I love playing with RC cars. I’m not “good at it” (since there are competitions, there is a “good at it”), but I thoroughly enjoy it. Other members of my family do, too. After my review of the VKAR [super fast] car, I wanted something slower that I could more readily hand off to others, for crawling, and the like.
Enter the Redcat Gen8 International Scout. Of course I love this thing because it’s orange, but it checks off so many of my boxes, too, I am excited to give it a look.
Official Specs and Features
I highly recommend heading over there to see the particulars of this crawler, but I’ll include many of them in the post here, too.
There are two versions but they differ only in body color. There’s blue, and orange which I have here. (Also in case you’re into painting your own, there is available a clear body kit, but that’s a separate purchase.)
I have had so much stinkin’ fun with this thing. To be honest (and the videos bear this out), I’ve really beat on this crawler much too much. It’s so fun. The angles for climbing are great, and there’s great 4 wheel power. The versatility of battery types is a nice feature, and that the package includes controller and just about everything needed (except battery) make this a great kit!
- Redcat Gen8 International Scout RC Crawler
- Orange body
- Spare tire/wheel
- 2.4GHz radio system
- Spare parts and tools
(No battery is included: you’ll need a 7.4V or 11.1V battery to run this car! Also no charger is included, either.)
Package and Manual
The box is highly printed and very nice. The specs are on there, as well as many photos – including body-color-specific images all around the car.
The box also has a neat feature I’ve never seen before – the sides are pre-creased for folding flat. I’m sure it’s made that way for before the item was ever in the package, but it’s nice for those of us who store boxes like this away – packs flat easily. Not pictured below is a layer of bubble wrap over the body. The chassis is held securely into the cardboard along the bottom.
Here’s a link to the pdf of the GEN8 manual, which is quite comprehensive, and nicely done!
Build Quality and Disassembly
I can’t say enough about this crawler. It’s immaculately built, and just a joy to look at.
I’m an orange fan, and I’m an International Scout fan, so really this is a perfect storm of crawlers for me.
The attention to detail is excellent.
Good bit of travel in that suspension, too. 🙂
Those tow hooks work quite well. From what I hear (ahem), these hooks facilitate pulling kids around in their toy cars….
Note that tail light – it’s ready for you to add your own lighting. I did not do that, but it’s ready….
A LED light kit, which includes a few reds and a bunch of whites, is available for an additional $30. (And it’s waterproof!)
The fenders are all screwed on, and the front has a nice subtle Redcat logo.
And since they’re visible here, I’ll add that the side view mirrors rotate fairly freely, such that it’s hard to damage them by rolling the crawler.
I had some driver help, obviously.
The orange of this Redcat is just so rich…. I’m sure the blue is fine too. If you’re into blue….
The internals are just as well appointed as the body. Better, probably. Below is the power switch, and one of maybe 2 issues I had with the Gen8. This Hexfly ESC is held in place only with some double sided tape. It came loose on mine, and I think it should be more secured down. (The ESC is a 40A Brushed Waterproof ESC).
This is a top down view.
Those bumpers are adjustable. And replaceable.
And this is a bottom up view.
There are many metal parts here, and what’s not is largely upgradeable through Redcat directly. You can easily dump more money in here to have a more rigid or resilient ride, but I had no issues.
I am fairly certain at least most of the drive shaft here is plastic. The steering linkages though, are metal.
Seen here is the Hexfly HX-15S servo, which is waterproof. (The replacement part, HX-15CS, is only “splashproof” and not waterproof).
The motor, seen below, is a RER11399 RC550-8517 Brushed motor.
One thing I found surprising (especially vs the VKAR I reviewed recently) is that the crawler body is held onto the chassis with velcro. The strut towers have this little patch – maybe 1″ x 3″, and the body is just aligned to these and pressed firmly onto them. It works certainly. Sometimes it’s a little hard to get things centered up right.
These shocks allow a ton of travel, and are fairly soft.
Straight from the manufacturer:
Dry Weight: 6.9 LBS (3130 grams)
Wheelbase: 324mm Stock (312-336mm Adjustable)
Ground Clearance: 73mm
This is a 1/10 scale crawler. Certainly not the largest style of RC car, but it’s not a small device.
There’s a big ol’ battery compartment in the center of the chassis, and it generally keeps the weight nice and low. It’s more suited to the 11.1V (3S) sized batteries. Much more suited. In fact the larger ones fit perfectly between the velcro straps, and are held in place snugly. For all my testing, I used an 11.1V battery.
But out of the box I threw in this 7.4V battery, and the Scout II works perfectly. The battery doesn’t fit in here snugly though, and tends to wander a bit.
Traction (And playing with the Car)
As this is a crawler, you’d expect the tires to have a good bit of traction, and the shocks to have a bunch of travel. True in both cases.
The tires are fairly soft, but in my testing (which included a bunch of out of control speed runs) the beads stayed on the rims very well.
One thing worth mentioning is the approach angle the Scout II allows. The body and bumper do not hang out over the wheels much, so it’s possible to get up to an obstacle, and get traction on it very well. (The back end has a much less forgiving departure angle.)
I took the Scout II to some local trails both just for playing and to do some video.
To be honest I had a grand time. The trails swallowed the crawler in some places.
And in others the Scout II was right at home.
Sorry in advance for some of the music. I just picked something from Youtube’s selection kind of randomly. Most of the videos are RC motor sounds, though.
User Interface and Operation
Once the switch on the ESC is turned on (in the aforementioned spot), control is handled by this hand held transmitter. This is a 2.4GhZ transmitter, and has a bunch of options.
The top has a flip up cover, that protects and more importantly keeps these options from accidentally getting changed.
A bunch of things are adjustable. There are some normal things, and some unusual (to me) things, and some things I find to be missing.
The thing I miss is a speed control. Other RC cars I have can be dialed down in speed (thus making them much better for tiny users). I don’t see that on this car. Yes, there’s the Throttle Trim, but that isn’t adjusting top speed, it’s adjusting basically what the car is doing at trigger rest state. For example, twist this all the way counter clockwise, and at a resting trigger state, the car will be actively reversing.
I’d be happy to be corrected on this. Is there a way to dial back on the speed?
This requires four AA cells. I used NiMH cells (a mix of Eneloop and LADDA – probably not the best idea to mix these.)
What I like
- Orange International Scout II? I mean this is the dream RC??
- Battery seems to last forever.
- Build quality is very good
- Multiple spare parts and upgrades readily available
- Ridiculously fun to drive, with great traction, and surprising speed
- Battery versatility
What I don’t like
- Including a battery would be great
- The ESC should be secured a little better
- This remote control truck was provided by AMain Hobbies for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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