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 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 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:
Eachine EC30 Review
The Eachine EC30 is a new radio controlled 1/14 scale 4wd buggy and sold exclusively by Banggood. This buggy is manufactured by Haiboxing (HBX) which are renowned for being some of the most durable cars out and this new model continues that tradition given it borrows heavily from the hugely popular 16889 range. In this review we'll look closely at the car, and it's performance and compare both to the car it borrows the parts off and the ones it competes against - the legendary WLToys 144001.
As I've mentioned on a number of occasions, Eachine is merely a shadow or house brand for Banggood, the quality of the car the offer depends on the manufacturer. The good news is that with the Eachine EC30 as reviewed here, the manufacturer is Haiboxing. As you'll see in my Master RC Car Comparison, the HBX cars rate highly because of their extreme durability, the thoughtful powertrain and driveline, and value for money in general. This car specifically borrows from the 16889 and SG1602 trucks but also brings a number of improvements which make this a solid offering.
I want this review to be a standalone so my comparisons to other cars are merely to help you understand this one better and why it may or may not be suitable for you.
The WL Toys 144010 is a brushless 4WD 1/14 scale RC Car. It comes ready to run (RTR) meaning that everything except 4 x AA batteries for your transmitter is included. My tests have shown this car to be extremely quick and I will share all of that information and more in this review. In addition to this I have also added a section for tuning tips and other RC cars to consider in this category.
WL Toys is a Chinese-based manufacturer of RC cars that has been really popular over the last 2-3 years because of the great balance of price, speed and handling. The 144010 I am reviewing here is based on the same car that was released back then but has had 5-6 rounds of iterations with multiple improvements since that have culminated in a very well rounded car. This latest iteration includes all of those improvements and the latest brushless power system from WL Toys making it extremely quick as well. In fact I'd go so far as to say that you cannot buy faster for cheaper. Below I will break down the main systems of the car and will then give you quantified tests results plus my own opinion and finally my recommendations. Grab yourself a drink or bite to eat and let's get started.
The Flyhal 1/10 scale brushless RC monster truck is an RC car that is lacking something of a clear name but it is fairly clear this a thinly rebranded XLF X03a RC Truggy with a number of upgrades that has made it stronger. If you are unfamiliar with this model it is a lightweight ready to run 4wd 1/10 scale truck-buggy (truggy) with brushless power train and large monster truck wheels well suited to off road. Read on for a full review including my honest opinion of the truck after running it for a number of weeks
It's become clear to me the the 'Flyhal' brand is unique to the Chinese retailer Banggood and appears to be a shadow brand. This means that they are not a manufacture but a thinly disguised house brand that may be used to sell large job lots of RC models at a discount or as an exclusive bundle. For example it is clear that the Flyhal FC650 was a rebranded XLF F16 (brushless) and the Flyhal FC600 is a HBX 16890a pro. This particular Flyhal model is also made by XLF, in this case the X03a brushless 4WD truggy. As I have not reviewed the XLF F03a I will not compare to that model and so please ignore a direct comparison because from what I can see, a number of components seem to have been upgraded.
The Diatone Q33 RTR is a micro RC car, similar in dimensions to a matchbox or hotwheels toy. This car is a buggy style which by no means suggest that you can run offroad with this car but it does make it more durable and simple than closed body style cars. It claims to run for 60 minutes and is available in regular car, FPV car and FPV car & goggle kits. All cars come with remote, inbuilt battery and charger - everything you need to run except AA batteries for the remote.
If you are strictly into RC cars you probably won't recognise the Diatone brand but if you ever dabbled in quadcopter then you will. They are in fact one of my favourite brands in that category because of their balance with price and quality. The Diatone Roma F5 and F4 LR are some of my favourite quads. So far as I know this is the first RC car they have released and was done as part of their 10th anniversary. This is not the first micro RC car I have reviewed, I looked at the Turbo Racing C71 1/76 scale as part of review on the MyRCFamily youtube review. This is however the first buggy that has been released in this size. Don't expect off-road capability but do expect better durability and reliability, something the C71 struggled with. I'll keep this review short and simple since this can be considered a toy grade RC car since it can't be easily upgraded or have parts replaced. Read on for more...