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Know your glue

I know what you’re thinking.  What in the world could I possibly tell you about glue that you don’t already know?  Yes, it comes in tubes and makes things stick together, but it’s not quite that simple.  There are many different types of adhesives out there, and each has its place in the world of [...]

Mar 09, 2012 Comments by
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So you want to sell a car

I’ve written before about buying used RC vehicles, but this time I’m going to talk about selling them.  There are a lot of reasons why you might want to sell one of your rides.  Maybe you need some cash to buy something newer and better, or maybe you’re just trying to clear space on your [...]

Jan 19, 2012 Comments by
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Workbench Essentials: Dial Calipers

I love these things.  I’ll admit they are not the most universal tool in my garage, and I will sometimes go for weeks at a time without ever using them.  When the need arises, however, absolutely nothing fits the bill like a set of dial calipers. As you might guess, they are used for measuring [...]

Jan 08, 2012 Comments by
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Traxxas 1/16 “Stage Rally” Conversion

  What happens when you take a Traxxas Rally VXL and tweak it for off-road running?  Something like this:    You see, I’m a huge fan of rally racing.  My favorite series is the World Rally Championship, but I also like RallyCross, Baja endurance events… pretty much everything.  In my book, nothing beats watching small, [...]

Dec 09, 2011 Comments by
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Workbench Essentials: Smartphone

It’s not exactly a newsflash to say that smartphones are useful to have around. What you might not have thought about, however, is that smartphones are nothing short of phenomenal at the workbench. The list of things these phones are useful for is as long as your arm. I won’t be able to touch on [...]

Nov 18, 2011 Comments by
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Workbench Essentials: Folding Utility Knife

I found myself sitting in the garage this week, as I often do, pondering what I’d cover in my next blog entry. It was then that I noticed a tool that I don’t often give much thought to: my trusty folding utility knife. I have used this thing daily since I got it five or [...]

Nov 07, 2011 Comments by
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Buy used, buy smart

As I was flipping through the most recent issue of the magazine, I came across the latest Backyard Basher column by Eric J. Miller.  In the writeup he talks about all the do’s and don’t’s of buying a used RC vehicle, which of course caused me to go out and immediately place bids on used [...]

Nov 02, 2011 Comments
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Workbench Essentials: Locking Pliers

This week my choice for must-have tool is an oldie but a goodie: Locking pliers. Often referred to as Vice Grips (a name brand), locking pliers are one of those things that simply must be within an arm’s reach at all times if you hope to retain any semblance of sanity. They make so many [...]

Oct 24, 2011 Comments
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About the author

I got my first RC car way back in 1985 - a Tamiya Wild One - and have been involved in the hobby ever since. I've made every mistake in the book and loved every minute of it... Well, except for that one nitro engine I could never get to run properly. I've bought and sold more vehicles than I care to count, from cars and trucks to planes, helicopters, boats, and more. I'm a dedicated basher, certified bench racer, and collector of random tools. My very favorite part of the hobby is fixing things I've broken.
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