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Whoa! This Hobby is Expensive! … or is it?

Whoa! This Hobby is Expensive! … or is it?

I had an interesting scenerio unfold this year. A friend of a friend (easiest way to describe it) wanted to get his son a hobby-grade RC vehicle as a birthday present. They were starting from scratch, so they needed everything. With my friend acting as a mediator or middleman, I quizzed the father to find […]

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Will Nitro Short Course Ever Take Off?

Will Nitro Short Course Ever Take Off?

Before short course trucks came along and almost instantly became the dominate segment in hobby, nitro was the most popular power type. Nitro-powered monster trucks, buggies and truggies were the hobby. Even when on-road racing was popular (I call it the Dodge Stratus era of RC), nitro was almost as popular as the electric cars. […]

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RC and the Internet

RC and the Internet

I have a love/hate relationship with the Internet and, yes, I know I’m not alone. Like millions of people, I am wowed by the vast amount of information readily available and how we can connect with people all over the world. The Internet is simply amazing and one of the most significant advancements of my […]

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Gasoline Vs. Nitro

Gasoline Vs. Nitro

Back in August of 2011 (one year ago), HPI Racing launched the above advertisement that instantly stirred up the nitro guys–right to the core. It also piqued the curiosity of the electric crowd too. Later, we were offered a little more information about the 1/8-scale gasoline engine and it was also showcased at the annual Nuremberg Toy […]

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Perspectives: Mike Baylis–RC Pioneer & Role Model

Perspectives: Mike Baylis–RC Pioneer & Role Model

What is an RC enthusiast? There is no set definition, of course. For some, RC is one of many casual hobbies or activities that they participate in–sometimes regularly and sometimes only occasionally. Other enthusiasts qualify as diehards. They may race almost every weekend or maybe they are constantly working on some sort of RC project. […]

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Product Ratings Are Overrated

Product Ratings Are Overrated

I read a lot of reviews–electronics reviews, full-size car reviews, off-road product reviews, fishing gear reviews and, of course, RC reviews. When I write a review for RC Truck Stop, I often think of many of the different reviews I’ve read. Some are examples of getting it right and others are examples of, well, missing […]

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Is the Traxxas Summit a Crawler?

Is the Traxxas Summit a Crawler?

Is the Traxxas Summit a rock crawler? It’s a simple enough question, and the answer is just as simple. It is not. The Traxxas Summit was released when rock crawling was solidly and essentially alone in the RC spotlight. That is certainly why so many people assume that the Summit is Traxxas’ entry into the crawler […]

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Monster Jam Spider-Man Driver Bari Musawwir Talks RC

Monster Jam Spider-Man Driver Bari Musawwir Talks RC

To many in RC, Bari Musawwir is a bit of a legend. Not only is Bari the driver of the popular Spider-Man Monster Jam monster truck and the 2011 Monster Jam Rookie of the Year, but he actually got his start in professional full-size monster truck racing when he was discovered competing at an RC […]

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What Kind of RC Idiot Are You?

What Kind of RC Idiot Are You?

We are all guilty of being idiots once in a while. The key is to keep your idiot self in check and to keep things in perspective. The keeping things in perspective is essential in RC. This is because no matter what, they’re just toys. Yup, I used the toy word. Sure, they’re pretty sophisticated, […]

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Open Letter to IFMAR

Open Letter to IFMAR

Dear IFMAR, Far too often the leadership in the RC community appears to be reactionary and playing catchup as opposed to being forward thinking and progressive. I am writing you, IFMAR, to encourage you to add short course as an exhibition class at the upcoming 1/10-scale electric off-road World Championship to be held in 2013 […]

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How to be the Coolest Guy at the Track

How to be the Coolest Guy at the Track

Step one to being the coolest guy at the track is to not try to be the coolest guy at the track. This works pretty much everywhere. Step two is to keep it in perspective–it’s an RC track. It’s kind of like bragging about being the skinniest sumo wrestler–no matter what, everyone is still pretty […]

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Merry Christmas From RC Truck Stop

Merry Christmas From RC Truck Stop

RC Truck Stop sincerely wishes you and yours a merry Christmas and a truly joyful New Year. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Christmas day and holiday season.

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5 Most Influential Trucks

5 Most Influential Trucks

First, we have to define what we mean by influential. These are not the five best or coolest trucks of all time, and this certainly isn’t a list of all of the cool trucks that are now or have ever been available. It is a list of what we feel are the top five trucks […]

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Formula Off-road–Will It Catch On?

Formula Off-road–Will It Catch On?

Formula Off-road–RC or full-size–is relatively unknown in the U.S. It’s often simply called FOFF, but it’s anything but simple to describe. Think of it as a cross between a sand drag and a hill climb with a whole lot of nitrous mixed in. For sure, Formula Off-road is a wild ride. Need more info? FOFF […]

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Why You Should Race & Why You Should Bash

Why You Should Race & Why You Should Bash

There’s dissension in the RC ranks. It’s racers vs. bashers, and you’re either one or the other. That’s just the nature of the way we’re programmed to think these days. Every issue has two sides and you’re on one or the other. You’re either a Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. You’re either for something […]

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