Friday, March 31, 2023

Projects and Builds

Replay – The Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Gets the Exotek & Castle Treatment


  A short while back I completely decked out my awesome little Losi Mini 8IGHT-T for an issue of RC Driver magazine.  I absolutely love this little truggy because of its size, many features, and that it can be easily hopped-up.  …

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Refresh – The Losi Mini T Is Pulled Out Of Storage

Mini T_Losi_1

  I went back to college in early 2002 and with all the work involved I took my first, and only, break from the radio controlled scene.  Busy as a bee with my nose buried in books, months went by …

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Traxxas Stampede 4×4 Tr-uggy

Some vehicles lend themselves to versatility. The Traxxas Stampede 4X4 for example; it is durable, quick, and with the number of option parts available for it there are many ways to customize it and make it your own.

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Ford F-550 EarthRoamer XV-LT Expedition Vehicle

Project: Ford F-550 EarthRoamer XV-LT Expedition Vehicle

Cool builds take time and Lonnie Sexton has built a rig that is beyond cool and has taken more than five years to complete. In late 2007, I was online on a forum and remember running across his idea to build an RC EarthRoamer Xpedition vehicle. I ensured that I had the post marked so that I could track the progress. Lonnie indicated that the idea for the build had started when he was on scale4x4rc.org and he had seen a group of builders starting a competition for a camper build-off.

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Hop It Up – ARRMA Talion


A short while back I was lucky enough to review the ballistic ARRMA Talion rtr electric off road truggy.  This near bullet proof truck is fast, durable, handles well and looks great right out of the box.  That said, why …

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RC4WD Gellande II D110 Chassis Build Photo Gallery


RC4WD produces awesome scale 1/10 electric off-road truck kits and the Gelande II D110 shown here is among their newest releases. These kits are truly an awesome RC building experience as they arrive in attractive boxes with the parts housed …

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Upgrading the RC4WD Trail Finder 2

RCD Project: Upgrading the RC4WD Trail Finder 2

Once upon a time the RC4WD Trail Finder 2 was released and like any new product, there wasn’t much support for it. Fast forward to today and there are bumpers, body parts, panhard setups, drive shafts, shocks, 4-link, fender flairs, and more available to tune your Trail Finder 2 however you see fit. You name it and RC4WD now makes it for this vehicle so you can create a truly unique build. It’s hard getting past the incredible scale look of this vehicle and the performance that is just as amazing as its appearance.

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RC Driver Editors Build 3 Different HPI Mini Trophy Trucks

RC Driver Editors Build 3 Different HPI Mini Trophy Trucks

3 Editors – 3 HPI Mini Trophy Projects In the October 2010 issue of RC Driver, we reviewed HPI’s TSA Mini Trophy Truck, a 1/12-scale truck that caused quite a stir with its realistic body panels, cage and suspension. This …

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Tamiya Kumamon Version – DT02

Tamiya Kumamon DT02

In the RC Driver workshop we’ve come up with a lot of wild builds, but we wanted to do something that strayed far from the RC norm and that’s when we saw the Tamiya Kumamon DT02 buggy. This isn’t your …

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Fab 5 Projects – HPI Baja 5B / Losi 5IVE-T

Fab 5 Projects - HPI Baja 5B / Losi 5IVE-T

It never fails, once someone sees a huge 1/5-scale machine hit the dirt, people flock to watch it and the “want factor” of onlookers grows to immeasurable proportions. Well, we’re here to taunt you with two killer builds, one based on the Losi 5IVE-T and the other on the HPI Baja 5B. The 5IVE-T will take on a full factory option makeover while the 5B will get revamped in aluminum along with a power system swap. The two projects will showcase a load of parts to help you decide what parts are right to get for your machines. Or, if money is no object, perhaps you’ll be inspired to build some killer projects of your own.

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Hop It Up! The Tamiya XV-01 with Goodies from AsiaTees

WEB tam hop ups 04w copy

A while back I bought myself a full sized Subaru Crosstrek XV (not an RC car).  I then proceeded to review the Tamiya XV-01 because it was the RC version of my real car and I just had to have it.  Seeing …

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Team Associated B5M Factory Lite

Team Assocaited B5M Factory Lite

  Team Associated has released a specialized version of their widely popular competition 2wd 1/10 buggy the B5M dubbed the Factory Lite. The B5M Factory Lite comes with a slew of option parts like lightweight chassis, lightweight top shaft, lightweight …

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Hop It Up – AsiaTees Hooks-Up My Tamiya XV-01


There are many reasons that I love my Tamiya XV-01.  My top 2 are the cool, front motor design and that is is based on my real Subaru XV-01 Crosstrek.  A while back I did a complete review on a …

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Traxxas Rally

Project: Traxxas Rally

Serving Up Some Action in Snow! Words: Dean Berry You have to give it to Traxxas, when they design a platform they know how to use it and use it well, across a wide variety of vehicles. Take the Slash …

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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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