Arrma have introduced the Big Rock 6S 1/8th scale ready-to-run monster truck. Featuring a tough twin vertical plate chassis backbone the shaft-driven 4WD vehicle is built to excel both on-road and off-road with the laydown aluminium shock absorbers soaking up even the roughest of terrains. Three all-metal gear differentials help to get the power to the ground with Arrma’s Beast Modes allowing to individually lock up the diffs, resulting in four different drive modes of Blast, Wheelie, Climb and Drift, all accessible on-the-fly by the turn of a transmitter-mounted dial. The BLX200 brushless system is 6S LiPo compatible with the dual battery trays allowing to mount either 2S or 3S hardcase battery packs. The included 2000kv BLX brushless motor propels the truck to speeds of up to 96km/h while the factory-installed metal gear servo and Tactic TTX300 2.4GHZ transmitter keep control of things. The truck finished off by a stealthy looking all-black extended cab truck body and grippy dBoots all-terrain tyres on black chrome wheels.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the ECX Barrage 1.9 1/12th scale 4WD ready-to-run crawler. Smaller than most 1.9″ scalers on the market the Barrage is considered more of a 1/12th scale model than a 1/10th scale rig and it utilises licensed 110mm Falken tyres and it is loaded with features such as a 4WD drive train, multi-link suspension, 370-class high-torque motor, locked differentials, four LED lights, waterproof electronics, and more. Metal ring and pinion gears, oil-filled shock absorbers, and a composite aluminium frame make for a lot of durability even when the going gets tough. The kit is rounded out by a 2.4GHz transmitter, 900mAh NiMH battery and a suitable charger.
Coming from JConcepts is the Fin Reamer for polycarbonate bodyshells and wings. The custom 0 to 14mm reamer design combines a sharp, durable tip with an aluminium handle which is available in blue and black colours. The handle features an ergonomic shape with finned cuts and tear-drop recessed areas to reduce weight and add an important lustre to the design. The reamer tip cover is a moulded plastic component built just for the design and application. The stacked piping on the cover packs a look but also serves as a grip for the on and off process. The handle also has an end cap which includes the JC logo.
RDRP have introduced the carbon fibre electronic mounting plate for the Team Associated B6 buggy. The part was designed to be a drop fit for the chassis’ machined pocket behind the steering servo and using it allows to easily remove the speed controller and receiver from the chassis for cleaning and maintenance purposes. It hardly adds any additional weight to the car meaning the buggy’s weight bias remains the same compared to alloy or steel parts. The mounting plate fits both the B6 and B6D and it comes including suitable mounting hardware.
The sixth and final round of Czech 1/10th Buggy national championship was held this past weekend in Velke Opatovice. Saturday’s qualifying started out wet and it was Ales Bidovsky who made the best out of the changing conditions by taking the TQ from Xray team mate Kaja Novotny. In the 4WD class Kaja was a class of his own as he TQed all rounds to grab the overall TQ from Alex Bidovsky and Marek Schiller (PR).
Pro-Line have introduced the Transistor 2.2″ 4WD front tyre. Designed to provide good, consistent steering and being ideal for indoor clay and outdoor blue groove conditions the tyre makes for an easier to drive buggy when compared to the Electron front tyres. While the tyre looks similar to the previous VTR Transistor, the 2.2″ Transistor has been completely redesigned for improved performance and wear over the original. The tyre includes closed cell inserts and it is available in super soft M4 and clay-specific MC compound.
Coming from Arrowmax is the new O-ring grease. Specially formulated to prevent damages to the O-rings of shock absorbers and gear differentials the lube makes for super-smooth shock and diff action. The grease will keep silicone seals from swelling while also greatly reducing leaking issues and it is usable for on-road and off-road applications alike.
Round four of this year’s BL-Cup was held at the Euregio off-road track in Hengelo, The Netherlands. Despite the nice and sunny weather only 29 drivers signed in for the event that was TQed by Bart Mullink from Sander van Genegten and Michael van Dijk. At the start of the main final Bart made an unusual error and dropped down the order but some four laps later he had already recovered to a podium position and he continued to gain places and on lap seven he was able to take over the lead from Sander and from that moment on he never looked back. Sander would bring home the runner-up spot from Michael who also had a bad start but he fought back, coming from as low as the ninth place, to grab the final podium spot from a chasing pack.