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Kev’s Bench: Ultimate 80′s Monster Build

I love old school monster trucks. They were slow and didn’t handle very well but boy did they look cool. They were basically oversized show trucks and featured tilt noses and beds, had tons of lights and lots of chrome. This is part of the reason why I fell in love with the Tamiya Clod [...]

Dec 22, 2014 Comments
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Kev’s Bench: Could Trophy Trucks The Next Big Thing?

The scale scene is big right now and there are no signs of it slowing down. Most of the scale vehicles out there are solid axle trucks that are designed to perform well on trail and rock courses. Although they rate high on the scale uh… scale, they lack the speed that most people in [...]

Dec 16, 2014 Comments
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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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