So we just updated the Basher Approved section with two new entries. I’ll let you read all about it in that section, but on the left is Scott Cramer accepting the award for the Duratrax Evader DT truck, and on the right in his best pose yet is Peter Vieira from Traxxas accepting the award for the Velineon Brushless System.
Both products have been amazing this year, and really deserved the award. Head over to the Basher Approved section for details!
We just got the new DuraTraxBrushless ESC Programmer and the DE10 Brushless ESC in the office, and thought I’d share a couple of unboxing pictures before we got beat up on these things!
I really dig the fact that the ESC can do Sensored and Sensorless, and it’s pretty much drop in ready for your 1/10th scale vehicles. It was cool that it came with both a Traxxas plug already installed, and a DEANS connector if you were still a DEANS fan. (Which I am.. but slowly making the crossover)
I like that the programmer isn’t made out of cardboard, and isn’t going to get crushed in my tool box! The screen is nice and big, and looks easy to use.
Watch for reviews coming soon!
Check out the DuraTrax web page for info.
As we always try to encourage the RC industry to be more friendly to new hobbyists, I’m pleased to see this new DuraTraxPower Kit available. If you are a parent that plans on getting a kid into the RC hobby this Christmas, and your getting them an electric kit, make sure to set them up with some batteries so they can run right away! This new Duratrax Power Kit will help with that! It comes with 8 AA batteries for the transmitter and a 6-cell Onyx 1500mAh NiMH pack for the vehicle. It also comes with a wall charger to get that pack re-charged!
Kids, Don’t forget to tell your parents you need batteries! Check out the DuraTrax web page for info.
Every time I go through all my hundreds of photos from IHobby I find another product that I didn’t get to during the show. These new DuraTraxPit Mats are among them. They are a high quality, very durable rubber mat made to withstand all kinds of solvents and nitro fuels. The large one measures in at 29″ x 19″ so it has plenty of space for working on cars and trucks up to 1/8 scale. The small guy measures at 5″ x 5″ and is ideal for holding on to screws, bearings, gears, and all that other little stuff that you are constantly dropping in your thick shag carpeting and losing forever. Retail prices are reasonable at $39.99 for the large mat and $6.99 for the small one. They should be hitting store shelves in late November.
These should help in keep some cash in the wallet! New are the DuraTraxPerformance Tires. They are made from a long lasting compound and come in a variety of tread patterns. Color coded sidewalls to help quickly identify tread patterns, and on the wheels, a unique star pattern that grips tighter when you wrench down that wheel nut.
Tire types: X-CONS, LOCKUP, LINEUP, SHOTGUN, POSSE, DERRINGER and SPURZ for 1/8th scale buggy and truggies.
Recently we picked up the Duratrax Deluxe Hauler Bag, and it’s time to head over to the RC Reviews section and see what we think! It’s one of the biggest on the market, do we think it’s one of the best? Click Here to find out!
Well, now we finally have one in the office! I have become a renewed fan of the DuraTrax Evader series after the release of the Evader DT! Heck we did a Evader DT Week! So I can’t wait to get it outside for some action.
Quick impressions out of the box, it has a lot in common with the DT and the original Evader. I am missing the huge soft bumper that the DT had, so we will see how much of a beating it can take. I have to admit I like the sticker choice to go with the eyes and mouth instead of the grill and lights. It has those also, but I like to be different, so these brought a smile to my face! I could literally hear Cubby’s eyes rolling in his head as I applied them. That makes them even better!
Day 6 is the last build day of DuraTrax Evader DT Week. I’m finally getting around to doing my custom paint on my DT. The pre-trimmed, pre-drilled clear body from DuraTrax (Part DTXC6218) looks great and is easy to paint. There’s not much more to say about this one, I’m certainly no artist, but I like the way it turns out in the end. As I say in the video, this week long feature hasn’t just been about putting hop-ups on the Evader DT, it’s also about taking the time to make your truck truly yours, and not just another off-the-shelf RTR. So get out there and get to customizing, no matter what kind of car or truck you have.
In the ‘something all RC’ers need’ category comes the new DuraTraxHauler Bag. We here at Big Squid RC do a LOT of traveling for bashes, events, demos, etc.. and to have a giant bag to carry a lot of your gear around with you is a huge plus! The DuraTrax 1/8th Deluxe Hauler Bag features a nylon exterior, 3 large drawers for your 1/8th scale 1/10th scale, or Short Course vehicle with plenty of room for radios and other accessories. The drawers are plastic (not cardboard like some) with large pocket for pit mats and stuff like that. It also has a retractable handle and wheels! If you do a good amount of traveling for RC, you should really consider picking up a bag like this.
Day five of DuraTrax Evader DT week is the beginning of the end. The last job I’m going to do on my DT is to put a custom paint job and other details onto it. I’m using a new, clear body from DuraTrax (Part DTXC6218) and I’m reusing the hard plastic detail pieces from the current body. This is going to be a two parter and in this first video I paint the detail pieces using a combination of enamel spray paint from the hardware store and Testors model paint through my airbrush. Check back tomorrow when I’ll finish the Evader DT by painting up the clear body with a custom design.
The DuraTrax Evader EXT2 will be RTR, has the MagnaFlex chassis to make it extra tough, a complete ball bearing set, new precision metal idler gear, and uses the Sprint ESC system. There are plans for plenty of hop-ups based on the original evader series so it’s cool to see the truck will be supported in that respect.
We look forward to getting our hands on one soon, and beating the heck out of it for your viewing pleasure .
Welcome to day four of DuraTrax Evader DT week here at the Squid. Today I’m taking out the stock electronics and dropping in some mad power and control. The stock Sprint 2 ESC, a fine system for beginners, gets the boot in favor of a Castle Creations Sidewinder ESC. The Photon 2 brushed motor is taken out and put aside in favor of a Castle 4600kv motor. The Tactic 27Mhz radio is shown the door and replaced with a Futaba R603FF 2.4GHz FASST 3-channel receiver that is compatible with the Futaba 4PK uber transmitter. Just wait until you see what this combo does for the Evader DT, my initial testing regimen puts the overall speed rating at just above STUPID FAST. That’s scientific people. But you’ll have to wait for another video to actually see it in action. For now, let’s get on with the show.