SCA-1E Gets Recon G6 Certified On Iron Giant!
Nearly 4 years ago, while working as a magazine journalist at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, I visited Ivan Carisma on his stand and told him that he should release a scale rig. In fact, I told him that I couldn’t understand why, when he was so well respected for his realistic body shells, well designed and robust products, that he hadn’t already.
I also said that hitting the right price point was vital it getting people into the hobby and facilitating those who want to try scale to be able to for a reasonable outlay. I’ve known Ivan many, many years. He simply listened to everything I said and then smiled and said: “When I do it, I’ll do it right…or not at all”
Jump forward to late August 2017 and I’m now not only Brand Manager for the new Carisma Scale Adventure product line, but also have also been responsible for the co-development of the initial range, some very cool future product lines, and have been working behind the scenes setting up the brand for nearly a year.
The journey has been long, the path far from smooth, but the end result is that our first product, the SCA-1E Coyote RTR (only announced on the 25th of August), has just been Recon G6 Certified after completing a gruelling 12 hour ProLine Fix Enduro at the StoneRocker Festival, on the Iron Giant, Erzberg, Austria. We even came second in the team event…a huge achievement.
What’s even more amazing is that the team we put together lead by American Scott Curlin ran a completely stock RTR, fresh from the box. We did this for two reasons. First to prove the viability of the platform. And second to show that this hobby doesn’t have to be expensive. A well made and thought out product can mix it up with the best of them.
To put it all in context, the rigs our RTR Coyote was pitted against were mostly purpose built from high end components, and costing multiple times what ours does.
The SCA-1E itself was faultless throughout, with not one technical issue or breakage.
The only thing done to the rig prior to the event was to check it over and weight the front wheels, as instructed by the manual. We even left it with the stock rear mounted battery position, we call trail mode.
Myself and the whole team involved are proud to present this product to distributors globally, and welcome all new enquiries from any territories not already covered. We expect to start shipping mid September with a confirmed street price of $300 (£239.99).
This is just the start of the new brands Scale Adventure. We have many more destinations still to visit, and so many more goals still to achieve.