Archive for the ‘Auldey’ Category

If you’re in the United States and looking for something to do this weekend, or you feel like taking a break from the weekend races to check out what’s on in RC, look no further than the RCX 2011. Held at Fairplex, Pomona, the is THE place to be if you care even an ounce about your hobby. There’ll be lots of 1/5 scale action this year, with Zenoah Engine’s  NATC Championship Series, and even a charity raffle for a highly-modded Baja 5T by Baja Addicts (I wrote about this earlier at Donate $2 to win a $10,000 fully-modded, custom-built HPI Baja 5T! Best thing is… You don’t have to be at the event to participate in it… World-wide hobbyists, read the post to find out how you can be a part of the raffle), it’s no wonder why Large Scale News is doing LIVE coverage of this event. RCP tracks will also be dishing out their mettle for Crawler demos and Kyosho & Auldey Mini-Z racing.  There’s just so much going on..


Read about it from the organizers Air Age Media themselves:

Via RCX Official Website

Horizon Try-Me Track!
Test your skills with hot new products and a hands-on experience!

NASCAR/Lionel Raffle
Enter to win the autographed hood from Tony Stewart’s custom NASCAR racer. Recognized as “one of the finest racers of his generation”, Stewart has won titles in Indy and stock cars, as well as midget, sprint and USAC Silver Crown cars.

Baja Raffle
Sponsored by Baja Addicts. Enter to win a one-of-a-kind Baja 5B! All proceeds from this raffle will go to the American Red Cross.

Traxxas Try-Me Track!
Take a test-drive with Traxxas’ new Monster Jam models—Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Maximum Destruction, and Grinder! Everyone’s welcome to take a spin—and you just might take a Monster Jam truck home in Traxxas’ daily giveaway!

MHRA Drag Racing
Watch as pro dragsters reach speeds in excess of 115mph!

RC Tractor Pull
Sponsored by Outlaw Hobbies. Watch as nitro tractors pull sleds weighing 400+ lbs. across the dirt!

Drift Track – Sponsored by HPI
Check out mind blowing driving skills and amazing precision as talented gymkhana-style racers tear up the RCX drift track.

Sizzling Supercross Race and Demos!
Come watch the pros compete in this RC Car Action invitational race featuring the best nitro racers in trucks and buggies. Top manufacturers will also be showcasing their hottest new cars throughout the show.

Crawl Mountain!
Sponsored by RCP Tracks.
RC rock crawling is back at RCX 2011! Check out the pros as they climb a 30’x40′ mountain in amazing competition and scale rock crawling.

Die Cast X Collector’s Expo
Buying? Selling? Trading? Collecting? It’s all here at the International Die Cast X Collectors’s Expo! Special collector only ticket package includes one-of-a-kind giveaways, collector’s hours, 2 day admission and raffle entries. Click here

Model Airplane News Expo
Check out the hottest plane and micro heli demonstrations, races and aerobatics both indoors and out! Click here

RCP West Coast Challenge
Sponsored by RCP Tracks.
Some of the world’s most advanced micro RC drivers compete in head to head action on a huge 40′ x 25′ RCP Track.

HPI Drift Challenge #4
2 days of drift battles galore, time attack madness and freestyle drift sessions!

The NATC Championship Series presented by Zenoah
5th Scale racing ventures to RCX for 2-days of pulse-pounding RC action on the outdoor track! All fuel scales, 1/10th, 1/8th, 1/8th GT, 1/5th scale electric motor cycle, 1/5th Super Touring, 1/5th T2 (sportsman) and 1/5th Formula 1.

RCX Boat Pond sponsored by Venom
Take your turn at the helm in the large outdoor boat pond!

The Southwest Armor Group
1/6 scale radio control AFV club brings their light, medium and heavy tanks to RCX! Come experience the sound, smoke and most of all the ability to crush things. Watch as model cars, tanks, cans and whatever else we can run over gets crushed by the large scale armor.

by Julian Wong

It’s the toy section of a top departmental store and in one spot is a gathering of gregarious boys and their keenly on-looking fathers and indifferent mothers. As you walk up closer, boys from the pack scramble past you to get first use of the nearest power socket to juice up their NiMh and NiCds. Just steps more, you here the whirring of mini wheels and the buzzing of motors, and you also see a spiraling toy car race track. At that moment, a fast plastic object whizzes past and misses grazing you by a whisker. Tamiya Mini-4WD? Even the logo and on the track looks like it.. Yet, on a double take, while it is in radiant red and sky blue, it bears the image of not two stars, but two diamonds. In spite of the disparity, the rest of the cars on the track blaze along no slower than the real McCoy…

Auldey Mini 4WDs and High Performance Yo-Yos

Auldey Mini 4WDs and High Performance Yo-Yos

Tamiya RC Cars & Mini-4WDs

Tamiya RC Cars & Mini-4WDs

You then realise that the two are indeed two very different things, and the reds and blues are in different shades. Doubt does not disappear. With both companies having a substantial vested interest in the Mini-4WD 1/32 scale race car market, Auldey’s logo resemblance can only seem deliberate and mock-ish.

Auldey DIY Race Track

Auldey DIY Race Track

The face of the matter is that back in 1982, Tamiya Co. of Japan pioneered Mini-4WD on the concept of stripping off the radio controls and directional features on their already-popular remote control cars, and shrinking them down to 1/32. Then, following the two cult anime series of Dash! Yonkuro and Bakusou Let’s & Go – both by publishing house Shogakukan (on Tamiya Co.’s commission), Tamiya’s Mini-4WDs shot to best-seller stardom and became a component of every boy’s schoolbag.

Seeing Tamiya’s success, Auldey jumped on the Mini-4WD bandwagon and initially became a blatantly cheaper alternative to the pioneer, with a slew of upgrade parts that were cross-company-compatible. There has also been complaints that this China-made alternative were made to inferior standards, with the main complaint being that parts made were brittle. Nonetheless, they sold well in developing countries fueled by the craze ensuing the cartoon series and their greater affordability.

Auldey Liberty Emperor Kit

Auldey Liberty Emperor Kit

It wasn’t until Auldey’s “Flash & Dash” comic and cartoon series began international circulation that Auldey boldly walked out of the “bootlegged Tamiya car” shadow. Bolstered by the supportive consumer market of China, Auldey is now the World’s Second Largest Maker of Mini-4WD Cars, ahead of the more established but premium brand, Okami. Auldey also proved their mettle in the Yo-Yo niche, with a similar child-media marketing method, with the comic and tv series, “Blazing Teens”.

Auldey Flash & Dash Cartoon Series

Auldey Flash & Dash Cartoon Series

Auldey’s latest foray seems to be one into the RC market, kicking off with 1/24 scale and low-end 1/10 scale cars. It seems again that they are going down Tamiya’s route, as it the hobby scale car market – with all its after market parts and replacements still fetches the best money among the company’s other diversifications. After all, Auldey’s current manufacturing glory in China is only a fad-driven one. She will need more stable incomes to meet her expansion goals.

Auldey Flash & Dash Cars

Auldey Flash & Dash Cars

Sham? Maybe initially. But Auldey has earned every once of glory it now has.

Below: Auldey’s “Mini-Monster Overland”, upgradeable Mini Monster Truck

– by Julian Wong