Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Padded Thumbscrews

Padded Thumbscrews

If your car uses screws to hold the battery strap in place, it can be tough to make quick battery changes. Put a small section of fuel tubing over the screw heads, and you will be able to grip the …

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Hex Tool Revival

Many hex tools that see constant use tend to get rounded off at the tip. This causes the tool to slip and may strip out hex heads. Using a cut-off disc and a Dremel tool, you can renew the tips …

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Neatness Matters

Neatness Matters

Excess servo leads can look messy and may get tangled with moving parts. Wrap them around a screwdriver to make tight little spring-like coils that look cool and keep them out of harm’s way. Tip by Toby Kearns

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Seal the Cap

Seal the Cap

It’s not uncommon for plastic shocks with plastic caps to start leaking after a while. If you aren’t ready to upgrade to aluminum units you can use teflon plumbers tape to help create an airtight seal on the plastic cap. …

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Blue Glue Saves the Pins

Save the Pins

Too many times we’ve all pulled a wheel hex off only to have the pin vanish, never to be found again. A dab of blue Loctite on the pin prior to installation will helps keep this from happening the next …

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Narrow Your Monster Truck Wheels

Narrow MT Wheels

Doug likes the look of a narrow monster truck tire but the tires he had on hand were wide. Using a cutoff wheel chucked into his drill press he was able to cut the outer bead off and glue the …

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Clean and Precise Glue Application

Clean and Precise Glue Application

A small tube is included with most CA glues. This helps to get glue to the spot where it’s needed without gluing everything else around it. These tiny tubes are basically a single use item because the glue cures inside. …

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Fender Flares

Fender Flares

Many of us love to add details that mimic full-scale vehicles. Black tubing around the wheel wells is an easy addition that provides a bit of scale realism. Use a sharp knife to carefully slit the tubing along its length. …

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Extra Body Support

Extra Body Support

Plane sheets of Lexan are available in a variety of thicknesses. There are many uses for the material. One use is to add strength to the bed of your truck bodies. Cut a piece that covers at least the back …

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Vinyl Bed Cover

Vinyl Bed Cover

To add scale realism to your pickup truck body, try painting the bed on the outside of the shell. You can use standard Lexan paint but for a vinyl-like appearance use Plasti-Dip in the spray can. This can be done …

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Body Repair

Body Repair

If your Lexan body is cracked or split you can repair it and keep it from getting worse with a little effort. Secure the crack with a piece of mesh drywall tape then coat the entire area with Shoo Goo. …

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Blade Disposal

Blade Disposal

Worn X-acto blades all over your pit table or workbench are a safety hazard. Cut a slit in the lid of an empty pill bottle and deposit old blades as soon as you remove them from the handle. This can …

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Cheap Protection for your Radio

Cheap Protection for your Radio

Your transmitter came in a box with a foam insert that protected the unit during shipping. With a little packing tape and some Velcro, you can use it to protect it on the way to the track. Use the tape …

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Easy Fuel Line Clipping

Easy Fuel Line Clipping

If you happen to have these special clippers for trimming Fido’s toenails you can use them for quick and accurate trimming of fuel line for your nitro vehicle. Just slip the tubing through the blades and squeeze. They may not …

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Wrap it up Protect Your RC Reciever

Receiver Protection

Vet wrap is a stick-to-itself bandage commonly used for pets with injured legs. You may also find something similar for people. Use it to wrap your receivers to help protect them from dirt and to keep them from bouncing around …

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