December 2006 | Vol. V - No. 12
|“Children are fascinated by what's real. They can tell what's fake.” — Fred Hutchins, Jan's Hobby Shop|
Signature Series Deluxe Premium-Scale Models by PLYMOUTH TOY
These brightly colored and intricate models come with their own 24K gold-plated coin. With engine details, working parts and fine detailing, these models are ideal for adult collectors and younger hobbyists alike. Frank Berk, vice president of Plymouth Toy and Books, told TDmonthly that the Plymouth Scale models are “guaranteed to please” thanks to their “highest quality” manufacturing process. 11/2/2006 (MSRP: $74.98; Age: 8 and Up)
Nitro Cars by TRAXXAS CORP.
Traxxas has a wide range of nitro cars and trucks for any enthusiast. With powerful engines, stylish design, and a rugged build, these cars offer off-road action, speed and a great look, sure to please any fan. Traxxas produces lines of 1:10-scale monster trucks, stadium trucks, 1:10-scale sedans, monster buggies, racing engines and more. With fine detailing and impressive power, these products are the perfect blend of function and looks. Bill Carter, head of marketing for Traxxas, informed TDmonthly, “Traxxas basically created the market for ready-to-race [radio-controlled] (RC) vehicles back in the late 1980s ... Our TRX engines are known to deliver the highest performance for any small block engines available. And when a consumer gets a Traxxas nitro vehicle, the box includes our much acclaimed Nitro Set Up DVD, which walks them through all the steps of breaking in, tuning, and maintaining a nitro engine and vehicle.” 11/2/2006 (MSRP: $200.00)
1/24 Spitfire HF Mk VI by TRUMPETER
This 1:24-scale airplane is just one of the many exciting models created by Trumpeter. This plastic model has all the true-to-life details, including a full-detail engine and workable flaps, that even the most demanding hobbyist would expect. With 231 carefully crafted pieces, this aircraft is sure to be the centerpiece of any collection. The model is carefully based on the HF Mk VI Spitfire, which had been crafted specifically for high-altitude combat. All the details are here, so that any fan can see exactly how these powerful aircraft would have looked. 11/2/2006 (MSRP: $69.99)
The Nitro TC3 Plus RTR by ASSOCIATED ELECTRICS INC.
This nitro-methane-powered radio-controlled speedster has taken the incredibly popular Nitro TC3 RTR and upgraded it with a more powerful .15-size engine, Sure Shift 2-speed tranny and revised rear suspension. They’ve made a few cosmetic changes as well. Like its predecessor, the Nitro TC3 Plus can be upgraded with any of the hundreds of Associated Factory Team parts, making it an ideal starting point for the new nitro sedan racer to grow into.
— Mick Szydlowski, franchise business advisor for Hobbytown USA in Lincoln, Neb., said these things are extremely loud: “With 35 to 40 thousand rpm’s, they sound like a Weedwacker times 10.”
— Donald Reford, a hobbiest from Portland, Ore., has bought 17 different nitro cars. “They’re addictive. Nothing else goes as fast, or roars as loud.”
— Nitro RC cars have been the fastest-growing RC category for the past two years. 1/30/2006 (MSRP: $319.99; Age: 10 and Up)
Nitro XRC Ricochet by HASBRO INC.
This nitro-fueled rocket of a car can go up to 25 miles per hour, all controlled with a touch of a button. The Nitro XRC Ricochet is Hasbro’s return to RC after far too long. 7/21/2006 (MSRP: $179.99; Age: 16 and Up)