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RC4WD Trailfinder 2 Scratch-Build by Rick McCullock

RC4WD Trailfinder 2 Scratch-Build by Rick McCullock

This over-the-top scale Land Rover from down-under is scratch built from sheet styrene and 3D-printed parts that Rick designed himself. Rick wanted to do the uncommon long-wheelbase Series 2 pickup rather than the more frequently modeled short-wheelbase Defender 90. He originally planned for a 1:10 version, but he wanted to use  RC4WD’s Trailfinder 2 chassis. It […]
Tamiya “Super Fly” Hornet Reader’s Ride by Alberto Massarotto

Tamiya “Super Fly” Hornet Reader’s Ride by Alberto Massarotto

Alberto tells us he’s been a RC Car Action reader since 1991, and his Reader’s Ride submission started life that same year as the second RC car he ever owned. He drove it for a few years before parking it on the shelf. But it called to him, and after years as a shelf queen, […]

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Traxxas “BackSlush” by Scott Oney [Reader’s Ride]

Traxxas “BackSlush” by Scott Oney [Reader’s Ride]

Scott Oney is a Traxxas fan, and hailing from Spirit Lake, ID he knows a bit about snow. He decided to combine the two into the ground-up build you see before you, which Scott has dubbed the BackSlush! Originally (and, we assume, before he named it!) the project was started using a Traxxas Rustler chassis, […]
MattZilla Mantis Rock Crawler by Lee Briggs

MattZilla Mantis Rock Crawler by Lee Briggs

The MattZilla RC Works Mantis that Lee Briggs sent us pix of is a rolling wishlist of rock crawler goodies! Axial Wraith axles with Beef Tubes, GripFab lockers, and Axial Racing HD gears put the power down from the Team Novak Havoc Pro ESC and Speed Passion 10.5t motor. For extra reliability Lee employs a […]

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Ben Gifford’s Axial SCX10 Wrangler Rubicon

Ben Gifford’s Axial SCX10 Wrangler Rubicon

This Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, which Ben Gifford, of Rock Island, IL calls the “Budget Buildicon,” is proof that you don’t need to spend a ton of money in upgrades to make a great rock crawler. All you need is a solid platform, an eye for the right upgrades, and some great camera skills to make […]
Tamiya HiLux HiLift byJared Blight [Readers’ Ride]

Tamiya HiLux HiLift byJared Blight [Readers’ Ride]

Winter is upon us, and much of the country has already received its first snow. That’s no problem for  Jared Blight, who rigged his Tamiya Toyota HiLux HiLift with a set of RC4WD Predator tracks to handle the worst that winter can throw his way in his native Canada where deep snow is just part […]

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Scott Lempert’s Vaterra Ascender

Scott Lempert’s Vaterra Ascender

Scott Lempert, of Commerce Township, MI, was reluctant to cut-up a brand new Blazer body, but when he got the itch to make his Vaterra Ascender “topless and caged… like the old days,” he simply couldn’t resist. One look at this killer entry and it is immediately apparent that this customized body is a resounding […]
Charles McNinich’s Axial SCX10 Ford F-150 Raptor

Charles McNinich’s Axial SCX10 Ford F-150 Raptor

Charles McNinch of Jacksonville, FL takes his scale crawler everywhere so he never misses an opportunity to tackle gnarly terrain, whether on the trails or at the beach. Charles customized the chassis to create an extended wheelbase and created a genuine wooden bed for the truck. Aftermarket mods include a slew of Integy parts like […]

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Joe Kovach’s Custom Tamiya Bruiser

Joe Kovach’s Custom Tamiya Bruiser

If you find yourself rolling through Trenton, NJ, you might come across this rad rig. Joe Kovach started out with a Tamiya Bruiser for his build, and as you can see it’s far from stock. He modded the body for flip-up action to reveal the custom roll cage and interior, and there’s no missing that […]
Mike Monrad’s Traxxas Stampede VXL & Bolink Legends

Mike Monrad’s Traxxas Stampede VXL & Bolink Legends

This week’s Reader’s Ride (make that Rides) come to us from Mike Monrad of St. Petersburg, FL. The Traxxas Stampede VXL wears a bunch of RPM upgrades including a wide front bumper and “low-visibility” wheelie bar, while the body is a JConcepts Gatecrasher that Mike sprayed himself. Looks great, just like his Bolink Lengends. Bolink is […]

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Savage Pulling Power!

Savage Pulling Power!

This week’s Reader’s Ride is the 2014 Brushless/Unlimited 1/8-scale pulling champ of the No Limit RC World Finals. Travis Mowery and his father built this custom Frankenstein which pulls over 200 pounds with ease. This creation started as an HPI Savage Flux but uses custom chassis plates and a custom motor mount. The steering stabilizers, rear […]
Charles Reed’s Custom Monster Build

Charles Reed’s Custom Monster Build

We dipped all the way back to the October 2011 issue for this Reader’s Ride from Charles Reed of Angleton, TX. A toy RC truck donated its body to the custom build, which features Tamiya Clodbuster axles, Crawford Performance Engineering links, a Traxxas EVX2 speed control and a pair of Titan 550 motors. How much […]
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