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The Radio Control Show – Episode 161

Check out the latest episode of The Radio Control Show, featuring the Team Associated SC10 GT, and a custom scale truck. Remember to become a fan of The Radio Control Show Facebook Page, and become a follower on Twitter for the latest updates. The Radio Control Show (Facebook) @RCShow (Twitter)

Jun 01, 2012 Comments
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How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine

At 35,000 rpm, a two-stroke nitro engine sounds like a vicious little beast.  You know, the type of creature that might snap your finger off rather than cuddle in your lap.  Fortunately, looks (and sounds) aren’t everything; today’s nitro engine is nearly as user friendly as an electric motor.  Technology and quality control have taken [...]

May 31, 2012 Comments
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How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Clutch]

Clutch: As a last line of defense against troublesome engines, always maintain your vehicles clutch system.  Even when all of the above items check out, a broken or worn-out clutch shoes, gritty clutch bearings and grease inside the clutch bell.  In general, if you remove the clutch bell and it looks like a bomb went [...]

May 31, 2012 Comments
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How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Carburetor]

Optimal Universal Needle Settings One of the more common questions from inexperienced nitro guys you’ll find on RC message boards is this: what is the perfect needle setting for my particular engine? Unfortunately, no such optimal needle setting exists.  Needle settings will vary widely depending on many factors, including your local weather, altitude, humidity, fuel [...]

May 31, 2012 Comments
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How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Pipe/Gaskets]

Pipe/Gaskets: Check your tuned pipe for leaks by disassembling it and pulling it off of the engine.  A tight seal between the engine exhaust gasket and the header is vital.  Check the header/pipe gasket as well.  If either of these rubber gaskets is torn, replace it,  Exhaust leaks cause tuning problems every time. Carburetor (Click [...]

May 31, 2012 Comments
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How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Glow Plugs/Igniters]

It’s Running…Right? When all else fails, ask an experienced nitro guy to check your equipment.  There’s no replacement for experience, and as you tune more engines, you’ll become familiar with problem signals and their causes.  Just remember-an engine needs fuel, air and a spark to run properly.  Keep those three components healthy, and your engine [...]

May 31, 2012 Comments
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How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Air Filter]

Air Leaks? Years ago, manufacturing tolerances weren’t as tight as they are now, and air leaks that cause finicky engine performance were common then.  This isn’t the case as often now.  You can protect against and prevent air leaks by sealing the carburetor (Lucky7 Air Seal works perfectly), but don’t automatically assume that your tuning [...]

May 31, 2012 Comments
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Readers’ Rides: Homemade Peterbilt Show Truck [July 2012]

                  Homemade Petrbilt Show Truck: This may look like a Tamiya King Hauler, but it’s much smaller.  This 1/25-sized semi started out its life as a Revell plastic model kit, but Karl was soon stretching the hood and sleeper to make it look more like a Peterbilt [...]

May 30, 2012 Comments
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