Up Close With the IFMAR 1/8 Worlds Track

It seems that whenever countries in far away lands host a race, Americans have a culture shock. I’m not talking about eating some exotic foods, or some funky language dialect, but their reaction to the actual track itself. What at first appears like a challenging layout slowly reveals its teeth as I take a closer [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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We’re In Italy: 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Scale Nitro Off-Road Championships

Two layovers and 20 hours is roughly how long it takes to fly from Orange County, California, to Catania, Italy. This means waking up at an ungodly hour, packing the car up with smokin’ coffee in hand, making haste with crusty eyes half shut, traveling to the airport going Mach 5, and standing in line [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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Billy Kara’s Tamiya Hornet Boat Thing

Billy Kara’s Reader’s Ride is an aquatic take on the classic Tamiya Hornet and comes to us by way of Melbourne, Australia. Steering vanes made of sheet plastic replace the front wheels to steer the craft, while zip-ties slap the water to propel it. Despite the 3300KV motor he installed, Billy tells us his highly unusual [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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Kev’s Bench: Best of the Sand Sports Super Show

One of the cool things about living in Southern California is that there is a lot to do year round. What I like most are all of the different motorsports events that are going on at any given time. This weekend I attended the Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa, CA. This show is [...]

Sep 22, 2014 Comments
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Dromida Takes Off With KODO and Ominus Quad-Copters

We don’t feature flying models frequently since this is RC Car Action and cars don’t fly (unless you jump them…). But when a car brand takes to the sky, we like to check ‘em out. Dromida debuted with a 1/18 car lineup (see our March 2014 issue for the review), and has now added two [...]

Sep 17, 2014 Comments
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Artie Fie’s Awesome Kong 2 Tamiya Clod Buster

Artie Fie is a fan of old school monster trucks and the Tamiya Clod Buster so he took his two passions and combined them to build a replica of the Awesome Kong 2 monster truck. It uses a stock Clod Buster chassis but the stock steering has been replaced with a Crawford Performance Enginneering 4WS [...]

Sep 16, 2014 Comments
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Tested: Novak Crusher & 4-Pole Heavy Duty Motor Combo

Novak is a company that for years has been well known for producing some of the most advanced speed controls. In fact Novak was one of the first companies to actually produce an electronic speed control so they know what they are doing. With advances in technology Novak has found ways to pack speed controls [...]

Sep 15, 2014 Comments
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Interview: Kyosho’s Yuichi Kanai, Father of the Inferno

Kyosho has built everything from static models to basic hobby-level kits throughout its 50-year history, but the Japanese firm is perhaps best known for producing some of the most exotic and successful race cars the RC market has ever seen. The most notable id the Inferno series of 1/8-scale buggies that have won eight IFMAR [...]

Sep 15, 2014 Comments
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