Pro-Line have introduced three new monster and crawler truck bodyshells. First up is the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor body for the Traxxas Stampede. It includes all of the scale details of the full-scale truck for a highly detailed yet functional replica of the 2017 rig. Included with the clear body come window masks and a decal sheet and beside the 2-door Stampede variant there also comes a 4-door version tailor-made for Pro-Line’s own Pro-MT monster truck kit.
Designed for their range of pan cars and also many other brands are the Teamsaxo soft side springs. Made from high-quality steel and coming with colour-coded dots for easy identification the spring are softer than the company’s previous side springs, allowing for a wider setup range both on carpet and asphalt tracks. They come as pairs and in three different hardnesses.
Ronald Volker showed himself to have the advantage in terms of speed going into this year’s Reedy Race of Champions. While being quickest at the iconic heads up racing event doesn’t count for much when it comes to getting the overall success, being fastest over the four rounds of practice today at Tamiya Raceway does provide Volker with a phycological boost over his 23 rivals. The 19th running of the Reedy Race, Volker would be the only driver to record a legitimate 11-second lap with reigning champion Marc Rheinard closest to the Yokomo ace some 2/10ths of a second off his long standing rival. Rheinard’s Tamiya team-mate Christopher Krapp, one of the stars of last year’s event before a costly mistake at the famous kink in Race 10 cost him a shot at the title, would make it an all German Top 3.
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T-Works have introduced a rear wing set for Kyosho’s vintage and re-release Optima 4WD 1/10th scale buggy. Including two modern day polycarbonate rear wings the set also comes with a pre-bent wing mounting wire, 2-piece aluminium screw-on wing mounts as well as two aluminium wing tubes that attach to the radio plate. The old-fashioned wing fixing method allows to easily and swiftly attach or remove the wing while also adding to that vintage look.
The Protoform Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series WCICS, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary this season, again hosted eight events across Western Canada. For the second year in a row, CRC driver Blake Bell took the 1/12th Modified championship. Roche Racing’s Korgae Scales finished second overall, and Team Associated’s Peter Toszer came in 3rd. The 2016/17 season of the championship which will kick off September 23rd in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Coming from Yokomo and made for their BD7 touring car are pre-assembled 44mm rear driveshafts with aluminium dogbones and a 1-piece 44.2mm FR suspension mount. Starting with the driveshafts, the new parts greatly reduce the drivetrain’s rotation masses thanks to replacing the heavy steel dogbones with lightweight aluminium ones. A new lightweight clip design further reduced the overall weight, resulting in improved throttle response. The 44mm units come pre-assembled and they are usable in the rear of the car.
The recent third round of the Malaysia National Championship was held in the town of Sibu in East Malaysia. The race format saw six round of qualifying followed by triple mains. In the Touring 13.5T Boosted class the battle for the top spot was on between Michael Lo (Awesomatix), Chong YeeYong (Awesomatix), Albert Tang (ARC), Max Teo (Destiny) and James Ki (Awesomatix). Michael would take the TQ in the opening qualifier from Chong YeeYong, Albert Tang, Max Teo and James Ki.
Axial have introduced their new SCX10 II 1/10th scale 4WD off-road vehicle. Originally introduced back in 2008 the popular kit now received a make over, keeping the essence of the SCX10 with all-metal twin C-channel frame rails, but that’s only two percent of the 98 percent of a completely new design. The “II” offers scale AR44 high pinion axles, a chassis mounted servo, re-designed transmission, front mounted battery tray, all-aluminium suspension links, and a properly designed suspension for nearly zero bump steer. All this is topped off by a 2000 Jeep Cherokee bodyshell with moulded scale detail parts.