It seems that following on from their recent DR10 Drag / Street car (based on the SC10), Team Associated have looked at the platform and said, what else we can do …… Dirt oval is gaining some popularity, lets do that!!!
And so the SR10 Dirt Oval car is born. Yes, it’s still a tarted up SC10, but is that such a bad thing?
The body looks great, and under the hood they have kept it simple with minimal changes (which also means parts commonality) I have to admit this would be fun as a rally car with a different body too, might have to try and get one…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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/
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!
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!
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.
Injection Molded ABS Plastic
Clear ABS Windows
Dashboard with Steering Wheel
Opening Hood and Doors
Magnets Keep Hood/Doors Closed
Removable Top for Open Air Feel
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.
Yes the man in the red suit has delivered not one, but two boxes from RC4WD to the Aussie RC News office, so we have some building to do. Keep your eyes peeled for more news as this project progresses!
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