Tamiya has a big booth at the German Toy Fair to showcase their new products. One of the most interesting items in their booth is a Toyota Land Cruiser 40 Pick-up. The Land Cruiser sits on Tamiya’s new GF01 platform. The GF01 platform is 4wd and has the motor placed in the center of the chassis for better handling.
* 1/12th scale kit
* Gear differentials
* Fully independent suspension
* Bell-crank steering
* Plastic friction shocks
* Clear Polycarbonate body
* ESC is included
* 540 brushed motor included
* Length: 333mm, width: 244mm, height: 242mm
* Requires Radio gear, battery, charger, and paint
The part number is #58589 and it has an MSRP of $298. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official Tamiya website.
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Tamiya GF01 Chassis
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.
Slipping through the cracks, the new Blade 350QX AP features a camera gimal setup along with it’s own camera included? What’s that, you want one for yourself but don’t want to fly? Announcing the E-Flite C-Go 1, a new 1080p, 30fps action camera developed by Yuneec Technology! Not only that, but it will transfer 720p video right to your mobile device giving you FPV right out of the box. It’s features include:
- 5.8Ghz downlink to support mobile devices with included antenna
- 1080P/30 recording or 720P/30 when streaming
- Lightweight and small form factor
- Low latency and long range Wi-Fi
Arriving late May for around $300, the C-Go 1 has a part number of EFLA900 and more information can be found on Horizon Hobby’s website via This Link.
E-Flite C-Go 1 Action Camera
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Blade Helicopters announced another ship for the fleet, the 200 QX. Built as an upgrade to the 180QX HD, the 200QX is a brushless powered, LED lit, SAFE technology quadcopter brother with the good looks of the 350QX. It has impressive specifications:
- SAFE™ Technology equipped
- Three flight modes
- High performance brushless motors
- Internal LED illumination for easy orientation and night flying
- Optional camera available separately
Offered currently only as a Bind-n-Fly package, the part number is BLH7780 and will sell for $230 when it releases at the end of April. Hit up This Link for more details on Blade’s Website.
Blade 200QX BNF Quadcopter
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ECX has just taken their Ruckus, Circuit, and Torment up a notch be releasing 4×4 versions of them. The 4wd versions come completely ready to run and are powered by 550 sized 15 turn Dynamite brushed motors. 7 cell Ni-MH packs are included and all three have a street price of $239, making them quite affordable. To get more information check out the pictures and video below, or hit up This Link to head over the official ECX website.
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ECX 4x4 Gallery
Waterproofing has become something to be expected when buying a bash vehicle. Now Traxxas has updated their Brushless E-Revo and Brushless E-Maxx with waterproof electronics. Traxxas has installed a new Traxxas/Castle MXL-6S speed controller in both trucks to make sure the fun doesn’t stop when the going gets wet.
The part number for the waterproof E-Revo is #56085 and it has a street price of $749. Click Here for full information over on the Traxxas website.
The part number for the waterproof E-Maxx is #39085 and it carries a street price of $699. To get more information hit up This Link.
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Waterproof Traxxas Gallery
What is the biggest news at the 2014 Nurnberg Toy Fair? That just might be the Gasoline Powered LST XXL-2 from Losi. No, that’s not nitro power, that is a 2 cycle .31 cu inch gasoline engine that should power the latest incarnation of the legendary Losi LST platform quite well. Throw in waterproof electronics and Horizon’s AVC Active Vehicle Control system and the LST XXL-2 is loaded with cool features.
* Extended 2.5mm thick XXL chassis
* Oversized shocks
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz DSMR radio system
* Includes convenient roto-start tool
* Tire diameter- 6.9″
* Weight- 13.1 lbs
* Wheelbase- 15.3″
* Width- 18.5″
* Length- 23″
* Fuel tank- 300cc
The part number for the LST XXL-2 is #LOS04002 and it has a street price of $799. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official Losi website.
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Losi Gas LST XXL-2 Gallery
Also introduced at the Nurnberg Toy Fair is a great looking 1967 Ford Mustang from Vaterra RC. Like the other on-road cars from Vaterra, the ’67 Mustang features incredible scale looks on its solid V100-S platform.
* Compatible with Horizon’s AVC technology
* Officially licensed body
* 4wd with sealed diffs
* Low profile tires on 54mm wheels
* Scale realistic brake discs and calipers
* 15 turn Dynamite brushed power system
* Comes with Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system
The part number is #VTR03017 and the Mustang should hit dealer’s shelves at the $289 price point. For more information on the official Vaterra website simply Click Right Here.
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Vaterra 1967 Ford Mustang Gallery
The Vaterra crew has just announced at Nurnberg a new 4wd off road truck. Their new Ford Raptor Pre-runner comes with many features that bashers want like waterproofing, brushless power, and 4wd. Some of its other features and specifications include-
* AVC- Active Vehicle Control technology
* Officially licensed Ford Raptor body
* Capable of 55+ mph on 3S LiPo
* Long travel suspension
* Beadlock wheels
* Dynamite 3300Kv 4 pole brushless motor
* Spektrum DX2E radio
* Metal gear VTV differentials
* Length- 22.36″
* Width- 11.65″
The part number for the Vaterra Raptor is VTR03009 and it has a street price of $449. Check out This Link for more information over on the official Vaterra website.
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Vaterra Ford Raptor Gallery
The next big release from Losi is literally that, another addition to their 5th scale line-up. The Losi 5IVE MINI WRC is a 5th scale rally car that also comes with Horizon’s AVC- Active Vehicle Control technology. The 5IVE MINI WRC has just been shown at the Nurnberg Toy Fair, here are some of its specifications and features-
* Officially licensed body
* 29cc gas engine
* Push button starting system
* Spectrum DX2E radio with DSMR technology
* Comes with 2S 5300mAh LiPo & charger
* 5mm chassis
* 800cc fuel tank
* Large bore shocks with 7mm shafts
The part number for the 5IVE MINI WRC is #LOS05000 and it will have a street price of $1999. Hit up This Link for more information.
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Losi 5IVE Mini WRC Gallery
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?
For all you Helion Dominus owners looking to bash-proof your truck, the crew over at T-Bone Racing have announced one of their famous heavy duty bumpers for you. This racer series bumper is made out of tough nylon and comes with their lifetime warranty against breakage. To beef it up even more it comes with a brace that runs from the front of the chassis to the inside of the bumper.
The part number is #21001, it has a street price of $23 and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for complete details.
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TBR Helion Dominus Bumper Gallery
THE Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Review
Just under a year ago we reviewed the Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Truggy. We found it to be much like its monster truck cousin, the MT4, a big beastly bash machine. For 2014 Thunder Tiger has released a new version of the ST4, they didn’t change much, just the transmitter, but today we’ll be taking another look at the ST4. Is it still one of the Kings of the Hill at the bash spot? Does it live up to the G3 tradition of toughness? If you show up with one will you pwn your buddies? Click the “Read More” to check out our review…