Kyosho America have released first details of the forthcoming Scorpion re-release vintage 2WD buggy. The long awaited release of the Scorpion, which was the cornerstone of the Kyosho off-road program during the late 70s and early 80s, is designed by the same designer as the original Scorpion. This new version is very faithful to many of the details that make it virtually identical to the original car, but there are some changes to increase the durability and performance. The shocks are higher quality with much smoother operation, and the spring pre-load collars will not snap like the old ones and the transmission is upgraded with 48-pitch gears and nearly an all-metal construction except for the compound counter gear. A sealed gear differential is driven via a modern slipper clutch to smooth out power delivery. It is understood that the kit will become available by June.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
VBC Racing have released first renderings of their forthcoming Firebolt DM 2WD off-road buggy. The company’s first buggy kit features a slim aluminium chassis with composite sidepods, “gullwing” front and rear wishbones, aluminium big-bore shock absorbers and – by the looks of things – carbon fibre front and rear shock towers. Given the images, many of the suspension settings are adjustable using threaded inserts and a brace on front of the mid motor allowed the use of a fan unit for improved cooling in hot ambient temperatures. Although the images only show the mid motor variant it is understood that the Firebolt will feature a convertible gearbox design to run the buggy in rear motor configuration also. The kit will hit the stores this Summer and we bring you more information as soon as we get them.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Italian company WRC introduce the F-One-S “sport version” 1/10 formula chassis kit. Making use of carbon fibre and aluminium parts, the kit also includes some new-for-2014 option parts, a 1-piece bodyshell, a 1-piece ball differential and a new 12-ball main gear. The kit is available from now on.
Friday, April 18, 2014
In the wake of this weekend’s Neo Race in the UK Team Durango’s Jörn Neumann released this image of the prototype DNX8, the supposed follow-up model of the ageing DNX408. Details on the buggy are not available yet but looking at the image it appears that the DNX8 is of a more conventional design than its predecessor with a wider chassis and/or wider side pods. The front suspension makes use of a pivot ball construction with composite upper A-arms and also the engine position seems to have changed a bit. We bring you more information on the vehicle as soon as we get them.
Image: Jörn Neumann
Friday, April 18, 2014
Xray introduce the latest incarnation of their World and European Championship winning NT1 1/10th nitro on-road in the form of the 2014 Spec kit. Compared to its predecessor the car features only subtle refinements such as a new chassis and radio plate, a new fuel tank mounting system, a new smaller 2-speed gearbox and an updated front middle shaft mounting system. Other new features include redesigned shock towers, shocks and a new battery mount. The new features are meant to make maintenance and setup even easier while also adapting the car to harder hand-out tyres, as designer Martin Hudy describes in our exclusive interview some days ago.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
LRP introduce the upgraded S10 Blast SC 2 ready-to-run short course truck. The 4WD vehicle underwent a revision and now features a revamped drivetrain featuring a new slipper assembly and new gears for added durability and reliability. Many of the composite materials also received a reinforcement, again in order to add rigidity while upgraded shock absorbers with a membrane volume compensator lead to a more agile handling. Also included in the set are waterproof electronics for all-weather usability. The truck comes factory assembled with a brushed motor, AI Runner 2 digital speed controller and 2.4GHz radio system.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Kentech Blog got their hands on a first rendering of the forthcoming Tamiya TB Evo 6 touring car. The shaft driven TC will make use of the latest TRF418 suspension arms, TB04 front and rear gear boxes and it is designed around a traversal motor position such as found on most of today’s belt-driven touring cars. Included with the kit come several option parts such as low-profile shock absorbers, dual joint front driveshafts, aluminium turnbuckles, aluminium nuts and ball joints as well as a hi-torque servo saver and floating servo mount.
Source: Kentech [kentech.blogs.se]
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
German news platform RC-News.de report that Kyosho is planning to re-release the iconic 1982 Scorpion 2WD buggy. Designed by Akira Kogawa, who was also responsible for the Kyosho Beetle, Tomahawk and Optima, the buggy marked the beginning of Kyosho’s successful line of 2WD buggies that later became the Ultima, a kit that won the 1987 World Championships in the hands of Joel “Magic” Johnson. It is understood that the re-release Scorpion buggy will be on show at this year’s Shizuoka Hobby Show that will kick-off at the 15th of May. We bring you more information on the kit as soon as they become available.
Source: Kyosho [kyosho.com]
Monday, April 14, 2014
U.S. company Murfdogg introduce the Physco SC truck kit. Especially designed for the use on high-bite tracks such as sugared clay and astro turf, the truck features a mid motor layout with a 4-gear transmission and a centre biased weight distribution. The kit is made from 3mm and 3.5mm quasi-isometric carbon fibre sheets including the chassis plate, chassis stiffeners, front shock tower, rear shock tower, battery locators, battery hold down strap, transmission brace/camber plate, an rear body mount brace. Other parts include silicone nitride diff balls, VTS slipper assembly, full ceramic ball bearings, Pro-Line and DE Racing wheels as well as a Pro-Line Evo racing body.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Serpent have released first images of the Natrix 748 200mm nitro on-road kit. The follow-up model of the successful 747 is designed with the input of Serpent’s factory team drivers such as Mark Green and the Sahashi brothers in order to create a platform that works for club and high-level racers alike. Therefore the kit comes with redesigned differentials that sport new housings and internals, repositioned ball-raced anti-roll bars, lightened rear brake and 2-speed shaft holders, a redesigned fuel tank that makes for a lower centre of gravity and new servo mounts with a more centralised position. A new chassis plate with a more backward mounted engine helps to optimise the weight balance while a new steering block design, taken over from the 977, allows for a leading or trailing position and adjustable kingpin inclination. Both the front and rear hubs are designed for the use with aero discs and the carbon fibre radio plate offers a wide range of flex adjustments. The Natrix 748, that is visible with white 3D printed prototype parts here, will be ready for a release around mid-May.
Thursday, April 10, 2014