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Part 2: Tamiya XV-01 Lancia Delta Integrale Build

Now that we’ve seen what’s in the box, let’s get down to business and start spinning screwdrivers on the Tamiya XV-01 Lancia Delta Integrale. As is the case with many Tamiya models, assembly begins with the differentials. The XV-01′s gear diffs are a departure from most 1/10 scale Tamiya models in that they are sealed [...]

Dec 14, 2013 Comments
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From the February Issue: 2WD Brushless Stadium Truck Shootout

We had a blast comparing the Associated T4.2RS, Arrma Vorteks BLX, Durango DEST210, HPI E-Firestorm Flux, Racers Edge Traverse, and Traxxas Rustler VXL for our 2WD Brushless Stadium Truck Shootout. Ten pages of action and stats! We tested top speeds, collected lap times with stock and Pro-Line tires, and got feedback from three drivers representing [...]

Dec 09, 2013 Comments
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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, [...]

Dec 08, 2013 Comments
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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 [...]

Dec 01, 2013 Comments
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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 [...]

Nov 27, 2013 Comments
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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” [...]

Nov 26, 2013 Comments
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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, [...]

Nov 25, 2013 Comments
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Losi’s New Desert Buggy XL: 1/5 Scale 4WD Open-Wheeler

Losi’s latest gas-burner goes for a desert-buggy look, and is built on a unique chassis–it’s not a re-skinned 5IVE-T. The engine is different too, a 23cc mill instead of the truck’s 26cc powerplant. Spektrum radio gear is standard,  and the Desert Buggy XL rolls out RTR just as you see it here. Looking forward to [...]

Nov 22, 2013 Comments
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