I was asked by Robert at GearBest (www.gearbest.com) to do a product review of one of their R/C products. A vehicle was shipped and today I received a 12th scale, 2wd R/C Monster Truck for an un-boxing and first run review. My un-boxing video is at the following link;
First impressions are all very positive. The truck comes 100% built and ready to run out of the box. The body is brightly coloured, feels sturdy and should be able to withstand lots of punishment. The body clips are nice and are bent up slightly making it easy for parents to remove and install for the kids. The tires do not have inserts and are not glued. Time will tell if this makes any difference. The shock springs are anodized red and the rims look like black chrome. Pretty cool.
The steering and rear links look like turnbuckles, but are in reality solid non-adjustable links. The battery hatch is great and opens with four clips that swing open allowing for the hatch to come straight up and off. I really like the ease of access for the battery and it’s a nice tough.
The motor is a brushed 390 size silver can type and provides plenty of power. The speed control has proportional forward/brake/reverse and works perfectly. The transmitter looks funky, but in use is fine. The included screwdriver is used to remove the red grip on the left side where you install two AA batteries (not included). The steering wheel must be pushed into the hex slot on the right of the transmitter and is retained by friction. There is a steering trim on the left side of the transmitter that is recessed slightly to guard against unintentional trim changes.
The battery is actually a lithium-ion type, and not the NiMH I mentioned in the video. Sorry about that. The manual show how to install the transmitter batteries, how to adjust steering trim and more. Also in the manual is a complete parts list with pictures of each item and the part number. The back of the manual has two large exploded diagrams in case you need to make repairs or replace parts.
For the price, and considering everything is included in the box, this is a great way to get into R/C off-road trucks and with a few buddies would be a blast racing at the local park or in your backyard for some fun. The wheel hexes look like standard 10th scale sedan size, so it would be super easy to swap out the off-road tires for some 10th scale street tires for pavement action. The truck even comes with ball bearings.
The link to this truggy is http://www.gearbest.com/rc-cars/pp_203036.html and I give this truck the thumbs-up. SteveM approved fun.
Story and Video by: Steve M