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Dromida’s BL Monster Truck: The Review

Dromida’s BL Monster Truck: The Review

“Whoa”. That is the one word uttered by everyone who took a turn driving the Dromida BL Monster Truck during my review. Myself included. On the surface, this 1/18-scale R/C truck may not look like much, but once you mash the throttle, you’ll soon discover that there’s more to this machine than meets the eye.

When this model arrived on my doorstep, courtesy of Hobbico, I wasn’t sure what to expect. My recent 1/18-scale experiences had ranged from the low-slung LaTrax Rally to the off-road Axial Yeti Jr. Rock Racer. Both of those vehicles were amazing to drive and relatively fast. Nothing, however, could prepare me for the power that the BL Monster Truck was hiding under its hood.

A Quick-charge Summary

  • Insanely-fast
  • Great handling and performance
  • Durable and very resistant to crashes and tumbles
  • An excellent choice for speed-seekers and bashers

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Dromida BL Monster Truck Specifications

  • Length: 10.6 in (270 mm)
  • Width: 7.8 in (198 mm)
  • Height: 4.6 in (117 mm)
  • Weight w/battery: 1.4 lb (632 g)
  • Price: $149.99

What’s in the Box

  • 1 Dromida BL Monster Truck (1/18-scale, ready-to-run)
  • 1 2.4GHz, 2-channel radio transmitter
  • 1 7.2v, 1300 NiMh battery (for truck)
  • 1 USB battery charger (for truck)
  • 4 AA batteries (for transmitter)
  • 1 Instruction manual

The Body

It may be easy to dismiss the appearance of a non-licensed R/C body, but there’s something to be said for making a “no-name” car or truck lid appealing. The BL Monster Truck features an eye-grabbing red base with white, orange, and black flames across the hood and sides. It looks mean, and it looks fast. The question now becomes, is it all show and no go?

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The Chassis

Starting from the ground up, the Dromida BL Monster truck features a stance that’s somewhere between a 1:1 monster truck and a short course truck. With a wide stance, this truck has been surprisingly nimble and fun to drift and slide on pavement and gravel.

The chassis tub is compact and carries a low profile. The arrangement of the internal components is well thought-out, taking up almost every available millimeter of space. Weight has been distributed evenly, with the battery and motor on opposite sides of the chassis and the radio receiver, ESC (electronic speed control) and other components distributed throughout the chassis tub.

If (and when) the BL Monster Truck takes to the air, there isn’t much body lean (side-to-side or front to back). This overall balance makes jumping and launching the truck skyward almost as fun as keeping it glued to the ground.

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When you do find yourself taking to the air, the fear of hard landings is quickly put to rest, thanks to the four ample, oil-filled shocks which provide cushion and support to this truck. The overall suspension travel is impressive. Quite impressive, actually.

After sending this truck into the air on more than one occasion (not to mention, in a variety of “maneuvers”), there are only a few select scuffs on the bottom of the chassis. This is a drastic contrast to other models that I’ve driven, and speaks volumes to the stock suspension setup.

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During my review, I kept the BL Monster Truck in stock suspension setup. There are adjustment rings provided, however, I didn’t see the need to use them as I was very happy with the out-of-the-box performance.

Traction and handling performance was very crisp, with more than a few opportunities to let this truck slide around and drift around. The tires, although appearing to be big and beefy, have a low profile without much sidewall flex. This helped keep the truck nimble, allowing it to “thread the needle” of numerous obstacles.

The Battery

While the battery of a RTR radio-controlled car or truck usually isn’t something to make note of, I must say that the run time and overall power provided by the 7.2v, 1300mah NiMh battery was quite impressive. I was seeing run times of 10-15 minutes on a full charge, with almost all of that time being spent hard on the throttle.

Charging time is decent, taking 20-35 minutes using the included USB charger. Plugging the unit into a computer will take the longest time to achieve a complete charge, so you’re better off using a smartphone or tablet USB charging adapter to get the job done quickly.

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The Controller

Regardless of where this topic sits in my review, the radio transmitter is one of the most important pieces of your R/C experience. Not only does it provide the control and range needed to drive (or fly), but it’s the only tactile connection you have to your R/C model. If the feel isn’t right, chances are, you won’t enjoy your time behind the wheel.

To that end, the controller which is included with the Dromida BL Monster Truck is quite comfortable. It has a smooth, ergonomic grip that feels great while holding it and the controls are all placed in easy to find, easy to reach locations. I could quickly adjust my steering and throttle trim without having to perform too many head-nods.

Range for the radio system was equally impressive as I was able to send the truck across a large parking lot and back again without any interruption.

The Motor

Ah yes, this is where the real fun begins, and where memories of previous 1/18-scale experiences joined me in a chorus of “Whoa!”. The brushless motor of the Dromida BL Monster Truck is what really makes this beast shine. Your first reaction, at least my first reaction to handling any new R/C machine, is to mash the trigger and see what it can do. Don’t get me wrong, brushed motors can have their own level of pep, but that is quickly overshadowed by the raw, blinding speed achieved by a brushless system.

The 5300kv motor puts out more speed than I knew what to do with (in some cases). At least, it was more speed than my driveway was willing to handle. Thankfully, a road trip to a wide-open parking lot provided the perfect spot to let this truck roam free and stretch its legs.

“I Wanna Go Fast!”

Everyone has their own, inner Ricky Bobby yearning to break free. The trouble, however, can be do you have the space needed to go fast? While 1/10-scale and larger R/C machines can carry impressive speed, the space required to accommodate, and fully appreciate that speed, can be excessive.

With smaller-scale R/C vehicles, the amount of space required for top-end performance is greatly reduced. For suburb-dwellers such as myself, that formula of size and speed made the Dromida BL Monster Truck an excellent test machine in that regard. From narrow sidewalks to a short driveway, not to mention a backyard that’s hardly a palatial spread. Would the space I had be enough to fully enjoy what this brushless-powered truck had to offer?

The answer to that question came to me as soon as I ran my first battery pack through the machine. I won’t come right out and say it, but the fact that I was able to rip through a full charge and couldn’t wait to recharge the battery for another spin.

 

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No matter the terrain, this monster truck was a great performer. Although taller grass (1.5” and up) Gave the traction of the tires a tougher time, it motored through at a reasonable speed. I set up some ramps in the back yard and easily performed jumps, flips, and a few cartwheels (with one of my kids landing a sweet backwards flip).

From there it was time to test pavement performance, where the lower-profile tires were given a chance to shine. When I took this truck out of the box, the tires gave the appearance of being a harder compound, however, that appearance quickly went away after they were properly broken in through wheelspin.

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The BL Monster Truck showed amazing performance on my driveway and sidewalk tests, which allowed for higher-speed jumps and durability testing. One one landing/crash, a dogbone axle/drive shaft popped out of place, causing a brief moment of panic. Popping it back into the socket was the quickest fix I’ve ever experienced with an R/C vehicle “repair”. After that, it was as good as new and ready to take on the next challenge.

Sparing the details of each small adventure this truck went on, I have driven it on a variety of surfaces and there wasn’t anything that gave this machine fits. Each time I had to pack it up and head home for a recharge, the grin on my face and the white-knuckle grip on my hand told the story of how my session played out.

Is the Dromida BL Monster Truck Right for You?

Now we get to the real meat of the review. Is this truck worth spending your money on? Without a doubt, I’d say “YES”! With this being my first experience with a Dromida surface vehicle, I wasn’t sure what to expect. From the build quality, and durability to the performance and overall joy this machine brought me (and others), it’s made me take a hard look at the other vehicles in Dromida’s lineup.

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For the price of $149.99, you’d have to search high and low to find a vehicle that’s as durable, fast, and fun as the BL Monster Truck. It not only held up to my, at times, out of control driving, but it quickly became the favorite “go fast” truck for my kids. In fact, if it wasn’t securely nestled in my review “garage”, it would probably be stored in my oldest son’s room. That is, if it isn’t already there. Sneaky kid.

In all honesty, nothing about this model has disappointed me. And while I haven’t met a R/C vehicle that I haven’t enjoyed, I’m thankful that the Dromida BL Monster Truck is keeping that streak alive.

Where to Buy the Dromida BL Monster Truck

Pro-Line’s Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Body Kit for the Ambush 4×4

Pro-Line’s Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Body Kit for the Ambush 4×4

The Pro-Line Ambush 4×4 has become one of my go-to small-scale R/C machines. From its compact size to the pure joy I get from driving it, the Ambush 4×4 brings much of what I love about the scale R/C world into an entirely new arena.

While the stock body on this 1/25-scale scale trail truck is great, there’s always the desire to change it up and customize it. To that end, Pro-Line has announced a new body option for their tiny truck; a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Clear Body with included interior.

Pro-Line Ambush 4x4 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Body - Side

This new body kit is made of durable GE Lexan and features authentic styling details that you’d find on a 2-door, 1:1 Jeep Wrangler. Molded grill and headlight details, fender flares, hood and door lines, and more give this small-scale body some big-time visual pop.

Adding to the exterior details, this body package also includes a clear interior tray which can be painted and detailed as much, or as little, as you’d like. The driver figure that is included with the Ambush 4×4 ready-to-run model can easily be transferred over to this interior, so your rig will never have to be driverless.

Pro-Line Ambush 4x4 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Body - Interior

Along with the body shell and interior, the Pro-Line Ambush 4×4 Jeep Rubicon Body kit also includes window masks and a decal sheet to help you finish off your customized ride with style.

Priced at $22.91, this new body option for the Ambush 4×4 will be available at prolineracing.com in late-June (2017).

If you haven’t yet experienced the Ambush 4×4 for yourself, check out my review of this small-scale rig.

Image credit: Pro-Line

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First Impressions: Dromida’s BL Monster Truck

First Impressions: Dromida’s BL Monster Truck

More than a simple speed boost, this is a complete performance overhaul.

Dromida’s line of 1/18-scale surface R/C vehicles have become popular models for many reasons. Their low cost make them great entry-level vehicles for newbies or perfect add-ons for growing a radio-controlled car collection. Their Speed Series gave these small-scale machines another lease on life through the addition of smooth, efficient brushless power.

They recently sent their latest creation (the Dromida BL Monster Truck) my way for a shake-down and review. Although my time with it has been limited, I must say, I like what I see.

Dromida BL Monster Truck Specs:

  • Length: 10.6 in (270 mm)
  • Width: 7.8 in (198 mm)
  • Height: 4.6 in (117 mm)
  • Weight w/battery: 1.4 lb (632 g)
  • Price: $149.99

What’s Included:

  • 1 Dromida BL Monster Truck (1/18-scale, ready-to-run)
  • 1 2.4GHz, 2-channel radio transmitter
  • 1 7.2v, 1300 NiMh battery (for truck)
  • 1 USB battery charger (for truck)
  • 4 AA batteries (for transmitter)
  • 1 Instruction manual

Unboxing the Dromida BL Monster Truck

Charged up and Ready to Roll

As I write this, I have the largest Cheshire Cat grin on my face. The BL Monster Truck is, simply put, fast. Crazy fast. Stupid fast. Gloriously, unabashedly, and perfectly…fast.

On a full charge, the stock NiMh battery supplies a steady stream of juice to the 5300kv brushless motor. Mash the throttle trigger and that’s when the fun begins. While this truck has a variety of settings to adjust the launch, braking, and control setup, the stock settings are more than enough to turn this vehicle into a rocket.

The low-profile tires and wide stance give it plenty of stability for drifting and the tires provide enough grip for torque-filled launches. With all of this grip, there is more than enough power to break traction and test your driving ability.

The stock suspension setup absorbs bumps and jumps without adding excessive rebound. This helps in keeping the truck planted after a landing and also keeps it grounded as it flies over uneven terrain.

There have been (quite) a few landings that haven’t gone according to plan. Whether the driver got squirrely on takeoff or the landing area wasn’t as smooth as originally thought, the Dromida BL Monster Truck has been sent on a few acrobatic excursions in the short time I’ve been driving it. Through it all, it’s come out looking (and performing like a champ). There was one instance where a front axle shaft became dislocated, but a quick pit stop fixed that up and we were back to bashing in no time.

At $149.99, the Dromida BL Monster Truck raises the level of fun and performance of its brushed brother. Combining grab-and-go portability with a quick and responsive motor, this is an option worth looking at if your need for speed is saddled with a budget.

Axial Yeti Jr. Rock Racer: The Review

Axial Yeti Jr. Rock Racer: The Review

A 1/18-scale, off-roading, bundle of fun.

One way in which I gauge my interest in a radio-controlled car or truck is how often I take it for a drive. While there’s not enough time in the day to run every machine, I have to go with my gut and grab the vehicle that best-fits my schedule and location.

Soon after picking up one of Axial’s two newest 1/18-scale entries, the Yeti Jr. Rock Racer, I felt the urge to pick up and drive this machine more so than others. Between the size, the speed, and the overall fun factor that this off-road buggy carries with it, there are many great aspects of Axial’s first step into the world of small-scale R/C.

Axial Yeti Jr. Rock Racer Specifications

  • Length 11.6” (330mm)
  • Width: 6.9″ (175mm)
  • Height:5.0″ (128mm)
  • Wheelbase:8.1″ (206mm)
  • Ground Clearance:1.1″ (27mm)
  • Weight:1.75lbs (0.80kg)
  • Model Type: Ready-to-Run (RTR) with included battery
  • Motor: Axial 380 40T Electric Motor (Brushed)
  • Radio: Tactic TTX200 2-channel SLT radio, 2.4gHz
  • Servos: Tactic TSX106 Servo
  • ESC: Tactic RE20 forward/reverse, 2S LiPo max with cut-off enabled
  • Price: $159.99

What’s in the Box

  • 1 Axial Yeti Jr. Rock Racer 1/18-scale
  • 1 Tactic TTX200 transmitter
  • 1 Onyx 7.2v 1300mah NiMh battery
  • 1 Onyx USB Battery charger
  • 1 Parts bag
  • 1 Instruction manual

The Chassis

No matter the scale, you’d expect a radio-controlled vehicle that’s geared for off-road use to feature Durable components and include room to customize and fine-tune its performance. The Axial Yeti Jr. Rock Racer doesn’t disappoint in this area.

The chassis tub is molded from impact-resistant material and the connected suspension components are equally as strong and battle tested. My first experiences with this vehicle were held indoors, so my top speed didn’t reach its full potential. That said, There were a fair amount of tumbles, flips, and rollovers to test the strength of the Yeti Jr’s chassis.

Oil-filled shocks provide ample cushion when traveling over bumps and rough terrain. While the weight of the Yeti Jr. Rock Racer isn’t what I’d call “heavy”, it’s enough to compress the suspension when landing a jump. To that end, the suspension travel is adequate enough to prevent the machine from excessively bottoming out after catching air.

As a scaled-down version of the 1/10 Yeti, this little rock buggy can take a fair amount of abuse without much cause for concern.

The Body

The shell of the Yeti Jr. Mimics the appearance of its larger-scale cousin. That’s one of the reasons I’ve grown to enjoy this little machine as much as I do. Visually-aggressive and eye-catching (thanks to the orange, gray, and black graphics), this radio-controlled vehicle is easy to spot, no matter where you’re driving it.

 

On the durability side, the polycarbonate “lid” is quite resistant to damage from basic rolls, and impacts. That said, I’m sure you could find a way to crack it and bust it up if you try hard enough.

The Motor

Axial’s Yeti Jr. Rock Racer motors along dutifully thanks to a 40-turn brushed motor. While that high turn number might trick you into thinking this buggy has more torque than top-end, you’d be mistaken. Thankfully, the gearing is such that there’s a fair amount of takeoff and full-throttle speed with the stock setup.

The Controller

My familiarity with Tactic radio transmitters only extends as far as the models that were bundled with my Axial RR10 Rock Racer and the Yeti Jr. Focusing on the TTX200, it is a solid controller with a basic set of features. No frills, no unnecessary buttons or knobs, just what you need, when you need it.

Comfort-wise, it’s taken me longer to get used to the feel of the TTX200 as opposed to other transmitters that I’ve used. Whether the grip size is larger than what I’d expect or the placement of the throttle trigger isn’t what I’m used to, there’s something About this controller that I’m not entirely at-ease with.

Aside from the feel, the trim buttons, while easy to find, can take some getting used to when making adjustments. This is one area of the Yeti Jr. that’s caused me to refer to the instruction manual more than once.

A Ton of Fun in a Small Package

Not to give too much away in that heading, but I’ve become quite a fan of the Yeti Jr. Whether I wanted to drive a vehicle around to kill some time or if I needed a distraction and a chance to “reset”, this vehicle didn’t and hasn’t disappointed me in the level of fun that it brings to the table.

Indoors or out, there’s plenty of speed from the stock motor and Gearing provide ample pep and top-end speed is decent. While it could always be faster, the Yeti Jr. Is a quick performer that seems happiest when bouncing over bumpy terrain and floating over jumps.

Out of the box, the handling performance Of this machine is quite good. I have made some small compression-level adjustments to the shocks, but other than that, this rock racer has retained its stock setup.

When I first picked this vehicle up, there was a mix of snow and slush on the ground. No vehicle, save for the RR10, has delighted me more in snowy conditions as this one has. Its light weight allows it float across snow and it can thrash around in slush without much trouble.

As we’ve transitioned from winter into spring, the Yeti Jr. has proven to be a great machine on grass and pavement as well. Tall grass will slow it down, but it is still able to get traction and keep on moving. Short grass, coupled with a few log jumps and obstacles make for a great opportunity for some airborne fun.

Repeated launches and landings didn’t affect this machine at all and the shocks took in the impact as-intended.

One Small Change…

There is one small item that I view as a downside to this model. The stock steering servo ( Tactic TSX106) lacks turning turning power, especially in thick grass or snow. I encountered a few instances where the wheels wouldn’t return to neutral when the steering wheel was centered. The added manual control became a point of frustration after a few drives and I decided to swap out the servo for a higher-torque model.

Is the Axial Yeti Jr. Rock Racer Right for You?

As small-scale, off-road R/C vehicles go, the Yeti Jr. Rock Racer is a powerful option, combining both fun and versatility. The compact, 1/18-scale size makes it a excellent “grab and go” vehicle, which is something that I take into consideration when reviewing the qualities of any radio-controlled machine.

While the steering servo isn’t as powerful as I might have liked, that’s not to be seen as a deal breaker, in my eyes. There are a number of servo upgrade options available and, for a minimal investment, you can keep the stock servo on-hand, should you need a spare.

Seeing as how this is one of my go-to vehicles for driving, jumping, and just messing around with, I’d say the Yeti Jr. is great for adding to (or starting up) your R/C collection.

When this model was introduced in December 2016, it was priced at $179.99. Since that time, the price has been reduced to $159.99. At that price, this machine, and it’s SCORE Trophy Truck cousin is well worth the cost.

Where to Buy the Axial Yeti Jr. Rock Racer

A Small-Scale Skatepark Assault Featuring Carisma’s GT24M & GT24TR [Video]

A Small-Scale Skatepark Assault Featuring Carisma’s GT24M & GT24TR [Video]

One of the lingering questions you get after buying a new R/C vehicle is wondering how hard you can push the vehicle…before it breaks. While no vehicle is bulletproof, there are some brands which have made a name for themselves from a durability standpoint. While Traxxas, LaTrax, ECX, and even Redcat Racing have showcased the strength of their models, they aren’t the only ones who know how to build a tough, yet fun radio-controlled machine.

Carisma recently released a video featuring two of their GT24 series vehicles, the GT24T monster truck and the GT24TR truggy, tearing around a skatepark with reckless abandon.

With help from FPV quadcopter pilot and racer, Jon Smoky Rogers (Smoky FPV), the Carisma GT24M monster truck and GT24TR truggy were put through their paces in a high-flying series of skatepark runs.

From big-air jumps to near picture-perfect landings, these two 1/24-scale trucks put on a show that’s worth watching a time or two.

Learn more about the Carisma GT24 series:

Image credit: Carisma

Change Your POV with New FPV Vehicles from Dromida

On-road or off, these new 1/18-scale machines will give you a new perspective on your hobby.

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to see the track or path that your radio-controlled car or truck is traveling on, from the ground level? While on-board cameras such as the Go-Pro and others make it easy to experience that sensation after the fact, purpose-built, surface R/C vehicles with realtime FPV (first person view) equipment included haven’t quite made their mark yet.

This summer, Dromida is hoping to change that with the introduction of two new, ready-to-run (RTR) 1/18-scale vehicles, featuring FPV cameras and goggles. Whether your interests take on on or off-road, a monster truck and rally car will be the first vehicle types in Dromida’s lineup to introduce this new camera gear.

Both the rally car and the monster truck are powered by 370-size, brushed motors and feature four-wheel drive. Waterproof electronics and a 2.4GHz radio system can also be found in each model.

What sets these new machines apart from the pack is an array of included Tactic FPV gear. A 600TVL FPV camera, 5.8GHz video transmitter, and 5.8GHz monitor, along with FPV goggles, are part of each vehicle set. The camera is pre-installed and shouldn’t require much calibration before the first run. Simply install your batteries, put on your goggles, and go.

These vehicles are both priced at $229.99 And can be expected to hit hobby store shelves in the summer of 2017. Learn more about these two new FPV-equipped vehicles and sign up for email updates on both of them at dromida.com.

Image credit: Dromida

Losi’s Pint-sized Mini 8ight DB

Losi’s Pint-sized Mini 8ight DB

A 1/14-scale off-roader, packing plenty of power.

The small-scale R/C landscape has been relatively quiet in 2017. In fact, it’s been too quiet for my taste. Thankfully Losi has shaken things up with their latest release, a 1/14-scale, ready-to-run (RTR) desert buggy that’s loaded with features.

The Losi Mini 8ight DB is a brushless-powered desert buggy featuring four-wheel drive, waterproof electronics, and many other features and component specs that you’d find in 1/10 or larger models. This new, smaller-scale machine looks to be fun both indoors and out, and is a nice bit of competition for other off-roaders such as the Axial Yeti Jr. lineup (even if the sizes don’t line up completely).

In the box, you’ll find everything you’ll need to get rolling, from a complete Mini 8ight DB buggy, to a Spektrum STX2 2.4GHz transmitter and 2-channel Spektrum SRX200 receiver. Rounding out the electronics list is a Dynamite Mini Brushless ESC (electronic speed control) and Dynamite Fuze Mini Brushless motor (3800kv). As mentioned earlier, all of the electronics are waterproof/water resistant, so you won’t have to slow your roll when the elements decide to get nasty.

On the handling front, the Mini 8ight DB includes oil-filled, aluminum-bodied shocks and independent four-wheel suspension. The visual details on the body and the rollcage give this smaller ride an impressive stature.

Losi Mini 8ight DB Specifications

  • Type: 4WD Desert Buggy
  • Scale:1/14
  • Length:13.2 in (335mm)
  • Width: 8.2 in (208mm)
  • Height: 4.6 in (118mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 1.1 in (28mm)
  • Wheelbase: 8.8 in (223mm)
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs (1.1kg)
  • Chassis: 2.5mm aluminum plate
  • Suspension: Independent
  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Tire Type: All terrain
  • Motor or Engine: 380 long can (3800Kv)
  • Speed Control: Brushless Waterproof 25A
  • Radio: STX2 2 Ch Radio
  • Servos: Mini
  • Batteries: 7.2v 1200 mAh NiMh Batt, Flat w/EC3
  • Charger: AC Wall 200mAh
  • Gear Pitch: 48P
  • Wheel Size: Diameter: 1.6/2.0 in (40.6/50.8mm), Width: 1.1 in. (27.9mm)
  • Kit/RTR: RTR
  • Shock Type: Aluminum, coil over, oil filled

Priced at $249.99, the Losi Mini 8ight DB is priced higher than some of its small-scale neighbors. That price, however, should be looked at along with the impressive feature list, as not many small-scale machines are packing brushless power straight out of the box.

Learn more about the Losi Mini 8ight DB at losi.com.

Image credit: Losi

Upgrades and Hop-Ups for the Axial Yeti Jr. (Rock Racer & SCORE Trophy Truck)

Upgrades and Hop-Ups for the Axial Yeti Jr. (Rock Racer & SCORE Trophy Truck)

Boost the performance of these versatile 1/18-scale vehicles with motor, servo, and chassis hop-ups.

The two vehicles in Axial’s 1/18 off-road lineup have gained an impressive following since being released in late 2016. The Yeti Jr. Rock Racer and Yeti Jr. SCORE Trophy Truck are quite capable out of the box, however there are always upgrades and adjustments you can make to wring out even more performance.

Here are a selection of upgrade parts to help you customize and enhance the looks, handling and power of these small-scale machines.

Motor and ESC (Electronic Speed Control)

Out of the box, the Yeti Jr’s 40-T brushed motor Is a capable and sporty option. That said, there is always room for improvement…and more speed. With a number of options available, swapping out the stock motor and ESC is an easy quick way to bump up the speed and power of this small-scale machine.

Steering Servo

The stock servo that is shipped with the Axial Yeti Jr. is one area that you may want to look at replacing before anything else. Improve the steering response and power with the following, compatible options.

Suspension, Chassis and Drivetrain

If you’re looking to improve the appearance and handling of your 1/18 Yeti Jr, there are a number of chassis and suspension components that you can upgrade.

Wheels and Tires

One final way to boost the appearance of your Axial Yeti Jr. is to give it a new set of wheels. Not only will the looks of your off-road rig get a boost, but you may be able to add a bit of weight to this featherlight vehicle.

No matter what upgrade path you choose, there are a number of great ways to customize the appearance, performance, and handling of your Axial Yeti Jr. Even swapping out internal component can turn this small-scale vehicle into an entirely-new machine.

TheToyz Rolls Out New Aluminum Upgrade Parts for the Axial Yeti Jr.

TheToyz Rolls Out New Aluminum Upgrade Parts for the Axial Yeti Jr.

Although Axial’s Yeti Jr. has been available for less than six months, there have been a number of upgrades and hop-ups available for it. If you own one of these 1/18-scale off-road vehicles, TheToyz has a few new aluminum upgrades to take a look at.

Aluminum 6-Spoke Wheels

Giving your Axial Yeti Jr. Rock Racer or Yeti Jr. SCORE Trophy Truck a fresh look at a low cost just got easier with a set of aluminum, 6-spoke wheels. Available in blue or black (and in pairs or sets of four).

Aluminum Rear Lower Chassis Link Parts

Adding to the aluminum upgrade list are a pair of rear lower chassis links for the Axial Yeti Jr. SCORE Trophy Truck. Available in a variety of colors, these will help add durability and handling performance while giving your small-scale truck some visual flair.

Image credit: TheToyz

LC Racing’s EMB-1H 1/14-Scale Brushless R/C Buggy

LC Racing’s EMB-1H 1/14-Scale Brushless R/C Buggy

With a large number of small-scale radio-controlled vehicles on the market, there are some that I’m more familiar with than others. LC Racing is one brand that I’ve been researching lately and have been impressed with the specs on their brushless-powered 1/14-scale vehicles.

One of the vehicles in their lineup is the EMB-1H, a ready-to-run (RTR) electric buggy. With aluminum components throughout, including shock bodies, shock towers, and chassis plate, the EMB-1H is a durable buggy that should pack quite the powerful punch.

LC Racing 1-14 Brushless Buggy Front

That power comes from a 4500kV, 4-pole brushless motor that is juiced by an included 7.2V NiMh battery (1100mAh). A four-wheel metal drivetrain also helps ensure durability for bashing and on-track action.

The installed electronics of the LC Racing EMB-1H feature a Batan D115 digital mini servo, a Batan 2.4GHz radio system (transmitter and receiver) and a programmable ESC that’s LiPo (2S/3S) compatible.

LC Racing EMB-1H 1/14 Brushless Buggy Specifications

  • Scale: 1/14 EP Buggy
  • Length: 300mm (11.8in)
  • Width: 205mm (8in)
  • Height: 110mm (4.3in)
  • Wheelbase: 185mm (7.3in)
  • Weight: 0.90kg (1.9lbs with battery)
  • Wheel hexes: 12mm
  • Motor: Micro 380, 6.5T/4500kV, 4 Pole 2838 3.175mm Shaft Brushless Motor Modified

LC Racing 1-14 Brushless Buggy Rear

The LC Racing EMB-1H is priced at $199.99 and can be found through a variety of online hobby retailers. Learn more about this 1/14-scale buggy at LCRacing.net.

Image credit: LC Racing