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
- 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.
Image credit: Losi