Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro Review

Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro
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Speed

8/10

    Durability

    9/10

      Handling

      8/10

        Aftermarket Support

        7/10

          Value

          9/10

            Pros

            • Very durable
            • Great value for the price

            Cons

            • Stock servo saver needs to be upgraded
            • Not many upgrading options for parts
            • The truck has a tendency to squat under acceleration

            Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro Features

            Redcat Racing Blackout SC PRO 1The Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro is a 1/10 scale brushless Ready-to-Run 4WD short course truck. It comes featured with a HobbyWing KV3800 brushless electric motor system (the same motor as the Blackout XTE Truck), with heat sink, and forward/reverse ESC.

            This short course truck comes with a front and rear differentials, and waterproof electronics. The arms and hubs are interchangeable and the suspension is the same for all four corners, hence you do not need many different spare parts. For this price range, having fully adjustable arms are a nice touch.

            Redcat Racing Blackout SC PRO 2The thick aluminum shock towers in both front and rear provide great suspension, the threaded shock bodies can be adjusted for ride height, and the oil-filled shocks provide great damping action.

            As a shaft driven 4WD, the Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro has the necessary traction required to maneuver the toughest obstacles and is made for outdoor terrains such as grass, dirt and pebble. However, it will not perform well on sand dunes and crawling over rocks.

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            Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro Review

            Durability

            The Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro is surprisingly durable. Redcat Racing does not have the best reputation amongst RC hobbyists for their durability, yet this truck took a lot of beatings without breaking. The only thing that broke was a front driveshaft which broke after launching the truck off a 18 feet ramp.

            Related post: Redcat Racing Blackout XTE PRO Brushless Review

            Acceleration

            With the stock 7.4v 3200mAh LiPo battery, the Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro hits around 35mph. However, the stock LiPo battery does not come with lots of torque.

            The truck also has a tendency to squat under acceleration, so I tried to mitigate that by using 40 weight shock oil up front and 50 weight shock oil in the rear.

            Handling

            One of the upgrades that I would recommend investing in would be to upgrade to a universal servo saver. It was difficult to control the power and maintain a straight drive with the stock servo saver, and the wheels never seemed to go back to a neutral position after a moderate bashing.

            For a couple of bucks, the upgraded servo saver made a huge difference to the handling.

            Aftermarket & Support

            One of the cons of owning a Redcat Racing RC vehicle is that you do not have many choices in terms of aftermarket and upgrade parts. Trying to find a replacement part for a Redcat RC vehicle is most likely going to be more difficult than trying to find replacement parts for a Traxxas.

            On top of that, the Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro’s wheelbase is shorter than other 1/10 scale short course trucks at 290mm, whereas the other 1/10 scale short course trucks range from 320 – 330mm wheelbase, hence many of the aftermarket bodies will not mount onto the Blackout SC Pro’s chassis.

            Conclusion

            The  Redcat Racing Blackout SC Pro is a great value RC truck for those who are on a budget but wants a Ready-to-Run 4WD brushless truck. The Blackout SC Pro is extremely durable and is a great value for the price you pay for this truck.

            If you are looking for a short course truck that would offer lots of upgrading opportunities, then this might not be the best platform for you.

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