Do you know what i’m going to talk about today, it’s good it’s, this one, you know you have any guesses it’s the best value in all these vehicles. The panda hobby tetra k1 for 110 dollars normally about 160 Bukke, so tune in and find out more see if it’s any good or not so good dollars and today, Jeg er, going to talk about the best value in this lineup and really the one that sticks out. Because it solves the achilles heel of all mini crawlers, they all have this one kryptonite, except for this one, so it’s the panda hobby, tetra k1. They seem to have about a dozen cars now. You know i tested this one last year, pretty darn good and i’ve tested a lot more since then, and they keep introducing car after car after car kind of similar chassis, but they have a bronco body. They have a uh. What else some some other truck body lights and whatnot – and this is one of the newest one power wagon body – with lights, 160 bucks at banggood but 110 at amine and what’s cool? Is they share the same platform with a lot of these cars? So whatever i say here is going to hold true for the other cars, so it’s a 1 18 Skala. A lot of this is 1 24th it’s hard to keep up huh. 1. 10. 1. 18. Dybest set, there are mini cars to me, except for this one super mini 132nd.
So that number, if you don’t, know what it refers to is, if you get a the real version, the real full scale model that’s one to one. So this one is 1. 18. 1. 18, the size, so they shrank it. Det ved jeg ikke 18 times so actual style controller. Here we go and i’m gon na just get right to the nitty gritty what’s good about it and and what’s bad about it and what’s the bottom line so i’ve compared it to a lot of these rc cars and what’s good about panda. Is they keep introducing cars, they keep, they seem to keep innovating so what they do better than. Anyone else is two things: they have a strong motor, a little monster little motor and they have oil filled shocks. Why is oilfield shocks good? Because all these guys, they don’t have oil filled socks. So as nice as they are, they just bounce along kind of annoying, and not only is it unrealistic, it hampers performance. So what do they do? They have oil field shocks and boom, so they’re damped, basically they’re full of oil. When you drop them, it, it doesn’t bounce it just settles and when it’s driving around when it’s on a steep part, it doesn’t just fall and topple over it’s calm, as opposed to this one, my favorite vehicle right now, bouncy bouncy, Okay. So there is a fix. This one has the fix – and you can find out about this fix in my video here, but let’s not talk about that.
Let’S talk about this vehicle it its claim to fame is oil filled shocks. It has the shocks that are a little bit bigger, but basically it takes a bit of size and manufacturing to be able to hold oil, otherwise they all leak out. Okay, so that’s what it does well. The other thing it does well is it’s got power, punch it’s, not enough to bash, so it has a indicator here. Uh with selector speed, one two: three we go to three max power. Oh look at that huh a little scary, almost for a mini crawler. So what does that do? Gives you a little bit of fun factor, but it also allows you to power. Out of you know little little jam situations or if you want momentum, slow, mentum, fast mentum. This can do it, Okay, so that’s what it does. Godt, it also has a nice body power wagon bodies are coveted in this, in this hobby has lights, and what else does it have? It has a receiver receiver esc with a lot of channels. Look at that motor so that motor, it might look small, but one thing i’ve been doing. Is you take that motor in proportion to the window or to the tire and you’ll see that it’s a fairly big motor? This one has a dinky little motor. You know compared to the tire or whatnot and so it’s enough for that car, but it’s, nej det er. No racehorse, Okay, so the other thing it does well, so the shocks work.
Godt, you do that it actuates there’s a little bit of sag on it. So one of the things i knocked this this this model from last year was you sit it down and and it doesn’t sag um it just it just keeps like this, so you can’t activate the shocks. They were not good enough. I don’t know what they did. I think they have a metal body now on the shocks and they seem to actuate a lot better. Okay, so so shocks, body power are quite good and the price – Åh, Min gud, Jeg gør ikke, know how amane did it 110 Bukke. This is 140. 120. 110. Crazy. Maybe they make so much that they get the good economies of scale. So lights too is a good little feature and what else uh the chassis is fairly stiff. So the other one was like a noodle, but this one nice and stiff a lot of the the the bolts i had to tighten, but once i did it it, it still actuated pretty good, but it was fairly stiff. Okay, now we’ll get to the weaknesses. The weaknesses number one with these panda things is modulation. It just doesn’t modulate well enough and that’s the strength of these axles. They modulate so well so so i’m, so i’m gon na i’m gon na try to go as slow as possible here. So we hear the sound it’s ready to do something so i’m, controlling it pretty good, but it’s not moving it.
Just doesn’t have enough torque or gearing to get it moving, and once it does it’s just a little a little faster than we want. Okay. So i hear the sound means: i’m right there. I got a little audible signal, it’s gon na start moving and i can get it going pretty slow, but not so once it’s moving, i can slow it down so and the sad part is it’s. Just too fast. You know if i can just change the gearing it will modulate so much better. It will develop that torque and that slow speed control so over here is a child selector, if you hand it to a four year old, you don’t want to wreck it. This is really top speed. Åh det er, pretty typical for a mini crawler. Desværre, i can’t modulate it anymore, so it has. It gives me more lever feel but because there’s not enough torque, you know i can’t really. It doesn’t really move up until the point where it moves and come on. Where are you and it still moves fast? So i just get a lot of lever, feel a lot of nothing and then you just get kind of bored and then, by the time you get deep into it. It moves pretty fast. So right there come on come on move boy, so it’s about the same. So but your top speed is a lot less and you get a lot more level for you. Okay, i wish the the lights were controlled by the remote because there’s so many channels there’s a channel three, but it doesn’t so a little nice to have another weakness.
Um, so the of strength is the tire seem pretty nice, nice nice, open pattern seems to have foam, but a weaknesses. They seem too hard. You know they it doesn’t seem to. The weight of the vehicle is not enough to actuate it and it doesn’t seem like a soft compound. Okay. Another weakness is this: it doesn’t have a swivel mount. It should have a silver mount with all these wires and the wires are a mess. Så, every time i worked on it, i just have to go like this. I don’t know how to disconnect it. There’S, a little zip tie there so very hard to kind of um manage this cabling with this body like this okay, so there you go so i i hope to give you some running videos, Jeg er, old and new, but it doesn’t really perform um too different from This so i’ll show you this this footage as well, but bottom line 110 Bukke, it’s kind of crazy uh. You know the element rc and whatnot um i’ll talk about all these other vehicles, 110 bucks for that it’s really 160 Bil, but i don’t know how amane uh got it for 110., so at that price definitely worth getting. I would change the wheels and tires make it heavier, give it some forward weight, and i wish i could change the gearing, but i can’t figure it out it’s a 12 tooth pinion, but i can’t find a an 11 or a 10 for this motor.
If you know, if you could change this gearing, let us know in the comments, because that would just be magic. You know it will lower the stop speed uh, but it will give so much more torque and control to this vehicle.