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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 […]
With 300 more participants than last year, the 2016 Axialfest packed in over 900 individual hard-core crawlers and scalers, you won’t find multiple entries from a person here.

2016 Axialfest: Bigger Than Ever [PHOTO GALLERY]

  The 2016 Axialfest wrapped up this weekend and it was the biggest one to date. With over 900 entries, participants were in RC heaven and were treated to six Adventurist trails with 150 gates each (that is over 900 gates people!) as well as being able to compete in Rock Racing and the Ultra 5K […]

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Axial SCX10 Volvo XC90 by Micheal Matthews [READER’S RIDE]

Axial SCX10 Volvo XC90 by Micheal Matthews [READER’S RIDE]

A Volvo RC vehicle is just about as rare a thing as a Big Foot sighting. With Micheal’s Axial-based rig, you get both—because he has installed a Sasquatch driver figure behind the wheel of his SCX10-XC90. But don’t let the whimsical wheelman fool you—this is a serious scale project. It uses the SCX10 chassis and […]
Large crowds were seen throughout the weekend.

RCX 2016: The Radio Control Expo Takes Over the OC!

The Radio Control Expo, known simply as RCX, has a long history with lots of new and exciting things to see and the 2016 didn’t disappoint with a return to the popular OC Fair and Event Center in Southern California’s beautiful Orange County. The event brought together thousands of spectators and RC enthusiasts for a […]

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Pro-Line Overland Scale Roof Rack Adds Off-Road Adventure Detail

Pro-Line Overland Scale Roof Rack Adds Off-Road Adventure Detail

Roof racks can add a lot of detail to your rig, and the new one from Pro-Line has all the features you want in a piece like this. Made from black nylon, this accessory can also be integrated with Pro-Line’s LED light bar sets for another level of scale off-road realism. Hardware is included and […]
New HobbyKing Desert Fox 1/10 4WD Desert Racer Provides Budget-Friendly Roosts

New HobbyKing Desert Fox 1/10 4WD Desert Racer Provides Budget-Friendly Roosts

1/10-scale 4WD racers are hot in RC and with the release of the new HobbyKing Desert Fox Racer, those looking to get started or want a worthy option at a budget-friendly price have another option. With a basic, but hobby-grade platform, this new racer has a lot of features that may surprise you. Featuring brushless […]

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Axial Snow Wraith by Aaron Bailey [READER’S RIDE]

Axial Snow Wraith by Aaron Bailey [READER’S RIDE]

Now that we’re well into the winter months and much of the country has just received its first major snow storm, Aaron Bailey’s Snow Wraith seems a particularly appropriate machine to feature this week. We’ve admired Aaron’s Axial-based customs in past issues of RC Car Action, and this one is starts with a custom PigSnot chassis. […]
Budget- Friendly HobbyKing Basher 2S2P Hardcase LiHV Packs

Budget- Friendly HobbyKing Basher 2S2P Hardcase LiHV Packs

LiPo batteries changed the RC world when they came out, but they’ve stayed relatively the same for peak voltage. Now Basher Racing by HobbyKing is among a few manufacturers releasing their own version of a high voltage pack labeled LiHV and are available in 6600mAh and 5600mAh hardcase packs. These packs also weigh less and […]

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Axial SCX10 Custom Honcho by Adam Hoover [READERS RIDE]

Axial SCX10 Custom Honcho by Adam Hoover [READERS RIDE]

Adam’s truck has a certain gritty, home-brewed scale look to it that really appeals to us. It looks like the kind of real truck we would build in our garage at home. He custom-welded the eco-cage and rear section himself, and added a RC4WD Mojave cab which he custom-painted to give it a home-built beater […]
Axial SCX10 Salvage Truck by Micheal Matthews [READERS RIDE]

Axial SCX10 Salvage Truck by Micheal Matthews [READERS RIDE]

Micheal gets big points for  originality with his Axial SCX10-based salvage truck. He only shared a few details — the outstanding photos do most of the talking for him. He chose an Axial 55T motor for tons of torque down low, with Castle’s SV3 speed control ensuring precise throttle management. Micheal looked to Hitec for […]

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KO PROPO Adds Some Bling with Their New Limited Edition Blue EX-1 KIY Version 3

KO PROPO Adds Some Bling with Their New Limited Edition Blue EX-1 KIY Version 3

A transmitter is an important interface between the driver and the vehicle and critical to having the best performance. The types of features and ergonomics can elevate it from an entry level item to professional grade. KO Propo has been making radio systems for a long time and understand this importance and realize the looks […]
Traxxas/Axial Hybrid Scout 80 by Scott Lempert [Reader’s Ride]

Traxxas/Axial Hybrid Scout 80 by Scott Lempert [Reader’s Ride]

We could probably do an entire column just on Scott Lempert’s scale projects, so prolific is he with off-season building. One in particular that caught our eye was this ’63 International Scout 80—not just for the styrene body which Scott crafted himself, but for the unusual mix of components. The backbone is a set of […]
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