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
Here is some news you won’t find anyplace else. Remember that Pro-Line Spy Shot we posted on Friday? We have just received word that Pro-Line will now have an XL Sized version of their Interco TSL SX Super Swamper 2.2″ tires. The XL size is ideal for the scale crawling crowd that wants maximum ground clearance for getting over tough obstacles, or for people that simply like the look of a bigger tire. The Super Swamper XLs bolt right up to Pro-Line’s Titus 2.2″ Bead-Loc wheels and feature that scale look everyone is after.
* Officially licensed by Interco Tire Corporation
* Available in G8 compound
* Comes with memory foam inserts
The part number is #10107-14, street pricing will be right around $30 per pair, and they are scheduled for an August release date. Click Right Here to visit the official Pro-Line website.
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Pro-Line Interco TSL SX Super Swamper XL Gallery
We also added a couple more of our spy shots that we had for size comparison.
A few of your guesses were pretty close. Nice work!
One of the newest bodies announced by Killerbody RC is the Horri-Bull 1/10 crawler body. The Horri-Bull was designed to fit vehicles like the Axial Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and can help give your truck a unique look. The body is available in clear, painted/finished, or as a finished body with light buckets. Several different pre-painted colors are available from Killerbody, as are numerous scale accessories to make it look just the way you want it to.
The body pictured above has a part number of #48336 and they are available right now. To see more pictures and get more details just hit up This Link over on the Killerbody website.
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Killerbody RC Horri-Bull Gallery
First shown at the Nuremburg Toy Fair, then recently seen again at the HobbyTown USA Convention, the HPI Crawler King ’73 Ford Bronco is getting close to its September release date. With its release date right around the corner HPI has released some pictures and information to wet your appetite.
The retro schemed ’73 Bronco is made for rock crawling and mud bogging. It’s a RTR that comes with waterproof electronics so you can bash in any kind of weather. It also features over 6 inches of suspension travel, plenty for soaking up those bumps in the road. Some of its other highlights include-
* Officially licensed body
* High performance HB Rover crawling tires
* Heavy duty alloy suspension links
* 2.4GHz radio system
* 55 turn brushed crawling motor
* Locked differentials
* Nothing more to buy, comes with 7.2V 2000mAh Ni-MH pack, charger, and AA batteries for the transmitter
The part number for the Bronco is #113225 and you can get a bit more information at This Link over on HPI’s website.
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HPI Crawler King Bronco Gallery
So you’ve got your trail rig tough as nails but you need the final touch, some scale accessories. Lucky for you the crew over at TheToyz has just announced three new 1/10 scale accessory sets. All three sets sport the realistic look you are after and are hand painted.
The #TOYZ 335 set includes a pair of red fuel cans with mounts. These are street priced at $9. The #TOYZ 337 is street priced at $19 and comes with a scale winch, a hi lift jack, pry bar, shovel, axe and a gas can with mount. The #TOYZ 336 is a realistic fire extinguisher with mount and is priced at $9. Hit up This Link to head over to TheToyz’s official website for more details.
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While 4×4 is great out on the trail, 6×6 is even better for getting through those tough sections. One of the latest 6x6s to hit the market is from Cross-RC. Their new KC6 sports a military look and plenty of scale realism. Some of its features include-
* Kit with unpainted one piece ABS body
* Assembled gearbox, axles, and front dampers
* Leaf springs front and rear
* Metal gearbox guard & tow hooks
* Includes LED light set
* Requires radio system, servo, ESC, motor, and battery
* Size: 730 x 220 x 250mm
The KC6 has a street price of $650 and they are available right now. For more information on everything from Cross-RC HERE is the link to their website.
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Cross-RC KC6 Gallery
It was time to break open the new Axial SCX10 Deadbolt RTR! People were such big fans of the Deadbolt body on the AX10, Axial decided to bring the scale look to the SCX10 as well! The green is REALLY green. When we first saw the parts tree, we thought.. ‘Hey! This was supposed to be a RTR!’ But it’s loaded with cool options like the different heads, etc.
Axial SCX10 Deadbolt RTR Gallery
You can see a cool shot of the ESC with jumpers for changing the amount of drag brake, as well as a lipo cutoff. It’s nice to have these options in the field made simple just by changing a jumper.
Axial SCX10 Deadbolt RTR Gallery
The part number for this SCX10 Deadbolt RTR is #AX90044, it has a street price of $299, should be available shortly after we posted this. More information is available on the Axial Website.
Axial SCX10 Deadbolt RTR Gallery
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RC4WD has announced their latest truck, a Trail Finder 2 RTR with Mojave Body Set. Being a ready to run, the Mojave TF2 makes it fast and easy to hit the trail, and like most other RC4WD products, its scale detailing is top notch. A 2.4GHz radio system eliminates radio conflicts, while its 45 turn brushed power system should put out plenty of smooth power to get over tough obstacles. To get that power to the ground, the Mojave uses an RC4WD R3 transmission and one of their Hammer transfer cases.
* Painted body with dropped bed
* R3 transmission
* Scale realistic tube bumpers, rock rails & skid plate
* Mud Thrasher tires on 1.55 steel beadlock wheels
* Leaf spring suspension
* Aluminum ladder frame chassis
* Metal axles with locked diffs
* Hammer 4×4 transfer case
* XR3b 2.4GHz radio system
* Outcry ESC w/ 45 turn brushed motor
* Twister digital metal gear servos
The part number is Z-RTR0019, street price is $459, and they are set for a Mid May release date. This is the link you want for more information over on RC4WD’s website.
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RC4WD TF2 Mojave Gallery
The crew over at Tamiya have a new vehicle for the crawling crowd called the Rock Socker. The Rock Socker is a kit that uses a modified Stadium Blitzer body mounted on a Tamiya CR-01 chassis. With 4wd, 4-link suspension, and solid axles, it should be able to crawl over some gnarly terrain.
The Rock Socker has a part number of #58592, a retail price of $530, and you can Click Here to check out its page over on the Tamiya website.
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The folks over at Axial are on top of the crawling world now days. They got there by putting out capable, and great looking, trucks. Their latest truck is a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited C/R Edition. This SCX10 based truck is loaded with trick scale goodies like BFG tires, Rigid Industries light bars, Casey Currie’s CRC wheels, and multiple Poison Spyder licensed parts. The C/R edition looks trick right out of the box, and should be a solid performer out on the trail.
The part number for the C/R edition is #AX90035, it has a street price of $419, and they should start hitting hobby shops in late April. To get complete information simply hit up This Link.
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Axial SCX10 C/R Edition Gallery
After 8 years of limited release, Rogue Element Components is gearing up for a final production run of Scale Alloy Lug Nuts. These ultra scale detailed lug nuts are what put REC on the map, if you want to get your hands on some, now is the time to get your order in.
There are 2 different styles to choose from, 8-bolt and Warn Lockers, and they are priced at $29 a set. The lug nuts are 3/8″ in diameter and use a Nylock nut that is threaded for M4x.7 Tamiya & Axial axles. A special wrench is included to make it easy to get them on and off.
To get your set pre-ordered you can hit up the Official Rogue Element website.
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Rogue Element Lug Nuts
More and more people are getting into the 6×6 scene. A 6×6 makes it easier to climb tough obstacles, plus, they just look gnarly. Integy has announced a Limited Edition Trail Roller 6×6 ARTR. The Trail Roller has six wheel drive, all wheel steer, and roughly 95% of the parts are made from aluminum or steel. The 6×6 Trail Roller comes pre-built, making it quicker to get out on the trail. Some of its other features include-
* 415mm wheelbase
* Metal gear transmission
* Slipper clutch
* Heavy duty alloy driveshafts
* Alloy front & rear axles
* Equipped with winch on front bumper
The part number for the big Integy is #C25311BLACKSILVERT2, it has a street price of $679, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link to get more information over on the Integy website.
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Integy Trail Roller 6x6 Gallery
New from RC4WD are officially licensed 2.2″ Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC tires for that scaler or crawler of yours. Not only do they look like the real deal, but they are made from super soft rubber to give loads of traction.
* Inner Ribbing for greater sidewall support
* Weight- 5.04oz each
* Inner diameter- 2.2″
* Outer diameter- 5.84″
* X2 SS Compound, super soft & sticky
The part number is #Z-T0112, the street price is $29 a pair, and they are available right now. For more information simply click This Link.
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