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Flashback: RC Car Action May 1994

Flashback: RC Car Action May 1994

Were you reading RC Car Action 22 years ago? Maybe you remember pulling this issue out of your mailbox. Nitro-powered RC was on the rise back in ’94, led by our cover star, Team Associated’s best-selling RC10GT.

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An RC10GT wearing a Motion Graphics paint job–it doesn’t get much more ’90s than that. Associated was still a few years away from going to black plastic, and the GT was molded mostly in natural-color plastics. Bust out your fabric dye…

 

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Here’s how RC’s top gas truck looked in its ad. Associated always had great “studio action” shots.

 

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Before we launched the Readers’ Choice Awards, we did this “Top 10” thing. Some classics here…

 

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Mugen Athlete, Traxxas gas buggy, and a BMT…we forgot some of these cars existed!

 

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Ever seen a Bolink Digger in action? It’s bananas.

 

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We covered Joe McGregor’s Insame Speed Run car, which lapped a bicycle velodrome at the then-astounding average speed of 87.4mph. An 18-cell, 1000mAh battery dumped 21.6 volts into an Aveox brushless system, one of the earliest appearances of brushless power in RCCA.

 

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The great touring car boom had yet to explode, but the fuse was burning with Tamiya’s TA-series cars–here, a red-hot Alfa.

 

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Remember comm lathes? If you were racing mod in the mid-90s, you either had one or your racin’ buddy did. These things are relics now.

 

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Kyosho’s Tracker got the “Track Report” treatment. It was basically an Ultima with a body, wheel and tire swap. Sure looks good though.

 

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Another blast from the past, Dahm’s bodies. Ira Dahm always had unique designs. And how about that Apex 10? Nitro pan cars were briefly a thing back in the 90s. This one is basically a Bolink Sport modded to hold an engine in the rear pod.

 

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Frequent contributor Mike Ogle offered a two-parter on building up a Parma-bodied roadster. Check out that “barn find” pic. Weathering and rust just like today’s scalers!

 

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The always-fashionable Joel Johnson, repping Trinity. Joel was the face of the brand for quite a while. “Buy these Sanyo 1700 matched cells.”

 

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Losi’s Junior cars were hot entry-level racers, and shared a lot of DNA with the Pro SE and LXT models of the time–which the new Double-X platform was rapidly making obsolete.

 

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Ah, the Losi Double-X. This machine rocked the 2WD buggy scene when it appeared in 1994. After nearly a decade of RC10-vs-JRX, Losi had an all-new buggy on the battlefield. It looks stone-age now, but back then it was the future.

 

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With the Double-X hitting tracks, we decided to compare the last-gen JRX-Pro SE against Losi’s latest, head to head.

 

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We miss you, Novak. The brand was in peak form in the mid-90s, when kits still dominated and that meant you needed to buy a speed control. The rugged Rooster was a popular choice. Anyone else miss big anodized heatsinks and graphics on speed controls? Today’s units don’t look half as cool.

 

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No internet, no Ebay, and no one wanted old cars. America’s Hobby Center was blowing out Tamiya Egresses for $99! They later went down to $88. What would you pay for a shrink-wrapped, new-in-box Egress today?

 

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What’s on sale at Tower? Bust out your credit card and call the 800 number if you want a Magnum AM radio, those sweet 1500mAh NiCds or that LX-T with the XX tranny. TowerHobbies.com was still way off.

 

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Trinity was pushing hard in pan cars with the Evolution- and Revolver-series cars. Joel Johnson at it again. Note the “Proud Sponsor of PROCAR” burst too. There’s a story…

 

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If you were serious about racing in ’94, you probably had a Caliber 3P. Just about any radio with a screen you can buy today has more features than the 3P, but back then, this was some serious Buck Rogers stuff.

 

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And if you didn’t have an Airtronics Caliber, you had one of these: the Magnum FM “brick,” or the PCM version if you were super-cool. This bad boy is 100% analog, you can see the tiny potentiometers and DIP switches hiding behind the front cover.

 

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MRC’s World Scale concept was on the back cover for a long run of issues in the mid-90s. The big cars (about 1/7 scale) would probably be a hit today, now that we have the brushless and LiPo tech the cars really needed.

 

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Updated: October 17, 2016 — 4:49 PM

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  1. Thank you for bringing back the memories. My regret was not keeping my rc10gt and xx when i had it. Always nice to see pics of them as I recall the fun I had back then.

  2. I love seeing these old magazines. I didn’t get into the hobby until 1997 but a lot of the ads are still familiar to me. Thank you for sharing these memories with us.

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