Vault RC Crawling Accessories & Trailers

When you think of scale accessories for RC crawlers you tend to think of companies in Asia or the United States as that is where the majority are based.  But that isn’t the whole picture as there are some amazing Australian companies doing some great work, and one of these is Vault RC..

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Trailers for crawlers are one of the coolest accessories out there, but also one of the rarest because, well they are hard to find, and difficult to build in a fashion that looks realistic. Often you will see people ask, “How did you build that trailer?” rather than “Where did you buy it from?” Sadly for most people they lack the skills to fabricate a trailer using welders, grinders and other sharp items.  Add to that it can be very difficult and dangerous to make scale accessories and highly likely resulting in a trip to the hospital. This is only compounded by the fact that most people don’t own any of the specific tools and equipment needed to make them.

Enter Vault RC! Vault RC has designed a range of scale accessories for people to build, paint and add their finishing touches so people can say “I built that” safely. The Vault RC scale kits are designed and manufactured in Brisbane, Australia. Made from real high quality metal these kits will last years. The Vault RC kits come in a simple well made flat-pack form and can be made using simple tools like a screwdriver. There is no cutting, welding or grinding needed. When you buy with Vault RC you know you are buying a high quality and safe product designed specificity to help you say “I built that”.

As to product lineup, well it’s pretty diverse! You have three different trailers and a tow hitch for them available including a plain trailer, trailer with tradie racks and a camper trailer.  Accessories the choice is even wider Saw horses, step ladders, cargo trolleys,  tool boxes, ladders, even a camping chair and BBQ!!!

Where do I find Vault RC, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vaultrc/?fref=ts) or their website at http://www.vaultrc.com/

The ENORMOUS TLR 5IVE-B

Go big or go home, have a look at this buggy from TLR in 5th scale.  HPI eat your heart out, looks like this baby eats tracks for breakfast and for a big car seems to handle well.  Based not on the existing Losi 5th scale platform, but developed from the 8IGHT platform it looks designed (and ready) to RACE!

What we have seen about it so far;

* Cab forward race body
* 5mm thick, hard anodized 6061-T6 aluminum chassis
* Heavy duty brakes
* Racing style wing
* Dual steering servos
* Receiver battery steel heat shield
* 24mm, hard anodized aluminum shocks w/ bleeder caps
* Aluminum clutch carrier and center-diff case
* Engine mounted spark plug protector
* Adjustable toe & anti-squat plates
* Lightweight one piece wheels
* Ball-bearing ackerman plate w/ nutted screws
* Axle boots
* Lightweight dog bones
* Special race style air filter
* Hard-anodized aluminum shock towers

TLR05001 is the part number and an August release stateside, so I guess we will wait to see when O’Riely Model Products gets them into Australia!

PS, Bigsquid have some great photos of the car as well, check them out over at http://www.bigsquidrc.com/tlr-goes-huge-with-new-5ive-b-race-kit/

Team Associated unleash the B6 and B6D

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Firstly I thought it was an interesting side note to this release that the alternate version is the D (Dirt) rather than the namesake, the reverse of the B5 series where the B5 was a dirt car, and the B5M the mid mounted alternate if you like.

That said, the car certainly looks like a big step forward from the B5 which seemed more of an evolution of the B5 design. Either way, it’s always exciting to see new designs hitting the market, and it will be interesting to see them hit the tracks soon.

To see all the information and the new cars in action, check out the video from AE below

Has Drifting and Street Racers saved the Touring Car?

Ok, ok, I know that touring car racing is not dead, but there has been a significant increase in the number of cars designed to either cater to those wanting sideways action, or some social street driving or racing.  Much like their crawling cousins, scale accessories and scale detail are also king in this arena of public opinion. However this new brand of on road driver has certainly resurrected some interest in On Road chassis.

Today’s release of two muscle cars from Kyosho on the Fazer platform, a 1970 Dodge Charger and a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat are further evidence, and while I don’t know how these vehicles are selling, I certainly see a few around the place, and there is certainly a lot of chatter generated by them.  Heck i’d be quite happy with one the the offerings on the Vaterra V100 platform or the new HPI RS4 Sport 3 platform (and I almost forgot the Team Associated Apex cars).  All of these platforms have a number of attributes in common, great looking scale bodies, scale tyres and rims, basic shaft driven platforms and affordable pricing.  This is fast turning into a what RC car to buy for street fun article, but I will resist!

Now none of these are what you would call drift vehicles despite being labeled as such and coming with hard tyres.  Yes they do a decent job, but in my mind a drift car has to at least have an optional set of gearing to allow a Counter steer (or CS) conversion.  What does that mean?  Well the rear wheels turn faster than the front ones.  Why?  Because it’s easier to keep the car sideways, and who doesn’t like a bit of sideways action sometimes.  None of the cars mentioned before have much in the way of adjustment either with all having fixed suspension links, but most have aftermarket or factory adjustable ones available to allow for some adjustment.  That said, this keeps the price of these units down, and there is nothing like a car that is fun to drive, a decent price to buy and looks great as well.  Personally I love how the BMW M3 and Subaru BRZ models on the HPI Sport 3 chassis look, but the 1969 Corvette from Vaterra looks amazing as well.

Many of this new breed of street cars also come with waterproof electronics, so even a rainy day isn’t able to keep you off the streets.  About the only feature that I am a little disappointed is still on these cars is the ubiquitous post body mounts.  Yes, they work well, but there are some great magnetic body mounts available today which eliminate the posts and give the car a much clearer look, but are still strong enough to stop the body coming off easily.

There is a whole range of chassis and bodies out there, and there are some offerings from Yokomo, MST and Sakura which are true drift chassis, but expect to be paying more than the cars we are discussing here today.

I guess what I am saying is don’t be a chassis snob, grab one of these budget street brawlers, grab some mates and go outside and have some fun!  And because everybody loves some eye candy, here is a slide show of some of the offerings on sale at the moment.

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PS, yes, I completely missed out on the Tamiya TT-01 and TT02 platforms, I could say I was focusing on new platforms, but the TT-02 is a new platform, Maybe i have a bit of tunnel vision, but check out the Tamiya cars as well as they have a huge range of cars and bodies available.

New 1:10 and 1:24 releases from Losi

Rather than do three separate posts about these vehicles, I thought I would roll them all into one post.

Ok, First cab off the rank is the brushless XXX-SCB.

Ok, there isn’t a lot new here, of course it is brushless now, and it includes AVC.  Not 100% sure, but this is the first 2wd AVC vehicle I can remember seeing. More details at Losi http://www.losi.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=LOS03003

Next is the 1:24 scale Micro SCT.   Also brushless, and also a revamp of an existing platform, but no AVC on this micro pocket rocket. Basically an update with a Spektrum radio instead of a losi one. More details at http://www.losi.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=LOS00001T2

Lastly another updated vehicle, this time the 1:24 Micro Rally. More details at http://www.losi.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=LOS00002T1

McAllister RC Bodies

I’ve been floating around RC cars for a while now, but it was a surprise to stumble across McAllister’s website today at http://www.mcallisterracing.com/.

It came up on the US VTA page where two of their new bodies are VTA approved (on this page http://www.mcallisterracing.com/index_files/Page592.htm)

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I know that Pan and Oval cars aren’t huge in Australia, but it’s refreshing to see another company producing excellent bodies. That said, I can certainly see the appeal of the World GT classes, they look ice and simple, and lots of fun.

I do love some of their Stadium Truck Bodies as well as it’s unusual to see something different in that class.

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Chassis Armour from Viper R/C

There is a lot of excellent products coming out of the woodwork today, and surprisingly not related to the current IFMAR Worlds.

Viper R/C Solutions is proud to introduce authentic epic1Designs Chassis Armor with the Viper R/C logo.  This high quality Chassis Armor provides 21mil thick protection and will reduce friction from contact chassis has with track. With peel and stick, and stick, and stick technology, the Chassis Armor can be removed to work on your car and re-applied multiple times with no issues.  Peel it off, fix your car, stick it back and you are ready to go multiple times.  The 5.5 in by 13.5 in sheet will fit 1/10 touring cars, offroad trucks, offroad buggies and many 1/8 vehicles.  Keep your chassis protected with armor, and show off the Viper logo at the same time!

I have to say I like the look of these, they would be good on my Buggy and my rally car!

Source: http://www.rcnews.net/2014/09/24/viper-rc-introduces-new-chassis-armor/