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Pro-Line AMBUSH, All-New RTR Rock Crawler [VIDEO]

Pro-Line AMBUSH, All-New RTR Rock Crawler [VIDEO]

Pro-Line is well known for Readers’ Choice Award-winning bodies, wheels, and tires, as well as the PRO-2 Buggy, PRO-2 SC, and PRO MT kits. Now Pro-Line is branching out into rock-crawlers, minis, and ready-to-runs…all in one model! The all-new Ambush is a 1/25 “True Scale” rock crawler with all the detail you’d expect from the body and tire giant, plus features normally found only in 1/10 and larger machines. Everything you need to hit the trail is in the box, including a Lithium-Ion battery, USB charger, and a good-looking 2.4GHz transmitter–first-class stuff. How much and how soon? Expect the Ambush to land in October at about $184. Here’s everything else you need to know about Pro-Line’s new mini-crawler.

 

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Take me home! The window-box packaging will look good on the hobby-store shelf, and even better on your passenger seat.

 

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The Ambush and its 2.4GHz transmitter for a sense of scale. It’s a high-quality combo.

 

Pro-Line Ambush 1/24 Scale Rock Crawler - image copyright 2016 Air Age Media

Good-looking truck. The body hits International Scout notes, and is topped by an injection-molded cage and separate roof panel.

 

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‘Sup bro? The tiny driver figure’s rubber head wears a backwards cap and shades. Safety first with a 4-point harness (even if it is just a sticker).

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Rear angle. Pro-Line does a good job decaling the Ambush for you. Let’s get a look under the Lexan…

 

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The body is held on by two Velcro strips. The chassis is very neat, just a couple of boxes (battery up front, receiver/speed control in the back), a few tidy wires, and no antenna.

 

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Here’s the speed control/receiver combo. There’s an extra slot for a third channel.

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The battery is a 2-cell, 350mAh, 7.4v block that slips into a holder and connects automatically. That’s one less plug in your life.

 

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The USB charger is ready to jack into your phone charger, laptop, or your RC charger’s USB port if equipped. A red LED lets you know charging is under way, and a green LED lights when the pack is good to go.

 

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The steering servo is mounted on the axle, and aims the front tires with a linkage setup like what you’ll find on many 1/10 trucks.

 

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Here’s the chassis with the battery box and receiver/speed control unit removed. Until you really look at it, it’s easy to mistake the Ambush for a 1/10 scale model. The black steel chassis rails and black plastics set off the plated leaf springs, hardware, and shock towers nicely.

 

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The transmission sits on a steel skid plate and houses a single gear mesh. The motor plate is steel too (I goofed in the video and said it was aluminum). Note how each chassis rail is actually two pieces of steel.

 

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Here’s a look underneath, starring a sturdy skidplate and solid-axle drivetrain.

 

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Here’s two angles of the trans out of the Ambush, with the gear cover off. All the truck’s hardware is .050″ hex, so it’s easy to work on.

 

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Telescoping shafts link the transmission to the axles. The tiny shafts are just over 6mm in diameter.

 

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The solid axles provide full-time 4WD, and the “stacked” housing makes it easy to guess what’s inside–namely, a worm-drive setup instead of the usual bevel pinion and ring gear.
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Tires off for a better look at the axle and the leaf springs. The axles are locked, no differentials.

 

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And here’s a look inside the axle housing. It’s all metal in there, and since it’s a worm-gear system, there’s no freewheeling–the gears only turn under power. That means the Ambush won’t roll off obstacles when you stop.

 

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The Ambush’s suspension looks trick with its plated shock towers. Each spring consists of three separate leaves, and they’re very thin for flexibility. The shocks also have springs inside them.

 

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Hey, did you know Pro-Line makes excellent tires? Not many people know that, besides everyone. The Ambush gets a set of Flat Irons that are ringers for the 1/10 versions, but these are just 2″ in diameter. The tires are glued to Denali rims and separate trim rings give the wheels beadlock styling.

 

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Most minis totally skimp on the radio, but Pro-Line specs a nice unit.

 

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Steering and throttle trims are digital, and the L-M-H switch sets maximum throttle to Low, Medium, or High. The lower settings are handy when you want to devote maximum trigger throw to minimum throttle range for extra-precise crawling. The silver thing tucked into the upper corner flips out so you can clip the radio to a lanyard if that’s your style. Not shown: battery-meter and link-status LEDs, steering rate adjustment buttons, and the third-channel switch in front of the wheel.

 

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And one more thing: Pro-Line supplies extra decals so you can change up the stripes for a fresh look (or so you can tell whose truck is whose when your buddies get theirs).

 

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Updated: August 23, 2016 — 7:36 PM
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  1. I can’t wait till they come out and I’m definitely going to get one

  2. this is going to be so much better than the Gelande II 1/18.

  3. I’m a Scout 800 fan! This is going to be great!

  4. Just told my local hobby shop….I WANT ONE..
    Starting to make a 12ft X 9ft small crawl track in prep for it to get here.

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