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Tech Know-How: Motor Timing Explained

If you have a sensored brushless power system, you’ve probably noticed timing marks on the end of the motor’s can. They indicate a range of stator/sensor timing that adjusts how the motor’s RPM builds throughout its powerband, and you can adjust the timing to suit running conditions. This article will explain basic brushless motor timing [...]

Jan 17, 2014 Comments by
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Radio Control “Devil Baby” Terrorizes NYC

For once, you just might literally “ROTFL” at something on the internet. To generate hype for the movie Devil’s Due, an elaborated animatronic “devil baby” complete with self-propelled carriage was piloted around the streets of NYC via radio control to scare the bejeebers out of all who decided to look in on the little terror-tot. It [...]

Jan 16, 2014 Comments by
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LaTrax Announces New Alias Quad-Copter

RC Car Action puts cars first, of course, but when RC car powerhouse Traxxas  takes to the air (in this case, via its LaTrax brand), it gets our attention. Traxxas has a quad of its own with the QR-1, but this new LaTrax entry  is a completely different bird. Engineered entirely in-house, the Alias features [...]

Nov 05, 2013 Comments by
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PROTOform “Better Edge” body finishing tools

You’ve no doubt seen sanding drums and sanding blocks before, but have you ever seen them so perfectly made for RC work? You have now, and hello red anodizing. Red ano makes everything better. PROTOform’s new Better Edge tools are designed specifically for body-finishing and are sure to make it much, much easier to finish [...]

Sep 06, 2013 Comments by
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ZAP hopes to change the way you glue tires

Tire glues have traditionally been “thin” cyanoacrylates (CAs) that rely on their water-like consistency to wick between tire and rim to provide a tight bond. This also makes them prone to running across tire sidewalls and rims, marring their finish, or worse, gluing your fingers to the tire, the tire to your workbench, or both. [...]

Aug 28, 2013 Comments by
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Hobby People announces Activator-EZ “one touch” LiPo/NiMH charger

There are lots of easy-to-use charger options available, but they’re usually for NiMH OR LiPo packs–not both. Hobby People’s new Activator EZ works with both cell types, and a single button is all it needs to do the job. You press the button to select NiMH or LiPo, then hold the button down to begin [...]

Aug 27, 2013 Comments by
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Tamiya Launches New Website

Good news Tam-fans, Tamiya.com is redesigned, looking good, and easier to use. The parts finder is excellent, and the site is just plain fun to click through—it’s incredible just how much cool stuff Tamiya offers. In addition to the full RC line, you’ll find scratch-building supplies, paint, tools, apparel, robotic gear, science kits, and of [...]

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How To: Apply Decals Like A Pro [VIDEO]

Applying decals is a finishing-touch that has nothing to do with function, but is still extremely important. Unlike many RC tasks, decal work is a “one and done” process which cannot be reversed, so it is important to apply decals correctly the first time. A well-decorated body not only looks good, but it can help [...]

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