1/16 Summit VXL Review

1/16 Summit VXL Review

Let me start off by saying that I’ve been on record as have never been a big fan of anything smaller than 1/10 scale vehicles. I have many reasons for this, but the most relevant one is terrain - or more to the point, the lack of terrain options that smaller vehicles have. They don’t have the ground clearance to do most of the off-road options (grass being the biggest issue). Historically, if you look at the smaller R/C vehicles, starting with the Team Losi Mini-T, which started the trend, they are strictly dirt, gravel, and pavement (or carpet, if you’re indoors) cars. And since the vast majority of our customers tend to run around in the backyard, this can be problem.

I say this because you need to understand why I think the newest addition to the Traxxas 1/16th scale lineup is so cool. Even though it has the moniker of 1/16, it does not act like one. It is 1/10 scale through and through, and handled some of the roughest terrain I never thought it would.

Read More

Electrix "Circuit" Review (2010 Version)

Electrix "Circuit" Review (2010 Version)

A few months ago, when Horizon Hobby told me that they wanted to re-invent the electric R/C truck market,  I was more than a little skeptical. When they said they wanted to do to electric R/C trucks what they did with electric helicopters (the Blade Heli line), I all but laughed. And when we got the first of their new product line here in the store, I realized I was wrong.

While the brand name (“Electrix”) and truck name (“Circuit”) may be more than a little goofy, the product itself is no joke. It’s built like a tank, and has a number of features I imagine will be copied from here on out. But there is much on the truck that is familiar as well - in some areas, it more than borrows from Traxxas and Team Associated, as well as it’s cousin, Team Losi. But this isn’t a bad thing.

Read More