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New Release: HPI 2010 CHEVROLET CAMARO BODY

Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010 | in News | No Comments

I passed the actual 2010 Chevy Camaro on the street when I was heading home for Thanksgiving and I wanted to steal it (but I didn’t fortunately). But now HPI has come out with the body of the 2010 Camaro for RC! Some of you may not be Chevy fans and that’s cool, but I was forced to drive a beat up Chevy S10 back in high school, so I have a special place in my heart for it.

Anyways, the body fits 200mm touring cars and can also be used on 190mm touring cars with the use of wide offset wheels. Chevy gave HPI the license to sell these bad boys with emblems and vehicle model body designs. The body is clear so you can paint it in your favorite colors. You also get 2 large pre-cut decal sheets with the body that feature shiny chrome and shiny gold logos, as well as window lines, headlights, grills, tail lights, official logos and much more, providing you with a realistically finished product. That’s pretty cool.

So that’s a picture of the final product that HPI created, but like I said, you can paint it and decal it however you want and make it your own. This would be a cool item to keep on display at your house, especially if you have the real car too. I think if I had the real car, I would keep this model  next to it in the garage and not let anyone else park there. Just an idea.

Let us know what you think!

Team Losi 810 1/8 4WD RTR Buggy

Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010 | in Nitro RC | 1 Comment

Its been a good long time since I posted anything about Nitro RC’s so it would seem like today is as good a day as any.  Nitro RC car’s and truck’s are not an easy thing to just jump into.  I went through many struggles when I first started even.  The first nitro I ever owned was a Traxxas T-Maxx.  After a pretty smooth break in process I struggled to keep the thing running properly, running to the internet for almost every problem.  That said Nitro Ready to Run models have come a long way since that and Losi has put out an amazing kit for people looking to get into Nitro Buggys.  As with all ready to run models they are just that, ready to run, and a great way to get a taste of the hobby.

Ignore The RTR Haters:
A brief sentence or two about people who will bash these kinds of kits.  Sure, we agree a ready to run 1/8 scale buggy like this is not going to be as good as the models that will cost you twice the price.  That seems obvious but sometimes that gets lost in the battle of what to get, opinions are just that opinions.  Were not endorsing this specifically, simply commenting on how awesome it is that you can get an 1/8 scale buggy for under $400. :)   On to the look.

The Losi 810 Offers Amazing Fun For An Affordable Price:

So I just ordered one of these bad boys and cannot wait for it to get here.  The key is however to set expectations correctly.  You simply cannot compare it to even their other models like the Losi 8, that is about 50 percent more in terms of cost.  What it is however is an amazing ready to run 1/8 scale nitro buggy.

It comes loaded up with a most powerful 3.4 Nitro Motor, delivering the power you crave.  Losi is starting to make a really strong push at some affordable ready to run models to compete with Traxxas for shelf space in local hobby stores and the 810 buggy is no exception.  A quick look at similar Ready to Run kits shows nothing compares.  If you are looking for a full feature breakdown simply click here and view them on Losi’s main website.

The closest thing to this much value is the Team Associated RC8RS that is still 80 bucks more expensive.  One accessory a lot of people over look on the ready to run models is the recievers, mostly because they typically are replaced or simply stink.  The thing about Team Losi is they use Spektrum technology, some of the highest regarded radio equipment on the market.  You will not have to worry to much about your radio and reciever combo on this ready to run, you are totally set right out of the box.

A Few Other Nuggets:
There are a few other really nice things included on this ready to run kit, that is included and installed sway bars, and really nice twin disc brakes for the breaking power you will no doubt need with the power included in this kit.

Were not saying run out and buy one, were just saying there is a heck of a lot of value here.  Something worth looking at whether you are simply looking for your first Nitro RC in general, a Nitro 1/8 scale buggy, or really just looking for your next RC.  Losi simply knows Buggys, that we know for sure.

Sharing Your RC Passion With Those In Need

Posted on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 | in News | 3 Comments

Okay, so it’s time to get a little serious with ya. Today I was browsing around on the internet, thinking of what I wanted to write about today. Being the holiday season, the thought of giving and charity came to my mind. I know, I’m a total sap during the holidays. But growing up, my parents always took me with them to volunteer during the holiday’s and there’s a reality check that you gain from that more than anything else. As much as I don’t like to think about it, some families can’t afford to give their kids cool toys or even a good meal for Christmas.

So I came across a few amazing events that let drivers/hobbyist’s race for a cause and I had to give some shout outs:

  • HobbyTown USA hosts annual charity races in a variety of locations so definitely check out your local HobbyTown to see if they participate. If not, encourage them to start an annual event.
  • I came across one on rctech.net hosting a charity race to help 3 primary schools in Taiping earn money for supplies.
  • A local Clearwire held an RC race for their employees in order to support families in their area.
  • Do a Google search and you may find others in your specific area.

Some other options:

  • Check with your local hobby shops to see if they would be interested in hosting or sponsoring an event.
  • This one is from personal experience where I used to volunteer – you can donate an RC to a local toy charity such as Toys for Tots (www.toysfortots.org) or Christmas Clearing Council and a family can have something awesome to give their kids on Christmas. Get some of your friends together to purchase one. Price doesn’t matter.
  • Ask your company to sponsor an RC event and recruit some racers in your area – it will give your company recognition as well.

Unfortunately, many of the race events take place earlier in the year so they can organize the funds for their charity. But I just wanted to bring this up so that when next Christmas comes along, or any holiday really, we can think about using what we have to help others. And its never too late to donate something to a family in need or create your own event.

If you have experience with this or have a charity even to share, please share it with us below!

A Suprised & Happy Child

Another Win for Team Associated – EBOR24

Posted on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 | in News | No Comments

The 2nd annual York Off Road Car Club’s ‘EBOR24′ took place in York, England on December 4th and 5th. This is a  24 hour electric buggy endurance race. Sounds  pretty exciting (or tiring) to me! The HPI team was crowned champion in previous EBOR24 event, but this year, the results were different. Team Associated came through with the win! We will never know if the results would be different if the HPI guys weren’t snowed in…anyway, here are some of the details. Read on »»

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