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Batman’s Tumbler 1/3-Scale RC “Miniature”

While computer-generated effects are the go-to technique for anything remotely fantastic in most of today’s movies, director Christopher Nolan remains a steadfast believer in practical effects–in other words, putting real things in front of a camera. That includes full-size “Tumblers” for his Batman trilogy, but not all the Tumbler shots were achieved in full-scale. There’s [...]

Jan 19, 2015 Comments
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HPI Vorza Built for 100mph Blasts El Mirage

Vintage hot-rod style, modern 1/8 scale buggy tech and a heaping helping of brushless horsepower sounds like a fun speed-run recipe to us, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in this throwback to our “Electric Performance” issue. Sure, a fully enclosed car would have gone faster, but sometimes it’s more fun to do thinks the [...]

Jan 19, 2015 Comments
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Brushless Motor Tech: Everything You Need to Know

Confused by brushless motors? Wonder no more, we’ve got the answers to your questions about the cylindrical spinners that turn volts and amps into miles per hour. From essential features to the mysteries of “KV” and “turns,” we’ll explain what you need to know to understand electric tech and make a smart buy for your [...]

Jan 19, 2015 Comments
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Biggest in RC: Quarter-Scale Oval Action

If there’s one segment of RC that’s still reserved for the hardest of hardcore, it’s quarter-scale racing. Just about big enough to ride on, built just like full-size race cars, and definitely not RTR (or cheap), these massive machines are the ultimate RC cars. Watch them go left in Stock Car, East Coast Modified, and [...]

Jan 19, 2015 Comments
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Standard Wheel, Drop Wheel, or Sticks?

“Which transmitter configuration do you prefer to drive: standard wheel or drop-wheel?” That’s the question we asked on Facebook, and here’s the results in chart form, as of this morning. We also added “sticks” for those who piped in with their love for driving by thumbs. Click over to our FB page and add your [...]

Jan 15, 2015 Comments
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Pro-Line Fuel Stick: See It First

Consider Pro-Line’s new Fuel Stick to be World Champion Approved: Ty Tessmann and his family team helped develop the high-tech filler-upper and used it to blast Nitrotane into his Hot Bodies D812 at the Worlds in Italy. Ty was noted for his lightning-fast pit stops on the way to the win, so you know the [...]

Jan 14, 2015 Comments
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Vaterra Twin Hammers Recreated in LEGO, Controlled by SmartPhone

It can take a long time to put together some of the more complex LEGO models with instructions. We can only guess how long it took LEGO builder “Sariel” to build this fully-functional, fully-suspended, phone-controlled LEGO Twin Hammers out of pure imagination. See it in action below. In addition to featuring the mind-blowing build, the [...]

Jan 13, 2015 Comments
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Traxxas “BackSlush” by Scott Oney

Scott Oney is a Traxxas fan, and hailing from Spirit Lake, ID he knows a bit about snow. He decided to combine the two into the ground-up build you see before you, which Scott has dubbed the BackSlush! Originally (and, we assume, before he named it!) the project was started using a Traxxas Rustler chassis, [...]

Jan 13, 2015 Comments
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