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Old 09-19-2012, 11:05 AM
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Technology has definitely improved over the last few years in the RChobby. Between 2.4ghz radios, LiPO batteries and brushless high powered motor systems. A lot of you have seen the big impact as you have been in the hobby for many years, and some of you are just coming into it when the peak of performanceis now. So where do you think we will be in the next 5 or soyears? What will have improved, if anyhting? Will power systems change, both nitro and electric? Lets hear hypothesis on how the future will affect the RC hobby.
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$10 saying traxxas's line up looks almost identical to today's, except maybe with a few more vehicles

as for 5 years from now I doubt much will change as in the past 1-2 years or so not much has changed. If HPI ever gets their 1/8th scale gas engine out things might change a bit, but hey the way they are going it might come out in 5 years seeing it seems to have vanished with no comment from them anymore.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:48 AM
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Id really like to see a 1/8 or even 1/10 scale with a weed wacker motor. As syco said, HPI is supposed to give us one at some point.

I run brushless, cus its fast and easy. But I often miss the sound and smell of nitros....and of the KM baja I owned.

But nitros are too much works for me. More time tuning, cleaning ect compared to the runtime.

And 1/5 gassers are too big for most of the areas I run in, and they are not cheap.



Id like to see 1/10 electric 2wd models with mechanical front brakes!!!! That would be huge IMO. 2wd's suck at braking, especially in a corner.

I dont forsee and huge changes in power systems. The ones we have have been around for awhile....and have gotten cheaper.


There have been a few new brands recently. Arrma and ECX. I havent onwed an arrma, but the ECX line thus far seems good, tough, entry level stuff.

Redcat is supposed to have new stuff next month. I dont know if anything will be mind blowing, but I do think it will be all-new stuff and not just remakes of old chassis'

It would be nice to see traxxas build us something really new. I mean, the drag cars are impressive but nothing most RC'ers will pay that kinda money for.

I still wish they would build a crawler. They have all waterproof gear to put in one! Even if they just build a scale chassis and used slash diffs front/rear with a decent amount of supension travel, it could be cool.

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Old 09-19-2012, 12:23 PM
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Next step: mind controlling the RC. Just plug that bad boy into your noggin, and away you go!

Either that, or someone builds a "Mr. Fusion" fuel source for nitro, ala "Back to the Future". [8D]
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I'm sure that there will be plenty of new vehicles in 5 years, but I'm very skeptical about how much new technology they will actually utilize...
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Interesting question. I REALLY hope that Nitro makes a come-back.During my short time in"the hobby", I'venoticed that nitro-heads are FERVENT with their love for the nitro rc class - and I count myself as one of them.

I see this as a market dictated by the manufacturers, and not theusers. While I am only one person, I've written to several influential companiesexplaining my love of nitro vehicles. The typical response I get is "No worries. We have not forgotten nitros." If I can make just one designer walk into a meeting and state "I got aninterestingemail from a customer explaining his love of nitro",this will help keep ideas on the table - at a minimum.I encourage fellow nitro-heads to allow your voice to be heard as well. ;-)
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I would love to see some 4 stroke forced induction motors...

or even some hybrid nitro electric motors....
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I really like the current technology, but I don't think the actual chassis are up to the job, I hope 1/10's will be better built with more focus on durability than on handling. This is why I like 8 scale stuff now.

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I dont feel that the companies have forgotten nitros.

Its just that there have been many advances in electrics...and thus more new electric models. On the nitro side, little advancement and so less "new" models.

But there are still many many options for someone who wants to buy a nitro model.

I think we hobbiest do decide the direction of the companies to a degree. Not that what we want is what the design...but when we like a design there are suddenly many simillar options of what we like...IE, SCT trucks. Once the first few were out and flying off the shelves, other companies rushed out there own SCT. then came the 4wd SCTs. Then you had the 1/8 and 1/5 sct's.
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if someone designed a fuel injected twin cylinder nitro that could have a supercharger or turbocharger added, that'd bring nitro back to the performance front. think about it, a v-twin engine with 2 .12 cylinders would equate to .24, so it's all ready pretty powerful. then throw in the FI which would eliminate tuning and then add the super/turbocharger. you have a nitro that has more power than the strongest 8th scale BL system on 6s that'll cost about $750, while prohibitively expensive, would come down in a couple years to the $350-450 area which is right in line with high end BL systems. now mount that beast in the front of a pan car or tube chassis with a vintage muscle car body and run side exhausts. you have the most bad-ass onroad in years. i dont know about you guys, but i'd have no problem saving up and laying down $800 for that monster. best part is, once the v-twin is figured out, multiplying it shouldnt be too hard. now that's the dream, a 1/8-1/6 scale Lamborghini Aventador with real v-12 in the middle and 4wd. with a mustang of the same scale sitting next to it on a trailer hooked up to an f350 dually that actually runs on diesel.
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doesn't matter to me, I will still be driving 5+ year old models.
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Well, lots of people (for reasons completely alien to me..) obviously like electric. But I think a real game changer would be an 8th scale gas engine which would be at least as fast as the fast nitros, but with the much lower fuel costs. HPI is apparently working on it. IF it works out, and it isn't a dog, that could really make things interesting..
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Well, lots of people (for reasons completely alien to me..) obviously like electric. But I think a real game changer would be an 8th scale gas engine which would be at least as fast as the fast nitros, but with the much lower fuel costs. HPI is apparently working on it. IF it works out, and it isn't a dog, that could really make things interesting..
I use electric as I don't want to annoy neighbours, it is maintainence free and more time driving. Nitro is awesome, theres nothing like a nitro engine screaming but the ongoing costs of fuel ($20 a litre is too much) and less places to run them have stopped me from getting one. Maybe in a few years things might change and I will have one. Back to the original question, I have the feeling Thunder Tiger will take over alot more of the RC market, they own associated, ACE RC, manufacture lots of engines and my lhs guy said that they might buy Tamiya too. Bye Traxxas, Hello Thunder Tiger

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I understand that this thread is not about politics but I don't know how anyone can discuss what the world of RC is going to be like in 10 years without looking at what the world in general is going to be like.  And unless some very serious changes are made in the entire world socialism is going to expand to the point where very few of us will have any money for RC.  And those who do will be such a small market that many manufacturers will be out of business, especially here in the US.  Furthermore, the constant and threatened intrusion into contol of our daily lives will force more and more people into rogue RC groups which will just bring on more legislative control.

So remember, if no one has any money to buy all the new fangled products there won't be any new fangled products.  Except, of course, on the islands where all the rich have moved to.
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@rgburrill- I agree with you! I buy and sell Gold and Silver bullion and hear so many conspiracy theories from my customers about how the world will be in a few short years!

Back to subject, with the technology in electronics, I personally would like to see a more "modular" radio system. What I mean is, eliminate the receiver! With 2.4 ghz radio systems where you program the receiver to the tx, just program the individual servo's to the tx? Less wiring, more room for bigger batteries or other components! There has to be a way currently to do this! If I weren't electronically challenged, I'd sit down and figure this out![&:]
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I understand that this thread is not about politics but I don't know how anyone can discuss what the world of RC is going to be like in 10 years without looking at what the world in general is going to be like. And unless some very serious changes are made in the entire world socialism is going to expand to the point where very few of us will have any money for RC. And those who do will be such a small market that many manufacturers will be out of business, especially here in the US. Furthermore, the constant and threatened intrusion into contol of our daily lives will force more and more people into rogue RC groups which will just bring on more legislative control.

So remember, if no one has any money to buy all the new fangled products there won't be any new fangled products. Except, of course, on the islands where all the rich have moved to.
WHO INVITED DEBBY DOWNER!

SOCIALISM? PFFT
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Seriously.. RC forums are and should be politics free zones. Like they say.., "no politics or religion at the dinner table".. Or RCU..

Lest the black helicopters come to get us, and take away our tin hats..

Hey, maybe that'll be the future.. - tin hats will eliminate the need for radios.. Just think...
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Yea. This thread has nothing to do with associating the economy right now or in 10 years. This is just a thread to see what ideas you guys think will arrive in the near future. No more talk about the economy. We all know whats going on in the world, and we don't require reiteration of it. Keep it RC people! Thanks

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Back to subject, with the technology in electronics, I personally would like to see a more ''modular'' radio system. What I mean is, eliminate the receiver! With 2.4 ghz radio systems where you program the receiver to the tx, just program the individual servo's to the tx? Less wiring, more room for bigger batteries or other components! There has to be a way currently to do this! If I weren't electronically challenged, I'd sit down and figure this out![&:]
the problem with that is the gear would become proprietary. no more running hitec servos with your futaba radio. then it would be impossible for companies like tekin to keep profits up because they'd have to make 3 different versions of the same dang ESC. and not to mention, how would you power the servos? no rx, no power. if you power each one with it's own battery, that'd take the same space as an rx to begin with, then the added weight would make it impractical. good idea in theory, bad idea in practice.
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I understand that this thread is not about politics but I don't know how anyone can discuss what the world of RC is going to be like in 10 years without looking at what the world in general is going to be like. And unless some very serious changes are made in the entire world socialism is going to expand to the point where very few of us will have any money for RC. And those who do will be such a small market that many manufacturers will be out of business, especially here in the US. Furthermore, the constant and threatened intrusion into contol of our daily lives will force more and more people into rogue RC groups which will just bring on more legislative control.

So remember, if no one has any money to buy all the new fangled products there won't be any new fangled products. Except, of course, on the islands where all the rich have moved to.
WHO INVITED DEBBY DOWNER!

SOCIALISM? PFFT

Hehehe - I can't believe a "the world is turning socialist" comment made it into a general RC thread. That's priceless.
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I understand that this thread is not about politics but....
I'm very mild-mannered, and it takes quite a bit to ferret me out on forums such as this and lash out at a specific post. However, thisis a little over-the-top, don'tyou think?While I'm not a moderator, I am a member, and ask you contain your political opinions to forums designedforsuch. A simple question was asked. If you want todeviate, at least keep it RC-related,and notthrow up a force-field like your opening statement above.

Let's all be better than that, okay? The moment this forumstarts heading in thedirection of allowing its members to spew personal, controverisalstatements outside ofits charter, it will lose its integrity fast.I think too highly of this forum to allow that to happen without speaking out.
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[link]http://www.horizonfuelcell.com/store/h2go.htm[/link]

they have a 1/8th scale gas engine. I drive the guy now and then. It goes about 60mph with 4wd. Im sure you can buy the engine only. I got a morris mini of this car about 12 years ago. So its not new

[link]http://www.mecoa.com/compagnucci/index.htm[/link]
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In 5 years I see traxxas putting wings, a turbo, and a 4 speed on the tmaxx (no more broken parts if you keep it in the air)
of course you will have to unlock it with your iphone10









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Obamas ruining RC ! Damn commie

j/k

[link]http://www.horizonfuelcell.com/store/h2go.htm[/link]

they have a 1/8th scale gas engine. I drive the guy now and then. It goes about 60mph with 4wd. Im sure you can buy the engine only. I got a morris mini of this car about 12 years ago. So its not new

[link]http://www.mecoa.com/compagnucci/index.htm[/link]
close Rahm Emanual(obamas ex something or other) is for me at least by not having my damn streets fixed [:@]
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