HPI / Hot Bodies are out in force at this weeks big hobby fair in Japan, with the Japanese firm displaying, amongst other new products, its new 1/12th pan car. Called the Cyclone 12 we first mentioned it back in February when it was shown in prototype form at the Nuernberg show in Germany. Now the car is finished and will go on sale immediately and it looks pretty good from the pictures we have seen and if the Andy Moores performance at this year 1/12th Euros is anything to go by it should perform very well too.
Our partners have RC Forum from Korea have taken their cameras along to the Shizuoka hobby show in Japan to take some pictures of the new cars and parts on display from the many manufacturers present and among the items spotted was the Hirosaka edition Kyosho Stallion. Other things on display from Hirosaka were optional CVD shafts, shock absorbers, springs and gears as well as the carbon components needed to upgrade your current Stallion to this Hirosaka spec version.
Serpent have a report on their site from last weekends Korean National race which took place on the Kirina Circuit near Seoul, in the North of the country. In qualifying it was Serpent SDD driver Nam Sangjoon that took the TQ spot with a great run in the 10 minute qualifiers to edge out Goo Kibon and Namgoong Wook who qualified 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the final, the top qualifer Sangjoon lead until a battery connection broke loosing the young driver over a minute, and the lead, which fell to Choi NakSung who went on to win while a recovering Sangjoon took 2nd and Oh YongTaek 3rd. Guest driver from Japan Masao Tanaka (above with Nam), driving for Motonica, failed to finish the 45 minute final and came home in 10th.
Kyosho have shown their new 1/12th scale 4wd pan car today at the Shizuoka Hobby show in Japan under its new name, the Spada 09. The car up close looks well made, featuring a carbon fiber chassis which wasnt present on the first picture released last week, as well as sporting a new low profile steering servo and different receiver placement. Also shown were the body shells that it would use and these too look pretty good.
In the middle of April we showed you CAD images of the new Tamiya TA05MS and TA05IFS chassis’ and today Tamiya showed the real cars for the first time at the Shizuoka Hobby show in Japan today. We wrote about them before saying the TA05MS is essentially a competition based TA05 with carbon chassis, racing shocks and other optionals as standard while the new TA05IFS is an all new chassis with inboard suspension to fit the Super GT300 class bodyshell. Also shown at the show was a conversion set for the TRF415 MSXX to allow the mounting of stick packs.
UPDATE: Added 2 more pics showing the MSXX stick pack conversion.
View the TA05IFS and TRF415 MSXX conversion here… content
Mirage Racing in the UK have announced that they will be selling the newly released Hudy Profitool Socket Drivers in the most popular metric and imperial sizes. The Profitool range have plastic handles with a larger grip than the original Hudy metal versions, feel comfortable to hold, and perform the job flawlessly. The tips are made from Hudy spring steel which is very strong and long lasting.
Last weekend saw the first round of the central German regionals run on the MSC Kirchhain track, near Marburg. Qualifying saw the pole position taken by Xray NT1 driver Dirk Wischnewski with team mates Andreas Schuch and Patrick Garbi lining up in 2nd and 3rd position on the grid for the main final. The start of the main final saw Dirk, and Mugen racer Alexander Mehl, pull away at the front until Dirk had a flame out dropping him down the order and allowing Mehl to take the lead. The Mugen racer held onto this position until a mechnical problem sidelined the Mugen driver allowing Dirk back into the lead which he held onto until the end of the race, leading home 2nd placed Patrick Garbi with SMI owner, and Xray importer, Bertram Kessler in 3rd, both drivers also racing the NT1.
Following on from the announcement yesterday that top US racer Mike Blackstock had left Trinity to join Team Bo00d, comes the news the Mike will race for Josh Cyruls CEFX brand in 1/12th scale. According to the short announcement by CEFX, Blackstock and Cyrul combined have won 8 of the last 10 ROAR Carpet Nationals and 5 of the last 7 Snowbird Nationals – a force to be reckoned with then.
CEFX is excited to announce that Mike Blackstock with race with us through the 2007 outdoor/indoor racing season. Mike will pilot the C12 Evo2 at the major events for this season giving CEFX a great 1-2 punch in the modified class.