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. Be the first person on your block to have one by pre-ordering the Kraton on the Tower Hobbies Website. To get even more details, hit up This Link over on the official ARRMA website.
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ARRMA Kraton Gallery
Ever want to check a brushless motor to see if it was any good? The folks over at GForce have a new brushless motor analyzer that does just that. With the GForce you can check a motor’s sensor, its kV, and its amp draw. It also has a built in timing test so you can accurately set your motor’s timing. The motor tester operates off 7.4-8.4 volts DC and works on both sensored and non-sensored brushless motors (2 to 36 poles).
The part number is #G0107, it is expected to start shipping later this month, and you can hit up This Link for more details.
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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
Axial has released the motor from the Yeti to everyone out in rc land. This is a long can 3150kV brushless unit that has loads of torque and is suitable for sustained running on 3S LiPo. The 3150 was designed to propel vehicles like the Yeti and Exo to crazy speeds and should work well in other 10th scale applications like 4wd short course trucks.
* 4-pole, long can design for more torque
* 5mm output shaft
* Black anodized can w/ laser etched logos
* 14 AWG Wire w/ 4mm connectors
The part number is #AX31047, it has a street price of $115, and these are available right now. Get more details at This Link over on the official Axial website.
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Want to talk about wild? Unlimited hydroplane boats are some of the wildest and fastest boats on the water. For your bashing pleasure the crew over at AquaCraft have a new unlimited hydroplane on the way called the Miss Seattle.
The Miss Seattle is a RTR that comes fully assembled and ready to tackle the water. An unlimited hydroplane has to come with crazy power, so it comes with a 2200kV brushless motor that is recommended to be run off of a 3S LiPo battery. To put all that power to the water the Miss Seattle comes with a high performance ABS hull.
* 2 piece cowl
* 2.4GHz Tactic radio gear
* 30A ESC w/ stutter-bump warning system & rudder safety system
* Overall length- 18″
* Width- 4″
* Weight- 17.1 oz
Miss Seattle has a part number of #AQUB1822 and you can hit up This Link to visit the official AquaCraft website.
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If you have a big application (8th scale buggy/truggy, monster truck), you need a big speed controller. Team Orion has just announced their new brushless ESC for 8th scale applications, the Vortex R8 Pro X. The R8 Pro X comes with a new aluminum case and fan to help keep it running cool, while new and improved software makes it easier to drive.
* Maximum cell count 6S
* Adjustable BEC from 6 to 7.2 volts
* Works on both sensored and sensorless motors
* Comes with Deans connectors
* Forward/brake/reverse, forward/brake, and forward/reverse (Crawler) modes
The part number is #ORI65129 and you can get complete details by clicking on This Link.
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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
Team Associated is giving you touring car fans the hook-up lately. Last week they announced their new GReddy Scion and now they have released details on their Apex Series Lexus RC F.
The Associated Lexus RC F uses a highly detailed body on the outside for good looks, while 4wd and a powerful brushless system are used under the hood to get the blood pumping. Its electronics are water-resistant so you can keep bashing regardless of the weather and a 2.4GHz radio system is included.
* Reedy 3300kV 540 motor
* Fully assembled RTR available in two different colors
* Detailed brake components and Lexus RC F 20 spoke wheels
* Includes Reedy 6 cell NiMH 3000mAh battery and charger
* All metal gear transmission
The part number for the Associated Lexus is #30115 and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in September. Get complete details at This Link over on Associated’s website.
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Associated Lexus Gallery
Team Associated has a new on-road car for your bashing pleasure, an Apex Scion Racing FR-S GReddy edition touring car. The Scion is part of Associated’s affordable Qualifier Series and comes RTR with brushless power.
Set on the Apex 4wd platform, a highly detailed body has the racy look of the full scale version. Under the hood you’ll find waterproof electronics, a 2.4GHz radio system, and a Reedy 3300kV brushless motor.
* High traction racing tires and detailed brake components
* Metal gear servo
* Includes Reedy 6-cell NiMH and wall charger
* CVA front and rear axles
* All metal gears in transmission
* Full bearing set
The part number for the Associated Scion is #30113 and it is set for a September release date. Click Here for full details over on the official Associated website.
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Associated Apex Scion Gallery
THE Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy From Horizon Hobby Review
In today’s review we’ll be taking a very up close and personal look at the Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy from Losi. The Mini 8IGHT-T comes in at 1/14 scale, bigger than most minis, but significantly smaller than a tenth scaled truck. It comes brushless powered and with the high zoot AVC that everyone is talking about. Can the Mini 8IGHT-T take the beating required to be a good bash vehicle? Is it worth its $279 price point? Is there enough yank under the hood to keep a smile on your face? Hit the “Read More” to find out…
First seen at the Nuremburg Toy Fair over the winter, the mid July release date for the ARRMA Typhon buggy is quickly approaching. The Typhon is big news not only because it is the first 8th scale to be released by ARRMA, but also because it will be their first 4wd.
The Typhon was designed to be a high speed-high power bash buggy, but perhaps more importantly, it was also designed to handle the rigors of constant 6S LiPo operation. Some of features and specifications of the new Typhon include-
* BLX 2050kV brushless motor
* Heavy duty gear diffs w/ steel outdrives
* Waterproof receiver box
* Adjustable battery tray with velcro straps
* Adjustable steel turnbuckles
* Aerodynamic body and wing
* High-impact knuckles, arms and hub carriers
* Pivot ball front suspension
* Center diff with ultra-strong spur gear
* Aggressive dBoots tires with foam inserts
* Waterproof BLX180 6S ESC with fan
* 2.4GHz ATX-100 2.4GHz transmitter w/ ARX-100 receiver
* Waterproof ADS-15 15kg metal gear servo
* Width: 12″
* Length: 20″
* Wheelbase: 12.9″
* Height: 7.2″
* Weight: 6.6lb
The part number for the ARRMA Typhon is #AR106001 and they have a street price of $429. To be the first person on your block to get one simply hit up This Link to get one on pre-order.
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ARRMA Typhon Gallery
For those people looking to go insanely fast around an on-road track, Serpent has started teasing their new 977-e 8th scale on-road car. Like most Serpent products, it is ubered-out with carbon fiber and should be an animal to drive. Some of its features include-
* Carbon fiber chassis, ESC plate, and battery holders
* 7075-T6 aluminum motor mount and mid-shaft bracket
* Runs a pair of 5mm belts
* Big pulleys & uses bearings on belt tensioner
* Viper 977 front & rear suspension
* Designed by Michael Salven
The part number is #904002, they are slated for a July release, and you can get more information at This Link over on Serpent’s website.
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Serpent 977-e Gallery
The latest name to jump in the brushless motor game is Scorpion Power Systems. They have just announced their new line-up of RS-3420 Series 540 sized brushless motors for 1/12 and 1/10 scale vehicles. The line-up is available in a wide variety of winds ranging from 4.5 turn (7170Kv) to 21.5 turns (1470Kv). Some of their features include-
* Built in cooling fan
* Patented rotor surface that increases flux density and cooling
* Metal sleeve over rotor for durability
* Built in temp sensors
* 200% more cooling surface than comparable motors
* High grade silicon steel used in stator assembly
* Motor can is machined from 7075 aluminum
The motors are priced at $89 and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official SPS website.
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