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Bearings: Continuing  the Momentum

Bearings: Continuing the Momentum

Picking up where we left off from our last issue (RCCA November 2020), let’s get into the topic of bearings a little bit deeper. This time around we are going to explore the different types of bearings available in RC. We are also going to talk about the differences between bearing grease versus bearing oil, […]
Smooth Out Your Ride: The Basics of Shock Maintenance

Smooth Out Your Ride: The Basics of Shock Maintenance

Shocks are by far one of the most important parts on any RC car, and oftentimes they’re the most overlooked when it comes time to do regular cleaning and maintenance. A well-maintained set of shocks will not only preserve but sometimes even improve your RC car’s performance and handling, making regular service and maintenance a […]

Replace a Suspension Arm

Replace a Suspension Arm

Go from “broke” to “back in action” in no time When you build your car or truck from a kit, a broken part is no big deal. After putting together everything yourself, it’s easy to spot what broke and figure out how to fix it. But for many RTR guys, something as simple and common […]
Crush the Comp: Here’s How to Set Up Your Solid-Axle Monster Truck

Crush the Comp: Here’s How to Set Up Your Solid-Axle Monster Truck

There are a lot of adjustments available on today’s solid-axle monster trucks and being able to take advantage of those settings and get the setup just right for conditions can give you an advantage over your competitor. In this guide, I’ll talk about adjustments that are available on solid-axle monster trucks and what they will […]

How to Rebuild Shocks

How to Rebuild Shocks

Few components work as hard on an off-road vehicle as the shocks. Whether they’re countering cornering loads, softening bump forces, or soaking up jump landings, the shocks are always pumping away. That’s why it’s important to keep them in tip-top shape with fresh seals and fluid. Rebuilding them is easy and will give your car […]
Here’s The Easy Way to Paint Flames

Here’s The Easy Way to Paint Flames

Ask anyone to imagine a hot-rod paint job, and they’ll probably envision stylized flames licking over the hood and fenders of late-’60s Detroit steel. As far as classic muscle-car looks go, flames are right up there with racing stripes, and everybody knows that a set of flames means fiery performance. It’s literally a hot look, […]

How to Paint a Hard Body

How to Paint a Hard Body

When building the ultimate scale rig, there’s nothing that compares to an injection-molded body. Most often referred to as “hard” bodies, the type is preferred because injection molding offers finer, crisper detailing and allows more complex shapes than the vacuum forming process used for Lexan bodies. However, painting and detailing a “hard” body requires more […]

Racer Profile: TLR’s Frank Root

Racer Profile: TLR’s Frank Root

Sponsors: TLR, Horizon Hobby, JConcepts, Team Orion, Spektrum, Bradley Fine Line Designs, StickIt1 Graphics,, Pacific Coast Hobbies   A lot of us love the speed, exhilaration, and technical side of RC, but we don’t realize what it takes to bring a vehicle like the TLR 22 buggy platform to market. For most of us, RC […]
Pro-Line Explains Powerstroke Shocks [VIDEO]

Pro-Line Explains Powerstroke Shocks [VIDEO]

Pro-Line is always pushing technology and provides racers and passionate hobby enthusiasts with some of the best products around. In this video, they explain the function and parts of their popular Powerstroke shocks and how to tune and adjust them.

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How To: Basic Lexan Body Painting

So, you decided to get into RC, and you’ve been having a blast ever since. And your machine’s thrashed-out body has the battle scars to prove it. It’s time for a new look! Instead of reaching for another original-equipment body, why not go for a new look with an aftermarket shell and your own unique […]
The tip of a hobby knife will help place small stickers.

How To Apply Decals

Whether you’ve whipped up an elaborate multicolor paint scheme or went with a simple one-color job, decals will dress up any shell and add that finishing touch. Applying decals isn’t hard work, but it’s often a little more complicated than just slapping stickers on the shell. Complex curves on the body, large stickers and even […]
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