There have been many RC types in the hobby, but there is always room for one more. This ‘one more’ happens to be the Kraken Vekta 5; a 5th scale $1,500 beast. And that’s the point I wanted to raise, for $1,500 as a roller (no engine, no servos, no batteries and no pipe) that is a lot of cash for something that cannot function straight out of the box.
For that amount of money, you can purchase a Dragon Hammer, Losi 5B, Bajas and many more cars all ready to run.
So I ask the question, is the Kraken Vecta 5 worth its asking price? Watch my video to find out.
My first passion has always been content creation; that covers photography, making short films, YouTube videos and UI UX Design, which is a fancy pants name for web design architecture.
But not many people know I love RC Cars and one of the best places to “fuel” that passion has been the Bank Holiday Bash Fest up in Welford, England.
Bash Fest is essential a huge farmer’s field which is hired out to a 200+ RC drivers wanting a nirvana to talk, bash, race, fix, break, smash, crash, turn and burn anything to do with RC Cars specifically 5th scale cars.
Previously I have focused on shooting videos for my YouTube channel (check out www.youtube.com/waitingoutside) but this time around I wanted to take photos too! So as well as my Sony A6300 which was my video workhorse, I also brought my Canon 5D mk3 with it’s insane focus locking speed!
The Bank Holiday Bash Fest runs from the Friday until Monday morning when people pack up their tents. I could only attend on the Sunday as I had another event I wanted to cover. I was hoping that Sunday would be as busy as the Saturday, but alas it seemed a little emptier. I had been told on by many folks that the previous day was very busy, so I missed out there!
Regardless, I dutifully cover as many races/bashes as I could, especially taking time to take some photos.
Twice a year, one of my favourite RC events happen just outside Welford, England; Bash Fest. I’ve always thought the name was strange since I imagined it would be more ‘racey’, but in fact it is very ‘bashy’.
In the past I have taken my trusty (ironic) Losi DBXL to Bash Fest, but this year I had a new toy, a Sony A6300 and an adapter (Metabones). This allowed me to attach a big Canon 100-400mm lens; this meant I could film the the 5th Scale cars at a magnification, quality and frame rate better than anyone else there. But I digress.
I knew a few people at Bash Fest, mainly from Facebook groups, so it was really nice to connect to them face to face. I also meet some subscribers of my YouTube channel which was great listening to their feedback.
Below is the YouTube video I made about Bash Fest 2017. All opinions are my own and is not meant to offend anybody with my thoughts and views.
At a recent 5th Scale bash meet I saw my first Losi 5B. Initially I was simply curious about the setup; it was lower and proportionally wider than most 5th scales out there which suggested it had terrific turning abilities. I imagined the lower centre of gravity would prevent tipping during fast turns on the track.
Once these cars hit the ‘very vague’ track course (essentially an old golf course), they felt right at home up with the BAJA animals, and the elegant (yes “elegant”) LOSI DBXLs.
The Losi 5ive B, to give its official title, hugged the ground in unnatural ways. The track was uneven but not difficult, however blasting through it at 40mph will mean a very bumpy ride. The Baja’s had a rough time but they have pure speed to battle their way through; the DBXLs were fine but mine needed better ‘grass’ tyres to really bite for grip. The Losi 5ive Bs were setup perfectly it would seem; in my eyes they were outturning everything else, and in the straight line it looked like they were keeping up with the Baja’s.
However, after all is said and done, I will not personally invest in one; for a car like this I would really need to run it on a track; green flat fields would not do the financial investment justice; the Losi 5ive B needs to be on a track turning, burning and jumping.
Watch my YouTube video below for a rundown on the amazing Losi 5ive B.