about 14 hours ago by Mike
First Look Exclusive By Stephen Bess:
Known as military nobility in Japan’s rich history, samurai were renowned for their fighting skills and their eponymous battle swords that are now displayed over the mantle of every aging hipster in America. ProTek RC, a division of A-Main Hobbies, sent word to the industry just last week that they had a Samurai of their own in the form of a .21 nitro engine. Set for release in mid-August, this engine’s release has already caused quite a stir on social media. I received a test sample and decided to crack it open to check out what makes this Samurai tick.
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23 July 2014 18:41 by Mike
ProTek R/C has joined the nitro race with their all-new 321B “Samurai” Off-Road 3-Port engine! The “Samurai” is ready to lead you into battle – a samurai, by definition, is a noble, powerful warrior willing to serve his master – with a short-stroke, turbo head, rear ceramic bearing and legendary, easy-to-tune carburetor, it’s easy to see why the ProTek racing engine bears the Samurai moniker! The Samurai sips fuel without sacrificing horsepower thanks to elliptical carburetor restrictors that are included. The handcrafted powerhouse has been built meticulously by a world-renown Japanese engine manufacturer, to the specs of A Main’s top pro drivers. The Samurai delivers a versatile package like no other – excellent fuel mileage, predictable, crisp throttle-response and uber-consistent carburetor settings are all traits every racer needs to stand atop the podium – to be crowned the master of his class.
04 July 2014 02:00 by Mike
Celebrate Independence Day the A Main Hobbies way! Save 10% off on all orders over $120 in their store-wide 4th of July Sale. Plus, customers can enjoy $10 off single orders over $50 – that is a 20% savings! Both deals require a 4th of July coupon code, which you can find at AMain.com. The 10% off coupon can be used all weekend long, so if you forget something, no worries, head back to AMain.com and get what you need. Make sure you shop between Thursday, July 3rd at 8:00 p.m. PST through Sunday, July 6th at 11:59 p.m. PST. Enjoy America’s birthday and have a great weekend!
28 March 2014 15:45 by KevinR
A Main Hobbies is giving away a Team Associated RC10 World’s Kit. Now even better than before, the RC10 World’s car is loaded with updates to fit modern electronics and handle brushless power. How do you win this vintage piece of R/C history? It’s easy; you just sign up on the RC10 World’s Kit product page at A Main. The sign-up form takes just a few moments and you’ll be entered to win.
Participants must be 18 years of age and A Main is only taking one entry per person. Entries must be received before 4:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday April 2. A Main will be announcing the winner on Facebook next week April 2, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. PST. Click here to sign up for your chance to win the RC10 World’s Kit.
21 March 2014 00:07 by KevinR
Just a few weeks ago SWORKz made a big splash in the R/C industry when multiple world-champion, Atsushi Hara, was hired to help develop the racing program and vehicles for the next three years. To further grow the brand, SWORKz will cultivate a U.S. based team lead by Marty Korn. The current A Main Hobbies’ race team, which is also managed by Korn will continue to race for their respective chassis sponsors. Racers who have a professional attitude and are interested in representing SWORKz can reach Marty directly at sworkzusa(at)amain.com.
05 March 2014 19:15 by KevinR
For a limited time, A Main Hobbies is offering the popular Airtronics M12 computer radio system with 92014 receiver (AIR90482) paired with ProTek’s handsome Universal Radio Case. The combo includes a free custom M12 foam insert that has been perfectly cutout for the radio system, additional receivers and servos. Click here to order one before they are gone!
17 February 2014 20:21 by KevinR
Show up to your track with the all-new Kyosho RB6 and you’ll definitely be in the mix! A Main Hobbies is giving away Kyosho’s Ultima RB6 ReadySet in their “Get In The Mix With The RB6 Giveaway.” The affordable RB6 ReadySet is the ready-to-run version of Kyosho’s World Champ RB6 and it just became available!
The buggy is loaded with features including a 2.4GHz radio system, sensorless brushless motor/ESC combo, and features all of the same molded parts as the World Champ. Be the first R/C racer at your track with the new RB6 ReadySet! Simply fill out the form below by 4:00 p.m. PST Friday, February 21, 2014.
31 January 2014 08:46 by Phil
The boffins in Chico – hometown of A Main Hobbies have been at it again, listing the hugely-anticipated Team Associated B5 & B5M for Pre-order, with an anticipated arrival date of mid March. Order one (or one of each!) and sit back and wait for it to arrive at your door.
Cheekily we also spotted that A Main have a few discount codes on the downlow, so if you’re going to hit em up for a B5 or even a DJI Phantom 2 for a bit of quadcopter-ness then why not save A Fistful of Dollars as some cowboy once said…
Code: 1430C1 – Save $12.50 on orders of $150 or more
Code: 1430C2 – Save $25 on orders of $250 or more
Code 1430C3 – Save $75 on orders of $750 or more
30 January 2014 09:13 by Phil
Yesterday morning as the annual Nuremberg toy fair kicked off in cold Germany, Taiwanese company SWorkz posted up a very teasing image on their Facebook profile, showing what looks like Atsushi Hara’s wing (and car) hidden under a cloth with the promise of
“The Big news will be coming on 1st Feb“.
Even more tellingly, Sworkz Europe tagged two persons in that post – Atsushi Hara himself and A Main Hobbies’ team manager Marty Korn.
For some time now we’ve followed Hara’s rollercoaster car-testing rounds, the Japanese samurai even went so far as fuelling the fire by spoof signing for JQ Products as he tried ‘THE Car’, however the underlying theme throughout the ‘post HPI’ process has been the prominence of A Main Hobbies.
For some time we’ve known that Hara has visited and had discussions with one of the main factories in China, coupled with old rumours of A Main’s ambitions to produce their own car, that project never seemed to get off the ground entirely. Enter Sworkz and the puzzle begins to fall into place…
A Main is a close partner and distributor of SWORKz in N.America, even whilst attending the 1/10 Worlds in Chico in September, it was clear that the two companies had good relations, Marty Korn racing SWORKz’ robust 4WD 1/10 buggy, and if sources are to be believed that Hara will be racing as an ‘A Main Hobbies’ driver in 2014 and with A Main promoting the SWorkz car, he will be racing that in offroad, perhaps even going further with an A Main/Sworkz link up for a Hara brand of products.
Lastly Hara-san is in Germany at the moment, due to run the Yokomo branded ETS series, in fact he flew into Frankfurt airport yesterday, Nuremberg is about a two-hour drive from Frankfurt, might he make a cameo appearance on Monday at the Toy Fair?!
Watch this space.