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70s Sheetmetal for Short Course: Parma 71 Muscle Baja SC

Parma’s got a bunch of different options for styling out your short-course truck as something other than a short-course truck. You can go with a dune buggy, a 50s look, a classic panel truck, or vintage muscle–like this latest addition, the ’71 Muscle Baja SC. Parma does a good job of stretching the lines to fit [...]

Aug 29, 2014 Comments
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Vaterra Debuts New “Ascender” Trail Chassis With K5 Blazer Body–And It’s A KIT!

Big news here, as Vaterra has just announced its first scale/trail platform. Dubbed the Ascender, the new model is making its debut as a clear-body kit with a very nicely executed Chevrolet K5 Blazer shell. Frame rails are steel and configured to offer four wheelbase options, and the solid-axle suspension features a 4-link rear end [...]

Aug 07, 2014 Comments
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Vaterra Goes Kit With DIY Twin Hammers

Vaterra offers a wide lineup of vehicles, from touring cars and  rock racers to rally rigs and  monster trucks. All very different, but until now, all were the same in one important way: they’re all RTRs. No more: with the Twin Hammers now offered as a kit, Vaterra is officially in the DIY business. All [...]

Jul 03, 2014 Comments
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Toy-Towing Ford 4X4: Anthony Santoianni’s Tamiya F-350 High-Lift

Here’s a scene we can definitely get into. Road trip to the trail in the F-350, do a little trail riding, a little RC crawling (see the tiny truck between the “big” truck’s wheels?), build a campfire… This Reader’s Ride comes from Anthony Santoianni of Montreal, Canada, and his Tamiya Ford F-350 High Lift is definitely looking [...]

Jul 01, 2014 Comments
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Kyosho Scorpion Online Build Part 2

Ahh…back to the bench for the Scorpion build. Here are links to Part 1 and the unoboxing if you haven’t been following along. All caught up? Good, because we’re about to dig into the rear suspension… Each of the semi-trailing rear arms gets a stub axle and a ball stud before installation on the chassis. [...]

Jun 30, 2014 Comments
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Pro-Line Has a Complete PRO-2 Buggy Kit (And We Have It)

Pro-Line’s original PRO-2 SC truck kit will go down in history as the brand’s first all-in-one-box kit, but it will no longer be PL’s only kit–now that the PRO-2 Short Course Buggy is here, Pro-Line has two ways to get your wrenches turning. We’ve got the scoop on the new buggy kit, which we’ll review ASAP. [...]

Jun 27, 2014 Comments
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Vaterra Adds Corvette Z51 Stingray to V100-S Lineup

We’re already fans of Vaterra’s rugged V100-S, but we like it even more dressed up as a the new Stingray. Lots of great detail here, and the car looks killer on the move–play the video, you’ll see. Looks like the standard V100-S specs under the sleek new shell, so we’re talking full-time shaft-driven 4WD with [...]

Jun 27, 2014 Comments
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Kyosho Scorpion Online Build Part 1

Here’s a link to the Scorpion unboxing, in case you missed it. With unpacking the kit out of the way, I’m ready to start spinning wrenches. The fun starts with a bunch of aluminum bits… The chassis rails and steering bellcrank are assembled first, with hex hardware used throughout. The chassis rails are stout, solid-aluminum extrusions [...]

Jun 25, 2014 Comments
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