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Old 11-27-2006, 09:15 AM   #1
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I was on the Horizon Hobby site today and was looking to see what they had in buggies and trucks.

I have not seen Sport Werks anywhere else before. I noticed that it came equipped with Horizon Hobby's own Dynamite esc. Is Sport Werks a Horizon Hobby brand? In my book that is not a bad thing as I like most Losi, JR and Dynamite products.

Are Sport Werks the equivalent of a Duratrax Evader? Is there a Losi influence?

Does anyone know anything about these?

I am looking for relatively inexpensive buggies or trucks to get jr. high and high school kids into RC racing here in Long Creek, Oregon.

There are no local hobby shops, and everything will have do to bought on-line.

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I actually took a look at one of these earlier today. I believe Sportswerks is a Horizon Hobby product...about 99% sure

It looks very nice and has some nice parts on it (threaded aluminum shocks) for the price.

There definitely looks like a Losi influence. The Arms look identical but cant confirm that they actually are identical.

I saw it at a store for $169 and that came with everything including a battery pack. The guy showed me the prices for replacement parts (for the truck not the buggy but cant imagine much a price difference) and the parts were really inexpensive.

My thinkin...its perfect for jr high kids and high school kids. Im probably gonna pick one up myself unless i can take a good look at a Losi or TA buggy and be convinced otherwise. I know everyone who races competitively will go with the losi or ta and they should be better than this one but for the price it looks like you get a great value.
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Cool! I haven't been able to see one in person, but what I have heard and read so far looks good about them. This would just be for local club racing, might end up being pretty much a spec class as we really need to keep costs down.

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How closely are things things related to Losi?

I was at the Ebay Wala bearing store and Losi and Sportwerks were listed together. Hmmm.

http://stores.ebay.com/WalawalaStore...QQftidZ2QQtZkm

Are they made in the same place, same design team? Neither?

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I believe Horizon Hobby is the parent company of Losi. Im am not 100% sure on this. At any rate it is a nice looking buggy for the money.
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Yes, a few years ago Horizon Hobby bought Team Losi. Horizon Hobby owns a lot of good companies or has good branches.

Does anyone own of these buggies or stadium trucks? How do you like it?

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Does anyone know if the bodies come painted or not? I need to know so that when I help Jr. high and High school student get these, that they will get the right kind of paint as well. I can just see them getting their new truck bodies clear and wanting to run so badly that they spray or hand paint them with regular model paint.

Cause that is what I did when I got my Tamiya Hornet in 1985. Paint shattered like glass each time the body flexed.

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Yes they come painted. One is red and the other blue. Both looked real nice in my opinion.


http://www.sportwerksrc.com/Products...ProdID=SWK1510


You probably have seen this already but just hit gallery. They look exactly like the ones pictured there.
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Heya cmotif

I'll disclose that ive not driven one myself, but someone i race with brought a Raven ST along for a few meets. I run a losi XXXT with a few graphite bits, and i tell you that sportwerks was capable of hanging right with it.

I'd put it on a similar level to the duratrax evader, but prob give the sportwerks the nod over the duratrax in terms of racing them at a club level.

I reckon they represent fantastic value. Electronics they ship with have plenty of headroom, if you guys decide to step it up a notch from the included motor.

Strong losi influence as far as i can tell... standard wheel and tyre size so all the losi and proline gear slips right on
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Thanks guys!

So Cooper from what you are saying, pro-line, protoform bodies fit right on with no problems. Cool.

We are going to need more options than just red and black. I like the Cadillac truck body that comes with it. Way cooler than no name truck bodies that come with other stadium trucks.

When I get one, I plan to pick up a digital servo for replacing the stock servo, and I will probably change out the radio relatively soon as well.

Thanks for the info!

If anyone has photos of their own raven, post them here!

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So Cooper from what you are saying, pro-line, protoform bodies fit right on with no problems. Cool.
Sorry champ, was referring to the tyres actually.

In terms of bodies... well, ST's are ST's... big shock tower at the back, big shock tower at the front... few inches of chassis in between them. Most truck bodies will fit most truck chassis, even if a little customisation is required.

If a body looks like it'll fit... you'll be able to make it fit The raven complies with the "standard" dimensions in terms of wheelbase, width, length etc.
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Where is the best place to see lists of ST bodies?

Looking forward to racing it with other guys locally who are also going to be getting Raven STs. It is their first hobby grade RC car and about my 27ths. I am going to handicap myself pretty good at first, maybe even running a mabuchi motor until they start getting competitive. Racing is really only fun if there is a challenge, you know what I mean.

As soon as they get good, then I will upgrade servo and radio, put in one of my many motors.

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I will post pictures of it as soon as I get it.
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Where is the best place to see lists of ST bodies?
Have a look at the bodies offered by associated and losi on their sites. But i believe you're looking for something more along the lines of scale.. i.e. F150s, dodge rams etc.

In which case, have a look at the proline website and the HPI website. Even go to your LHS and see what they've got... also give you an idea of how much (if any) work will be required to get it to fit.
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Maybe this is a stupid question, I know TCs way better than I know STs. I went to Tower Hobbies and typed in ST bodies, and some came up that looked interesting.

HPI Nitro Rush ST body fit or not?

What model names have would have interchangeable bodies?

I was trying to figure out what bodies would fit that are listing on the new Pro-line pro-form poster than came in the latest issue of RC Car Action.

Can anyone help?

Do the Crowd Pleaser 1 and 2.0 fit?

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I was on the Horizon Hobby site today and was looking to see what they had in buggies and trucks.

I have not seen Sport Werks anywhere else before. I noticed that it came equipped with Horizon Hobby's own Dynamite esc. Is Sport Werks a Horizon Hobby brand? In my book that is not a bad thing as I like most Losi, JR and Dynamite products.

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I am looking for relatively inexpensive buggies or trucks to get jr. high and high school kids into RC racing here in Long Creek, Oregon.

There are no local hobby shops, and everything will have do to bought on-line.

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Sport Werks ST and BX are entry level. Not "Race" level as Losi or AE.

Not like their nitro 1/8 race buggies "Mayhem" and the "Turmoil".

I was thinking of getting one, I did race with a AE B4, now race a AE T4, untill I read it had a planetary diff BUT they are working on a "real" diff!!!

Sport Werks is owned by Horizon just like Losi, JR, Dynamite and Spektrum are.

http://www.sportwerksrc.com/
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