Friday, March 11, 2011

Tradegy In Japan + ABC Hobby Gambado

If you haven't heard there was a terrible earthquake in Japan last night. This was followed by a massive tsunami which preceded and aftershock and another tsunami. Japan got rocked. The population density of Japan means many many people were killed, hurt, or displaced by this event. I get sick thinking about how many lives have been lost. This is even painful for us since Japan was the birthplace of the RC touring car. Tamiya, Kyosho, Yokomo, and many others are based in Japan. I have no idea how our favorite manufacturers are doing. My prayers will be with everyone affected by this tragedy.

ABC Hobby does it yet again. I swear all they need to do is release a full color catalog and they might top the almighty Tamiya in awesomeness. This is a new FWD mini chassis called the Gambado. It is sick! It reminds me of the Tamiya M05 but cooler. Look at how the springs are separate from the shocks. I don't know if it's better but it is so much cooler. Of course this puppy will more than likely be close to the $200 mark so it gets beat by the M05 by a mile in the price department. It is also pre-assembled so there is another strike. All in all this puppy is a winner and full of more win than Charlie Sheen.

Wheelbase: 208mm ~ 210mm
Car width: F 160mm / R 160mm
Length: 285mm
Vehicle height: 3mm ~ 8mm
Weight: 1050g (excluding body)
Tire: 55mm rubber tire
Caster: Adjustable from 3.5 to 6.5 degrees
Rear toe: Variable
Camber: Variable
Gear Ratio: 3.8:1 - 8.5:1

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