Intech Racing, I had never heard of them either until recently, but they are a Taiwanese manufacturer making a fresh push into the Australian market with some unique and innovative ideas. Intech Racing is a relative newcomer to Australia but they have been building cars for over ten years with a focus on continuous improvement. Intech Racing manufactures a range of off-road buggies and trucks in both 10th and 8th scale, with either electric or nitro power trains.
Intech Racing has kindly provided Aussie RC News with an ER-12M 2.0 Lite 2wd buggy to build and review. Prior to sending a test vehicle, Intech Racing contacted me to discuss which vehicle we would like to test first. After looking at their range of smart looking vehicles the ER-12M 2.0 Lite 2wd buggy stood out to me as a vehicle which would be well suited to racing and being 2wd we could put it to the test in the 2wd stock class, racing against the established brands.
Taiwanese company Intech has been pushing into Australia recently with RC Store now carrying a range of their vehicles as well as providing spares, manuals, race setups and more. So lets have a look at the vehicles that Intech are selling.
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!
Welcome to the first edition of Crash Tested. The review column where I will take an RC product thats new (to me) and go do my usual thing to see how it performs. There may be crashing, they’re may be winning (sometimes) but at the end, I have a verdict.
On my test bench I have a brand new Highest RCDLP750 low profile servo, aimed at 1/10 on road and off road vehicles in Highest RC’s regular fashion of good looks and impressive specs.
Build and specs
An aluminium top and middle case, with plastic bottom looks very nice in any car. That ‘full metal jacket’ look that everyone likes is mostly there on the DLP750, although slightly diminished due to the plastic bottom cover, but we can get over that once its installed in the car!
A Coreless motor and full metal internal gears puts it on the same level as its main competitors in the Futaba BLS571SV and Savox 1251mg, however its 51.6g weight makes it 10g heaver than the futaba and 7g heavier than the Savox, if you’re a stock racer who’s watching the scales closely, this may be a deal breaker for you.
What the DLP750 loses in weight, it makes up for in its torque and speed numbers, boasting 0.1s / 11.8kg-cm on 6.0V, and 0.08s / 14.3kg-cm on 7.4V, its a full head and shoulders above the Futaba at 0.08 / 11/0kg-cm on 7.4V, meanwhile the Savox only hits 0.09s / 9kg-cm at 6V (no specs given for 7.4V)
With a 25t spline to match up with Futaba and Savox users, plus plenty of extra torque and a flashy ‘Full Metal Jacket’ look, at the cost of 7-10g of weight? This servo looks to be a winner for most.
The testing comes at a perfect time, after last week I managed to knock a few teeth off the internal gears in my Savox 1251mg ‘Black Edition’, while I drove my Team Associated B6 around the indoor carpet track at Perth Radio Electric Car Club (PRECC). So it was time for a new servo to continue racing.
On Saturday I bolted the DLP750 into my B6, set the centre & endpoints, and threw the car down at PRECC. Right away the steering felt strong and more sensitive, even on 6.0V BEC .after turning a few laps I was feeling comfortable with the handling and pulled the car in to tinker with the BEC and try again.
After turning the BEC voltage up to 7.2 on my ORCA R32 ESC, i headed back out on track to see if I could truly tell the difference between alleged 11.8kg-cm and 14.3kg-cm of torque. Im happy to say that I have always struggled for steering on the tight carpet track at PRECC, however the increased torque made all the steering inputs happen in a flash, so much so I continued to crash into the apex pipes for the next 3 minutes while I tried to figure out the inputs I needed.
I settled down and added -5% expo into the steering before trying to set some fast laps, managing to steer harder meant I could cut tighter lines and change directions faster in the chicanes, a welcome addition to the small 13s layout! I bested my old hot lap from 13.63s to 13.28 s before the run finished. Enough proof to convince me this servo is up to the task!
To further cement my liking for the servo, during my final practice session I had a huge crash and tumble, which actually broke my modified (HB parts) steering linkage on the B6, but did not harm the servo at all.
If you want a servo with good looks, good specs and solid quality, at a decent price…then you should look no further than the Highest DLP-750 Low profile servo. At an advertised retail of $169.95 its not the cheapest servo on the market, but its still cheaper and looks nicer than its main competitor, the Futaba BLS571SV which would set you back $180+ at most Hobby Shops in Australia. Im very happy with the DLP750 in my B6, and I am definitely going to be putting one in my B64 4WD ahead of the upcoming IFMAR world championships in China!
The Highest RC range is now available at Hearns Hobbies in Melbourne, and Ryper Hobbies in Perth, thanks to the guys at Ryper for putting this one aside for me to purchase and test!
When you think of scale accessories for RC crawlers you tend to think of companies in Asia or the United States as that is where the majority are based. But that isn’t the whole picture as there are some amazing Australian companies doing some great work, and one of these is Vault RC..
Trailers for crawlers are one of the coolest accessories out there, but also one of the rarest because, well they are hard to find, and difficult to build in a fashion that looks realistic. Often you will see people ask, “How did you build that trailer?” rather than “Where did you buy it from?” Sadly for most people they lack the skills to fabricate a trailer using welders, grinders and other sharp items. Add to that it can be very difficult and dangerous to make scale accessories and highly likely resulting in a trip to the hospital. This is only compounded by the fact that most people don’t own any of the specific tools and equipment needed to make them.
Enter Vault RC! Vault RC has designed a range of scale accessories for people to build, paint and add their finishing touches so people can say “I built that” safely. The Vault RC scale kits are designed and manufactured in Brisbane, Australia. Made from real high quality metal these kits will last years. The Vault RC kits come in a simple well made flat-pack form and can be made using simple tools like a screwdriver. There is no cutting, welding or grinding needed. When you buy with Vault RC you know you are buying a high quality and safe product designed specificity to help you say “I built that”.
As to product lineup, well it’s pretty diverse! You have three different trailers and a tow hitch for them available including a plain trailer, trailer with tradie racks and a camper trailer. Accessories the choice is even wider Saw horses, step ladders, cargo trolleys, tool boxes, ladders, even a camping chair and BBQ!!!
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!
Firstly I thought it was an interesting side note to this release that the alternate version is the D (Dirt) rather than the namesake, the reverse of the B5 series where the B5 was a dirt car, and the B5M the mid mounted alternate if you like.
That said, the car certainly looks like a big step forward from the B5 which seemed more of an evolution of the B5 design. Either way, it’s always exciting to see new designs hitting the market, and it will be interesting to see them hit the tracks soon.
To see all the information and the new cars in action, check out the video from AE below
Ok, ok, I know that touring car racing is not dead, but there has been a significant increase in the number of cars designed to either cater to those wanting sideways action, or some social street driving or racing. Much like their crawling cousins, scale accessories and scale detail are also king in this arena of public opinion. However this new brand of on road driver has certainly resurrected some interest in On Road chassis.
Today’s release of two muscle cars from Kyosho on the Fazer platform, a 1970 Dodge Charger and a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat are further evidence, and while I don’t know how these vehicles are selling, I certainly see a few around the place, and there is certainly a lot of chatter generated by them. Heck i’d be quite happy with one the the offerings on the Vaterra V100 platform or the new HPI RS4 Sport 3 platform (and I almost forgot the Team Associated Apex cars). All of these platforms have a number of attributes in common, great looking scale bodies, scale tyres and rims, basic shaft driven platforms and affordable pricing. This is fast turning into a what RC car to buy for street fun article, but I will resist!
Now none of these are what you would call drift vehicles despite being labeled as such and coming with hard tyres. Yes they do a decent job, but in my mind a drift car has to at least have an optional set of gearing to allow a Counter steer (or CS) conversion. What does that mean? Well the rear wheels turn faster than the front ones. Why? Because it’s easier to keep the car sideways, and who doesn’t like a bit of sideways action sometimes. None of the cars mentioned before have much in the way of adjustment either with all having fixed suspension links, but most have aftermarket or factory adjustable ones available to allow for some adjustment. That said, this keeps the price of these units down, and there is nothing like a car that is fun to drive, a decent price to buy and looks great as well. Personally I love how the BMW M3 and Subaru BRZ models on the HPI Sport 3 chassis look, but the 1969 Corvette from Vaterra looks amazing as well.
Many of this new breed of street cars also come with waterproof electronics, so even a rainy day isn’t able to keep you off the streets. About the only feature that I am a little disappointed is still on these cars is the ubiquitous post body mounts. Yes, they work well, but there are some great magnetic body mounts available today which eliminate the posts and give the car a much clearer look, but are still strong enough to stop the body coming off easily.
There is a whole range of chassis and bodies out there, and there are some offerings from Yokomo, MST and Sakura which are true drift chassis, but expect to be paying more than the cars we are discussing here today.
I guess what I am saying is don’t be a chassis snob, grab one of these budget street brawlers, grab some mates and go outside and have some fun! And because everybody loves some eye candy, here is a slide show of some of the offerings on sale at the moment.
PS, yes, I completely missed out on the Tamiya TT-01 and TT02 platforms, I could say I was focusing on new platforms, but the TT-02 is a new platform, Maybe i have a bit of tunnel vision, but check out the Tamiya cars as well as they have a huge range of cars and bodies available.