14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC

14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC
We are lucky enough to have a lot of RC vehicles come across our desks and we’ve each been in this great hobby for a long time. One of our frequent office conversations is about where things got started. For example, what company came out with the first ball differential or where did CA glue come from. Sometimes we know the answer and sometimes we think we know and find out later that we were wrong. Check out this list of some of our hobby’s history and oddball facts.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 1. 2.4GHz

Many inventors have claimed 2.4GHz, but the most famous claim of it was by actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil. Their “secret communications system” used a piano-roll (a self playing piano) to change between 88 frequencies. It was intended to make to make radio-guided torpedoes hard for the enemy to detect or jam. The Nomadio Sensor was the first RC radio to use the technology.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 2. Ball Differential

The ball differential was invented in the 1980’s by Cecil Schumacher of Schumacher Racing. It was first used in 1/12-scale cars.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 3. Three-Gear Transmission

Tamiya was the first to have a car with a three gear transmission. It was in the Rough Rider which was released in 1979.
 RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC
4. MIP CVD

MIP was the first company to release a rebuildable universal driveshaft. They were included in car kits from many different companies through the years.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 5. First Nitro Vehicle With Reverse

Kyosho gets the nod for the having the first nitro vehicle to have reverse. The Kyosho QRC line of vehicles were released with a twin stacked gear transmission. A two-channel radio and a special cam was used to operate it.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 6. CA Glue

Cyanoacrylate, or CA Glue as we know it, was invented in 1942 by Dr. Harry Coover and Fred Joyner. It was invented in attempts to make a transparent plastic suitable for gun sights.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 7. Yokomo Dogfighter First World Champ

The Yokomo Dogfighter has the honor of being the first IFMAR 4WD world champ with Gil Losi Jr. behind the wheel. The race was held at the famous Ranch Pit Shop in Del Mar, CA.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 8. What is Silicone?

Our RC vehicles are equipped with many silicone based products such as shock fluid and covering on the electrical wires. Silicones are inert, synthetic compounds with a wide variety of forms and uses. Frederick S. Kipping is credited for laying the foundation for the commercialization of silicone.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 9. First production model engine

The first ever el engine model engine was the Brown Jr. .60 model b.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 10. First wheel type radio

Futaba gets credit for inventing the first wheel type radio and it was designed specifically for car use. Not only was it the first radio of its kind but it was very reliable. It was called the Futaba 2F.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 11. Big wheeled monster truck

Marui Big Bear fist monster truck to have oversized tires. This two-wheel drive 1/12-scale truck had an injection molded body and 2WD.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 12. First electronic speed control

Novak was the first to market a reliable and affordable electronic speed control. It was called the Novak NESC-1 and they had a built in BEC circuit, were full proportional and were “Electronic”.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 13. First front wheel drive buggy

Kyosho Maxxum FF was the first off-road buggy to use front wheel drive.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | 14 Things You Didn’t Know About RC 14. First Tamiya kit

The first RC kit ever produced by Tamiya was its Porsche 934 RSR.

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