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New Online Build: Tamiya XV-01 Lancia Delta Integrale

Our next step-by-step build is a Tamiya XV-01, the latest multi-terrain platform from the Japanese giant. I’m building the Lancia Delta Integrale rally-car version, a body Tamiya has offered on a number of different models before, and a great choice for such a rally-ready chassis as the XV-01. Here’s a look at what’s in the box, [...]

Dec 08, 2013 Comments
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RC Goes WiFi — Kyosho Announces New Receiver For iOS and Android

We doubt phone-control will replace radio-control for serious RC driving (there’s just no beating a good pistol grip transmitter), but Kyosho’s new iReceiver system does look like a lot of fun. The receiver installs in the usual way to provide you with WiFi control via iPhone, iPad, or Android. The app graphically replicates a two-stick [...]

Dec 04, 2013 Comments
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Cyber Monday Deals & More–Find the Best Buys Here!

If your in-box isn’t already blowing up with sales and promo info and you want to know where the deals are, just visit the Sales, Offers, and Promotions thread in our forums. You’ll find the latest money-savers from all your favorite hobby retailers, all with just one click. Go buy stuff!

Dec 01, 2013 Comments
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Axial Wraith Build–Done!

At last–the Axial Wraith build is wrapping up. Go interior… The interior pieces go together quickly, no surprises. I snipped off the pins that make sure the steering column attaches straight so I could angle it left or right to better fit a driver figure, if I ever find one I like. I’d like to [...]

Dec 01, 2013 Comments
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Reader’s Ride: Chris Guit’s Tamiya Sand Scorcher

This week’s Reader’s Ride comes to us from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and appears in the January issue of RC Car Action, where we said… This Sand Scorcher re-release was given to Chris by his wife as a Christmas gift (what an awesome wife — take note, ladies). He upgraded it with a set of aluminum [...]

Nov 27, 2013 Comments
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LRP America Opens Doors

Congrats to LRP on opening LRP America. LRP is best known in the US for power systems, nitro engines, and chargers, but offers a much wider line in Europe, including RTR vehicles. With LRP America now up and running, expect to see a lot more new products from the “Blue is Better” brand. Official press [...]

Nov 27, 2013 Comments
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Axial Wraith Build, Part 4

OK, back at the bench. After skipping ahead to the transmission for Part 3, I’m paging back through the manual to the driveshafts. You can click the pages and pictures to enlarge…   The Wraith’s shafts are telescoping plastic units with curvalinear splines and machined steel CV-style joints. The plastic rings slip over the “bell” [...]

Nov 26, 2013 Comments
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Traxxas Brings Titan 550 power to Stampede 4X4

Traxxas popular Stampede 4X4 will soon be available in a brushed version that trims about $120 from the price of the brushless “VXL” model while preserving most of the features that made the Stampede 4X4 our “Truck of the Year” choice in 2011. The power system is Traxxas’ stalwart XL-5 speed control/Titan 550 motor combo, [...]

Nov 25, 2013 Comments
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