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Rear-steer Setup VIDEO

Check out this video with tips on setting up a rear-steer setup on a scale rock crawler. The truck shown is an Axial SCX10 built for an event called Ultimate Truck Championship. This modification greatly improves maneuverability and is well worth the effort.

Oct 25, 2011 Comments
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Is This The Ultimate First Heli?

Even if you’re a die-hard car guy, you will probably agree with me when I say that RC helis are cool. Helis are, after all, a whole closer to the RC cars we know than they are to RC plans. How so? Well, take a look at a heli with its canopy off. It’s made […]

Oct 21, 2011 Comments
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The Next Big Thing Is Here

The hottest segment in RC is short course, right? Well, I guess it’s hard to argue that, but we might just be on the verge of something new being the biggest racing class. I’m talking about 2WD electric buggy. Back in the era of the Tamiya Hornet and ol’ gold tub Team Associated RC10, I got […]

Oct 21, 2011 Comments
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Traxxas Mystery Product–What Will It Be?

OK, the big T in Texas is long overdue. We all know something new is going to be announced soon–we just don’t know what or when. What do you think Traxxas’ next big release is going to be? What do you want it to be? What do think is the realistic next release from Traxxas?

Oct 19, 2011 Comments
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Why the UTC?

To say the UTC (which stands for Ultimate Truck Championship) is the first event of its kind really wouldn’t be true. I do firmly believe when you look at the complete format that it is truly unique, but for years, various RC rock crawling clubs have held “Tough Truck” type competitions. Most of these events […]

Oct 11, 2011 Comments
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RC in Combat–Army Robot Repair

I had never heard of the U.S. military’s Joint Robotics Repair Detachment until I came across this story issued by the Army and written by Pamela Proper. Check it out below. Camp Arifjan, Kuwait – It’s every boy’s dream, tinkering with robots. Soldiers in the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment at Camp Arifjan get to do that daily. […]

Oct 06, 2011 Comments
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Don’t Call Them Toys!!!

I’ll apologize right now for upsetting you. I know some of you will be close to foaming at the mouth when I say it, but regardless of how much they cost or how sophisticated they get, RC cars are–brace yourself–just toys. Even though I’m as committed and passionate about this hobby as you can get, I know […]

Oct 05, 2011 Comments
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What is Your Dream Project Vehicle?

If you could build any project RC vehicle, what would it be and how would it be built? For me, it would be a basher. These days, race vehicles stay pretty close to box stock (I do miss the eighties when race vehicles were total project builds). The two most important attributes of my project […]

Sep 27, 2011 Comments
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Traxxas Short Course Cool Full-size In-car Camera Video

Want to know what it’s like to take a hot lap in a full-size TORC short course race truck? Now is your chance! Check out this GoPro video from Traxxas’ Mark Jenkins as he takes his TORC truck for a lap around the famous Crandon race track in Crandon, WI.  

Sep 23, 2011 Comments
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Bashing Vs. Racing

If you wanted to (and many do), you could lump all RC’ers into one of two groups–those who race and those who don’t. I am a racer. Well, by definition, I’m a racer. I don’t race every weekend, but I do race. Some years I race a lot and some years it seems like I […]

Sep 23, 2011 Comments
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Traxxas TORC Highlights & Hot News From Crandon

Senior Editor Kevin Hetmanski and I recently travelled to the Northwoods of Wisconsin for Rounds 9 and 10 of the Traxxas TORC series. When we arrived at Crandon International Off Road Raceway in Crandon, WI, we discovered we were in for some extra racing as Round 4 of the series, which had previously been rained […]

Sep 06, 2011 Comments
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Traxxas Monster Jam Replica Trucks Hit The Skate Park

This video does a good job of showcasing what RC is all about–having FUN! Check out these Monster Jam replica trucks at a skate park. The Monster Jam replicas are based on the 2WD Stampede platform and when used with the included 7-cell pack, these trucks have some respectable scoot. They also can take a […]

Sep 01, 2011 Comments
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About Matt:I think it’s safe to say I’ve done a little bit of everything in RC. That said, I predominately race off-road and my current passion is short course. One of my all-time favorite classes is oval carpet racing. Besides racing, I can often be found working on one of my many never-complete projects, and it seems I have an ever growing collection of rock crawlers—specifically scale crawlers. Matt’s 5 Hot Topics: Short course, Racing, Scale Builds, Crawling and the General RC Hobby
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