Perhaps unsurprisingly Vaterra has released details of an RTR version of their Ascender after releasing it as a kit earlier this year, in fact the very first kit from Vaterra. It looks like having a list price of around $400 US and for that you get the same metal ladder frame chassis, a metal gear single speed transmission, CV front shafts, a painted K5 Blazer Body, Waterproof Dynamite electronics, 35t brushed motor, Spektrum DX2E radio and Interco TSL SX Super Swamper® tires. A pretty good deal to my mind, and it looks to be price competitive with the SCX10 line of vehicles on price at least.
If you have a crawler, you will know EXACTLY who RC4WD are as they make some of the best products and accessories available for Rock Crawling vehicles in the world. If you didn’t know that before, you do now.
Some of their latest products are very tasty, as a Land Rover man I am loving their new Defender 90 Pickup Truck body. Now the normal hard top has been available for some time as a body as well as on the RC4WD Gelande 2 kit, but the truck cab variant always looks fantastic and lends itself to modification as a longer bed 110, cab chassis or range of other variants when it comes to modifications. Information about this new hard body is here http://store.rc4wd.com/110-Land-Rover-Defender-D90-Pick-Up-Truck-Hard-Plastic-Body-Kit_p_4180.html
Next is almost as exciting in many ways, a scale V8 Engine and transmission! You can put a standard crawler brushed motor in the V8 and the transmission is a single speed, working transmission, the combination of which looks amazing!
Axial is at it again, but this time it’s not a Jeep!
The SCX10™ Ram Power Wagon is modeled after the toughest civilian 4×4 truck on the planet. This legendary Ram pickup is now available for heavy duty service work on the jobsite during the week and trail adventures with all your friends on the weekends. The beautiful two piece body can be split and used with the AX80046 SCX10™ Roll Cage Flat Bed Set (not included). The details in the front grill and both bumpers really sets this vehicle apart.As always, you can expect top level trail performance from this offering. Take a legendary Ram truck platform, mate it to the legendary SCX10™ trail truck chassis, and you have a combination that is hard to rival. The SCX10™ Ram Power Wagon is ready when you are to tackle even the harshest off road terrain.
Boom Racing have released a range of scale accessories that are available from Asiatees as seen below. I love a good scale garage as much as the next person (especially a rally one) but these accessories are something else I have to say!
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.
They teased us with photos the other day, and today it’s been revealed as a Twin Hammers
But don’t dismay, this is a Twin Hammers Rock Racer Kit, paint your own body, install your own equipment. And, well I want one!!
Kit VTR03001 comes with no electronics at all so you can put your choice of equipment in. It includes the 2 speed transmission, metal gear differentials, 4 link suspension, licensed Interco Super Swamper tyres, unpainted body panels, front differential lock, metal wheel hexes, metal transmission gears, heavy duty front outdrives swaybars and alloy bodied shocks. So basically it includes the pick of upgrades for the Twin Hammers RTR !
Yeah Racing have come out with some great looking scale accessories for crawlers, and to be honest, any kind of scale garage etc. I love the looks of the oil drum for a garage for my rally car, or maybe even as course markers if they are heavy enough. Check out the photos below.
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