Thursday, March 23, 2017

How Tos

Timing and Gearing

This month we will look at something most electric racers have been forced to become familiar with, timing and gearing. Gearing and timing changes can mean a few things depending on what exactly you hope to get out of your racing machine. In true Charlie fashion, I’ll break down these two tuning adjustments to make your educational experience simple.

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Drivetrain Maintenance

Part of owning an RC vehicle is performing maintenance to keep it running at its absolute best. Wrenching on your ride is actually one of the aspects that makes RC so much fun. Not only are you keeping your car operating at its best, but it also gets you familiar with how it works.

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Installing Gear Head RC Lights on the Axial Yeti XL

I really enjoy my Axial Yeti XL and wherever I take it, it constantly gathers a crowd. People seem to love its enormous size as well as its alarming amount of power! While I don’t run it on 6S much anymore (it was scaring the local children as well as many small animals), I figured it was time to start investing in some hop-ups to bolster its wow factor even more.

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Know the RC Lingo

Terminology in any hobby can be challenging to understand, especially to the newcomer. So this month, we’re going to take a walk through some of the buzzwords and terms used by various brands and RC gurus.

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Getting Into Electric RC Cars

If the time has come for you to get your first hobby grade electric RC car and be permanently finished with lackluster toy store cars that are short on performance, durability and upgradability, this guide is for you. The best thing to do is not to just jump right in and buy the first thing you find.

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Get Creative, Get Painting- Monster Truck Turned Buggy

I think most of us remember the old chopper building show with the father/son team. Their two different approaches to the creative process really helps make my point here. Senior wanted to draw everything up in advance on a computer to show the customer what they would be getting.

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Build Your Own RC Snow Plow With Axial’s SCX10

It’s funny how things turn out in life sometimes. For the past 2-½ years, I’ve been a resident of Connecticut, enjoying the warm summers and cold (more like frigid!) winters. I’ve had the pleasure of building many different types of project vehicles, however the one I missed was some type of snow plow.

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Tamiya Tb-04R Chassis Kit Hop Up

Our picks for performance, durability, and/or appearance upgrades: Tamiya Tb-04R Chassis Kit Hop Up Here are our accessory and hop-up picks for today’s popular vehicles that can boost performance, durability and/or appearance and leave you with a sweet custom ride.

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ECX Torment 4WD Short Course Truck Hop Up

Our picks for performance, durability, and/or appearance upgrades:ECX Torment 4Wd Short Course Truck Hop Up Here are our accessory and hop-up picks for today’s popular vehicles that can boost performance, durability and/or appearance and leave you with a sweet custom ride.

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10 tips for a race-ready RTR

You bought your electric RTR (ready to run) short course truck because you just wanted to play in dirt lots and go fast. But you didn’t count on the racing bug biting you so soon. Do you need to give up on the RTR to buy another vehicle to race? No, sir!

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Gimme Space

A workspace can be something as simple as a bench in your garage or basement, or something as extravagant as an all new exterior building for your hobby. We’ve tried to work in the garage (living in Florida that’s rarely an option without having heat stroke), and our home doesn’t have a basement either.

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Upgrading HPI’s Bullet St and Mt

Now that the dust has settled on the purchase of HPI Racing by Ripmax it’s nice to know spare parts and upgrade bits are coming back into stock to keep our favorite HPI models going. As fans of HPI we have several of their popular offerings in our workshop, including the Savage monster truck, RS4 touring cars, Sprint2 touring cars, and more.

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22 Best Battery Chargers for Racing RC Cars

When I first started racing I used an Aristocraft 15-minute quick charger to get my 1200mAh NiCd SC Sanyo batteries to capacity. I turned the dial around fully once then another five minutes for good measure. Soon I was using an external volt meter to monitor batteries and I eventually stepped up to a Digi Novak Peak charger to make my life much easier.

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Team Associated T5M Team Kit Hop Up

Our picks for performance, durability, and/or appearance upgrades : Team Associated T5M Team Kit Hop Up Here are our accessory and hop-up picks for today’s popular vehicles that can boost performance, durability and/or appearance and leave you with a sweet custom ride.

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When to use a Castle Creations BEC

What is a BEC? That’s a question I’ve heard quite a few times over the years. Before the BEC (we’ll get to what it is in a second), drivers used to install small, four-cell battery packs on their cars to power the electronics. Why? Well, back in the day, we’d need to use as much of the power in the NiCd and NiMh battery packs as possible to run the cars in a simple four-minute race.

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