Kev’s Bench: The Ripper Lives Again!

When I last posted about my Thunder Tech Ripper, I was making plans to improve the old ride for enhanced performance and a return to solid-axle truck racing. Since then, parts have arrived and I’ve gone to work reviving the Ripper, and it’s ready for its debut as a refreshed rig. Today’s servos are much more [...]

Dec 08, 2014 Comments
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WATCH: 1/5 Scale Road Racing in the Rain

The first thing you think of when you hear “1/5 scale” is probably off-road action, but the big-scale scene thrives with on-roaders as well. Its arguably the most realistic on-road racing in RC, and it looks even wilder in the rain—like these guys are doing!

Dec 08, 2014 Comments
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First Look: Graupner X-8N HoTT

Graupner packs a lot of features into their new 4-channel X-8N pistol, including telemetry capability, expandable memory via SD card, a LiPo battery, and left-hand adaptability. There are even channel mixes for boats, tracked vehicles, and crawlers, making the X-8N an extremely versatile transmitter. Here’s our out-of-the-box impression of the radio–stay tuned for a full [...]

Dec 08, 2014 Comments
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5 Hit Cars No One Saw Coming

In the world of RC, many new releases are easy to predict. New SCX-10 scaler from Axial? No surprise there. Latest version of the race platforms from Associated, Losi, Kyosho, etc.? We all look forward to them. The five models we list here are the opposite of those: no one was expecting these machines, and [...]

Dec 08, 2014 Comments
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Jeep Thrills: Kevin Jowett’s Project Mangler

Master builder Kevin Jowett set out to build a perfectly proportioned Jeep YJ with help from his Scale Builders Guild buddies, and we’d say his heavily modded Mangler is just about perfect. Lots of custom fab here–see for yourself! Click to embiggen  

Dec 05, 2014 Comments
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Pro-Line’s “Big Give” Will Make You a Holiday Hero

The holiday season is as much about giving as it is getting, and Pro-Line is definitely hip to the “giving” half of the equation with their 12 Days of Christmas Big Give promotion. Starting Sunday, December 7, 2014 and ending Thursday, December 18, 2014 Pro-Line will be giving away a ”Pro-Line Kit prize pack” each day for 12 days (see below for what you [...]

Dec 03, 2014 Comments
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Scott Lempert’s Vaterra Ascender

Scott Lempert, of Commerce Township, MI, was reluctant to cut-up a brand new Blazer body, but when he got the itch to make his Vaterra Ascender “topless and caged… like the old days,” he simply couldn’t resist. One look at this killer entry and it is immediately apparent that this customized body is a resounding [...]

Dec 03, 2014 Comments
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Kev’s Bench: What Happened to Monster Truck Racing?

Back in the early 2000s, monster truck racing with independent suspension trucks on local tracks was very popular. People were converting trucks like the Traxxas T-Maxx, Team Associated MGT and Tamiya TNX into full-blown race machines. There were also big races held around the country like the Pro-Line Maxx challenge and Monster Madness that drew [...]

Dec 01, 2014 Comments
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