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Pro-Line Pro-Forge FaultLine 1.9″ Wheels for R/C Crawlers & Scalers

Pro-Line Pro-Forge FaultLine 1.9″ Wheels for R/C Crawlers & Scalers

One sure-fire way to give any radio-controlled vehicle a new look is upgrading its wheels. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of aftermarket options available to help you get the job done.

If you’re looking for a set of rock crawler wheels that not only add looks, but also a bit of heft and handling benefit, Pro-Line has two new aluminum beadlock options for you. Their Pro-Forge FaultLine 1.9” wheels feature a true beadlock design, complete with locking rings and hardware.

Easy to assemble and mount, these new wheel options can provide an instant update to the look of your radio-controlled rig and will help give it a bit of weight to tackle the trail. Two color/finish options are available (gunmetal or clear aluminum) and they’ll mount up to any machine with a 6-lug hub.

Priced at $93.46 per pair, these wheels are available at prolineracing.com. Learn more about Pro-Line’s Pro-Forge FaultLine 1.9” R/C rock crawler wheels.

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Dromida KODO Quadcopter & FPV Pack

Dromida KODO Quadcopter & FPV Pack

Dromida appears to be all-in when it comes to FPV. Not only have they announced two upcoming, FPV-equipped 1/18-scale surface vehicles, but they’re also branching out their KODO quadcopter line, with a new FPV kit.

The KODO FPV RTF (Ready-To-Fly) Pack features just about everything you’d need to immerse yourself in the world of FPV flight.

The KODO FPV quadcopter takes the frame and body of last year’s KODO HD and adds an FPV-enabled, WiFi camera for a unique flight perspective. Also included in the kit are FPV goggles for use with an Android or Apple smartphone. When used in conjunction with Dromida’s FPV app, you’ll have the full FPV experience in front of you.

If you’d rather keep your eyes on your controller, the KODO FPV twin-stick transmitter includes a smartphone mount for easy viewing of your flight path as well as your controls.

Priced at $89.99 and due to hit hobby shop shelves in July, this is another nice option for first-time multirotor pilots or folks looking to get their first taste of FPV action.

Learn more about the Dromida KODO FPV RTF Pack at dromida.com.

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Protect Your Steering Parts with Pro-Line Big-Hit Servo Saver

Protect Your Steering Parts with Pro-Line Big-Hit Servo Saver

Some radio-controlled vehicles are more prone to servo damage than others. While you can encounter servo issues with just about any R/C vehicle on the market, machines such as monster trucks and rock racers can Be more susceptible than most to front-end damage.

Pro-Line has introduced the Big-Hit Servo Saver to help prolong the life of steering servos on these specific vehicles. While the design may look basic, the concept behind it is rather ingenious. The steering arm features two firm springs that sandwich the servo horn mount, allowing for flexibility and “give” under extreme circumstances.

Rather than stripping a servo horn mount, or busting a servo, the flexibility of the springs gives greater opportunity to save parts and reduce damage. Steering control under normal conditions should remain unchanged, as the springs appear to be firm enough to compress only when necessary.

Speaking from experience, I’ve had more servo-swap sessions with my R/C vehicles, not to mention servo horn damage to my Axial RR10 Rock Racer, so this product is one that may find its way onto one (or more) of my machines.

Priced at $42.46, the Big-Hit Servo Saver is available for pre-order at prolineracing.com now and will be widely available in June 2017.

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Max Speed Technolgy Teases Their Upcoming Monster Truck

Max Speed Technolgy Teases Their Upcoming Monster Truck

The MTX-1 is set to rumble in late 2017.

The monster truck phenomenon that swept through the R/C hobby in 2016 appears to be gaining momentum once again. Following in the large tire treads of Axial’s SMT10 and Tekno RC’s MT410, Max Speed Technology (MST) is following suit with a monster truck of their own.

Through a post on their Facebook page, MST released a few small details on their new model. Expected to be released in the third quarter of 2017, the MTX-1 appears to have a robust cage design, looking like something out of Mad Max rather than Monster Jam.

The dimensions of the truck fall in between that of the HPI Wheely King and the Axial SMT10. A width of 294mm and a wheelbase of 280mm are the only specs included for now. If you’re a R/C monster truck fan, and you’re looking for an alternate option, be sure to follow the MST page and check back for updates.

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Pro-Line’s 1966 Ford Bronco Body for the Axial SCX10 Deadbolt

Pro-Line’s 1966 Ford Bronco Body for the Axial SCX10 Deadbolt

For budget-minded scale enthusiasts, or simply those looking to dip a toe into the world of scale, trail rigs, the Axial SCX10 Deadbolt is a great entry-level model to start with. While you can easily customize this rig with any number of truck and SUV bodies, the unique body style and open-air cage begs for something different.

Answering that call, Pro-Line has announced a new body option specifically for the Deadbolt. Their new 1966 Ford Bronco body features licensed styling and molded body details on a durable Lexan body.

While this may seem like another run-of-the-mill body release, Pro-Line was able to work a few goodies into this specific offering. For one, there is a separate dashboard piece that provides added scale and customization opportunities. The stock and optional steering wheel(s) that are included with the ready-to-run SCX10 Deadbolt will mount up to this dashboard for further customization.

In addition to the dashboard details, the 1966 Ford Bronco Body features a deeper-than-usual interior and molded seating to accommodate any action figures that you’d want to have pilot your trail rig. As an aside, it’s nice to see that Pro-Line has been keeping tabs on the scale R/C community and realizing that a good number of hobbyists like to outfit their vehicles with drivers and other accessories.

This body mounts to the existing body posts on the SCX10 Deadbolt and fits over the exposed roll cage.  Also included in the body kit are window masks, a decal sheet, and over spray film.

Priced at $43.31, the Pro-Line ‘66 Ford Bronco clear body is available for pre-order (through 6/1/17) at prolineracing.com.

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