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HPI Switch FWD RC Review

Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 | in News | No Comments

Switch With Scion Bod

So, today I was browsing through our awesome RC Nightmare Forum, chit chattin and what not and got word of a new RTR front wheel drive electric on road RC from HPI called the Switch – shout out to Dizzyinzo for the post! So I thought I’d do some research, check this thing out for your guys and tell  you what I found and kind of what I think.

I probably should tell you I was a little biased immediately. The older version of the HPI Switch looked like a soccer mom’s minivan and the new version has the Scion xB body, which I think resembles my toaster. Even HPI took the original version off their website! I was thinking, what could this thing possibly do? I was then looking through an article about it in which the guys were really bashing on this car saying it was a POS, lemon, slow, and that HPI really missed the mark on this. I mean, this car has really gotten some flack since the original came out. Read on »»

Traxxas Stampede 4×4 VXL Review

Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2011 | in Advice | 1 Comment

I’ve noticed a lot of people discussing the Traxxas Stampede 4×4 VXL or trying to find information on it in order to know whether they should buy it or not. We do already have an unboxing video of the Stampede VXL and a Stampede 4×4 VXL bashing video on our website here at RCNightmare.com, but I want to give you more of an in depth review on the electric monster truck itself and what we have learned about it.

So, a lot of people compare the Traxxas Slash 4×4 with this new Stampede VXL. Some say you can pretty much upgrade the Slash into a Stampede. The truth is, they are very similar. This Stampede is built on the proven performance of the advanced shaft-driven 4WD system and design of the Slash 4X4. If it ain’t broke, why fix it right? But you can change it to perform differently. The layout is very similar – Jeremy showed you that in the unboxing video. But, what if you dont want to upgrade your Slash, like some suggest rather than buying the new Stampede? We say, there are reasons to have both. If you watch the Traxxas Slash bashing video, and then watch the Stampede VXL bashing video, you can definitely see some differences in the way they bash, and I think that is a good thing. It brings variety to your RC’s. The Slash seems a little lighter with the way it jumps and moves whereas the Stampede is durable and can power through mud and snow. Both cool things to do with your RC.So we say its worth having both instead of just converting your Slash.

Some quick features in the Stampede VXL are as follows:

  • New chassis designed specifically for Stampede 4X4
  • Dual-bellcrank steering with integrated servo saver
  • Unique Shock Guards protect the suspension arms and shocks
  • New Heavy-Duty driveshafts
  • Velineon Brushless Power System
  • 4-Position Wheelie Bar
  • Revo-spec sealed, silicone-filled differentials
  • TQ 2.4GHz Transmitter and Receiver with Traxxas Link™
  • Waterproof Electronics
  • Digital high-torque steering waterproof servo
  • Rubber-sealed Ball Bearings

How fast can this thing go? Well, that depends on how fast you want it to do. Its got the proven Velineon Brushless power system and with enough upgrades, can get up to 60+ mph so this bad boy is fast too. Check out the chart below from Traxxas:

Beginners will want to stay in that first section and as you advance you can upgrade your parts like Jeremy to get up to those higher speeds. At level 5 with a 3s lipo, this monster will perform differently than the Slash. Even with that power in a Slash, you won’t make it through thick mud or long grass like you will be able to with the Stampede.

So…reliable? check. Durable? check. Fast? check. And the list goes on. All and all, this is a cool truck and we think its worth the investment.

 

 

What’s An RC Club and Can I join?

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2011 | in Advice | No Comments

Here’s one scenario that comes to mind when people think of clubs:

To Join or Not to Join...

“Hmmm. I’ve never been part of a club and it seems cliquey. I don’t think I’ll fit in. Plus, I’m better off on my own.”

And here’s the other scenario:

“A club that involves something I love to do?! Count me in! I’ll be leading it in no time.”

Okay, so those are the two extremes and there is definitely a middle ground to reasons people join clubs and how they feel about clubs in general. All clubs are different and in this post, I’m going to give you a little information about RC clubs, how to find them, and if you should join one.

So, what is an RC Club?

Well, as you probably assume, an RC club is a group of RC hobbyists or RC enthusiasts that get together and race together, discuss RC, and the like. Local clubs often have organized meets both for racing and just playing with your radio controlled electric and nitro cars, trucks, airplanes, and boats. Clubs and organizations devoted to radio controlled vehicles can be found at the local, national, and international level. Being a member of certain national organizations allows you access to resources you might not otherwise be able to use. For example, some US fields will not allow you to fly your RC airplane without AMA liability insurance coverage. Read on »»

Traxxas Ford Mustang Boss 302 Info & Review

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2011 | in News | 4 Comments

New from Traxxas is the 1/16 Boss 302 Ford Mustang – Ford’s iconic muscle car, with Velineon brushless power. The Mustang is an unmistakable car; it’s design and history is infamous. Even if you don’t like Ford, you can’t deny that this car has been capturing car enthusiast’s hearts for over 40 years! Don’t hate on the Mustang! The crazy thing about it is it is affordable as well. I personally love Mustang’s – maybe its the rebel in me. They came out in the 60′s when young people were starting to rebel and wanted nothing to do with the cars their parents were driving. To see the design brought to an RC is pretty sweet.

1964 Ford Mustang

So Traxxas’s new Mustang Boss 302 was officially licensed by Ford and is RTR with actuated coil-over shocks, full-time 4WD, and unmistakable Mustang style. Those shocks are the award-winning rocker actuated coil-over suspension system originally developed for the Traxxas Revo, now tuned for high-performance road racing right down to the oil-filled, threaded-body GTR shocks and progressive-rate springs.The Boss 302 hits 30 mph out of the box and can hit  50+ mph with upgrades to the pinion gear, additional battery, and speed connector. I would probably recommend those upgrades as usual if you are anywhere above a beginner. I mean, if you don’t drive a Mustang fast, whats the point right?

The Mustang comes with the Traxxas 2.4ghz High Output radio system with Traxxas Link™, which stores settings for up to 20 Traxxas Link-enabled models, with no naming or “model memory” settings required. Pretty convenient I would say – all you do is power up up the transmitter and the model you want to drive, and the settings for that model are dialed in immediately.The Boss 302 is of course waterproof like most of Traxxas’s products.

I like Traxxas, and I like Mustangs so I think this is a cool car. Any feedback, post below!

 

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