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New Traxxas Hoss 4×4 VXL

Traxxas have just released details on another fast4x4 monster truck called the Hoss.  Yes, it looks like  the new Maxx truck. It purportedly has a bulletproof drivetrain (like the Maxx) and is capable of 60mph + (like the Maxx) on a  3s battery (the  Maxx needs a 4s battery for this)

Unlike the Maxx this seems to be base3d on a beefed up slash 4×4 platform, but with a big 540XL brushless motor which appears notably longer  than a standard motor.  the “Big Block” motor if you like. Now while on the surface this model seems to  be cutting the grass on the Maxx, or even canablilising it’ sales, it is priced at a full $70 USD cheaper than the Maxx, so a more budget friendly (ish) variant.

I am digging the reinforced, and quick connect  body, but it’s not exactly a new innovation any more.  Stability control etc is becoming expected on these kinds of models now, but it is a welcome addition to the truck.  All in all I  suppose it’s aimed as a fun, fast, cheaper monster truck since the Maxx is a little more on the expensive side these days.

For more details visit Traxxas at the link below.

Source: https://traxxas.com/products/landing/hoss-4×4-vxl/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Hoss%20Launch%20-%20CSM&utm_content=Hoss%20Launch%20-%20CSM+CID_b545a090d4b741d0a397157ba14dcf26&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20E%20Blasts&utm_term=Share%20the%20Excitement%20First%20Delivery%20Models%20Shipping%20June%2023rd

RC Podcasts – Action R/C

There are a few r/c podcasts out therefor those that have the spare time to listen. Now I can hear a bit of a ringing silence out there, so I shall explain.

A podcast generally speaking, is a radio show that is recorded, and released online at regular intervals. You can either have your podcast app automatically download them for you to listen to at your convenience, or listen to them online as you go.

The best thing about podcasts is that you can pick a topic of interest, and get a show just about it, be it Cars, True Crime, Comedy, Anime or RC Cars

I have a couple of RC podcasts i listen to at times. Big squid RC and Extra Lap RC among them. However these isn’t a lot of Australian Content out there. Enter the Action R/C Podcast, exploring the sport of R/C Car Racing with Scott Guyatt.

Many of you will recognise the name from racing in QLD, Articles in Racing Lines Magazine, and founder of my local club, Launceston R/C. Scott is back in the saddle now interviewing some very recognisable names in RC Racing including Andrew Gillott, Ray Munday and Luis Sola to name, well three!!

Where you can find the podcast varies, I have found it on Castbox that I use, as well as Podtail and Podbean. It should also be on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Some links are below.

https://actionrc.podbean.com/

https://podtail.com/en/podcast/action-r-c/

https://podtail.com/en/podcast/action-r-c/

Team Associated DR10 Drag Race Car

I knew that RC Drag Racing was a thing, it’s been around for a while with various manufacturers making bespoke cars or conversion kits.

However you know that it’s popularity is hitting mainstream levels when Team Associated release a Ready To Run Drag Car, the DR10. Based on always popular SC10, the DR10 Drag Race Car features a water-resistant high-power Reedy brushless speed control and 3300kV brushless motor, a 2.4GHz 2-channel radio system, as well as Associated’s ALL NEW DVC (Dynamic Vehicle Control) receiver unit with built-in adjustable digital gyro. 

DR10 Drag Race Car RTR

I’ve not driven a car with AVC or DVC, but I can certainly see it being advantageous in a drag car while trying to keep control and not hit the gutter. I have to say it looks like it would be a lot of fun, how many people buy one, well time will tell I suppose.

new losi DBXL-e 2.0

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

It’s Raining Crawlers – new cars from Traxxas, Axial Racing and RC4WD

The past weeks seems to have been a veritable storm of new crawlers appearing from a number of manufacturers.

In alphabetical order, hot in the heels of their 6×6 Unimog, Axial racing have released the Capra Unlimited Trail Buggy. Featuring portal axles, 1.9 tyres, dig transmission for FWD or 4WD this builders kit is every bit the competition buggy for those wanting more performance. More details at
http://www.axialracing.com/products/axi03004

From RC4WD there is the new Class 2 truck, the C2X Comp Truck with Mojave II body. Designed with performance in mind, the C2X features a 4 door Mojave body with a Marlin grille and a separate bed. for more details visit
https://store.rc4wd.com/RC4WD-C2X-Class-2-Competition-Truck-w-Mojave-II-4-Door-Body_p_7589.html

Last but never least, Traxxis have jumped on the 6×6 bandwagon with their version of the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6. Hardly what you would call a subtle vehicle in real life, the licenced RC version is no less flashy! With a high detail body, LED lights and an apparently radical chassis design this vehicle certainly stands out from the crowd. For all the details visit Traxxas at
https://traxxas.com/products/landing/trx6-g63/

PROTOform Corvette Pro-Mod Body

Got a Traxxas Slash, but you really want a dragster, then this new body from PROTOform is for you!!!

Transform your Slash® 2wd truck into a scale 1/4-mile beast with the new PROTOform Chevrolet Corvette C7 Pro-Mod! Our first body dedicated to the growing SC Drag Racing class features a ton of realistic details to give your car a super unique, race-inspired look.

The C7 Pro-Mod is a convenient 1-piece body design with no assembly necessary: just paint it up in your favorite colors and start burning rubber! We recommend using Pro-Line Racing #Hoosier 2.2″ Drag Racing Front Tires on the front and Hoosier Drag Slick SC 2.2″/3.0″ Drag Racing Tires in the rear combined with a set of #Pomona Drag Spec Wheels for the ultimate scale hot-rod stance.

To create a more scale look, this officially-licensed body is designed with a narrower track width than a traditional SC body and will require some modifications to your 2wd Slash® in order to fit correctly. Check out the product page link below for more details!

OMG, Axial have released a 6×6!!

Scale or real, hard to tell with photos like this!

I’ve seen so many 6×6 builds over the years based on the SCX10 chassis, and of the mainstream crawler manufacturers, the trucks from Cross RC are about the only 6×6 on the market, well no more. Hot on the heels of their latest 4×4 Unimog, comes this mighty 6×6 Unimog truck you can see all the details at
http://www.axialracing.com/products/axi03002

With a Dual cab body and massive tray, there is no denying that the truck looks amazing, and from the video Axial Racing have posted it looks to be functional as well. Whilst not the cheapest crawler on the market, there is no denying it has that X factor to it, and buckets full of “I want that!”

The hinged tray for battery access is a clever idea, and I can see so many other 6×6 builds beginning from this vehicle. I only hope that they also release a kit version for those keen for their own build.

This vehicle also answers another question that many asked when Horizon Hobby took over Axial Racing. “Will they continue to innovate”. I think this truck places us well on the path to a resounding yes!

Talk about a tidy and functional 6×6 solution.

New Rc4wd 1985 Toyota 4Runner Hard Body

We can finally release details of the new 4Runner body from RC4WD. It has been in our hot little hands for just over a week now and we couldn’t say a word! For those that don’t know the 4Runner, it was basically a Toyota Hilux with an extra row of seats, a roll bar and a removable fibreglass canopy over the tray, and now you can have an RC one .

Now rc4wd have a reputation for amazing scale products, but I could not believe my eyes at the evel of detail when I opened the box, it was more like a fine scale model than rc model body. Opening doors, bonnet, removable tailgate, even warning label stickers! Newbies beware, some serious model making skills will be needed to complete this body to its full potential.

Needless to say, I will be taking my time to do the model justice, but I am wondering what colour I should paint it, any suggestions? Of course we will be keeping you all in the loop as the build progresses so keep an eye out for updates.

Specifications:
Injection Molded ABS Plastic
Clear ABS Windows
Full Interior
Dashboard with Steering Wheel
Opening Hood and Doors
Magnets Keep Hood/Doors Closed
Opening Tailgate
Removable Top for Open Air Feel
LED Compatible
Wheelbase: 11.3in / 287.0mm
Length: 19.1in / 484.2mm
Width: 7.73in / 196.4mm
Height: 5.57in / 141.5mm
Weight: 35.2oz / 997.0g

Finally a massive shout out to RC4WD for sending us this exciting body to test, as well as a trailfinder 2 to test it on, so keep your eyes peeled for that review too.

Pre order this body at https://store.rc4wd.com/RC4WD-1985-Toyota-4Runner-Hard-Body-Complete-Set_p_7220.html

AARCMCC 1:10 Off Road Stock Motor Survey

For 1:10 Electric off road races sanctioned by RCRA (Formerly AARCMCC) events in the last couple of years, it has been a requirement that you run a control motor for 2wd and 4wd stock buggy.

There is a lot of sense in this because it means that there is a level playing field in terms of power so that the contest within a race comes down to driver skill, not equipment and who can spend the most on a fancy 17.5 turn motor.

On the flip side it means people have to cough up for just one specific motor if they only have a motor that was previously allowed under the ROAR / BRCA regulations.  Both cheaper and more expensive motors are not allowed and if the motor changes, it is not only useless in sanctioned races, but valueless second hand within Australia too.

So as they should, RCRA  is asking the opinion or racers via their clubs.  Now only clubs can vote on the matter, but you need to tell your club which of the 4 proposed models below you think will work best.  At my local club a voting form was put online, with the results surprisingly in favour of on particular option.

Personally I am a little split which way to go, I like the control motor situation in terms of equality, but not that they appear to be wanting to chance what the stock motor is so soon.

Leave a comment with what you think!

The EP Offroad section has been running control motors in 17.5 Stock class since 2018. Following the EP Offroad drivers survey split results, the section committee feels it worthwhile to reach out to clubs to determine the type of stock motors to be used for the 2019 racing season and beyond.

The current control motor has created negatives and positives depending on your preferences even to the extent the drivers survey results were approx 50/50 split between those who like and those who don’t.

Implementation of the control motor has seen some of the closest racing in stock in a long time and a performance parity between cars on track. From all accounts 2WD Stock with the current control motor has an acceptable performance but 4WD Stock needs more performance. Negatives could include the performance of the motor is lacking for 4WD stock and the actual driving in 4WD stock is not as much fun with the current motor and lack of tuning available to the individual racer.

Now we’ve had two years running a control motor, it’s best to go back to clubs to decide if we continue this path or change direction for 2019 racing season.

Some racers and clubs wish to move to 13.5 ROAR approved motors of their choice in 4WD stock, some racers and clubs want to go back to using 17.5 ROAR approved motor of choice and some racers and clubs like and want to use control motors.

Option to Add a 13.5 4WD Class
One option we would like to propose in this vote is adding a 13.5 4WD “Super Stock” ROAR/BRCA approved open motor class and continue with 17.5 control motors for 4WD and 2WD Stock. We feel this is worth consideration by clubs and racers as the survey results show racers in different states and clubs have different preferences. This may be a way to have an option for those in either camp.

If clubs choose to continue with one of the below options that has control motor the committee will approach market for a high performance next gen control motor with adjustable timing. We feel this would provide the performance boost people are looking for.

The EP Offroad committee want to clubs to choose the direction of stock motors for 2019 and beyond

The options we would like your club to consider a vote on are:

A: Control Motor for 2WD and 4WD stock – 17.5 adjustable timing next gen control motor

Continue with a 17.5 control motor for 2019 and beyond in 2WD and 4WD Stock – if this option is voted in, a new approach to market for a 17.5 open timing motor will be conducted in a tender style process and the motor with the best performance v price will be chosen for use for 2019 and 2020.

2WD and 4WD Stock 17.5 Control Motor – adjustable timing motor

 

B: Add 13.5 4WD Super Stock open ROAR approved motor class and Control Motor 2WD / 4WD Stock – 17.5 adjustable timing next gen control motor classes

This option adds a 13.5 4WD class to the racing schedule and provides for those who want 13.5 4WD class with motors of choice and those who want the 17.5 control motor concept to remain.

2WD and 4WD Stock 17.5 Control Motor – adjustable timing next gen control motor as per A

4WD Super stock – 13.5 ROAR/BRCA approved motor of drivers choice

 

C: 17.5 ROAR/BRCA approved motors for 2WD and 4WD Stock

Bring the rules back to the way they were before the control motor was implemented in 2017.

17.5 ROAR/BRCA approved motors open for drivers choice

 

D: 13.5 4WD ROAR/BRCA and 17.5 2WD ROAR/BRCA approved motors

Change the 4WD stock class from 17.5 to 13.5 ROAR/BRCA approved motors of drivers choice

17.5 2WD ROAR/BRCA approved motors

13.5 4WD ROAR/BRCA approved motors