Thursday, December 30, 2010

Skyline Wagon

Need I say anymore? sky-line-wa-gon So full of win it should be on a Wheaties box. This body will apparently be a limited production item, which kinda sucks. It sucks because if you get one it will be nearly impossible to replace so you can't drive like an arse nor can you screw up the paint job. What would I do with it? I'd get a bunch of crawler accessories and make it a sweet looking shelf queen. If you want one you will need to contact Banzai Hobbies.
R31 World R31 House R31 Skyline Wagon

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

LRP Blasts Into The Touring Car Market

It's a dune buggy. It's a stadium truck. It's a monster truck. Now it's a touring car! LRP has proven that it's Blast chassis is quite versatile. It is great to see all these inexpensive touring cars pop up. Even though my collection has benefited greatly from the general public's lack of interest in touring cars, I am happy to see their popularity grow. More people into them means more awesome bodies and wheels on the market.

My drift king is coming along great. All it needs is for it's servo and ball bearings to arrive and Chuck to outline the doors and lights and we will be sliding into furniture (it's too cold to drift outside).

This chassis has to be sturdy and good at repelling dirt since it was born as an offroader. Is it heavy? Maybe. My Tamiya TB01 was heavy and it was born for dirt so we will see. For now just look.

LRP S10 Blast TC – 1/10 Electric Touring Car

The LRP S10 Blast TC makes a perfect start into your racing career possible.
With the possibility of upgrades, the car grows with your requirements and is designed for both beginners and racers.

The S10 Blast TC comes with the already approved components of the S10 Blast Offroad line like CVDs in front, adjustable turnbuckles, anti-roll bars front and rear, voluminous „Big- Bore“ shock absorbers, shaft drive train and even more first-class features.

Compared to the S10 Offroad cars, the S10 Blast TC comes with a single-part chassis and without a slipper. The slipper is not needed in Onroad cars and we save extra weight without it. You can mount every commercial 1/10 touring car bodies and wheels, so that the S10 Blast TC is exactly adaptable for the needs in the 1/10 touring car scene and has all the features a real race car has.

Many option parts are available for the S10 Blast TC. According to your requirements and wishes, you can pimp your S10 TC with the Standard-, Sport- or Pro-Tuning Sets.

  • Fully adjustable onroad suspension for perfect handling
  • Funky airbrush body design, pre-decalised, wind tunnel optimised body shell and high downforce wing
  • Special large-volume threaded „Big Bore“ shocks with 4-hole shock pistons for maximum traction on any surface
  • Front and rear swaybars included
  • Completely built with ball bearings
  • Low maintenance and efficient universal drivetrain
  • Battery holder prepared for the use with LiPo and NiMH batteries
  • Left/right turnbuckles in front and rear
  • Blue anodized aluminium suspension arm holder front and rear and motor mount
  • High-quality RTR package including high performance 540 size motor, digital LRP speed control, high precision LRP A2-STX Sport II transmitter, charger, longlife LRP rechargeable battery, high-performance LRP steering servo
  • The Non-RTR version doesn’t include these components.
  • VTEC low-profile onroad tyres with special speedtread on spoke wheels with foam inserts for maximum traction
  • CVD driveshafts front
  • Robust tub chassis for best protection of the electronic components, perfect weight distribution and easy maintenance
  • Steel spider differentials front and rear
  • Easy to understand and detailed user manual including helpful tips and tricks for beginners.

Special feature of the S10 Blast TC:
The body shell is available in the current design of reigning double European Champion Ronald Völker or in blue/white.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Yokomo's New Mini

Yokomo has thrown their hats into the "1/12 scale pan car turned mini" ring with their new GT500 chassis. It looks like they started with their R-12 chassis and modified it.This is very similar to the Kawada M300GT. See R-12 below.
Here's a spy shot of the GT500.

It looks promising. To be honest I haven't driven a pan car since I was 15 years old. Back then T-plates and front beams were all the rage. Now, link rear suspension and active front are the hot setup. This car has it. These cars also run a 380 size motor so they should run for a really long time on a standard battery pack. It all sounds so cool on paper that I almost want to build my old RC12i into one. We shall see.

On a different note, I have a dilemma. My awesome ABC Hobby Stratos body has a 210mm wheelbase. My M04L is an L which has a 239mm wheelbase. My M02L is an L which also has a 239mm wheelbase. The M02 can be converted to 210mm wheelbase with a standard M01 front bulkhead. Those are out of production and I have had no luck sourcing one under $50. The M04 can be converted to 210mm wheelbase but the only way I've found has me disassembling the 2 piece arms and building them wider to shift the rear uprights forward. I don't want to do that. I could buy a M03 chassis set (or XEVO Chariot) and build that as a 210mm wheelbase chassis, flip it around and convert it to RWD. but I like my M04. My final option is to try some TA02 arms flipped around and some TA04 uprights. That might get the wheelbase and track inline for the body.

Now lets look at the new GT500.
We aren't finished yet. There is also a video. The cars look slow but I think they were more or less parade laps than competition.

Monday, December 27, 2010

HPI's New EVO Body

I do not like the Evo X. I loved Lancer Evolution's because they were ultimate racing evolutions of ordinary cars. This is like they want to try to compete with BMW or something. What happened to dumping your high performance parts bin into an economy car? Whatever, I just don't like it.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X body from HPI Racing captures the look and feel of the full-size turbocharged 4WD street car. The Evo has always been known for outstanding performance, and the Evo X takes that formula and adds the latest technology to make it the fastest production Evo ever.
Get yourself the RC version of the Evolution X, designed to fit all 1/10 scale touring cars. Included with the body is a pre-cut decal sheet that includes window lines, headlights, grills, tail lights, official logos and much more, providing you with a realistically finished product.
This body is clear so you can paint it in your favorite colors. It fits 200mm touring cars and can also be used on 190mm touring cars with the use of wide offset wheels. Overspray film is included, as well as vinyl window masks to make painting quick and simple. An instruction sheet is included for the decals, and the body has dimple marks for body post drill locations.
  • Photorealistic die-cut premium vinyl decals include window frames, headlights, tail lights and more, plus official logos!
  • Front and rear light buckets
  • Overspray film and pre-cut vinyl window masks make painting fast and simple
  • A decal instruction sheet is included for decal placement
  • The body has dimple marks for body post drill locations
  • Molded from clear polycarbonate plastic for durability and long life
  • This is an officially licensed replica.
  • Clear body (finished example shown)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Christmas eve is time for the family to gather around the computer and watch videos. First we have former Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton showing off his RC skills. Supposedly as the story goes Lewis' skill with an RC car is what inspired his father to get him into kart racing which ultimately led him to become one of the greatest drivers in the world.

Here's a sneak peek at Team Associated's attempt at breaking the 200mph barrier.

Enjoy your holidays responsibly!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

ABC Hobby And My Light Fetish

I love auxiliary lighting on rally cars. A lot. I can still remember seeing my first set. they were on a Porsche 911 kitted up for rally. Emblazoned across the from were a magnificent rack of lights. My young mind couldn't understand why all cars didn't have this. The curved array on this car is just so sweet. Combine that with the beautiful Ralliart Graphics and you have this work of art.
Super Body 01 ■: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III 1996 WRC Edition Details
Length: 454mm
Width: 190mm
Wheelbase: 260mm
Accessories: 6 light stations, decals, decals rally spec, masking film, Full-color painting guide
The body is painted for the ad. The actual product will be clear unpainted body. Wheel Tire Muffler riding chassis number plate is not included.