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Curt Poucket’s Miz-Bee-Havin

Curt’s Reader’s Ride build began with a Crawford Barbarian chassis that he had power coated black with yellow cross braces and links. He custom-built swaybars and finished them with the same yellow powder coating to match the links and braces. The axles are borrowed from an Axial Wraith and equipped with a STRC steering link. [...]

Oct 01, 2014 Comments
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Kyosho Reveals Beetle Re-Release at Tokyo Hobby Show

Kyosho has another re-release on the way, as these shots from the Tokyo hobby show (via reveal. The original 1983 Beetle was based on the Scorpion, which makes it fitting that a Beetle re-release would follow the successful Scorpion re-release. Predictably, the car looks fantastic, and you can count on the improvements Kyosho made [...]

Sep 29, 2014 Comments
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5 Awesomely Lame 80s RC Car Commercials

They don’t make toy commercials like these anymore. Just hit play and let the 80s wash over you as we look back at tiny 2-stick radios, “Turbo Mode,” and the goofy cars and trucks we old-timers thought were awesome before discovering hobby-quality gear and learning what real high-performance RC could do. Nobody did RC commercials [...]

Sep 29, 2014 Comments
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Ty Tessmann Crowned 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Off-Road World Champion!

Full details to come, but here’s the nutshell: Ty Tessmann is the World Champ! Ty actually lapped the field on the way to his win in a truly dominating performance. His Hot Bodies D812 was unstoppable with O.S. 21XZ-B ABC Speed Spec II power and Pro-Line rubber and body, and PL’s new Lexan wing. And [...]

Sep 27, 2014 Comments
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Insert Screws In Tough Spots With Fuel Tubing

This week’s Pit Tip is perfect for when you need a screw to stay stuck on your driver while you insert it into a tight spot. Sure, you could magnetize your driver, but what if you’ve got an aluminum or titanium fastener? Fuel tubing does the trick. Do you have a Pit Tip for us? [...]

Sep 24, 2014 Comments
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Billy Kara’s Tamiya Hornet Boat Thing

Billy Kara’s Reader’s Ride is an aquatic take on the classic Tamiya Hornet and comes to us by way of Melbourne, Australia. Steering vanes made of sheet plastic replace the front wheels to steer the craft, while zip-ties slap the water to propel it. Despite the 3300KV motor he installed, Billy tells us his highly unusual [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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Dromida Takes Off With KODO and Ominus Quad-Copters

We don’t feature flying models frequently since this is RC Car Action and cars don’t fly (unless you jump them…). But when a car brand takes to the sky, we like to check ‘em out. Dromida debuted with a 1/18 car lineup (see our March 2014 issue for the review), and has now added two [...]

Sep 17, 2014 Comments
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Interview: Kyosho’s Yuichi Kanai, Father of the Inferno

Kyosho has built everything from static models to basic hobby-level kits throughout its 50-year history, but the Japanese firm is perhaps best known for producing some of the most exotic and successful race cars the RC market has ever seen. The most notable id the Inferno series of 1/8-scale buggies that have won eight IFMAR [...]

Sep 15, 2014 Comments
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