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Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float

John wanted to refresh his Vaterra Twin Hammers to make it look totally different. He found a Tamiya bug body on eBay and a new bare chassis of some generic brand similar car and robbed the lime green roll cage and rear end support rods from that. He also found some slightly brown-toned Austar aluminum […]
Trail Honcho Backyard Hero

Trail Honcho Backyard Hero

Sumner tells us he got his first Axial SCX 10 II Trail Honcho in 2018 and loved every single minute with it. It inspired him to build a crawling course in his backyard among the natural rocks, including suspension bridge over a little pond, ramps and a hill climb. That’s where he exercises this new […]

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Monster  Energy CR12

Monster Energy CR12

David tells us he was looking for a new project and came across a CR12 chassis sitting in his hobby room with no body, wheels, tires or electronics collecting dust, along with a Yeti Jr body. I he noted that the wheelbases were a perfect match but the CR12’s chassis rails were too long so […]
RC4WD Heavy Chevy

RC4WD Heavy Chevy

From the outset Jeffery wanted his project to look like a proper ‘80s-era big Chevy truck and he worked on it for a year to bring it about. The fundamentals are RC4WD’s long-wheelbase chassis and Chevy K10 cab with a mix of Traxxas and other electronics. The only 3D-printed piece is the big block Chevy […]

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Klean K5

Klean K5

Pedar’s Blazer started out as an Axial Dingo years ago, but almost nothing but the frame rails remain. Power comes from an RC4WD 35T motor controlled by an Axial AE2 and powered by a Turnigy 3S Lipo. He went with SSD axles, rear hubs, and scale transmission. RC4WD supplied the Warn manual-locking front hubs, deep-dish […]
Retro Toyota Trophy Truck

Retro Toyota Trophy Truck

Richard told us very little about his Toyota Trophy Truck, preferring to let photos do the talking for him. Underneath the pretty retro-themed Toyota sits an Element RC Enduro chassis bowered by a Holmes Hobbies 3000kv motors managed by Castle’s Mamba Micro Crawler ESC. It rolls on RC4WD 1.9 deep-dish wagon wheels with Pro-Line Racing […]

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NASA Chevy C10

NASA Chevy C10

Jade’s truck started its life as an RTR Element RC Enduro Sendero. He always liked the look of vintage pre-runner trucks so he decided to use the Element IFS kit to recreate one. For some extra wheel-speed and acceleration a Reedy 12T 5-slot motor was selected. He decided on the Pro-Line C10 body and used […]
A Young Enthusiast’s Scale Monster

A Young Enthusiast’s Scale Monster

The year was 2009 when, while watching Monster Jam, a young Drue first saw a commercial for Traxxas’ Grave Digger. He bugged his family for it every year at Christmas with no luck. Traxxas and Monster Jam parted ways but when Traxxas released the Skully he was taken with it and his quest was renewed. […]

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Custom Land Rover D90 Van

Custom Land Rover D90 Van

One look at Jeremy’s custom conversion and you wouldn’t be faulted for assuming that Land Rover must have built a cab-over-engine version of the Defender 90 but it never did. This vehicle is loosely based on a concept for a D90-based camper van toyed with by German Land Rover specialist Matzker, but Jeremy took it […]
LS-Swapped Axial Capra

LS-Swapped Axial Capra

LS motors have become the power plant of choice for many custom builds of all kinds, and its cool to see that kind of authenticity show up in Joshua’s Axial Capra. Tucked in back and encased in the cage is a hyper-detailed 3D-printed LS3 from Benchmark RC that includes a working serpentine belt, pullies and […]

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Tweaked TX4 Sport

Tweaked TX4 Sport

Peter tells us he mainly refurbishes and modifies RTR trucks, or vehicles he’s traded for that were originally assembled by their previous owners. He decided he wanted to do a build-up of a brand new kit but budget was still a factor so the platform he chose was the TRX4 Sport from Traxxas and he […]
Bro-Dozer Tribute

Bro-Dozer Tribute

Monster Jam fans know the Diesel Brothers’ Bro-Dozer as the bright yellow Duramax diesel-powered monster truck, but the concept appeared first as a jumbo-sized rock crawler/tow rig hybrid based on a Ford F-350 Super Duty truck. It was stripped down, caged up and sat on top of a set of mega-size military axles and rolling […]
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