Friday Reviews

Don’t get too excited, nobody is giving us cars to review.  Don’t get me wrong, i’d love to, but at this stage I think we are a bit too small to even ask, let alone actually get a test vehicle, but fingers grossed we do in the future.

The reason for this post is I noticed a heap of online reviews appear in the later part of this week, so I thought I would link to a few of them around the place!


Helion Voltron 10SC 2WD SCT

RC Driver posted A short review of this vehicle with some great looking photos, check it out at

Axial SCX10 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited C/R Edition

This new version of the SCX10 would have to be my 2nd favorite behind the Dingo, and I am loving the white paint scheme!  More of a detailed walk around than a review, but some viewing pleasure for your Friday afternoon!

Carisma M40DT Desert Truck Brushless RTR

The boys at BigSquid RC’s latest review is this great looking Carisma truck, that they test, as usual, with their own particular style, flair and utter disregard for the longevity of the vehicle, but they never cease to make you smile sometimes, whether it be at they say, or because of it.

Carisma at the Nürnberg Toy Fair

Who the heck is Carisma I can hear a few of you saying!  That’s not an unreasonable question as many Australians will not have heard of them at all.  This Hong Kong company is best known for their 1:16 scale buggies and cars.  However of late they have been bringing out some excellent scale vehicles which are grabbing the attention of a lot of people, particularly in the US where they have just announced a new distributor.

Distributed in Australia by OMP they have some fabulous looking 1:10 and 1:14 on road cars with some great looking bodies including a couple of nice rally bodies.  In off road, as I mentioned before, they have some fantastic 1:16 scale buggies, and a recently released monster truck, as well as a few nice off road desert beetles.  In 1:10 off road the M10DT Volkswagen Desert Beetle is winning a lot of fans with the pre painted bodyshell containing a lot of scale features. It even comes with some jerry cans to mount on the body.  The GT10DT is an Axial Exo style buggy that while a little smaller, still packs a good punch and looks great.

VW Beetle Desert Edition based on the M10DT

However it is their release in 1:8 that, as a rally fan, really has my attention.  The M48S platform fitted with a fabulous looking Porsche 959 Dakar Body that looks absolutely spot on!  The vehicle is based on a shaft-driven 4WD chassis with three gear differentials, it features a short A-arm layout for scale appearance, large volume oil-filled shock absorbers, and high-traction semi-slick tyres. The factory-assembled 959 also comes with a waterproof speed controller, a 3000kv brushless motor, waterproof RC box and a water-resistant steering servo.

The new Porsche 959 Dakar from Carisma

New on the show are the M10DB 2WD endurace buggy and the M10SC short course/stadium truck, both of which are prototypes.  I have to say that I love the scale looks and accessories on the Endurance Buggy prototype and hopes it makes it to production as it is!

2wd Endurance Buggy Prototype on the Toy Fair stand.