Here are a couple of videos of my wife and myself out on the backyard track, doing some Preseason Testing. In the first video she is driving her Team Associated RC8.2e FT and the second video she is piloting her Team Associated b4.2 RTR. I am driving my camera car, a Traxxas Slash 4×4. The track is in ok shape and will be undergoing some heavy maintenance and upgrades in the coming weeks. Half of the track was dry, giving us all kinds of grip. The other half was really wet and muddy, providing us with no grip. We had a blast and can’t wait to get the season underway.
Team Associated have announced new Factory Team Aluminum Servo Horns for their 1/8 line up. The machined aluminum servo horns offer a strength advantage and a different feel. The stock servo horns are plastic and can give you a rough ride over time. These new ones are machined aluminum and slightly shorter length, they provide a smoother feel while decreasing the load on the servo. They are designed for the steering servo in the RC8B3, RC8B3e, RC8T3, and RC8T3e.
The 23T fits Airtronics, JR, KO, and Spektrum servos. Part# 1361
25T fits XP Digital, Reedy, Futaba, Savox, and newer-style Hitec servos. Part# 1363
The new servo horns will be available in April 2016.
For more details Check out New! Factory Team Aluminum Servo Horns
I have an RC8.2e FT and I am looking forward to getting my hands on one of these.
Team Associated announce the release of the ProSC 4×4 Ready-To-Run. This brushless-powered 4WD off-road short-course truck is the latest addition to their Qualifier Series.
Some of the ProSC 4×4 RTR features include:
- Fully assembled Ready-To-Run shaft-drive 4WD short course truck
- Reedy 550-SL 3500kV 4-pole brushless motor
- Splash-proof Reedy SC800-BL brushless speed control with High Current T-plug Connector (2S-3S LiPo compatible)
- Reedy WolfPack 7-Cell 8.4V NiMH Battery with High Current T-plug Connector
- XP 2.4GHz radio system with XP metal gear digital steering servo
- Factory painted and decaled short course body, available in two color schemes
- Huge 16mm Big Bore fluid-filled shocks
- 15-spoke off-road hex drive wheels with high-grip racing tires
- Short-course style front and rear bumpers and improved adjustable body mounts
Bag D all laid out and ready to go.
Here is the next chapter in my Team Associated RC8.2e FT build. My confidence was high after completing Bags A, B and C with little issue, so it was on to Bag D, the Front Bulkhead Assembly. Immediately on the first step my progress came to a halt and my confidence was deflated a little. Getting the CV Boot over the Center CVA Bone turned on to be an adventure that had me looking to my husband for help after 15 minutes with no progress. He placed a little black grease over the pin and gently worked the boot over the pin pushing it with his thumb nail. Everything else in Bag D went together smoothly and I was flying high again until I realized I installed a piece incorrectly. Continue Reading
My Team Associated SC10.2 FT build is moving right along. This bag didn’t provide any challenges, but it did provide a couple of talking points. 1) Getting the Front Hinge Pin Brace in place on the chassis, took a little muscle to get it to seal properly. 2) The Front Body Post has 4 holes in it, the 4 holes allows you to adjust your body height. The holes are drilled on an angle, so make sure to get the angle matched to the Body Mount, or the screws will not be able to go thru the Body Mount and Body Post. 3) The Ball Cups are not threaded. If you tap them before you try to install the turnbuckles, it will make this process easier.
All of the parts in Bag C, nicely organized.
Team Associated has released a CT4.2 Mid Motor Conversion Kit for the RC10T4.2. The kit is designed specifically for very high-traction surfaces. The Centro CT4.2 Mid Motor conversion for the T4.2 features a hard aluminum one-piece chassis, and molded gearbox and bulkhead assembly that positions the motor in front of the rear wheel centerline, creating a centralized weight balance.
The Kit includes: Continue Reading
I have been involved in the hobby for about 4 years but for the most part I have just been interested in driving RCs. For me, that was the fun part. Working on vehicles was just not something that interested me much, nor did I think it was something I would be able to learn to do well. It just seemed complicated and too much work. Other than painting a few bodies for my vehicles, I have relied on my husband for any type of maintenance or builds so I haven’t gotten to know much firsthand about what is really involved with the inner workings of an RC vehicle. Continue Reading
This is the first part of my Team Associated SCt10.2 Ft build. I don’t expect any problems a long the way, this vehicle is a proven winner on the track and an old favorite for many racers. Bag A was no real problem to complete. The instructions are easy to understand. Read them in there entirety. My big mistake here was over tightening the Steering Bolts, when the manual clearly states “Do not over tighten steering bolts. Make sure there is free movement in the steering rack.”
After completion of Bag A, a couple of things come to mind. 1) Will the plastic chassis hold up to punishment I take and dole out on the track?
Over the next few days, I will be doing a build of an old favourite, the Team Associated SC10.2 FT kit and my wife will be doing her first ever build, a Team Associated RC8.2e FT kit. My wife has been casually involved in the hobby for the last 4 years, but because of the new local track, she is able to get out more. She has very little repair experience and has always driven a RTR vehicle. After she tried my RC8.2e FT, she immediately wanted one. I explained how she would be building the 1/8 scale buggy from scratch and to my surprise, instead of being asked, convinced, pressured or forced into building if for her, she said OK. I then decided to pick up a SC10.2 FT and do a build myself, simply because I got a little excited about the possibility of building hers, until she crushed my excitement by deciding to complete the build on her own.
“Haha, Good luck with All of That”.
This is going to be interesting, she certainly decided to jump right into the deep end. Stay tuned.
The Apex Scion FR-S is the newest addition from Team Associated’s Qualifier Series. This 1:10 Scale On-Road Touring Car comes RTR and is bound to turn some heads. Some of the features include:
- Scion Racing FR-S Rocket Bunny replica body
- 10-spoke wheels come mounted with high-grip racing tires (hard plastic drift-style tires in Drift version) and feature detailed brake components
- Powerful Reedy 3300kV 540 brushless motor
- Water-resistant XP SC500-BL brushless speed control with High Current T-plug Connector (2S-3S LiPo compatible)
- XP 2.4Ghz radio system with XP metal-gear steering servo
- All-metal gear transmission with sealed differentials
- Steel CVA drive axles front and rear
- Metric hardware and ball bearings throughout
You should be able to find Apex Scion FR-S in stores later this month using Part# 30113. There will also be a drift version available using Part# 30113D.
Get complete details at Apex Scion FR-S
I really like the look of this ride and it is no secret that I am a big fan of Team Associated. I have been toying with the idea of an on-road vehicle for a couple of months now and if this ever gets released as a kit, I will be all over it. For now, I am waiting patiently for their Replay X D Prime X Camera System to be in stock at my LHS.
Associated have released the Reedy Blackbox 410R ESC.
The long-anticipated and highly developed Reedy Blackbox 410R ESC is now available to racers worldwide. Extensive track testing by Reedy’s engineers and racing team has resulted in a high performance, high quality, and reliable ESC suitable for all levels of competition. A focus on excellent throttle and brake feel, precision adjustability, and robust hardware make the Blackbox 410R suitable for a wide range of racing applications.
- CNC-machined black aluminum case with integrated heat sink
- Fully adjustable brake, throttle, power, and safety functions
- Eight pre-programmed, customizable* profiles
- Blinky mode with ROAR-approved software
- Precision throttle and brake control
- Speed sensitive drag brake function
- Ultra-low resistance FET board
- 12-gauge power wires
- Heavy-duty external capacitor board
- Built-in voltage booster for 1S applications
- RPM data logging*
- Firmware updateable*
The ESC can be purchased separately or with a programing box.
Check out Reedy Blackbox 410R ESC for complete details or check out Blackbox 410R 1S-2S Competition ESC w/PROgrammer for details on the pair.
Associated have released their latest rendition of the Replay Camera System, Prime X Camera System features some impressive upgrades over the previous generations, such as a higher capacity 1700mAh battery which should deliver around 3.5hrs of battery life, New Power Level & Record LED Indicators, New Wider Buttons, including New FOV Setting. The very helpful Vibration Feedback is also included with this model. The Prime X is waterproof up to 3 meters / 10 feet and it does not require a separate waterproof case.
The All New Prime X Camera System is available now at a MSRP of $299.99 and can be found using part# RP005
Complete details can be found at Prime X Camera System
The new brass bulkheads from Team Associated for the B5 and B5M increase your weight and configuration possibilities. You can add weight to the front for more steering, or provide chassis balancing. The bulkheads are a direct-replacement and come in standard 25 degrees and 30 degrees of kick-up. The 30-degree bulkhead will increase corner-entry steering.
Factory Team Brass Bulkhead, 25 deg. Part# 91365
Factory Team Brass Bulkhead, 30 deg. Part# 91366
When Team Associated discontinued the B44.2 a couple of weeks ago, many people asked what’s next? The answer to that question is the B44.3 Factory Team Kit. The new 1/10 4wd buggy will feature a new hard-anodized aluminum chassis, which helps lower the center of gravity to improve handling and durability. The chassis has been designed to have symmetrical torsional flex to improve handling consistency — the new floating motor mount, floating servo mount, and chassis machining help to provide the desired flex symmetry. Continue Reading