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Matthew Higgins

RC Dreamin’

RC Dreamin’

I had a dream last night. It was a wonderful dream. In this dream I had a pet dragon who could talk and I was the starting power forward for the Celtics, but those weren’t the only points of pure fantasy. In this dream all LiPo batteries used the same balance plugs, all RC vehicles used […]
What Makes a Race Day, What Ruins a Race Day?

What Makes a Race Day, What Ruins a Race Day?

Racing is fun. I hesitate to over simplify something that many people are extremely passionate about, but that’s why we do it–to have fun. In that sense, RC racing is no different than, say, bowling or billiards. But, like those two examples, racing can go beyond being simply fun and elevate to being highly fulfilling. That’s […]

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Can You Beat This?

Can You Beat This?

I have started building an RC version of a Top Truck Challenge style truck. For those who don’t know, Top Truck Challenge is an annual full-size event put on by Four Wheeler magazine. It’s an over-the-top hardcore off-road test for trucks and it includes mud, rocks, dirt and frame bending, suspension breaking, engine blowing utter mayhem. […]
RC Doubleheader

RC Doubleheader

Like a lot of family folk, I don’t always have the time to go to as many RC events as I’d like. I don’t mean big events, I mean the weekend stuff like racing or rock crawling comps. This Sunday, however, the stars must be aligned just right because not only am I going to […]

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The Great Debate: Kits vs. RTRs

The Great Debate: Kits vs. RTRs

The vast majority of RC vehicles offered are pre-built RTRs. This makes sense since when most people buy something, they want to be able to use it right away. Seems reasonable. If you had the choice between two computers–same price, one pre-built and ready to plug in vs. an unassembled box of parts–you’d probably go with […]
The Future of RC Rock Crawling

The Future of RC Rock Crawling

One could argue that RC rock crawling has been around as long as there have been RC trucks and rocks. There’s some truth to that, but true rock crawling with specific-built machines is still a relatively young segment. Rock crawling really started when conversions of Tamiya’s TLT-1 and Clod Buster began growing in number.  In those early days, however, crawlers had to […]

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More Critics Than Racers

More Critics Than Racers

Trends and certain hot topics come and go in this hobby, but a few have withstood that old proverbial test of time. Monster trucks come to mind–always popular no matter what else pops up. Criticism of ROAR (Remotely Operated Auto Racers) is another stalwart of RC. Having been around since the late sixties, 1967 to be exact, […]
RC To Do/Wish List

RC To Do/Wish List

I have one of those jobs that’s fast paced (epic understatement) with constantly changing priorities. In an attempt to preserve some of my sanity, I rely on To Do Lists. Every To Do List I have is a work in progress–new items often get added faster than I can check the older ones off. This constant use of these […]

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Short Course: The Missed Opportunity

Short Course: The Missed Opportunity

Most people in the RC industry or those  involved in hobby for a significant amount of time recognize that the short course segment is the best thing to happen to the hobby in a long time. It has renewed the interest of veteran enthusiasts and has drawn in newcomers. In some respects, short course has […]
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