I had been eying one of RC4WD‘s uber scale kits for quite some time so a few weeks ago I finally took the plunge on a Gelande 2. I’ve now had the time to give it a proper beating and see what it’s really made of. Is the beauty merely skin deep? Click “Read More” below to find out what I think.
There is some big news out of Champaign Illinois that Great Planes is now distributing RC4WD products. This arrangement makes it easier for GP dealers to stock RC4WD products. On the consumer side, it means more local hobby shops will have your favorite RC4WD scale parts on the shelf, or if not in stock, they will be easier to order in for you.
It’s been a very busy week over here so forgive me for being a bit scatterbrained! TGIF indeed.
As the pic above shows, I received my RC4WD Gelande 2 and have started the build. Thus far I’ve been very impressed with the kit. Everything was laid out in well marked screw bags or packed neatly in foam (many of the pieces are pre-assembled like the tranny, axles, and transfer case). The truck is loaded with metal goodies and the machine work is all top notch. The super detailed body feels way lighter than I thought it would be. Hopefully the heavy chassis and (relatively) light hard body make for a rig that isn’t too top heavy. I’m gonna finish her up this weekend and test it so look forward to some hot Land Rover action gracing this virtual space next Friday.
We just posted our review of Carisma’s Porsche 959 Rally and I strongly recommend you take a gander. Watching a big on road car being hucked repeatedly off a ramp is pretty impressive. Yes, Tim, Cubby, and the rest of the Bash Crew pounded the car and it took it like a champ. It’s becoming harder and harder for your scale columnist to resist splurging on a rally car, and doubly so with kits like that gorgeous Porsche readily available.
RECON G6 is coming up really soon here in St. Louis (April 12) and with my club “playing host” we have been putting in a lot of work getting the grounds ready for the influx of scalers. There is going to be a “Big Squid RC Driver’s Challenge” series of special gates on the course that I’m overseeing and I hope to give you a tease of that next week as well. It’s going to be comprised of several man made obstacles and a muddy frame twister section. Drivers are going to hate me!
And finally, forgive me for treading on Kevin’s territory but I want to talk helicopters for a minute. So I had been thinking about getting a quad forever when our latest quad shootout article went live (please note, I did not take part in the shootout, only edited the video and read the article). That kicked me over the hump and I decided to purchase the winner, the Ares Ethos 130 QX. I headed down to my local Hobbytown USA and plunked down the $100 to finally get my fly on. I’m a total noob to aerial r/c but this copter has been a joy to fly from day 1. The toughness of the platform cannot be understated – I’ve flown it into buildings/trees, it’s had several scary 100+ foot drops, and my 3 year old has had a few wrestling matches with the garage ceiling (the ceiling is undefeated FYI). You know what’s broke? One LED. It’s one rugged S.O.B. I’m definitely still a landlubber but in 2 months of owning the Ares it’s been nothing but good times.
Ares Ethos 130 QX
Hopefully Spring has sprung wherever you live so you can get out and bash this weekend. It’s 70 degrees here so I’m counting down the minutes until I can leave the office and hit the rocks. Til next time!
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RC4WD has a trick new set of aluminum wheels called Revolution. The Revolution wheels are 1.9 sized and have a unique design where you can personalize them with different colored trim rings. The trim rims are included and come in red, blue, black and white.
* Weight- 2.57oz
* 12mm hex
* Outer diameter- 1.9″
* Width- 1.02″
The part number is Z-W0168, a set of four has a street price of $139, and they are available right now. Hit up This link for complete information over on the RC4WD website.
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RC4WD Revolution Gallery
The latest in scale authentic tires from RC4WD are Dick Cepek Fun Country 1.9s. These not only give you the ultra scale look that is so hot now days, but they also come in a super soft/sticky compound to give loads of traction while out on the trail.
* Fully licensed by Dick Cepek
* Outer diameter- 3.95″
* Width- 1.41″
* Fits 1.9″ wheels
* Weight- 1.9oz
* Comes in X2 SS compound
The part number is #Z-T0116, street price is $25 per pair, and you can get more information over on the official RC4WD Website.
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Happy Friday! I hope everyone out there is in as good a mood as I am. The weather is FINALLY turning around, my beloved St. Louis Blues just landed a star goalie (Ryan Miller), my favorite band just released an awesome new record (Drive-by Truckers), my favorite game has a sequel coming out in a couple days (Dark Souls) and I have an RC4WD Gelande 2 on the way! Yes, a great week indeed.
RC4WD announced the Gelande 2 (G2) last year and it’s been on my “to-do” list ever since. After recently finishing up a few different builds I’m finally ready to give this thing a whirl. I’d show some unboxing photos but the kit is still enroute to my LHS for pickup. Hopefully next week I can show it off. I already have 2 scale Jeeps in my fleet so I’m pretty pumped to add a “Landy” to the collection. I can’t wait to build it up and post my impressions and some video.
For you whippersnappers out there, the G2 kit is based on the legendary Land Rover Defender Ninety (D90). Just hearing “D90″ brings to mind images of a bright yellow truck tearing through the jungle or driving through a river with water up to the windshield (thanks to the Camel Trophy Series, more on this in a minute). Whereas the American born Jeep has always exuded more of a macho aura (open top, removable doors, big tires), the British Land Rover gives off a more a more refined aura (simple box design, very tall with lots of cargo space/extra seating). This used to be the case at least. Anyways, the kit looks trick what with a chassis mounted servo, front mounted motor that feeds into a transfer case, and that super detailed D90 hardbody.
For many people in my age bracket (I turned 30 last week) the Land Rover is synonymous with the aforementioned Camel Trophy Series. The series ran annually throughout the 80′s and 90′s and was a wild cross country race pitting man and machine vs. the elements. The location changed every year (frozen wastes of Siberia to the jungles of the Amazon) but the one constant was the brand of vehicle: yup, the Land Rover. I used to catch clips of the race when watching old motorsports highlight shows and thought it was the coolest. If you want to waste some time on your Friday, check out this old series documentary on YouTube. They put these trucks through pure hell!
The Camel series was actually a very big inspiration for the r/c Axial RECON G6 Adventure Series. Next week look for my interview with series founder/director/scale freak Brian Parker as well as information on the upcoming April 12 St. Louis stop of the tour (of which Big Squid will have a big presence). Have a great weekend!
RC4WD has a sweet new Hardened Steel Driveshaft Set for all you Tamiya Bruiser owners. The driveshafts are made from hardened steel to be extra tough and they were designed to look just like their full scale counterparts.
* Weight- 2.75oz
* Shaft end hole size- .2″
* Shaft outer diameter- .3″
* Short shaft travel distance- 3.15″-3.74″
* Long shaft travel distance- 5.11″-5.7″
The part number is #VVV-S0107, the street price is $89, and you can get more information by clicking Right Here.
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Stock plastic parts aren’t known for their durability, therefore the crew over at RC4WD have announced new aluminum steering knuckles for the Axial SCX10. Black in color, these knuckles look the part and should be difficult to destroy on those long trail drives.
* CNC machined from billet aluminum
* Easy to install
* Weight (each)- 0.35oz
The part number is #Z-S1216, they have a street price of $29, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official RC4WD website.
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RC4WD Axial Knuckles Gallery
The 12th scale Earth Mover 870k Hydraulic Wheel Loader from RC4WD is one of the biggest, heaviest, most expensive products we’ve ever posted on BigSquidRC. The Earth Mover 870 is a beast, weighing in at over 45 lbs with a length of 29 inches. It is constructed from CNC machine aluminum parts and was designed for years of punishment.
* Steel bucket
* Yellow powder coated finish
* 2 speed transmission
* Includes 2.4GHz 6 channel radio system
* Steel hydraulic system
* Big 29.5-25L-5 tires
* Sturdy hydraulic valve & adjustable pump
* 40 amp brushless ESC
* Bucket force- 154 lbs
* Max bucket height- 18″
* 30 day warranty
The Earth Mover has a part number of #VV-JD00013 and they are expected to start shipping in late March. The street price for owning one of the biggest, baddest rc machines on the market isn’t cheap, it is $3,300 plus $450 for shipping. Click Here for more information over on the RC4WD website.
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RC4WD Earth Mover 870k Gallery
RC4WD creates a lot of great looking gear but their new Dick Cepek Gun Metal 7 wheels might be the best yet. These sharp looking 2.2″ internal beadlock wheels are officially licensed by Dick Cepek and have an amazing amount of scale detail. They look so good that even Cubby wants a set.
* CNC machined aluminum
* DC logo on wheel nut cover
* Outer diameter- 2.2″
* Width- 1.15″
* Uses standard 12mm hex
* Weight- 3.06oz each
The part number for the Dick Cepek wheels is #Z-W0170, they have a street price of $129 for a set of four, and you can get more information at This Link.
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RC4WD Dick Cepek Wheel Gallery
Looking for a trick new set of shocks for your short course truck? If so, RC4WD has some new units on the market. Their new sct shocks are officially licensed by King Off Road and have a very nice scale appearance. The come in two different lengths, 90mm for Traxxas Slash front, and 110mm for Slash rear. Machined from billet aluminum the King Off Road shocks should be tough to bust while out bashing.
The part number for the rears is #Z-D0041, the fronts are #Z-D0043, both have a street price of $39 per pair, and both are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information.
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RC4WD King SCT Shocks Gallery
The RC4WD crew has been putting out some amazing looking products for years now. Their latest product, Compass 1.9 Scale Tires, have just been announced and should make a nice option for your scale/trail rig. Some of their specifications include-
* Weight- 3.1oz each
* Uses a reinforced sidewall
* Comes in advanced X2 SS compound
* Outer diameter- 4.78″
* Inner diameter- 1.88″
The part number is #Z-T0113, they have a street price of $25, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information.
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* Black anodized finish
* CNC machined
* Easy installation
* Made for Bulldog winch
* Built in Fairlead
* Width- 1.79″
* Length- 2.23″
* Weight- 0.55oz
The part number for the winch mount is #Z-S1087, they have a street price of $29, and they are available right now. For more information hit up This Link over on the official RC4WD website.
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