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Is IFMAR’s New 2S LiPo Rule for 1/12-Scale Modified Too Fast? [VIDEO]

Is IFMAR’s New 2S LiPo Rule for 1/12-Scale Modified Too Fast? [VIDEO]

1/12-scale pan cars are extremely fast and modified takes a level of skill that only a few drivers in the world possess. Gone are the days where drivers have to manage their batteries to make the full eight-minute runs. Today’s brushless motors and LiPo battery technology put out so much power and have so much […]
2016 U.S. Indoor Champs: Thanksgiving and RC Racing

2016 U.S. Indoor Champs: Thanksgiving and RC Racing

The U.S. Indoor Champs, or commonly referred to as the Cleveland Indoor Champs, once again drew together some of the best drivers over the Thanksgiving weekend to do battle on the carpet on-road track. The long-standing race has been gaining back some of its momentum and this year saw big crowds compete for trophies. In […]

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King of the Gassers 1948 Willys [READER’S RIDE]

King of the Gassers 1948 Willys [READER’S RIDE]

2016 Reader’s Ride of the Year winner Dan Boyle sent in his take on the king of the gassers the 1948 Willys. Dan built it on an Axial Wraith frame, and powered the Willys with a Traxxas brushless system. He even incorporated Traxxas’ onboard audio system. He installed a set of rare See’s aluminum wheels. […]
Foam Inserts Explained

Foam Inserts Explained

Similar to air in full size cars, foam inserts are needed to help support the tire carcass from the inside and help it to keep its shape. But, unlike air the insert can be shaped and tuned or made from different materials in order to change its characteristics. For practical purposes, there are two types […]

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Pro Tips: Matt Olson Gives Us Six Large-Scale Tips

Pro Tips: Matt Olson Gives Us Six Large-Scale Tips

Large, 1/5-scale vehicles have an extra level of complexity and tuning that other scales can’t match. MIP’s Matt Olson races at the highest level, and knows a few tricks to make these big machines work at their best. Fortunate, we got a chance to pick his brain about some of his tricks he uses and […]
Xray’s Bruno Coelho Wins 2016 IIC Vegas [VIDEO]

Xray’s Bruno Coelho Wins 2016 IIC Vegas [VIDEO]

The 2016 IIC (International Indoor Championships) recently took place at the Westgate Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on October 2-8. It may have been overshadowed by the IFMAR 1/8 Nitro Off-Road World Championships running simultaneously down the street at RC Tracks of Las Vegas, but it still brought together some of the best on-road […]

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Video Game Steering Wheel Control [VIDEO]

Video Game Steering Wheel Control [VIDEO]

For a lot of us, video games and RC cars are amazing hobbies, but what if you could combine them? Well, there are a few guys out there that are blurring the lines between them and getting their fix by controlling their cars with a steering wheel. Not sure how the tech works, but by […]
Yokomo Releases Worlds Winning BD8

Yokomo Releases Worlds Winning BD8

Often the Holy Grail of going to an IFMAR Worlds event is to win the coveted Championship title, and recently Yokomo’s Ronald Volker finally achieved his life-long goal. He did it driving from 2nd on the grid, showing that his accomplishments take a high-level of skill, but also a car with razor sharp handling and […]

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Pro Building Tips with Team Associated’s “Wallnuts”

Pro Building Tips with Team Associated’s “Wallnuts”

Prepping a vehicle to compete at an elite level of competition takes a few tricks that comes from experience and inside knowledge. Nick “Wallnuts” Wautlet works at Team Associated where he does customer service, builds many of their in-house vehicles and is the man behind Wallie Builds, a professional service specializing in pro-level on and off-road […]
HPI Opens New USA Design Office

HPI Opens New USA Design Office

If you’ve been following the HPI Racing saga, you know that the popular brand was purchased by UK distributor Ripmax. Since the buy-out, the “new” HPI has been posting regular updates about the brand’s progress, including the state of the eagerly-anticipated Venture FJ. The latest news from HPI (via R&D manager Dave Potter) is a […]

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1/6-scale Rat Rod ’54 Chevy [READER’S RIDE]

1/6-scale Rat Rod ’54 Chevy [READER’S RIDE]

Robby Gordon has been reading RC Car Action since he was a kid and received his first real RC vehicle, a Kyosho electric USA-1. The Jesse James-inspired ’54 Chevy Bel Air Kustom you see here is a long way from that classic Kyosho, but it does have a little monster truck DNA. Robby borrowed the […]
Flashback: Project Optima & Monster Beetle, Big Brute and More…

Flashback: Project Optima & Monster Beetle, Big Brute and More…

Click pics to embiggen By the time the December 1987 issue rolled around, the decade was definitely hitting it’s “rad 80s” stride. U2’s “With or Without You” and The Pretenders’ “Don’t Get Me Wrong” shared the charts with the dreck from Wang Chung and Chris DeBurgh, you rode your Supergoose to the mall theater to […]
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