The holidays are here and coming up with gift ideas can sometimes be difficult. Well, we are here to help and have compiled 10 super useful stocking stuffers from Pro-Line and PROTOform. These gifts won’t break the bank (most are under $35) and they will prove to be incredibly handy to that RC hobbyist on your list. Chances are you will be hard-pressed not to buy duplicates for your own use. Check them out!
Pro-Line Body Grip Tool—#6349-00
The Pro-Line Body Grip Tool is one of those gifts that falls into the category of something you did not realize you needed until you use it. It is the ideal gadget for the painter on your list. The suction cup fitted on the bottom of the tool will securely adhere to the body thus giving you a perfect way to hold onto the body and not risk ruining the paint job. Instead of fumbling with the body as you lay down the paint, the Body Grip Tool allows the painter to hold the body effortlessly and comfortably.
Pro-Line custom machined the handle or grip of the Body Grip Tool from Type 1 PVC so that it would complement the most popular grip styles. You can hold it like a shifter knob so you can easily rotate the body or slide it the ‘stem’ of the tool in-between your fingers. With the purchase of the Body Grip Tool, you get two sizes of suction cups to hold different body shapes and sizes. The larger suction cup can hold 7-pounds while the smaller cup can hold 3-pounds. The finishing touch is the Pro-Line Custom Paint decal placed on top of the handle. Once a painter uses it, it will become one of their must-have painting tools.
PROTOform Crosshair Magnetic Body Mounting Kit—#6032-00
Don’t let a perfectly painted RC body get screwed up because the body post holes were put in the wrong spot. The Crosshair Magnetic Body Mounting Kit (#6032-00) from PROTOform can keep this from happening. This very clever tool ensures that a painted RC body will be mounted perfectly straight and positioned properly over the tires on the chassis. The Crosshair Magnetic Body Mounting Kit uses high-powered magnets to pinpoint the exact position of your vehicle’s body posts. It is made from high-quality red-anodized aluminum and includes a convenient storage box. This is a simple system, yet it is wicked effective.
Pro-Line Roll-Up Pit Mat—#9908-01
Racers like the convenience of having their pit gear able to be easily stowed when not in use. The Pro-Line Roll-Up Pit Mat is the ideal item for the racer or even the basher. The Mat measures 2×3-feet to give you plenty of space to setup all the gear you need for a day of racing or bashing. The material is light-weight, durable, extra-thick, non-slip and can resist most of the chemicals normally used in RC. It is brilliantly colored in Pro-Line blue and has sweet multi-colored Pro-Line logos. When the day is done, just simply roll it up and you are off.
Pro-Line Car Stand—#6258-00(1:10), #6257-00(1:8)
Make life easier for when you buddy is wrenching on their RC car or truck with one of these Car Stands from Pro-Line. They are available for 1/10- and 1/8-scale vehicles and provide the perfect spot when some work needs to be done on an RC ride or to be displayed. Clearly these stands were inspired by the proven bike stands used in the motocross world. Pro-Line laser cut, bent and powder-coated blue alloy to create the stands. The sides are adorn with a Pro-Line logo while the top is equipped with four holes for shock building. Found at each corner are rubber grommets that will keep a chassis protected from scratches and keep it from sliding around on the stand when work is being done.
Pro-Line Tire Glue—#6031-00
It does not take long for someone who is just starting out in RC to realize that having the right tire glue is crucial to achieving a secure bond between tires and wheels. Tire glue is a great gift, although only if it is a quality glue like Pro-Line’s Tire Glue. Pro-Line set out to not only develop a tire glue that would be as strong as possible, but it also needed to have the correct flow characteristics and drying time that bashers and racers are looking for. Pro-Line states on their website that this tire glue has a “hold strength of 3,200 PSI (Test method: steel on steel in tensile shear) and that is the highest strength tire glue available.” Additionally, this glue dries with the final result of it being crystal clear without whitening or yellowing that is found when using other glues.
The chemical makeup of the glue is just part of the story here. Pro-Line then considered the container and application method. This led to sourcing a super soft and squeezable round bottle that gives you an improved feel when gluing tires and its shape proves to be more stable when resting on a bench compared to elliptical shaped glue bottles. Complementing the bottle is the translucent yellow Pro-Line applicator tips. They are specifically designed to snap onto the bottle for a secure fit, are reusable and have just the right size opening for gluing tires. Each bottle of Pro-Line tire glue includes two of these applicator tips. If you want to have extra on hand, they are available for purchase separately from Pro-Line (Glue Tips #6031-01).
Pro-Line Tire Rubber Bands—#6298-00
Gluing tires is one of those RC tasks that hobbyist don’t typically like to do. You can make the process a bit easier with Pro-Line Tire Rubber Bands. These bands can fit on 1/10-scale buggy, truck and short course tires and even larger 1/8-scale buggy tires. Use these rubber bands to hold the tires against the wheels during the gluing process. Four bands come in one package so you can glue a complete set of tires and they come colored in blue with the Pro-Line logo.
PROTOform Better Edge System: Sanding Block—#6108-00
For the person on your list that takes great pride in their RC bodies and for the ones that struggle with achieving a nicely trimmed out body is the PROTOform Better Edge System: Sanding Block. It is ideal for creating a perfect straight edge as well as smooth out all the nooks and crannies on a RC body. Each Sanding Block is formed from injection molded nylon with a shape that is both ergonomic and racy. Use the straight edge to smooth out scissor imperfections along the bottom edges or rear wing of your body. You can then rotate the block to finish off tightly curved edges such as the rear of your 1/12 or 1/8 on-road bodies, off-road body wheel wells or suspension cutouts. The rounded ends of the block are two different radius sizes for different applications, 1/4- and 1/2-inch. It can also be used to sand parts and even tires.
A form-fitted strip of high-grade, 120-grit sand paper is included and is fastened to the block with a low-profile hook-and-loop system. A spare strip of sand paper comes with the Sanding Block for when you thoroughly use up the first piece of sand paper. After that, replacement strips (#6108-01) are available in 2-packs.
PROTOform Better Edge System: Sanding Drum—#6103-00
Following in the same lines as the Sanding Block, the PROTOform Better Edge System: Sanding Drum (#6103-00) is another great tool for completing a RC car body. It is especially useful to those of us that take pride in finishing off their concourse-worthy body. The Better Edge Sanding Drum is the first product specifically made for RC racers to finish off the perfect wheel-well. Just use a handheld rotary tool and the Better Edge Sanding Drum will smooth out all of the imperfections left from cutting your polycarbonate body with scissors. At 1.5-inches in diameter, it’s suitable for use on many scales of bodies: from 1/12-scale on up to 1/8-scale.
PROTOform took the extra effort and gave the drum a red and black anodized aluminum finish and laser-etched PROTOform logos onto it to give it a trick look on your pit table. Each pre-assembled kit comes with a replaceable high-grade silicon carbide spiral sanding band, rubber anti-slip O-rings and a mandrel made from durable tool steel to prevent damage from your rotary tool’s chuck.
PROTOform PROTOshine RC Body Cleaner—#6263-00
Part of racing or bashing is that the body on a car or truck will become scuffed and marked up from contacting other vehicles or objects. Give your friend a bottle of PROTOshine RC Body Cleaner to help to keep their car looking like new. It works great to remove scuffs, tire marks, dirt and other minor battle scars caused from a hard day at the track or backyard. Just apply some PROTOshine onto a lint-free cloth and wipe the blemishes off the car or truck body.
Pro-Line Pro Pulls—#6050-01(1:10), 6051-01(1:8)
Rounding of this list of stocking stuffer ideas is the Pro-Line Pro-Pulls. These are available for 1/10- and 1/8-scale vehicles and will be greatly appreciated by the recipient. Pro Pulls are made from ultra durable rubber and attach to body clips. Once installed it makes the removal of the body clips quick and easy, especially important in a race setting when every second counts. Anyone who has needed to quickly access the chassis of their race ride knows how frustrating it can be trying to get body clips off in the heat of the moment. Each package includes 12 rubber pulls and 20 body clips, regardless if it is the 1/10 or the 1/8 packs.
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