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2003 International Model and Hobby Expo

POWER RACING PRODUCTS >>> Power Racing Products is a relative newcomer to the industry, functioning as an importer and distributor in the United States for various products from around the world. Since they dabble in many different areas, they had a ton of different items to show off, including a RTR 1/8th-scale buggy, tons of wheels and tires, starter boxes, shocks, track bags and much more.

Without a doubt, the most interesting product they were showing was the new Swift RTR 1/8th Buggy. Packaged as a full ready-to-run kit and including a genuine Airtronics MX3 FM radio, the Swift has a projected street price of around $450. A complete, ready-to-run buggy with pro racing features for about half what you'd expect to pay? Sounds like a great deal to me, and to a lot of others at the show as well. Only time will tell what this buggy is like, but for now, the feature list is long and this could be a wonderful way to bring people into 1/8th-scale racing.

Another cool item that Power Racing Products brought to the show was their Mega Cargo Carrier series of track bags. With different sizes to accommodate 1/10th-scale cars, 1/8th-scale cars, and even monster trucks, these bags look solidly built and have some nice features, like a fuel bottle pocket (keeping it upright at all times) and straps on the top for a starter box. The bags even have a wheel rack on the bottom and a retractable handle on the top.

Power Racing Products was also showing a full line of pre-mounted 1/10th-scale touring car wheels and tires, available in both chrome and white finish, as well as a bunch of different 1/8th-scale buggy wheels and tires. There were also a ton of tuned pipes, starter boxes, monster truck shocks, and other R/C accessories. With a line-up like this, PRP looks to be a solid contender, and their products are well worth your attention.

The new Swift 1/8th-Scale Ready-to-Run buggy from Power Racing Products.  With an Airtronics MX3 radio, a competition .21-sized engine and a long list of race-bred features, the Swift buggy looks like an excellent entry point into 1/8th-scale buggy racing.  To top it off, all of this comes with an estimated street price of about $450. (Click to enlarge)
The new Swift 1/8th-Scale Ready-to-Run buggy from Power Racing Products. With an Airtronics MX3 radio, a competition .21-sized engine and a long list of race-bred features, the Swift buggy looks like an excellent entry point into 1/8th-scale buggy racing. To top it off, all of this comes with an estimated street price of about $450.

Here are some of the threaded aluminum shock sets that PRP is offering for the Traxxas T/E-Maxx and the HPI Savage. (Click to enlarge)
Here are some of the threaded aluminum shock sets that PRP is offering for the Traxxas T/E-Maxx and the HPI Savage.

Also at their booth was a full line of nitro starter boxes for 1/8th and 1/10th scale vehicles.  Each box has a lower drawer on it for tool storage, and accepts either twin 7.2V packs or a single 12V battery for operation.  There is also a high-torque version of the 1/10th box available. (Click to enlarge)
Also at their booth was a full line of nitro starter boxes for 1/8th and 1/10th scale vehicles. Each box has a lower drawer on it for tool storage, and accepts either twin 7.2V packs or a single 12V battery for operation. There is also a high-torque version of the 1/10th box available.

These are the Mega Cargo Carrier backs from Power Racing Products.  Each bag features a fuel jug compartment, starter box straps, a quad-wheel rack with kickstand, a retractable handle, and sturdy cardboard boxes inside for gear storage. (Click to enlarge)
These are the Mega Cargo Carrier backs from Power Racing Products. Each bag features a fuel jug compartment, starter box straps, a quad-wheel rack with kickstand, a retractable handle, and sturdy cardboard boxes inside for gear storage.

Pre-mounted wheel and tire sets for 1/8th-scale buggies from Power Racing Products. (Click to enlarge)
Pre-mounted wheel and tire sets for 1/8th-scale buggies from Power Racing Products.

Pre-mounted wheel and tire sets for 1/10th-scale cars from Power Racing Products. (Click to enlarge)
Pre-mounted wheel and tire sets for 1/10th-scale cars from Power Racing Products.

You can visit Power Racing Products on the web at www.powerracingrc.com.


RC SCREWS >>> RC Screws was onhand to show off some of their many, many alloy screw kits for all sorts of different R/C vehicles, including just about every popular model you could think of. Unlike many other screw distributors, screw kits from RC Screws contain about twice as many screws as one would need to build the car. When a screw gets lost or stripped, you won't have to search out a replacement, you'll have plenty of extras already at hand. RC Screws was also showing off a set of hex drivers that have hollow handles for screw storage, and are color-coded by size.

The RC Screws booth at the show, complete with buckets of red, blue and green screws to sample from.  Each screw kit from RC Screws comes in one of the small oganizer boxes that are visible around the table. (Click to enlarge)
The RC Screws booth at the show, complete with buckets of red, blue and green screws to sample from. Each screw kit from RC Screws comes in one of the small oganizer boxes that are visible around the table.

You can visit RC Screws on the web at www.rc-screws.com.


RC SCREWZ >>> Offering quality stainless steel screw kits for R/C applications, RC Screwz had a bunch of cars outfitted with their products for the show. The variety offered by RC Screwz is unsurpassed in the industry, with kits for 1/10th-scale cars and trucks, 1/8th-scale cars and trucks, monster trucks, micros, motorcycles, 1/5th-scale cars, and even some vintage kits. Their quality is top-notch, and where else are you going to find a screw kit for a Tamiya Tyrrell P34 six-wheeler?

A Yokomo 1/12th-scale touring car, fully outfitted with RC Screwz stainless steel screws. (Click to enlarge)
A Yokomo 1/12th-scale touring car, fully outfitted with RC Screwz stainless steel screws.

Among other vehicles, RC Screws also had a Losi XXX-4 buggy completely outfitted with their screws. (Click to enlarge)
Among other vehicles, RC Screws also had a Losi XXX-4 buggy completely outfitted with their screws.

You can visit RC Screwz on the web at www.rcscrewz.com.


REEDY >>> Reedy made their annual appearance at the Hobby Expo, sharing booth space with Associated as always. They had all of their motors onhand, including the popular Titanium ("Ti") series of modifieds, the Krypton ("Kr") modifieds, the MVP stock motor, and the brand-new Platinum ("Pt) line of modifieds. Many people were asking about the existence of what has become known as the Reedy Cobalt, a prototype stock motor that has yet to be seen anywhere. Representatives shrugged off the rumors and said that if the motor does exist, it hasn't been handed to them for testing yet.

Brand new from Reedy is the Platinum (&quote;Pt&quote;) series of modified motors, extending their line of motors named after elements.  The Platinum motors use the same quad-magnet design as the Kryptons, but boast higher RPMs, making them especially useful for oval racing. (Click to enlarge)
Brand new from Reedy is the Platinum ("Pt") series of modified motors, extending their line of motors named after elements. The Platinum motors use the same quad-magnet design as the Kryptons, but boast higher RPMs, making them especially useful for oval racing.

In addition to motors, Reedy markets its very popular line of chargers, the Quasar and Quasar Pro.  They also offer their own precision-matched Gold Peak 3300 racing cells. (Click to enlarge)
In addition to motors, Reedy markets its very popular line of chargers, the Quasar and Quasar Pro. They also offer their own precision-matched Gold Peak 3300 racing cells.

You can visit Reedy on the web at www.teamassociated.com.


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