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Old 03-28-2006, 02:13 PM   #1
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Are the 1/10 scale nitro trucks starting to die in popularity? It seems that the 1/8 buggy, truggys and monster trucks are becoming more and more popular

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I think so as well.
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They are for 3 reasons, Associated hasn't realeased a new truck in over 10 years, the power that .12 engines put out make them challenging to drive, and the fact everybody and their brother makes an RTR 1/8 scale for less than $400.

It takes skill to drive one fast whereas (throttle control) an 1/8 scale is a point and shoot type of car, f&r brakes, 4wd, and the sheer weight make them easier to drive, and there are only 2 manufacturers that make trucks, Losi and Associated.
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one thing for sure thou, If you can drive a 1/10 scale nitro truck fast, you will be really good at 1/8 buggy. I personally still like 1/10 nitro truck
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Old 03-28-2006, 05:31 PM   #5
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Well, since the Mugen MST-1 has been lowered in price considerably, It's making a comeback in Omaha NE, I bought one and am considering another for parts! I raced 1/8th scale last year and yeah it was fun. best summer of racing in a long time.

but now that I have a bit of nitro under my belt, I'm taking on gas truck to improve my patience and handling skills. onroad carpet has smoothed out my precision, now I'm ready to get back into 2 wheel drive!
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yes I as well have a mst1 for a 134.00 a kit you cant beat it
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one thing for sure thou, If you can drive a 1/10 scale nitro truck fast, you will be really good at 1/8 buggy.
Maybe not at first. I remember my problem when I first got my 1/8 scale I would drive it like a truck, I was never really aggressive like I should have been. I wouldn't let the 4wd work like it was supposed to and let the front pull the car out of the corners.

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I picked up an AD2 over christmas and I forgot how fun they are to drive. I got started in nitro with a GT then stepped up to 1/8. The shear power in such a light vehicle makes for a good show.
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I don't think I will ever get rid of my gas truck. My fav gas class to race. And I don't think I will ever get a truggy. To me, they are as fun to drive.

2mod, G/T, and 1/8th scales buggies is what I like to race.
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They are for 3 reasons, Associated hasn't realeased a new truck in over 10 years,
Does anyone know if there is a reason why for the last month Tower Hobbies has had the RC10GT on order for early april?

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Aren't the 1/8 scale buggies also harder to maintane than 1/10 scale?

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Actualy, localy 1/10th has died down from a crowd of around 30-40 to a crowd of around 10 because 1/8th is much less maintanance. Most people just became frustrated with the diffs in 1/10 scale cars. They just couldn't get them quite where they wanted them. Secondly 1/10th scale will make you a much better driver because your mistakes are more blatant then they are in 1/10 scale.
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But 1/10 has only one diff where as 1/8 has 3 so wouldn't maintanice on a 1/10 be less of a pain?

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no, The diffs in 1/10 scale require a lot of work to rebuild. If you run a car for 3 weeks and have to drop $20 for a diff rebuild. Then 1/3 times your diff slips and gets eaten up then your out of luck. 1/8th scale diffs just need a quick refill and a new o-ring and your rdy to go. They are also much more durable.
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They are for 3 reasons, Associated hasn't realeased a new truck in over 10 years, the power that .12 engines put out make them challenging to drive, and the fact everybody and their brother makes an RTR 1/8 scale for less than $400.

It takes skill to drive one fast whereas (throttle control) an 1/8 scale is a point and shoot type of car, f&r brakes, 4wd, and the sheer weight make them easier to drive, and there are only 2 manufacturers that make trucks, Losi and Associated.
Pretty much hit the nail on the head there. There are a couple of other manufacturers out there too, Mugen, Kyosho and XTM to name a few.

The other issue is they are a lot more fragile than an 8th car. A bad flip can put you out of action real quick in a truck. I don't know about the rest of the world but a lot of 8th drivers are complete meatheads with no driving finesse and can't make a lap without being marshalled.
If they tried to drive a truck, it wouldn't last a heat, they'd get frustrated and go back to driving their tanks.... yes it has happened before.

The good thing there is... if you drive truck, hopefully you should only be racing people who can actually control a car so the average level of competition is better, or of higher quality.
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i hear that,the 8th guys at our track are maniacs.i wont even run my 8th with them in that class.my 8th is my basher.i run my xcellerator 10th and savage.the 8th dudes are constantly off the track,upside down or flipping each other.cant stand it.and way too competetive for small town club racing.wanting to get into a fight over a toy?got to my track and race a buggy.ridiculous.no finesse whatsoever.if they tried to run a gas truck the marshalls would give up.
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