First question asked after deciding to get into RC Rally typically is, what car should I to get? Then, other questions pile up. Should I go with a kit vs RTR (Ready to Run), what scale 1/14, 1/10 or 1/8, or maybe 1/5, brushed motor vs brushless, what turn motor, and so on and so on. There are many factors to consider before buying a RC Rally car such as budget, what RC equipment do you already have/need, are you planning on running in dirt, on Tarmac, maybe both? These are just a few.
This blog will simply cover the unboxing of MST's 1/10 scale RTR XXX Rally car that, at the time of this blog, cost $300 and only needs a battery pack to run. I will also mention a few things I did to mine and a few comments here and there. Let's get to it and see this thing!
Fresh from the delivery truck!
The contents is packaged well.
All the documents and extras included in the box.
List of hop up parts available.
Extra bits included, foam to adjust for differences in battery size, various tools to maintain the car, and body post extenders.
The included body is a Tamiya brand body that comes pre-
painted with decals applied! Very nice touch and the paint and decal application is top notch! Very impressive looking body that comes with light buckets and other scale details, just add your lights and you're ready for some night time Rally runs!
Typical RTR transmitter. Nothing fancy, but will get the job done. It actually works well.
The MST XXX Rally car comes with a brushed 26 Turn 540 size motor with a fan built inside of the motor. Similar to Traxxas's Titan motor. The ESC (Electronic Speed Control) come with a dean connector installed. The included motor produces pretty decent speeds and torque and the ESC modulation is very smooth. Throttle response, braking, and reverse feel great for a RTR ESC.
The chassis has a fair amount of clearance out of the box for both Tarmac and dirt rally running. The suspension sag and ride height are adjustable. I found the stock oil to be too light and replaced it with 40 wt shock oil front and rear. Car settings are a personal preference so I will leave that up to you. Have fun with tuning the car to get it how you like it.
Parts fit seem fine and the car seems to be well designed. No slop noticed, the material of the parts are not "plastic like" and seem to be of good quality. The switch on the stock ESC (Electronic Speed Control) failed on mine after about 3 or 4 packs. MST would probably have warrantied it, but I opted to replace it with one that will better handle a lower turn motor, which I plan on using in the future.
Smooth and Clean bottom.
Pictured here after reading the instructions, checking all nuts and bolts and with a fully charged Venom 2s lipo pack. All nuts and bolts appeared to be tight and the car seemed to be well assembled.
Chassis is ready, now on to the body.
Very nice paint and decal job! I could not find a single flaw in the paint or decal work of this body.
Awesome looking Subaru Body!
Just need to install the lights buckets and rear spoiler.
Above pics of the finished body with all extras added. Getting this car ready to drive was simple and only took about an hour an a half, including going over the entire cars nuts and bolts bumper to bumper.
Ready to rally!
I even threw on drift tires and wheels to see how well it would drift. It actually drifted well considering its set up for rally.
The kit MST tire, pictured on the left and a Tamiya Rally block tire on the right. I found the kit MST tire to not grip well in So Cal's loose dirt. I run Tamiya Rally blocks in the dirt, which grip much better than the MST kit tires. The kit MST tires grip fair on tarmac, but are a pretty hard compound. They do wear well and I like them for bashing around. MST does make a softer compound version of this tire and may be a better option for more traction.
The MST kit tire is a nice scale looking tire and the wheels are also nicely made. They also look great!
Stay tuned for my next Blog on the MST XXX Rally car that will include additional information, suggestions, and comments after running it for a few months. If you like and are interested in this car, you won't want to miss it.