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ARRMA Kraton Review
Ever since it was seen at the Nuremburg Toy Fair in January, the ARRMA Kraton BLX Monster Truck has been creating a lot of buzz. The Kraton is not only ARRMA RC’s first 4wd, but also their first 1/8th scale machine, hence the reason bashers are biting at the bit to hear how it performs.

Since receiving our review Kraton we’ve been bashing and thrashing it like the true bashers we are. What did we find out?

* Handling – The Kraton comes with soft sprung but heavily damped suspension, making it handle like a champ. It attacks a track like a race truck, yet it’s big monster truck tires love chewing up loam and grass. We also found it soaks up big hits (via multiple roof jumps) like a beast.

* Power – Oh ya, it’s got plenty on tap. We normally ran the Kraton on a pair of Reed Wolfpack 3S LiPo batteries wired in series for 6S, and it does not fail to impress with power. On 6S it is a beast right off the bottom, tears through the mid-range, and has tire exploding top end. When compared to the E-Revo, MT4 G3, and Savage Flux, it is right in the mix for power output. When run on 4S it is noticeably softer off the bottom and on top, but still has plenty of rip.

* Durability – We have yet to break a plastic part on the Kraton, but did manage to explode one of the rear tires with all its power (we ended up running Pro-Line Big Joe IIs). The pinion on our test unit came loose, but it was simple enough to pop it back on. We also noticed that the included Deans connectors looked to have been overheated when they were installed at the factory, making them a loose fit on our battery packs.

* The cage used to keep the body from crushing in worked like a charm. Even after lots of abuse the stock body has yet to be destroyed.

* The Kraton comes with perhaps the most powerful RTR steering servo we’ve ever seen, it truly has no problem throwing those big front tires around. To make sure all that power makes it to the wheels, an aluminum servo arm comes standard, a very nice touch for a RTR.

* We measured the top speed on the Kraton to be 38 mph (on 4S LiPo) and it got there in a hurry.

* Typical bashing moves like pulling wheelies and backflips are easy with the Kraton. Big power and big tires help it pull off those moves even with a center diff.

* While the Kraton might be called a monster truck, it comes with a center diff and a massive rear wing, items typically found on truggies. Speaking of the rear wing, all our reviewers liked how it was molded to match the body lines.

We found the ARRMA Kraton to be a gnarly bashing machine, easily capable of running with all the big hitters in its class. It should be hitting hobby shops in the next couple of weeks with a street price of $499, much lower than most of its competitors. To get complete details, check out the Kraton Page over on the official ARRMA website.

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AquaCraft Atlantic II Tugboat
With scale realism being of the utmost importance now days, AquaCraft’s new Atlantic II Tugboat brings it in force. The closer you look at the pictures the more amazed you are with its fine scale detailing.

The Atlantic II is powered by a 550 size electric motor and comes with a 30 amp ESC. When run on recommended batteries (3S 2200mAh), you can expect runtimes of up to an hour. A 2.4GHz Tactic radio system means glitch free performance and a nifty looking display stand is included so it looks as good at home as it does on the water.

Beam- 10.5″
Length- 30.3″
Height- 19.5″
Requires- LiPo battery & charger, six AA batteries

The part number is #AQUB5725, its street price is $329, and these are available right now. For more information on everything AquaCraft, hit up their Official Website.

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Tower Hobbies Cutback SCT
Tower Hobbies has a new RTR short course truck called the Cutback. The Cutback is aimed right at the bashing market with waterproof electronics, an affordable price point, and durable construction. Some of the highlights of the Cutback include-

* 1/10 scale 4-wheel drive
* 3mm aluminum chassis
* Waterproof electronics
* High torque digital metal gear servo
* 80 amp brushless ESC
* 4 pole 3600kV brushless motor
* 2.4GHz radio system w/ fail-safe
* Big-bore shocks with threaded bodies
* Uses 3 sealed diffs
* Comes equipped with bearings
* Uses 12mm wheel hexes
* Pre-painted and trimmed body
* Height- 7.7″
* Width- 11.2″
* Length- 20.9″

The part number is #TOWC0500, it has a street price of just $299, and they should start shipping mid October. For more details or to place an order hit up This Link over on the official Tower Hobbies website.

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THE Kyosho Mad Bug ReadySet Review

Kyosho Mad Bug Review

You might know Kyosho for their world championship winning buggies or perhaps from one of their classics back in the day. Today Kyosho still has high end race machines, but they also offer a plethora of bash mobiles. We’ve been bashing on their Mad Bug ReadySet for a few weeks now to find out what kind of bash machine it is. Does it have good power? Can you slam it hard without breakage? Is the Mad Bug a solid bash machine? Click the “Read More” to find out…

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Losi 8IGHT-E RTR
Losi has announced that you can now get the convenience of their race winning 8IGHT-E buggy in a Read To Run. The 8IGHT-E has always been a strong performer on the track, as well as being a fast and durable basher. The RTR version comes with Horizon’s AVC stability control, as well as a powerful Dynamite brushless system.

* 130 amp ESC
* 1800kV brushless motor
* Waterproof
* 16mm shocks and tapered springs
* Sealed Viscous Diffs
* Spektrum DX2E V3 2.4GHz transmitter

The part number is #LOS04003, they have a street price of $659, and you can get complete details At This Link on Losi’s website.

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ECX 1/36 Kickflip Beatbox
The latest big thing from ECX is actually quite small, their new Kickflip and Beatbox 1/36th scale vehicles. With an extra small footprint, these can be driven just about anywhere, while their affordable price (just $34!) puts them into everyone’s price range. Some of their features and specifications include-

* Features slow and fast driving settings
* 1/36th scale 2wd with solid axle
* Length- 4.36″
* Width- 3.35″
* Wheel Diameter- .84″
* Buggy Wheel Width- Front: .43″, Rear: .63″
* Truck Wheel Width- Front: .63″, Rear: .63″
* Charger integrated into transmitter
* Includes 2.4GHz radio, four AAA batteries, brushed motor, and 1S LiPo

The part number for the Kickflip is #ECX00010, the Beatbox is #ECX00011, and HERE Is The Link for the official ECX website.

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Kyosho Mazda Nissan AWD Mini-Zs
With the weather getting colder many hobbyists head indoors. Some race off-road tenth scale buggies, while others chose tiny on-road cars like Kyosho Mini-Zs.

For all you Mini-Z fanatics, Kyosho has announced a pair of new cars headed to a hobby shop near you. One has a snazzy Mazda Savanna RX-7 body while the other comes with a Nissan Silvia S15 shell. Both use a MA-020 based chassis that comes with AWD and VCS front suspension. Some of the highlights of the new cars include-

* Full bearing set
* Most Mini-Z AWD option parts bolt right on
* KT-19 transmitter
* Comes with 20 cones to mark your own track
* Very detailed bodies
* Receiver/ESC unit has adjustments for LED lighting and gyro
* 1/27.6 scale
* Wheelbase: 1.9″
* Width: 2.8″

The part number for the Mazda is #32125CR-B, the Nissan is #32124CW-B, and both are expected to ship sometime in December. Hit up This Link to check out the official Kyosho America website.

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THE ARRMA Raider Mega Series Buggy Review

ARRMA Raider Mega Series Review

The Mega Series from ARRMA RC is their new affordable series aimed at entry level and price conscience hobbyists. We’ve been bashing the Mega Series Raider for a few weeks now. Is it a solid entry level bash machine? Does it uphold the ARRMA name? Does it have enough power to be fun? Click the “Read More” button for our full review…

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Associated Apex Scion Drift
The Associated Apex GReddy Scion has been out for a while now, but yesterday Associated announced that it will also be available in a Drift Version. This is part of their Apex Series, an affordable line of RTR vehicles.

The Drift GReddy Scion comes with all the same features of the older car but includes hard drift tires so you can get your sideways action on.

* Scion Racing FR-2 Rocket Bunny body
* Detailed brake components
* Reedy 3300kV brushless motor
* XP 2.4GHz radio system w/ metal gear servo
* Includes Reedy 6 cell NiMH battery and wall charger
* All metal gear transmission

The part number is #30113D, they are street priced at $289, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in late October. THIS is the link you want for more details over on the Associated website.

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Kyosho Mad Bug Unboxing
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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THE Axial SCX10 Ram Power Wagon Review

Axial Ram Power Wagon Review

There is no doubt that Axial is scalding hot right now. Everything they touch seems to turn to gold and for good reason, they’ve been putting out some incredible looking vehicles that can take all you can dish out. Their latest version of the SCX10 is the Ram Power Wagon. Does the Ram live up to the Axial reputation? Can it hold its own on the trail? Is it worth your cash? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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THE Kyosho AXXE Wireless LAN iReceiver Sand Buggy Review

Kyosho AXXE Review

FPV, some say it’s the future, some won’t drive any other way, but most have little to no experience with it. Today we are taking a closer look at the Kyosho AXXE. The version of the AXXE we received is part of Kyosho’s iReadyset series, it comes with their iReceiver and can be driven by a wide variety of Android and Apple devices. With the addition of an optional Kyosho camera, it is as close to a full out of the box FPV set-up that you can buy. Does the Kyosho deliver a good FPV experience? Is driving with your cell phone any fun? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…

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HPI Discount Tire Micro RS4 Drift
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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