Ok well either I didn't get the notice in a timely manner or this is the fastest shipment I have ever had from HK. 11 days from the day I got the notice the package went out, car is in my hands.
At first glance, it looks like I got what I paid for but I think there is value here. The body is decent and finished so that's worth at least $25 and a few hours of my time. So what do you get for $45?
-Assembled. (surprising considering the cost)
-The main chassis pieces and pod plates are real graphite, not FRP.
-Typical pod design with strong aluminum side plates.
-Aluminum body shock with threaded preload.
-Threaded side-spring adjusters. (wish my CRC Xti had that)
-Aluminum/plastic damper tubes.
-Nice foam chassis bumper with removable cut-outs. Nice density and goes up to the body.
-Hex screws throughout, countersunk on chassis bottom.
-Front suspension appears durable.
-Assembled. (Most would rather build and "fit" parts to their liking)
-Tires feel hard and "slippery" for lack of a better word. Might be better on asphalt than carpet, probably durable due to firmness but I think traction will not be very good.
-Oddball axle size. (bigger than Tamiya or typical pan car axles)
-Oddball wheel mounting. Kinda like a Tamiya F1 where you can take the wheels off without changing your diff setting.
-Notchy diff action
-Play in the forward shock mount. (just a bit)
-Servo saver is marginal.
-Manual is just an exploded view and parts list.
-Front suspension adjustments limited. Camber is adjustable but not caster. Play in the lower kingpin ball mount.
-Wheels are oddball size.
Well that' all I can comment on just from a cursory look at it. I'll take some pics tomorrow and share more thoughts. Maybe toss some electronics in it and run it on carpet next week.