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Chicago Hobby Show This Weekend

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There hasn't been much talk about it, but the annual Chicago Hobby Show is this weekend. Info at http://www.ihobbyexpo.com

I will be attending on Thursday, getting some good info and taking some pictures to post here. Plans are to take pictures with my camera and also with my cell-phone camera.

If I can get a good cell-phone connection, I will upload my cell-phone photos to our Photo Album directly from the show floor. You will be able to find the photos at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showmobile.php?cat=522 Be sure to look for the link below the photo that you will need to click to get a larger view.

Hopefully my room will have an Internet connection and I will be able to upload Thursday night the pictures I take with my regular camera. Keep an eye out here for those photos (if I can get an Internet connection).
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Cool Hank, thanks!
I have some pics in the Photo Album at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showgallery.php?cat=518

Take a look and I'll explain more about the pics later tonight... have a few people to meet right now.
If you will be there tomorrow, could you snap a few pics of Protoform's new Dodge Intrepid?

I;m going back in the morning so I'll ask Dale to take it out of the case so I can get a couple goodpics.
Reedy Brushless System - They showed and ESC that is ready to hit the market (didn't ask a date) and a mockup of the motor. Interesting thing about their unit is the ESC can be used with both a brushed and a brushless motor! The ESC as both forward/reverse and forward/brakemodes.


You can the picture (and all following pics) to ge a much larger picture.
Horizon Crystalless Transmitter/Receiver - A TRUE crystalless transmitter module and receiver. Uses spread spectrum tech. in the 2.4Gh band. Super trick system automatically looksfor an open part of the band to use so you never have to worry about what channel anyone is using... it finds an open "channel" and uses it... no switches change...ever! Up to 79 cars can be run at once! FCC legal... soon to be ROAR legal.

First available for Airtronics in Dec., others shortly after. Street price for transmitter module and receiver is about $130...extra receivers about $60.

Picture at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2408
Trinity 1/18 Scale Truck - 4wd with the normal 1/18 goodies. Usde you own electronics... normal hop-up will be available.

Pictures at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2407 and http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2406
RCP-Tracks Rubberized Racing Surface - Slick (in use, not in texture) rubberized racing surface. Proven in 1/18 scale racing and they are trying to break into 1/10 scale racing. Price is close to Ozite. Track is repairable... have a damaged tile... just replace the damaged area. Super traction when using foam tires and very good traction with rubber tires. Could be a economical alternitive to Ozite if testing proves out in 1/10 scale.

Pictures at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2405 and http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2404
Assocaited RC18T - AE's entry into the 1/18 scale truck market. 4wd, bearings and you can use you own radio gear.

Pictures at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2403 and http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2402
Losi Mini-T Pro ARR - Losi's Mini-T Pro uses the most popular hop-ups and the ARR (almost ready to run) version allows you to mount your own radio gear.

Picture at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2401
Losi JRX-S Touring Car - A couple pics of Losi's new TC... rear mounted batteries with a front mounted motor. Many innovative features... something Losi seems to excel at doing!

Pictures at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2400 and http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2399
Thunder Tiger 1/18 Scale Truck - Looks like another competitor in the 1/18 scale truck market.Comes in a "racing" version and a monster truck version. 4wd, bearings, oil shocks, use your own electronics, etc.

Pictures at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2398 and http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2397
DuraTrax Warhead - Huge new MT, looks very beefy. A peek at the chassis shows the main "uprights" offer most of the strength. The picture of the bottom of the very narrow chassis shows a very different approch to MT design. Normal MT features include .27 engine, 2-speed, reverse, etc. Chassis can be easily lowered for racing.

Pictures at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2396 and http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2395
DuraTrax Mini Quake - DuraTrax focused on making a MT for thier 1/18 scale entry. Dual oil filled alum. shocks, use your own electronics, bearings, etc. Seemed durable from all the abuse it was taking in the demo.

Picture at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2394
DuraTrax Firehammer - Tired of small? Try this 1/5 scale gas buggy! Oil filled shocks, bearings, 2-cycle engine, 1/4 scale steering servo,Futaba radio gear, etc., etc., etc.

Picture at http://photos.hobbytalk.com/showphoto.php?photo=2393
That's it for tonight. Will try and get a few more pics on Friday.
There is a local 1/18 track here that uses the RCP rubberized track panels... They are awesome.
If they worked for 1/10 scale, it would cure the need to replace the entire carpet should a section become damaged. That would be much more cost effective for the local tracks. This would also be great at races like the Snowbirds, where the carpet was worn through to the wood by Friday night to the point where they had to lengthen the infield of the oval track a bit to miss the holes.
It appears that you my also be able to eliminate tire traction additives as well, which would be moe user-friendly to the tires, the track and the racers... :thumbsup:
Keep your cell battery charged, and keep up the good work...
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