Carisma vehicles are officially for sale here in the USA. We have learned that there will be 6 different models offered initially, and that both the vehicles and parts are on the ground here in the states and ready to go.
If you are a consumer and want to check out all the Carisma models available Click This Link that takes you over to the Falcon Hobby Supply Website. If you are part of a hobby shop and are interested in picking up the Carisma line, Click Here to contact their distributor The Jeric Group.
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In industry news, HRP Distributing has announced they are ending distribution of JQ Products. Read the official press release below-
“For Immediate Release – HRP to End Distribution of JQ Products
SALT LAKE CITY – FEBRUARY 26, 2014 – HRP Distributing has announced that it has ended its North American distribution agreement with JQ Products, effective immediately. HRP will begin liquidating all current JQ Products inventory until supply is depleted. HRP strives to provide the best possible service to hobby dealers and enthusiasts alike, and will continue to offer the finest RC products on the market from the most respected brands.”
To get more information on HRP Distributing simply click This Link.
For more HRP news on BigSquidRC, This is the link you want.
Since getting our hands on some of the recent Carisma vehicles, and telling you about them, we have received weekly emails and Facebook messages asking people can buy them, and when they are coming to the US. Well, that question (that we have had the answer for little while now, but couldn’t share) is that YES they are indeed coming to the US! Officially March 1st 2014 they will be available from www.TheJericGroup.com. The Jeric Group will be their official distribution channel in the US, so you will most likely be able to get the vehicles in local shops, or online at several retailers. Carisma mentions that they will have vehicles AND parts readily availalbe on March First. This is pretty huge news, as we know there has been a large group of people drooling over their new vehicles for a while now. If you are a hobby shop owner, we recommend giving the Jeric Group a call because we know a lot of people looking for these, and they will be happy to find them on your shelves. At least give a few of them a try!
Carisma also let us know that www.Imodel.fr will be their official distributor for France.
We are happy to see Carisma make it’s way over to the USA. Their vehicles have been really great (Check the reviews at This Link) and we are looking forward to some part support as well.
Check the Official Carisma Website for more info.
Looks like the Toy Fair news from Nuremberg is starting to come in. Check out the new LaTrax Teton powered by Traxxas. It’s an 1/18th scale 4WD Monster Truck, comes RTR with a 2.4Ghz Radio, is waterproof, with part number #76054. Retail price should be $149.
We can’t help but notice it looks like a mini Traxxas Telluride. Even comes in the same colors. Maybe there will be a Grand Teton edition?
Length: 10.16″ (258mm)
Weight (with battery): 19.2oz (55g)
Height (overall): 4.65″ (118mm)
Wheelbase: 6.44″ (163.5mm)
Ground Clearance: 1.18″ (30mm)
Electronic Speed Control: Waterproof Forward/Reverse ESC
Motor (electric): 370 Brushed
Transmission: 10T Pinion / 60T Spur
Drive System: Shaft-Driven 4WD
Included Batteries: 7.2V 6-cell NiMH with Charger
You can check out the LaTrax website for more details, or if you are looking for more LaTrax news check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.
Check the video below:
What do you guys think? Look like a worthy little basher?
The folks over at Novak recently announced a change in ownership, now they have announced that they will become exclusively distributed by Hobbico/Great Planes in North and South America. Hit up This Link to visit the official Novak website, and check out the official announcement below.
“We are proud to announce that Novak R/C has partnered with Hobbico/Great Planes to exclusively distribute our full line in North and South America. This partnership will allow us to focus our strengths in design and manufacturing, while welcoming Hobbico’s distribution and marketing expertise.
Hobbico has distributed Novak products for over 25 years, and is the industry leader. We are committed to providing dealers and customers with premier electronic speed controls, motors, and accessories, and have plans for releasing several exciting products in 2014. We will be working more closely with Hobbico on its marketing efforts to keep dealers up to date so they have the information and knowledge to better serve our customers.
This exclusive distributor partnership goes into effect on January 20, 2014″
Novak Electronics has gone through some changes recently. Now they have a new name, Novak R/C Inc, and some different people in ownership positions. Check out the press release below for the full scoop, and click Here to visit the Novak website.
“Effective January 1, 2014, Novak Electronics, Inc. will be operating under a new entity named Novak R/C, Inc. Bob Novak, President and co-founder of Novak Electronics will retain partial ownership in the new company, and will continue to focus his efforts in product development. Bob’s daughters, Linda Novak Logan and Laura Novak-Roesgen, and Novak’s Engineering Director, Adnan Khan, all whom have been with Novak Electronics for over 25 years, complete the ownership. The management and design teams for Novak R/C will remain the same.
“We are excited for Novak R/C to continue the Novak legacy and bring innovative product to our customers. We will also maintain the high level of standards of customer service on all Novak products,” commented Bob Novak.”
LRP over in Europe announced 3 new additions to their S10 Blast line-up today, an MT 2 monster truck, a BX 2 buggy, and a TX 2 stadium type truck. These look like cool basher vehicles (see the gallery below) so we gave the folks over at LRP America a ring to see what the chances are of these machines ever hitting American shores.
Right now LRP America products are distributed by Hobbico and HRP here in the states, but the product line is limited to ESCs and other light electronics like what was formerly being distributed by Team Associated. LRP America definitely sounds interested in bringing over their entire line and already have plans to bring over a limited selection of additional products.
At this time it sounds like they are still feeling things out whether or not the entire line will end up being sold here in America. LRP in Europe has an extensive surface and air line-up that includes many units that would fit right in with the bash crowd here in America, we hope at some point they make it over.
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S10 Blast Gallery
In industry news, we just saw a press release that says Horizon Hobby is being sold to an investor group led by Joe Ambrose. (Horizon’s Chief Executive Officer). The investors in the new endevor are Armory Capital LLC, and Mill City Capital L.P.
We have reached out to a few people for comment on this, but odds are this won’t effect the Horizon Hobby that you know right now. Since it’s pretty much an internal buy, things really shouldn’t change too much. If anything, it’s a way to help get some more cash coming in so they can keep advancing and improving.
Hit the Horizon Hobby webpage for any more info.
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Back in September LRP opened up a new facility in Southern California. Their long term distribution deal with Associated had ended so LRP America was formed. Here in America we are used to only seeing LRP electronic speed controllers, but they have a much more vast product line that includes cars, trucks and buggies. Now it sounds like us Yanks will be gaining access to a more LRP products. An excerpt from a recent LRP press release states, “Soon, a new range of products that were previously only available in Europe will now be ready and available in North America.”. The BigSquidRC staff can’t wait to see what LRP has in store for American hobbyists.
The crew over at RC Driver Magazine have announced a deal with TNG Distribution Services to place an additional 4,000 copies of their magazines in retailers like Kroeger, Safeway, Albertson’s, and Publix.
This deal will be in effect for the February, March and April issues of RC Driver, making it easier for you to get your hands on a copy while spreading the word on the rc hobby. We are all about seeing the hobby grow and hopefully this deal will help expose rc to people that were previously unaware of it.
Recently AKA named a new set of their tires Slingshot. For you bashers, you instantly remembered that name as the line of paddle tires from Pro-Line. AKA shot out a press release saying, “As it turns out, we are much better at designing tires than we are at checking to see if names are already in use within our industry. For this reason we have decided to change the name of our Slingshot tires to Typo. While you will see some tires on the shelves with the old name the new Typo branded tires will be hitting the shelves in late December and early January. We would like to thank Pro-Line for working with us on this mistake and for keeping our battles to the race track instead of the court room.”. It is good to see companies in our hobby working things out without involving the legal system.
If you are into motocross, or really any sport that requires a helmet, then you already know who Troy Lee Designs is. For those of you that don’t, they paint the coolest custom helmets on planet Earth, they have a full line-up of motocross gear, and they have a fairly successful motocross team.
Yesterday TLD announced a new partnership with Horizon Hobby. In case you are not aware, Horizon is a huge rc distributor, as well as the owner of Losi, Vaterra, and ECX. The new collaboration is said to be leading to “limited-edition TLD collaborative products”, which might be something like the TLD livery on the Losi 5IVE-T shown above. The TLD motocross team is known for having some of the best looking bikes in the pits, we would image that any Losi adorning the same look would look pretty trick too.
To read the full press release simply click This Link. To read more Losi news, just Click Here.
The TORC off-road racing series has new owners, The Armory, an advertising agency/production company based out of California.
As you know, the BigSquidRC Bash Crew are huge fans of the TORC series. We first started attending TORC events in Joliet Illinois several years ago. The first year Route 66 Raceways was almost empty but last year it was nearly filled to capacity. The TORC series has grown every year since its inception and we hope it continues to get bigger.
A title sponsor has not been announced for the 2014 season, but Monster Energy has signed on to become the official energy drink of the TORC series.
To read the full press release on The Armory acquiring the TORC series just Click Here.
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Formula 1 has not only taken off on the full scale side of things here in the states, but the racing of rc 10th scale F1 cars has too. For those guys driving/racing rc F1 cars there is a new company specializing in parts for them, Tuning Haus. The man behind Tuning Haus is former Losi head man, Bill Jeric. Tuning Haus is gearing up to offer premium accessories and option parts for F1 and other on-road cars, we look forward to seeing what they come up with. To get more information on Jeric’s new Tuning Haus brand, simply click This Link.
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A lot happened while we were away covering the iHobby Expo, here are some of the more notable announcements.
PROTOform announced their latest on-road body, the G6-T. The G6-T is a 10th scale oval body with a part number of #1236-30 and a street price of $25. The press release body is shown with an A1A Car Wash paint scheme, it looks like someone at PROTOForm was as big of a fan of the Walter & Skyler White owned (and ABQ based) car wash as we were. I hear it’s under new ownership now days.
HPI Racing announced three new cars – the Sprint 2 Sport with ’69 Camaro body, the Sprint 2 Drift with Nissan 350Z body, and the Sprint 2 Sport with Nissan GT-R body. From the looks of the pictures, HPI did a great job on the scale realism of these cars. Part number for the ’69 Camaro is #106133, it has a street price of $239 and they are available right now. The 350Z has the same street price and is also available right now, its part number is #106154. The GT-R has a part number of #109300.
The crew over at MIP have been teasing their Losi SCTE to 8th scale buggy conversion for a while now. Last week they released an official picture but complete information still isn’t available. We really dig the SCTE platform and can’t wait to see what MIP has up their sleeves on this one.
Our friends over at Axial announced some awesome new Maxxis Trepador crawling/scaler tires. The part number is #AX12022 and they have a retail price of $36.
Pro-Line announced that the first 50 people to register their new Pro2 truck would be put in a drawing to win $500 worth of free tires! That is pretty cool of them and if you just bought a Pro2 it gives you a great reason to register your truck.
Upgrade RC has jumped into the rc body market with their Catalyst SCT body. Upgrade RC are known mainly for their skins, we’ll see how they do in the dog eat dog world of aftermarket bodies.
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