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    RC Car Action Gear Guide 2020

    RC Car Action Gear Guide 2020

    $9.99

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    The 2020 RC Car Action Gear Guide is here and features hundreds of the latest RC Cars and Trucks, Radios, Electronics, Power Systems, Accessories, Tools and so much more. It's your one stop shopping resource that you'll refer to all year long! Also included in the Guide are useful tech tips, reviews and killer projects that will advance your RC skills.

    FEATURES
    Project: Traxxas TRX-4
    This dynamite defender has all the hop-ups!
    By the RC Car Action team

    Everything You Need to Know About Off-Road Wheels & Tires
    Sizes, Styles, Types and Tech Explained
    By the RC Car Action team

    Your Best Builds
    10 Wild Rides from RC Car Action Readers

    Test Bench: Pit Bull R/C Kronik Shocks, Vision X Xpr Light Bar, Raceline Combat 1.9 Wheels & Growler At/Extra Tires

    TECH AND HOW-TO
    Answered: Your 20 Top Tech Questions

    Dial in Your Trail Truck
    Improve your truck’s performance with little or no money!
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    Twenty Great Tech Tips to Up Your RC Game
    The basics you need to know to keep on the go
    Learn More
     
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    Radio Control Gear Guide 2018

    Radio Control Gear Guide 2018

    $9.99

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    FEATURES

    14 | Guide to Buying Your First RC Car
    Get started in RC with the right ride for you
    By Carl Hyndman

    18 | Project/Traxxas TRX-4
    Taking the Traxxas TRX-4 to the next level
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    24 | Top 10 Homebuilts
    The raddest rides built by YOU
    By the RC Car Action team

    30 | Classic Plastic/Tamiya Bullhead
    One of Tamiya’s unique vehicles is back & ready to provide hours of fun
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    TECH & HOW-TO

    10 1 | How-To/Tune a Nitro Engine
    Get that engine running right every time
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    104 | Getting Started/Essential RC Anatomy
    By the RC Car Action team

    106 | How-To/Get Your Ride Race-Ready
    We show you how to get your rig ready for battle
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    110 | Tech-Know/High Voltage!
    Everything you need to know about batteries
    By Peter Vieira

    DEPARTMENTS

    8 | Starting Line

    10 | Pit Tips

    GEAR GUIDE
    38 | Electric Off-Road Cars & Trucks
    60 | Nitro Off-Road Cars & Trucks
    63 | On-Road Cars & Trucks
    69 | Large Scale
    71 | Electric Motors & Speed Controls
    75 | Engines & Accessories
    76 | Radios & Gear
    82 | Chargers, Batteries & Accessories
    86 | Bodies & Body Accessories
    90 | Wheels & Tires
    97 | Chassis Parts
    98 | Paints, Tools, Hardware & Supplies
    100 | Gear Guide Manufacturers I
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    Offroad & Short Course 2016

    Offroad & Short Course 2016

    $7.99

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    Digital Version Coming Soon!

    FEATURES

    12 | Traxxas X-Maxx
    We Drive the All-New Mega-Monster!
    By Peter Vieira

    26 | Select FOUR 10SC
    Helion Ups Performance with Its Hot New 4X4
    By RC Off-Road & Short Course Team

    56 | 2WD Short-Course Buggy Shootout
    Head-to-Head with Three Flavors of Scale Buggy Style
    By Carl Hyndman

    68 | Short-Course vs. Monster Truck
    Traxxas Stampede 4X4 & Slash 4X4 Head to Head
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    PROJECTS

    20 | Vaterra/Horizon Hobby Ascender
    Jeep Thrills
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    74 | Baja Builds
    Three Custom Cars Designed to Duel in the Dust
    By James Knight

    BEHIND THE WHEEL

    28 | Durango DESC10
    1/8-scale technology in a short-course package
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    34 | Losi/Horizon Hobby 5IVE-T RTR with AVC
    Losi’s biggest rig, now ready-to-run with electronically enhanced handling
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    40 | Team Associated RC10SC5M Team Kit
    Associated surpasses the SC10 with a modern mid-motor machine
    By Carl Hyndman

    46 | Axial Yeti SCORE Trophy Truck
    Genuine trophy-truck tech separates this rig from the short-course status quo
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    HOW TO'S

    52 | Race-Prep Your RTR Short-Course Truck
    Get track-ready with these simple mods
    By Joel Navarro

    64 | Install a New Brushless System
    Out with the old, in with the new
    By Michael Wortel

    DEPARTMENTS

    10 | Driver’s Seat

    82 | Tailpipe
    Your Best Builds
    By RC Off-Road & Short Course Team
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    RC Car Action Gear Guide 2016

    RC Car Action Gear Guide 2016

    $9.99

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    FEATURES

    12 | Baja Builds
    3 custom cars designed to duel in the dust
    By James Knight

    20 | Sand Storm
    Paddle up for some serious fun in the sand
    By Joel Navarro

    108 | Axialfest!
    Camping and competing at the Woodstock of scale RC
    By James Knight

    TECH & HOW TO

    26 | Essential Setup Tips
    Simple steps for a winning setup
    By Lance Taylor

    95 | Brushless Motor Tech Explained
    Everything you need to know about electric horsepower
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    100 | 10-Point Checkup
    Get your rig race ready
    By the RC Gear Guide team

    102 | Easy Rattle-Can Paint Techniques
    Go beyond one-color with these wild looks
    By the RC Car Action team


    GEAR GUIDE

    31 | Electric Off-Road
    53 | Nitro Off-Road
    56 | Electric On-Road
    59 | Nitro On-Road
    59 | Large-scale
    61 | Electric Motors & Speed Controls
    67 | Engines & Accessories
    68 | Radios & Radio Gear
    74 | Chargers, Batteries & Accessories
    78 | Bodies and Body Accessories
    83 | Wheels, Tires & Chassis Parts
    89 | Chassis Parts
    92 | Paints, Tools, Hardware & Supplies
    93 | Sources
    Learn More
     
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    Monster Trucks Fall 2015

    Monster Trucks Fall 2015

    $7.99

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    FEATURES
    12 | Project HPI Savage X
    The legendary nitro beast gets a good ol’ boy treatment
    By Carl Hyndman

    22 | Project Axial SCX10
    Trail Honcho Monster meets trail
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    32 | Traxxas E-Maxx Brushless Edition
    The original high-performance monster goes high-tech
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    38 | Bari Musawwir: Master Monster Driver, Master Monster Builder
    Inside the Monster Jam pro driver’s custom builds
    By Bari Musawwir

    48 | Project Modern Monster Beetle
    Building a modern-day version of Tamiya’s old-school classic
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    58 | No Limit RC World Finals
    10 years of monster mayhem
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    66 | RTR 2WD Brushed Monster Truck Shootout
    Four-way monster mash
    By the RC Car Action Team


    HOW TO
    74 | Tuning and Modifying the Tamiya Clod Buster
    High-performance mods for RC’s most legendary monster
    By Bari Musawwir


    BEHIND THE WHEEL
    18 | Traxxas Craniac & Skully
    Traxxas goes for high-riding monster mayhem with screaming-skull styling
    By Peter Vieira

    28 | Helion Invictus 10MT
    Big brushless power meets econo monster fun
    By Joel Navarro

    44 | Kyosho Mad Force Kruiser 2.0
    Modern nitro muscle meets vintage pickup style
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    54 | DHK Crosse
    Stylish monster fun that won’t crush your budget
    By Joel Navarro


    TEST BENCH
    78 | MaxAmps EOS 7201 Super Duo 3 and Dual Core
    Lipo Battery Combo
    One-stop shopping for big-amp battery power By Kevin Hetmanski

    80 | VG Racing Roll Cage for Losi LST XXL 2
    Real steel rollover protection
    By Peter Vieira

    81 | Pro-Line Destroyer Monster Truck Tires
    Scale looks and great performance for your solid axle monster truck
    By Peter Vieira


    DEPARTMENTS
    8 | Editorial

    10 | Readers’ Rigs

    82 | Tailpipe
    Flashback: Project Speed Savage
    By Kevin Hetmanski
    Learn More
     
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    Trail and Scale

    Trail and Scale

    $7.99

    • Print or Digital
    Trail and Scale, the new special issue from the editors of RC Car Action is an all-terrain RC adventure magazine.

    Trail and Scale includes:

    • Four awesome scale project trucks!
    • Hot how tos! What you need to know to dominate the trail.
    • Trail truck shootout: Who comes out on top?
    • We drive the hottest trail trucks.

    Table of Contents:

    FEATURES

    16 | Justin Hilton’s NSP-1
    Real steel trick trophy truck
    By Justin Hilton

    28 | Traxxas Summit
    A more realistic look for the multi-terrain monster
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    40 | Trail Truck Triple Threat
    By RC Trail & Scale Team

    50 | Tamiya Bruiser
    Tamiya’s timeless Toyota, lifted and linked for today’s trail scene
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    66 | James Knight’s Desert Patrol Vehicle
    Super-detailed Sand Striker
    By RC Trail & Scale Team

    TEST DRIVES

    22 | RC4WD Gelande II D110
    Real-truck tech and Land Rover Defender styling combine for a premium off-road scale experience
    By Carl Hyndman

    34 | Axial Yeti XL Monster Buggy
    Axial’s first-ever 1/8 scale pushes the limits of solid-axle performance in kit and RTR versions
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    60 | Gmade Sawback
    Jeep style and scale detailing unite in this rugged trail machine
    By Joel Navarro

    HOW TOS

    72 | Paint A “Hard” Body
    Prime, paint, and polish to a showroom finish
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    76 | Easy Hard-body Weathering
    Seven steps to add more realism to your ride
    By James Knight


    TEST BENCH

    56 | Tekin FX-R Rock & T30 Pro Crawling Power System
    Blazing trails with Tekin’s rock-ready combo By Kevin Hetmanski

    80 | Novak Crusher
    Xtreme sport and rock crawling brushless systems
    By Pete Vieira

    DEPARTMENTS

    8 | Driver’s Seat

    10 | Hot On The Trail
    By RC Trail & Scale Team

    82 | Off The Trail
    Detailed for destruction!
    By RC Trail & Scale Team


    Learn More
     
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    RC Short Course Winter 2015

    RC Short Course Winter 2015

    $7.99

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    Features
    14 | Sonic Slash
    We build the ultimate tough truck with on-board audio
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    30 | Under the Hood: Ryan Cavalieri’s Team Associated SC10.2 Factory Team
    Secrets of the ROAR Champ
    By Carl Hyndman

    44 | Project RC4WD Trail Finder 2
    Tricking out the Trail Finder for performance, style, and fun
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    69 | 1/10 Trail & Scale Truck Guide
    31 trail-taming realistic rides
    By RC Short Course & Off Road Team


    Test Drives
    24 | Kyosho Ultima SC6
    Kyosho’s top short-course competitor is built
    on World champ DNA
    By Joel Navarro

    36 | Axial Yeti XL Monster Buggy
    Axial’s first-ever 1/8 scale pushes the limits
    of solid-axle performance
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    50 | Tower Hobbies Cutback
    Tower takes on the 4X4 short-course scene
    with a fun, affordable performer
    By Joel Navarro

    62 | LaTrax SST
    This 4X4 fun-runner packs big-truck
    features into 1/8 scale
    By Peter Vieira

    How -Tos
    22 | 10-Point Checkup
    Get your rig race ready
    By RC Short Course & Off Road Team

    42 | Adjust Your Slipper Clutch
    Don’t waste your time spinning your wheels
    By Lito Reyes

    57 | 4-Link Tuning Tech
    Solid axle setup explained
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    60 | Win in the Turns
    Corner like a pro and bring home the hardware
    By Michael Wortel

    Departments
    10 | Driver’s Seat
    Real Fun
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    82 | Last Lap
    RC in the House!
    By RC Short Course & Off Road Team
    Learn More
     
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    Monster Trucks 2015

    Monster Trucks 2015

    $7.99

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    FEATURES
    16 | Axial Yeti Monster Truck
    Solid-axle shocked!
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    28 | Traxxas MT Retrospective
    The history of RC’s mightiest monster truck
    By Peter Vieira

    40 | Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin
    Fat-tire ford flashback!
    By Carl Hyndman

    52 | Project Traxxas Revo 3.3
    A big red Revo for nitro monster mayhem
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    TECH & HOW TO
    65 | Independent Suspension vs. Solid Axle
    Understanding essential monster suspension tech
    By RC Monster Trucks Team

    72 | How to: Nitro Power Basics
    By RC Monster Trucks Team

    BEHIND THE WHEEL
    22 | Pro-Line PRO-MT
    Pro-grade specs deliver top-shelf 2WD monster performance
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    34 | Losi/Horizon Hobby LST XXL 2
    Losi busts the nitro status quo with a gas-powered goliath
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    46 | HPI Savage XL Octane
    The Savage goes gas with super-sized displacement for maximum petrol power
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    58 | Vaterra Horizon Hobby Hälix
    Vaterra’s first monster truck is 4WD, brushless and bursting with tech
    By Kevin Hetmanski

    TEST GEAR
    70 | Tekin RX8 Gen2 & T8
    1/8 Scale Power System
    High-output brushless horsepower for monster mayhem

    DEPARTMENTS
    8 | Editorial
    12 | Readers’ Rides
    74 | Tailpipe
    Learn More
     
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