This was Jake's first car, Initially it was bought as a 7.2v NIMH brushed car with a 550 can motor RTR from Modelsports. The car comes with full time 4WD with two differentials and at eight years old my son soon mastered the car and the speed and so a ETRONIX brushless system was retrofitted (Motor, Speed Controller and LIPO battery set-up). On 2S Lipo's the car was fairly quick but still nimble but on 3S the car became uncontrollable. Generally a very sturdy car, with cheap readily available spares, but smaller than a lot of 1/10th cars. On 3S be prepared to replace drive shafts, spur gears and pinion gears on a regular basis
I loved this car when I bought it, the kit was superb, the instructions excellent and being the kit version it also came with all the added goodies like anti-roll bars etc. The two speed gearbox seemed like a good idea at the time but the way it comes as a RTR or kit means you are guaranteed to burn out the servo's very quickly. I used a throttle linkage from a Thunder Tiger to make a better linkage, The trouble with this car is it isn't really a buggy, nor is it a rock crawler. So for whizzing around it overturns on a regular basis, and for rock crawling it spends a lot of its time wheel spinning sideways, on it's roof or stuck., I spent a lot of money on add-ons, but fairly quickly that the Twin Hammers isn't for me.
What exactly can I say about this car? Blistering quick on 2 x 2S Lipos, stable in the ground and in the air, handles superbly even on massive Truggy wheels. Weak bodyshell though. Comes with three differentials and options to fit Nitro if you wanted to, apart from a habit of stripping gears off the centre diff (3 so far in three months) and the need to upgrade the springs to the hard (red) optionsfrom the Hobbyking options page the car is possibly the best we've owned. And the diffs, £1.07 for the main spur gear or £7 for the whole diff so who cares if they break, they're only a 20 minute swap over in any case. You need fairly high spec Lipo's. We're running 2 x 6200 80C's for this car or it can stop for a breather, and check regularly to make sure the wheels are still done up tightly!
UPDATE - A chance offer at our local model shop has meant that the Sabertooth has now gone to a new owner - less the Brushless motor, ESC and TX/RX which has gone into our new car - scroll down....
I'm in two minds about this truck (my picture has a different body shell on it as the Hobbyking body shell is worse than useless). On 2S and 3S the car is very quick, Enough to wheelie if the tyres get enough grip. Body shell aside I didn't manage to break anything on this car despite getting lots of big air jumps and bad landings. The tyres it comes with are terrible, as are the shock absorbers. Both of which need to be thrown away and never used. I use 500,000k diff oil to get some more traction out of corners but even with Pro-Line tyres the car had a habit of spinning out on the throttle at the least excuse, and on a Race Course spent most of the time facing the wrong way, (This could just be my bad driving though)
Hobbyking 1/10th Turnigy 2wd SCT
RC Cars Past and Present
We currently run 1/8th Truggies, one is a Habeo (Ofna) 1/8th Nitro Cage Truggy, the other is a Hobbyking Sabertooth Battery (4S Lipo) Truggy. We have had other cars in the past, and here they are, along with our thoughts about them
A first foray back into nitro after a bad experience with a Thunder Tiger SCT a year or so ago. It pays to get a good name! The Habao or Ofna truggy is everything I need. Just replaced the pull start with a Roto Start and apart from burning up a few Glow Plugs whilst it was running in it's an ultra reliable car, and a good car to relearn abot Nitro. Unfortunately a full speed crash has broken the front shock and caused some chassis warping, but a day in the vice has carefully brough everything back level(ish). The only down side is spares can be hard to get (check eBay) and I thought a cage truggy would be easier to maintain,m but you have to take the cage off (4 screws and the removal of the exhaust) before you can do any work on the car, so at some stage it will become a standard Truggy,
I decided to go for a monster truck just to save some breakages on the Truggies with the HPI Savage. This is the first time I've had a car with a Rotostart and I'm in two minds about it., Firstly it eats the One Way Bearings and you need to be very precise in starting the car. Not to flood the engine for example or you can ruin the bearing (ask me how I know). It wasn''t set up well out of the box either, the run in settings are rubbish. Three months in and tihs truck is great for off road general bashing- in a straight line. Curves are to be taken slowly to prevent a roll over but maintenance on this truck is a breeze compared to the Habao, everything is easily accessible.and general maintenance is a breeze.
UPDATE - I quickly went off the HPI - it's awesomely quick, hard to tune, tricky to start and I've decided I prefer pull starts to Roto-Starts, so scroll down for the current car line up..
IThe trouble with the cars from Hobbyking is getting hold of any spares if you happen to break any. After Jake managed to strip the centre diff (again) and Hobyking didn't have any in stock I decided to update to the Habao Hyper ARR car, adding the servo's, ESC and motor from the Sabertooth. It's an awesomely fast car, doesn't break and uses the same chassis as my nitro Truggy so the parts are interchangeable. Once I bought this I found I had actually bought loads of parts for the Sabertooth but I'd forgotten all about them, so someone on eBay has an awesome Sabertooth AND loads of spares.
II've loved the look of the FO-XX car since I first saw it a year or so ago but at over £400 it was never on my list of "wannabee's" until the HPI went. I headed to my favourite R/C shops but to my horror they had stopped selling the nitro version of the FO-XX... Luckily I found one left via Google and at a reduced rate to. One worries why they were selling it cheap and no one is stocking them anymore - but so far this car has been awesome. Very odd steering servo setup which I'll post on the gallery and youtube later on, but a simple pull start which starts easily, a chain drive and 3 speed box. This thing flies. The break in uses a different shape air intake which reduces the air flow to make it run richer and slower, and once it has been run in remove it and replace with the race version and you're ready to go. I've not touched the settings at all apart from the high end throttle settings but this car is fast, and so far very tough. (It doesn't fly very well though, the huge roof acts as a parachute) It's so good I'm going to get the electric version to save the Truggies from the bash area we use as it's getting a bit tatty at the moment.