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Battery Basics You Need to Know [GETTING STARTED]

Battery Basics You Need to Know [GETTING STARTED]

Batteries! They make everything go in RC, even in nitro-powered models — sure, the engine burns fuel, but you aren’t going anywhere without a battery on board to power the receiver and servos. As with so many aspects of our amazing hobby/sport, you can go super-deep into battery tech if it really interests you — […]
Essential RC Anatomy [GETTING STARTED]

Essential RC Anatomy [GETTING STARTED]

If you’re a regular RC Car Action reader, you know your way around an RC car and what’s-called-what. This one’s for the noobs who don’t know! Our weekly GETTING STARTED column is designed to help beginners get up to speed (literally) for maximum RC fun. To read this installment, just CLICK HERE or on the image below. […]

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Selecting Your First Car

One of the best things about RC is the incredible variety of vehicles there is to choose from. But how do you pick the one car or truck for you out of so many great choices? All you have to do is ask yourself …   The big three questions When selecting that first car […]
Radio Terms Glossary

Radio Terms Glossary

Adjustable trim rate. If you’ve ever wished you could set how much servo movement you get with each “click” of trim, this is the function you want. By adjusting the trim rate, you can set the percentage of travel each click of trim represents. Anti-lock brakes (ABS). The ABS function is invaluable when racing on […]

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Drivetrains & Driveshafts

RC cars use a variety of drivetrain designs to turn motor or engine power into motion, and each has its advantages and disadvantages that make them suited to particular applications. In this section, we’ll discuss various types of drivetrains, explain the lingo and give you all the info you need to know about the gears, […]
Understanding Differentials

Understanding Differentials

Unless you have a drag car, your RC machine has a differential—maybe even two or three.  Even though nearly every car has at least one, and differentials are critical to a car’s handling, they are often misunderstood. What does a diff do? How does it work? Which type is best? We have the answers.   […]

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The Basics of Radio Control

The Basics of Radio Control

All RC systems have the same essential components: a transmitter, a receiver and servos. These parts are sold as assembled, plug-in components; you don’t have to solder anything or know about wiring schematics to install or use them. Transmitter This is the radio of “radio control” and is often simply referred to as the radio. […]

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Keep your ride in top shape with this simple 8-step post-race inspection

Keep your ride in top shape with this simple 8-step post-race inspection

Even in a perfect world, where you don’t crash into anything and the racing surface is free of any and all debris, every car still benefits from a brief inspection after a testing session or race qualifier. In fact, it’s one of the best things you can do for your vehicle (obviously outside of complete […]
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3 Nitro No-No’s

If I’ve learned anything over the years racing nitro vehicles, it’s that there’s no replacement for lots of expendable cash experience. Over time, nitro guys develop a sixth-sense, knowing when an engine is too lean or rich just by the feel of the trigger in their hands.  On the other side of the coin, there […]

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Drifting 101

Author: J.P. LeBlanc RC Car Action Contributor Drifting; its fresh, its fun and we in the U.S. are catching on to the hottest competition from Japan.  If you don’t know what it is, you soon will as there are more and more events coming to a parking lot near you. Sliding your car sideways is here […]
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