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Traxxas TRX-4 1/10 Scale and Trail Rig

Traxxas TRX-4 1/10 Scale and Trail Rig

Details are being released around the latest 1/10 model from Traxxas.

The age-old saying, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” holds true in many facets of life. As time goes on, it appears that this phrase and the R/C hobby were made for one another. No, I’m not talking about accidental LiPo fires and cooking the ESC in your tricked-out rig. I’m talking about rumors. Sweet, too good to be true, rumors.

Traxxas has been at the center of the rumor mill in 2017 since the beginning of the year. Photos of a prototype scale/trail rig were posted to hobby forums and social media groups, depicting a accessory-heavy, and feature-rich model that wasn’t available for purchase…yet.

Details on this mythical rig were, and have been, slow to reveal themselves, however confirmation of a growing flame is now in place.

Traxxas has set up a (sparse) detail page and has provided photos around their newest radio-controlled machine. The TRX-4 Scale and Trail Crawler will be making its way to select hobby shops in mid-May of 2017. If you want to stay on top of the latest details surrounding this model, you can sign up for email updates on it, and other Traxxas models.

This is the second major 1/10-scale trail rig that will be released in 2017. Along with Redcat Racing’s Everest GEN-7 trail rig (and the ample amount of already-available scale and trail rigs on the market), now is a great time to take a look at the off-road trail rig side of the R/C hobby.

Image credit: Traxxas

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced (Refurb) – $499 at Newegg.com

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced (Refurb) – $499 at Newegg.com

If you’ve been keeping an eye open for R/C drone deals, here’s an offer that’s worth taking a look at. Newegg.com is running a sale on refurbished tech items and has included the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced in that list.

Between now (April 23, 2017) and April 29, 2017, you can save 22% ($140.00) on this radio-controlled quadcopter. Designed for enthusiasts of flight and photography, the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced includes a 2.7K/12 megapixel camera, 3-axis stabilization gimbal, offers GPS-assisted hovering, among other features.

Learn more about the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced multi-rotor aircraft and cash in on this refurb sale at Newegg.com.

Image credit: Newegg.com

Meet the Winner of Hobbico’s “House Racer Challenge”

Meet the Winner of Hobbico’s “House Racer Challenge”

As interest in R/C quadcopters continues to grow, many brands are looking for ways to showcase the excitement of flight. One unique endeavor was Hobbico’s recently announced “House Racer Challenge”, a competition centered around their latest entry-level FPV quadcopter, the RISE Vusion House Racer.

The House Racer Challenge was a video-based contest, focusing on indoor course design and FPV footage, not to mention the House Racer aircraft ($179.99) and House Racer FPV Race Gate System ($39.99). Making this challenge even more enticing was the prize, a cool $5,000.

After a number of entries were submitted, the panel of judges selected their champion. Juan Torres of Kissimmee, FL. As you can see from the video below, he’s got a passion for R/C flight, and even owns a “traditional” radio-controlled helicopter.

“I went outside, answered the phone and started shaking and yelling, ‘Dude, I won the House Racer Challenge! I won the $5,000!’ It was so exciting,” he exclaimed.

Torres flies model airplanes and helis in addition to the House Racer indoor drone. He also enjoys photography and piloting full-size aircraft.

“Flying FPV is the closest thing to flying a real airplane. With FPV, everything changes…it makes you reach places you can’t reach by yourself – but you can with your quad. It’s an adventure to me. It’s adrenaline. I recommend the House Racer to anyone! I want people

to feel the excitement I’m feeling,” said Torres.

After purchasing his House Racer and Gates at RC Addiction Products in Maitland, Florida, Torres and his wife, Maritza, were hard at work setting up a challenging course for the winning video. After the video was finished, Maritza was bitten by the FPV bug. “She likes to fly around the house, hovering and doing turns,” said Torres.

See Juan Torres and his winning House Racer Challenge entry

Congratulations to Juan, not only for taking home the big prize, but for being a fanatic about the R/C hobby!

Image and quote credit: Hobbico

Tamiya’s Subaru WRX STI 24h Nurburgring Kit

Tamiya’s Subaru WRX STI 24h Nurburgring Kit

If you have a need for speed and a passion for scale detail, Tamiya’s upcoming on-road kit might be up your alley. Details have recently been released regarding their Subaru WRX STI kit that replicates the 24 Hours of Nurburgring racer.

Built on their TT-02 chassis, this kit should provide as much fun during the build process as it does while driving it. An included 540-size brushed motor serves as the power behind this on-road racer, providing steady performance to all four wheels.

Meanwhile, on the handling front, the Tamiya TT-02 Subaru WRX STI 24h includes four slick, on-road tires and adjustable friction shocks.

The visual styling of the body appears to be a true representation of the 1:1 Subaru WRX STI 24-hour racer. The molded polycarbonate body features all of the styling cues of the real-world vehicle and also includes details such as side rear-view mirrors and a decklid-mounted rear wing.

As far as kits go, this offering from Tamiya is quite complete. Many of the parts and components that you’ll need Are included in the box, save for a 2.4GHz 2 or 3-channel radio system (transmitter and receiver), batteries (vehicle and transmitter), and polycarbonate paint.

Tamiya Subaru WRX STI 24h Nurburgring Specifications

  • Scale: 1/10
  • Kit or RTR: Assembly kit
  • Terrain use: On-Road
  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Drive type: Shaft
  • Drive line: Dog bone
  • Differential type: Gear
  • Suspension: Fully independent double wishbone
  • Steering mechanism: Bell-crank
  • Shock damper: Friction damper
  • Shock damper material: Plastic
  • Tire type: Rubber
  • Tire tread: Slick
  • Body material: Polycarbonate
  • Chassis material: Plastic
  • Electronic Speed Control (ESC): Included
  • ESC model: TBLE-02S
  • Motor: 540-brushed type
  • Bearings: Plastic bushing

Priced at $163.00, this kit is intended for hobbyists of all skill levels, both from a building and driving standpoint. Learn more about the Tamiya Subaru WRX STI 24h Nurburgring Kit.

Image credit: Tamiya

Get Big-Time Grip from Duratrax Baja B5 Tires

Get Big-Time Grip from Duratrax Baja B5 Tires

A new line of large-scale tires is rolled out for HPI’s 1/5-scale buggy.

Duratrax has introduced a new lineup of unmounted tires for the behemoth HPI Baja 5B radio-controlled buggy. Large-scale machines can be tough on equipment, but the new Baja 5B tire assortment looks ready to take on just about anything they come in contact with.

These new tires are sold without foam inserts, but those can be purchased separately.

  • Duratrax Bandito B5 Tires (Front) – $35.99
  • Duratrax Bandito B5 Tires (Rear) – $37.99
  • Duratrax Lockup B5 Tires (Front) – $35.99
  • Duratrax Lockup B5 Tires (Rear) – $37.99
  • Duratrax Six Pack B5 Tires (Front) – $35.99
  • Duratrax Six Pack B5 Tires (Rear) – $37.99
  • Duratrax Paddle B5 Tires (Rear) – $37.99
  • Duratrax Dinero B5 Tires (Rear) – $37.99
  • Duratrax B5 Insert Foams (Front) – $9.99
  • Duratrax B5 Insert Foams (Rear) – $9.99

Learn more about the new lineup of Duratrax Baja B5 tires at duratrax.com.

Image credit: Duratrax

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