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Monster X = Mad Force APRIL 2002

Monster X = Mad Force APRIL 2002

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.
Rockin’ Moab! USRCCA  Rock Crawling Nats

Rockin’ Moab! USRCCA Rock Crawling Nats

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!
Worlds Warm-Up: Cavalieri 2WD, Hara 4WD

Worlds Warm-Up: Cavalieri 2WD, Hara 4WD

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.

2WD RESULTS
TQ: Atsushi Hara
WINNER: Ryan Cavalieri: Associated B4/Trinity
2. Masami Hirosaka: Associated B4/Reedy
3. Dave Montgomery: Associated B4/Reedy
4. Atsushi Hara: associated B4/Orion
5. Travis Amezcua: Team Losi Triple-X KE2/Trinity

4WD RESULTS
TQ: Atsushi Hara
WINNER: Atsushi Hara: Durango/Orion
2. Travis Amezcua: Team Losi/Trinity
3. Gregg Hodapp: X5/Peak
4. Masami Hirosaka: Yokomo proto/Reedy
5. Jukka Steenari: Team Losi/Trinity

Pro-Line Crowd Pleazer for Jato!

Wow, now THAT'S a hot-lookin' Jato! In addition to the Crowd Pleazer shell, this Jato is wearing Pro-Line's Agitator wheels. Read all about it
Team Associated RC18T Spy Shots!!!

Team Associated RC18T Spy Shots!!!

We uncovered a major secret during a routine visit with Team Associated recently. Tucked away in a partially opened cabinet, we couldn’t 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 you’re looking at a prototype of the A-Team’s new RC18T mini truck. Look closely and you’ll 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 it’s 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 we’ll have better shots of the RC18T soon.

O.S. .18 TM engine for T-Maxx and Revo trucks

O.S. Engines has developed a new .18-size small-block engine that's even more powerful than the class-leading .18 CV-R, and it's a direct fit for the T-Maxx.

The .18 TM features an IPS-type crankshaft to fit the stock clutch and flywheel hardware from the 2.5 T-Maxx, and the Traxxas EZ Start 2 or a Traxxas pull-starter are a direct fit on the .18 TM.

CLICK HERE for more information and discussion at the RC Zone forums.




Young Guns Dominate Cactus Classic

Young Guns Dominate Cactus Classic

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? They’re all 19 years old or younger.

Click Here for more information and feedback on this topic at the RC Zone forum.
Tamiya Announces Terra Crusher DECEMBER 2001

Tamiya Announces Terra Crusher DECEMBER 2001

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

Tamiya TNX Wins Monster Madness II

Tamiya TNX Wins Monster Madness II

Tamiya was the big winner at the second annual RC Car Action Monster Madness race, hosted by RC Madness in Enfield, CT. Team drivers Jimmy Jacobsen (who took the TQ spot) and David Jun dominated the small block class with their TNX trucks, besting a field that included Traxxas' hard-charging Steve Slayden and his Revo. Slayden was gaining on the front-running Tamiya drivers, but flamed out before he could close the gap. Jacobsen took the checkered flag with two laps on the field, followed by Jun and Slayden. Congratulations Tamiya!




Pro racers Scott Hughes and Jared Tebo take home $1000 at RCX

Pro racers Scott Hughes and Jared Tebo take home $1000 at RCX

One of the hottest events at RCX is the SuperCross race. This year, Pro-Line’s Scott Hughes and his Mugen machine took the win and $500 on Saturday in the 1/8-scale buggy class. On Sunday, Team Associated’s Jared Tebo earned his share of the $1000 purse by putting his RC10GT ahead of the competition.
OS .18 TZ shatters the two horsepower barrier!

OS .18 TZ shatters the two horsepower barrier!

Prior to our latest dyno test, the most powerful small-block engine we've tested was high-strung .12 competition engine. At 1.6 horsepower, this engine put out more power than any small block of any displacement - until now.

In a recent dyno test for an upcoming issue of RC Nitro magazine, the new OS .18 TZ rear-exhaust engine cranked out a record setting 2.28 bhp at 30,500 rpm. It shatters the 2hp barrier for small-block engines well before anyone else had a chance to get close, making more horsepower than four very prominent big-block engines we've previously tested. The TZ also set a new high mark for torque, measuring an amazing 83.1 oz.-in. at 25,850 rpm.

The new TZ is a ground-up design that features a 5-port configuration with a turbo head and crank. An all-new 3-needle 11K carb features a big 6.5mm venturi for better breathing. For more information on the .18 TZ and other engines, visit the O.S. Engines website. To discuss this new engine at the RC Zone, home of the best RC forums in the world, Click Here.
Associated Sweeps Reedy Truck Race

Associated Sweeps Reedy Truck Race

Team Associated’s Ryan Maifield took home the Factory Modified win with his T4 with a pair of second-place finishes and one win in the triple A-Mains. Ryan Cavalieri nabbed second, and Jared Tebo took third, all wheeling Factory Team T4’s. Tebo won the Factory Gas Truck class to no one’s surprise, but he did have to work a little harder than normal to pass teammates Ryan Cavalieri and Maifield for the win. Cavalieri TQ’d gas truck, but unfortunately was out of the race with mechanical trouble for the final 20 minutes of the 45-minute A-Main. Maifield took second and Team Losi/Trinity’s Adam Drake rolled across the line in third.
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