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RC4WD’s Trailfinder 2 Goes Short Wheelbase

The Trailfinder 2 from RC4WD is very popular with scaler fans and now it’s available in a short wheelbase (“SWB”) version. It’s only available as a kit at this time and we’re willing to be that there will be a RTR version soon. This is a great platform for those who like short wheelbase bodies [...]

Dec 16, 2014 Comments
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Kev’s Bench: The Ripper Lives Again!

When I last posted about my Thunder Tech Ripper, I was making plans to improve the old ride for enhanced performance and a return to solid-axle truck racing. Since then, parts have arrived and I’ve gone to work reviving the Ripper, and it’s ready for its debut as a refreshed rig. Today’s servos are much more [...]

Dec 08, 2014 Comments
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Kev’s Bench: What Happened to Monster Truck Racing?

Back in the early 2000s, monster truck racing with independent suspension trucks on local tracks was very popular. People were converting trucks like the Traxxas T-Maxx, Team Associated MGT and Tamiya TNX into full-blown race machines. There were also big races held around the country like the Pro-Line Maxx challenge and Monster Madness that drew [...]

Dec 01, 2014 Comments
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Kev’s Bench: 32 Ford Rock Crawler Update

I’ve been spending as much time as possible on my 32 Ford rock crawler project and I have been making good progress. This is the first time that I am making a complete body from scratch and I have really enjoyed the process of making it happen. I made a small buck out of wood [...]

Nov 24, 2014 Comments
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Kev’s Bench: Hot Stuff Spotted at the SEMA Show

The SEMA show in Las Vegas is the place to see the latest trends, parts and builds in the full-size car world and every year thousands of people in the automotive industry make their way to this iconic show. The show is only happening for four days and you need all of that and more [...]

Nov 10, 2014 Comments
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Kev’s Bench: Return Of The Ripper

I have built a lot of modded Tamiya Clod Busters over my lifetime and one of the trucks that I have held on to is my trusty Thunder Tech Ripper. I built and reviewed the Ripper in the October 2001 issue of Radio Control Car Action Magazine and since then I’ve made a few tweaks [...]

Nov 03, 2014 Comments
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Vaterra Ascender First Impressions & Build Notes

The Ascender is the latest vehicle to come out of the Vaterra Garage and like others before it’s very well detailed and is a performer. This scale truck is the only Vaterra model to be released exclusively as a kit. I just finished putting together my Ascender and am working on a review for the [...]

Oct 28, 2014 Comments
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Watch NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski Wheel a Tamiya Freightliner

Check out this video of NASCAR racer Brad Keselowski and his race-hauler driver “Bama” as they go toe to toe with a couple of Tamiya Freightliner Cascadia Evolution tractor trucks. The racing action is obviously staged for the “Hauler Challenge” promo that the clip is supporting, but it’s still pretty cool to see the Tamiya rigs [...]

Oct 21, 2014 Comments
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