The world of driving rc cars from the FPV (first person view) is getting larger every single day, in fact, many industry insiders will tell you FPV is the future of our hobby. If you haven’t gotten your feet wet in the FPV scene yet HobbyKing has introduced a new wheel and pedal kit to make it easier to get up and going. Instead of driving your rc car with the wheel and trigger on your transmitter, you drive with the supplied wheel and pedals to give you a much more realistic driving experience. Add the this wheel and pedal kit to an on board camera transmitting to a monitor and you will be hooked up with a legit FPV system.
Some of the highlights of the new HobbyKing FPV Wheel and Pedal Kit are-
* Fully programmable FPV control unit
* Comes with interface cables
* Easy set-up with nothing to install in vehicle
* Steering wheel has 11 buttons, D-pad and gear shift paddles
* 900 mm steering wheel cable
* Comes with brake and gas pedals
* 1600mm pedal cable
Street price will be right around $150, and you can learn more by visiting HobbyKing’s official WEBSITE.
TGIF mystery LINK, you know you shouldn’t click, but how can you resist?
If you are in the market for a new 4wd short course truck Turnigy might have the truck for you. The new tenth scale Turnigy 4wd short course truck comes with a slipper clutch, full time 4wd, oil shocks, and brushless power system. The truck is an ARR, meaning you will need a radio system and a battery pack to get it going. Street price is $150 and they are available right now. HERE is the link you need for complete information.
We ran a different Turnigy truck in our RTR 4wd SCT shootout, click HERE to see how it stacked up.
In todays hot news, Flite Test releases a video of them doing a “review” of a couple of the HobbyKing batteries vs a ThunderPower Lipo. Go ahead and watch the vid I’ll wait. To me it’s like watching Fonzie jump over all those sharks on his water skis. Why? Because I take the “Flite Test” show as being a thinly disguised HobbyKing advertisement (did they get this idea from Horizon or something? LOL). The “Flite Test” guys say their show is sponsored by HobbyKing, is HobbyKing their only “sponsor”? Do they actually work for HobbyKing? Do they ever “review” anything other than “HobbyKing” product? I’m sure one of our readers can fill in some of the blanks for us here.
Do you see Ford reviewing their own Mustang? Do you see Canon reviewing their new T3i? Do you see Torgoen reviewing one of their T01′s? Ummm, no, no you don’t.
Do you think Ford would ever give their Mustang a bad review? Would Canon ever trash their own T3i? Is Torgoen going to say their uber new T16 is a piece of crap? Nope. The buying public would not believe one word out of their mouths while reviewing their own product.
What the buying public respects is independent third party reviews/tests. Reviews done by people that don’t profit (or suffer a loss) from a good (or bad) review. When a company does a review of their own product they are implying two things to the buying public- “Hello potential customer, we think you are stupid enough to believe this!” and “Our product is soooooo bad we have to review it ourselves!”. Neither of those unsaid statements go over well with potential customers. Consumers in the internet age have an astutely accurate bulls#!% meter. When any company sets off that radar, watch out, it’s not going to end well. LOL
Sometimes the obvious must be said, so here it is. To the select few in the rc industry that chose to review your own products- you look like complete freak’n morons, and you instantly lose any and all respect with consumers (and the rest of the industry too!) by doing so.
Turnigy has released a new 2WD Desert Racing Buggy. This brushless buggy is pre-built, but requires a radio and battery to be fully ready to run. You get plenty of power from a 35A esc with a fan and a 3300kv 540 motor, undoubtedly a bulletproof EZ-Run based system. You’ll also find steel driveshafts, adjustable camber and toe, as well as threaded oil filled shocks. Parts will be soon to follow as with all other RC cars sold by HobbyKing. It is also worth mentioning that it is a rival for the Kyosho Ulitma DB, as it costs just $120!
Turnigy 1/10 Brushless 2WD Desert Racing Buggy gallery
Ok, it’s rare that we post anything about HobbyKing, and there is a long list of reasons, but that’s for another day. Today we saw the first HobbyKing ads on television! File this under our RC On TV section. This is big news in a few ways. Out of all the RC companies out there, how many are advertising on television? Traxxas. Ok.. that’s one. You could maybe get me to admit Associated with the Lucas Oil Series, but that’s not a full fledged RC commercial. After that it’s Air Hogs and Hot Wheels and NewBrite!
The commercial is about 30 seconds long and is pushing their FPV video system and a foam plane to go along with it. There is a Dad and son out having a good time, enjoying the hobby of RC.
There are a lot of RC companies that have been worried about HobbyKing taking over a big chunk of the market, well we are witnessing the next step in their global domination. It’s running on several channels (Discovery, Science….) about every 30-min to every hour! Not sure for how long, but our guess is Christmas. Wow… just wow…
Usually when you hear the words Redcat and RC in the same sentence your initial reaction is to cringe. They just don’t have the best reputation out there right now. The products are usually pretty low priced, and the scales are always non-standard. Hobby shops rarely carry their products or parts, and that does not help. Craig was really curious about the 1/6th scale Shredder… Would it change the opinions about Redcat? Will it last more than one run? Keep reading to find out…
Back in 2004 there weren’t many choices in Lipo batteries, but today there are literally hundreds of companies that sell them. HobbyKing seems to be one of the most talked about Lipo companies, so this week we’ll be taking a closer look at one of their offerings, a Zippy 2S 30C 7.4v 4000 mah.