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5/55/55/55/55/5 | It's still a hoot!
dgy | 05/06/2013
Since I wrote my original "It's a hoot!" review my hornet has been trodden on, smashed, bashed, done cartwheels and still running brilliantly. The only thing I've had to do is change the front bumper - one too many knocks against the curb split the centre join, and I've had to change the rear tyres which I'd worn to slicks. Suspension on this car isn't great - it rather skips over grass and uneven surfaces - the rear being a single axle means it can never be fantastic, but had it on a dusty unmade road today and it was skidding and sliding and just the most fun. On my smooth drive it's absolutely fantastic. I can recommend a bearing kit - not really retro-fittable, everything still spinning freely on my Hornet. Hornet has a trouble-free geared diff unlike many other cheaper models (which have bearing diffs). I have a Tamiya Hot Shot (a 4WD model) and m'boy has an Ansmann Mad Monkey but Hornet remains my favourite just for mad 2WD slip and slide action. The only thing that would make it better would be independent rear suspension and better shocks all round but it's still a great little car.

4/54/54/54/54/5 | Just seem to work!
dgy | 10/06/2013
I have two of these and they just seem to work - never had a range problem or any particular issue. The "bar graph" up by the aerial is a swizz - it's just a graphic with no function at all - the battery-low indication is just the power LED flashing. Trims are just buttons - not sliders, there's 10 steps of adjustment in either direction - this has been enough. Instructions are largely terrible - wasn't clear which way to plug the servos into the receiver but easily resolved - no information at all on the charging socket so I can't safely use it. All-in-all it's doing the job nicely, but I think maybe building down to this price shows.

3/53/53/53/53/5 | Flawed, but still good fun
dgy | 14/08/2017
Had mine a while, and it's been a good, robust little car. Steering angle varies with suspension travel and has relatively poor turning circle. Battery looks a bit of an after-thought and sticks unattractively out of the side. Strangely, being more grippy as a 4WD it's less fun than my Tamiya Hornet which skids and slides in a much more pleasing way. Hotshot isn't quite as fast and slides much less readily. So, pleasing to build, not bad lookin', drives ok.

dgy Reviews


Product reviews


5/55/55/55/55/5 | It's still a hoot!
dgy | 05/06/2013
Since I wrote my original "It's a hoot!" review my hornet has been trodden on, smashed, bashed, done cartwheels and still running brilliantly. The only thing I've had to do is change the front bumper - one too many knocks against the curb split the centre join, and I've had to change the rear tyres which I'd worn to slicks. Suspension on this car isn't great - it rather skips over grass and uneven surfaces - the rear being a single axle means it can never be fantastic, but had it on a dusty unmade road today and it was skidding and sliding and just the most fun. On my smooth drive it's absolutely fantastic. I can recommend a bearing kit - not really retro-fittable, everything still spinning freely on my Hornet. Hornet has a trouble-free geared diff unlike many other cheaper models (which have bearing diffs). I have a Tamiya Hot Shot (a 4WD model) and m'boy has an Ansmann Mad Monkey but Hornet remains my favourite just for mad 2WD slip and slide action. The only thing that would make it better would be independent rear suspension and better shocks all round but it's still a great little car.

4/54/54/54/54/5 | Just seem to work!
dgy | 10/06/2013
I have two of these and they just seem to work - never had a range problem or any particular issue. The "bar graph" up by the aerial is a swizz - it's just a graphic with no function at all - the battery-low indication is just the power LED flashing. Trims are just buttons - not sliders, there's 10 steps of adjustment in either direction - this has been enough. Instructions are largely terrible - wasn't clear which way to plug the servos into the receiver but easily resolved - no information at all on the charging socket so I can't safely use it. All-in-all it's doing the job nicely, but I think maybe building down to this price shows.

3/53/53/53/53/5 | Flawed, but still good fun
dgy | 14/08/2017
Had mine a while, and it's been a good, robust little car. Steering angle varies with suspension travel and has relatively poor turning circle. Battery looks a bit of an after-thought and sticks unattractively out of the side. Strangely, being more grippy as a 4WD it's less fun than my Tamiya Hornet which skids and slides in a much more pleasing way. Hotshot isn't quite as fast and slides much less readily. So, pleasing to build, not bad lookin', drives ok.