with many hobby grade rc cars appearing in toy stores around the country.   Drift cars, clubs and tracks have been sprouting up all around the country, spurned on by the increasingly popular car culture in Australia, combined with the increasing awareness of drifting as a sport in Australia.  Likewise radio control crawlers, again with incredible levels of detail and accessories available, have gained a cult following with a whole range of new RC enthusiasts.  Sporting clubs, competitions, and a real passion for detail at almost unheard of levels, crawling has introduced an amazing new aspect of RC cars in recent years.  Ok, so great products at a good price from Axial Racing have certainly helped Crawlers to grow, but hit up any forum and see the incredible level of detail in vehicles that have been built from scratch, and you can see that crawlers have become an unstoppable juggernaut.

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Even rally cars have increased in popularity thanks to great vehicles such as the Tamiya DF-03 and XV-01, the entire Rally Legends range, they Kyosho DRX and the sport of Rallying in general becoming more popular though the likes of Ken Block and his Gymkhana videos (and scale versions of his car from Traxxas and HPI).  There is even an Australian RC Rally group on facebook trying to increase levels of interest in this area of RC to levels as seen in Europe, and Colorado RC Rally Championship.

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Even RC racing has taken a scale hit.  In On Road Racing (of which I am admittedly not as well versed as off road) the Vintage Trans Am classes sporting 60’s and 70’s muscle car low down force bodies are very popular in the US, and are gathering a foothold in some parts of Australia.  In Off Road Short Course Trucks have a major footing in almost every off road club with their more realistic looks and handling, low price, and excellent durability.  Even Short Course Buggies are gaining interest in some parts of the country, vehicles which somewhat resemble the pro buggies from the Australian Off Road Championships, even the Extreme 4wd vehicles are similar in appearance and build to Short Course Trucks.

I guess what I am saying here, is bring on more scale, it is helping to re invigorate our fantastic hobby and bring whole new generations into the fold of loving to drive toy cars!

Sources: Axial Racing, HPI Racing, Traxxas, Rally Legends RC, Rally Legends Australia, Tamiya, Kyosho, Vaterra, Velocity RC