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Building the Excitement - Hobby Letter #1/22

14.1.2022

Happy New Year Folks! This is Heikki from EuroRC Warehouse and I hope that you've made some good resolutions for year 2022! I've made few myself too. First of them is that I am going to finish that project I started few years ago already.

Ok who am I kidding? Projects are never ready - this is why they are called projects! They just get better everytime I work with them but are they ever really finished? And who is it to tell when the build is complete? If there is The End, when is it? This is getting deep bro and I need another cup of dark roast!

Winter months are traditionally the time when we build our rigs and trucks for the next season games. I find building RC very relaxing and soul soothing. It is good tinkering for the brains and wrenching out these little parts together is some true zen-level of doing that lets me escape the cruelty of the world. Yes, this is escapism but in a very safe and cozy way!

Lets find something for you to build this winter shall we. We have plenty of sweet, irresistible kits from all areas of RC Cars waiting here at our shop. Resistance is futile!

Are there still Wild Horses?

While everybody was celebrating, Good Old Tamiya sneaked out a fresh batch of 2016 Ford Mustang GT-4 sport car on beyond-than-legendary TT-02 race chassis. Now I am not a Ford Guy but with this absolutely stunning looking race car kit I might find my inner Ford dude! Big Up to the folks working at Tamiya Bodyshop. Details on this modern day Gran Turismo leave me speechless.

I am confident that this is a perfect add for your Shelf-Of-Cool if you cannot afford the price of full sized one - now only $250 000! With little upgrades such as metal bearings and few aluminum parts the TT-02 can be a real challenger on the track, too!

Tamiya keeps pushing kits out at exhausting speed. I wish I could just build them all! One of the latest we have here in stock is sweet and civil Toyota GR 86. This is also available in trusted on-road chassis of TT-02.

For Tamiya fans there is more than good things coming up.. Like we did with the infamous Porsche 934 Vaillant 45th anniversary kit we are not taking any pre-orders. Just stay alert and follow our letters! This is more fair for everyone.

Get your own genuine Tamiya Experience from these kits!

Most Underrated Crawler Kit?

Sometimes our hobby sees products that are good if not brilliant but do not seem to catch attention they deserve. Their price point is at good side of the "bang for the buck" and the overall build quality may be even higher than other more popular cars of the same group. Popular brand with aggressive and loud fan army does not automatically mean that the product itself would be something special.

Sure I can see why it is like this today but I would love to see more experienced hobbyists to be more brave trying something new and not always take the already beaten path.

One of these brands that I would love to see more in the trails are the GMade trucks - they are very popular if not standard at Asian Market but for some reason they seem to stay rare here in the North Europe. Like this GMade TS Buffalo KIT. It has basically everything you would want from realistic RC Crawler kit today. Only thing "missing" is the portals and I don't miss them too much to be honest.

Buffalo TS kit has some very interesting little things that I think many have not really thought how useful they may be. Such as overdrive in the front axle as a stock. This means that front wheels rotate a bit faster than the rear ones giving you a big advantage at the climbing. Car kind of pulls itself over the rocks! Also the absence of portals with low and front mounted motor help to keep the point of gravity low, preventing your car flipping over.

I do see a lot of GMade wheels in these games anyhow but why their kits are not more popular? Is it just that it is missing the Official Licensed Body and there is not enough videos online where they bash it down from the roof to see what breaks?

GMade has their top notch kits available also as a true builders kit, without a body or wheels and other whatnots that you already have in your parts box. Keep GMade Crawler Kits in mind when looking for something more trail capable than the guy next to you has for next season!

Im in Love with a Monster

Traxxas is well know of their Ready-To-Run models and for many they are the starting point for this great hobby. Did you know that you can get Traxxas cars as a kit too, like this Stampede 4x4 Monster Truck Unassembed Kit?

Stampede is one of the most famous and significant Monster Trucks ever made. A true monolith if I can say. It hit the market as a two-wheel driven already 28 years ago! I am pretty sure that in this time the most of the weak points have already been driven out and due its long age there are a plethora of tuning parts available.

Stampede has been cooked in every pot possible. It has taken shape in just everything from speed builds to crawlers. This truck has seen some real business over the years. Talking about true versatility here!

Most of the RC Kits today are either top-of-the-line competition RC such as Xray and Tekno or crawler kits. Sure, Tamiya makes great kits but they need a bit upgrading if you really going to race with them. Having a possibility to build your own 4x4 Monster from ground up is a real rarity these days!

Unlike many other kits, this one does include the electronic parts (no battery or charger though, sorry!) that are needed to get the blasting started. Traxxas Stampede 4x4 Monster Truck Unassebled Kit is a great beginner level build kit with full colored, easy to follow instructions. Very much recommended and now I want to build one of these too. And bash it down from the roof to see what breaks!

More Traxxas kits to build here!

Get Xecuted

Xpress Execute XQ2S is hands down one of the best 1/10 Touring platform in the budget price range on the market today. People at Xpress RC have really boiled down a well if not excellent performing kit that can be very competitive challenger in the right hands.

The XQ2S chassis is more than just a comp level touring car. You can build almost anything on-road related over it. This versatile platform is easily tweaked from full blooded touring machine to well performing rally car. Just remember that it is belt driven!

Parts quality is top for this price class. While most of the gears are plastic the craftmanship of these parts is higher than you would expect. Most of the other parts are fiber strengthened HD plastic and main chassis plate is glassfiber. Shiny upgrade parts are also available for these cars.

Our Team Member, Timo built one and for reason I do not know, he chose the BMW E36 body for it. At least there is no need to change the blinker fluid! Looks like a killer or whatya think! Good thing in budget level chassis is that you have more budget for the electronics. This in mind, Timo dropped in Hobbywing XR10 Pro 160A G2 ESC accompanied with Xerun V10 8.5T G2 motor. Belted and pre-glued Ride Touring Wheels are turned by powerful Highest DLP650 servo.

What is your Dream On-Road Street Machine? Choose any 190mm wide Touring Body from our more-than-wide availabilities from our RC Bodies Seciton and make that dream come true! For 200mm wide bodies you'll need wheels with a bit of positive offset and the body will fit just sweet!

XPress RC Execute XQ2S entry-level 4WD Touring Kit

RC Bodies for Touring

Project Manager

Here is the rule. One must always have atleast one ongoing project and if finished start another immediately. No exceptions! I know that many of you have same problem that I have - there is no enough hours in the day to enjoy full RC life! Oh all the boring things like going to work and doing the chores. Life is hard I know!

My advice here is to build a little - even if it is just a one screw - every day. I am not even trying to make room in my calendar as it will anyhow fill with all the unnecessary that overrides all the fun. It may not be much what I get done in a week but little by little I am again one step further for my next project!

Last time I counted I had nine ongoing RC projects (one custom build in picture!) and I know I am not alone. How many do you have in the table at the moment?

Keep on building my friends and please share the process!

Heikki from EuroRC

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