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Fast is fun, but slow isn’t too bad either

Fast is fun, but slow isn’t too bad either

Over the past couple of decades, RC vehicles of all kinds have become leaner, meaner, and faster.  In the 1980’s, a typical basher (such as a Tamiya Frog) would top out at around 25 mph and run for maybe 6 minutes.  In the 1990’s, average basher speeds were closer to the mid 30 mph range, […]
All Speed RC Drift Competition – Sunday, August 7th

All Speed RC Drift Competition – Sunday, August 7th

The hard-working crew at Hyper Drift is at it again, this time with a drift comp on August 7th at All Speed Hobbies in South San Francisco, CA.  Clear out your Sunday schedules and go check it out! Date: August 7th Sunday Location: All Speed Hobbies Surface: Carpet firm Times: – Practice: Open to 11:30am […]

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Camaro Phantom SS

Camaro Phantom SS

I recently completed a police car project, but what good is law enforcement without some criminals to chase around?  Fellow RCCA contributor Eric J. Miller was happy to oblige in this regard, and requested an illegal-looking car body for his TC4 drifter. Eric settled on one of HPI’s awesome new Camaro 1/10th sedan shells in […]
Limited Traction takes one-two in Hyper Drift night comp

Limited Traction takes one-two in Hyper Drift night comp

A short while ago I got a chance to check out one of Hyper Drift’s awesome events – specifically, the McCarthy Ranch night competition I posted a couple weeks ago.  The entire HD crew was in attendance and they put together an absolutely incredible, fully-lit layout complete with grass infields and a scale garage row. […]

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Hyper Drift Night Competition – Friday, July 15th

Hyper Drift Night Competition – Friday, July 15th

The Hyper Drift crew is hosting a competition this Friday, July 15th! If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, stop by and check it out. Hosted by Limited Traction Date: July 15th, 2011 Time: Practice starts @ 6pm, Comp starts @ 8pm Location: McCarthy Ranch Shopping Center, Milpitas, CA (off 880 & 237 on […]
Trans-Am trio

Trans-Am trio

A few years ago, a couple of friends and I decided that we wanted some old school Trans-Am cars to race.  We dug out our old Associated TC3 electric sedans, browsed some hobby catalogs, and immediately began negotiating to make sure we each got the car we wanted.  After much discussion and bribing one another […]

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Has drifting missed the mark?

Has drifting missed the mark?

I have been drifting casually for a few years now, but I never really gave it much thought as anything other than parking lot bashing.  Indeed, a lot of RCers tend to think of drifting as a fad that has come and gone – a novelty that wore off in 2009, never to be fully […]
The deal with droop

The deal with droop

Suspension tuning is not a simple thing.  A typical RC car has more adjustments than you can shake a hex driver at, and choosing the right thing to adjust in the right way in the right situation takes years to learn. One of the more subtle tuning attributes on a car is droop.  A lot […]

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Corolla Levin beater

Corolla Levin beater

My new HPI Cup Racer came with a cool Toyota Corolla Levin body, but there was one problem: I had no idea how I wanted to paint it.  I browsed hundreds of Levin and Trueno photos but nothing really inspired me.  Then, by random chance, I was flipping through my old copies of RC Car […]
Go-anywhere RCs – Which are best?

Go-anywhere RCs – Which are best?

The official start of summer is right around the corner, but as far as I’m concerned it’s in full swing.  The weather is nice, backyard barbecues are a daily event, and probably half the people I know are off to the beach somewhere on vacation.  I have quite a few trips coming up myself, and […]

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Workbench essentials: Utility shears

Workbench essentials: Utility shears

RC cars require a lot of maintenance – well, mine do anyway.  In my own humble opinion: If you don’t break it, you aren’t driving it hard enough.  This of course means I spend a good amount of time at the workbench, and that’s just fine with me. Not everybody enjoys bench time as much […]
Project “Rozzer”

Project “Rozzer”

I’ve wanted to put together a police car body for my TC4 drifter for a while now, but until recently I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted it to look like.  A Dodge Charger in classic black-and-white would be great, but there were a couple problems with that.  First off, I had […]
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