The Radiomaster MT12 is a brand new type of radio the runs opensoure EDGE TX operating system. It is also the first surface radio to utilise a multiprotocol module meaning it should control ANY receiver you have, regardless of brand, hobby grade or toy
This article will be a little different from others I've written - I wanted to share some of the key details of the new MT12 transmitter from Radiomaster before I complete a comprehensive review where I delve into the complex EDGE TX operating system and detailing all of the recievers it can control. The focus here will be to give you an overview because this is quite a step change in what we have seen from remotes previously
As I've mentioned, Radiomaster as a manufacturer are relatively unknown at any level in the RC car world. By contrast they largely own the competitive drone and fixed wing market where a strong mix of quality and value have made them a leader with regular innovative radio releases. I'm excited to see them in the RC car space for the quality/value they bring but it's the technology that I'm most excited about here, namely the EdgeTX operating system and more importantly it's ability to run a multiprotocol module.
This large scale 4wd Truck from Pinecone is well made and true to scale but makes for mixed performance results as an RC version which makes a hard sell at this price
SG / Pincone Forest is perhaps best known for the budget small scale drift cars that were so popular around 2 years ago, one of which I reviewed here: SG1604 / 1603 These little 1/16 scale brushed drift cars were low cost and a lot of fun but pretty cheap in build quality. The brand SG also appeared on the SG 1601 I reviewed here which was a rebranded HBX 16890 - brother of the HBX 16889a pro I rate so highly. These cars share no similarity other than brand and I can say this is the same with the 1002s SC / trophy truck as reviewed here too - this is a much higher quality build that reflects the much higher price point, a significant departure from the cheaper cars they've dabbled in before. Read on for more
WL Toys have just announced that they are releasing a brushless version of the hugely popular 124018 and 124019 1/12 scale ready to run RC cars. Of course they have gone with predictably boring names - 124016 and 124017 🤦♂️. I've set this blog up to discuss the specs and what we can glean from the images. I do no have the cars (yet) so this is not a hands on review but of course I expect to review these as soon as they are available.
Firstly if you want to see my reviews on the brushed version of these cars, here is the one I did on the 124019 and the differences for the 124018. Based on initial pricing, the new brushless 124016 desert buggy and 124017 race buggy this looks to be only around $20-30 more than the brushed version which represents really good value. I made a guide on the cheapest brushless upgrade worth doing and at best mine had a $50-$60 premium although it did include replacement radio gear, servo, esc and motor. The benefit on coming from the factory is that you won't be left with a spare brushed setup in a cardboard box in your shed somewhere (True story, I have a box full of 5 stock brushed systems!)
UPDATE! Banggood have kindly supplied me an exclusive code to bring the the pres-order price of the 124017 down by 10% to just $133. Use code BG124017R at this link That's pretty solid value - check the detail below to see if it suits your needs. This is a new exclusive code that is active until the end of August 2021