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Still a bad model to date, don't buy one! READ UPDATE.
on August 13, 2014
I own a few of Redcat's RC's, and most of them are quite reliable given their price point. This model is an exception. I noticed almost all the reviews on this truck were quite old, but took a chance and bought one, thinking that Redcat had rectified issues causing complaints about this truck.
Well...they haven't. The only new feature about this truck is waterproof electronics. Beyond that, this truck still breaks way too easily, and parts support is very sketchy; Parts that are supposed to fit this truck required a lot of fudging or modification to get them to fit....
So, just don't get this truck, regardless of your experience level with RCs. If you're wanting a small bashing machine on the cheap, I suggest getting the Redcat Racing Tornado EPX Pro. Yes, it is smaller than this Volcano, yes, it won't have as much ground clearance, yes, it won't soar through the air like this truck will.
BUT, buggies fly very nicely through the air, and I have bashed my Tornado EPX Pro to oblivion and back, and I have not broken ONE SINGLE PART on it, not one! So if you want a small basher, get a Tornado EPX Pro, and a LiPo battery with the appropriate connector if you don't have one already, and bash (or race!) away! If you buy this Volcano, you will only end up with headaches and a leech on your wallet.
UPDATE, 9/10/14: After sending an angry email to Redcat entailing my experience with this truck in comparison to my other Redcat vehicles, a supervisor in customer service has, and is collaborating with me on this matter.
He helped me diagnose an issue that I was having trouble with, and sent me extra parts AND replacement parts. The issue I mentioned was a defective part on the truck, a shock absorber. He sent me a new shock and a stub axle that I found needed replacing. I bought the aluminum hubs for the truck, and Amazon's description failed to specify that you NEED to buy a pack of set screws for the rear hubs, as the stock set screws don't fit the aluminum hubs. He is working with Amazon to rectify that, and sent me a pack of set screws for my trouble. Upon receiving the set screws, I found that the set screw holes in the hubs were bad. After sending a photo of the hubs, he sent me a new set of rear hubs, which I am waiting for now.
I added a star to this review only because of Redcat's SUPERB customer service. Once I get this truck back up and running, I am just going to stick with driving it on mild terrain, and tiny jumps. I stand firm in my opinion that this truck simply cannot handle heavy bashing, which is disappointing because it's cousin, the Tornado EPX Pro, is still going strong with no part breakage!
Redcat Racing vehicles may not be the best, but in my opinion, their customer service is. I still won't recommend this truck, I think it was designed to only handle a brushed motor setup. Having a brushless motor, especially on a LiPo battery, just pushes this truck's components far beyond what they were designed to handle.
Having said that, if I were to go back and buy this model again, I would buy the brushed version. I don't think I would be having these issues with the more mellow brushed set up. I have recently purchased a Redcat Tremor, which has been awesome, and I have high hopes for the Caldera that I ordered. I will recommend Redcat vehicles, but not this brushless powered Volcano. Go for the brushed version, or pick a different model. I'll post a review of the Caldera after I get it and spend some time with it.