Hostile Ultra Rings for HPI Baja and Losi 5IVE-T

Hostile Ultra Rings for your 5IVE-T and Baja


Check out these cool new plastic beadlocks from Hostile. The Heavy Duty design with built in lip is what we have been waiting for now for a while. Thank you Hostile, well done. I look forward to getting a set of these and putting them on our shop Losi 5IVE-T. Check out the press release below.

Product Link: HERE

We are proud to announce the new “Ultra” rings from Hostile Racing Products. Hostile “Ultra” rings have several features never before found on a bead ring.


1. “Bumper” feature that virtually eliminates pinching of the bead area from side impacts, curbs, track boards, rocks and anything else that gets in the way.

2. Thick protective lip.

3. Rounded edges on all areas that contact the rubber of the tire.

4. Allows the use of several styles of bead screws including HPI, Losi, Proline and others.

5. Fits all brands of tires and wheels for the HPI Baja 5B, 5T, 5SC and the Losi 5ive.

6. Soon available in a variety of colors.


Bead rings should do more than just hold your tires on.


Hostile “Ultra” rings. The ultimate bead ring.


Limited quantities of black available now. Colors available in 1-2 weeks. Feel free to place your order any time.


Sold in packs of two (2)



Retail: $11.00


Part numbers:

Black – ultrablack

Blue – ultrablue

Red – ultrared

Orange – ultraorange

Green – ultragreen


TeamChase visits Irvine Lake 1/5 Scale Track

Irvine Lake Large Scale R/C Park

The guys from TeamChase spent the day checking out the newest Southern California destination for 1/5 scale racers. I am told the location is turning out real well and the operator has some big plans.  It looks like a great place to bring out your HPI Baja or Losi 5IVE-T and do some racing! Thanks to TeamChase for sending in the images.

At the moment the only information we have is posted below. We have contacted the operator for more information and a summer schedule.

The website for Irvine Lake

Regular Track Hours will be:

Wednesday: 4pm – dusk
Saturday/Sunday: 8am – 4pm






Castle Creations Service Advisory 2012-01: Inspection and Corrective Action Notice

Service Advisory 2012-01: Inspection and Corrective Action Notice


More information and detailed images HERE.


SA 2012-01        



Inspection & Corrective Action Notice

May 15, 2012



ICE2 160HV         ICE 200         Hydra ICE 240      Mamba XL      Hydra ICE 200HV     

It has come to our attention that some of these ESCs which shipped since the August 2011 recall on the ICE HV, Mamba XL and Hydra Ice may experience failures due to the control board becoming unseated from the power board. This includes controllers that were repaired or replaced in response to the recall. This only applies to the controllers listed above.  It does not apply to all ICE2HV controllers.

The controllers listed above were built using two different plastic shell assemblies over the course of their production. Castle originally used two end caps that snapped around the heat sink halves and are held in place with adhesive labels. We switched to a newer plastic shell that was held together by four screws. The type of plastic shell used dictates the means of retaining the controllers’ control board in its socket on the power board.

As we made every effort to repair and return the exact controllers that we received in response to our August 2011 recall, units shipped back to customers may use either plastic assembly. The 4 screw clamshell case may leave enough space between the control board and the metal heat sink for the control board to become unseated from the power board. Castle has an easy to install means of ensuring the control board stays seated in the units built with the clamshell design; installation of a small piece of silicone-rubber foam to maintain a slight compression of the boards.


All new controllers made and shipped during the period of August, 2011, to May 10, 2012, with the clamshell plastic should be assumed to need a foam keeper installed before any attempt is made to power or use the controller in any way.

Click here to view complete instructions of the inspection procedure may be found on our website. 

Castle will provide users with the special foam at no charge. Please use the email form on the web page listed above to send us your mailing address and we will get the foam out to you immediately.

Our records indicate that there are still quite a few controllers covered by the August 2011 recall that have not been returned to us for updating.  Our conversations with customers at events around the country all seem to indicate that many of you were waiting until our service wait time was reduced in order to receive your repaired controller in the shortest possible time. Please be advised  that our return time on these units is now generally a matter of a few days.

Please do not use controllers covered by the August 2011 advisory that have not been updated to ICE2, Hydra ICE2, or Mamba XL2 status.  Send them in to Castle using the procedure outlined on the advisory page so that we can update them.

We apologize for any inconvenience any of these issues may cause you, and we sincerely appreciate your business.

We look forward to regaining your trust in our products and our company.



Team Castle


Buy RC Stuff – RC Auctions for $.99 is now open for business


Wile browsing the RC NIGHTMARE website getting a new post for LSN finished up I ran across this cool website they are working on. It’s called . It looks pretty cool and its GREAT to see another option for selling our RC equipment with MUCH lower selling fees.

TGN will be working this week to get some of our items listed and take the site for a test drive. We will report back later on our experience.

Check it out NOW.


Win big at and 1/2 Price Membership!

Two chances to win and 1/2 price off membership


Can a Friday get any better? Two great prizes this month at RCLargeScale AND an offer to get 1/2 off membership prices. Way to go RCLS!

Start by signing up and becoming a member at RCLargeScale HERE and be a part of the most supportive and informative forum on the web.

Then sign up and get a chance to win $100 to be spent at TGN. Check that out HERE.

Now go sign up for the mother of all contests to win a Losi 5IVE-T Hemistorm Penta Body, head over HERE to get started. Its simple and only takes a couple minutes.


HPI Releases the 1/5 Scale Super 5SC Flux RTR!


The HPI 1/5 Scale Super 5SC Flux RTR Brushless is HERE!

Looks like the time has come. First unofficially announced at Hostile Bajafest and then later in Germany and not here in the good old USofA.  Distributors are taking back orders now. Will you get one? Post your comments and thoughts below.


One quick point that we made before. Notice the GLUED 1/5 tires. Wonder if these could hold the weight of a gasser for the guy looking to go light weight?


Press Release and high res images HERE.

The Savage drivetrain is super flexible, allowing HPI monster trucks to reach legendary levels of durability and performance! Because of this extreme toughness, HPI designers have Super-sized the Savage to 1/5th scale, taking the Savage to a new dimension!
The Super 5SC Flux takes the powerful Flux Tork 2200KV motor and Blur speedo from the amazing Savage Flux HP for truly impressive top speeds and plenty of wheel-spinning fun! The Super 5SC Flux is lighter than the Baja 5SC, so the power of the Flux Tork is a perfect match!

With specialized parts to fit the Baja 5SC body, bumpers and wheels, from the outside the Super 5SC Flux looks just like its fuel-breathing stablemate. It’s only when you switch it on and drive away that its secret is revealed!


  • TF-40 2.4GHz
  • SB-5
  • Flux Blur ESC
  • Flux Tork 2200Kv Motor
  • Runs on 6s
  • Bottom chassis skid plates
  • Silicone oil filled shocks
  • 5SC body
  • All metal drivetrain
  • AA’s
  • Sway bars F&R
  • Front and rear bumpers
  • Largest Brushless RTR available
  • Shares Parts with Savage Flux family
  • Center diff

Woodster Lidz releases a HPI Baja Short Course SCT

Woodster Lidz SCT – HPI Baja Short Course Body


Woodster has been busy getting this new body ready for the HPI Baja 5t or 5SC. I know a lot of people have been waiting for a true Short Course styles body and I believe they nailed this one. For a minute there I thought it was a 1/10 scale, good job Woodster. Press release below.


Product Link: HERE (make sure to add your email to be notified of its arrival)

Part Number: WLZ-1006

Woodster Lidz is pleased to announce the arrival of their highly anticipated SCT short course body for the HPI Baja series trucks. Their third generation body is made from the same virtually indestructible, industry-first .093 polycarbonate as its predecessors.

Woodsterlidz was the first to use this ground-breaking choice of material and it has taken durability and performance to a whole new level. The new SCT short course body is a perfect replacement for the HPI Baja 5T and SC platform.

As with our other bodies, the SCT version will come pre-trimmed for ease of installation and include a standard sticker kit and paint masking set. Pre-orders will be taken thru our website with an expected release date of April 10, 2012.

Manufactured in the U.S.A.


All bodies are sold with a clear finish.  Painted images shown are for promotional purposes only

Hemistorm Penta body for the Losi 5IVE-T

It’s here…. Losi 5IVE-T Penta Body by Hemistorm


After its debut at RCX Long Beach, there has been a big buzz in our industry about the “biggest” thing to hit the 5IVE-T scene so far, literally. This is the industries first aftermarket body option for this popular 1/5 SC and Hemistorm did not come at you with just a truck body. He threw us a curveball and gave us an open wheeled class 1 style buggy body for the Losi 5IVE-T. Pretty cool huh?!? We can’t wait to see these on the streets with different trim jobs and paint schemes. They are sure to open an whole new field of racing classes with this body.

Since its first release there was lots of questions of how much, when, etc etc. Well the answer is $250 and NOW. Peep all the details below and some never before seen shots of this amazing transformation.


Product Link: HERE

Part Number: 3625


It is with great pride that I announce the first HemiStorm Products upgrade for the Losi 5IVE-T: The HemiStorm Penta body.

Made from 2mm lexan this body isn’t only made to withstand hardcore driving, it also turns your shortcourse 5ive-t into a Class1/Truggy styled ride by simply swapping out the bodypanels. For months we have been designing and developing this product to ensure you enthusiasts now have an option to completely alter your ride. The main body consists of 5 pieces:

A front section, a roof section, two doors and the rear panel.

The front section, doors and rear section have all been detailed with louvre-styled “airscoops”. The front section encloses a part of the rollcage, emphasizing the open cage structure of the vehicle. The doors close all the way up to the rock guard, and together with the closed off front section the amount of debris entering the chassis will be kept to an absolute minimum. The roof section is reinforced with 8 barsections to ensure your paintjobs will keep unscratched as long as possible in case of a rollover.

Apart from the 5 body panels the kit will also be supplied with 4 extra lexan panels. The two larger more square ones are to be mounted on the side of the cage, the other two can be used as a deflector on the rear quarters. We do advise to take these off or trim these down for hardcore racers, as they are vulnerable to damage, at least untill the HemiStorm spare wheel mount is released. We include these panels as an extra, because we feel they complete the overall look we desired to create when developing, what we felt would be, the ultimate 5th scale vehicle.

The HemiStorm Penta is a bolt on, ready to install option for your Losi 5IVE-T. The stock Losi 5IVE-T hardware can be used to fasten the panels to your cage. All pieces come with a clear overspray film, and will be precut for your convenience. Alternative cuts to the body can be made if you wish to trim down certain sections, we merely provide what we thought would be the best look for this platform.

In the near future all the sections of the body will be available separately as well, making repairing of a sustained damage on the track or at your bash spot easier and budget friendly.

We expect the HemiStorm Penta in at TGN and all other stores early April. To preorder your Penta Bodykit for the Losi 5IVE-T choose the Add To Cart button above. TGN will be taking in orders for those who would like to reserve one in advance, to ensure you won’t miss out when these hit the shelves.


TFE Pinion Wrench for the Losi 5IVE-T

Looks like TeamFastEddy to the rescue again. Check out these cool pinion tool for the Losi 5IVE-T. A very handy too indeed. Press Release below.


Product Link: HERE

Part # 1322-TFE


Until now the only way to tighten or remove the pinion screw on a Losi 5ive-T is to hold it with a pair of pliers. Doing this can damage your pinion. Team FastEddy now offers Pinion Wrenches for the Losi Five-T.

Made of 1/8th inch stainless steel they are up to the task of removing even the tightest of pinion bolts without damaging your gear. They also make installing your pinion a snap.