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BASHER RZ-4 RALLY RACER V2

1/10-SCALE 4WD ELECTRIC OFF-ROAD | RTR PHOTOS BY JOEL NAVARRO Built, brushless, and rally-ready for $200 Like the full-size rally cars it's based on, HobbyKing's Basher RZ-4 Rally Racer is a 4WD machine designed for versatile on- and off-road performance. Peeking under the hood, the RZ-4 looks appetizing. Proven 1/10 touring tech is the heart […]

Oct 24, 2016 Comments
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HOW TO: SET UP YOUR TIRES LIKE A PRO

TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOEL NAVARRO Tips and Techniques for A-Main Traction With the tips in this article, this set of Pro-Line Electrons helped me capture the win in the Expert 2WD 17.5 Buggy class at SDRC Raceway. As any racer will tell you—and as we've advised in countless car setup articles—selecting the right tires […]

Oct 24, 2016 Comments
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TECH KNOW: HIGH-VOLTAGE BATTERIES AND CHARGING

TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOEL NAVARRO Get an edge on the comp with higher voltage and more capacity What Is a High-Voltage LiPo? An LiHV LiPo is constructed like other LiPo batteries, but its cells can be charged to a higher end voltage. Instead of the charger stopping when the cells reach 4.2 volts, an […]

Oct 24, 2016 Comments
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TLR/HORIZON HOBBY 8IGHT-E 4.0

TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOEL NAVARRO 1/8-SCALE 4WD BUGGY | KIT The electrified version of TLR's award-winning big buggy is faster and more focused than ever As TLR celebrates another Readers' Choice Award win for the nitro-burning 8IGHT 4.0, the timing is perfect for a look at the other half of TLR's one-two punch in […]

Oct 20, 2016 Comments
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HELION INTRUSION XLR

1/10-SCALE 2WD MONSTER TRUCK | RTR PHOTO BY KEVIN HETMANSKI Helion's first 2WD monster brings unexpected specs for its three-bill price It's hard to beat a 2WD monster truck for bash-around fun on a budget, and for proof you need look no further than our shootout of the available monster machines in our March 2015 […]

May 28, 2016 Comments
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TOWER HOBBIES CUTBACK

1/10-SCALE 4WD SHORT-COURSE TRUCK | RTR TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOEL NAVARRO Tower takes on the 4×4 short-course scene with a fun, affordable performer Online giant Tower Hobbies has been selling RC's most popular vehicles since the days of “mail order,” and also offers the occasional vehicle under its own brand name. The Cutback is […]

May 28, 2016 Comments
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HELION INTRUSION XLR

1/10-SCALE 2WD MONSTER TRUCK | RTR PHOTO BY KEVIN HETMANSKI Helion's first 2WD monster brings unexpected specs for its three-bill price It's hard to beat a 2WD monster truck for bash-around fun on a budget, and for proof you need look no further than our shootout of the available monster machines in our March 2015 […]

May 27, 2016 Comments
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TOWER HOBBIES CUTBACK

1/10-SCALE 4WD SHORT-COURSE TRUCK | RTR TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOEL NAVARRO Tower takes on the 4×4 short-course scene with a fun, affordable performer Online giant Tower Hobbies has been selling RC's most popular vehicles since the days of “mail order,” and also offers the occasional vehicle under its own brand name. The Cutback is […]

May 27, 2016 Comments
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TAMIYA TT-02D TOYOTA SUPRA DRIFT

1/10-SCALE 4WD SEDAN | KIT WORDS & PHOTOS BY JOEL NAVARRO This budget drifter offers surprising extras and solid performance The concept of purposefully making your car lose traction to get it sideways in a graceful drift may petrify most people, but to some it is an art form, one that originated in Japan. Tamiya […]

Apr 28, 2016 Comments
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ECX/HORIZON HOBBY TEMPER

PHOTOS BY KEVIN HETMANSKI 1/18-SCALE 4WD ROCK CRAWLER | RTR This mini crawler offers big performance in a compact package Horizon Hobby's ECX brand is built on low-cost RTRs designed for fast fun, but ECX is also down to tame terrain at lower speeds with the Temper crawler. This pint-size rock pounder is 1/18 scale, […]

Apr 28, 2016 Comments
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