I am a dreamer at the best of times, my Christmas wish list is as long as your arm and it isn’t even December yet! But I thought I would see what RC item you would have under your Christmas tree if money was no object.
Personally I would have trouble choosing, from Crawlers to Scalers, Drift and Rally cars through to Race Trucks, I think I could name a desirable car in each category just about! So then I thought, well why not write an open letter to Santa!
For bashing you have to have something big, powerful and robust. A lot of vehicles fit that description, but for me it has to be electric, so that narrows it a bit. Yes i’m a HPI fanboy so the list has to include the Savage Flux, which is a bashing classic in any guise. The Trophy Truggy Flux also appeals to me for it’s now and fast look, while still clearly being built to take a flogging. The Axial Yeti XL is a big, quick and less common vehicle, and is very tempting. However money no object the clear winner in my book is the biggest of them all, the RTR Baja 5B Flux. Big, Powerful, impressive and fast. Ok, no noise, but the trade off is less annoyed neighbors or beachgoers wherever you are bashing, and no fuel to lug around.
An SCX10 is what most of you probably expect to see here, but you would be wrong, I have to say that the Vaterra K5 Blazer Ascender RTR. The body is something a little different, the platform looks strong and flexible, and as always with me, it’s a little different to what everybody else is doing.
Until a few weeks ago this would have simply been the Gelande 2 D90 from RC4wd, however RC4wd threw me for a spin recently with the release of the Gelande 2 D110. Let’s face it, the only thing better than a Land Rover Defender, is another Land Rover defender (yes, I suspect I bleed green).
I have had a HPI Sprint 2 in the past, and i’d probably go back to one for drifting. I am loving the orange BMW M3 body that comes with the Sprint 2 Flux, so I’d probably say that model with some drift tyres!
There are a few more rally platforms out there this Christmas as compared with the last, so there is a lot more choice, but ironically I would go with one that was available last Christmas, the HPI WR8 Flux. Even more so since they released a Subaru Impreza body for the WR8. I preferred the Rally liveries over the Ken Block one (despite being a fan of KB), but they have been discontinued. I hear the Rally purists crying why not a Tamiya XV-01, well I already have one of those!
So my racing fleet has seen a serious shakeup this season with the addition of a 2wd Buggy, and the replacement of the SCT with a new one (under construction). 8th and 5th scale I would never get a chance, so a 4wd buggy I think would be the item on the wish list, and whilst I like the Team Durango DEX410V4, I like the design of the HB D413 even better, making it my pick for a new car for racing.
In the “Other Equipment” category I think I would have to ask Santa really nicely for a new Radio. While I love my DX2.0 it’s getting a little long in the tooth and only has a 2 model memory and limited compatible receivers. So I think that the DX4S or DX4C would look very good in my pit bag. (The spektrum website was unavailable at the time of writing so no link)
With money no object, the Other category is fairly broad, but I think something airborne would be in order, and by something I think I would have to pick the Walkera Scout X4 Quadcopter. With a retractable undercarriage, programmable gps, camera with transmission back to the radio for FPV and a host of fabulous features including a “follow me” mode, it would be a fantastic toy to play with and work with. You can even fit two motors and rotors to each army making it an X8 for heavier loads. With a 25 minute flight time, this is on fantastic piece of equipment which looks fabulous in the grey finish it is available in.