Kevin Hetmanski's Blog

Kevin Hetmanski kevinh

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Simply put, I’m all about nitro. Well, almost. I’m down with electric for crawlers and some indoor racing, but if you really want to get my attention, it better make some smoke and noise. I’m a regular racer and I usually go with 1/8-scale buggy and truggy. When I’m not racing, I am usually fabricating custom parts and even entire vehicles.

This is Mint! Full-size off-road!

Mar 31, 2011 1 Comment

While on a recent trip to Las Vegas I attended the SNORE Mint 400. I heard that the race was going on while I was there and after making a call to my boys at HPI Racing we were in a car and on the way to the event. Friday night before the race we [...]

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Front spindles for my trophy truck project

Mar 10, 2011 2 Comments

I’ve had a few builds for the magazine keeping me from getting to my trophy truck build and my boy Ed from STL Customs has been busy as well so things are going a little slow on the build right now. Here I have the beginning stages of my front spindles. I designed them to [...]

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The truth behind the Bruiser

Mar 02, 2011 3 Comments

A while back we had run into a guy who built an awesome E-Maxx that had a flame thrower built into it and we couldn’t get the truck to our office fast enough. We featured it in our 2005 Monster Trucks special issue. We wanted to set up a cool shot where the truck was [...]

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My trophy truck lower link mounts are done

Feb 15, 2011 No Comments

I designed my lower link mounts to slide over the axle housing that will be made soon. I waited for the material for the axle tubes to show up so that I can design the link mounts to have the same inside diameter as the outside diameter as the tubes. These pieces will bolt in [...]

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Short course trucks are hot, but will we be seeing trophy trucks soon?

Feb 01, 2011 5 Comments

A lot of us love short course trucks because they look just like the real thing. I like short course trucks but there’s nothing like a tricked out trophy truck. They look so much better with all the lights on them and the spare tires in the bed. I think that it’s time for a [...]

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Kit or RTR, which one is for you?

Jan 28, 2011 17 Comments

There are a lot of opinions on this subject and I used to be a kit guy all the way. There’s nothing like sitting down and building a vehicle as perfectly as possible and making slight modifications to it as you build it. That was when I had the time to build a kit. Now [...]

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The trophy truck build continues!

Jan 27, 2011 No Comments

After spending some time at STL Customs designing and making my SC10 GT conversion for the Team Associated RC10GT, I was able to find some time to continue on my 1/5-scale trophy truck project. This time we have brake pads. I picked up a set of hydraulic brakes from AMS for the front and rear [...]

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Is there a future for solid axle monster trucks?

Jan 20, 2011 6 Comments

I am a big time fan of solid axle monster trucks and can remember seeing a lot of them in the pages of RC Car Action back in the day. Most of them were based on the Tamiya Clodbuster and they showed up in many different configurations. The race trucks were always my favorite and [...]

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