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Ryan Maifield Lands at Team Losi Racing

It’s official: Ryan Maifield is now a TLR factory driver. Maifield last made news when he exited Team Associated (with a very classy send-off), and TLR is no doubt stoked to have him. Ryan has switched to Team Orion power for his electric TLR rides, but is otherwise sticking with his current sponsors: Airtronics, JConcepts, Novarossi, [...]

Jul 08, 2014 Comments
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Online Build: Tamiya Rock Socker

Tamiya’s CR-01 platform debuted as a Toyota Land Cruiser and has also been issued as a Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler, and Unimog. In its latest lexan, the capable 4-link crawling design lifts its look from the long-lived Stadium Blitzer to create the Rock Socker (not to be confused with rock soccer, which is really tough on your toes). [...]

Jul 07, 2014 Comments
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RPM Nails the Big Ol’ Blower Look

RPM just pegged the cool-meter with their latest accessory, a trick 5-piece blower and intake that instantly makes your machine look like it’s packing a whole bunch of forced-induction horsepower. Nice detailing (just look at it) with pulley splines, belt ridges, and a textured belt finish. RPM smartly molded the parts to sit level on [...]

Jul 03, 2014 Comments
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Vaterra Goes Kit With DIY Twin Hammers

Vaterra offers a wide lineup of vehicles, from touring cars and  rock racers to rally rigs and  monster trucks. All very different, but until now, all were the same in one important way: they’re all RTRs. No more: with the Twin Hammers now offered as a kit, Vaterra is officially in the DIY business. All [...]

Jul 03, 2014 Comments
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Kyosho Scorpion Online Build Part 3 (It’s Done)

We’re in the home stretch on the 1982 Kyosho Scorpion re-release build. If you’re just joining us, follow these links to the Unboxing, Part1, and Part 2 to catch up. Otherwise, it’s back to the bench… With the rolling chassis completed in the last session, attention turns to the tub and electronics installation. The steering [...]

Jul 02, 2014 Comments
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Lightweight LiPo: Trinity XL Titanium

Trinity‘s XL Titanium pack is all about low weight and a small footprint. Even if your car is already underweight, a lightweight battery is a good idea. Why? Because the weight you add to reach the minimum can be installed where it best suits handling, rather than lumped with the battery. Likewise, the smaller a [...]

Jul 01, 2014 Comments
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Toy-Towing Ford 4X4: Anthony Santoianni’s Tamiya F-350 High-Lift

Here’s a scene we can definitely get into. Road trip to the trail in the F-350, do a little trail riding, a little RC crawling (see the tiny truck between the “big” truck’s wheels?), build a campfire… This Reader’s Ride comes from Anthony Santoianni of Montreal, Canada, and his Tamiya Ford F-350 High Lift is definitely looking [...]

Jul 01, 2014 Comments
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End of an Era: Team Associated and Ryan Maifield Split

Today is Ryan Maifield’s final day as a Team Associated driver, as Ryan is parting ways with Team Associated and Reedy effective July 1. The split ends a very successful 11-year run for Ryan and The Team, which Associated captured in a graphic and shared via Facebook (duplicated below) to showcase Ryan’s achievements. Very professional indeed. [...]

Jun 30, 2014 Comments
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