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Baja Bug, Texas Style: Jeff Vitale’s Tamiya Sand Scorcher

Baja Bug, Texas Style: Jeff Vitale’s Tamiya Sand Scorcher

A year in the making, this beautiful Sand Scorcher comes to us from Jeff Vitale of Lubbock, TX. Highlights include a custom fabbed interior roll cage, ball stick shifter, complete dash, and NOS tanks–the driver even sports a seatbelt (safety first, even if you’re made of plastic). Custom-lettered tires are mounted on aluminum hubs and […]
Jeff LaPorte’s Classic Clod

Jeff LaPorte’s Classic Clod

Jeff LaPorte of Liverpool, NY submitted this shot of his Tamiya Super Clod Buster, and it’s one of our Readers’ Rides selections for the June issue. The truck is mostly stock except for a few choice Traxxas bits including an XL-5 speed control and Ultra shocks. Bonus points for the smooth paint job (no easy feat, […]

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“King” of the Trail: Tyler Puterbaugh’s Axial Wraith

“King” of the Trail: Tyler Puterbaugh’s Axial Wraith

If you’re an RCCA subscriber or you snagged our May issue off the newsstand, you’ve already seen this Reader’s Ride between the pages (or, you may have seen it tearing up the trails in Benton, PA). Tyler Puterbaugh’s Axial Wraith is the pride of his RC fleet and looks great in this nicely-snapped shot. The […]
John Edge’s RJ Speed Classic Sprinter

John Edge’s RJ Speed Classic Sprinter

This week’s Reader’s Ride comers to us from John Edge of Pensacola, FL. John built this RJ Speed Classic Sprint Car in honor of his dad, Jack Edge, and finished it like the Midget racing car Jack drove 55 years ago. Special care was spent getting the helmet, goggles, and bandana detailed just like they […]

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Reader’s Ride: Joe Mergel’s Amazing 6X6 Semi

Reader’s Ride: Joe Mergel’s Amazing 6X6 Semi

This wild ride comes from Joe Mergel and is featured in the February issue of RC Car Action: Yo, Joe! Cobra better watch out! Okay, sorry for the throwback humor but anyone from the 80s might take one look at this military beast and rekindle memories of great G.I. Joe vehicles. This custom 6×6 semi-truck […]
Greg Graves’ Traxxas Revo

Greg Graves’ Traxxas Revo

Greg found this Traxxas Revo on eBay in need of a little loving care and it was soon restored back to mint condition. He swapped the original 2.5 nitro engine for a more robust TRX3.3 Racing Engine, but the real handiwork here is Greg’s careful construction of the wood paneling he added to the bed […]

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Jorge Valenzuela’s Axial SCX10 Dingo

Jorge Valenzuela’s Axial SCX10 Dingo

In addition to the pixels you’re eyeballing right now, you’ll find Jorge’s SCX10 Dingo in the Readers’ Rides section of RC Car Action’s November issue. Jorge scores points with the door-mounted rifles and roof-mounted cargo complete with scale bungee cords, and a custom LED setup outfits the RPM light bar. The zebra-striped machine moves out with motivation […]
James Knight’s Incredible 1/10 Beach Buggy with 3D-Printed Parts

James Knight’s Incredible 1/10 Beach Buggy with 3D-Printed Parts

This outstanding machine is the work of James Knight (you can find him on Facebook as Knight Customs), and we’ve never seen a prettier RC version of the classic dune buggy design. While the suspension and drivetrain are from the Tamiya SRB (the platform shared by the Rough Rider/Buggy Champ and Sand Scorcher) everything else […]

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Reader’s Ride: Judd Stauber’s Traxxas Stampede

Reader’s Ride: Judd Stauber’s Traxxas Stampede

More like “Rally Stampede!’ This highly-modified machine is totally unique and looks ready to get wild in the woods. Wondering what’s under that Subie shell? Judd was good enough to share all the details with us on Facebook: – HPI 98′ Subaru WRC Impreza body – Integy steering linkage, piggyback shocks, wheelie bar, front bumper, […]
Reader’s Ride: Jammy Weaver’s Axial SCX-10 Trail Honcho

Reader’s Ride: Jammy Weaver’s Axial SCX-10 Trail Honcho

The Axial SCX-10 is the go-to machine for scale 4X4 fun, and Jammy’s Honcho is definitely lookin’ real in this shot plucked from Facebook. The Pro-Line light bar helps too! Jammy posted this pic as an entry in our “win a Pro-Line hat” promo, and we thought it was a natural for Reader’s Rides too. […]

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Readers’s Ride of the Week: Bert Jones’ Traxxas Slash

Readers’s Ride of the Week: Bert Jones’ Traxxas Slash

Great shot from Facebook fan Bert Jones! Perfect composition, it’s in focus, and that late-afternoon sun looks killer. As for the truck, it’s the Kyle Busch version of the Traxxas Slash. Look for this one in the pages of RC Car Action! If you want to share your ride with us (whether it’s in action […]
Readers’ Ride Of The Week: Axial Wraith

Readers’ Ride Of The Week: Axial Wraith

Ian Roberts’ Axial Wraith is equipped with a Holmes Hobbies motor and Solar Servo custom tie rods. He removed the top of the HPI Jeep Rubicon body and then painted the vehicle inside and out. The Jeep is riding on Pro-Line Racing 2.2 Swampers and wheels with custom bead locks. Ian Robers – Apple Valley, CA […]
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