I finally had a chance to take my personal Redcat Kaiju out for a bash this afternoon and thought I'd share a quick review with you
Initially, I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about the Kaiju but now that I've spent some time with it, I have to say that so far I REALLY like it. My son and I spent the afternoon ripping it around the yard and jumping it over a 14" high ramp and it took all of our abuse like a champ. Admittedly, we were not launching it 50' through the air but we had our share of upside down landings and nose dives and the Kaiju just kept going and going.
The truck is very controllable in the air and after a few failed attempts, we quickly got the hang of bringing the nose up or dropping it down with the use of the throttle and brake.
It's also quite stable in turns as well. We were able to take sweeping turns at full speed and tighter turns by applying some brake before cranking on the steering wheel.
Wheelies were no problem either. A jab of the throttle and the truck would cat walk for 50' or more with some throttle modulation. I think dropping the wheelie bar down a notch or two may be my first minor modification for back yard bashing...just to keep the nose down a little closer to the ground.
We started by running the truck on just 2s to see what would happen. It functioned fine but was fairly slow. If you have an inexperienced person that would like to drive your truck, this may be a good option to slow the truck down so they don't crash it.
After a few minutes on 2s, we decided to give 4s a try and that's when the truck really came alive. Although I haven't tried the Kaiju on 3s or 6s yet, I'd say 4s is perfect balance of speed and controllability.
There has been some comments online about the tires not ballooning and that they are some kind of miracle tire. Well, I wish that was true but the fronts will balloon just like most other tires out there when you do a big wheelie (something the truck is really good at). I'm not complaining about the tires, I just want you to know that they will balloon if you run the truck hard.
Nope. No broken parts so far. Like I mentioned before, we landed this thing hard on it's nose, roof and tail and my son even drove it straight into a pipe that sticks out of our yard. Nothing broke. No clicking gears, no broken bumpers or links and the body is holding up well. So far so good.
I'm quite impressed by this truck. The ESC is perfectly set-up, the trims and dual rates were well set from the factory, it's durable and I've even grown to like the looks of the body. I'll keep running it but as it stands now, I don't see any dramatic changes being required from its box stock setup. At least for ripping around in the grass.
The only extra item I'm planning to add to my field bag is another battery jumper. I have a feeling I may lose one at some point so I may as well have a spare handy. The blue body color is also quite nice but I'll likely get myself a clear body some day and do a custom paint job. Beyond that, I'll wait to see what parts break before stocking up on spares.
'till next time