Of all the WLToys cars, the 144010 and 124017 are my favourite and embody all of the incremental improvements over the hugely popular original 144001 they have made over the years. You can see my review for the 144010 here which is essentially the same as the 124017. At this price point they have their downsides but they are fast, efficient, handle well and have a wealth of options for modification. They do run well out of the box but I thought I'd share the budget mods I personally use to help you with your own decisions around upgrades.
As a start point I have chosen to use my WLToys 144010 as reviewed here. It is already very quick but I wanted to make this a better general purpose car that can be adapted to any situation.
The WLToys 184016 is a small scale brushless RC car from WL Toys. It is clear on closer inspection that rather than being an updated version of the poorly-designed A959, it is in fact a compact version of the widely known 1/14 scale 144001 and 144010. I say compact rather than shrunk because it shares all the main parts from the driveline and suspension setup albeit with a smaller track and shorter wheelbase. My full review will follow soon but for now please read on for which parts you can swap between the two cars (and why you might want to do this).
The new WLToys 104072 is a 1/10 scale onroad "basher" truck. It is ready to run (RTR) and includes radio and powerful brushless power system. For those familiar with the WLToys models it is based on a modified 104001 / 104002 chassis and includes a well-proportioned resto-mod truck style body like Ken Block's Hoonitruck. Closer to the RC world we've seen this design on the larger Arrma Infraction and even the small scale WL Toys 284131. This truck is designed to be driven hard onroad.
On road bashing is a category that has been made popular by the 1/7 scale Arrma Infraction and Felony and more recently by the slightly smaller 1/8 Infraction 3s and Vendetta. This 1/10 scale 104072 by WL Toys looks to take advantage of that new market with a similar look on their 1/10 scale chassis. The underpinnings are based on the brushed 104001 (reviewed here) and brushless 104002 (reviewed here) that have been extensively modified from their buggy origins to a lower, narrower and strengthened onroad-only chassis with the 104072. In this review I'll look more closely into the systems that make up the car and then review it as a whole for driving experience.
I'll let you know now that driving experience out of the box was not great but I've recommend some simple and inexpensive/free changes that resolve these handling issues. First let's look at what's included.
The ZD Racing MX-07 is a very large 1/7 scale RC 4WD Monster Truck. It is the third release in ZD racing's X-07 (1/7 scale) series following on from the EX-07 Hoonicon and DBX-07 Desert Buggy. It is powered by a massive 4292 Brushless motor and has options for kit or RTR with 6s Surpass Hobby or 8s (!) Hobbywing ESCs. Here I have reviewed the RTR model with 6s Surpass ESC.
Typically here at QuadifyRC.com I review smaller scale cars at around that 1/16 to 1/12 scale size. They remain to be some of the best bang for buck cars out there. Here we are taking a big step up and not stopping at 1/10 or even 1/8 scale but going to 1/7 scale. I should be really clear that this is a really big RC car: It is 700mm long (27"), the tyres are 188mm (7.5") tall and 102mm (4") wide and it weighs over 8kg. At this size yes it is quick but compared to smaller cars it handles like something else entirely - the ability to drive over practically any surface with handling being extremely predictable compared to smaller cars. ZD racing have dabbled in 1/10 and 1/8 scale RC cars before but the new 1/7 scale MX-07 as reviewed here is there biggest yet.
In this review I will be looking at the 6s capable RTR version that ships with the Surpass Hobby Rocket 150a ESC and just needs batteries to run. First lets look at what is included.
The Diatone / SNT / JustAir Q25 Is a tiny RC car that is smaller than a matchbox and yet still has proportional steering, throttle and even front suspension. It is a follow up from the Diatone Q33 micro RC car released last year and offers a lot more features. It is available in regular version or FPV - a model with a small camera and video transmitter that send live first person view video back to goggles to immerse you in first person driving. Here I review the FPV version that includes everything you need to get running.
Last year Diatone, a well known brand in the quadcopter market, released their first RC car - the micro 1/76 scale Q33 that I reviewed here. As of September 2022 they have now released an update with a whole lot more features which build on the best micro RC car released so far. First of all just look at that body - the Datsun 240Z is my all time favourite classic so it's a pleasure to see it in tiny scale here, even if it is a caricature of the real thing. Before I get carried away though, lets see what is included:
The MJX Hyper Go H16H (monster truck shape) and H16E (truggy shape) are 4WD offroad 1/16 scale trucks powered by a 390 brushed motor. They have a smart battery that is simply charged by USB cord and has a built in GPS that relays data back to your bluetooh enabled phone so you can measure instantaneous throttle position, speed and maximum speed.
MJX are a Chinese manufacturer that have made popular camera drones like the MJX Bug 19 B19 GPS for a few years now. They have taken some of this knowledge and have used it to make a 1/16 scale RC monster truck with a rather unique and easy to use battery and of course full GPS speed measuring functionality. Instead of getting carried away with bells and whistles though, the car underneath is actually very good - chunky metal drivetrain, nice aluminium oil filled shocks, really nice looking wheels and tyres with great tread and a clever body fitment which should make it much more durable. As usual well look at what's in the box first, a closer look at the car and the a review to see how it actually performs.
The WL toys brushed 104001 and brushless 104002 are true 1/10 scale 4wd buggies and their size and weight add to their handling performance. Sadly though their tyres are overly soft which would be good for a lighter car like the 124019 but on these big heavy cars the tread pattern deflects so provide poor grip and fast wear. In this review I'll be looking at alternative buggy wheels to find a good looking off-road alternative that is easy to find.
I've reviewed both of these cars and in general find them to be pretty good but if you want more detail check out my full review of the cheaper brushed 104001 and the faster, more efficient brushless 104002. As I mentioned above, both have good wheels and a good tread pattern but have a tyre compound that is just to soft for a car of this weight. In this review I have looked at the this staggered buggy wheel and tyre set that costs less than $20 (actually $14 on flash sale at time of writing. They are available in 5 colour sets as you can see below
The WPL D32 and D22 are 1/16 scale RC models based on the Wuling MiniEV. This is faithfully recreated in 2 styles (D32 and D22) and in 5 cute pastel colours. Although it is 1/16 scale don't compare it to other 1/16 'cars' because this is based on a much smaller vehicle. This car comes ready to run other than the 2 x AA batteries required for transmitter.
The Wuling MiniEV which this RC is based on is a game-changing kei car sized EV that is unique to China with pricing starting from USD5000. Sadly not a car we see in Western markets (probably due to lack of safety features) but it is one of the top 2 selling EVs in the world. I think you could probably say that this is what the instruction manual is exclusively in Chinese - sale in Western markets was probably an afterthought. Still, it doesn't mean I can't review it so here goes...
The Flysky FS-G7P is an all new trigger/wheel radio set from Flysky designed to control RC Cars, Boats and even Tanks. This is a 7-channel transmitter and comes with an included receiver running the all new ANT digital 2.4HGz radio protocol. This is a mid range transmitter in the $70-$100 bracket that is a significant upgrade from typical transmitters that come in ready-to-run RC cars with many more useful features and greater control accuracy.
There are a lot of options currently available for aftermarket control gear. On the cheaper end of the spectrum there is the DumboRC X6 which offers excellent range and a basic gyro to help with counter-steer for around the $30-40 and this for me is head an shoulders above the rest in the budget class. I'm more interested in the mid range class where the price ranges from $70-$100 and you get more useful features, a lot more fine control, generally better build quality and the ability to control multiple cars with the same controller (not at the same time!). The Flysky FS-G7P as reviewed here falls firmly into the mid range where it competes with the older FlySky FS-GT5 (reviewed here) and the Radiolink RC7GS (reviewed here). As usual we'll take a look at what is included in the box first.
The Eachine EC30B is an upgraded brushless version of the lower priced EC30 car I reviewed here. It competes in the highly competitive 1/14 4wd category that generally speaking offers the best bang for your buck out of all the RC car categories. The Eachine EC30B brings some truly class leading features in this category which I will cover in this comprehensive review.
For those that haven't read my EC30 (brushed) review, I can tell you straight away that this car is very much based on the hugely successful HBX 16889a pro monster truck I reviewed here but with the additional wheel base, staggered wheels and and course the open-wheel body and wing. When compared to the EC30 brushed, this EC30B brushless model not only has the more powerful and efficient brushless powertrain but a raft of other well executed improvements, particularly in the suspension and driveline departments. This makes for a very compelling offering and I'll show you why but first let's looks at what is included in the box: