The Tamiya Hornet has been on the market a very long time, 30 years in fact, and over all those years it has brought many people into our fine hobby. The latest Hornet is a Limited Edition Black Metallic version. This Hornet is much the same as previous versions, but comes with a pre-cut/pre-painted black metallic polycarbonate body and wing, and also comes with black wheels. The latest Hornet is also a kit, something many old-school hobbyists are looking for.
#84383 is the part number, it should have a street price of $145, and you can expect a July release date. Get full details at This Link over on Tamiya’s official website.
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THE Team Durango DEX210v2 Buggy Review
If you are an “old timer” then you probably spent years driving/racing/bashing a 2wd tenth scale buggy. Now days the class has had a resurgence in popularity, making it arguably bigger than it has ever been. The “new crop” of 2wd buggies are loaded with tech from front to rear, and one of the companies staying on the leading edge of 2wd buggy technology has been Team Durango. We’ve been bashing the living daylights out of their new DEX210v2 to find out if it’s just a race machine, or if you can actually have fun with it at the local bash spot. What did we find out? Click the “Read More” button to find out…
2.4″, 8th scale type bead tires are all the rage in the 10th scale class now days, and Pro-Line has announced their latest entry into the class, Electron rear tires. These are part of their VTR line-up, meaning they are 2.4″ in size with the new style (for tenth scale) beads. The tread design on the Electrons is best suited for high bite indoor tracks, where their connected treads with center pins can give consistent high traction, even when the track starts to dry out.
The Electron rear tires are available in two different compounds, super soft #8235-03 M4, and #8235-17 MC for clay. Both are priced at $21 per pair and you can Click Here for more details over on the official Pro-line website.
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Pro-Line Electron VTR 2.4 Gallery
There seems to be a never ending stream of high-end 2wd race buggies hitting the market, the latest is the Tamiya TRF201XM. The TRF201XM kit not only comes standard with a mid-motor conversion, but also comes with more goodies to make it extra trick.
* Includes ball and gear diffs
* Redesigned chassis, motor plate, and suspension mounts
* New carbon fiber rear shock tower
* Big bore oil shocks
* Comes as a kit that includes the body and wing
The part number for the new Tamiya buggy is #42277, it has a retail price of only $1053, and they are slated for a June release. You can find more details at This Link over on the official Tamiya website.
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Tamiya TRF201XM Gallery
Team Durango, the relatively young company known for their high end race machines, recently announced their latest weapon for the 2wd buggy class, the DEX210v2. We recently got one in our hands, as we cracked it open we took pictures to show you what it looks like inside the box. The 210v2 is a kit, so inside you’ll find multiple bags filled with parts, a nice looking aluminum chassis, wheels, and a clear body/wing. All the part bags are clearly labeled, and after thumbing through the manual, it looks clearly written with sharp images to make the build easier.
We are almost done building the 210v2, look for our full review in about 2 weeks. We won’t be racing the buggy, instead we’ll be giving it the full basher treatment to see if it can be used outside a track just for fun. We will be building it in a mid-motor configuration to keep from destroying any motors on those big rear end landings, and in the last picture below you can see the Duratrax tires and TrakPower shorty LiPo that we selected to run in the buggy. Click Right Here to get full information on the 210v2 over on the official Durango website.
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Durango DEX210v2 Unboxing Gallery 1
Durango DEX210v2 Unboxing Gallery 2
The 2wd buggy class keeps on chugging along. It was all the rage for years, then got slow, and in the last few years it has really taken off again. The light, agile buggies simply work well in numerous conditions.
The latest entry into the class is the Firebolt DM from VBC Racing. The 3D teaser shots show the Firebolt DM features an aluminum chassis, big bore shocks, and is shown in mid-motor configuration. Very little other information has been released on the VBC, but we do know it is scheduled for a Summer release date.
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VBC Firebolt DM Gallery
For 2014 the Hobby Pro PRS1 2wd buggy has gotten some updates and improvements. The PRS1 still comes with mid and rear motor capabilities, but boasts upgrades like new carbon fiber shock towers and US spec springs. Some of the other updates include-
* Worlds Edition shock pistons
* Larger spring cups to fit 12mm springs
* Gold shock shafts
* 25 degree kickup & new top plate
The 2014 Hobby Pro PRS1 has a street price of $289, is scheduled for a late March release date, and is available from Hobby Pro USA and their dealers.
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Hobby Pro 2014 PRS1 Buggy
Team Durango has released full information and pictures on their new DEX210v2 buggy kit. The DEX210v2 is a 10th scale 2wd that can be run in either rear motor or mid motor configuration. Some of the updates included with the version 2 are-
* Straight front a-arms
* New rear arms
* 8mm longer hard anodized aluminum chassis
* Higher downforce V2 body
* Updated driveshafts
* New tranny case and ball stud mounts
* Aluminum rear arm mount
* New rear tower
* 2mm hex bullstuds
The part number is #TD102028 and it has a street price of $279. DEX210v2s should start hitting hobby shops in mid March and you can get more information at This Link over on the official Team Durango website.
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Durango DEX210v2 Gallery
New in the Tamiya booth at the 2014 Nuremberg Toy Fair is the Neo Fighter Buggy DT03. The Neo Fighter is a 2wd 10th scale buggy and comes as an easy to assemble kit. With friction shocks and a basic design the Neo Fighter could be a good choice for your youngsters first kit.
The part number is #58587 and it has an MSRP of $195. Hit up This Link for more information over on the Tamiya website.
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Tamiya Neo Fighter Gallery
We just posted the teaser pic, and now we have the real deal! Team Associated has officially announced the RC10B5 and RC10B5M. As you can see from the pictures, the B5M is mid-motor, while the B5 has a rear mounted motor. The goal for the RC10B5 was to make the best all around buggy for every type of surface. From loose dirt to blue-groove, and everything in between. The two versions share 90% of their parts across both platforms, but the different parts are what help make them a little more specialized. The B5M Mid-Motor is designed for ultra high grip on the high-speed high-grip tracks. If you have been waiting for a new 2WD buggy, your wait may be finally over.
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Pro-Line always likes to stay ahead of the pack so now they’ve introduced Wedge Squared 2wd front buggy tires. The Wedge Squared have twice as much tread as the originals, thus giving you more steering while at your local carpet track. The Wedge Squared are narrow, low profile, and have hook shaped pins to keep the front of your 2wd planted in the corners. You can use these on your carpet racer for faster lap times, or bolt them on your basher for a cool new look.
The part number for the Wedge Squared is #8230-103, they have a street price of $15, and you can get more information by simply clicking This Link.
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We posted information on Schumacher’s new rear motor 2wd buggy back in September, now they have announced their new forward motor buggy, the Cougar KF. Like the name implies, its motor is mounted far forward in the chassis for high bite conditions, resulting in better handling. Shock tower protectors offer aerodynamic benefits, as well as added protection. Some of its other key features and specifications include-
* Stronger front steering hubs
* Hi-Tensile silver turnbuckles.
* 12mm wheel hexes
* Molded side pods
* 2.5mm carbon fiber chassis & top deck.
* Twin pad vented slipper
* Single belt transmission
* Can use saddle packs or shorty packs
* 4mm carbon fiber shock towers
* Pro spec 13mm big bore shocks with titanium nitride shafts
* AirFlo Cab body for improved looks and handling
* Black anodized components
* Gear Differential w/ hardened steel gears and super hard outputs
* CVA style driveshafts
The part number for the new Schumacher is #K143 and you can get more information at This Link.
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Schumacher Cougar KF Gallery
The latest from our friends across the pond at Schumacher is the Cougar KR 10th scale 2wd buggy. The Courgar KR is designed to be a professional grade race machine for low traction dirt surfaces. Some of its new features include-
* Improved rear diff
* 12mm wheel hexes
* Recessed alloy chassis
* Alloy anti-squat plate
* New wing mount system
* Improved front bumper
* Murdered out black anodizing
* New rear top deck
The part number for the Cougar KR is #K139 and it is priced at £220. For more information hit up THIS LINK.
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Schumacher Cougar KR Gallery