Kyosho releases 4wd ZX4 2wd Buggy

Kyosho is finally releasing the successor to the successful ZX5, the not so surprisingly named ZX6 30046B, and it is scheduled to land in July!

Key Features include

1.) New 7075 Aluminum Hard Anodized chassis with side guards.
2.) New Aluminum steering crank design.
3.) New easy to adjust upper bulk and shock stay.
4.) New slide motor mount design allowing precise adjustments for weight distribution.
5.) Tungsten ball diffs
6.) Adjustable battery layout. Compatible with saddle type battery packs and short packs
7.) Velvet coated big bore aluminum shocks.
8.) X-Gear springs(Front : S / Gold / XGS003 – Rear : L / Gold / XGS013), Ball diff grease and Hi-graphite grease included.
9.) Heavy duty diff ring gears and bullet proof drive train
10.) New high down force forward cab body with new hi-flow wing

Bashers Unite, but which 5th scale vehicle?

I’ve written a couple of articles so far on various vehicle categories on what is out there worth having, but they have mostly been aimed at race vehicles, so today I thought we would look at the Bashing offerings of the players offering large scale vehicles (5th scale or greater).  For price comparisons I have tried to get prices from Australian stores where possible.

HPI Racing

http://hpiracing.com/en/kits/CPEF#scale_1_5
http://hpiracing.com/en/kits/CEPF#scale_1_5

To a fair extent the credit for the popularity of 5th scale vehicles at the moment has to go to the Baja 5B released by HPI in 1996 for making 5th scale vehicles affordable for the masses, as well as widely available.  For the most part the original Baja 5B remains unchanged with a RTR and SS kit versions available of this 2wd,  2 stroke, Baja styled buggy.  However in the HPI lineup the Baja is no longer alone as it has spawned a range of younger siblings.  The 5B and 5B SS are of course the mainstay of the range, but they have been joined by the quieter Baja 5B flux electric version as well as a Baja 5T truck based on the same underpinnings.  Following on form the 5T was the addition of the Baja 5SC and 5SC SS Short Course Trucks, again on the same underpinnings as the Baja.  On the electric side there was also the Super 5SC Flux which I loved, and was based on an extended Savage flux 4wd platform, but unfortunately that kit has been discontinued, but can be found or sale from time to time.

The Baja line of vehicles are available for a great price considering their sheer size and the range of upgrade, hoppups and accessories available for this range is nothing short of staggering! Looking at the Hobbyco website, he basic Baja 5B rtr with everything you need to get going already built retails for around the $1300 mark, where as the Flux version comes in at the higher $1600 mark without batteries.

Losi

http://losi.com/Products/Start.aspx

Losi are a newer member of the 5th scale club, but when they came to the party it was with some impressive vehicles! Whilst there have been rumours of electric versions, at this stage the 5ive platform is Petrol 2 stroke only. First to be released in their 5ive fifth scale platform was the 5ive-T 4wd off road truck.  Yes, unlike the Baja platform, this beast is 4wd from start to finish in this short course style truck.  The most recent additions to this lineup are the Desert Buggy XL and 5ive Mini WRC car which represents both ends of the price spektrum with the Desert Buggy being the cheapest, and the Mini being the most expensive.  The Modelflight website reveals the price of the 5ive-T at $1900, the Mini at $2300 and the Desert Buggy at $1300.

Other Options

Now these are not the only fifth scale vehicles on the market by any measure, there are both cheaper, and more expensive alternatives out there from on road race cars, to knockoffs of the models that you can see mentioned above.  HSP, Kingmotor, HRC, Rovan, Turnigy, Exceed RC and Smartech are all examples of cars at the more affordable end of the price spectrum.  Within these vehicles there is variations from the reasonably good through to the downright terrible. Also beware that they may not be as durable as models from the major players, and parts may be difficult to source.  I have spent some time with a Turnigy Trailblazer BX 1:5 buggy for example.  Mainly in the repair of after a crash tore the front end off the vehicle. Whilst the scale and price were impressive, it’s plastics were not really strong enough for the job, the play and performance were terrible and I was left fairly unimpressed by everything but the sheer size of the beast Vs the price.

One range that does interest me is the Maverick range of vehicles sold by Frontline Hobbies with prices starting at about $800 for Electric and petrol 1:5 scale vehicles that you can see here.  They look more sturdy than the average budget 5th scale vehicle, and of course parts are available through Frontline as well.  I guess with the likes of Redcat that appear to have a good price point and parts availability these manufacturers fill a midway point between the high quality first line kits, and the lower quality and price vehicles. However my opinion still is that you are better off saving for longer to buy one of the quality HPI or Losi offerings, or find a 2nd hand one to buy.  Advice one of our writers Richard Green has recently taken with regards to a 1:10 2wd buggy.

At the top end of price you can find manufacturers such as MCD Racing (http://www.mcdracing.com/) and FG Modellsport that make a range of racing 1:5 vars and trucks from Touring Cars through to monster trucks. There are a number of other manufacturers in this category, but unfortunately I am not familiar with who they are, however generally these are much more complicated ans expensive than your average bashing vehicle.

D413 first impressions from ShortCourseWorld

Ok, so personally i am only just starting to get into the 1:10 buggy scene at my local club, Launceston RC, but i’ll elaborate on that in another post.

1:10 4wd buggy has always fascinated my as the formula one of the off road 1:10 scene, with 4wd and all the power in the world.  However racing on an indoor track with a somewhat unforgiving surface when it comes to cars, I was always concerned by the physical toll this seemed to take on cars with many seeming to break on a very regular basis.

Those of you that know me also know that I am a HPI fan, with almost all of my previous cars being from HPI, with the only exception being one Tamiya currently in my garage.  So when HB (previously Hot Bodies, now a part of HPI) came out with their D413 4wd buggy in 2013 I was instantly interested.  It has an interesting specification with the ability to reconfigure for saddle or shorty packs by rotating the center differential (not slipper) and motor mount around and move the servo to the opposite side of the vehicle.  There was some debate at the worlds last year as to if the shorty packs were legal, but to date the decision to allow them has been carried.  As I mentioned before, the vehicle has three gear differentials instead of the more normal 2 diffs and a slipper which is a feature normally found in 8th scale vehicles.  The triangulated shock towers are also of interest as they provide a lot of strength, and that is a feature that the designer of the vehicle,  Torrance Deguzman, has stated was one of the core aspects of the vehicle’s design, strength.  If your vehicle is strong and can take a hit, you can push on with more confidence that you won’t break the vehicle, and some epic crashes at last year’s world championships certainly proved that the D413 can take a hit, with one crash breaking the two vehicles that the D413 hit and was hit by.

So the D413 was released last year, why the post now?  well to date, very few if any D413’s have been seen in the hands of the public with pre orders having only begun delivery about now. HPI has certainly copped some very warranted flack over the delay in making these available to the public.  What prompted this post was a video by Short Course World on youtube featuring their first impressions of their D413, and, well he is a little impressed with the D413 so far, and it will be interesting to see what their impressions are once they get it on to the track.  Hopefully I will remember to share those videos with you.  I wonder if I will get a chance to turn a wheel on one of these on day, because unlike most 4wd buggies, this certainly captures my attention with regards to owning one myself.

More information on the D413 at the HPI/HB Website here http://www.hpiracing.com/en/kit/112723

Axial SCX10 Deadbolt RTR

I have to admit that when I saw the press release for the new Axial RTR Deadbolt my first reaction was, umm, the deadbolt is already a RTR….  It wasn’t until I looked closer to see that this was a SCX10 Deadbolt, not an AX10 !  While the two deadbolts may look similar, under the skin they are a completely different beast!  I actually like the SCX10 better as it looks more like a real vehicle, but then when it comes to crawlers I am on the scaler side of the equation.   Features of this kit include:

Proven tough SCX10™ chassis with Deadbolt™ body
• Walker Evans Racing wheels
• 1.9 Maxxis Trepador tires
• Tactic TSX45 high torque metal gear servo
• WB8 HD Wildboar™ splined driveshafts
• Dual slipper clutch
• 4-link rear suspension
• Poison Spyder Rock Brawler front bumper
• AE-5 ESC
• 2.4 GHz radio system

If you are interested in the SCX10 Deadbolt, head to the Axial website for more details http://www.axialracing.com/products/ax90044

Tix Race Developments

Now I don’t pretend that I know every corner of the RC car area of our hobby, so I am always excited to find new things, especially when they are Australian made!

Yesterday I stumbled upon Tix Race Developments whose website is here http://tixracedevelopments.com/

Apologies for the cut and paste, but I thought using their own words from their website would better describe what they are about!

For many years Myself and a few racing associates have been making custom parts for rc cars to better the performance. Starting small with lightened drive line gear for our own cars, to custom shocks for more travel, extending to custom chassis for better weight distribution.

We now offer the parts to the world offering conversion kits for the truggy market that the big manufactures don’t take as seriously as they should.

We also can make custom chassis at request with parts supplied

Starting back in the days of monster truck converting LST2′s into truggy beating weapons

When MT died off we worked on making a truggy with better weigh balance

This lead us to create the XTX8-T Mugen Xray Hybrid. The weight balance of the Mugen with the strength of the Xray

Mugen center layout. Tank, Driveshafts, Guards and radio tray. Custom Steering top plate and the rest xray to make it bullet proof. Good enough for 3rd as the Aus Nats 2010

If you have a large, or small, Australian RC Business, then make sure that you contact Aussie RC at aussierc@outlook.com so that we can let everybody else know about what you are doing!

Losi releases Mini 8ight-T RTR Truggy

Based on the ROAR-Championship-winning 8IGHT™ buggy, this brushless power 4WD prodigy takes the mini 8IGHT platform to all new extremes. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another 1/14-scale truggy on the market with the same enhanced power and impressive electronics that are packed into the Losi® Mini 8IGHT-T™ truggy.

With its aluminum chassis, 4WD shaft-driven drivetrain and durable build, this relentless 1/14-scale truggy can thrash across dirt, gravel and asphalt without skipping a beat. To better manage the outrageous power of its brushless power system, the Mini 8IGHT-T utilizes the AVC™ (Active Vehicle Control™) technology system for advanced power management over its impressive 4500KV brushless engine and precision handling. Better still, the Mini 8IGHT-T comes equipped with absolutely everything you need to get started so you can be out experiencing Losi thrills in the time it takes to charge the battery. Experience the thrill of driving the Mini 8IGHT-T today.

For more details visit the losi website http://www.losi.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=LOS01000

Vaterra 1969 Corvette – Just take my money now

As the title says, Vaterra take my money now!  The most recent addition to the Vaterra lineup of amazing looking on road cars is the 1969 Corvette, and a L88 at that! The vintage lineup in the Vaterra range now includes the ’69 Corvette, ’67 Mustang and ’69 Camaro, quite a trio!

An all inclusive package!

The biggest and baddest Corvette of them all was the L88 built from 1967 to 1969. As an option code on the 1967 to 1969 models, L88 was an almost secret offering. Chevrolet actively discouraged L88 orders from dealerships and the public. Just what was all the fuss about? The L88 was capable of 171 mph at Le Mans and sported more than 500 horsepower. It was developed for the track and never intended as a boulevard cruiser.  And by all accounts, 500 horsepower was a fairly conservitive power estimate!

The wheels, body and whole package looks simply AMAZING!  The iconic coke bottle shape of the C3 corvette has been preserved by including a black valance atthe bottom of the body to preserve the shape rather than carry down non existant bodywork to meet the chassis, very clever indeed!

More details can be found at the Vaterra website here http://www.vaterrarc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdId=VTR03022

The biggest and baddest Corvette of them all was the L88 built from 1967 to 1969. What set this car apart was a comprehensive racing package that included the big block V8 with solid-lifters and Can-Am-spec cylinder heads.
Read more at http://www.supercars.net/cars/349.html#wFBzLluesT8i6hRI.99
The biggest and baddest Corvette of them all was the L88 built from 1967 to 1969. What set this car apart was a comprehensive racing package that included the big block V8 with solid-lifters and Can-Am-spec cylinder heads.
Read more at http://www.supercars.net/cars/349.html#wFBzLluesT8i6hRI.99
The biggest and baddest Corvette of them all was the L88 built from 1967 to 1969. What set this car apart was a comprehensive racing package that included the big block V8 with solid-lifters and Can-Am-spec cylinder heads.
Read more at http://www.supercars.net/cars/349.html#wFBzLluesT8i6hRI.99
The biggest and baddest Corvette of them all was the L88 built from 1967 to 1969. What set this car apart was a comprehensive racing package that included the big block V8 with solid-lifters and Can-Am-spec cylinder heads.
Read more at http://www.supercars.net/cars/349.html#wFBzLluesT8i6hRI.99

1967 Mustang RTR from Vaterra

Ok, I saw this previewed by vaterra a few times, but somehow missed it’s release onto the market the other day! Nobody can deny that it is a fantastic looking model, and by all accounts is a good vehicle.

It comes completely assembled and ready to run with:

• 4WD V100-S chassis
• Licensed 1967 Ford Mustang fastback body
• Licensed, 54mm replicas of Volk CE28N wheels
• Low-profile tires
• Waterproof electronics
• Spektrum™ 2.4GHz transmitter and Dynamite® power system

Source: Vaterra.com