October is Dunetoberfest Month – Details Inside

Dunetoberfest 2012 – a month long celebration

of R/C’s in the Dunes.



UPDATE: NOV 2012 Dunetoberfest California Lives On! Read about the gathering and get more info on this RCLS post HERE


UPDATE: Get a chance to own one of the two TGN Dunetoberfest cars by bidding or making an offer on ebay NOW!

The Brushless HPI 5b that is in THIS VIDEO doing 67mph!


or the BZM powered gas 5b

Original Post about Dunetoberfest one year ago:



UPDATE: Oct 2011 Dunetoberfest Post Event Coverage HERE



Dunetoberfest 2011 – a month long celebration

of R/C’s in the Dunes.


Dunetoberfest represents a month long period where people all over the world spend time in the desert racing and enjoying their R/C cars and trucks with friends and family. Not just 1/5 scale or not just the HPI Baja or not only R/C’s only, people from everywhere will be playing in the sand in the month of October. We here at LSN/TGN have been doing Dunetoberfest since 2007 and year after year we have chose Buttercup Sand Dunes in California as our preferred location. You can get more information on Buttercup the location HERE.

To see where others may be going in the month of October or to share with the world where you will be attending Dunetoberfest this year then please head over HERE. We look forward to reading about how you celebrate Dunetoberfest and maybe seeing you out in the sand.


Here are some shots from past events. Please enjoy and as always you can see thousands more images HERE.

dunetoberfest pano  

Team Associated Large Scale 1/5 Scale – 1/6 Scale Soon

Team Associated 1/5 or 1/6 Large Scale SC5 or SC6?

So the question is what scale will the new Associated Large Scale be? 1/5 or 1/6 and what will it be called? SC5, SC6, RC5T, RC6T or something all together different?

Why are we posing this question you ask? Because rumor mill is running strong the past few months of a new large scale RC coming from Associated. Especialy over the last few weeks, TGN headquarters reports getting calls or emails “almost daily” with customer wanting to know more. Large Scale RC fans expect TGN to be “in the know” since they were a part of the production and release of the Losi 5IVE-T back at the Hostile event. TGN says “they know nothing”.

So this leaves us all guessing then. With some rummors stating that the release could come as early as an event in Southern California in the coming months. If Associated was making a large scale platform, what are the specs you would want to see? 1/5 or 1/6? Short Course or Buggy or maybe a first of its kind Truggy? 2WD or 4WD? How would you build your favorite Large Scale truck or buggy?

Follow this link to RCLargeScale forums and tell us what you think. Or just be nosey and read what others are dreaming about.

Tony Screws Kit for the Losi 5IVE-T – In the works


Tony Screw Kit for the Losi 5IVE-T will be here soon.


Get on the “Notify Me” list NOW. Click HERE!

Looks like TGN has let the cat out of the bag. Tony’s Screws is officially working on a Losi 5IVE-T screw kit. Not only are these by FAR the best screw kit out on the market due to the strength of the 12.9 allow steel but they are one of the nicest packaged kits with more screw per kit that most others. The 5IVE-T kit is expected to have over 400 pieces. Each screw size is in its own labeled  bag allowing for easy access to the screws you want. It also makes it nice when you want to replenish your stock, all ya gotta do is look at your label on the bag and order those screws.

The other good news is Tony is working with members of the RCLargeScale forum who own the Losi 5IVE-T and who have suggestions on modifications to the kit. Mostly referring to the needed longer length on many of the screws in the Losi kit. Because Losi runs screw into plastic as apposed to a captured nut like other manufactures it’s often important to make sure you using all the length of a screw thats possible. The Losi factory seemed to cut things a little short on many of the screws and users find these backing out of their 5IVE.

Take a look at the thread HERE and add any suggestions or comments that you thing will be helpful.





RC4WD Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ tires for Losi 5IVE-T and HPI Baja

RC4WD Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Tires Losi 5IVE-T & HPI

Looked what LSN just got wind of! LSN EXCLUSIVE!

The king of scale tires for R/C just announced the newest hot product for large scale fans. LSN today announces the RC4WD Officially Licensed Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Tires for 1/5 scale trucks. This is a single size tire, meaning it fits both front and rear of the popular Losi 5IVE-T 1/5 truck and also the front only of the HPI baja 5t and 5sc.

RC4WD has been coming up with some great officially licensed products lately and we are happy to see this concept come into play with a large scale product for the first time. Mickey Thompson tires are legends in off-road racing and the Baja MTZ tires is the choice of pro off-road racing teams world wide. We think the scale looks of this tire and its incredible detail will really help your Losi 5IVE-T stand out in the crowd.

But RC4WD did not stop with just the looks and the name, they wanted to be sure this tire performed in various conditions and most of all held up to the abuse and use of the common 1/5 scale driver. These tires have been tested on a Losi 5IVE-T on popular r/c tracks as well as street and many other conditions. The tire should be a great option for typical racing conditions. RC4WD believes they have found the perfect compound for both durability and performance.  Read below to find out more about the new Losi 5IVE-T Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Tires.


Product Link: HERE (Pre-Order Now and get FREE US Shipping)

Part Number: Z-T0106


Press Release:

Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ tires for Baja and Five-T

These are a new size of the already popular Licensed Baja MTZ tires. These have been Officially Licensed by the Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels company and are only available from RC4WD and our Dealers. These new tires were tested with both racing and bashing in mind and they have proven to be a great tire for both and very durable.



  • OD:6.88″(175mm)
  • Width:3.11″(79mm)
  • X4 Rubber Compound for maximum traction and minimal tread wear
  • Made for HI Baja 5T Front wheels and Losi Five-T wheels

What’s Included:

  • 2x Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Tires for Baja and Five-T
  • 2x Foam inserts
  • Mickey Thompson sticker sheet

Mickey Thompson, Baja MTZ and the Mickey Thompson logo are property of Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels.




Owner Mark Hull of TGN Interviewed on Local TV

Watch Mark Hull talk about TGN and his local Hobby Shop


Press Release from TGN Distributing:

TGN was lucky enough to have our local SBDC  office recommend to our local news channel KSEE24  to consider TGN for a special series called “Made with Pride in the Central Valley”. The show was live on the air yesterday but it’s now available for re-watch online.

We would like to thank our friends at the SBDC for all the help they have given us as a small business with the current challendges so many of us face. We recommend anyone starting or building a small business search for a local office at SBDC and consider using one or more of their many services they offer.

I would also like to thank the team at KSEE 24 for not only considering us for the spot but also for bringing attention to local businesses that are still forging away in this tuff economy. You support is important to us and we appreciate it very much.

 Video embeding did not work. So please go HERE for the video.

Hemistorm Losi 5IVE-T Penta Fenders now shipping.


Order your Hemistorm Losi 5IVE-T Penta Fenders NOW!

Good news to those either looking to have the option to convert their open wheeled Penta body to a fendered short coarse style truck or those just looking for the most aggressive looking 5IVE-T body on the market. The Hemistorm Penta Body for the Losi 5IVE-T has been a great product to convert your truck to a class 1 style buggy, the only option out there in fact. Now with these fenders your options are wide open. Take a look at the details below.

Watch Hemistorm paint a body like this HERE.

Watch a durability test video HERE.

Product Link: HERE

Part Number: 3624


Press Release:

Many tracks have a restriction when it comes to what type of body you run, and some are afraid that running an open wheel body will make their truck more prone to damage. These were among the reasons to develop a set of fenders for the Penta body. We kept a few things in mind: looks, function, quality, easy installation and cost.

You can now turn your open wheel Penta shell into a full-blood shortcourse truck in a matter of minutes. Simply undo the screws that hold the bodypanels on the rollcage of your Losi 5ive, install the fenders and tighten the screws again. We used all the stock mounting holes for this piece of kit, making sure installation is as easy as it can get. This is the worlds first fully modular 5th scale body system!


New DDM Dominator for the Losi 5IVE-T

DDM Dominator Now Available for the Losi 5IVE-T 1/5


It was only a matter of time until DDM was going to do a Dominator for the Losi 5IVE-T 1/5 truck. The DDM Dominator pipe for the HPI baja 5b and 5t has been one of the hottest selling pipes to hit the market…period. Between the fit and finish, the quality and the price their Dominator pipes have dominated the market (no pun intended).

DDM pulled no punches here, they pulled out all the stops and created a unique pipe with plenty of great features here. It looks to mount on the Losi 5IVE-T like no other pipe has yet and is also rubber mounted. We like the idea of it being mounted to the engine, as aposed to the chassis where you see a lot of flex and eventually cracks on tuned pipes. This exhaust system looks to pack a lot of features for the price of $169.00 and I am sure this model will become a leader in this space.

I have not seen any reviews or videos of this product but we hope to get our hands on one soon and get you some feedback. Details below:


Product Link: HERE

Part Number: FD170


DDM Dominator for the Losi 1/5 Scale 5IVE-T


New from DDM! This new Dominator® pipe was developed through months of extensive in-house testing and prototyping, and custom-designed for maximum performance.

This new Dominator® pipe for your Losi 5ive will give you the power you crave! Gives snappy low-end response, as well as huge power boosts through the midrange, and top RPMs.

The DDM Dominator® pipe features top-quality steel alloy construction, flexible header coupling, ultra-sturdy adjustable mounting system, and jaw-dropping high polish show chrome finish. Includes genuine Zenoah exhaust gasket, installation instructions, and mounting hardware.

In addition to incredible performance and appearance, this pipe boasts a rock-solid mounting system, ensuring your pipe will be well-protected. Installs and removes quickly and easily for ease of use. Separate header piece allows for quicker removal, while also allowing for fitment adjustment. A pre-bent silicone exhaust tube connects to the end of the pipe, and flows the exhaust out the side of the vehicle.

The mounting design of this pipe keeps engine removal from your chassis a breeze. The pipe is mounted completely to the engine so removal and maintenance is just as easy as before.

As the Losi is 4WD and heavy, it is underpowered in the area of low end torque. In designing this pipe, we focused primarily on this area. It is a beast on low end, and results in significant top end gains as well.

This pipe keeps its weight centered over the engine and the center of the car – so you don’t have to deal with the car being unevenly weighted to the side or rear. When the roll cage/body are put back onto the truck, there is still plenty of clearance and room to spare. Access to the pull starter remains unrestricted.

Go with the best… Go with the DDM Dominator®!

Installation instructions available here:



Weight is approx 1.7 pounds (0.77kg). Pipe is covered by lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects from DDM. Fits Zenoah and Chung Yang engines. Fits the stock 26 “Fuelie” engine on the Losi 5ive, also fits most all other 23cc-30.5cc engines and/or top ends.

HemiStorm RC painting tutorial part 1 of 2

HemiStorm RC painting tutorial part 1 of 2

Chris from Hemistorm was nice enough to post the first of a 2 part series on painting tips. Chris is known for his detailed paint schemes that are always done with no computer cut decals or masks. He does everything by hand with hand drawn and hand cut masking tape. Yet still retaining a very detailed finish and profesional look.

Check out the video below and when we see part 2 come we will post that as well. Enjoy!