Arrma have introduced their all-new Nero 6S BLX brushless ready-to-run monster truck. The 513mm long vehicle builds on a tough twin vertical plate chassis made up using red anodised aluminium which is further supported by a composite plastic exoskeleton that also acts as a support for the bodyshell. The truck is powered by a 2000kv brushless motor that is coupled to the centre aluminium bulkhead that not only sits very low in the chassis but it is also easily accessible from underneath, making for swift and easy maintenance and cleaning. What makes the Nero 6S stand out is the Diff Brain technology, a system that allows to adjust the handling characteristics of the truck by using one of the four so called Beast Modes. The servo-operated system is accessible on-the-fly using the included 2.4GHz transmitter and it offers Blast, Wheelie, Drift and Climb modes, all of which feature specific front, centre and rear diff settings. Other features of the Nero 6S include front and rear laydown shock absorbers with push rods, easy access differentials, adjustable pivot ball suspension, aluminium and steel driveshafts, and pre-glued large diameter dBoots monster truck wheels. The truck is designed for the use with dual 3S LiPo batteries and it is available with a pre-painted bodyshell and in two specifications, with or without the Diff Brain unit with the letter being available optional as an easy upgrade.
Serpent have introduced three new kits based on their popular Cobra GT 1/8th GT. The pre-assembled kits allow to get on the track earlier and easier while accepting your choice of electronic and engines. All kits come factory-assembled and pre-set, they feature universal driveshafts, a 3-diff 4WD drivetrain, 16mm big bore shock absorbers, front and rear anti-roll bars and they build on 3mm heavy-duty aluminium chassis. Also included are clear bodyshells and pre-mounted high-grip tyre on BBS-style wheels. Available are the GT RaceRoller, the GT RaceRoller Cup Version for the Chinese Serpent GT Cup, including a Novarossi 3-port pull starter engine and also the GT-E RaceRoller for 1/8th electric motors. All three kits are available now.
Team Losi Racing have introduced their all-new 5ive-B 1/5th scale 4WD race buggy kit. Purpose-designed for competition use the buggy is inspired by TLR’s 8ight 1/8th scale buggy platform and it is based on a hard-anodised 5mm 6061-T6 short wheelbase aluminium chassis. Milled pockets make for optimised flex and the lowest possible weight. The suspension package uses hard anodised 24mm shock absorbers and heavy duty aluminium shock towers. The shocks also benefit from X-rings, shock boots and TiCN shock shafts for smooth, consistent performance. The shock towers offer multiple shock mounting options that give racers an abundance of tuning options for different track conditions. Adjustable toe and anti-squat plates allow to tune the suspension geometry as known from the smaller 1/8th buggies.
Japanese company Tamiya is set for another 1980’s icon re-release, this time in the form of the Blackfoot 2WD truck. Based off of the Frog 2WD 1/10th scale buggy and sharing the same chassis as the already released Monster Beetle, the 2016 edition of the Blackfoot will very likely offer the same improvements as the Monster Beetle re-release, such as rear universal driveshafts with dirt boots. More information will become available in time for the release which has yet to be announced.
Tamiya’s forthcoming TRF419X and TA07 Pro touring cars are currently on show at this week’s Shizuoka Hobby Show in Japan. The Japanese company already released first information on both kits but lacked to show details of the changes made to the 419X. The surfaced images now show most of the new parts such as the upper camber link mounts, the new centre and outer weight system as well as the updated battery locators and battery strap lashes along the new multi-piece floating servo mount. As for the TA07 Pro the images show details of the three possible motor positions and also a close-up of the moulded composite lower chassis plate. Both kits will hit the stores soon after the fair.
Following a first teaser image Team Losi Racing have now officially revealed the 22-4 2.0 1/10th scale 4WD electric buggy kit. Based off of the previous vehicle the 2.0 features subtle refinements and improvements such as reinforced front wishbones that do away with the breaking issues associated with the original design. Also new is a rear aluminium camber plate that features vertical ball stud mounting positions and a reduced number of mounting holes for the inner camber link pivots, making for easier and more convenient roll centre adjustments using shims. The redesigned rear end is finished off by an optimised suspension geometry with the off-set rear hubs making for a wider track, resulting in a more planted feel.
The latest TLR vehicle to receive a year 2016 treatment is the company’s somewhat ageing 22-4 1/10th 4WD buggy kit, according to several leaked images and an official announcement. No details are known yet but it is understood that the kit will feature updated front wishbones for increased durability while the rear end received a make-over with a new aluminium camber link plate sporting vertically mounted inner camber ball studs for easy roll centre adjustments. It is also highly likely that the 2.0 kit will take a shorty LiPo pack right from the box and it may also feature revised front and rear differentials. All information about features and specifications will become available on the 12th of May.
Yokomo have announced the upcoming release of their new YRX12 1/12th scale pan car kit. The car features an all-new front suspension design based on the double wishbone suspension of the previous car but with a focus on high-speed cornering as well as ease of setup and maintenance. The front end now sports a pushrod design for optimised cornering stability with adjustable roll centre and track width settings remaining for suspension fine-tuning purposes. The previously used anti-roll bar was dropped for a simpler design and to reduce overall weight. Also new is a sliding upper bulkhead arrangement for easy caster angle adjustments with the bulkheads and pivot balls can be spaced down in order to create reactive caster settings.