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Tonka Tough 8×8 [READER’S RIDE]

Tonka Tough 8×8 [READER’S RIDE]

At the heart of Ken Sutherland’s heavy metal build is a 1960s-era Tonka truck cab, which he added onto for nearly a year until he ended up with the 4-foot-long beast you see here. The entire body (aside from that vintage lower cab section) is fabricated from aluminum and held together with more than 200 […]
HPI Wheely King Crawler [READER’S RIDE]

HPI Wheely King Crawler [READER’S RIDE]

Here’s one you don’t see every day: HPI’s wheelie-popping monster truck turned into a rock-crawling tube frame buggy. Steve Glasbergen from Tsawwassen, British Columbia sent it in.The tube chassis itself is from Integy, while power comes courtesy of a 55-turn motor and HobbyWing speed control with drag brake hidden under the vented hood panel. All […]

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Custom A/FX Chevy Drag Car [READER’S RIDE]

Custom A/FX Chevy Drag Car [READER’S RIDE]

Here’s a piece of custom-built drag racing history from Scott Lempert. Right before Funny Cars came on the scene in the 1960s several altered-wheelbase FX (factory-experimental) cars toured the match-race circuit. One such, built by race header king Doug Thorley, was the “Chevy 2 Much” — so named because it was based on a 1963 […]
This Toyota Half-Track is All Awesome [READER’S RIDE]

This Toyota Half-Track is All Awesome [READER’S RIDE]

Toyota actually built a prototype half-track and Matthew Kett’s ultra-realistic Axial-based build recreates it amazingly well. It took him 8 months to piece together, starting with an SCX10. He salvaged the front and rear axles, transmission, and chassis rails, and spliced them with a Heng Long Walker Bulldog 1:16 RC tank. He tells us the […]

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Aluminum-bodied 1931 Ford Tudor [READER’S RIDE]

Aluminum-bodied 1931 Ford Tudor [READER’S RIDE]

Robby built his ’31 Ford Tudor sedan almost entirely by hand, crafting an all-aluminum body and fuel tank. The interior is aluminum too, but the frame is solid steel — made of sheet and angle iron of various thicknesses. The Ford is powered by a 21cc 2-stroke gas engine. The front axle is solid in […]
Rough N’ Rusty Assault Vehicle [READER’S RIDE]

Rough N’ Rusty Assault Vehicle [READER’S RIDE]

Dan Boyle is a prolific builder and he sends us pix of many of his projects—which are usually scale hot rods and monster trucks. This time he sent in something a little different. This started out as a 1/18-scale Tiger Tank that Dan retrofit with an Axial Wraith frame and running gear. He upgraded the […]

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Custom A/FX Chevy Drag Car [READER’S RIDE]

Custom A/FX Chevy Drag Car [READER’S RIDE]

Here’s a piece of custom-built drag racing history from Scott Lempert. Right before Funny Cars came on the scene in the 1960s several altered-wheelbase FX (factory-experimental) cars toured the match-race circuit. One such, built by race header king Doug Thorley, was the “Chevy 2 Much” — so named because it was based on a 1963 […]
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 […]

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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 […]
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. […]

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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 […]
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 […]
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