Wow, is Tekin really making a comeback? Here's what the new owners of the legendary brand have to say: We are proud to announce the return of Tekin to the RC industry. As the new owners, we are excited about continuing the Tekin tradition of innovative, quality products...we will be offering some of the original products, repackaging the best of the existing designs and developing the already-designed next-generation products. The G10 ESC's and the BC112 series chargers will be the first products out the door. Other existing inventory will be available in limited quantities. A full product line consistent with Tekin's expertise will follow. Stay tuned to www.teamtekin.com for more info!
Yannick Aigon, TQ driver at the most recent IFMAR 1/8 Off-Road World Championship, has joined RB Products in the R&D department. Yannick will also drive the XRAY XB8 in France to strengthen the XRAY French team. XRAY will work very hard on further improvement and development, and with world class top drivers like Aigon and other running XRAY, it will certainly help to speed up the evolution of the car.
Since Kyosho didn't have a name for it's new .21-powered truck when we spotted it at the Nuremberg hobby show (Inside Scoop, May 2002) and drove it in the June edition of our sister mag RC Nitro (see it in action; here's the video), we've been calling it "Monster X". The truck is nameless no more; now officially dubbed "Mad Force", the innovative machine should be entering production as you read this. One thing is for sure: you can forget comparing the Mad Force to any other truck you've seen, Kyosho or otherwise. With its 3-speed tranny, chain drive, torsion-link suspension, and tubular axle housings, the Mad Force is a completely original vision of a 21st-century monster machine.
Matt Higgins got his crawl on at the USRCCA (United States Radio Control Crawler Association) Nats in beautiful Moab, Utah for your viewing pleasure in RC Car Action. Look for full coverage in the mag, click here for a taste!
Colegno, Italy: Ryan Cavalieri and his Trinity-powered B4 were a winning combo at the Worlds warm-up, where Cav took the 2WD trophy after winning all three Mains. He didn't TQ though: on-road hero Atsushi Hara had that honor with his Orion-powered B4. In 4WD, Hara wheeled Durango to TQ and win each of the three Mains. Talk about it at the RC Zone.
We uncovered a major secret during a routine visit with Team Associated recently. Tucked away in a partially opened cabinet, we couldnt help but notice a suspicious little truck with a mini T4 body. Apparently someone left the cabinet open and before the engineers could wrestle us to the ground, we snapped off a couple of pictures it.
For more information and pictures, please visit the Radio Control Zone forums.They may not be the greatest shots, but youre looking at a prototype of the A-Teams new RC18T mini truck. Look closely and youll notice the aluminum propeller shaft running down the center of the chassis. Yes the truck is 4WD and it will also include oil-filled shocks, front and rear diffs and its compatible with the many wheels and tires designed for the Losi Mini-T. The chassis has room to install a six cell flat pack on the left side of the chassis and the motor, ESC, receiver and steering servo are mounted on the right.
According to Associated, an RC18T RTR is already in the works and they might even release a kit version. LRP is working on a special ESC and motor for the RTR version, but the truck is designed to use the current crop of motors, batteries and other micro electronics. Keep checking back, because well have better shots of the RC18T soon.
Team Associated driver Jared Tebo took the win in the 2WD Mod class at the Pro-Line/RC Car Action Cactus Classic in Scottsdale, AZ, which proves the well-known nitro specialist is an equally talented electric racer. Team Trinity's Ryan Cavalieri won Mod Truck, while Ryan Mayfield finished first in 4WD with his J-Concepts buggy. What do these three drivers have in common? Theyre all 19 years old or younger.
Tamiya shocker! Big T is set to release the Terra Crusher, an all-new nitro monster truck that features an electric-start .18 engine, full independent suspension, 8 shocks, and a 2-speed reversing transmission! We'll have a First Look in "the March issue of Radio Control Car Action complete with exclusive first-drive impressions, but these pictures and specs will have to tide you over until then! Visit Tamiya for more details!
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Length: 560mm Width: 440mm Height: 285mm Wheelbase: 360mm Weight: 5,700 grams Wheel: 87mm x 76mm 5-Spoke w/Chrome plated Tire Size: 176mm/100mm Toe-in Rear: Adjustable Chassis Front Skid: 8 Degrees Engine: .18ci (approx. 3cc) w/ Blue Anodized Head Gear Ratio: FWD 1st 29.67:1 FWD 2nd 20.40:1 RWD 1st 29.67:1 RWD 2nd 20.40:1 Gear Module: 0.8mm pitch for Spur gear and Pinion gear 1.0mm pitch for other gears Chassis: 2.5mm thickness, stamped plate, duralumin Body: Pre-painted and Stickered Polycarbonate Body
Fuel Capacity: 150cc Transmission: 2 Speed Forward and on-the-fly Reverse Suspension: Double wishbone suspension for Front and Rear Damper: Plastic-body, Oil-damper w/ Blue colored Drive Shaft: Plastic Universal shaft for Front and Rear Center Propeller Shaft: Plastic propeller shaft w/ metal universal joint Ball Bearing: Full ball bearings (32pcs.) including 2 one-way bearings Muffler: Resin Muffler w/ Aluminum manifold Brake: Ventilated double disk brake Starter: Battery starter with starter unit Radio: 2-channel transmitter "ADSPEC SPORTS GP" Mechanics: R/C mechanics sealed in mechanical box Servo Unit: High torque steering servo included (torque 9kg/cm) Cooling Fan: Equipped with cooling fan