WHY IS THERE A BEAR DRIVING THIS DUNE BUGGY?

The answer, of course, is “because Japan.” The jet-black bear is Kumamon, the official mascot of Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture, says Wikipedia. He’s Japan’s favorite regional mascot, and thus worthy of his (or her?) own Tamiya models, including a dune buggy and a tractor, apparently. Tamiya’s PR below shows kit specs, but the Kumamon car is also [...]

May 13, 2015 Comments
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JConcepts Goes 1/5-scale Racing With New “Chasers” Tire

JConcepts is well known for 1/10 and 1/8 racing tires, and now they’ve added 1/5 scale rubber to the list. The new Chasers design has an aggressive tread pattern inspired by 1/8 scale  tires, and features a reinforced carcass to reduce tire expansion and to give more support during hard cornering. The tires fit Losi 5T [...]

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Tamiya Unveils New TRF 2WD Buggy and F1 Chassis Kits

Tamiya Racing Factory or “TRF” kits are always ultra-high qual, and the latest additions to the TRF line are as jewel-like as their predecessors. This round includes the TRF211XM mid-motor buggy, and TRF102 F1 car. Both are no-expense-spared competition cars, as the specs below will confirm. Expect these beautiful machines to hit stores in June. [...]

May 11, 2015 Comments
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5 Reasons Why Truck Pulling Is Cool

The more I look around on the internet the more I see custom pulling trucks popping up. I’m excited about this trend and am really excited to build one of my own. Some may ask why I’m so into building a pulling truck and I am here to show you. These are my 5 reasons [...]

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Vaterra Twin Hammers Scuderia Special by Karel de Koning [Readers Ride]

Karel de Koning, of Oud-Beijerland, Netherlands, picked an unusual theme for his Vaterra Twin Hammers Rock Racer, but his attention to detail on the subtle but extensive custom work makes it an impressive achievement. The Scuderia Twin Hammers has a definite Ferrari-esque flavor, although the ‘prancing horse’ logo has been substituted with the tongue-in-cheek prancing [...]

May 11, 2015 Comments
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RC Firefighters Extinguish Blazing Home, Barbie & Ken Safe [VIDEO]

“Garden trucking” is big in Europe, and the scene is all about RC imitating life. That includes the occasional house fire, as captured here. Lots of clever mechanisms are at work to make the entire rescue of dolls in danger happen purely by RC, including a transfer from home to ambulance to hospital (exiting the [...]

May 11, 2015 Comments
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Functional 1/3 Scale Porsche Engine Sounds Awesome, Just Needs Rest of Porsche [VIDEO]

There are lots of functional miniature engine on YouTube, and we’re happy to watch all of them. Most don’t sound nearly as good as this mill though, a 1/3 scale replica of the legendary air-cooled flat-six that powered the Porsche 911 until the iconic car finally went water-cooled in 1999. While most scale engine builders [...]

May 11, 2015 Comments
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Who Will Win the 2015 IFMAR Electric Off-Road Worlds?

The best drivers from all over the world will make their way to Yatabe Arena, Japan for the 2015 IFMAR Electric Off-Road Worlds. This is the most prestigious event for electric off-road racing and the best pros from around the globe will be competing for the coveted win. However, this worlds will be throwing in [...]

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