For a little while now most of the focus of my collection of RC cars has been on my sons, and my own cars for off road carpet racing.
However later this year I will be moving to a property that has enough space to build my own r/c track. Now this got me thinking what would be the most fun to run around that dirt track as well as bashing in general. So I turned to the recovering HPI’s website to see what vehicles they sold these days as in the past they had been my favorite bashing vehicles. There is pretty much something for everybody in their range.
Eventually my thoughts came back to the venerable HPI blitz that I used to race at my local club, as well as wherever I could find space. I actually had the white and grey beast that was the Blitz ESE racing version with stiffer plastics and a ball differential (and on that note, me and that ball differential did not get along, and it was a replaced with a eFirestorm grease filled gear diff fairly quickly). However to my horror I found that the new HPI post financial crisis have killed off the Blitz, and it’s older brother the eFirestorm! In their defense they have been replaced with the jumpshot range featuring a twin vertical plate chassis like the very successful savage trucks. Now the blitz wasn’t the first, it probably wasn’t the best. But it was a tough truck that looked great, was heaps of fun and generally did whatever was asked of it. Mine was only retired when our club moved to a carpet track and the blitz just didn’t work well on it at all.
So now the dilemma is what to purchase. I have to admit true Short Course Trucks like the Traxxas UDR and Losi BajaRey etc look and work incredibly well and are 4wd. But I also love the simplicity of the 2wd stadium trucks like the Losi 22S and Associated SC10 Short Course Trucks. Somehow the TVP chassis of the Jumpshot Short Course Truck doesn’t appeal. Even the Kyosho Outlaw Rampage looks like fun. I suppose it will probably comedown to budget, so we will see what happens I guess.
In the meantime, rest in peace to the mighty HPI Blitz, we will see who inherits the SCT crown in time …..
Losi have unleashed an improved version of their already impressive DBXL, and for me, like may others, have added it straight to the top of our wish list, I mean what is there not to love!
Losi is proud to introduce the new 1/5 DBXL-E 2.0 4WD Brushless Desert Buggy! We have taken the legendary DBXL-E to the next level and left no stones unturned. With the inclusion of SpektrumRC Smart Technology, you can now get telemetry sent right to your phone (with the optional Bluetooth module) and have the confidence that everything is running smoothly.
Speaking of Spektrum, the DBXL-E 2.0 comes with the new Firma 160 Amp Brushless Smart ESC capable of running 8s LiPo’s. Pair that with the Spektrum Firma 4-Pole 780Kv Brushless Motor and the DBXL-E 2.0 will hit speeds of 50+ mph.
Think this is just an old DBXL-E with new trim schemes slapped on them…Think Again! Losi went back to the drawing board and updated the 2.0 to be the fastest and toughest electric 1/5 buggy on the market. The Losi DBXL-E 2.0 now comes standard with all the following updates:
*NEW* Spektrum™ Firma® 160 Amp Brushless SMART ESC *NEW* Spektrum Firma 4-Pole 780Kv Brushless Motor *NEW* Spektrum S906 1/5th scale metal gear servo *NEW* Chassis Braces *NEW* Pinned Center Outdrive Cups *NEW* Gear Boxes *NEW* Front and Rear Bulkheads *NEW* Shocks with Laser Etched FOX Logo Shock Caps *NEW* Aluminum Shock Towers *NEW* Heavy Duty Drive Train *NEW* Radio Tray *NEW* ESC Mount *NEW* Race Themed Livery *NEW* Authentic Bead Lock Wheels
Every year different race classes in different parts of the country enjoy surges and waning in popularity. Stadium trucks have been around since the Tamiya Stadium Blitzer and RC10T graced on tracks around the world in the early 90’s however have not enjoyed popularity for some time.
Somewhere along the way I must have been missing the news as the Losi Tenacity line of vehicles somehow slipped under my radar!
A 4wd Monster Truck based on the Losi TEN platform, how can you go wrong! RTR, Brushless, Spektrum Radio, AVC and a great looking Monster Truck it certainly seems like a winner to me. Heck, it even includes a FPV camera mount, how much fun would that be!
It is strange the things that motivate you sometimes, after racing at a major race meet on the weekend, and being perfectly happy with my RC Fleet, I find myself desiring a Stadium Truck once again after having a HPI E-Firestorm many years ago which had a number of modifications for racing, only to have nobody to race against!! Unfortunately Team Durango are no longer making their DEST210R truck, so maybe I need to convert my Short Course DESC210R with a few parts….
However this, combined with teasers of the new Xray XT2 Stadium Truck got me thinking about what is available out there, so let’s have a look! I’ll look at racing kits at this stage, I will cover RTR Stadium Trucks another day as there is a lot of them out there.
Now don’t be fooled into thinking that all stadium trucks are electric, this is far from the case with many nitro powered trucks appearing over the years and a few that are still available. Kyosho and HPI both still sell Nitro powered Stadium Trucks, they have just fallen from favor when 1:8 Truggies started taking center stage.
Now a little history for those who may not be aware, Stadium Trucks, often just referred to as trucks are based on 2wd buggies with truck bodies, wider arms, larger tyres and often longer chassis. And while that remains true of many of the original Stadium Trucks like the Tamiya Stadium Blitzer, the same remains true today.
Team Losi / TLR
So the current ST from TLR is the 22T 2.0 which is an upgrade from the original 22T released not so long ago as a part of the re invigoration of the Losi racing range under the TLR banner. Rear or mid motor mount is your choice in this kit in a very sleek design with a narrow (and not so spacious, chassis.
The newest Stadium Truck on the block, and the one about which we know the least! We presume it will be based on the XB2, and that is about all we know. When we know, you will know!
RC10T5M or the shorter name it is most commonly known by, T5M is the latest from Team Associated, however with the release of the B6 and B6D there may well be a new version out some time in the near future. This kit can trace it’s roots back to one of the original Team Associated Classics, the RC10T, and what a classic that is. Honestly with the original RC10 being re released, I am amased the RC10T has not followed suit.
The T4.2 however is also still available in it’s rear motor mount only setup, but as an RTR, so that is for another day. The T5M conversely is mid mount only so you really need to choose a kit to suit the surface that you are driving on, loose dirt or high traction clay or carpet/astroturf.
The Ultima RT6 is the latest truck from Kyosho released not too long after the new RB6 buggy. Kyosho design and quality is hard to go by if you can afford it. All in all a beautiful truck that has all the adjustment and tuning you could ever need. It almost goes without saying that Mid and Rear engine mount configurations can be built from this truck kit.
Team C isn’t a name you hear that often about the traps, but they do still sell a Stadium Truck in the form of the TC02T truck based once again from their buggy. Whilst it is a slightly older design than some of the other trucks available, it will still put a smile on your dial.
This one is slightly from left field, but X Factory have been making conversion kits for Team Associated cars for many years. Their X-60CF kit takes a T4 / 4.1 / 4.2 and turns converts it to the X Factory ST with a carbon fiber chassis and Mid motor configuration, something Associated only has done with the T5M recently.
Last but not least I do have to mention one sadly departed kit, the Team Durango DEST210R. Yes, I know that it is no longer in production, but I mention it because A) I hope a new version will appear, and B) because it was the first ST (correct me if I am wrong here) to come where you could choose a Mid or Rear mounted motor position right out of the box, and switch them as needed. Team Durango’s kits have been doing this since they released the DEX210 in 2011 and this feature has carried through to the Stadium Truck and Short Course Truck based on the same platform. As i’ve gotten back into ST’s I am thinking that I will buy the needed parts to convert my Short Course Durango into a Stadium Truck (Chassis, body and wheels), so i’ll let you know how that goes!
Go big or go home, have a look at this buggy from TLR in 5th scale. HPI eat your heart out, looks like this baby eats tracks for breakfast and for a big car seems to handle well. Based not on the existing Losi 5th scale platform, but developed from the 8IGHT platform it looks designed (and ready) to RACE!
What we have seen about it so far;
* Cab forward race body
* 5mm thick, hard anodized 6061-T6 aluminum chassis
* Heavy duty brakes
* Racing style wing
* Dual steering servos
* Receiver battery steel heat shield
* 24mm, hard anodized aluminum shocks w/ bleeder caps
* Aluminum clutch carrier and center-diff case
* Engine mounted spark plug protector
* Adjustable toe & anti-squat plates
* Lightweight one piece wheels
* Ball-bearing ackerman plate w/ nutted screws
* Axle boots
* Lightweight dog bones
* Special race style air filter
* Hard-anodized aluminum shock towers
TLR05001 is the part number and an August release stateside, so I guess we will wait to see when O’Riely Model Products gets them into Australia!
The last few weeks have seen new truggies from Team Associated and Team Losi Racing hit the internet, so I thought i’d round up a little on these two new machines. Ok, when I say two, it’s technically three as Associated released Nitro and Electric versions of their machines.
So what is a Truggy, basically a racing truck. Take a buggy, put wider arms, bigger tyres and a truck body on it and you have a truggy. So it’s not exactly as simple as that, but you get the gist of it. All are evolutions of old designs rather than anything revolutionary, however they all have some nice new features.
This 1:14 dakar truck tickles my fancy personally as I love rally cars and dakar trucks. To quote losi:
Kick up dirt, sand and everything in-between with the Losi® Mini Desert Truck. This impressive 1/14-Scale Desert Truck takes one of the most recognizable brands in RC back to the desert with a truck that’s evocative of the annual Dakar Rally. This highly capable desert truck can handle nearly anything thrown its way with a powerful 4500Kv brushless motor and an uncompromising 4WD drivetrain. When you truly want to demolish your competition, the Losi Mini Desert Truck makes it easy to push the speed envelope with the ability to take a 2S LiPo battery. This unbeatable truck also comes with a podium ready pedigree thanks to a design geometry based on the Mini 8IGHT™ platform.
I love a new release, and even better it’s an electric monster truck!
The original LST2 was a beast, so I expect big things from this new version that very much follows the recipe established by it’s predecessor.
So what is new, AVC is of course included, and while it is a derisive feature, if you don’t like it, turn it off. Equipped with a 6S compatible Dynamite® ESC it is going to be quick and, well fairly unstoppable as well, not one to loose control of near young children that’s for sure. The US pricing that Losi are advertising is pretty competitive given the size of the beast so hopefully we will see a few in the wild soon! And because they included it, a video to top off this post after saying that further details of this vehicle can be found at http://www.losi.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=LOS04004
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