It is no secret I hate nitro, so I found it quite “interesting” that Brian would drop a nitro car on my desk for review (then he RAN out of my office). The new Duratrax Nissan GT-R has all the makings of a success, it has a big engine, a 2 speed tranny, and ultra hot scale looks. Did we have a good time with it, or did I end up smashing it to bits with a hammer out of frustration? Lets find out…
The crew over at Hobbico have announced their annual BestRC Sale. This is a sale where a bunch of products from the vast Hobbico family are discounted until June 30th, perfect timing as the weather warms up. Also of note, the discounts are available from local hobby shops, click HERE to find the one nearest you.
There are sale items from Team Durango, TrakPower, Axial, Duratrax, Futaba, and a whole bunch of more manufactures, hit THIS LINK to view some of the specials or view the video below for more information.
Want to read our last Axial review? If so, hit THIS LINK.
One of the highlights of the 2013 Weak Signals Toledo RC Expo was the huge booth from Hobbico. Inside were all of Hobbico’s product lines like Futaba, O.S. Engines, Aquacraft, Heli-Max, Flyzone and Tactic.
Perhaps the biggest news in the booth was the announcement of the new Heli-Max 1SQ mini-quad with on-board camera. There are several neat features about the camera- you can adjust its angle, and even cooler, you can snap stills and turn the video on/off from your transmitter. Once done flying you simply load the video on to your computer and relive the action. Price? Around $25 more than the standard 1SQ. We can’t wait to get our hands on one (or two, or five!) of these.
Hobbico was also showing off a number of their latest planes and boats. The Mini-Switch, the ERaze, the P-38 Lightning, and the Rifle 1M were some of the new planes pulling in the crowds. For boats the latest from Aquacraft were on display, including the new Rescue 17 Fireboat that has been creating so much buzz.
For more information on everything Hobbico, HERE is the link to their website.
Check out THIS link for more Weak Signals 2013 show coverage right here on BigSquidRC.
So a certain squid was hanging out in Champaign Il. this week with the Hobbico gang while they were working on some photo shoots for some upcoming press stuff. Looks like he had a good time! He’s been in the Axial before, but this may be the first time he’s been in a nitro Duratrax Nissan or a Aquacraft Boat! I know he’s been dying to get his hands on that Thunder Tiger eMTA!
Hobbico Photo Shoot Gallery
Thanks to the awesome people at Hobbico for letting Squiddy hang out during the shoots!
Duratrax is a favorite among the basher crowd and they’ve just announced a new and very scale realistic Camaro ZL1 Nitro RTR. Combine the very realistic Camaro body with features like a .18 nitro engine and 2.4 GHz radio gear and it looks like we are going to be seeing a lot of these at our local bash spot this spring. Some of the other features and specifications on the Duratrax Camaro ZL1 include-
* Three different colors, Red, Orange, and Yellow
* Aluminum chassis
* Four wheel drive
* Duratrax .18 cu in nitro engine
* Super Start hand held starter system
* Dual chamber tuned pipe
* Two speed transmission with adjustable shift point
* Duratrax 2.4GHz FHSS system by Futaba
* Oil-filled shocks
* Three shoe clutch
* Full bearing set
* 2.5oz (75cc) fuel tank
* Metal gear diffs
* Polycarbonate body, painted and trimmed,
* Injection molded wing and mirrors
* Pillow ball front suspension
* Adjustable camber, caster, Ackerman, and droop
* Includes- RTR Camaro ZL1 On-Road Car with .18 Engine with Electric Starter, 2.4GHz Radio, Painted Body, Instruction Manual
* REQUIRES: Glow Fuel: 10-20% car blend nitromethane fuel
* Length: 17.13″ (435mm)
* Width: 7.87″ (200mm)
* Height: 4.72″ (120mm)
* Weight: 4.06lbs (1.84 kg)
* Part #DTXD53**
Expect a street price of $320 with a release date of Mid May. Click on over to the official Duratrax Website for more information.
Looking for more Duratrax news? Check out THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.
Of course the main attraction at eFest was the airplanes. We have gathered up some of the pictures we took last weekend to give our readers a glimpse at some of the planes that were on display. They came in all shapes and sizes, some very basic, some very complex, some very slow, some insanely fast. Click the “read more” button to see all 6 galleries.
Looking for more airplane news? Check out THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.
Pictured above with the BSRC crew is Kevin Hisel, a man you might recognize from that big thick Tower Hobbies catalog you get every few months. Kevin is VP at Tower and was one of the many industry people that made eFest a very special event. eFest was a great place to actually talk with the people that have made and shaped our hobby, just as it was for talking to people that drove 8 hours just to enjoy flying their plane indoors and hang out with their fellow hobbyists. Check out the galleries below to see even more happy hobbyists, and hit up THIS link for more eFest 2013 coverage.
To give you a better feel for eFest 2013 here are some random pictures from the event. eFest had a great turn-out this year, from industry people, to all the people flying, to Higher Plane Productions beautiful spokes-model Svetlana O’Hara, it was the people that made eFest 2013 such a success. Enjoy all the pictures in the gallery below, and hit up THIS link for all of our eFest coverage.
Hobbico is the title sponsor of the eFest 2013 event and it certainly shows. We had a great time touring their booth which has all kinds of great flying gear on display. There was plenty of new Futaba, OS Motors, Thunder Tiger, Heli-Max, and Tactic gear out for show goers to check out. From the most esoteric of high-end gear, to equipment for your very first flight, the Hobbico booth had it covered.
For more information on all of Hobbico’s fine products check out their Official Website and to check out more eFest coverage THIS is the link you want.
The folks over at TrakPower have four new receiver packs to keep the servos on your nitro or gas machine working for a long time. These Lipo & LiFe packs not only provide long times, but also plenty of voltage for those high-end servos of yours.
* Generous capacities result in extended run times
* Available in flat and hump configurations
* All include standard connectors
* TKPC2011 2S 2400mAh LiPo Rx Flat Pack ($34.99)
* TKPC2015 2S 2700mAh LiPo Rx Hump Pack ($34.99)
* TKPC2101 2S 1600mAh LiFe Rx Flat Pack ($29.99)
* TKPC2105 2S 1900mAh LiFe Rx Hump Pack ($31.99)
These packs should be available in the next couple of weeks, hit up the official TrakPower Website for more information.
Looking for more TrakPower news? Check out THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.
The crew over at Hobbico have just released a promo video for eFest 2013. eFest is one of the largest indoor fly-ins in the world, and this year it is being held on February 9th and 10th in the epicenter of the rc universe, Champaign Illinois. Check out the video, and if you’ve never been to a huge indoor flying event feel free to make the trip and see it in person. HERE is the link to the official eFest website for more details.
Looking for more air news here on BigSquidRC? THIS is the link you want.