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The Review: Dromida 1/18 FPV Rally Car

The Review: Dromida 1/18 FPV Rally Car

If the R/C hobby is addicting, you’ll only find yourself getting pulled in deeper once you experience the thrill of FPV. My journey into FPV began last summer, outfitting an Axial RR10 Bomber and Axial Yeti Jr. Rock Racer with a low-cost FPV setup.

This cobbled-together approach was a great starting point, however, I wanted to experience more. That’s when the Dromida FPV Rally Car entered the picture. This 1/18-scale rally car came equipped not only with an FPV camera but also an FPV monitor (Tactic RM2) and headset. It was everything you might want in a surface-FPV experience.

After extended drives, both indoors and out, my feelings toward this car (and the FPV experience) have only gotten stronger.

Dromida FPV Rally Car - Side


The Vehicle:

Dromida 1/18-scale FPV Rally Car ($229.99)

What’s Included:

  • 1 Dromida 1/18 FPV-equipped Rally Car
  • 1 2.4GHz trigger-style radio transmitter
  • 1 Tactic FPV RM2 FPV monitor
  • 1 Tactic FPV-G1 FPV headset
  • 1 Tactic FPV monitor sunshade
  • 2 charging adapters/cables (1 for the car and 1 for the FPV monitor)
  • 1 Instruction manual

Unboxing the Dromida 1/18 FPV Rally Car:

The Car

My thoughts on the Dromida FPV Rally Car’s appearance haven’t changed from my earlier “First Impressions” post. This car, like many rally cars, looks great. As a fan of “rally car design”, if there is such a thing, you’d have to go out of your way to create a compact, low-slung R/C racer that I didn’t enjoy looking at. But what about driving it?

Ah, that’s where the real fun sets in. This little rally car is an absolute blast to “wheel”, whether you’re driving it traditionally (line of sight) or with the FPV headset on, putting you directly inside the action. Nimble and precise, this car is a dart no matter where you’re driving it.

Dromida FPV Rally Car - Front Side

Between trips to a local park (and parking lot) to slinging around my basement when the outside temperature dropped, I never felt a shortage of fun while driving this car. Its stock setup is very sporty and the ability to adjust on that (by way of twistable shock rings and shock mounting location) setup only adds to the experience.

Speed-wise, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the brushed motor, having previously been spoiled by Dromida’s brushless BL Monster Truck. As soon as I mashed the throttle trigger, however, all of those fears went away. This car is quick. Not brushless-quick, mind you, but it’s fast enough to keep things interesting, while still maintaining control of the car. This does beg the question, what about strapping an FPV camera to a brushless-powered R/C car. Perhaps that’s a project for another day…

The FPV Gear

Dromida’s two FPV vehicles are nice on their own, but when you add the element of first-person-view video to the mix, you’re really upping your ante. Not only was this my first experience with an on-road Dromida car, but it also gave me the opportunity to check out some of Tactic’s FPV gear, specifically their FPV RM2 monitor and FPV G-1 headset. If purchased separately, these two components would cost $89.99, however, you get them as part of the Dromida FPV Rally Car’s $229.99 price.

Tactic FPV-RM2

The headset with FPV monitor installed is a bit heavier than what I’ve experienced with other models. That’s not to say it’s uncomfortable, but you do notice you have something strapped to your head, even when you find yourself immersed in action on the screen.

The video quality through the FPV RM2 monitor is quite good. Scary-good, in fact. It actually appears to be more crisp and clear than when viewing recorded video on your computer. The menu setup is very clear and the settings and mode buttons are easy to find and use. I managed to locate a clear reception channel less than a minute after powering on the monitor. The less time fiddling with controls means more time behind the wheel.

Tactic FPV-G1 Headset

I didn’t realize it at the time of the unboxing, but the Tactic FPV RM2 includes a DVR/video recording function, something that my Eachine setup lacks. Even though I’m not capturing HD-quality footage, it’s still fun to relive my R/C adventures, whether they be good or bad.

Getting Behind the Wheel

Now to the fun part, putting rubber on the road and goggles on your face. The element of FPV has given me more “white-knuckle” experiences while driving than any line-of-sight excursion ever has. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy line-of-site drives, it’s simply the fact that you have an entirely new perspective when it feels like you’re behind the wheel.

Maneuvers seem to be snappier, and my temptation to get closer to obstacles increases, simply because I know how close I am to the edge. And when I go over that line, lesson learned. It’s a real-life video game experience that no video game has managed to match, at least for me.

Is the Dromida FPV Rally Car Worth Adding to Your R/C Garage?

This car manages to check off a number of boxes, both as a radio-controlled car fiend and a fan of FPV. It’s fast, sporty, and well-designed, and that’s before you take it out of the box and power it on. Driving this car is easy, however, you can push this machine to extremes rather quickly. It has terrific handling and can put on a show during both line-of-sight and FPV driving.

Dromida FPV Rally Car - Park Front

While I feel that I say this quite often, this car has become a favorite “go-to” for me, whether I want to go for a quick spin indoors or out.

For the price, you’re getting a solid small-scale rally car and a solid FPV video setup, all in one package. Hobbyists of any experience level should get a thrill from this car, and the added dimension of FPV makes this car all the more appealing.

Where to Buy the Dromida FPV Rally Car


See it in Action: The ECX Barrage 1/24 Trail Truck

See it in Action: The ECX Barrage 1/24 Trail Truck

The ECX Barrage 1/24 is proving to be an interesting truck. What it lacks in low-end torque, it makes up for in trail-riding prowess. I recently set up an indoor crawling “course” on the top of a table and put both the ECX Barrage 1/24 and the Pro-Line Ambush 4×4 to work.

Made up of rain gutter insert foam, wooden shims, and pieces of driftwood, this was a fun opportunity to not only see how both trucks worked on this terrain but also see where one may excel over the other.

The Barrage seems to have a tough time “boosting” itself over obstacles, but when it gets cruising, can be a fun vehicle to drive. The high-end speed is decent, for a vehicle of its size, and it’s relatively-wide stance allows it to handle multiple approach and decline angles with ease.

My testing of this tiny truck has only begun, and I’m excited to see what else it’s able to tackle and what areas can be modified for enhanced performance.

First Impressions: ECX Barrage 1/24 Micro R/C Crawler

First Impressions: ECX Barrage 1/24 Micro R/C Crawler

I’m always on the lookout for vehicles that can bring R/C fun both indoors and out. During the winter months (and when the weather doesn’t quite cooperate), having a vehicle that can be driven in a smaller amount of space, while still bringing big-time fun, is always at the top of my “must-have” list.

Thankfully, there are a variety of fun and capable small-scale radio-controlled vehicles to choose from. One model that had been at the top of my list is the ECX Barrage 1/24. Equal (or very close to it) in size to the Pro-Line Ambush 4×4, this scaled-down Barrage aims to bring a wide world of R/C adventure into your living room. After receiving my pre-order, I couldn’t wait to get this tiny truck fired up and rolling.

ECX Barrage 1-24 - Rear

What’s Included:

  • 1 ECX Barrage 1/24-scale Micro Crawler
  • 1 Controller/transmitter
  • 1 USB charging cable
  • 1 Decal sheet
  • 1 Instruction manual
  • 4 AA Batteries (for the transmitter)

Unboxing the ECX Barrage 1/24

Initial Thoughts on the ECX Barrage 1/24

Starting with its appearance, I love the job that ECX did with the body and chassis details for this truck. Echoing design queues from the 1/10-scale Axial SCX10/SCX10 II Trail Honcho, the ECX Barrage 1/24 packs a trail-ready design into a small-scale package.

Visual features such as the functional spare tire, rock sliders, winch-ready front bumper, and LED lights make this truck fun to look at, both while driving and when sitting still. With the amount of scale detail this truck has, it’s easy to get lost in the moment when driving across a living room or basement, dodging errant toys and other “unnatural terrain”.

ECX Barrage 1-24 - Side

Underneath the hood (or body) you’ll find a ladder-frame chassis, four-link suspension, and shocks with an impressive amount of travel. I’m resisting the urge to draw direct comparisons to the Pro-Line Ambush 4×4, however, it’s hard not to when you look at how the small-scale Barrage is set up.

The suspension and wheel travel on the Barrage is impressive for a vehicle of its size. Combined with a width of 4 inches (102mm), this truck is quite stable when driving over obstacles and uneven terrain. The stock springs are quite soft, which help the articulation of the truck, however, this also causes the truck to bounce and bobble which could lead to “bump steer”. All in all, the chassis and suspension of this truck are quite solid.

This leads me to the battery and motor for this rig. At “cruising speed”, this truck is an excellent performer, happily motoring along and getting to where it needs to go. This truck, however, begs to be driven over “trail-like” terrain, which is where I first put the Barrage 1/24 to work.

ECX Barrage 1-24 - Climbing Foam

Using my go-to indoor crawling obstacles (rain gutter foam inserts, wood shims, and crafting driftwood) I lined up my rig and set off to see how it performed. At first, it took to the makeshift trail like a champ, however, it quickly began to slow and eventually stop after the first encounter with a steep incline.

My approach to this incline was no different than that of a 1/10-scale R/C trail rig, minimal throttle, smooth approach. Whether it’s the battery (4.8v, 22mah NiMh), the stock gearing (12t pinion/64t spur), the motor, or a combination of all three, this truck doesn’t have much torque and seems to lack power when and where it needs it the most.

At first, I was a bit disappointed by this, however, subsequent trips around my “indoor adventureland” (aka: my house) have found me driving over 3-ring binders, blankets, and random kids toys without much issue. The power/gearing setup is an area that I’ll be looking into further and appears to be an item which could be improved.

ECX Barrage 1-24 and Pro-Line Ambush

In all, I’m still happy with this rig, as it’s a fun “grab and go” machine that looks great and can motor around to just about anywhere I’d like. We’ll see how it performs over time and ultimately, how it stacks up against other small-scale trail rigs in the 1/24/25-scale category.

Additional Information:

Team Associated’s RC28 Retro-styled Micro Buggy

Team Associated’s RC28 Retro-styled Micro Buggy

Team Associated has been bulking up their micro line of R/C vehicles, with their latest model throwing back to the glory days. Hot on the heels of the RC28T release comes the RC28 Ready-to-Run, a 1/28-scale replica of the classic RC10 Team Kit.

Based on their 1/28-scale chassis, the RC28 features an orange buggy body, high-mounted rear wing, and other features from the classic, 1/10-scale model. Scaled down RC10 tires are also included, capturing the knobby texture (rear) of the originals.

Team Associated RC28 - Side

As with the other SC28, MT28, and RC28T that have come before it, the RC28 charges off of the transmitter, eliminating the need for extra cables and gear. Simply grab the buggy and controller, and go.

Team Associated RC28 Specs:

  • Power Source: Electric
  • Terrain: Off-Road
  • Body Style: Buggy
  • Scale Size: 1:28 Scale
  • Assembly Level: Ready-To-Run*
  • Length: 143mm (5.63in)
  • Width: 86mm (3.39in)
  • Wheelbase: 101.5mm (4in)
  • Weight: 76.2g (0.17lbs)
  • Drive: 2WD

Team Associated RC28 - Mini and Original

While these small-scale vehicles aren’t what I’d call “speed demons”, they’ve proven to be very fast and incredibly fun to drive. What’s more, they’ve been priced attractively at $49.99.

Learn more about the RC28 buggy and other vehicles in Team Associated’s 1/28-scale lineup at

Image credit: Team Associated

See it in Action: Dromida’s 1/18-scale FPV Rally Car

See it in Action: Dromida’s 1/18-scale FPV Rally Car

My first taste of FPV left me thirsty for more. Thankfully, the Dromida FPV Rally Car arrived on my doorstep in time for some pre-snow fun. Taking a trip to a local park, I turned loose with this 1/18-scale rally car.

With the Tactic RM2 FPV monitor set up and DVR feature engaged, I put this car to the test, slinging it around the open parking lot and paved walkways of the park. Both the handling and throttle response were crisp and the video relay from the onboard camera was very clear. My thirst for FPV has been quenched…for a little while.

Learn more about the Dromida 1/18-scale FPV Rally Car:

First Impressions: Team Associated RC28T 1/28-scale Stadium Truck

First Impressions: Team Associated RC28T 1/28-scale Stadium Truck

Last year’s arrival of the Team Associated SC28 ($49.99) had me chomping at the bit to get one, however, after the first batch sold-out, my interest in this vehicle cooled. Thanks to a guest-review by Zach, “The Inconsistent TechDad”, I felt that I had a solid understanding of this vehicle and decided to hold onto my money for a little while longer.

Fast-forward a year and Team Associated’s 1/28-scale lineup has grown from one vehicle to four. After adding a second SC28 stadium truck option and the MT28 monster truck, the latest option was too cool for me to pass up.


Marrying my love for classic R/C design and small-scale models, the RC28T stadium truck is a micro-sized (body) replica of the Team Associated RC10. That retro look and small size were too much for me to pass up.

What’s Included:

  • 1 Team Associated RC28T Stadium Truck
  • 1 Trigger-style transmitter/controller
  • 1 Instruction manual
  • 1 Decal sheet

Unboxing the Team Associated RC28T Stadium Truck

Initial Thoughts on the RC28T Stadium Truck

The body is what sold me on this model and, in my eyes, it doesn’t disappoint. The styling is classic 90’s R/C racer, from the body lines to the decal package. It’s a fun machine to look at, even when it’s on the shelf.

Outside of the visuals, this truck is not only fun to drive, but it’s also a blast to send airborne. Despite its lack of front wheel suspension, the chassis and steering setup handle bumps and impacts with ease. The rear suspension (dual shocks) setup seems to have an even blend of bounce and rebound and recovers from jumps quickly.


Having proportional steering (something that the slightly-smaller, 1/36-scale ECX KickFlip and BeatBox lack) is great, especially when wheeling around tight corners and lining up for a run towards a ramp. The rubber tires provide substantial grip and perform very well on carpet. Driving this truck on hardwood and tile flooring is fun, yet challenging and makes for an entertaining time.

The included controller matches the smaller-scale of the vehicle, but thankfully, isn’t uncomfortable to hold. The steering trim adjustment knob is the only fine-tuning you can perform via the transmitter, however, that’s about all you’ll need to adjust when wheeling this tiny truck.

Charging the vehicle is straightforward; open the battery door at the bottom of the controller, pull the charging cable out, and connect it to the port on RC28T chassis. The charging indicator on the transmitter is easy to spot and charging time doesn’t appear to take too long (20-25 minutes).


While the style and handling of this tiny truck are solid, the throttle performance leaves room for improvement. After mashing the gas, it takes a while for this tiny truck to get up to top speed, which caught me off-guard the first time I drove this truck. Having only driven it a handful of times since, then, it’s a bit disappointing to not have quicker throttle response. While most of that thought stems from my experience with Carisma’s GT24 vehicles and their brushless-powered motors, I do feel that the acceleration of the RC28T could be improved.

That said, it’s hard to pass up any radio-controlled vehicle with a price tag of $49.99. Even with its somewhat sluggish response, the RC28T has been a fun vehicle to drive around indoors, especially when I’m not able to get outside for a spin. For those looking at adding something fun to their lineup, this is a model that’s worth checking out.

Where to purchase the Team Associated RC28T 1/28-scale Stadium Truck:

Built to Rock: A Custom, Small-Scale R/C Crawler Course! [Pics]

Built to Rock: A Custom, Small-Scale R/C Crawler Course! [Pics]

One of the many reasons I’m drawn to small-scale R/C vehicles is their take anywhere, do “just about anything” versatility. If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can always set up an indoor race course or obstacles to crawl over. Even better, is when you can set up an outdoor challenge, testing both your own driving ability, as well as your creativity.

Fellow small-scale fan, Seth, has shared some photos of his custom-built outdoor crawling course for his 1/18-scale Losi crawler and 1/24-scale Redcat Racing Sumo. Combining natural and handmade elements, he’s created a challenging outdoor escape for his R/C enjoyment. Seth calls it “a work in progress” and has been in development for over 5 months, with the size spanning 30 feet wide and 60 feet long.

Rolling across the bridge...

The Course Setup

Manmade elements:

  • Cement chunks
  • Suspension bridges with cut saplings and tiny rope
  • Wood, climbing ladders made of furring strips
  • Quikrete

Natural elements:

  • Tree stumps
  • Dirt
  • Logs
  • Natural, bumpy terrain

Losi 1/18 Rock Crawler

In addition to the makeup of his course, Seth has also shared details about his customized small-scale crawling rigs.

Losi 1/18-scale Mini Crawler Setup

1/18-scale Losi Crawler

  • Stock Losi crawler motor and beadlock wheels
  • Traxxas 1/16 Summit body and bumpers
  • Aluminum steering knuckles, c-hubs, steering and drag link
  • Bent chassis links
  • Steel CVD’s
  • Losi Rock Basher 1.9 crawler tires with semi cut foams
  • Hitec mighty mini metal gear servo
  • Added rubber shock limiters to give it more scale performance
  • Zippy 1400 mah 2s lipo with Deans plugs (providing 30+ minutes of running time)

Redcat 1/24 Sumo Crawler


The majority of the rig remains stock, except for the following add-ons and modifications:

  • RC4WD micro super swamper tires
  • RC4WD steel beadlocks
  • Zippy 350mah 2s LiPo
  • Lead sticker weights on the rear servo
  • Trimmed up the body

Taking on the rocks.

From the course layout to the modified crawling rigs, I’d say Seth has done an amazing job making his hobby his own. If you have a custom small-scale vehicle or driving space, be sure to share it with me on Twitter and Facebook.

Image credit: Seth S.

Snap Up this “Hobby Monday” Deal on the Dromida BL Monster Truck

Snap Up this “Hobby Monday” Deal on the Dromida BL Monster Truck

One of my favorite vehicles to review, drive, and bash in 2017 has been Dromida’s BL Monster Truck. It’s proven to be an incredibly durable, insanely fast, and overall fun radio-controlled truck, and a price that’s hard to beat.

While the stock $149.99 price is good, the deal that you can get at Tower Hobbies during their “Hobby Monday” sale is even better. Between now and December 6, 2017, you can save $30 on this brushless-powered monster truck, bringing the price down to $119.99.

Making things even better, you can apply coupon code 011V2 at checkout and save an additional $10.00. Throw in free shipping, and you’re out the door with a crazy-fast R/C truck for a total of $109.99.

Visit to learn about this, and other Hobby Monday deals and be sure to check out my review of the Dromida BL Monster Truck.

Image credit: Dromida

Team Associated’s Newest Micro Machine: The RC28T Stadium Truck

Team Associated’s Newest Micro Machine: The RC28T Stadium Truck

Just in time for the holidays, the folks at Team Associated have introduced another 1/28-scale micro R/C truck, with a bit of an old-school twist.

The RC28T is a smaller-scale replica of the classic RC10T and is based on the established chassis of the Team Associated SC28 short course truck. In fact, the only difference between these models (and the newly-released MT28 monster truck) are the wheels, tires, and body.

Team Associated RC28T - Side

Along with the retro RC10T paint job, the RC28T features white wheels with knobby, rubber tires which should perform well on carpet and pavement.

Keeping this small-scale truck charged up is quite simple. The RC28T uses power from the radio transmitter to keep it charged, and a USB charging cable can be purchased if you want to save your controller batteries.

Team Associated RC28T - Charging Port

Team Associated RC28T Specs:

  • Power Source: Electric
  • Terrain: Off-Road
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Scale Size: 1:28
  • Assembly Level: Ready-To-Run
  • Length: 147mm (5.79in)
  • Width: 93mm (3.66in)
  • Wheelbase: 99.1mm (3.9in)
  • Weight: 90g (0.2lbs)Drive: 2WD

Team Associated RC28T - Rear

Priced at $49.99, the RC28T stadium truck is available online at Learn more about this model by visiting Team Associated’s website.

Image credit: Team Associated

First Impressions: Dromida 1/18 FPV Rally Car

First Impressions: Dromida 1/18 FPV Rally Car

Earlier this year, I discovered a new way to experience my radio-controlled vehicles through the lens of FPV. Popular on the quadcopter and drone racing front, FPV has made its way to the surface side of the R/C hobby…and with good reason. It’s incredibly fun.

I’ve been singing the praises of this form of driving over at, after outfitting an Axial Yeti Jr. Rock Racer with FPV gear. If you’re interested in putting a new spin on your small-scale radio-controlled machines, Dromida has introduced two new vehicles that put you in the center of the action.

Hobbico graciously sent me one of these new models to get a closer look at, further stoking my passion for FPV driving. With that, let’s take a closer look at the Dromida 1/18-scale FPV Rally Car ($229.99).


What’s Included:

  • 1 Dromida 1/18 FPV-equipped Rally Car
  • 1 2.4GHz trigger-style radio transmitter
  • 1 Tactic FPV RM2 FPV monitor
  • 1 Tactic FPV-G1 FPV headset
  • 1 Tactic FPV monitor sunshade
  • 2 charging adapters/cables (1 for the car and 1 for the FPV monitor)
  • 1 Instruction manual

Unboxing the Dromida 1/18 FPV Rally Car:

Initial Thoughts on the Dromida FPV Rally Car:

As soon as I removed this model from its packaging, I had flashbacks to my first 1/18-scale rally car purchase, the LaTrax Rally. It was a rush of enjoyable memories and a slight twinge of regret, as I sold that car earlier this year. While a comparison between the two would have been fun, I felt fortunate to once-again have a smaller-scale rally car in my lineup.

The rally car body and chassis design have always been appealing to me and there aren’t many things that can top a compact, nimble automobile.


The Car

Dromida’s FPV Rally Car is, in essence, the same model you’ll find in their brushed lineup (Dromida 1/18 Rally Car – $99.99). The main components are the same, save for the addition of an onboard FPV camera, which requires a slightly modified body.

The chassis design is well thought out, and Dromida has implemented a smart mounting solution for the camera system. Sitting atop a tweezer-style mount, the camera isn’t simply stuck to the chassis, requiring the vehicle suspension to dampen any jitters or jolts. This camera suspension system allows for an extra level of “give”, should the car encounter rougher terrain.

Powered by a brushed motor, this car has some instant zip. While it’s not as fast as one of their brushless models, the speed you get from this model is impressive and suits FPV driving perfectly. Overall vehicle performance has impressed me as well, as this vehicle is quite nimble while still allowing for some sliding and drifting action to take place.


The Radio Transmitter

While it’s not dripping with features, the transmitter that’s included with the Dromida FPV Rally Car is the same model that you’ll find with other Dromida surface vehicles. It’s straightforward, allows for throttle and steering trim adjustments, and provides a handful of smaller adjustment points to help you dial in your car’s performance. On top of it all, it feels great in your hand.


The FPV Gear

Now for what really sets this vehicle apart, the FPV component(s). You might expect a  ready-to-run machine with the included FPV components to cost quite a bit, however, I feel that the $229.99 price tag is worth the investment for the FPV gear alone. Now granted, you can spend much more and get additional features, but you’d be spending that amount purely on one area of the FPV setup. With this model, the headset enclosure, video monitor, and FPV camera are all included (and installed), making a well-rounded package for indoor and outdoor fun.

In my limited testing, the video reception is solid, with a few situations of interference popping up from time-to-time. The camera and monitor feature eight bands and 40 total channels to choose from, so making adjustments to clarity isn’t an issue.

At this point, I feel that I’m the most impressed with the Tactic FPV RM2 video monitor. Between its clarity and the fact that it includes a DVR feature to record your FPV action, it’s a crucial piece of equipment for first-person video and appears to be a very solid component in this package.

What’s Next?

At this point, I’m a solid fan of this car, both from the driving standpoint and from the FPV perspective. FPV has opened my eyes (no pun intended) to an entirely new world of experiences with R/C. For those looking to get into FPV, this 1/18-scale vehicle isn’t a bad choice, as you can easily drive it indoors and out and take it just about anywhere you’d please. It’s an impressive model at a solid price, so what’s not to love?