So, Santa brought me a Traxxas Aton for Christmas. I have an interest in aerial videos and the Aton seems to meet my current requirements.
In the box:
The Aton came with a controller, a battery (3s 3000 mAh), charger, 4 props, a screw driver and a camera mount designed for Go-pro’s(not included), but I was able to get it to work with my Ion Air Pro camera.
Out of the box:
I needed to charge the battery and install the legs and camera mount. The leg and camera mount install is only necessary if you plan on using a camera. If you don’t, then there is no need to install them.
When I first plugged the charger into the wall and the battery into the charger, I got a flashing red light error. It turns out I didn’t push the plugs in far enough. You really need to makes sure you have a good connection. Once that was fixed, it took about an hour to charge the battery.
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The Halifax RC Park is in the middle of a terrific fund raising effort. The money is important as it goes to cover the insurance for the park (A requirement by the city of Halifax) and dirt ( A requirement for a RC track). They are hoping to sell 200 tickets at $10 each. The winner gets their choice of 1 0f the 5 fantastic prizes.
Choice 1. Traxxas Slash 1/10 Short Course Truck (SCT)
Choice 2. Axial SCX10-2
Choice 3. A pair of 1/10 ECX Torment 2WD trucks Trail Truck kit
Choice 4. Tamiya TT02B 4WD buggy Ready to Build and Run
Choice 5. A $500 voucher to Mighty Small Cars, in Dartmouth N.S.
The raffle is open until all tickets are sold. The committee hasn’t reached 50% in sales yet. I know winter is here and many aren’t thinking about their RC’s, but if this effort falls short, there may not be a place to run your RC’s in the summer. Christmas is fast approaching and tickets on something like this would be an ideal stocking stuffer.
To get your tickets, just send an etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org If you don’t want to go the etransfer route you can make arrangements for a cash payment by sending an email to the same address and they will be happy to help you out.
For more details check out the links below:
Choices….choices…win a…Traxxas Slash
Buy a $10 ticket – Win an R/C Car
Out of the box, the Traxxas X-Maxx is ready to roar with the exception of batteries. So while I charged my batteries, I decided to do a check of the vehicle. There were no signs of leaking fluid, so I decided to check out the hardware. I started with the wheels and although the tires themselves were in great shape and glued properly to the rims, I wasn’t really surprised to see that every wheel nut needed to be tightened. I would also guess that approx. 50% of the vehicle screws were also loose and in need of some attention. When I pulled the gear cover, I found the gear mesh set too tight. The was no play between the pinion and the gear. The diffs and shocks were in good shape and had plenty of fluid. The shocks were adjusted in a way that the truck will nose dive off of jumps, with the threaded shock bodies, this was an easy fix. All in all, not bad I have seen many other RTR’s in worse shape upon arrival. Continue Reading