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Joe Ambrose RIP

It’s a really sad day in the Hobby world: few hours ago Horizon Hobby announced the unexpected passing of Joe Ambrose. Joe died in Champaign on January 4, 2019, at the age of 61. Longtime Horizon board member and Chairman of the First Busey Corporation, Greg Lykins said, “With Joe’s passing, we have lost an amazing human being and visionary leader. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Joe have lost a dear friend and inspiring mentor.”

The entire staff at HOBBY MEDIA and XTREME RC CARS would like to give the deepest condolences to Joe’s family and the Horizon’s staff.

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Yokomo: New 2019 Factory Team line of apparel

Yokomo announced the release of their New 2019 Factory Team line of apparel that consists of  premium T-Shirts (with sizes that can fit everyone: from small to 3XL), Hoodies (Small to 3XL), Snapback Hats and Pit Mats.

 

Yokomo Racing Factory hat

This is the Yokomo Racing Factory Snap Back Hat in black with an embroidered logo on the front. The embroidery gives the logo a dimensional appearance, that looks 3D!

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All HobbyMedia staff wish you a very Merry Christmas and super happy Holidays! We hope that Santa will bring you all the RC models that you requested!

AWS DeepRacer: Amazon's autonomous 1/18th scale race car

Last week Amazon, the e-commerce giant founded by Jeff Bezos, announced the all new AWS DeepRacer: a 1/18th scale radio-controlled, four-wheel drive car, complete with a new racing league (“The world’s first global autonomous racing league, open to anyone”). What exactly is this scale car from Amazon? First, it’s autonomous, and there isn’t a radio control. So how people will compete? Simple, young coders can develop the program that will drive the car: the AWS DeepRacer is a scale car designed to get customers to adopt reinforcement learning.

AWS DeepRacer: Amazon's autonomous 1/18th scale race car

The DeepRacer is controlled by an Intel Atom processor (that runs Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Robot Operating System, and the Intel OpenVino computer vision toolkit) and mounts a 4 megapixel camera with 1080p resolution, WiFi board and multiple USB ports.

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 RC Cox: Traction Additive Applicator Brushed Pen

RC Cox have introduced a new traction additive application brushed pen. The tool has been developed to make the application of traction additive easier as the pen is simply filled with the additive without the need to use the brush applicator many compounds come with (this way there are not the dripping issues associated with brush application).

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E-flite Delta Ray

Horizon Hobby has presented the new E-flite Delta Ray rc airplane with SAFE Technology. This model is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to learn to fly RC. Its compact, uses a delta wing design and exclusive technologies deliver an airplane that is easy to fly for beginner.

The Delta Ray is factory-assembled and Ready-to-Fly right out of the box. The fuselage is made by durable EPO and mounts a SAFE System (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope), plus you can use GPS (sold separately) to add AutoLand, Virtual Fence and Holding Pattern features.

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X-Maxx

Our friends at Traxxas have published a new video of the X-Maxx jumping over big ramps. The model is a Ready to Run monster truck using LiPo 8S (two 4s LiPo batteries). The X-Maxx come fully assembled with TQi radio, Velineon VXL-8s ESC and 1200kv motor which can push the model over 80 km/h.

The chassis mounts Mammoth tall tires, long-arm suspension, all-steel drivetrain gears with the revolutionary Cush Drive system (the strongest driveshafts ever made by Traxxas). Below you can see the video.

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