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Know your glue

Know your glue

I know what you’re thinking.  What in the world could I possibly tell you about glue that you don’t already know?  Yes, it comes in tubes and makes things stick together, but it’s not quite that simple.  There are many different types of adhesives out there, and each has its place in the world of […]
So you want to sell a car

So you want to sell a car

I’ve written before about buying used RC vehicles, but this time I’m going to talk about selling them.  There are a lot of reasons why you might want to sell one of your rides.  Maybe you need some cash to buy something newer and better, or maybe you’re just trying to clear space on your […]

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Workbench Essentials: Dial Calipers

Workbench Essentials: Dial Calipers

I love these things.  I’ll admit they are not the most universal tool in my garage, and I will sometimes go for weeks at a time without ever using them.  When the need arises, however, absolutely nothing fits the bill like a set of dial calipers. As you might guess, they are used for measuring […]
Traxxas 1/16 “Stage Rally” Conversion

Traxxas 1/16 “Stage Rally” Conversion

  What happens when you take a Traxxas Rally VXL and tweak it for off-road running?  Something like this:    You see, I’m a huge fan of rally racing.  My favorite series is the World Rally Championship, but I also like RallyCross, Baja endurance events… pretty much everything.  In my book, nothing beats watching small, […]

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Workbench Essentials: Smartphone

Workbench Essentials: Smartphone

It’s not exactly a newsflash to say that smartphones are useful to have around. What you might not have thought about, however, is that smartphones are nothing short of phenomenal at the workbench. The list of things these phones are useful for is as long as your arm. I won’t be able to touch on […]
Workbench Essentials: Folding Utility Knife

Workbench Essentials: Folding Utility Knife

I found myself sitting in the garage this week, as I often do, pondering what I’d cover in my next blog entry. It was then that I noticed a tool that I don’t often give much thought to: my trusty folding utility knife. I have used this thing daily since I got it five or […]

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Buy used, buy smart

Buy used, buy smart

As I was flipping through the most recent issue of the magazine, I came across the latest Backyard Basher column by Eric J. Miller.  In the writeup he talks about all the do’s and don’t’s of buying a used RC vehicle, which of course caused me to go out and immediately place bids on used […]
Workbench Essentials: Locking Pliers

Workbench Essentials: Locking Pliers

This week my choice for must-have tool is an oldie but a goodie: Locking pliers. Often referred to as Vice Grips (a name brand), locking pliers are one of those things that simply must be within an arm’s reach at all times if you hope to retain any semblance of sanity. They make so many […]

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The Nomadio Blues

The Nomadio Blues

A few years ago, I switched my entire fleet of RC vehicles over from geriatric AM radio gear to awesome new 2.4GHz.  After many hours of careful research, I selected Nomadio as my new radio system of choice.  It was expensive to retrofit the better part of a dozen vehicles, but I figured the expense […]
Workbench Essentials: Reinforced Aluminum Tape

Workbench Essentials: Reinforced Aluminum Tape

It’s been a while since my last rummage through the tool drawer, so I figure I’m overdue.  This time around I’ve picked one of my very favorites: reinforced aluminum tape.  I know that doesn’t sound very interesting or glamorous, but give it a chance and you’ll be sold.  I promise. Foil tape is really only useful […]

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Making the best of a bad situation

Making the best of a bad situation

Nobody wants to have a bad weekend, but sometimes it just happens.  You’re out at your favorite RC spot with your friends, ready to enjoy a great day with your hobby, and then something goes very wrong.  Maybe your engine decides to throw a rod, or your ESC starts belting out smoke, or your steering […]
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