Five Cover Cars You Forgot Existed
Over 380 cars and trucks have been featured on the cover of RC Car Action, all of which were red-hot (or we thought they would be) when ink hit paper. But the RC gods are fickle, and some models disappeared almost as quickly as they arrived on the scene. Do you remember these machines from the last 10 years of RCCA? They all seemed as if they’d
have staying power at the time…
February 2009— Losi 2.2 Comp Crawler
Losi jumped into crawling in a big way in 2009 with an innovative rig that introduced worm-drive axles to the scene. Unfortunately, the nonscale, high-performance, rock-crawling niche was rapidly going away, and the otherwise excellent Losi rig didn’t stick around long— at least, not as a competition-focused kit. The truck returned (with a light kit) as the more fun-oriented Night Crawler RTR.
October 2010— HPI Mini Trophy
HPI really went its own way with the Mini Trophy, which arrived as short-course mania was nearing its peak. The 4WD replica racer was modeled after TSA Motorsports’ unique independent-rearsuspension desert machine, and was realistic with its functional tub-and-tube chassis. Sounds cool, and it was, but the 1/12-scale size was unusual, and the Mini Trophy is now just a blip on the shortcourse/desert racer timeline.
July 2012— HPI EXO Terra
HPI’S first and last (for now) fullindependent-suspension buggy was the EXO Terra, and as usual for Axial, it was packed with licensed parts and looked fantastic. It was also no slouch performance-wise, with a Castle-built brushless power system spinning all four tires. And then, poof, it was gone. EXO Terra, we hardly knew ye.
September 2008— XTM X-crawler
This massive machined-aluminum monster was certainly impressive, but it arrived just as “pure crawling” was giving way to trail-and-scale realism— and Super Class rigs were definitely going away faster than 1/10 trucks. XTM lives on, but with Hobby People now extinct, the brand has very low visibility in the States.
March 2014— Vaterra Glamis Fear
Vaterra rolled out the 1/8-scale Glamis Uno single-seater when the brand launched in 2013, and the Glamis Fear was the even-better-looking follow-up in 2014. It really should have been a hit since it was big, fun, and, well, just look at it! It was also 2WD, which may have cut into sales, but still—it’s just a cool ride. We think Vaterra quit on this one too soon.