I was busy getting all amped up to buy a Redcat electric brushless truck but then I came across a few others that might be equally enticing.
Form what I can tell; Redcat Racing, Exceed RC, and BSD Racing have a lot of vehicles in comon.
Redcat's Backdraft 8E
and BSD's Land Zipper
Obvious similarities include the shocks and shock towers, the aluminum plate that braces the top of the chassis, battery restraints.
Redcat's Volcano EXP Pro
, and Exceed' Electric Dynamite
Almost everything down to the on/off switch (of course excluding the body's paint but check out the fake mesh in the window). The length, height and motor type are all the same.
Redcat's Tornado EXP Pro
and Exceed's Sunfire
Blue aluminum shocks and shock tower, bumper, aluminum chassis brace, upper control arm, length and width, even the colour of the battery packs, etc.
There are others, I didn't look into nitro versions but they are usually the same within a company. BSD seems to have similar vehicles to Redcat's, just not as exact the way Exceed does. They tend to have a different electronics layout.
This isn't to say that Redcat didn't do theirs first, how do I know? This doesn't say anything about performance or quality, just that there's copying (or some kind of sub-contracting) going on.
Has anyone else noticed this? (Am I figuring this out years after everyone else?)
I still want one.