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Land Shark HPI RS4 Porsche [READER’S RIDE]

Land Shark HPI RS4 Porsche [READER’S RIDE]

With its list of upgrades, Don Almeido’s RS4—based on the Sport 3 Flux Falken Porsche kit—is ready to take a bite out of stock touring cars. First up were HPI’s carbon fiber front and rear shock towers and center drive shaft cover. The shaft itself was replaced with an Exotek Racing aluminum unit, along with […]
Vaterra Twin Hammers Classic Camaro [READER’S RIDE]

Vaterra Twin Hammers Classic Camaro [READER’S RIDE]

We really like the look of Juan Turcios’ Vaterra Twin Hammers ’69 Camaro – and you can tell by the patina its sees a lot of good action. The body is a Vaterra Camaro RS shell painted Tuxedo Black. He modified the suspension with Axial SCX10 upright shock mounts in front, and relocated the battery […]

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Full-Custom “Yeti” Monster Truck [READER’S RIDE]

Full-Custom “Yeti” Monster Truck [READER’S RIDE]

We see a lot of vehicles with the name “Yeti” attached to them, but none quite like Kevin Adair’s custom scale monster truck. And we mean monster! He started with a KK2 chassis that he powder-coated blue. He uses an all-metal AX10 transmission with freestyle axles and swaybars connected to mounts that Kevin fabricated himself. […]
RC4WD Chevy Blazer Hotrod [READER’S RIDE]

RC4WD Chevy Blazer Hotrod [READER’S RIDE]

The RC4WD Blazer hard body is an amazingly versatile piece. We’ve seen scale rigs, crawlers, monster trucks and now comes this hot rod muscle truck. Based on an Axial Wraith frame, Dan Boyle has added ultra-scale custom touches like a killer smallblock V-8 with a hi-rise Edelbrock tunnel ram intake, dual Holleys and copper wire […]

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GCM Jeep JK Wrangler [READER’S RIDE]

GCM Jeep JK Wrangler [READER’S RIDE]

Scott Lempert started with a a GCM Tiny Trucks J2 chassis skeleton kit especially developed to fit Chinese Jeep JK bodies that have shown up over the last couple years on eBay. For power he chose a Holmes Hobbies 16T Crawlmaster Pro with a Castle speed control. He dressed it up with extra hood detail […]
Pro-Line Ambush Custom Van [READER’S RIDE]

Pro-Line Ambush Custom Van [READER’S RIDE]

Anthony Stephens’ little Ambush Shorty Van is proof you don’t need a big truck to have big fun. Anthony received his Ambush as a gift, and he was excited because the plethora of static model kit bodies available in this scale gave him lots of parts to work with. He chose the old-school shorty van […]

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Custom Trophy Truck – VIDEO [READER’S RIDE]

Custom Trophy Truck – VIDEO [READER’S RIDE]

Juan Turcios built his truck around a custom frame of 1/8-inch thick 5055 aluminum. A friend at TenthScaleLifestyle built a full-metal cage for it. The solid rear axle and and front A-arms are from Metal Concepts R/C. Juan made custom faux reservoirs for the Pro-Line Powerstrokes in front and Axial Yeti shocks in back. It […]
TTR Ripper Pro Clod Buster [READER’S RIDE]

TTR Ripper Pro Clod Buster [READER’S RIDE]

Justin Chaffin credits his friend James Merrill with helping him bring his vision for a shaft-driven Thunder Tech Racing Ripper Pro to life. James machined a mount for the SCX10 transmission along with aluminum upper links and new cross-members to widen the chassis. He also added TTR’s delrin with carbon fiber lower links. Castle Creations […]

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Custom 6×6 Crawler [READER’S RIDE]

Custom 6×6 Crawler [READER’S RIDE]

Getting a custom 6×6 truck to have the efficiency and range of motion to be a fully capable crawler can be a challenge, but Daniel Anguita wasn’t interested in a shelf-queen, so he put the work in. He grafted two sets of Axial SCX10 frame rails together with aluminum braces for the truck’s backbone. He […]
This Mega-Sized Mini is JET Powered! [READER’S RIDE]

This Mega-Sized Mini is JET Powered! [READER’S RIDE]

Jerome Swift is the proprietor of JS Hobbies and Models, and he envisioned this turbine powered WRC Mini as a fun way to promote his shop. He tells us that it was one of his most complex and challenging builds, which took him a year to complete. Power comes from a JetCat P80 Jet Turbine […]

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“Wart Hog” Axial SMT10 Monster Truck [READER’S RIDE]

“Wart Hog” Axial SMT10 Monster Truck [READER’S RIDE]

Jimmy Louis had been waiting years for a decent tube-frame monster truck to come out, so when Axial released their SMT10 he knew he had to have it. He dubbed his “The Warthog” and stuffed it with a Castle Creations SCT controller with a 3600kV motor. He added Boom Racing Type G piggyback shocks with […]
RC4WD TF2 Blackfoot Hybrid [READER’S RIDE]

RC4WD TF2 Blackfoot Hybrid [READER’S RIDE]

Jonathan Mathews’ TF2 is deceptively subtle, but the closer you look the cooler this truck gets. To begin with, there’s the Tamiya Blackfoot body. Look closer and you’ll see that this is an extended cab Ford — something Tamiya never made. So Jonathan and his buddy Jim (who runs a body shop) spliced together two […]
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