Vehicle: Atomik Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 1:18
Scale Ford Raptor 150 RC Truck
Type: Short Course Truck Scale: 1/18 Drive: 4wd Fuel Source: Electric Length: 10.71 in (272 mm) Width: 6.61 in (168 mm) Height: 4.09 in (104 mm) Weight: 21.1 oz (598 g) Motor: 370 Brushed Motor Battery: 7.2V 1000mAh NiMH Battery Charger: NiMH Wall Charger Radio: 2 Channel 2.4GHz with 2:1 Receiver/ESC ESC: 2-in-1 Receiver & ESC Combo Shock Type: Coil-over, oil-filled, plastic with
aluminum caps Bearings: Complete
Needed: 4 AA batteries for the controller
by Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan
fun to drive
design makes it great for beginners
size limits terrain options
is Brian Deegan?
Motocross legend, off-road racer, team owner, and businessman ?The
General? Brian Deegan is a pioneer in action sports.
At age 17, outfitted with only a credit card, a dirt bike, and an
old truck, Brian left his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska for Southern
California with dreams of becoming the next big name in motocross.
Brian?s skills quickly impressed everyone he encountered, and he
soon rode his way onto a Supercross Team.
In a pivotal moment in 1997 at the Coliseum in LA, Brian made history
and pioneered what is known today as Freestyle Motocross by ?ghost
riding? his bike across the finish line ? astonishing the crowd,
stunning the AMA officials, and setting into motion a new breed
Brian is the most decorated Freestyle Motocross rider in the competition?s
history with 13 X-Games medals to his name, including X Games 17
Gold medal in Rally Cross. He also holds the elite distinction
of being the only rider to compete in every X Games competition
since the games? inception. In the last year, Brian has dominated
the off-road trucking world, taking both Lucas Oil Pro 2 Unlimited
and Pro Lite Unlimited Championships, being named Lucas Oil Rookie
of the Year in Pro 2 Unlimited, and taking home the 2011 Lucas Oil
Driver of the Year (which he also won in 2010).
currently competes in Motocross, Freestyle Motocross, Rally Car,
and Short Course Trucks as founder and owner of the Metal Mulisha.
road to the top has not been without challenge. His career is marked
by multiple near-death experiences, several broken bones, a lost
kidney, and a severe spleen injury. In the end, it has been Brian?s
fearlessness and rebel attitude that has established him as one
of the top talents and competitors in the sport.
Brian continues his domination of the Motocross arena, his partnership
with Ford Racing has allowed him to translate his success in Motocross
to four-wheel racing while bringing a new sense of energy, talent
and excitement to the world of action sports.
RC is bringing some of that excitement to the RC world with their
Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 1:18 Scale Ford Raptor 150 RC Truck.
no doubt the Atomik Brian Deegan Metal Mulisha 1:18 Ford Raptor
RC truck is a great looking vehicle and will display great on
a shelf when not in use. Don't be fooled, this Ford Raptor is
more than a shelf queen.
polycarbonate body is trimmed and the flashy graphics are printed
on the inside of the body. Atomik did a great job of capturing
the look of Deegan's race truck. The only decals Needed to apply
are the headlights and tail lights.
body and tires rub a bit while the suspension is fully compressed
but it wasn't a problem while running.
Tires, & Suspension
truck has some great looking tires. The hollowed out chevron/block
tread pattern is cool and coupled with the medium soft compound,
they should provide plenty of traction.
inside the rim's mounting hole, you can see a flot spot which
sits on a flat spot on the axle. While this eliminates the need
for a drive hex, it also limits your options for spare rim and
suspension is the typical lower H-arm with upper link. The plastic
upper link is solid and offers no adjustment. All suspension components
are in a fixed position and do not offer adjustment. This simple
design will keep beginners from changing settings for the worse,
ensuring the vehicle remains in a decent set up.
plastic bodied oil filled coil over shocks are used to dampen
the ride. Metal caps are used on both ends ensuring oil will stay
shocks and links can be popped off providing an easy to work on
supplied the short course truck with metal ball bearings supporting
the entire drivetrain, including wheel bearings. To keep weight
down, the rest of the drivetrain is primarily plastic. This is
acceptable for this power source, but I would have liked to see
some of the key components as metal to allow for brushless upgrades.
This vehicle is designed for the younger crowd so I must keep
that in mind.
4wd drivetrain uses two gear differentials and dog-bone style
drive shafts which incorporate metal pins for added strength.
you can see from the picture below, removing a few screws allows
you to remove the entire upper half of the chassis. This allows
easy exposure of the drive train and is easy to work on.
small 370P brushed motor provides plenty of power for this little
truck. There is an On/Off switch mounted to the water proof 2-in-1
ESC/receiver. Unlike other hobby grade vehicles, this vehicle
isn't designed to easily replace the motor, ESC, receiver, or
steering servo. Each of the components is soldered directly to
the ESC/receiver unit. There is obviously a connector for easy
removal of the battery.
Metal Mulisha truck comes with instructions, decals, battery,
charger, controller, and truck. The only thing needed to run is
a set of 4 AA batteries for the controller.
2.4GHz radio system provides uninterrupted control and eliminates
the worry of crossing signals with others lucky enough to have
cool RC vehicles.
Performance & Handling:
Brian Deegan Ford Raptor RC pickup truck by Atomik is definitely
a handful! Although the top speed isn't mach-5, because of the
Raptor's small size, it seems fast. Off the line, the Raptor is
snappy and quickly breaks the tires loose.
is something the Raptor is begging to do. Because of its wide
stance and short wheel base, the Raptor can turn on a dime. The
Raptor is a handful to drive and is a great truck to hone your
Cool looking tires hook up well on pavement and the soft compound
allows side bite, which sometimes flips the vehicle. The Raptor
is fun to drift with and offers a good amount of torque.
long as momentum is carried, the Raptor does well on medium height
lawns. A combination of front body height and tires allows the
raptor to climb over the grass, don't stop though or you may not
get going again.
common with vehicles this size to have trouble on medium sized
gravel, and this truck is no different. I guess it would be like
driving a full size truck over a bunch of HVAC (central heating
units) units. Not something that one would do successfully. Anyway,
the 1/18 Raptor flipped over several times from the unevenness
of the gravel.
is where this truck likes to be. Although its small size posed
a challenge on the track, it was fun to drive. Sure, rocks and
small washouts flipped the truck, or at the very least disoriented
it. It was still a good time fishtailing around the turns doing
all I could to keep it under control.
Metal Mulisha Ford Raptor jumped like a champ. It was difficult
to make most of the jumps on the large track but it jumped predictable
with a decent arc.
worked flawlessly. The response time was average and acceleration
was proportional. Braking however was unpredictable. It seemed
when I tried to ease the brakes, it went into reverse. I found
my self either spinning out a lot or just not using the brakes
at all. That was kind of disappointing because this would be a
great performer otherwise.
the Metal Mulisha 1/18 Ford Raptor Truck in action!
See the REAL Metal Mulisha Ford Raptor short course truck in action!
all the Atomik 1/18 scale Brian Deegan Metal Mulisha Ford Raptor
RC truck would be a great truck for someone getting into RC or
someone wanting something better than that toy RC in their closet.
truck is not for those who like to adjust and tweak everything
on their cars because, well, there's nothing to adjust.
of the fun I had with this truck, I have to say anyone whose into
RC could and probably would enjoy this vehicle. It's anything
but boring to drive and definitely keeps you on your toes.
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