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Hobby King Pocket Rocket: LiPo Charging On the Cheap

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to keep your LiPos juiced up–especially if you’re field-charging from a DC power source–then Hobby King’s new Pocket Rocket charger is well worth a look. Priced well under $20 and rated for 80 watts, the charger is truly pocket-sized. Its transistor-radio-like styling  features a single knob for amp rate adjustment [...]

Apr 28, 2014 Comments
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Duratrax is Now in the Paint Biz

Duratrax has announced a new line of spray and bottle paints for lexan bodies–just in time, since the Pactra Racing Finish polycarbonate paint line has been discontinued by Testors. As Duratrax notes, their new spray cans are larger than the size Pactra offered(4.5 oz. versus Pactra’s 3 oz.), so you get more spray for your pay. See below for [...]

Apr 27, 2014 Comments
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Team Associated Announces Qualifier ProRally 4WD RTR

Associated’s new rally machine is based on the Qualifier Series ProLite 4X4, which makes it a well-equipped RTR. Reedy brushless power is standard, a 7-cell NiMH Reedy Wolf Pack is included, and Associated has added a few details to separate the ProRally from the ProLite. There’s the body, of course (duh), along with a new [...]

Apr 25, 2014 Comments
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Throwback Thursday, December 1987: Project Optima & Monster Beetle, Big Brute and More…

Click pics to embiggen By the time the December 1987 issue rolled around, the decade was definitely hitting it’s “rad 80s” stride. U2′s “With or Without You” and The Pretenders’ “Don’t Get Me Wrong” shared the charts with the dreck from Wang Chung and Chris DeBurgh, you rode your Supergoose to the mall theater to catch Predator and RoboCop, and you probably had [...]

Apr 24, 2014 Comments
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Lights, Camera, FIRE!

Pro-Line’s new Blockbuster video-ready body is getting a lot of buzz, and it should only get buzzier with the release of PL’s new video for the shell (which you can see by clicking any of the images below). I wonder how many guys singed off their eyebrows making this clip… We begin by learning about [...]

Apr 24, 2014 Comments
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Kyosho Reveals Scorpion Re-Release Details

After teasing the Scorpion re-release last week, Kyosho has now revealed details about the highly-anticipated vintage machine, which is set to debut at the RCX show on May 17-18. As the hype-sheet reveals (and as we anticipated), the new-old car is highly faithful to the original specs but also beefed up and refined where needed so you [...]

Apr 23, 2014 Comments
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Stab-Proof Hobby Knife Stand

Capping your hobby knife after each use is a pain, but not as big a pain as stabbing the bejeebers out of yourself on an uncapped hobby knife—or having it roll off the bench and into your thigh. Ouch! To go capless safely, build a stand out of an M&M Minis tube (or anything similar) [...]

Apr 23, 2014 Comments
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Jeff LaPorte’s Classic Clod

Jeff LaPorte of Liverpool, NY submitted this shot of his Tamiya Super Clod Buster, and it’s one of our Readers’ Rides selections for the June issue. The truck is mostly stock except for a few choice Traxxas bits including an XL-5 speed control and Ultra shocks. Bonus points for the smooth paint job (no easy feat, [...]

Apr 22, 2014 Comments
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