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Team Associated RC8B3e

As we certainly expected, Team Associated announced an E-version of their highly anticipated RC8B3 Nitro buggy shortly after its release. Using over 90% of the parts from its Nitro cousin, the RC8B3e has all the same track manners, but with the explosive nature of electric components.

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Dynamite Temperature Recording System

One of the biggest killers of RC components is heat. An overheating motor, ESC or battery can cause major failure or even result in your car catching on fire. I’ve seen both events hap- pen and, up until now, there’s not been an inexpensive way to monitor heat build-up in a vehicle.

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3 Racing Sakura D4 4wd Touring Car Review

The world of RC has many different facets; there’s really something for everybody. One of the areas I’ve set my sights on mastering is the drift segment. It basically goes against everything I’ve learned when it comes to driving sliding is better than grip, more power does not mean a faster vehicle and tire compounds, well, plastic is better than rubber.

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Ask Tony: Hey, I Got Your Answer!

You Got Questions? Tony has your answer! This month: The Gift Of Giving, Upgrading My Buggy Tires, Big Scale Late Model

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Team Associated Sc5M Review

As a racer, I try to keep all my rides in tip-top shape, both on and off the track. Unfortunately, one of the trucks that hasn’t seen much stick time is my 2WD short course truck. I don’t know what it is, but the SC segment just doesn’t do it for me anymore. Well, anymore until I got my hands on Team Associated’s new SC5M.

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F1 Tuning

Tuning your car to track conditions can mean the difference between winning a race to even making the Top 10. It's an important aspect and there's a lot of information both in print and on the web on how to tune your car. Most of the information, however, pertains to offroad buggies, truck and touring cars. That's great, but what about the pan cars or, in the case of this article, F1 cars?

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TC7 Review

Touring Cars. They're some of the fastest surface vehicles out there. Top level drivers control overpowered TCs through tight courses with long straights, all with the precision of a fighter pilot. One of the companies at the forefront of this has been Team Associated.

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Hot Bodies Pro5 Review

The Pro5 is HB’s first competition level TC since the TCXX was released back in 2012. This all new road rocket sports some unique features that are sure to catch the eye of even a seasoned on-roader. Being the only asphalt guy in the office, there wasn’t too much of a fuss when I yanked the Pro5 from our UPS delivery and started running down the hallway to my office! Mine, I say, mine! It’s my Pro5 precious.

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SC10 Speedster

Hey Tony. I have a Team Associated SC10 with an 8.5T motor, a 120A Xerun ESC and 5000mAh 50c battery. What gears should I run for speed? Thanks!

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Driftless Driftstar

Hey Tony. I’ve been into RC for a little while and after receiving my Driftstar from Exceed RC the ESC completely stopped. A red light on the face keeps blinking. Do you have any idea what’s happening? Also, any suggestions on a good brushless system?

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Kumamon! Kumamon! Kumamon!

Hey Tony. I got the last issue of the mag and love the Kumamon challenge you guys did. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun with it. Nice to see someone not afraid to put out some fun articles instead of the constant racer reviews! Keep up the good work!

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Fun Times

Hiya Tony. Your magazine is great, an excellent resource for the hobby. You guys always look like you’re having a good time during the reviews. My question is a simple one; do you guys really have as much fun playing with toy cars as it seems?

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Reviewing Losi’s TEN-SCTE RTR Short Course Truck Designed by Troy Lee

Losi’s fabulous TEN-SCTE 2.0 has seen quite a bit of success on the battlefield, winning everything from club races to National Championships. When it came time to produce an RTR version of this truck, Horizon didn’t just want to throw some entry-level electronics in it, they wanted to make sure their truck was fast, competitive and had a bold new look.

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How To Install the SX5 Sand Rail Conversion from Kraken RC on the HPI Baja

Kraken RC’s Sidewinder X5 (SX5) Sand Rail Conversion for the HPI Baja is by far one of the best conversion kits for this buggy we’ve seen, transforming your big ol’ 1/5-scale to a pretty serious-looking desert buggy. We’ve had an HPI Baja 5B sitting in our office for a while just waiting for some special project idea to come around … and here it is.

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Custom Build Projects

I am a “new again” guy to the RC marketplace. I enjoyed my Team Associated TQ10 back in the day and then moved to downtown Chicago which is not really RC friendly. I now live in south Florida and want a badass electric HPI Baja 5B. My question is this; can I build one entirely out of hop up parts?

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