Tower of Power: Hitec’s New X1 Pro Charger and ePowerBox Power Supply

Hitec’s 180 watt battery juicer-upper will charge everything in your RC arsenal, including all lithium battery varieties and lead-acid batteries. You can get the X1 by itself, but the hot setup is definitely the combo with the ePowerBox 17amp power supply, which docks with the X1 for a compact footprint and easy hookup (and it [...]

Jun 27, 2014 Comments
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Grit Grinding Your Gears? Make a Gasket

If you’re having trouble with dirt and debris getting under your car or truck’s gear cover, make a gasket to seal it against the motor plate. It’s easy… Remove the gear cover and trace its outline onto a piece of craft foam to get the right shape for the gasket.   Cut the foam on [...]

Jun 27, 2014 Comments
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Under the Hood: Mark Pavidis’ TLR 8IGHT 3.0

Mark Pavidis is an icon in RC racing. He’s been around since the beginning and still gives the young guns a run for their money. His list of wins is impressive including 1995 IFMAR 1/10 4wd Off Road World Champion, 2006 IFMAR 1/8 Buggy World Champion and IFMAR 1/10 Gas Touring Car World Champion. That’s [...]

Jun 26, 2014 Comments
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Kyosho Scorpion Online Build Part 1

Here’s a link to the Scorpion unboxing, in case you missed it. With unpacking the kit out of the way, I’m ready to start spinning wrenches. The fun starts with a bunch of aluminum bits… The chassis rails and steering bellcrank are assembled first, with hex hardware used throughout. The chassis rails are stout, solid-aluminum extrusions [...]

Jun 25, 2014 Comments
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Kyosho Europe Reveals FO-XX Nitro and EP Formula Off Road Models

No official US release yet, but Kyosho Europe is showing off the FO-XX, a 4X4 RTR in nitro (GP) and electric (VE) flavors designed for Formula Off Road action–which is pretty intense stuff, as the video clip below shows. Both versions of the FO-XX feature the rugged solid axles and vertical-plate chassis layout Kyosho originally developed for [...]

Jun 25, 2014 Comments
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Josh Coble’s Resurrected Revo 3.3

Josh Coble of Lewiston, PA tells us he scored his Revo 3.3 in rough shape online, then restored it to stump-crushing, chain-wielding condition as seen here. His ground-up rebuild includes a set of RC4WD Mudslinger tires on Axial wheels, a full set of Integy piggyback shocks, Pro-Line Ridge-Line bumper, and plenty of bench time. Looks good Josh. [...]

Jun 24, 2014 Comments
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It’s Official: Trinity D4 Is Here

Trinity’s D4 has officially arrived. The new motor first appeared in “spy shots” and the pictured prototype went on to sell via eBay auction for $500. Suffice it to say, there’s interest in this motor! New features include an improved stator design, new 3-piece can design, new endbell design that improves bearing alignment, and grade [...]

Jun 24, 2014 Comments
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How To Rebuild Your 3-Gear Transmission

On race day, you only have one goal: to go as fast as possible and to lay down the quickest lap times. As you try to accomplish this, one of the major factors that contributes to your success is your transmission. If your motor is the heart of your car, your transmission is the soul [...]

Jun 23, 2014 Comments
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