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WHY IS THERE A BEAR DRIVING THIS DUNE BUGGY?

The answer, of course, is “because Japan.” The jet-black bear is Kumamon, the official mascot of Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture, says Wikipedia. He’s Japan’s favorite regional mascot, and thus worthy of his (or her?) own Tamiya models, including a dune buggy and a tractor, apparently. Tamiya’s PR below shows kit specs, but the Kumamon car is also [...]

May 13, 2015 Comments
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Tamiya Unveils New TRF 2WD Buggy and F1 Chassis Kits

Tamiya Racing Factory or “TRF” kits are always ultra-high qual, and the latest additions to the TRF line are as jewel-like as their predecessors. This round includes the TRF211XM mid-motor buggy, and TRF102 F1 car. Both are no-expense-spared competition cars, as the specs below will confirm. Expect these beautiful machines to hit stores in June. [...]

May 11, 2015 Comments
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RC Firefighters Extinguish Blazing Home, Barbie & Ken Safe [VIDEO]

“Garden trucking” is big in Europe, and the scene is all about RC imitating life. That includes the occasional house fire, as captured here. Lots of clever mechanisms are at work to make the entire rescue of dolls in danger happen purely by RC, including a transfer from home to ambulance to hospital (exiting the [...]

May 11, 2015 Comments
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Functional 1/3 Scale Porsche Engine Sounds Awesome, Just Needs Rest of Porsche [VIDEO]

There are lots of functional miniature engine on YouTube, and we’re happy to watch all of them. Most don’t sound nearly as good as this mill though, a 1/3 scale replica of the legendary air-cooled flat-six that powered the Porsche 911 until the iconic car finally went water-cooled in 1999. While most scale engine builders [...]

May 11, 2015 Comments
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What’s the Most Bomb-Proof RC Car?

…and by “car” we mean car or truck, of course. Let us know in the comments what models you think are the toughest tanks out there (or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). We’ll gather up your top picks to name which vehicles come out on top as the most indestructible machines.

May 07, 2015 Comments
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Get Ready For RCX 2015! May 16-17, OC Fair Event Center

Time to get your RCX plans in high gear! Save May 16-17 for RC fun in the SoCal sunshine with a visit to the Radio Control Expo at the OC Fair Event Center. Now in its 13th year, RCX brings you the best in radio control on land, air, and sea with all the latest gear from the [...]

May 07, 2015 Comments
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Team Associated B5M In Rapid Prototype Form: The Ghost Car

Team Associated posted these pics of a pre-production RC10B5M on their  Facebook page. The translucent parts are “RP” parts, shorthand for rapid prototyping. It looks like the parts shown here were created with a stereolithographic process and photopolymer rather than a filament machine as most commonly associated with 3D printing, but that’s just a guess. [...]

May 01, 2015 Comments
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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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