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While 1/8 is awesome for bashing it’s good to have a 1/10 to kick around as a back up. I’ve got a Firestorm with Castle 3800 SCT, all the RPM parts & some Dirt Hawgs. It takes a good beating & is quick & cheap to fix, I hate wrenching! Would you say it’s worth going to a Pro MT? Pro MT looks awesome but parts are more expensive & may do similar for what it’s used for which is jumping ramps & BMX track. At the moment I launch the EFS without concern as parts are cheap, the Pro MT may be less fun if I have to care more! lol
What do you reckon?
2016 should be a good year for bashing!
Cubby- Yo Alan and happy Thursday. Thanks for the email, I get a lot about the Pro-Line PRO-MT, which is a good thing because I have in a lot of time with mine.
In your letter you say you have an HPI Firestorm which is a 1/10th scale stadium style truck (or at least that’s what we call them here in the states). And… you are looking to get a PRO-MT which is a 1/10 “monster” style truck. Here is how the PRO-MT will drive differently from your Firestorm- mainly you’ll notice the PRO-MT will pull wheelies and backflips easier. For track use you don’t want to pull wheelies, you want to put all the power to the ground, but wheelies are really fun while out bashing and the PRO-MT makes them easy. The PRO-MT will also have superior suspension and ground clearance, making really big jumps easier to land and drive away from.
As far as durability goes, your Firestorm is quite durable, but so is the PRO-MT. Yes, the PRO-MT does break when you drive it like you stole it, just like any truck would, but its parts are still typically cheaper than an 1/8th scaler. Now, if you don’t like pulling wheelies or backflips, you might want to look elsewhere, but if your mind has a true basher mentality (go faster, go bigger) then you can’t help but have an insane amount of fun with the PRO-MT. Cut the check bro, you’ll thank me later…
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Hello from across the pond,
With the return of a certain rc fighting robot show and it’s 12S max lipo count, what powertrain would your entrant run? A “simple” brushless 6S left/right, or something more exotic?
Bored@Work (Lee C.)”
Cubby- Ya know Lee, it has been a very long time since I have watched any of those robo fight shows. I still see them in person from time to time at various trade shows, but I certainly don’t follow their rules or what style of bots are crushing it now days.
However, I do have a couple of ideas for you. You say you have a 12S limit, but if you use 6S on the left side and 6S on the right side, that is still only 6S total voltage unless both packs are wired in series. So… why not do 12S on the left and 12S on the right?
Also… as there is a “12S” limit, you didn’t specify an actual voltage. The new LiHV cells are all the rage now days and can give you an extra couple tenths of voltage per cell. Not a big dealio when only using 1S, but a 12S LiHV pack would have more than 2 volts more output than older style packs. So if there isn’t a max voltage rule, only a cell count, I would definitely run the higher voltage LiHV packs for more voltage than my competitors. More voltage means less current for the same amount of wattage, which is always a good thing.
So there ya have it ya bunch of lunatics, you’ve made it to the end of another ASK Cubby. Do you have a question? Are you mad bro and just gotta mash the keys? Simply want to shoot the bull? thecubreportrc at gmail dot com is my email address. If your letter hits the big time you’ll win a free sticker pack, and if yours is “Letter of the Month”, we’ll hook you up with a free t-shirt.
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