How to: Take Better RC Photos with a Cellphone
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How to: Take Better RC Photos with a Cellphone

I am by no means the Ansel Adams of RC photography, but I have taken more than my fair share of photographs for RC magazines and websites. While working for RC magazines I tried to be a sponge around the true professional photographers. And, my wife also happens to be a professional photography. But, even…

How to Go Faster
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How to Go Faster

If you’re into RC odds are you have the proverbial need for speed we all seem to have. Whether you race or bash, going fast is fun. And, unlike full-size, there aren’t the same consequences–no speeding tickets and usually no physical harm to people. Sure, you can hurt yourself or someone else, so caution should…

Dirt Oval Traxxas Bandit Project
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Dirt Oval Traxxas Bandit Project

While the perceived upper echelons of full-size dirt oval racing may be sprint cars or late models, a huge amount of grassroots racing is done by regular Joes wheeling Street Stocks. Not only is this class a common stepping stone for up-and-coming drivers as they pursue dreams of NASCAR, but it’s the Saturday night, under-the-lights…

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Race Etiquette – the Advanced Course

Thanks to the overall cesspool, I mean, the wonderfulness of social media, I recently came across a club racing story–a heartwarming tale–of a 12-year old oval racer, two laps from victory, who got taken out by lapped traffic. To make matters worse, the alleged hack was delivered by an adult racer, was purposeful and was…

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7 Ways to Cheat at MudBoss Racing

  MudBoss racing with relatively stock Traxxas Slash trucks converted into Eastern Dirt Modifieds is one of the more popular spec classes in all of RC right now. While there are what we’ll call some subclasses and variety in MudBoss racing, almost every track offers Sportsman MudBoss, where again, the cars are essentially stock and…

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Race Log Sheet

Dear Diary, I mean Race Log, today, I got hacked. Do you keep a race log? If not, you should. Not just to note the bad, but to tabulate the good. Below is a printable race log you can use to record your racing efforts for posterity. Grab a thin 3-ring binder and print off…

LiPo Battery Guide
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LiPo Battery Guide

LiPo cells are no longer brand new technology and while NiMH packs are still kicking around, it’s undeniable that LiPos are the prevailing RC battery chemistry. As a result, there are a lot of options out there. One of the top companies associated with high performance voltage is SMC Racing (Superior Matching Concepts). SMC packs…

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RC Essential Items

Warn, the full-size winch company, says “Go Prepared.” The Boy Scouts say “Be Prepared.” Ben Franklin said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” See where I am going with this? Whether you race, crawl or bash, you should be prepared. Now, you could bring a complete set of tools and two of…

Common Scaler Crawler Setup Mistakes
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Common Scaler Crawler Setup Mistakes

Nobody likes making mistakes. If you’re participating in scale comps, mistakes will, of course, keep you from succeeding. Now, the old saying is it’s smart to learn from your mistakes. Well, I think that’s true, but I think it’s brilliant to learn from other people’s mistakes, so below are the top five mistakes people are making…