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1/5 Scale Dirt Oval Racing? Sign Us Up!

If this doesn’t press your “I want to do that” button, then RC just isn’t for you. It’ll take one helluva plane ticket (the track is in New Zealand), but we definitely want to hit this oval for some gas-powered go-left action. Who can resist big ol’ weed-eater-powered Sprinters slinging good old-fashioned dirt?

Apr 30, 2015 Comments
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100mph Slot Cars Will Melt Your Brain

An RC car traveling 100mph is pretty impressive, but 100mph on a slot-car track is downright insane. High-downforce “wing cars” can top 110mph, as (barely) seen here competing at the European Championship in Helsinki, Finland from a few years back. So, you could say these cars are fast to the Finnish line. Fast-forward to 0:55 [...]

Apr 29, 2015 Comments
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Kyosho Brings Back the Tomahawk

Hot on the heels of Kyosho’s Scorpion re-release is the Tomahawk, another of the brand’s iconic 80s buggies. The trim, wingless body still looks great, and the hardware underneath has the right vintage look but is built to improved specs. As it did back in the day, the Tomahawk borrows from the Scorpion with its [...]

Apr 28, 2015 Comments
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Convert Your Pull-Start Engine to Shaft-Start With a Sullivan Tiger Drive [How-To]

As nitro-engine starting systems go, pull-starters are definitely the least desirable option. On the plus side, they’re cheap; on the down side, well, everything else. They aren’t reliable, they’re not comfortable to use, and if you’ve ever taken one apart, you know what a hassle it can be to get the spring-genie back into the [...]

Apr 28, 2015 Comments
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These Are The Weirdest-Looking Vehicles In RC

We asked you to tell us what you think are RC’s weirdest-looking vehicles, and you definitely found some wild and crazy machines. Along with our own pics, you turned up bizarre front drivers, Robotech-inspired futuristic rides, and mind-boggling homebrew projects that stretch the limits of RC imagination. This unusual homebuilt apeared in our July 1993 issue [...]

Apr 27, 2015 Comments
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Gas-Powered 1/16 Slot Cars in 1956–Say What Now? [VIDEO]

Well, by “gas” we mean “diesel oil” and by “slot” we mean “rail,” but you get the idea. This vintage clip might be the most British thing involving models since the Thunderbirds, and is a fascinating look at fuel-powered auto modeling in the pre-radio-control era. Back in 1956, you wore a suit and tie as [...]

Apr 27, 2015 Comments
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Traxxas Announces New Trucks, Dual iD Charger & Stability System

Traxxas just revealed a bunch of new products at the dealers-only NRHSA show in Las Vegas, and now the gear is officially announced at Traxxas.com. The Crainiac and Skully trucks are hard to miss, and are easily the wildest-looking trucks to ever wear a Traxxas logo. Each will be offered in two color schemes (blue [...]

Apr 24, 2015 Comments
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Basher Goes Rally With New 1/10 scale RZ-4 RTR

Basher’s ever-expanding lineup now includes a 190mm rally car, which looks like a nicely equipped ride and is loaded with plenty of machined aluminum bits. The belt-drive car is available in kit ($120), ARTR ($213), and RTR ($233) versions, and is built on an aluminum chassis with aluminum shock towers–there’s something you don’t see often in [...]

Apr 24, 2015 Comments
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