Traxxas has just unveiled a very sexy, officially licensed Ford GT. The RTR Ford GT will feature a new Dual-Bellcrank steering system and a new 4-Tec 2.0 chassis, which is designed to optimize handling and sharp cornering. The Traxxas exclusive body mounts will allow for the easy install of 190mm or 200mm body styles. The Ford GT will also include Traxxas favourites such as Traxxas Stability Management and Waterproof Electronics. The Shaft-Driven All Wheel Drive Ford GT will be powered by the Titan 12T Motor and the XL-5 Electronic Speed Control. Look for it in Black, Red and Blue at a price of around $300 in March 2017 when it is expected to be released.
More details can be found at Traxxas Ford GT
This is one sweet looking ride. I don’t even mind the brushed motor. It will keep the cost down and it is an easy upgrade with a brushless system that you may have laying around. I consider this and affordable alternative to the X0-1. Sure you give up some speed to the X0-1, but are you really doing 100mph all the time? I think this is a nice compromise and gives you a great looking On-Road car that you can set up to your own taste, without breaking the bank.
Traxxas has just released its latest offering. It is a fully licensed replica of the original Bigfoot. 1/10 scale 2wd Monster Truck comes out of the box fully assembled, waterproof and RTR.
- Heavy-duty, extra-thick Lexan BIGFOOT No.1 Licensed Monster Truck Body
- TQ 2.4GHz radio system
- Traxxas 4-amp DC Peak Detecting Fast Charger
- Traxxas iD-Equipped 7-cell Power Cell NiMH battery
- Waterproof electronics all-weather, all-season R/C excitement
- Watertight receiver box and 3 channel TQ receiver
- Titan 12-Turn 550 modified motor
- Powerful XL-5 waterproof electronic speed control
- Black composite parts
- Included optional 19-tooth pinion gear
- Revo-Spec Torque-Control slipper clutch
- Authentic “shaved” monster truck tires on chrome rims
- Powder coated white springs
The suggested retail price is $245.95us. Retailers are hoping for a mid January release.
Model #36034-1 Get more details at Bigfoot The Original Monster Truck
Something like this takes me back to my youth. I could see me owning one of these for all of the fun as well as the nostalgia.
The Traxxas X-Maxx is a very big and very tough RC, simply put this thing is a beast. As people use the X-Maxx, it was found that some people were destroying Differential Gears. Traxxas listen to the consumer and have announced Machined Differential Gears. The gears are machined from hardened steel to add extra driveline strength. They are also spiral cut for extra shock load resistance. The new gears will slide right in with no modification required. MSRP is $45.00 for the rear, Part# 7778x and $45.00 for the front, Part# 7777x.
The parts are listed on the Traxxas site, but I am having a hard time find them in stores. I hope this isn’t another situation where Traxxas announces a new part and we get to wait upwards of a year before it is readily available.
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.
When Testors shut down their Pactra Paint product line almost 2 years ago, many people were left trying to figure out a rattle can alternative or how to use an airbrush. Loyalist were obliviously upset and took to various forms of social media and as a result Testors listened and Pactra Paints have returned to the shelves of the hobby stores. The 3 oz cans are available in 20 different colours and 5 Color effects: gloss, fluorescent, candy, metallic, and pearl. Many colours are available now, with the rest shipping in early March. Look for a price of around $6-$7 us.
More details can be found at Pactra Paints.
If you are looking for a new 1/10 Buggy body, then make sure you check out the January 2016 New releases from Pro-Line.
The Type-R Clear Body for HB D216, is the body Ty Tessmann was instrumental in designing.
The Predator Clear Body for AE B44.3 will dress up your Team Associated B44.3.
The 1966 Ford F-100 Clear Body for SCX10 is something that may interest the crawler crowd.
Get full details and see all of the new releases at Pro-Line January 2016 NEW RELEASES
If you are like us, you are looking for a way to time some laps around your local track. After the demise of the DirtChamp Design system, inexpensive lap timers have been hard to find. Zen-Racing, have come up with a personal system that works using Bluetooth. The Pocket Pit Lap counting system uses a line of sight infrared transponder to send a code to the track side receiver box. The receiver box connects to your iDevice using Bluetooth and will automatically count and time your laps using a real time stopwatch within the Pocket Pit app. You can listen to your lap times live as you race using headphones or through your devices speakers.
The Pocket Pit Lap Counting System can be found for £99.99 which is approx. $200 Cdn.
You can find more details at Pocket Pit Lap Counting System.
I like this system, it will be great for practice and if you and a few friends have it, you should be able to run races and know who clocked the fastest lap. I do wonder if they ever plan on taking it in the same direction as the DCD System by expanding this product to be compatible with other devices and adjusting the software to handle full races.
Castle Creations has released their latest beast , the Monster X. The waterproof Monster X is capable of 2S LiPo up to 6S LiPo and this Bad Boy is capable of powering a RC monster that weighs up to 15 lbs. The new waterproof Monster X can also be configured to run sensored brushless motors with the purchase of an optional Sensor Harness from Castle Creations. (Of course). The improved heavy-duty adjustable Battery Eliminator Circuit (BEC) will provide plenty of power for power hungry servos.
For more info, Checkout Castle Creations Monster X.
This might be a nice option for the Axial Yeti XL. I may need to investigate further.
P.S. If this post is messed up, blame it on too many beverages celebrating Canada Day. Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks. We will see you on the track.
Vaterra continues its run on sweet lookin rides with their latest release, the 1/10-scale recreation of a tricked out ’68 F-100. The aggressive low profile design, takes you straight back to a simpler time. The ’68 F-100 is 4WD and ready to run with the standard Vaterra 2.4ghz transmitter. It features waterproof electronics with a 540 brushed motor, low profile tires on licensed Volk wheels, and is built on the Vaterra V100-S chassis which has universal body mounts that allow you to use bodies from other Vaterra vehicles with a V100-series chassis or 1/10 bodies from other manufacturers.
Check out 1968 Ford F100 for more details
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
Boom Racing has released a bunch of Aluminum upgrades for the ECX Torment, Circuit, and Ruckus. Some of the upgrades include Steering Blocks, Hub Carriers and A-Arms. To see all of the parts, check out AsiaTees.
FWIW, If you aren’t familiar with AsiaTees, I made 2 separate orders from AsiaTees this year, both times I used PayPal and I haven’t had any issues.
It seems like just yesterday that XRAY released details on the 2014 version of the XB4, but it turns out that was October of last year. Today, XRAY released the details on the 2015 version of the very popular and successful 1/10 electric buggy. The 2015 XB4 platform is built on a 2-in-1 concept, that lets you change or reposition components on the car to use a short LiPo battery pack -or- saddle packs. Smarter chassis weight balancing options support the 2-in-1 concept, allowing repositioning of battery packs, motor, electronics, and servo on different sides of the car. Continue Reading
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
Hitec is releasing the Lynx 4S – Four Channel Pistol Grip Radio System. The transmitter which first debuted at this year’s ROAR 1/8 Offroad Nationals, is designed from the ground up for the avid racer yet versatile and economical enough for the everyday driver. The new system includes a 30 model memory with expansion to 60 models when using a micro SD card, Backlit Graphic LCD Screen and a Built-in Transmitter Antenna. The Lynx 4s has been designed to work with the Proton 4 – 2.4GHz Telemetric Receiver, the Axion 4 – 2.4GHz 4 Channel Receiver and/or the Axion 2 – 2.4GHz 2 Channel HHR Receiver. Continue Reading
If you enjoyed last years Dromida Breakout, then you should enjoy the Dromida Breakout Part II. The new video introduces us to the DB4.18 Desert Buggy and DT4.18 Desert Truck. Both RTR vehicles are 4wd, feature High-intensity LED lights, Waterproof ESC, Receiver and Steering Servo. You should be able to find both of these vehicles for around $120us. Continue Reading