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Friday, February 3, 2023

Tony Phalen

HPI Jumpshot Monster Truck

HPI Jumpshot Monster Truck

HPI has released a new 1/10 Monster Truck based after it’s extremely successful Savage. The Jumpshot MT uses the same TVP (Twin Vertical Plate) chassis design as the Savage, keeping all the vital components tucked safely between the plates. The …

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Telluride Transformed

Project: Telluride Transformed

Not all projects have to require a major overhaul or rebuild to create a dramatically different vehicle than the one you start with. What you are reading about is one such project. My Traxxas Telluride actually saw a lot of action before I started to think about how I could change it.

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Vaterra Halix

Review: Vaterra Halix

4WD All-Terrain Monster Truck Words: David Baker Photos: Walter Sidas/David Baker Vaterra hit the ground running when they introduced us to their entirely new line of cars that included the Glamis Uno buggy, Twin Hammers rock/desert racer and the Kemora …

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Kraken RC Sidewinder X5

Kraken RC Sidewinder X5

There have been numerous conversion kits for HPI’s Baja but none that we’ve been looking more forward to than Kraken RC’s Sidewinder X5 Sand Rail conversion kit. Opening the cool box reveals a multi-piece cage, Lexan panels and mounting hardware. …

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Axial Deadbolt

Review: Axial Deadbolt

Locked, Loaded and Ready to Rock Words: David Harrington Photos: Walter Sidas The rock crawler world has always been divided into two distinct segments, the scalers and the competition rigs. Many of the elements that make a crawler look true …

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Tune with Shock Locations

How To: Tune with Shock Locations

Okay, we all know suspension is a key component in making our vehicles perform, but it’s probably one of the most overwhelming areas we are confronted with. One specific area is the effect of where the shocks are mounted. For simplicity, we are going to limit this article to vehicles with shocks mounted on the shock tower and a-arms in an “upright” style (pan cars and vehicles with inboard suspension or other unusual configuration are going to be skipped for now).

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Traxxas Low-CG Slash Chassis

Review: Traxxas Low-CG Slash Chassis

Hop-Up for Better Handling Words: Greg Vogel The Traxxas Slash is, of course, credited with the launch of the popular short course market. The truck brought the fun and excitement of a short course truck to RC drivers of all …

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DYNAMITE Prophet Sport Series NiMH & LiPo Chargers

Review: DYNAMITE Prophet Sport Series NiMH & LiPo Chargers

I get a lot of questions about RC vehicles and one of the most common is regarding battery chargers. Most people new to the hobby pick up an awesome RTR with a battery included and are interested in charging the battery faster than the wall chargers that most RTR packages come with. However, it is hard to recommend to someone who just bought a $100.00 RTR, a charger worth about as much as the car they just bought.

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ZTW Beast 1/10-Scale Competition Brushless Power System

Review: ZTW Beast 1/10-Scale Competition Brushless Power System

1/10-scale electric competition has no doubt been one of my favorite forms of racing since I got into the hobby. Adding a competitive power system to your rig is a must in today’s high stakes racing world. The ZTW Beast …

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Install a Robinson Racing Gear in a Traxxas Revo

RRP has steel spur gears for many of the hot cars on the market. Installation is simple but the benefits are great. Here you will see the process for swapping out the plastic spur gear in a Traxxas Revo for a Gen 3 RRP gear and slipper unit. the process begins after removal of the engine and pipe. Refer to your vehicle's manual if you need help with that part.

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RCD Paint Plus – Scale Performance

How To: RCD Paint Plus - Scale Performance

Everything is a compromise in the world of scale crawlers. It starts with scale vs. performance. Some build their vehicles to be scale to the point where it’s hard to distinguish them from full size vehicles, but the performance is …

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2015 NRSHA Show in Las Vegas

A gallery of product photos from the 2015 NRSHA show in Las Vegas.

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RCD Paint Plus – Short Course Becomes Rally Extreme

How To: RCD Paint Plus - Short Course Becomes Rally Extreme

Rally cars have always appealed to me, but in the past many RC rally cars have been little more than touring sedans with off-road style tires. Recently, companies such as Traxxas, Losi and Kyosho have released rally cars based off …

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Panther Ocelot 1/8 Buggy Tire

Panther Ocelot 1/8 Buggy Tire

Panther’s new Ocelot 1/8 scale tire is designed for most outdoor tracks and comes in the companies latest “Z” compound. This tire is ideal for most outdoor tracks, combining excellent grip with long-wear characteristics. Link: www.panthertires.com

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Gmade Sawback Classic Willys

Review: Gmade Sawback Classic Willys

The Gmade Sawback follows the styling of an early Willy’s Jeep. The simple open cockpit gives the vehicle an open feel with a design that dates back to before safety was a primary concern in motor vehicles. Before the Sawback, the only option we had for modelling a Willy’s Jeep was the laborious task of modifying a 1/6-scale toy. Now Gmade has taken this difficult task and made it simple for the masses to be part of. Get ready to relive those WWII test videos in your own backyard!

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