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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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.
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.
This winter I was doing some maintenance and upgrades on my Axial Yeti XL, when I noticed the stock bearings were starting to get a little crunchy and I decided to replace them. I immediately thought about Boca Bearings, which is where I have bought my bearings from the past. I have had no issues with Boca bearings, but this time, I wanted to try something different. After doing some online research, I decided to try Fast Eddy Bearings and I ordered the Fast Eddy Axial Yeti XL Sealed Bearing Kit $23.99us. I must say that their website was very easy to navigate and finding the correct bearing kit for your vehicle should not be a problem with their impressive vehicle database.
The shipping from California was very fast and it should be considering it cost $12.99us. The package took about a week and a half to arrive here in Nova Scotia, this also included an inspection of the goods by CBSA at the border.
Upon opening the package, I counted the bearings and confirmed they were all in the package. I then grabbed one bearing and rolled it, I grabbed another and did the same thing. It did this for every bearing in the package and there wasn’t a clunker in the bunch. I was very happy with how smooth the bearings rolled. They were extremely quiet and rolled with seemingly no effort. Continue Reading
Update: Sorry for the typos and half story. I accidently published the article before it was finished and I didn’t notice until I returned home from work and went to finish it. On the plus side, I heard from George Thompson the owner of this track and you can read what he has to say in the comment section of this post.
We have a new Featured Track. This week we are focusing on the Cap Pele RC Revolution Raceway. This fantastic track is located in Cap-Pelé, NB. The track measures about 100ft by 130ft with plans to get bigger in the future. They also have a sponsored race series that goes once a month. At Cap-Pelé RC Revolution Raceway they run they 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 about joining and running with them on their Facebook page. If you are headed to Cap-Pele, make sure to check out Aboiteau Beach maybe even rent out one of the cottages in Aboiteau Park.
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.
This scratch built RC is not only stylish, but once they cut into the car, it also looks delicious. This fully functioning RC Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is actually a cake from Angie Scott Cakes in the U.K.
I am not sure it is a good idea to let me know that RC’s and Baking can be combined.
RPM has announced their latest product, the “No Clip” Body Mount System for the Traxxas Slash 2wd & 4wd. The new system completely eliminates the use of body clips, it adds scale realism, the mock radiator fans on the back of the body now double as a body lock. The new system also gives you adjustable body height. The kit comes with everything you need to install. It should be noted that the system doesn’t work with Traxxas on board audio system or the Nitro Slash.
No word on when these will be available, but the manufacturer suggested retail price is $27.95. 2wd details can be found using part #70860 and 4wd details can be found using part# 70920
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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.
It has been awhile, but we are back with a Featured Track. The Riverfront RC Speedway is located in Fort Dodge Iowa. The asphalt track is built on a 125ft x 75ft plot and features a 5ft high drivers stand that is 43ft long. They run 1/10 and 1/8 scale vehicles and have a fully built computerized timing system. They are open Monday to Friday from 11 to 5, Saturday and Sunday 11 to 3.
Membership prices are structured as follows.
Membership: Youth (Monthly) $30.00, Adults (Monthly) $40.00, Family of 4 (Monthly) $45.00 & $3 for each additional youth.
Check out the Sprint cars in action. This place looks like a crazy good time. I have never raced on asphalt, but it is something that I must try.
If your in the area, make sure you check out Riverfront RC Speedway, if you are heading there from out of town, try to co-ordinate your trip with Shellabration. Shellabration is an annual rock concert held in late July/early August at the Oleson Park Music Pavilion, featuring nationally touring rock groups. It has been referred to as “The Heart of Rock and Roll”
Check out Riverfront RC Speedway on Facebook or at FortDodgeRC.com
That was so much fun, we are ready to do it again. This Saturday June 11, we are headed back to the Halifax RC Park. This week we are going to try later start time of 11am. We are also going to try and run some 3 lap races at 1130, 1200 and possibly 1230. Winners will receive a food voucher which will be good for either a hot dog or drink. The Halifax RC Park Committee will again be on hand to raise money for the RC Park through food sales and donations. There will also be an assistance table set up where you can ask RC related questions. Hopefully the weather co-operates and we can have another great outing. Please take a minute to read the Rules of the Halifax RC Park.
- Use the park at Your Own Risk.
- No Running RCs outside fenced area.
- No Running Gas or Nitro RCs during ball games.
- No Smoking inside fenced area.
- No Alcohol or Drugs at the park.
- No Pets inside the fenced area.
- No Bicycles inside fenced area.
- Have Fun.
We will see you track side.
A big thank you to all those that made it out today. Turnout was terrific. We had a great time and look forward to doing it again soon. A special Thank you to Pierre of the Halifax RC Park Committee and putting out some pretty tasty hotdogs. We received lots of feedback today and we plan on acting on some of it for our next open house. Many people were taking pictures and video and we would love to see them. Please feel free to share with us on Facebook, Twitter @sackvillerc or send them to us in an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back soon for details about the next open house Saturday June 11, 2016. Here are some of the pictures and video we captured today. Continue Reading
This video was taken on our backyard track. You must do two infields and one oval for a total of three laps, the first one across the finish line which is underneath the edge of the deck wins. Pay attention to the finish.