Check out what happens when 15 1:10th scale Tamiya Hilux get together with a 1:1 Toyota Hilux.
I was on the hunt for some 3s lipo batteries. I usually go with a Turnigy lipo from Hobby King as they have proved to be a very good inexpensive battery that hasn’t let me down over the years. The problem is waiting 3 weeks for them to arrive. This is the main reason I wanted to try something different and a little closer to home. After about an hour of online research I decided I wanted to try SMC (Superior Matching Concepts) batteries, so I went to the SMC website and found a Canadian retailer named Bego Racing, which is located in Quebec. Once I saw the selection and prices for batteries, I was happy to try my luck and place an order for 2 SMC Factory Spec 11.1V 7200mAh 60C. What I really liked was the fact the Bego Racing has a wide range of connectors that they solder on the battery for you. The Traxxas and Deans connectors are free, EC5, XT60 and XT90 will cost you an extra $3.99. Once the battery arrives, you only need to charge and enjoy them.
I placed 2 batteries in my cart and found shipping to be reasonable for Canada. ($17.75) I then took a day to think about it. The fact I could pay with PayPal put my mind at ease and pulled the trigger on Feb 26th. My Bego Racing account was updated regularly with the progress of my order and included a Canada Post Tracking #. The batteries arrived at my door on March 3rd. Everything was perfect, the batteries had the requested Traxxas connectors installed and both batteries had all 3 cells balanced perfectly at 3.85. The hard case batteries also have a rubber grommet around the openings where the battery leads and balancing wires emerge from the case. This should help keep some water out.
The first run with them in the X-Maxx was great. I had great speed and the truck would still wheelie on command. I look forward to seeing how these batteries hold up over the long run.
Bego Racing has delivered on great service, at a fair price and a quality product. It is these things that will have me back on their site in few weeks picking up some 4s batteries.
You can also check out Bego Racing on Facebook.
I reached to Bego Racing before I posted this article and I heard back from the owner. So I thought I would include some of the conversation. The owners name is Eric, he has been involved with the hobby for 20 years. It was 5 years ago that he decided to start Bego Racing from his home. At the same time they became the Canadian Distributor of SMC Batteries. They sell a wide variety of RC products that you can find on the BegoRacing site. The site may come up in French, but in the upper left hand corner you will see a drop down to change it to English.
Eric also said his English is bad, but after reading our correspondence all I can say is…… His English is way better then my French. I had no problem communicating with Eric.
A 5L jug of oil and a 2L bottle of pop show the size of the box.
Canada Post stopped by the house today with a delivery. I looked at the box and I immediately became concerned and thought to myself “Oh crap there has been a mistake.” My next thought was “Who pays for return shipping?” because I know that won’t be cheap.
This leads me to my question for you. What is in the box? Continue Reading
In the picturesque small town of Lameque, New Brunswick, which is known for its Peat and Fishing industry, you will find the RC Race Track Des iles. This sprawling beauty features some exciting races with plenty of spots that allow for some wheel to wheel action. At RC Race Track Des iles they run the following classes
- 1/10 2WD Buggy Open
- 1/10 2WD Short Course Open
- 1/10 4WD Short Course Open
- 1/8 Buggy
- 1/8 Truggy
You can get more details and find out about running with them on their Facebook Page.
The crew in New Brunswick really know how to get down. Thank you to Gregg Lawton for turning us on to the New Brunswick tracks that we have featured over they past few weeks.
We are going to stay in New Brunswick for our next Featured Track. BlackFly RC is located in St. Laurent in Northern New Brunswick. This is a fun looking layout that also appears to have its fair share of challenges. The hard compacted clay track measures 130′ x 80′ and features a 24′ x 4′ drivers stand. The site also has electricity and water. They run about once a month starting in June and ending in October in the following classes:
- 2wd Buggy
- 2wd Short Course
- 4wd Short Course
- 1/8 Buggy
- 1/8 Truggy
If you are in the area and want to run with this crew, you can get more details a Black Fly RC.
Watch the Summer Kick Off from July 2016. There is some great action. Thanks to Stephane Doucet for the video.
Check out the humble beginning of what would become a terrific looking track. If anyone has an updated video feel free to send me a link. I would love to see this place in action.