Savox USA has a special deal for you when you order stuff directly from them via their web site. If you put down $50 or more on an order you’ll get free shipping AND a free T-shirt. If it weren’t for free t-shirts, I’d spend most of my time walking around shirtless… and that’s not something you want to see. Anyway, to take advantage of this offer use the coupon code SAVOXUSA during the checkout process.
Get all the info and fine print at the Savox USA web site. And just for the record, Andy is an alright guy, it’s nice to see him finally happy.
Hey, remember a few days ago, when we told you about that whole Traxxas giving away motorcycles thing? Well we finally got the official word from Traxxas about how, when, and where these things are going to happen. There’s 17 bikes in total (well, 16 now, they already gave one away) that can be won if you take the time to attend one of the 17 16 remaining rounds of Supercross this season.
The motorcycle they’re giving away is a Traxxas Edition Kawasaki KX450F Motocross equipped with Pro Circuit T4R exhaust systems.
To enter all you have to do is go to the Traxxas area and fill out an Official Entry Form or there will also be a way to enter using your cell phone via text message. The text message entry procedure will vary from venue to venue. You can get your name in the hat twice if you use both entry methods. But you have to be present to win.
For all the complete rules and info hit up the Traxxas Supercross Sweekstakes web page.
There’s a list of the dates of events after the break.
We don’t follow racing news much around here (well, except Cubby, he’s obsessed with all that rigmarole), but we think it’s important to look at what moves are being made on the racing scene every so often. If you are one that follows racing, you probably know that Ty Tessman and Pro-Line are like PB&J, they’ve had a successful relationship together and have provided millions of children with quick, easily made, and delicious lunches in times when mom was too busy to cook a full meal. Wait… maybe not that second part, but the part about the successful relationship is true. So it’s not too much of a surprise that Ty Tessman and Pro-Line are going to continue with their sponsorship arrangment through 2011. As you would expect, both sides are excited by this news with Ty saying
I look forward to working with Pro-Line again for 2011, and am very excited about what the new season has in store and Pro-Line guy Tim Clark continued with
we are excited that our alliance with Ty will remain unchanged for the 2011 race season.
For more info check out Pro-Line’s web site and Ty Tessman’s site.
In a never ending attempt to market their small racing toys to big racing fans, Traxxas have now taken to giving away full scale motorcycles. You may have recently heard (elsewhere, because I apparently dropped the ball) about Traxxas putting up the cash to become the “Official RC Truck of Supercross.” Well to capitalize on that, at every round of the Supercross 2011 season Traxxas will be giving away a Kawasaki KX450 dirt bike that’s dolled up in Traxxas sponsorship style. No details about how the giveaways are going to go down have been given yet, but I suspect you’ll have to attend one of the rounds of the Supercross 2011 season.
Everybody’s getting retrospective with the closing of the New Year, and Brian (not our Brian, another Brian… seriously, there’s at least two guys named Brian in this world…) from Roger’s Hobby Center offers up his thoughts on the year passed in the r/c hobby world. He’s got some interesting, thoughts:
And finally, I think 2010 is going to be known as the year electric power became cool. Electric cars have always outsold the nitro variety before, mainly due to price. But now, the comparison is so lopsided, it’s a wonder anyone is still making the nitro cars. We’ve pushed electric hard, and it’s paid off. And with all the fun, but a third of the hassle, it’s no wonder that electric cars and trucks have taken center stage in the last year. I expect to see that margin grow in 2011.
And then closes with a good question:
And to those that would rather purchase your hobby wares online – what are we doing wrong? How can we better serve your needs, and earn your loyalty? While there are some things that, admittedly, we simply can’t do that the “e-tailers” can, if there is anything I can do to earn your business…
Overall, another interesting read, so go check it out.
Model Retailer Magazine, a trade publication aimed at hobby shop owners and others in the industry has a new article up on their web site looking back at what they thought were the biggest news items of 2010. Being business and industry focused much of what they talked about had to do with the state of the economy and business. A couple that caught my eye were:
4. Rising cost of doing business with China
Chinese manufacturers have had to raise wages to get and retain workers. This in turn will lead to a rise in the cost of finished goods — perhaps as much as 30% — much of which will be seen in 2011. Some of the increase will be borne by the importers, but much of it will go to the consumers. How it will affect the latter group depends largely on the rate of improvement of the economy.
Which is basically saying that we can probably expect higher prices for the things we enjoy over the next year.
9. Micro R/C continues to be hot
Once just a niche of the radio-control hobby frequently associated with the toy market, micro R/C has turned into big business.
Since 2007, the number of micro R/C aircraft and vehicles to choose from has grown enormous, with robust airframes and chassis like their larger cousins, and interactive elements like guns that fire infrared beams at targets.
In scales from 1:36 to 1:18, these little planes, helis and trucks have expanded the market by keeping prices low and reducing the barrier to entry, while still attracting experienced hobbyists.
In R/C, as with computers, if smaller is better, what’s next? A scale R/C butterfly?
This is something we’ve been seeing on Big Squid as well. Articles about mini and micro rc, such as Kyosho’s Mini-Z line, Losi’s Micro SCT and Rally, and Traxxas 1/16 scale vehicles have been among the most popular during the last year. Though, on the opposite end, we’ve also seen a lot of interest in 1/5 scale news.
If you’re interested in the state of the hobby industry, this article would be a good introduction to the issues that are troubling the industry. Head on over and read the whole thing.
DarkSoul still has the Christmas spirit. Until January 1st, the Chino competition crawler chassis kit for the Losi Mini Rock Crawler is available directly for only $50. This kit includes an all new chassis with plenty of tuning options that is formed out of one piece of aluminum. You’ll also get a new set of titanium links, new rod ends, and aluminum chassis spacers, plus all the new hardware to put it all together. And just because they’re feeling nice, they’re also going to throw in a DarkSoul Inboard Shock Mount kit. If you’ve been looking for a way to make your Mini Rock Crawler more competitive, this might be the ideal solution for you.
Also up on the sale block is DarkSoul’s 1.9″ billet bead lock wheels. They’re available in a set of 4 for $50 or a set of 5 (for you scalers that need a spare tire) for $63. The billet wheels come with inner and outer bead lock rings plus all the screws you need to hold them together. These wheels are drilled to accept up to 24 pin weights to help add much needed traction to your ride. With all the weights, tires, and foams these wheels weigh in at about 7.5 oz each.
These deals are only available directly from this forum thread on RC Crawler.com through PayPal. For more info about DarkSoul Racing, hit up their web site.
In all the flurry and hubbub of the holiday weekend we kind of missed this bit of news from the Twitterverse that GH Racing is extending their holiday sale through New Year’s Eve. Until then everything in the GH Racing online shop is marked down 15%. So if you just got a brand new Traxxas Slash 4×4 or maybe a 1/16 E-Revo or any number of other r/c kits, check out the GH Racing web site for a bunch of excellent aluminum hop-ups.
Here’s a bit of important info for our US audience. The FCC is proposing revisions to their Part 95 – Personal Radio Services rules that govern the use of many non-corporate civilian radio frequencies. The frequencies that a lot of us in the R/C hobby use regularly (27 MHz, 72 MHz, and 75 MHz bands being the most common, 2.4 GHz is unaffected) fall under those rules. The AMA (the Academy of Model Aeronautics for those that aren’t into airplanes and helicopters) has prepared a response to the FCC about the proposed revisions that you can read at the AMA web site. But there’s no reason to get your panties in a twist at this point, according to the AMA:
Although there are no major changes proposed to the R/C rules, the FCC very seldom revisits these rules and this proceeding provides a rare opportunity for persons with expertise in this field to share their suggestions for updating or improving them.
So if you are knowledgeable about Personal Radio Services Rules and would like to read the proposed rule changes and submit your own response you can do so at the Regulations.gov web site.
Mr. Jaures Garofali, founder of Super Tigre engines, passed away on Thursday, March 26th at the age of 89. Born in Bologna, Italy in 1920, Mr. Garofali was one of the true pioneers in model engine design. He began designing model engines at the age of seventeen, originally producing engines under the OSAM brand name. He later founded Super Tigre engines in 1949. The first Super Tigre engine produced was the G-19, a 4.82 cc diesel engine soon to be followed by a powerful glow version. In 1950, he produced the famous G-20, a 2.47 cc glow engine that was destined to become one of the most famous engines in the Super Tigre line. The G-20 was flown by modelers in virtually every country and received more than its share of first place awards for the next fifteen years. In 1954, Amato Prati used a stock SuperTigre G-20 in his “Speed King” model and reached a speed of 190.47 km/h, a new Class A world speed record. Mr. Garofali continued to upgrade and improve the performance of this engine, incorporating ideas he received from modelers, especially the speed fliers.
. In May of 1956, A. Marconi, a well known speed flier, used the SuperTigre G-20 Lappato (lapped piston, strengthened crankcase with removable rear cover and many internal changes) to achieve another Class A world speed record of 215.56 km/h with his “Tajavento” model. The G-series SuperTigre engines were aimed at the sport modeler and builder who wanted an engine that was easy to operate, reliable and had enough power for leisure time flying. The G-30 2.5cc diesel engine was the only one of the series designed for competition and was the engine of choice of many FAI Team Racers in the late 1950’s. Mr. Garofali is survived by his wife and children. Daughter Sandra and sons Leonardo, Romualdo and Fabio continue to work in the hobby industry at the Italian distributor, Safalero.
Our sympathy to his friends and family.
We just got word about a new RC Drag Racing site called Quarter Mortar! They specialize in 1:4 Scale RC Drag Racing Cars and Accessories! If you are into RC Drag Racing, or just large scale RC, head over to their page and check it out!
We were just informed that RC Guru Chris Chianelli passed away last night. Chris was one of those guys that was everywhere in RC! He hosted several shows, and had done a lot of work to help bring the world of RC to the public people. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. There is a wiki page here where you can read more about him and his works.