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Traxxas  2017 Ford F-150  Raptor [ RC Review ]

Traxxas 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor [ RC Review ]

“High-performance factory pickup truck.” What truck did that phrase make you think of? Yeah, it was a Ford F-150 Raptor, for sure. And why not—we’re talking a 450hp twin-turbo engine, Fox Racing shocks, 10-speed gearbox, and fat-fendered styling more aggressive than a junkyard dog guarding a plate of bacon. To duplicate the Raptor in RC […]
TESTED: Pro-Line PRO-MT 4X4

TESTED: Pro-Line PRO-MT 4X4

Pro-Line is the undisputed body, tire, and wheel king, and also makes a heckuva a complete RC car—go look up our reviews of the PRO-2, PRO-2 SC, and PRO-MT 2WD models to refresh your memory. And now the gang in Banning, California, is at it again with a new PRO model: their first-ever 4X4 monster. […]

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TESTED: Gmade GR-01 GOM Rock Buggy

TESTED: Gmade GR-01 GOM Rock Buggy

Korean manufacturer Gmade has been on a bit of a tear lately. After chugging along in the 1.9-inch trail scene with variations of the Jeep-flavored Sawback, the brand turned up the heat with the Komodo, a new pickup truck–style rig that takes its cues from the Ford Super Duty—nice truck (see our review in the […]
HPI  Venture FJ Cruiser [TESTED]

HPI Venture FJ Cruiser [TESTED]

“Finally,” right? The Venture FJ took the long way to the trail, but now that HPI’s first-ever dedicated 4X4 trail-truck platform is officially released to the wild, it’s the rig everyone wants to see. With a high bar set by the established Traxxas, Vaterra, RC4WD, and Axial models, the Venture needs to be a substantially […]

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Trail-Crusher Camaro [PROJECT]

Trail-Crusher Camaro [PROJECT]

I’m a fan of the Ascender, and I wanted to give mine the project treatment–but I wanted to do something a little different. I’ve always been a fan of “car-body” rigs and have been looking to build one of my own for a while, so this was the perfect chance. I also wanted to improve […]

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Battery Basics You Need to Know [GETTING STARTED]

Battery Basics You Need to Know [GETTING STARTED]

Batteries! They make everything go in RC, even in nitro-powered models — sure, the engine burns fuel, but you aren’t going anywhere without a battery on board to power the receiver and servos. As with so many aspects of our amazing hobby/sport, you can go super-deep into battery tech if it really interests you — […]
Essential RC Anatomy [GETTING STARTED]

Essential RC Anatomy [GETTING STARTED]

If you’re a regular RC Car Action reader, you know your way around an RC car and what’s-called-what. This one’s for the noobs who don’t know! Our weekly GETTING STARTED column is designed to help beginners get up to speed (literally) for maximum RC fun. To read this installment, just CLICK HERE or on the image below. […]

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How To Make Your Car Dirty!

How To Make Your Car Dirty!

[From our March 2017 issue] It’s easy to get an RC car or truck dirty—just drive it! But if you want a realistically dirtied-up look that’s in scale with your machine (and won’t wash off), you’ll need to do more than just skip cleaning your car. With the easy techniques that follow, you can simulate dirt realistically […]
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