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Old 2013.08.22, 12:38 PM   #1
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XMODS are back!

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FORT WORTH, Texas, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/
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In addition, RadioShack will be re-launching XMODS, which are DIY remote control car or truck kits that customers can build, tune, and race, which will be available this fall.
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Old 2013.08.22, 01:20 PM   #2
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If the newer Xmods come out in 2.4 and they get a bit tighter tolerance control on their parts... I think with the Z prices going the way they are, Kyosho may have a problem on their hands.

IMO... if they get re-released with a 2.4ghz, they're seriously trying to get a new devotion to their beloved Xmod line. If they come out with that lame 27mhz AM folding radio again, they'll be pulling them back off their shelves within 2 or 3 years again.
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Old 2013.08.22, 01:58 PM   #3
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for better or worse regarding quality, they will bring more attention to the scale which is a good thing. that's assuming they stay 1:28th scale.

who knows, if they market it like they did last time maybe kyosho usa would take notice and market similarly. RS sold the hell out of xmods. one can hope anyway.
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Old 2013.08.22, 07:09 PM   #4
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Been looking for a car to do a box-stock class with that doesn't cost more than $50... or at least under $100, complete RTR. Just for a beater class, an AM Xmod wouldn't fit the bill, but a 2.4 with better steering... hmmmm.
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Old 2013.08.23, 01:03 AM   #5
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i haven't got one built up xmods or mini-z platform in years. if these come back with the exact same scale, 2.4 (like everyone is asking), and is sub 75, i could finally play cops and robbers with my girlfriend.. LMFAO.

seriously hoping for some fine upgraded electronics and bodies kyosho hasn't released.
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Old 2013.08.23, 10:14 AM   #6
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I'm not sure of the reason but when I first started the club, Xmods where part of the fleet and beginners sometimes had an easier time driving them. I was able to race them pretty well but you have to get use to steering precision being off and lane wandering. The biggest problem was the radios were too weak for where we were racing. Signal loss on the opposite side of the track.
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Old 2013.08.23, 10:56 PM   #7
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Hope not high for 2.4GHz, but if they do it I'll be impressed. Obviously the Shack has far greater marketing and distributing chops than Iwaver so if the product is good they can definitely take the fight to Kyosho for "market" (way small lol) share and get some new kids in the hobby like the original Xmods did.

I've no idea who decided it would be a good idea to switch from the Gen 1 Xmods to the Evo line, all of the platforms' craziest hacks were achieved while the Gen 1 was still an open, modular chassis. Mini-Z's are the definition of closed-platform, almost Apple-like, few people like to modify their base chassis as much because it's such a pain if you damage it afterwards.
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Old 2013.08.25, 01:39 AM   #8
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I started in Xmods just like a LOT of Mini-Z guys did . Even though I did not buy any of the "Street"(Evolution) chassis sets I have to say I'm happy if not even a little bit excited to see Xmods return from Radio Shack. I got into the Xmods scene when then Evolution GEN2 chassis were pretty-new to market, and although I like the GEN1 I still like the Evolution chassis and there are a lot of tweaks that can be done with the Evo chassis (But I agree with color01 that the modular-GEN1 Xmods had more crazy hacks and chassis upgrades). The main thing I didn't dig about the GEN1 is the front/rear suspension, especially the rear with its "arc" travel -- Camber gain...I guess, but I just didn't like how the wheels were only able to arc with no vertical up-down travel in conjunction with the camber gain. Small gripe I know!

Let's see these babies and if RS introduces a bonafide "New" chassis. From a RC scale point of view this has to be viewed as a positive thing IMO. There is always that group of people who get introduced to RC and like it enough to want "more and find their way into being Mini-Z addicts...
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If the XMODS are IWaver / Firelap RC's with a different name im in.
I'm perfectly happy with my Firelap as a casual racer / beater. All i ask is precise steering and a 2.4ghz transmitter.
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Old 2013.09.10, 02:46 PM   #10
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[/QUOTE]

Well, now that a spy photo! Great!
So for the real world, the mountain as calved a mouse! :dh)
Only good news is the 1/24 scale!

Stupidity level! Absolutly toy grade with no upgrade and stupid child bodys.

Well i will buy the evo series now..on ebay, for my final projects on brushless from the VE miniz's! :rockon2:

End of story
PS: But wait and see in person... i could be wrong... but that photo says it all...
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Old 2013.09.15, 12:08 PM   #11
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very unfortunate if it is indeed 1:24 as there will be less cross over to 1:28. more uninspiring details in the attached images.
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Old 2013.09.15, 01:16 PM   #12
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Yeah I tried uploading those pics earlier and couldn't get them uploaded...lol.
They look like childish toy cars that u would get at Walmart...like a New Bright piece of junk...
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They have a media rep that is VERY responsive and answers emails rather quickly. Pricing is $50 and arrive in stores the first half of October.
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Old 2013.09.16, 07:48 AM   #14
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That's a real bummer being 1/24, and to make matters worse the bodies are awful!!
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Old 2013.09.16, 09:25 AM   #15
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For $50 I'll buy a couple to try them. At 2.4ghz, I wonder how many can race at once. Interesting to see they are offering Lipo now. Using AA for power makes me wonder how long a run time we can expect.

Also, aren't all those plastic models you see in hobby shops 1/24? If the wheelbase is easy to adjust on these, could be a huge platform for custom mounting plastic model bodys.

Anyone else think they'll try one just to see what they are like?

No argument, out of the box, a little fugly.
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