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    Contributed by: Eric Hege | Published: July 2005 | Views: 57603 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Team Losi XXX-NT RTR


    Team Losi

    Distributed Exclusively By
    Horizon Hobby, Inc.


    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, IL 61822 USA


    Phone: (877) 504-0233
    Fax: (217) 352-6799
    Website: www.horizonhobby.com



    See the XXX-NT in action!
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    Quality
    Performance
    Assembly Ease
    Handling
    Durability
    Speed
    Engine
    Price


    Well Featured Radio
    Losi Adjustability in a RTR Truck
    Rotary Starter


    Chromed Wheels Can Chip Easily
    Plastic Nut Wrench Not Durable

    While Team Losi has produced several very competitive platforms, one of the first that comes to mind is their two-wheel drive stadium truck lineup. Losi has been a major player in the stadium truck scene since the dawn of time, and still with each new release they continue to find new ways to bring something else to the table.

    Enter the XXX-NT RTR, Team Losi's ready to run version of its popular XXX-NT stadium truck platform. While the truck is targeted towards the beginner, the truck still retains the handling characteristics and adjustments of the kit version. It also packs quite a punch with the .15 cubic inch motor provided by Dynamite. Keeping with the idea that the model would be a prime choice for newcomers, Losi provides a rotary starter as a way to combat those unsightly pullstart blisters.

    It certainly looks as if Losi has covered all of the angles with their RTR version of the XXX-NT. While the looks and included accessories will certainly appeal to many, what kind of driving experience will it ultimately offer? There's only one good way to find out. So read along with me as I put the XXX-NT through its paces at the local off-road RC track.




    Model Name: Team Losi XXX-NT RTR
    Part Number: LOSA0887
    Price: $350.00 (Approx. Street Price)
    Type: 1/10 Nitro 2WD Stadium Truck
    Length: 16.5" (420mm)
    Width: 12.75" (325mm)
    Weight: Approx. 4.5 lbs. (2 kg)
    Wheelbase: 11.25" (285mm)
    Drivetrain: XXX Gear-Driven Transmission CVD-Style Axles
    Brakes: Fiber Disk With Stainless Steel Calipers
    Shocks: Hard-Anodized Aluminum
    Wheels: Chrome Dish-Style 2.2"
    Front Tires: Ribbed 2.2"
    Rear Tires: Pin-Style 2.2"
    Chassis: 3.0mm Aluminum
    Motor: Dynamite .15 (2.5cc) Rear Exhaust w/Rotary Starter
    Fuel Tank: 75cc w/ Bronze Filter
    Radio: JR XR3i

    Additionally Required Items
    8 AA Batteries or Transmitter Pack
    4 AA Batteries or Receiver Pack
    Standard 6-Cell Rechargeable Battery Pack
    Peak Charger Capable of Charging Standard 6-Cell Pack
    Nitro
    Glow Plug Igniter
    Fuel Bottle
    After-Run Oil
    Flathead Screwdriver
    Air Filter Oil
    Documentation
    Accessories
    Body

    The Losi XXX-NT comes with plenty of documentation, so if this is your first foray into the hobby you shouldn't be worried. With the manuals Team Losi has provided, you'll be well covered should you have any questions regarding your XXX-NT. Seeing how RTR's appeal towards those with less experience, this is certainly welcome on Losi's part.

    The first manual you'll probably notice is the rather thick main manual that specifically covers the XXX-NT itself. This manual contains an assembly manual and parts list. While the XXX-NT RTR comes preassembled, it's a very nice touch for Losi to include this manual instead of producing a RTR manual that skips over the assembly details. The assembly information will come in very handy when repairs or general maintenance tasks become necessary.

    In addition to the assembly instructions Losi also provides a separate exploded view diagram and a parts list for it as well. The two parts lists certainly don't bother me in the least, as I'm a big fan of them. I often like to reference part numbers specifically when calling my local hobby store to obtain replacement parts. Using the part numbers helps to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings, making it something I find very useful.

    There are also a few more sheets that come with the Losi XXX-NT as well. These detail the general operation of the truck and cover issues such as adjustments and after-run procedures. Another sheet covers the basics of getting up and running, including motor break-in.

    The Dynamite .15 motor comes with a set of instructions as well. These directions cover items specific to the XXX-NT's powerplant, and will prove useful throughout the lifespan of the motor. The electronic aspect of the truck is covered in the JR radio manual, as they are the suppliers that handle the radio and receiver for the XXX-NT. The XR2i is a AM radio that packs a very substantial set of features. So a good manual, like the one that's provided, is certainly helpful when it's time to try and wring the most out of your setup.

    The XXX-NT RTR comes with the accessory basics you expect to see, if you've spent a little time around RC vehicles of this nature. You're given some basic tools which include four L-shaped hex wrenches, a turnbuckle wrench, and a plastic nut wrench. While you can survive for a while with the L-wrenches, I found that the plastic nut-wrench has a pretty short lifespan. Soon after using it to remove the wheels for the review's photo shoot, it was already worn badly and had problems turning the nuts once they were tightened.

    Another included item is a sticker sheet for you to detail your body with. It comes with a large selection of stickers, allowing you to decorate the body in the manner you wish. An antenna tube is provided to run the receiver's antenna through, and to provide it some protection as well. The gray rectangular object is a rear spoiler that you'll mount on the lexan body to help provide some rear downforce for the XXX-NT. It's protected by a clear plastic overspray film that you'll want to remove before mounting it to the body. Additional servo horns and accessories are provided along with the JR radio, should you need them at a later point in time with other servos.

    If you're looking for a body that attracts attention to yourself, look no further than the body for the XXX-NT RTR. Losi provides two variations of the body, although they are very similar in most regards. The white and pink scallops on the front and sides are bright and help the truck's body to stand out from the crowd. The main color of either gray or black fills out the rear of the body and allows the brighter colors to stand out and draw all of the attention. I received the gray version of the XXX-NT body. The necessary holes and cutting have already been performed by Losi, making the body nearly a drop in place process. All you'll need to do is to remove the protective film from the body, and then sticker it up as you see fit with the supplied decal sheet.

    Left Side
    Right Side
    Underside

    If you're used to seeing more complex touring car and four-wheel drive truck chassis setups, the Losi XXX-NT may seem rather simple. After all, with the fact it's only rear-wheel drive, there's a reduced need for many components. One side benefit of this simpler layout is that maintenance is much easier when it's needed. However, don't let the initial look of the XXX-NT fool you, there are still a lot of features packed onto the chassis.

    The layout of the XXX-NT is focused on a good distribution of weight to help balance handling as much a possible. The motor and fuel tank are mounted on the chassis centerline to avoid their weight being positioned on either side and causing a possible balance issue. The laydown steering servo helps to keep the weight from the JR Z590M servo as low as possible on the chassis. The receiver box and the tuned pipe oppose each other on opposite sides of the chassis, while the battery box sits at the rear of the truck behind the shock tower.

    The shock layout at the front of the truck consists of front shocks mounted before the shock tower and angled back. The rear shock layout is setup in typical Losi fashion. They lean back slightly and are mounted behind the shock tower, as this is an approach favored by Team Losi as well.

    The 3mm aluminum chassis plate serves as the backbone for the truck's components, and a home for most of the truck's components to mount to as well. The screws placed in from the underside are countersunk throughout the bottom, with the exception of the motor mount screws. These are recessed in cutouts, which allow the mounts to move to facilitate altering the gap between the pinion and spur gears. Cutouts towards the rear allow the transmission housing to be properly located, and to allow the motor to sit low enough to be accessed by a bump starter box if you so desire. You may also notice a small cutout under the fuel tank, allowing you to easily inspect the bronze filter that's built into it. This is yet another nice touch on the part of Losi.

    Fuel Tank
    Throttle Servo
    Receiver

    The XXX-NT comes with a 75cc fuel tank that's mounted in the center of the chassis, and protected by the upper chassis. The lid has a handle molded onto the top of it, making it easy to lift with your finger when refueling. The spring snaps shut easily, making quick hurried pit-stops a breeze. To help filter incoming fuel, a bronze fuel filter is positioned at the bottom of the tank. The throttle and braking duties are handled by a JR Z270 servo. Even though larger trucks may want a servo with more torque, the 49 oz/in of torque provided by the JR Z270 is more than adequate to handle the throttle and braking duties for the 4.5lb Losi XXX-NT. The servo also provides a decent response time as well, so cracking open the throttle should provide a quick response from the carburetor. An included throttle response spring pulls the servo arm and closes the carburetor in the event of a power loss.

    The receiver is mounted directly in front of the throttle servo and beside the fuel tank. It's protected by a cover. The cover is not waterproof, but will provide some protection from dirt and dust. The receiver itself is a JR R125 and operates on a set of crystals that will vary as to exactly what channel they are on. The receiver is a two-channel receiver, as that's all that is needed to operate the XXX-NT. However, it goes beyond the basic radios of many RTR's and provides a substantial list of features.

    Front End
    Front Suspension
    Steering Linkage

    The front end of the Losi XXX-NT is all business. Two aluminum coil-over shocks handle the dampening and terrain absorption duties. They are mounted to a plastic shock tower that provides them a total of four mounting positions at their upper points. The suspension arms are constructed to support the truck yet be as lightweight as possible. They'll perform this job well, although if you start getting some large air over the doubles and triples they won't be as forgiving if you have a habit of landing badly. The front suspension arms give the lower end of the shock three mounting locations, so that you can tailor the angle of the shock to suit you tastes on the track you're running on.

    To tie the suspension arms to the bulkhead Losi uses 1/8 in. suspension pins connected by an aluminum link which helps provide additional strength to the suspension arm assembly. The camber angle is controlled by a set of turnbuckles and ball rod ends. Between the rod ends and the balls, Losi places small pieces of foam to help keep dirt and dust of the joint avoiding excess wear. The use of ball ends and cups make detaching the camber links quick and simple is disassembly is required.

    The steering linkage is a typical bellcrank setup that utilizes a laydown steering servo. Turnbuckles and rod ends connect the bellcrank setup to the steering blocks at the ends of the suspension arms. A JR Z590M servo with metal gears, transfers the directional input the radio sends to the receiver into the necessary steering action you desire. While the 85 oz/in of torque is adequate for the XXX-NT, later on you may feel as if you desire a little more torque if you spend a lot of time on a high grip track.

    Rear End
    Rear Suspension
    Axle Assembly

    The construction of the rear suspension is similar to what you see at the front of the Losi XXX-NT. The shocks are mounted on the outside facing side of the shock tower, which gives the shock four holes to mount in. The suspension arms, also similar in construction to the front, provide five positions for the lower end of the shock which is a few more than the front. If you noticed that the battery box was absent under the receiver cover you may have wondered where it was located. This can quickly be answered by looking towards the rear of the XXX-NT, where the battery box hangs off of the rear of the truck. The stock box comes with a battery holder made for four AA batteries, but can easily accommodate a 5-cell hump pack which would be a good initial upgrade.

    Braking action is provided by a nicely sized fiber disk and stainless steel caliper pads. The braking lever follows along the stainless steel pad and then jumps over to the other side of the transmission where it ties into the linkage of the throttle servo.

    The driveline is backed up a pair of 3mm axles that use a dogbone approach at their transmission end and a universal approach at the opposite end. The axle stub measures 3/8 in. in diameter, and passes through a pair of 3/16 x 3/8 in. bearings that are housed in the plastic carrier. To help prevent the bearings from being crushed if the wheel nuts are being over-tightened, Losi uses an aluminum spacer between the bearings. A 1/16 in. mm axle pin provides a positive point for the wheel to lock down against.

    Transmission
    Slipper Clutch
    Inside The Transmission

    The transmission of the Losi XXX-NT separates from the rest of the truck as a complete assembly to facilitate easy maintenance. Steel output yokes exit from the sides of the transmission for the axles to mate into.

    The spur gear of the Losi's transmission uses the normal Losi two-pad setup. The spring and plates press against the two white disks which in turn press against the spur gear. This setup is a tried and true solution for Losi and has worked very well in the past with nothing but good results.

    Inside the transmission, you'll see a very simple but effective setup. A ball differential handles the transfer of power between the left and the right sides of the XXX-NT, while a steel gear is mounted to the spur gear's shaft which is driven by the Dynamite .15 motor. A plastic idler gear transfers the motion between the spur and the differential. To keep everything in the transmission smooth and resistance-free, Team Losi uses bearings throughout the transmission.

    Motor
    Tuned Pipe
    Rotary Starter

    The Dynamite powerplant for the XXX-NT provides .15 cubic inches of muscle for the XXX-NT. While this motor provides plenty of power for the truck, it does have one potential disadvantage in some situations due to its size. In some racing classes the motor size can be no larger than a .12, however for club level racing you'll probably find that the .15 motor is not a problem.

    The Dynamite .15 is a cleanly designed motor that's designed to provide a good amount of power but yet still be easy to tune. You'll find the adjustment needles in their normal places on the rotary carburetor, and when the motor is installed in the truck you'll find they're very easy to access. The idle adjustment can be found close to the front of carburetor below the neck for the air filter.

    The motor's intake is filtered by a foam filter which comes with an outer element to help in dusty conditions, making it a good solution for the type of terrain the XXX-NT will often see. On the exhaust side of the motor, a Dynamite tuned pipe helps compliment the motor's powerband, and provides proper backpressure for the fuel tank. The pipe is held in place by a spring setup that's typically seen on big block motors.

    The Losi is easy to get started thanks to the rotary starter setup that most people associate with the Losi LST. A special backplate is fitted to the rear of the motor below the exhaust port. The wand of the rotary starter fits in the socket on the backplate, and once you push the button, turns the motor over easily without the need to yank on a pullstart. The rotary starter is powered by a standard 6-cell Tamiya-equipped battery pack, and Losi even provides a D-cell glow igniter to light the glow plug when the motor is being started.

    Shocks
    Wheels and Tires
    Radio

    The aluminum shocks of the Losi XXX-NT are the typical bottom-filled units you've come to expect on a Losi stadium truck. They provide very smooth operational characteristics, and are more than adequate to handle the needs of a stadium truck such as the XXX-NT. Locking collars provide an easy way to facilitate ride-height adjustments, and Team Losi offers a large selection of springs that you can select from if you need to alter the shock's spring rate.

    The tires for the XXX-NT come pre-glued on a set of wheels that are finished in a chrome coating. I could have done without the chrome finish, as it typically shows wear quicker than colored or dyed wheels. However they do look good as the truck is speeding along on a track. The front wheels have the wheel bearings pressed into them, while the rear wheel bearings are mounted in the bearing carriers.

    The stadium truck's tires are excellently matched for the needs of a stadium truck, and use the typical approach seen for a stadium truck in regards to tread design. The front tires use a ribbed pattern which helps to grip the track while cornering, while the rear makes use of a step pin design. Both pairs are nice and soft, and use foam inserts to support the tires while the truck is underway.

    The XR2i radio that comes with the Losi XXX-NT is a good match for the stadium tuck. It provides AM operation, which is the only real downside to the radio, although Amplitude Modulation is typical with most RTR radios. With the host of features it offers, the XR2i would be a natural aftermarket radio choice for many anyway. Dual-rate, endpoint, and sub-trim adjustments are just a few of the advanced features you'll be able to make use of on the JR XR2i.


    Antenna Installation
    Receiver Pack
    Starter Battery

    Preparing the XXX-NT for its first trip in the dirt doesn't take more than a few minutes. One of the first small tasks you'll need to accomplish is to mount the antenna to enhance reception. The antenna is coiled up beside the receiver box. Unwind it and run it between your fingers to straighten it out, and then coat it with some baby powder. You should then have no difficulty at all in pushing it through the antenna tube, and then mounting the tube in its respective position.

    While you can use four AA batteries to power the XXX-NT, I strongly recommend the use of a receiver pack. Regardless of what you use to power the truck's electronics, the procedure to place them in the truck is the same. Remove three of the screws with a 2.0mm hex driver, and then loosen the fourth screw. The cover will swivel out of your way allowing easy access to install the power source of your choice.

    The rotary starter is powered by a standard 6-cell battery. Once the pack is charged, simply install it in the handheld starter, and place the wand in the end of the starter. If you plan on using the included glow igniter, this would be a good time to place a D-size battery in it.

    Body Preparation
    Body Installation
    Radio Batteries

    Using the supplied stickers and decals, decorate the body to suit your tastes. Since Team Losi has already trimmed the excess plastic off the body and cut all the necessary holes in the body, there's nothing more to do with it than apply the stickers. This makes things very easy and straightforward. Once the body looks as you wish it to, install it on the chassis.

    The radio takes a total of four AA batteries to power it. Alternatively you could also use a transmitter pack in conjunction with a charger as the radio provides a charging jack. Keep in mind that JR radios use a reverse polarity charging jack, so make sure what you choose is compatible with this.


    Before it was time to start seeing how the XXX-NT performed, I needed to step through the break-in procedure. The motor manual for the Dynamite .15 motor lays out this procedure well, so even a novice shouldn't worry about this step of the hobby. The important things to remember are to look for a steady stream of thick smoke, and for the motor to feel sluggish. This means that the motor is receiving plenty of oil during the break-in period.

    I started the first of three tanks, and everything went well without a hitch. Once the motor was primed, and the glow igniter attached, a quick spin of the rotary starter fired the XXX-NT's motor right up. Once it was running, I started running laps in the backyard, performing figure 8's. Even though the Losi was nowhere close to its ideal performance, I still used this opportunity to get an idea of how the Losi would respond to throttle and steering input.

    The idle was rough, which was to be expected, due to the rich settings. In fact, after I gave the motor ample time to warm up, I ended up leaning the motor out a little more to bring the motor temps up to around 200° for the break-in period. While most people are just concerned with keeping the temperatures down during the break-in period, its just as important to make sure it runs warm enough as well. Otherwise you'll experience excessive wear, due the parts not properly expanding enough.

    I allowed the motor to cool down between each of the break-in tanks. Before long though I was at the end of the break-in period, and ready to start trying to tune the motor so that it would show me what it was capable of. However, before I could run the truck further, I would need to ensure that the ball diff was properly set. This involves trying to turn one axle and wheel while holding the other still. The procedure is explained well in the documentation, and I needed no adjustments at all. So I then proceeded to tune the motor.

    I started by tuning the high speed needle and, after a few adjustments, leaned it out to the point that the XXX-NT felt as if it were a land missile. Once the throttle was cracked open considerably, the Losi picked up speed and quickly became a handful due to the rear-wheel drive and the loose soil of the backyard. In short, the stadium truck acted in the manner it should. Maneuvering it is more an act of throttle control and finesse than you would see out of a four-wheel drive truck.

    Despite the fact the Losi was somewhat out of its element in the backyard, it was here that I began to see how well it would run. While many XXX-NT's would perform track duties only, there will undoubtedly be many that will never venture beyond the backyard. With that in mind I tried driving the Losi around some trees, cutting through the corners as best I could. After spending some time with this sort of scenario, I pulled the truck in for some adjustments. I increased the toe-in on the rear slightly, and gave the front a little toe-out, to help the truck track a little straighter when under power. Along with that, a little more negative camber at each of the wheels was added to help control the truck laterally as I rolled through the corners.

    As I drove the truck with these changes it became much better-behaved, although the element of throttle control was still necessary. That's just typical of a stadium trick though, as the heavily-powered rear-wheel drive platform really makes you rely on your driving skills. If you have none, or they are weak, you'll quickly find yourself trying to improve your abilities. The increased ability of running a truck like this also helps you increase your skill with other vehicles as well.

    Along with the suspension changes I made, I also dialed some of the steering out of the radio's throttle channel with the dual-rate function. This decreased my overall steering travel from endpoint to endpoint, but helped make the truck less sensitive to steering input. This helped to prevent over-steering, which would lead to fighting the truck's rear end trying to spin out when exiting a corner. So decreasing the dual-rate adjustment helped tremendously in this regard, although it will increase the steering radius some at slower speeds.

    I started running around my makeshift course in the backyard to see if the changes helped any. While the Losi would have handled well before, on more suitable surfaces, I found the changes were a night and day difference. This was especially true in the dry and loose backyard conditions. While I could have left the truck alone and made some adjustments at the track later, I opted to make these changes to see the truck's capabilities for those bashing in the backyard. After few laps I was used to the new handling characteristics, and decided to raise the ride height a little as well as the area in the backyard was little rougher than a track would be.

    The truck handled well throughout the corners and small jump of my makeshift track. I would back off the throttle as I entered a corner, and then roll on the throttle conservatively upon exiting. I was definitely headed in the right direction as the changes made the XXX-NT much easier to control and handle than it was out of the box. However, I should still mention there was still plenty of power left on tap to get the truck out of shape when accelerating. The step-pin style tires, while gripping well, still obviously wanted a better surface to bite than the dry backyard conditions allowed. So, with some handling changes made, the next course of action would to see how they would affect the truck at an actual track.

    Before I ended my time in the backyard with the Losi XXX-NT, I did manage to break a rear suspension arm during a hard tumble caused by a poor landing. As I mentioned earlier, the suspension arms are designed to be lightweight and therefore they are not as forgiving as the thick suspension are on a large monster truck. As long as you can keep the truck landing as it should the arms will work just fine, although speaking from experience that's sometimes harder than it sounds. We all like to push the truck harder and harder, and eventually it goes beyond the limit in regards to good control. If you plan on doing some racing, spare suspension arms would certainly be a wise item to keep on hand. Going for the double and triple jumps is just too tempting for many people, including myself.

    With a repaired truck, I soon sought out a track-based environment to run the XXX-NT RTR on. This was found at the nearby Monkey Bottom off-road track in Lexington, North Carolina. Lots of jumps and corners would certainly test the abilities of the stadium truck well, making it a natural choice for the next stage of the review. Once I arrived at the track, I knew that traction would certainly be an item I'd be looking for. Since this was an off-day, and open solely for practice, the dry and dusty conditions would present a challenge in regards to throttle operation. If this would have been a race, the track would have had much more bite due to it being watered between races.

    I fired the Losi XXX-NT RTR up soon after arriving and performed a few minor tuning adjustments to get the truck running optimally. Soon I was ripping down the straightway with plenty of speed, and working my way over the jumps and curves that formed the rest of the track.

    The adjustments I had previously made to the toe and camber of the truck worked very well on the track with the dry conditions, as I was looking for as much cornering traction as possible. However, under race conditions I would have likely dialed a little of the negative camber back out to decrease some of the site bite that a grippier surface would have provided. I did find myself adding to my steering ability with the dual-rate function, when I had previously backed off the setting in my previous session. Even though the increased steering caused me to have to pay more attention to the throttle when cornering, I needed the ability to cut the through a few of the corners sharper than the reduced dual-rate setting was allowing me to.

    The XXX-NT RTR had plenty of power to clear the jumps at the track, making clearing the doubles a breeze if you had a good and clean run to the ramp. While I pulled this off successfully several times, I will also say that I managed to overpower the truck a few times as well, due to me trying to overdrive the truck. When this happened I would have to back off the throttle and single the jumps, but the truck certainly responded well even though I had tried pushing it too hard. It landed well, and set up nicely for the second of the jumps.

    Watching the XXX-NT work itself over the tabletop was like examining a work of art. Once airborne the truck responded to throttle input well, wanting to fly nice and level with only moderate correction needed most of the time. Some of the best jumps and air came from hitting the tabletop with the XXX-NT. Even after the track session was over, I can still envision the truck flying through the air as if its main purpose in life was to take flight instead of being intended for the ground.

    After I spent some time at the track, it was decided a little water on it would certainly help to keep the large amount of dust we were experiencing down. So a light coating of water was given to as much of the track as possible with the hoses that were on hand. Once this was finished, and the XXX-NT RTR underway again, traction increased substantially. I could give it quite a bit more throttle than I had been able to previously, letting the rear tires bite down into the dirt much better than before. The tackier conditions provided me the ability to run through the corners much harder than before, and soon I was running through the laps with a much quicker pace than before. The Losi XXX-NT certainly felt as if it had reached its stride.

    I continued to run the truck and make laps around the track enjoying the air I received from hitting the table tops and other jumps. I figured that with some of the rolls I managed to do, when I messed up every now and then, I would have broken another suspension arm. However, even after smacking a barrier a few times, none of them broke at all. So, even despite the lightened approach used on the suspension arms, they still seemed to hold up rather well for me at the track. You certainly can't ask for anything more than that!



































    See the XXX-NT in action!
    Resolution: Low Medium High


    The Losi XXX-NT RTR should please any stadium truck fan, as it stays true to the heritage it's derived from. While the RTR format, and the .15 motor, are more suited for beginners or club-level racers it is just as capable of tearing up the track as the rest of the XXX-NT lineup. If you're looking for a good RTR stadium truck that will be able to suit your needs later on down the road as your skills improve, look no further than this choice by Team Losi.

    Along with the truck, or shortly after its purchase, I would recommend you purchase a couple of items. One is a good 3/8 in. nut driver that's capable of replacing the plastic one included in the box. You're going to be disappointed if you think the stock one is going to last very long. The other is a 5-cell hump-style receiver pack. Face it, AA batteries are for flashlights. So why bother using them as a source of power for your truck? A receiver pack is rechargeable, and provides a much more consistent power source.

    Team Losi should be commended for offering the XXX-NT in a RTR version. While it's true that many people would prefer to build a kit, there are a lot of hobbyists who don't. Then you have those who are just starting out, suffering from the intimidation factor of the kit as well. Once you see the full perspective of such things, it's easy to see why RTR trucks have caught on so quickly. So another RTR on the market certainly stands the chance of bringing yet another soul into the hobby that may not have otherwise decided to.


    Team Losi
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    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, IL 61822 USA
    Phone: (877) 504-0233
    Fax: (217) 352-6799
    Website: www.horizonhobby.com

    Associated
    3585 Cadillac Avenue
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    Phone: (714) 850-9342
    Website: www.teamassociated.com
    Products used: Air Filter Oil

    Duratrax
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    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021 USA
    Phone: (800) 637-7660
    Website: www.duratrax.com
    Products used: Fuel Bottle, Receiver Pack, Intellipeak Ice Charger

    Dynamite RC Products
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    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, IL 61822 USA
    Phone: (877) 504-0233
    Fax: (217) 352-6799
    Website: www.horizonhobby.com
    Products used: 6-cell Battery (1500 Mah)

    Maxx Products International
    815 Oakwood Road, Unit D
    Lake Zurich, IL 60047 USA
    Phone: (847) 438-2233
    Fax: (847) 438-2898
    Website: www.maxxprod.com
    Products used: JR Transmitter Pack and Charger

    Trinity Products, Inc.
    36 Meridian Road
    Edison, NJ 08820 USA
    Phone: 800-848-9411
    Fax: 732-635-1640
    Website: www.teamtrinity.com
    Products used: Monster Horsepower Fuel (20%)

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    LHS ElectronicsLektron Compact ChargerThe Lektron 35 Watt charger, made by LHS Electronics and distributed by Hobby People, claims to do just that! Simply plug in ...08/24/2014
    The World ModelsP-47D ThunderboltWhile not a new release from the World Models, I felt that their 1/7th scale P-47 deserved a proper product review. It's been...08/11/2014
    HelionDominus 10SCv2The Helion Dominus SCv2 is a short course 4x4 truck, and it's a crowded space filled with many choices and price ranges. This...06/08/2014
    Great PlanesU-Can-Do SF 3D GP/EPThis plane appears to be the latest in a line of ARF’s that can be assembled with either a nitro-powered engine or an electri...05/26/2014
    Weak Signals60th Annual RC Expo - Toledo 2014The 60th Annual Weak Signals RC Expo was held on April 4-6 2014 at the Seagate Convention Center in the lovely city of Toledo...04/28/2014
    Dave's R/C Electronics SafeStartSafeStart is an electronic safe guard that lets the modeler plug in his or her battery and have full control of the model, wi...04/27/2014
    Aeroworks20cc-30cc Trainer GT ARF-QBEvery year I attend the Weak Signals RC Show held in Toledo, Ohio, more commonly called "The Toledo Show". One booth I always...03/23/2014
    RedwingRCSBACH RedwingRC delivers their Sbach 342 in a 30cc size, developed specifically for 30cc power plants. The plane is available in 3 ...02/17/2014
    Du-Bro’sHeavy Duty Pull-Pull System & Full Du-Bro has introduced a line of accessories for Giant Scale planes including a complete pull-pull package. The only item miss...01/18/2014
    HPIBlitz RTRHPI Racing delivers another robust race ready Short Course Truck, the Blitz RTR. Out of the box, this truck is ready to lead ...11/02/2013
    The Wingsmaker 50cc PaulistinhaThree years ago, I reviewed The World Models P-56 Paulistinha. The P-56 is a Brazilian version of the Piper Cub with a few mo...09/08/2013
    SIG MFG 4-Star 54 ARFNow, if you're more than an absolute beginner to RC, you've heard of the famous 4-Stars. They've been around forever, and it ...09/08/2013
    The Southern Minnesota Model Aircraft Club Watts Over Owatonna 2013It was a beautiful sunny morning in August 2013, when we arrived at the field. Endless blue skies, freshly clipped manicured ...08/25/2013
    VaterraKalahari 1/14 Scale 4WD Desert RaidPit your driving skills against the toughest terrain with the Kalahari desert raider. Its rugged, four-wheel drive chassis an...08/04/2013
     

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