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Stab-Proof Hobby Knife Stand

Capping your hobby knife after each use is a pain, but not as big a pain as stabbing the bejeebers out of yourself on an uncapped hobby knife—or having it roll off the bench and into your thigh. Ouch! To go capless safely, build a stand out of an M&M Minis tube (or anything similar) [...]

Apr 23, 2014 Comments by
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Ten ways a pair of digital calipers will make your life easier!

Football is a game of yards. Basketball is a game of feet. Baseball is a game of inches. And RC is a game of millimeters. The scaled-down nature of RC heightens the need for precision and narrows the margin of error. For that reason, building and tuning an RC vehicle is meticulous, and a matter [...]

Mar 28, 2014 Comments by
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Keep your ride in top shape with this simple 8-step post-race inspection

Even in a perfect world, where you don’t crash into anything and the racing surface is free of any and all debris, every car still benefits from a brief inspection after a testing session or race qualifier. In fact, it’s one of the best things you can do for your vehicle (obviously outside of complete [...]

Feb 14, 2014 Comments by
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How to properly transport, care for, and store your LiPo batteries

  When they first arrived on the scene, LiPo batteries were shrouded in mystery. The technology was new, and the industry’s experience was limited. Initially, hobbyists were somewhat confused by LiPos, but now that the industry has enough experience under its belt, we can finally make some solid guidelines on LiPo use. LiPo batteries are [...]

Dec 06, 2013 Comments by
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How To Wire Like A Pro!

Turn that rat’s nest into a work of art. Since the day you started in RC, your first cars have probably been ready-to-run vehicles for the ease of plug-and-play action. Then comes the day when you would like to start racing competitively and you want get yourself a kit car that requires manual assembly that [...]

Nov 22, 2013 Comments by
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How To: Remove Anodizing From Aluminum Parts

An easy way to change up the look of your vehicle Many RC cars these days are identifiable by their anodized aluminum parts. For instance, HPI almost always uses purple or orange; Traxxas vehicles use blue anodized parts and Axial went with green. Sometimes you may be into a vehicle, but not the color used [...]

Nov 08, 2013 Comments by
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Turning Heads! Easy driver-figure animation

Kyosho’s Rage VE features a molded-in driver figure with a separate helmet that’s ripe for head-turning action. All it takes is a spare servo and a little mechanical creativity. In the case of the Rage, the headrest proved to be perfectly sized for a micro servo, and a collection of hardware and linkages from the [...]

Oct 19, 2013 Comments
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How To Glue Tires Like A Pro

Before your car or truck’s tires stand any chance of holding the road, track, or trail, they must first have a firm hold of the rim. This article will walk you through the exact steps that top drivers use to make certain their tires are mounted straight and true with the strongest possible bond. Follow [...]

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