Thursday, July 25, 2024

Tony Phalen

RC Coupler Connector made easy

RC Tip - Coupler Connector

Exhaust coupler springs are small, yet strong. If you slip when connecting one of these tiny springs you could end up launching it into oblivion. Wire can be used to connect the pipe to the header. Florist wire, 22ga., is …

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No More Bubbles

RC Tip - Bye Bye Bubbles

Window frame decals can be a time saver and will quickly add details to your freshly painted body. However, if you’ve noticed, the clear part of the window can end up with bubbles under the decal. An easy fix is …

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Hold That Temp Gun

RC Tip - Temp Gun Keeper

Your temp gun is a critical tool whether bashing or racing your nitro vehicle. Having it readily available helps keep your engine running at its best. Use Heavy-duty Velcro fastener to keep your temp gun conveniently located on the back …

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Heat and Bend RC Spoilers and More

RC Tip - Heat and Bend Spoilers and More

When working with Lexan to make a spoiler or body panel it’s often helpful to be able to score it to make a crisp, clean bend. A gentle score with a hobby knife can work but the seam is then …

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RC Transmitter Bag N’ It

RC Tip - Simply Marble-ous Transmitter Bag

Remember marble bags? They are little cloth pouches for storing marbles with a drawstring to keep them closed. That same concept works well for a transmitter bag as long as you have someone who knows how to sew. Your transmitter …

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Foam Sheets Quiet RC Body Rattles

RC Tip - Bye Bye Rattle Body

Craft stores are great sources for ideas. Adhesive backed foam sheets are ideal for providing a more secure fit for your RC body. Cut a circle a little larger than the top of the body post and slice an X …

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Zip Ties Tighten loose Spectrum Antenna

RC Tip - Spread Spectrum Antenna Security

The hinged area of your 2.4gHz transmitter antenna can become loose, preventing it from staying where you need it. A pair of zip ties wrapped around the base will squeeze it just enough to take out the slop. Tip by …

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Pivot Ball Access

RC Tip - Pivot Ball Access

Some vehicles use small rubber caps to keep dirt from the pivot balls on the knuckles. To adjust or remove the pivot ball without having to remove this cap you can slice an X into the center to allow the …

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Easy Temp Check

RC Tip: Easy Temp Check

It’s important to keep your nitro engine’s temps in check. A simple, inexpensive way to do that is with a thermal strip temp gauge. This type is used in motocross. Simply place the strip on your engine’s head and wait …

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Tattoo Your Car Body

RC Tip - Tattoo Your Car Body

This is not the first time this has been featured but it’s worth repeating. Temporary tattoos can be used as internal graphics for your Lexan shells. Apply them as directed on the inside of the body, wait for it to …

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Simple Solder Joint

RC Tip - Simple Solder Joint

Alligator clips act as extra hands, especially when it comes to soldering wires together. Tin both wires, clamp with an alligator clip then apply heat with the soldering iron. Tip by Brian Hutto

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Quick-Release Transponder

RC Tip - Quick-Release Transponder

Transponders are a little pricey for some of us if we want to race in several classes. It makes sense to just switch your transponder from one car to the other. A servo extension that is installed and left outside …

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Easy Glow Plug Installation

RC Tip - Easy Glow Plug Installation

If your glow plug wrench has lost its grip you can get your plugs started by using a section of fuel tubing as shown. Once the threads have been started the tubing will easily pull right off and the plug …

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Twist-Free Slider Shafts

RC Tip - Twist-Free Slider Shafts

Brushless power can wreak havoc on plastic slider type driveshafts. You can increase their strength with a wooden dowel rod. Cut to fit the entire length of the inside of the male side of the shaft, leaving a bout a …

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Light Up Your Slash

RC Tip - Light Up Your Slash

HPI baja 5B lights can be easily added to the front of your Slash for some nighttime fun. Drill a ¼-inch hole on each side of the front bumper mount. The light housings have tabs on two sided of the …

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