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New Online Build: Tamiya XV-01 Lancia Delta Integrale

New Online Build: Tamiya XV-01 Lancia Delta Integrale

Our next step-by-step build is a Tamiya XV-01, the latest multi-terrain platform from the Japanese giant. I’m building the Lancia Delta Integrale rally-car version, a body Tamiya has offered on a number of different models before, and a great choice for such a rally-ready chassis as the XV-01. Here’s a look at what’s in the box, […]
How to properly transport, care for, and store your LiPo batteries

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 […]
Axial Wraith Build–Done!

Axial Wraith Build–Done!

At last–the Axial Wraith build is wrapping up. Go interior… The interior pieces go together quickly, no surprises. I snipped off the pins that make sure the steering column attaches straight so I could angle it left or right to better fit a driver figure, if I ever find one I like. I’d like to […]
Reader’s Ride: Chris Guit’s Tamiya Sand Scorcher

Reader’s Ride: Chris Guit’s Tamiya Sand Scorcher

This week’s Reader’s Ride comes to us from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and appears in the January issue of RC Car Action, where we said… This Sand Scorcher re-release was given to Chris by his wife as a Christmas gift (what an awesome wife — take note, ladies). He upgraded it with a set of aluminum […]
Axial Wraith Build, Part 4

Axial Wraith Build, Part 4

OK, back at the bench. After skipping ahead to the transmission for Part 3, I’m paging back through the manual to the driveshafts. You can click the pages and pictures to enlarge…   The Wraith’s shafts are telescoping plastic units with curvalinear splines and machined steel CV-style joints. The plastic rings slip over the “bell” […]
Traxxas Brings Titan 550 power to Stampede 4X4

Traxxas Brings Titan 550 power to Stampede 4X4

Traxxas popular Stampede 4X4 will soon be available in a brushed version that trims about $120 from the price of the brushless “VXL” model while preserving most of the features that made the Stampede 4X4 our “Truck of the Year” choice in 2011. The power system is Traxxas’ stalwart XL-5 speed control/Titan 550 motor combo, […]

Helion Invictus Performance Test: August 2013

Thanks for visiting RC Car Action.com, Helion fans. Click on the images below to enlarge and read the Invictus review from our August issue. In addition to print subscriptions, RC Car Action is also available in Digital Edition format–click here for a preview!  
Reedy Announces New 4-Pole SC 4X4 Motor: Sonic 544 Mach 2

Reedy Announces New 4-Pole SC 4X4 Motor: Sonic 544 Mach 2

Short-course 4X4s require a lot of muscle to get around a track quickly, a need Reedy engineers have met with this new mill: the Sonic 544 Mach 2. The 4-pole powerplant trims weight and runs cooler thanks to optimum venting and an aluminum end cap, says Reedy, and it certainly looks the business. Full press […]
Dromida Cars Escape Warehouse, Invade Home

Dromida Cars Escape Warehouse, Invade Home

It appears Revell’s new Dromida cars are not merely ready-to-run, but ready to run away. As the video below shows, three of the cars managed to burst free of their packaging, escape the Hobbico warehouse, and invade a suburban home where they cleverly (and magically) disguised themselves as gifts. Only the cat knows the truth… […]
Helion gets wet with pint-sized, pond-ready Lagos Sport

Helion gets wet with pint-sized, pond-ready Lagos Sport

If you’ve been thinking about adding a boat to your RC fleet, Helion is hoping you’ll make it this one: their new Lagos Sport. The little RTR is just a under a foot long and arrives with all the gear in the pic below, leaving nothing left to buy except sunscreen (or an ice saw, […]
EXCLUSIVE: Traxxas preparing new Low-CG chassis for 2WD Slash

EXCLUSIVE: Traxxas preparing new Low-CG chassis for 2WD Slash

Expect an official press release next week, but for now we’ve got the inside scoop on Traxxas’ upcoming Low-CG conversion chassis for the 2WD Slash (along with some pretty good iPhone pics). While low-CG conversions for the Slash are not new, they’ve all been pretty pricey. The Traxxas kit, on the other hand, should hit […]
Axial Wraith Online Build, Part 3

Axial Wraith Online Build, Part 3

Ah…nice to be back at the ol’ bench.  Step five finds us adding the finishing bits to the axles… In step five, nuts are inserted into recesses in the shock/linkage mounts. Pushing the nuts in is a hassle; the easy way is to pull them in using a long screw. Rather than find a screw already […]
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