We recently received a Kyosho Mad Bug Readyset for one of our famous “smash’em up” reviews. Take a look at the pictures below to see exactly what it looks like to crack open the box and to see what comes inside.
Being a Readyset (Kyosho’s term for RTR), the Mad Bug comes with everything you need to get up and going except for AA batteries for the transmitter. An Orion NiMh pack comes standard, as does a wall type battery charger. As you can see from the pictures, an Orion brushless system is used to power the Mad Bug, while a 2.4GHz radio system eliminates any possible frequency conflicts.
Our full review is still a couple of weeks away, until then please enjoy our unboxing pictures. The Mad Bug is priced at $299 and you can find complete details at This Link over on the official Kyosho America website.
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Kyosho Mad Bug Unboxing Gallery 1
Kyosho Mad Bug Unboxing Gallery 2
The folks over at SWORKz have been teasing their first ever truggy for months, now they have released full details.
The 1/8 SWORKz truggy is dubbed the S350T. This is a nitro powered machine loaded with high performance features. Some of its highlights include-
* 7075 aluminum chassis with black hard coating
* CVDs all around
* Sealed front and rear arms
* 150cc fuel tank
* 7075 shock towers
* Pro 2.0 shocks with hex bladders & impact pistons
The part number is #SW-910019 and you can Click Here to check out the official SWORKz website.
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Coming soon from HPI Racing is a Micro RS4 Drift featuring Discount Tire livery. This version will come as a RTR and features hard tires and locked diffs, making it easy to drift your way around your local bash spot. Yoshihara Designs Champion wheels and a highly detailed body make it look just like its full scale equivalent, while a 180 sized motor and 4wd put the power to the ground.
The part number is #112856 and you can Click Right Here to get more information over on the official HPI website.
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HPI Discount Tire Micro RS4 Gallery
It’s all about looking as good as it performs these days. The latest car from Kyosho is a good example of this. The Kyosho Fazer series VE Porsche 918 Weissach comes with a highly detailed body on the outside, with Orion brushless power on the inside.
The Porsche hybrid supercar is known for smashing the lap record on the Nürburgring, now it is available to you for breaking the lap record around your cul-de-sac. Some of its features and specifications include-
* Syncro 2.4GHz radio gear
* Completely built and ready to drive
* Pre-painted body with stickers applied
* Sealed diffs and tranny
* Comes with NiMH battery and charger
* 2400kV Orion brushless motor
The Fazer has a part number of #30917T2-B, it is priced at $309, and you can get full details over on the Kyosho America website.
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Kyosho Fazer Porsche Gallery
Recently announced from Tamiya is their Raybrig Honda NSX Concept-GT car. This 1/10th scale features a highly detailed NSX Concept-GT body like the one used in the full scale ’14 Japanese Super GT Series. Under the hood is a shaft driven 4wd TB-04 chassis. The TB-04 comes with sealed gear differentials, double wishbone suspension, and horizontally mounted inboard front shocks. This NSX is a real looker and you can hit up This Link to check out the official Tamiya USA website.
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Big gnarly monster trucks are the kings of the bashing hill. They have big tires, big tires, and generally smash over anything (car/truck/buggy) that gets in their path.
The ARRMA Kraton was announced months ago at the Nuremburg Toy Fair. Since then they’ve been finishing the truck up and now it is about ready to drop on US shores. What makes the Kraton a big, mean, bashing machine?
* Fully assembled RTR
* Integrated roll cage
* 2050kV brushless motor
* 180 amp ESC
* 208oz/inch steering servo
* Truck Weight- 177oz
* Width- 18.5″
* Length- 24″
* Height- 7.5″
* 3 gear diffs
* 3mm aluminum chassis
* dBoots tires
* 16mm big bore shocks
* Adjustable battery tray with hook and loop fasteners
* 2 year warranty
The part number for green is #AR106005, they are street priced at $499, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in October.
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To get even more details, hit up This Link over on the official ARRMA website.
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ARRMA Kraton Gallery
While the radical new 2015 Ford Mustang is already making waves in the full size world, we are more stoked for the arrival of the new Vaterra rc version. The Vaterra 2015 Mustang is a meticulously detailed version of the real-deal, offering both incredible scale looks and solid on-road performance.
The Vaterra 2015 Mustang comes on their V100-S 4wd on-road platform that has proven to be both durable base and good handling. The stock power plant is a 15 turn brushed motor and the included electronics are waterproof. The Vaterra Mustang comes completely RTR with nothing else needed to hit the pavement.
* Low profile tires on 54mm wheels
* Officially licensed by Ford
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system
* Realistic brake disc and calipers
* Includes Dynamite 1800mAh NiMH & charger
The part number is #VTR03024, it is street priced at $289, and you can be the first guy on your block to get one by pre-ordering at This Link over on the official Horizon Hobby website.
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Vaterra 2015 Ford Mustang Gallery
All you Volkswagen fans will be stoked to hear about the new Mad Bug from Kyosho. The Mad Bug is officially licensed by VW and comes as a Readset, fully assembled and ready to bash right out of the box.
With 4wd and an Orion brushless system, the Mad Bug was designed to tackle tough off-road terrain. Other standard features include a 2.4GHz radio system, 1800mAh NiMH battery w/ charger, and heavy duty suspension.
* Waterproof electronics
* Aluminum big bore shocks
* 2400kV Orion brushless motor
* Inch up wheels and high grip tires
* Wheelbase- 272mm
* Width- 287mm
The part number for white is #30994T1B, blue is #30994T2B, they have a street price of $299, and they are expected to start shipping at the end of September. Hit up This Link for full details over on the official Kyosho America website.
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Kyosho Mad Bug Gallery
There are scale realism people, then there are people looking for something wild. The new Dual Ridge buggy from Tamiya definitely falls into the wild category.
The futuristic looking Dual Ridge is a 4wd buggy based off the long running Tamiya TT-02 platform. It’s a kit so you get the experience of building it yourself, while long travel oil shocks and 4wd help it conquer some serious off-road terrain.
The part number is #58596, it is street priced at $189, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in late October. Click Here to get more details over on the official Tamiya website.
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Tamiya Dual Ridge Chassis
Are you into rock crawling? Like building your own kits? Is scale realism important to you? If you answered “yes” to those three questions the new ’86 Chevrolet K-5 Blazer from Vaterra should be considered a must buy.
At the heart of the Blazer is the new Ascender chassis. The Ascender chassis features a stamped steel frame, adjustable wheelbase, metal gear transmission, and serious off-road suspension.
For scale looks, the the Blazer comes with a fully licensed 1986 Chevrolet K-5 Blazer body. The body is clear so you can throw on your own paint job and comes with an injection-molded grille with headlight details. Fully licensed Interco TSL SX Super Swamper tires complete the true off-road look.
* 8 spoke 1.9″ wheels
* Aluminum suspension links
* Floating battery tray (holds a shorty pack)
* Crawling style bumpers
* Adjustable side bars
* 4-line rear suspension
* 3-line panhard front suspension
* Low-profile axle housings & locker/ring gear
* HD CV front shafts
* Single speed tranny with slipper clutch
* Threaded oil filled shocks
The part number is VTR03023, it is street priced at $319, and to ensure you are the first person on your block to have one, Click Right Here to pre-order over on Horizon Hobby’s official website.
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Vaterra K-5 Blazer Gallery
THE Carisma M40S Volkswagen Golf 24 Review
Now days it just isn’t enough to put out a solid car, it has to perform well and look exactly like its full scale equivalent. Today we’ll be taking a close look at the Carisma M40S Volkswagen Golf 24, an affordable ready-to-run that promises the precise scale looks everyone is after, as well a fun driving experience. Does it meet expectations? Hit the “Read More” to find out…
Big power combined with big tires equals a whole lot of bashing fun, hence the reason many bashers use a monster truck or truggy to bash with. The latest big truggy to hit the market is from Serpent, the 1/8 Cobra E-Truggy. The Cobra is a high-end 1/8 4wd, featuring plenty of carbon fiber and other high quality materials. Some of the highlights of the E-Truggy include-
* Narrow 3mm 7075 aluminum chassis
* 5mm carbon fiber shock towers
* Optimal weight distribution
* Rear mudguards
* Low profile body
* Hard anodized 16mm big bore shocks
* Captured universal joints
* Composite battery trays with hinged covers
The part number for the E-Truggy is #600033 and you can get full details by hitting This Link over on the Serpent website.
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Serpent Cobra E-Truggy Gallery
For all you guys wanting to go reallyyyyy fast with a high-end buggy, XRay has announced their new XB8E. The XB8E is based off the nitro XB8 and was designed to be the best of the best. For the track it should put in some blazing lap times, for bashing, it should go huge with premium parts under the hood.
* New aluminum chassis and motor mount
* Better weight distribution
* New side guards
* New a-arms and towers
* New cab forward body
* Pivot ball suspension
* Carbon fiber a-arm stiffeners
Want more details? Hit up This Link over on the official XRay website, or you can Click Here to read more XRay news on BigSquidRC.
XRay XB8E Gallery