Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Slash chassis from Gorilla Maxx!


The G1S features an innovative 2-piece chassis design specifically for the popular Traxxas Slash off-road race truck. Experience improved performance and durability. Crafted from 1/8" CNC machined aluminum plates. Direct fit - No modifications required to install. Includes decals and metric hex screws, black velcro battery straps and instructions.

Product Features:
- Direct Fit - No modifications needed
- Spec wheelbase and ground clearance
- Chassis assembly 0.5oz lighter than stock
- Improved front/rear gravity tuning
- Natural finish 6061 T6 billet aluminum
- Dual plate design cradles battery pack
- Stick pack or lipo ready - up to 8 cells
- RX mount holes on left and right side
- Slotted EVX mounting fits multiple sizes
- Heavy duty Velcro battery strap
- Includes metric hexscrews
- No threadlock required

Item no. GMX09-CHS-AL, $98

For more images and to discuss: GO HERE!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Remembering Frank Rochex - Talbot's Toyland's Hobby Dept.

Hello All,

I am sad to report that a good friend of Bay Area RC'ers and Hobby Enthusiasts, and someone who encouraged the creation of the BAPRC Club, passed away suddenly last week. Chances are that if you ever stumbled into Talbot's Toyland during the last 35 years, Frank Rochex helped your Hobby dreams come true with his guidance, abundance of information, and friendly demeanor.

Frank was always someone I could depend on at Talbot's Hobby Department. I literally grew up going to see him, and all the amazing RC Vehicles and Trains in his Dept. It's truly shocking that he is gone at such a young age, and he will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayer's go out to his family, friends and co-workers. On behalf of the Bay Area Peninsula RC Club, we give our deepest sympathies and condolences.

We hope to put on a club sponsored event at Talbot's Toyland sometime in the coming months, and would appreciate any support you can show to promote the RC hobby, Talbot's Toyland, and most importantly, remember an awesome guy. We think he would really appreciate the gesture.

Thank you.
-Bryan "B-Dog"
Loyal Talbot's Toyland customer of 30 years.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Next Meet - July 25 @ 2:00 - Mother's Raceway

Hey All,

It looks like we are going to try to meet up this coming weekend on Saturday July 25 at Mother's Rraceway. Please respond to the thread now to let us know you are coming, and as always - friends and family members, including prospective new members are highly encouraged to come out and join in on the fun!

Check this thread for the latest information.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Next Club Meet

Hey All,

It's time for us all to get together once again for some RC action and a BBQ. Be sure to log on to the message boards and let us know when you can make it out.

Click here to be taken to the Club Meet Ups section of the forums.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

2009 KickOff Meeting: Saturday May 30

Hi All,

It looks like we are going to shoot for Saturday May 30 for our first official Meet Up! Please log on to the boards for more information and, please, LET US KNOW IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING.

We are all looking forward to meeting up with everyone then!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Hopbot's New RC18R Paint Job

Hey All,

I just wanted to share a picture with you of an awesome new paint job done by one of the original member's of BAPRCC, Hopbot. Check out his new RC18R Exotek Body:

Fantastic job, Hopbot!

To comment on his sweet new paint job, check out others, and learn painting tips and tricks, check the message boards here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Vote Now for KickOff Meeting Date

Hi All,

While we have yet to get an "Official 2009 KickOff Meeting" off the ground, an informal get together took place this past Saturday by a few club members for some bashing action at Mother's Raceway.

The original KickOff meeting was postponed due to rain, so we need everyone to log on to the message boards and vote on a Saturday that works for them. We hope to have a strong showing and will be doing a BBQ as well.

As always, friends and family members are strongly encouraged to join any and all of our events. Be sure to vote now so we can get our first meeting scheduled! Let the fun begin!

Friday, May 1, 2009


Hi Everyone,

Unfortunately we had to make the decision to delay our kick off meeting (tomorrow afternoon) due to rain. Let's start discussing a time to reschedule. Please login to the message boards and propose dates that work for you - we will then start another poll to lock down the new time.

Otherwise, we can shoot for next Saturday if that works for most people. Make sure to let us know how you all would like to proceed.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Featured Ride: Knytemare's Crawler!

For our second installment of "Member's Rides - Featured Car", we'll be taking a look at Club Member Chris Wong's (aka Knytemare) Axial based 2.2 class rock crawler.

(The Joker)

When asked to give us a summary of his experience with his crawler, Chris had this to say:

"The rock crawling bug hit me several years ago when it was still in its infancy and at the time everyone was forced to scratch build their rigs. I sold it after a while but I still had the crawling bug and by this time there were quite a few companies making crawler kits, parts and other accessories. This got me fired up in a new way as my rig could be more competitive and much more refined. I started with Axial's axles and transmission. I knew I would using many aftermarket parts so that is why I didn't start with their kit.

(Close up of the wheel showing the engraving of the user name)

Many people ask me, "Why did you choose the colors that you did on the crawler?" Well, the answer is that I am a HUGE Batman fan and at the time of building, The Dark Knight was ramping up for its debut and I was quickly becoming a fan of Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker, so I chose the iconic green and purple as the main colors for my rig.

I had a blast building this rig that I affectionately call "The Joker" not just in the character it is based on, but also that at one point I jokingly said I would never finish it. I learned a lot about the new technology in the crawling world and can't wait to start competing with it!"

(The tightly packed electronics package)


This particular vehicle is comprised of quite a few different companies, much in the way my first crawler "Anomaly" was. Here is a break down of what it takes to complete this rig:

Chassis and Axles-
Axial axles and transmission
Team Associated shocks
Traxxas rod ends
Visionary Fabrications (Now DNA Racing) chassis and links
Xtreme RC Hobbies steering links

Misc Pars-
Proline tires
Mayhem Engineering wheels

Spektrum radio
Integy 55T motor
Novak Rooster Crawler Edition ESC
Hitec 5955TG servo

(A different body is used when actually being driven)


Much like my first crawler, this one was a learning experience. A new attention to detail was observed. I had a lot of fun building this rig and I hope you enjoyed taking a closer look at it!

To view images of a complete build up of this rig, please visit: The M2 Hobbies build up page!

Monday, April 6, 2009

2009 KICKOFF MEETING - Sat. May 2nd: Location TBD

Hey All,

The Club has spoken and it looks like Saturday, May 2 is the date of our first official 2009 Kickoff Meeting. Check the boards for more information and to join in on the conversation.

As soon as we finalize the location, we'll post it up here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Slash Vs. Dog

One of our newest members, "Antioch Slashin" has shared a fun little video with us that I wanted to pass along. It features his new Traxxas Slash tearing up the backyard track - all the while giving his Jack Russel Terrier an outlet to release some pent up energy on. Take a look:

Have a comemnt? Make it here.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Help Plan Our 2009 KickOff Meeting

Hey Everyone!!

It's that time of year again - let's start planning out our OFFICIAL 2009 KICKOFF GET-TOGETHER!!!

Things are really tough right now for many people, so my thoughts are to keep this first meet up cost-friendly by meeting in a public space for some meet and greet action, where bashing is definitely encouraged but not required. It's been quite some time since we have met as a group (many "older" members haven't had the chance to meet everyone yet, and we have had so much growth in the club with new members that I think it's imperative that we all make an effort to make this meet up so we can all build our relationships with some face to face time.

I also think that, even though things are tough right now, everyone in this club needs to try their best and commit a little bit of their time each month to making meet-ups happen, whether you plan on running your RC's or not. Our meet-ups are as much about spending quality time with one another as it is about driving. I am open to all suggestions and feedback, so please, please send it my way. While I'm not looking to put a lot of regulations in place around our club, I do think we would ALL benefit from a little more structure than we have had as of yet.

Each and every one of you were drawn to and signed up to be a member of this club because you have a passion for RC as a hobby, and want to share that passion with like minded folks. Every single person in this club has proven to be a really genuine, awesome person, and we need to stick together in this tight knit community to support each other and get the most out of this hobby - This is true no matter what year we are in, but it's especially true now more than ever in these tough economic times.


On Behalf of each and every one of our members, a huge thanks to YOU and your passion/desire for the hobby of RC and the Bay Area Peninsula RC Club.

Join the discussion here!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

BAPRCC Celebrates 1 Year

The BAPRC Club officially celebrates it's first anniversary this month! On behalf of all our Members, blog readers, partners and contributors, a big BIG congratulations and thank you to all!! BAPRCC would be nothing without you all!

We have become the #1 club for Radio Control car enthusiasts in the Bay Area, and continue to grow. If you haven't joined the club yet, what are you waiting for?? We look forward to more club meetings and outings over the next year, and look to YOU for continued support and involvement. Be sure to hop on our message boards to have your voice heard and become a more active member of the family!

Happy Birthday, Bay Area Peninsula RC Club!!

Have something to say?? Join the conversation on our message boards, here!

Friday, February 20, 2009

MIP releases new ball diff for 272's

New from MIP:

With today’s high demand brushed and brushless power systems MIP,LLC now introduces our new MIP Ball Diff Kit for all Traxxas Magnum 272 Transmissions.
  • 15 Diff balls arranged in a larger diameter
  • Engineering Grade Molded Gear
  • Sealed thrust assembly for more runs between rebuilds
  • Moveable Output Shaft to enable “In-Car” Diff adjustments
  • High strength, hardened alloy steel for durability and ware resistance
  • Genuine MIP Made in USA Quality

Prices are Retail

Part #08116 MIP Ball Diff Kit Traxxas Slash/Fits all Magnum 272 $55.00
Part #08118 MIP Ball Diff Re-build Kit for Slash $16.50
Part #08119 MIP Diff Gear for Slash Diff $4.00
Part #08120 MIP Female Outdrive for Slash Diff $13.50
Part #08121 MIP Male Outdrive for Slash Diff $25.00
Part #08122 MIP Output Shaft for Slash Diff $10.00

Traxxas vehicles that come with the Magnum 272 Transmission:

MIP Ball Diff #08116 will work in all seven.

1. Slash
2. Rustler VXL
3. Rustler XL-5
4. Stampede VXL
5. Stampede XL-5
6. Bandit VXL
7. Bandit XL-5

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

NEW PRODUCT: Xray 1/10 Pan Car GT

The exciting world of 200mm 1:10 GT racing… synonymous with “speed,” “precision,” and “champions.” The ideal class for XRAY to unveil its latest engineering masterpiece: the XRAY X10 “GT version.”

Based on the all-new XRAY XII 1:12 pan-car, XRAY Project Manager Martin Hudy created the perfect platform to dominate the new World GT class of 200mm 1:10 pan cars.

Knowing that the X10 would need a versatile design — participating in classes with either open-tire rules or spec-tire rules — particular attention was paid to the rear end of the car to give it the perfect combination of rear traction, corner speed and steering under any conditions. Well-proven yet “conventional” T-bar technology again proved to make for faster and more consistent handling.

Top-quality materials such as self-developed composite mixtures, HUDY Spring Steel™, premium Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum and highest-grade graphite are part of XRAY’s signature, and the X10 has them in abundance. Designed in virtual reality using the world’s most sophisticated CAD tools, and manufactured using the world’s best machining and molding machinery, the X10 achieves a level of premium perfection in all details that is second to none. All parts are purpose-designed and manufactured by XRAY, so all parts fit and work perfectly together, with many parts fully compatible between the X10 and XII platforms.

The XRAY pedigree is carried over into the X10, allowing for a car that is very easy to build and dial in for any level of RC racer. Setup and tuning could not be easier, and exquisite quality and customer service are our promise to you. Get the holeshot, lead the pack, take the win with the new XRAY X10.

Main features:
  • All-new XRAY 1/10 pan-car with authentic 100% self-developed XRAY parts, designed and manufactured parts by XRAY in Europe
  • Legendary XRAY premium design, workmanship & material quality and unmatched attention to the finest details
  • Based on the conventional and proven pan car platform with redesign by legendary RC designer and XRAY’s award-winning Chief Designer - Ing. Hudy Juraj
  • Simple yet effective and proven design, well thought-out details, unmatched precision of all small details
  • Specially designed and optimized for brushless and brushed motors
  • High-competition design with focus on ultra-low weight, resulting in super-lightweight construction.
  • Optimized for indoor carpet racing as well as outdoor asphalt racing
  • CNC-machined chassis from custom-manufactured 2.5mm high-grade graphite material with specially-designed compound for carpet racing and asphalt racing
  • Chassis accommodates 4-cell battery packs for GT racing
  • Chassis layout optimally designed to give sufficient stiffness for excellent handling, but flexible enough to generate sufficient grip and traction
  • Super-narrow chassis design and layout with all weight centralized along the centerline
  • Chassis and rear pod features pre-drilled centerline holes for optimum weight balance adjustment using HUDY Balancing Tool #107880
Check out more features / Discuss your thoughts on the new entry to the World GT Class.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

New Product: Team Associated Short Course 10

Source: Associated []

Team Associated's website has a teaser for the new SC10 that will spell trouble for the market that Traxxas has on 1/10 Short Course trucks. Though details have yet to be released, the truck appears to be 2wd and electric. The attention to detail is impressive, and the truck looks undeniably Team Associated. If AE is able to keep this truck fairly inexpensive (+/-$250), they should definitely have a successful vehicle on their hands.

Have a look and be sure to let us all know what you think!


Got something to say? Do it here!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Limited Edition RC8 Electric

New from Team Associated:

For a limited time only, Team Associated is offering the world-famous RC8 Factory Team kit including the eConversion kit (#80930) and Factory Team 16mm ‘Big Bore’ shocks, making for the ultimate electric-powered 1:8 scale buggy!

RC8FT Electric Limited Edition Kit features:

* Factory Team threaded, hard-coated 16mm ‘Big Bore’ shocks with springs feature extra-large bladders for full volume compensation and 4mm gold shock shafts for durability
* Clear RC8e body #89523 included
* Rigid one-piece motor mount utilizes standard motor screw mounting pattern
* Molded battery tray supports 7.4-14.8V battery packs with room for foam pads
* Utilizes 3 hook-and-loop straps to secure LiPo batteries into battery tray
* Accepts two ROAR-approved 1:10 scale size 7.4v LiPo battery packs
* Receiver, servo, and battery tray remove from car in one piece for easy maintenance and cleaning
* Convenient wire routing keeps critical electronic wires out of drivetrain components and simplifies disassembly
* Large speed control mounting area raised off of chassis to allow for easy screw mounting of common speed controllers
* Speed control mounting area includes convenient switch mounting boss
* The 4.30:1 ratio gear boxes produce maximum punch allowing the RC8 to accelerate harder out of the corners and up the biggest jumps
* 4mm woven carbon fiber shock towers for maximum rigidity, strength and light weight
* Blue aluminum hexes and wheel nuts featuring nyloc providing the ultimate in security
* Wing angle and position is fully adjustable and secure
* Lightened 43-tooth diff rings make for the absolute minimum rotating-mass
* Captured outer CVD pins
* Metric hardware throughout
* Milled 3mm black hard-coated 7075 aluminum chassis
* Factory Team blue titanium turnbuckles

Note: The RC8FT Electric Limited Edition Kit does not come equipped with the parts needed for use with nitro engines. Body comes clear and requires painting. Assembly required. Tires, batteries, motor, speed control, and servo are not included and must be purchased separately.

RC8FT Electric Limited Edition Kit
MSRP: $859.99
Availability: February 2009

Discuss it here!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Kyosho 1/10 RTR Nitro Desert Race Truck

Kyosho has entered the 1/10 Scale CORR Truck arena with their newest vehicle, the DRT.

According to Kyosho's site:

"The New DRT (Desert Race Truck) stands alone when it comes to power, handling and overall performance. The latest spec. .18 powered race truck brings home the goods in this new era of off-road action. The advanced chassis design promises real racing performance while superior handling allows it to be easy to drive. The stable stance lets you power through the dirt even on blown out 1:8th buggy tracks and takes on big jumps without missing a beat. With power that pushes the boundaries of common sense for a 1:10 class machine, you can turn local open space into your own private desert, short course, or road race circuit. Under the advanced engineered body is the perfect chassis layout. The DRT shares many of its parts, option parts and performance with the DBX and DST. Kyosho knows what you want and the DRT is no exception, the DRT comes fully assembled and ready to hit the dirt. This will cut down on the prep time, while the other guys make you wait to have fun Kyosho brings you Nitro experience to your finger tips.

* GXR .18 - New GXR .18 now delivers monster torque and power with Kyosho?s proven reliability.
* Massive 105cc Fuel Tank - Includes newly designed 105cc fuel tank to supply the large 18-size engine. Delivers stable fuel supply even under severe driving conditions. Can deliver run times of more than 10 minutes.
* Compatibility - 80% of DST/DBX parts and option parts are compatible with the DRT.
* No Guess Work - Lower suspension arms are both the same front and rear, this takes out all the guess work with part numbers.
* Fully Interchangeable - Front / rear and left / right suspension arms, front / rear knuckles and front / rear shock stays are all interchangeable. Newly designed suspension with maintenance-friendly ball connect system.
* Dirt Proof Radio Box - Dirt-proof radio box protects the receiver and battery box from the outside elements. It can be attached or removed from the chassis with just four screws for easy maintenance.
* Fully Digital Servos - A new two-channel radio is included with the GT2. The radio features throttle and steering trim adjustments, dual-rate to simultaneously increase or reduce left and right steering travel, and servo reversing switches for both channels. The servos are the digital variety for superior response.
* Shaft Drive - The drive shafts run through the center for chassis to give you better lower CG and optimum weight balance."

Click here for more information about the DRT.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


2008 had it's ups and downs, but it also saw the creation of this very club! Thanks to all our loyal members and supporters! Let's make the next year and even better one, with more members, events, support, etc. Without you, BAPRCC would be nothing.

Here's to a Happy, healthy, and prosperous 2009!!