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Tamiya Bruiser – The Truck, the Myth, the Legend

Picture it; it was 1985. Ronald Regan was President, Back to the Future topped the movie charts, and gasoline cost a whopping $1.07 per gallon. Michael Jackson and company sang “We Are The World,” and Knight Rider was a cultural icon. Wait, were you even alive? If you weren’t, you may not remember 1985 as [...]

Jun 19, 2012 Comments
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Kit VS. Roller [What To Purchase]

When the topic of discussion pops up about buying a kit or a roller, typically, you’re dealing with an upper-end vehicle and the clientele has some pretty good knowledge about what they’re getting themselves into.  Granted, this really only applies to the 1/8-scale off-road market, but it’s still a valid topic.  Ultimately, it boils down [...]

Jun 12, 2012 Comments
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How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine

At 35,000 rpm, a two-stroke nitro engine sounds like a vicious little beast.  You know, the type of creature that might snap your finger off rather than cuddle in your lap.  Fortunately, looks (and sounds) aren’t everything; today’s nitro engine is nearly as user friendly as an electric motor.  Technology and quality control have taken [...]

May 31, 2012 Comments
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Readers’ Rides: Homemade Peterbilt Show Truck [July 2012]

                  Homemade Petrbilt Show Truck: This may look like a Tamiya King Hauler, but it’s much smaller.  This 1/25-sized semi started out its life as a Revell plastic model kit, but Karl was soon stretching the hood and sleeper to make it look more like a Peterbilt [...]

May 30, 2012 Comments
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Pit Tips: Easy Turnbuckles [July 2012]

                    Easy Turnbuckles: Turnbuckles are notoriously hard to turn.  I put a dab of lip balm on the threads of the turnbuckle before screwing the ball cups onto them.  This makes it easier to lengthen or shorten the links for faster camber changes. Alex Maroni – Newport [...]

May 30, 2012 Comments
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Axial EXO Terra Buggy

A lot of us get into this hobby because the full-sized alternative is way out of reach. We sit at our workbenches, dreaming of building the ultimate off-road machine—one that can go anywhere, do anything and take on whatever the world puts in its way. Axial had the same thing in mind when it set [...]

May 17, 2012 Comments
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Pit Envy – 8 Cool Tools To Make Your Racing Buddies Jealous

Every racer’s toolbox is brimming with the basic tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers.  These are al necessary for rebuilds and repairs, but there are tools beyond the basic necessities that can make life easier on race day.  Here’s a collection of tools that will save some time and improve your racing routine.  This [...]

May 15, 2012 Comments
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Top 25 Essential Pit Tips – From Drivers Around The World

While we don’t pretend to know it all, your faithful RC Car Action editors have, on average, been in RC many decades.  We tend to know a bit more about RC than the average guy because, well, we are old and with age comes wisdom.  And yet, we are regularly surprised and impressed each month [...]

May 02, 2012 Comments
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