Hobao packs a lot into the DC-1, and the over­all im­pres­sion of qual­ity is high. The ma­chined chas­sis rails, alu­minum links, an­odized shocks, and well-ex­e­cuted molded parts all con­trib­ute a pre­mium feel. It would be ex­tra nice if the body were a li­censed “real truck” de­sign, but the DC-1 clocks in at $430, so keep­ing the price down is a con­sid­er­a­tion.

The truck could use some re­fin­ing to make it re­ally shine in ex­treme ter­rain, but there are no crit­i­cal mis­steps in the de­sign—and there’s cer­tainly plenty of op­por­tu­nity for mod­ding and im­prov­ing the truck. If you’re look­ing for a trail rig with lots of fea­tures and de­tail and you like the idea of break­ing away from the “big three” of Ax­ial, Vaterra, and Traxxas, the DC-1 could be your truck.

SOURCES Hobao Max­amps max­

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