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Rev Up Your Hobby with the Seismic SCT from Revolution RC

Rev Up Your Hobby with the Seismic SCT from Revolution RC

Low on price, high on fun. Those are two attributes I look for in any new R/C vehicle. Small-scale cars and trucks seem to fit these criteria quite well, and now there’s one more model to add to the growing list of low-cost, full-featured machines.

Horizon Hobby’s budget-friendly brand, Revolution RC, has launched a new 1/18-scale short course truck, the Seismic SCT. This is a four-wheel drive truck featuring a brushed motor, NiMh battery, waterproof/water resistant electronics, and 2.4GHz radio system.

Revolution RC Seismic Short Course Truck - Side

In the looks department, the Seismic SCT fits the mold when it comes to radio-controlled short course trucks. The body design looks fun and graphics are bold and eye-catching. Two body colors are available to choose from (red/black or yellow/black).

Power for this vehicle comes from a 380-size brushed motor, and an included 900mah NiMh battery. This should provide plenty of “get up and go” for this smaller-scale model, making it a great beginner truck.

Revolution RC Seismic Short Course Truck - Front

Revolution RC 1/18 Seismic SCT Specs:

  • Ball Bearings: Included
  • Batteries: 7.2V 900mah NiMh, Stick Pack
  • Body: Screened
  • Charger: 100mAh, 9V, US plug, EC3 connector
  • Chassis: Composite
  • Completion Level: Ready-To-Run
  • Differential: Gear
  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Final Drive Ratio: 8.77Gear Pitch: 0.5 Module
  • Ground Clearance: 1 in (25mm)
  • Height: 4 in (101.6mm)
  • Internal Gear Ratio: 2.533
  • Length: 10.25 in (260.35mm)
  • Motor Size: 370
  • Motor Type: Brushed
  • Pinion: 13T
  • Radio: ECX 2.4Ghz, 2-Channel
  • Servos: Included
  • Shock Type: CompositeSize/Scale: 1/18
  • Speed Control: Included
  • Spur Gear: 45T
  • Suspension: Independent
  • Tire Compound: Medium
  • Tire Diameter: 2.4 in (61mm)
  • Tire Tread: All-Terrain
  • Track: 5.5 in (140mm)
  • Vehicle Type: Short Course Truck
  • Water-Resistant: Yes
  • Weight: 23 oz (575g)
  • Wheel Diameter: 1.5 in (38.1mm)
  • Wheel Type: White, Star
  • Wheel Width: 0.75 in (22.2mm)
  • Wheelbase: 6.5 in (165mm)Width: 6.5 in (165.1 mm)

The Revolution Seismic SCT 1/18-scale short course truck is priced at $99.99, making it a budget buy and a great “take anywhere” radio-controlled truck. Learn more about this new model at horizonhobby.com.

Image credit: Horizon Hobby

Small-Scale Savings During Tower Hobbies Pre-Thanksgiving Sale

Small-Scale Savings During Tower Hobbies Pre-Thanksgiving Sale

Tower Hobbies is offering up some early holiday discounts on select small-scale R/C models. During their pre-Thanksgiving sale, you’ll find savings on the following small-scale models:

The sale runs through 11/21/17 with some brands eligible for bonus savings through Tower Hobbies coupons. Visit towerhobbies.com for complete sale details.

Image credit: Tower Hobbies

50 Days of Celebration and Savings from Carisma R/C

50 Days of Celebration and Savings from Carisma R/C

Carisma R/C is kicking off the 50th anniversary of their parent company, MA Toys and they’re doing it in a big way. For 50 days, they’re temporarily slashing the prices on one of their popular, small-scale GT24 models.

During this sale, you can pick up the Carisma GT24R 1/24-scale rally car for $50.00 (original price: $99.99). With that discount, you’re getting an absolute steal on a brushless-powered, fun-to-drive, radio-controlled car.

As anniversary sales go, this is a nice offering, but wait, there’s more…

Carisma is adding a fun twist to this sale. Taking a page out of Willy Wonka’s playbook, six of these sale-priced vehicles have “golden dragons” hidden within their packaging. If you’re one of the lucky few to receive one with your purchase, then you’ll also receive one of five Carisma Scale Adventure SCA-1E Coyote RTRs to be given away. The sixth dragon has something special added to it and will allow the recipient to win a “very big prize”, to be announced at a later date.

This 50-day celebration starts up today (11/12/17) and runs through January 1, 2018. Visit carisma-shop.com to learn more about this 50-year anniversary sale.

Image credit: Carisma

This FOX Can Run: Team Associated’s Latest SC28 Short Course Truck

This FOX Can Run: Team Associated’s Latest SC28 Short Course Truck

Roughly a year ago, Team Associated released their ultra-compact SC28 short course truck. Though small, it managed to pack quite a punch and prove itself to be a fun small-scale truck for indoor and outdoor driving.

Now the folks at Team Associated have rolled out another body option for their 1/28-scale SCT featuring Fox Factory graphics. This black-bodied truck looks aggressive and fast and features the same lightweight chassis as the original, Lucas Oil-liveried machine.

Team Associated SC28 FOX - Rear

Team Associated SC28 Fox Edition Specs:

  • Scale Size: 1:28
  • Assembly Level: Ready-To-Run*
  • Length: 175mm (6.89in)
  • Width: 89mm (3.5in)
  • Wheelbase: 99.1mm (3.9in)
  • Weight: 100.6g (0.22lbs)
  • Drive: 2WD

Team Associated SC28 FOX - Outdoor

As with the original, the new Fox Factory SC28 is priced at $49.99. Learn more about this small-scale truck at teamassociated.com.

Image credit: Team Associated

Team Associated’s MT28 Micro R/C Monster Truck

Team Associated’s MT28 Micro R/C Monster Truck

Team Associated has followed up on their fun, 1/28-scale SC28 short course truck with the release of the MT28. From the name, you might be able to tell that this new model is a monster truck, bringing a bit of big-wheeled fun to a compact size.

The Team Associated MT28 rides on the same chassis as the SC28, but features taller wheels and tires, giving it a monster truck look. The tires appear to be narrower than what you’d expect, however, I’d image there’s plenty of pep and torque to get this truck up and over basic indoor obstacles.

Team Associated MT28 Monster Truck - Rear

Team Associated MT28 Specs:

  • Power Source: Electric
  • Terrain: Off-Road
  • Body Style: Monster Truck
  • Scale Size: 1:28 Scale
  • Length: 147mm (5.79in)
  • Width: 93mm (3.66in)
  • Wheelbase: 99.1mm (3.9in)
  • Weight: 105.8g (0.23lbs)
  • Drive: 2WD

The Team Associated MT28 monster truck is priced at $49.99 and will be available online and through Team Associated dealers. You can learn more about this model at teamassociated.com.

Image credit: Team Associated

Go “Super-Small-Scale” with these 1/32 Rock Crawlers from RC Fun

Go “Super-Small-Scale” with these 1/32 Rock Crawlers from RC Fun

If you’re looking to slow down a bit and enjoy the technical aspects of R/C rock crawlers, you have plenty of options to choose from. However, if your search is for a smaller-scale machine, then you may have to look a bit harder to find the same amount of variety.

For fans of tiny trucks and tiny crawling machines, RC Fun has rolled out a 1/32-scale Micro Rock Crawler that appears to be a perfect “grab and go” machine or indoor home and office rig.

RC Fun Micro Rock Crawler - Green

 

Three color options (red, green, and black) are available to choose from, with each color carrying over to the roll cage, shock housing, and tires. Each color option also includes four LEDs mounted on the front of the rig for night-time driving.

Featuring dual brushed motors (motor-on-axel), a four-link suspension, and 2.4GHz radio system, this little machine looks like a fun drive, no matter where you choose to run it.

 

Powered by a NiMh battery and changed via USB cable, the RC Fun 1/32 Micro Rock Crawler appears to be an ultra-compact ready-to-run (RTR) vehicle, perfect for weekend trips or just blowing away boredom.

RC Fun Micro Rock Crawler - Green Rear

 

Along with their small size, these R/C rock crawlers also feature a small price. At $29.99 each, their great for family fun, either indoors or out. The RC Fun 1/32 Micro Rock Crawler is available from online hobby shops including Tower HobbiesAMain Hobbies, and more.

Image credit: RC Fun

 

Small-Scale Steals: Grab These Carisma GT24 Models at a Discounted Price

Small-Scale Steals: Grab These Carisma GT24 Models at a Discounted Price

Whether you’re looking for a compact, go-fast R/C machine or want to pick up a stocking stuffer for the upcoming holiday season, you can’t go wrong with Carisma’s GT24 lineup. These 1/24-scale machines are crazy fast, brushless powered, four-wheel drive, and above all, fun to drive. They’re among some of my favorite vehicles to wheel whenever I want to satisfy my need for speed.

While the GT24 lineup is already affordable at $109.99 – $99.99, you can find select models at impressive discounts on Amazon.com. Making these deals even better, they’re all eligible for Amazon Prime, meaning fast, free shipping (so long as your a Prime member).

If you’re after quick speed for less than $100, these are some great radio-controlled models to check out. Learn more about them at carisma-shop.com.

FTX Rolls Out the 1/24-scale Outback Mini Crawler

FTX Rolls Out the 1/24-scale Outback Mini Crawler

If you’ve been hoping for more small-scale R/C crawlers and trail rigs, your wishes have been answered. Not only do you have options from Pro-Line, and ECX, but now FTX has announced their own 1/24-scale radio-controlled trail truck, the Outback Mini Crawler.

On the surface, this model sports a semi-retro pickup truck-style body and includes accents such as a bed-mounted roll bar and baja lights. Adding to the realistic appearance are front-bumper mounted LED lights. The body itself is mounted using traditional body posts/pins.

FTX Outback Mini RC Scaler - Climbing

When you look beneath the skin of this truck, you’ll soon discover that it shares a lot of DNA with the ECX Barrage 1/24 Scaler.

As with the Barrage, the Outback Mini features a ladder-frame chassis and four-link suspension design. Spring-equipped, friction shocks help dampen rough impacts and help stabilize the tiny frame of this truck as it navigates terrain.

FTX Outback Mini RC Scaler - Chassis

FTX Outback Mini Specs:

  • Length: 8.27in/210mm
  • Width: 4.14in/105mm
  • Height: 100mm
  • Ground Clearance: 25mm
  • Wheelbase: 122mm
  • Tire size: 46mm x 19mm

Pricing for the FTX Outback Mini should range between $95 – $99.00 with availability coming toward the end of November (2017). Visit the FTX Facebook page for additional details on this model.

Image credit: FTX

Take on Tiny Trails with the ECX Barrage 1/24 Scaler

Take on Tiny Trails with the ECX Barrage 1/24 Scaler

Ever since Pro-Line released the 1/24-scale Ambush 4×4, I’ve been clamoring for other brands to follow suit and produce similarly-sized micro trail rigs. Over a year later, I’m excited to see the announcement of another small-scale trail truck, the ECX Barrage 1/24.

This new addition to the Barrage lineup has all the right looks to make it a trail rig, featuring either a blue or orange painted cab and cage-style bed. A spare tire is mounted to the rear of the truck, giving it even more realism and visual detail.

The chassis design of the  ECX Barrage 1/24 mimics that of its 1/10-scale brethren, utilizing dual ladder-frame, stamped aluminum rails and a four-link suspension setup. Spring-loaded shocks are included in this ready-to-run (RTR) setup, helping cushion the rig from drops and bumps.

ECX Barrage 124 - Chassis

Tackling the varying terrain of the trail should come easily to this tiny truck as it rides on four Falken WildPeak M/T tires. They not only look scale but the appear to feature ample grip for indoor and outdoor situations.

Rounding out the scale details are two front-bumper-mounted LED lights to help light up the trail.

Speaking of outdoors, the electronics on the EXC Barrage 1/24 Scaler are waterproof, making this an excellent take-anywhere, go anywhere radio-controlled truck. Power for this rig is provided by a 4.8V NiMh battery which can be charged via an included USB charger.

ECX Barrage 1/24 Specs:

  • Type: 4WD “Scale” Rock Crawler
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Length: 9in (229mm)
  • Width: 4in (102mm)
  • Height: 4in (102mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 0.5in (13mm)
  • Wheelbase: 4.8in (121mm)
  • Weight: 0.5lb (0.2kg)
  • Chassis: Ladder Frame
  • Suspension: Multi-Link Solid Axle
  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Tire Type: Mud Terrain
  • Motor or Engine: Brushed 050
  • Speed Control: Included
  • Radio: ECX 2.4GHz 2-Channel (Included)
  • Servos: Included
  • Batteries: 4.8V 220mAh NiMH Pack (Included)
  • Charger: USB (Included)
  • Wheel Size: 1in (25.4mm) x 0.6in (15mm)
  • Kit/RTR: RTR
  • Shock Type: Spring Loaded
  • Body: Cab with Scale Cage

ECX Barrage 124 - Side

What caught my eye about this rig the most, along with the amazing specs and details, was the price. The ECX Barrage 1/24 is priced at $99.99, making it an attractive option when compared to other similarly-scaled R/C machines.

The ECX Barrage 1/24 Scaler is due out in December 2017 and more details can be found at ecxrc.com.

Image credit: ECX

Score a Free Gift from Carisma with the Purchase of a GT24 R/C Car

Score a Free Gift from Carisma with the Purchase of a GT24 R/C Car

Offer good from September 1 – 10, 2017.

The folks at Carisma are offering up a sweet deal to kick off September. Between 9/1 and 9/10, 2017, you can purchase a GT24TR Truggy, GT24R Rally Car, or a GT24B Buggy and receive a free gift specific to each model.

These are the no-battery models, so you’ll need to supply your own 1S or 2S LiPo pack, however you’re getting some nice spare and option parts as a trade-off.

Carisma GT24TR Gift Pack

  • An additional, pre-painted body (GT24B)
  • Spare shock set (assembled)
  • Medium springs (for plastic oil-shocks)
  • Medium springs (for metal oil-shocks)
  • Soft springs (for plastic oil-shocks)

Carisma GT24R Gift Pack

  • Front suspension arm set
  • Center drive shaft set
  • Steering linkage set
  • Dog bone pair
  • Rear wing mount set (GT24B)
  • Clear body (GT24B)
  • Clear rear wing (GT24B)
  • Green wheels and tires (GT24B)

Carisma GT24B Gift Pack

  • Pre-painted PS Edition body (GT24B)
  • Front suspension arm set
  • Hard springs (for plastic oil shocks)
  • 12T pinion gear
  • 13T pinion gear
  • 14T pinion gear

If you’ve been on the fence about which GT24 model to get, some of these gift packs will allow you to change up the configuration of your machine and expanding on your hobby fun.

Learn more about this special offer at carisma-shop.com.

Image credit: Carisma