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Matthew Higgins matth

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About Matt:I think it’s safe to say I’ve done a little bit of everything in RC. That said, I predominately race off-road and my current passion is short course. One of my all-time favorite classes is oval carpet racing. Besides racing, I can often be found working on one of my many never-complete projects, and it seems I have an ever growing collection of rock crawlers—specifically scale crawlers. Matt’s 5 Hot Topics: Short course, Racing, Scale Builds, Crawling and the General RC Hobby

The Great Debate: Kits vs. RTRs

Apr 25, 2011 44 Comments

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 [...]

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The Future of RC Rock Crawling

Apr 25, 2011 2 Comments

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

Mar 14, 2011 6 Comments

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, [...]

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RC To Do/Wish List

Mar 02, 2011 5 Comments

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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Who is Ted?

Feb 18, 2011 4 Comments

Who is Ted? Is Ted even his real name? I want to know more about Ted. He seems very happy and anyone that happy has to be a good guy–or mentally ill. I’ll assume he’s not the latter. What do you know about Ted? You’ve seen this photo of him before. Do you remember where? [...]

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The Ideal Track

Feb 16, 2011 8 Comments

RC race tracks come in all shapes and sizes. That said, there has been a shift or evolution in tracks over the years. Tracks continue to get bigger and more complicated. In fact, huge tracks with MX-style jumps are no longer a rarity. Many hobby shops start off with small tracks and continue to look [...]

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Scale Overload

Feb 03, 2011 3 Comments

Slow traffic in the passing lane, conversation crashers, Kevin Hetmanski burning a rare Bruiser, bad parking, referring to pets as children, loud cell phone talkers, empty food containers in the fridge, etc, etc. Pet peeves are a popular topic of discussion, and like you, I have my fair share of things that tweak me. One [...]

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The Yet-Another-Nationals Nationals

Jan 29, 2011 3 Comments

I don’t get worked up about too much in RC. Why would I or anyone else? It’s a fun hobby. That said, there is one topic that makes me want to, well, scream. OK, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. There’s one topic in RC that makes me roll my eyes and shake my head. [...]

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