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Friday, February 3, 2023

Tony Phalen

Popular Pulse

Hi Tony. Love the magazine! I have a question about the HPI Pulse 4.6 Nitro Buggy. How good is it? Is it a popular buggy? Thanks, and keep up the good work.

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RC Truck Review: Traxxas Slash with On Board Audio

The Slash has seen quite a few years of service, with Traxxas introducing something new with each release. It’s progressed from a pretty basic 2WD Short Course truck to something with 4WD, a Low-CG chassis, waterproof electronics, stickier tires and even a rockin’ sound system.

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Slashing The Competition

Hello Tony. I have a question I really hope you can help me with. Do you believe the Traxxas Slash 4x4 can be a high end competitive race truck? For example, I’ve seen your build of the LCG racer. Do you think that truck can be a serious competitor at say a Cactus Classic race?

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Sourcing RCE

Hello Tony. I was looking at your online mag and I found an article you wrote entitled SC Driver Project:Traxxas Slash - Stock vs. Mod and was wondering if I might possibly be able to get some help.

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Build-A-Beast: Axial Yeti XL RC Rock Racer Review

When we got the 1/10-scale Axial Yeti in the office, everyone associated with the magazine wanted to review it. While I really wanted to give it a go, I had heard that something ‘big’ was on the horizon, so I decided to withdraw my request and see what Axial was up to.

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RC Stadium Truck Review: The Team Associated T5M

For years now, Stadium Trucks have taken a back seat to the monstrous short course fad. While basically the same platform, many prefer the closed body type of the short course truck and the ability to rub fenders on the track without the fear of tangling tires. That is slowly changing, however, with the Stadium Truck class becoming more prominent at both the local and National level.

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RC Parts Puzzle

Hi Tony. My wife and I have 3 ECX trucks and we were wondering if Traxxas parts would work on them. I’m mostly interested in the tie- rods, driveshafts and hubs. Also, what tires and wheels could we use?

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Simple RC Motor Removal

Hey Tony. I was wondering what your thoughts are about wiring brushless censored motors; specifically, could I solder the female bullet connectors directly to the solder tabs on the motor?

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Using the RC Racer Backpack from AKA

I own a pretty large laptop; it’s a 17-inch HP that I use on a daily basis to run Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, web programs, etc.; let’s just say it’s a pretty major workhorse. It travels to and from work every day, requiring me to carry it in a sizeable backpack.

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Tamiya Fighting Buggy RC Off-Roader Review

If you’ve been around a spell, you’ll know that the Fighting Buggy was once called the Super Champ. This vehicle was released back in 1982 and was actually my first experience with RC. My mom bought the Super Champ for my dad for Christmas. During the time he was building it, I remember sitting next to him, watching impatiently for it to be done so we could take it for a spin.

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Which Way Is Sc Going?

Hey Tony. I own a 1/8-scale truggy and love the size, but I’m starting to like Short Course trucks. Is 1/10 Short Course truck racing on the back burner or is it still on the rise? If so will we see 1/8 Short Course trucks become mainstream?

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Rc Racing On Tv

Why isn’t RC touring or any RC racing for that matter televised in the US? It’s an exciting hobby and should be considered a sport. I know alot of people that have never been exposed to RC and once they were, half of them purchased RC vehicles and enjoy it themselves.

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Supa-Fast Snow Machine

Hi Tony. I am interested in building an electric model that is insanely fast, durable and of course, go on snow! This model will be dedicated to snow bashing/racing and FullForce RC suggested I get information from RC Driver, as in past you have created such a model that I would like to build.

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Diagnosing a Receiver Problem

I have a Spektrum DX4C in my oval car. The problem is when I power it up, the servo makes a lot of noise and does not respond. I have put different servos in it, even brand new ones and have the same problem.

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Review: Team C TM4 RC Buggy – Fun, Fast and 4WD

One of my favorite 1/10-scale classes is 4WD buggy. These little ground-level fighter jets can turn almost any track into a fun-filled playground, carving corners and flying high over triple jumps.

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