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RC Car Action - January 2013

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HOT FOR 2013 30+ smokin’ RC products you need to own! COMPILING A LIST of the hottest products for the year ahead is never an easy task, and 2013 certainly was a challenge. With so much going on in the hobby these days, it was hard to keep it to just 20 and we found ourselves torn about how to limit all this great stuff... so,we narrowed it down to over 30 instead! Without further delay, here are the latest and greatest vehicles, accessories, electronic goodies and everything else in between that will set 2013 on fire! MODEL PHOTO BY MICHAEL VINCENT 30 MORE FROM THIS ISSUE AT RCCARACTION.COM

TRAXXAS TAKES FLIGHT Traxxas takes to the skies! The new QR-1 (Quad Rotor) and DR-1 (Dual Rotor) helicopters are fully equipped for flight with gyro-stabilization, 4-channel 2.4GHz control, and LiPo power with an included charger. The DR-1’s coaxial rotor design delivers super-stable hovering and easy control, while the ultra-responsive QR-1 is capable of very fast flight and extreme maneuvers, including flips, rolls, and banked turns. Its powerful quadmotors even let you fly outside. The transmitter’s LCD display shows the digital trim settings, as well as flight mode—learn the controls in “normal,” then click over to “expert” mode for even faster flight. You can even customize each channel and set the controls to match your skill and flying style. Both come wrapped in bold graphics, and the DR-1’s anodized aluminum accents add strength and style. traxxas.com TEAM ASSOCIATED PRO-LITE 4X4 The first in Team Associated’s “Qualifier” series of budget-minded RTR’s, this shaft-driven 4WD short course truck was designed from the ground up to provide the entry-level hobbyist with confidenceinspiring durability and sporty performance. Though offered at a lower price than the company’s race-spec RTRs, the Pro-Lite 4x4 comes complete with the Reedy 550-SL motor and water- resistant XP1200 ESC from the SC104x4 RTR. teamassociated.com KYOSHO SCORPION XXL Kyosho’s all-new Scorpion XXL desert racing buggy is sure to turn heads in 2013 for many reasons, but mostly because of its size! This 1/7-scale monster is over two feet long, measuring roughly 20% larger that a 1/8-scale truck. This leaves plenty of room for the midmounted motor and 4S-compatible brushless electronics that are less expensive than the systems required to move larger 1/5-scale platforms. The Scorpion is as big on scale realism as it is on performance; it has a real roll cage to protect the included driver figure and paneltype body that looks just like the real thing. kyoshoamerica.com ECX REVENGE TYPE E AND TYPE N ECX has always brought value and price to the forefront for the hobbyist and the same principle rings true with their new Revenge 1/8 platforms. For voltage freaks, there’s the Revenge Type E powered by a Dynamite Fuze 1/8-scale, 550-size motor and waterproof 130A ESC that can handle up to 4S of LiPo power. For those who like a little more noise, the Revenge Type N is powered by a Dynamite .21-size Mach 2 sport nitro engine complete with pull-starter. Both versions include a Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz transmitter, waterproof SR200 receiver, and Dynamite steering servo. horizonhobby.com NOVAK PULSE RACING BRUSHLESS ESC W/ X-DRIVE AND PULSE/BALLISTIC 540 & 550 BRUSHLESS SYSTEMS From modified touring to open 4x4 SCT, this pure sensor-based brushless racing ESC is designed to accommodate the high power demands of heavyduty racing applications. The Pulse features ground-up, re-designed firmware and a race-winning hardware platform for ultra-reliability. Novak has included its new Super-Tuner interface for the fastest setup changes and the simplest, most adjustable menu system to date. The system’s all new Xtra-Timing adds the maximum possible timing advance at full throttle for unbelievable top speeds, and Novak’s X-Drive for ultimate performance. With 4.5T, 6.5T, 10.5T, and 17.5T combos, the Pulse is available in a range from a short course system, to mod class, to spec class racing. teamnovak.com JANUARY 2013 31

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