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I’m Jun Watanabe, and from now on, I’ll be writing this column for Hobby Media. I’m a designer living in Japan. If you’re an avid Tamiya fan, you may already know my name.

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ARRMA posted a couple of videos of the brand new OUTCAST 4X4 4S BLX. This truck shares the low, lean look of its 6S BLX forerunner in a scaled-down size.


Xray presented the new GTX8 1/8th scale nitro GT. The model is based on the European Championship-winning XB8 off-road platform.

GTX8 1/8th scale nitro GT

Traction Hobby published the first promotional video of their new Founder II 1/8th Scale Rock Crawler. The chassis uses a 4-Link suspension system with 90mm metal shocks.

Founder II 1/8th Scale Rock Crawler


The Italian brand Mon-Tech Racing in collaboration with A-Paint has announced few new versions of the F94 body shell  for 1/10th Scale formula one models. This body is designed to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna and will be sold already painted with decals applied. Below you can see other colors of the same body that will be available soon.

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HiTec D956WP

Hitec has presented the new High-Torque servo D956WP. Based off the D954SW, this IP-67 rated version is the true waterproof, dust resistant upgrade for 1/10th Scale Rock Crawlers and Off-Road Trucks.

As the entire “D” line, this technologically-advanced servo is powered by 32-bit Microcontroller Unit and 12-bit Analog to Digital Converter and a Smart Sense engineering with rapid, high resolution response. The HiTec D956WP produces up 29kg/cm of torque at a speed of 0.12s and uses durable steel gears, dual ball bearing and hardened steel output shaft.

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Pro-Line Decimator

ProLine staff posted a new video featuring the Decimator 2.6 Solid Axle Monster Truck Tires. The Decimator are made with the M3 Race Rubber and features a smaller overall size for more agile performance on Dirt or Carpet.

Similar to full size Monster Truck Tires the Decimator tread is made up of alternating deep-grooved chevron style tread pattern for incredible forward traction.

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Reedy SC400X Crawler

Few days ago, Team Associated announced the Reedy SC400X ESC, standard equipment in the Element Enduro RTR, is now available on its own.

The SC400X is 2-3S LiPo compatible Speed Controller equipped with advanced features intended specifically for crawlers and trail trucks. Fully proportional forward and reverse gives precision control on rocky terrain while an option of 0%, 50%, or 100% drag brake setting helps maintain control on steep ascents and descents.

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The Frog

Tamiya has published the box art of the forth coming Comical The Frog. First introduced in 1983, the 2WD racing buggy Frog made a huge splash with its eye-catching design and high performance running. After the Grasshopper and the Hornet, this model is also making a comeback in the Comical line-up.

The chassis used is the WR-02CB with independent suspension, oil dampers, CVA shafts, polycarbonate body shell with pilot, TBLE-02S ESC (electronic speed control) capable of running sensor brushless motors and brushed motors alike (21.5 Turn BL motor limit and 23 Turn brushed motor limit).

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Traxxas TRX-4 With All-Terrain Traxx RTR

The first TRX4 Equipped with Traxx models are arriving in stores today so the US company has just posted a new video dedicated to this incredible scaler. This special edition is designed for grip everywhere and ultimate off-road capability and is factory-equipped with powerful lighting and a full array of performance parts and scale detail accessories.

Traxxas TRX-4 With All-Terrain Traxx RTR

Outfitted with Traxx, this special edition is an all-terrain monster with increased ground clearance and approach angles to let you straddle even larger obstacles and climb steeper grades.

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