Five Cover Cars You For­got Ex­isted

RC Car Action - - TEST BENCH -

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.

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