Sanwa / Airtronics had their eagerly awaited 2.4GHz transmitter module and receiver on their booth at the Shizuoka Hobby show this week in Japan. The module was shown in both the M11 pistol grip radio and Super Exzes stick radio but no information was given on the product except that it is still in the prototype phase and is ‘Coming Soon’.
Hobbico have just introduced their new ultra high torque servo, the CS-170, which has been custom designed to withstand the extreme punishment that today’s 1/8 buggies, truggies and other cars produce.
This beast has it all including an incredible 333 oz./in. of torque at 6.0 volts, digital precision, enormous holding power and the strongest Titanium gears available. The features don’t end there with strong hardened steel gear pins and dual ball bearings for superior strength and wear resistance and are all encased in an extruded aluminum servo case. To finish the package off, it includes beefed up control arms.
Following on from what we had heard earlier in the week, we can now confirm to you that the 2nd announcement to be made by Kyosho is that they have purchased Team Orion. From what we hear the deal means that the Japanese company now owns Team Orion Europe, Japan and USA, and we presume Peak Motors too, and that they also now own the CRF engine project. Our source in Japan also confirmed that they saw a group photo being taken which included Joel Johnson (head of Kyosho USA), Masayuki Suzuki (president of Kyosho) and Philippe Neidhart (former owner of Team Orion) which would suggest that all 3 will be involved in some way within the new companies. We hope to bring you the official release when we get it.
Atomic RC, the small scale optional specialists, have announced the release of these CVD sets for the Xray M18 Pro. Available in a complete set, these blue anodised universal drive shafts are also available to buy seperately in pairs and replace the standard versions that come with the car. We have shown you the Xray versions before and cant see the difference between the 2 except that the Atomic RC version may have more bling factor and are perhaps cheaper.
MID, the Mugen importers for Germany and makers of All Mod parts, have announced that their off road air filter carrier, that we showed you previously, will now come with the foam filter included as standard. They have also announced the sale of spare foam filters in 2 different sets, one with 2 external filters and 1 internal filter and another set with 6 external filters and 2 internal filters. Available now.
Xenon Racing of Japan have shown their latest new product at this weeks show in Japan, this camber gauge. Made from blue anodised aluminum, this camber gauge works in much the same was as the Yokomo version we showed you before but with more measurements available. Simply stand the gauge next to the wheel being measured, with the numbers facing up, and adjust the wheels camber to the angle of the side that the measurement lines up with.
More stuff from Shizuoka, this time its from Kawada who are showing their version of the Tamiya TA05 on their stand. Kawada recently showed a small pixelated CAD image of this car on their site, sparking some rumours of completely new car from them, but it turns out that it is only another conversion for the popular TA05 platform.
Protoform have just released images of their newly announced 1/8th scale circuit body shell which is apparentley based on the legendary UOP Shadow, one of the greatest CanAm cars of all time. The Shadow features a low profile body to lower the center of gravity and has been developed with the input of 7 time IFMAR World Champion 1:8 racer Lamberto Collari. This body is made to fit the latest chassis from Kyosho, Mugen, and Serpent and is once again it is available in lightweight as well as a regular weight versions. As usual it comes with an add-on spoiler/gurney extension, body stiffeners w/hardware, and protective film.