Are you a fan of the AMC cult-favorite Walking Dead? Want to have some creepily realistic Halloween props this year? Create your very own Walking Dead Crawling RC Zombie. Start your project early for the season, or just build one to share your love of the show.
Wes Bourn created these ultra-realistic moving crawling zombies. It is fully functioning with wood, some fabric, and a few RC parts thrown in the mix. Imagine having a few in the yard and making them come alive to unsuspecting house guests!
While the instructions are a bit basic and sparse, there are pics and a guideline for starting your own on Bourn's site. There is also a really great Youtube crawling zombie video to see what it will look like when it is all complete.
Should you build one, whether for your next Walking Dead theme party or for a Halloween decoration, do submit pics to the About.com Radio Controlled Vehicles site so that we can see them!
There are many popular movies that have featured radio controlled vehicles. Perhaps the single most popular instance of this is the Dead Pool featuring Clint Eastwood. That movie had an Team Associated RC10 gold car in a pivotal scene. Some other movies that have RC cars include Ocean's 11 with a New Era 1/4 scale Bronco, Toy Soldiers with a Traxxas Stampede, the Manhattan Project with a Tamiya Subaru Brat, Bad Boys 2 with a Tamiya TXT-1, and Fred Claus with a string of HPI Baja 5b's on the workshop tables. For video of the Ocean's 11 and the Manhattan Project's RC inclusion, click the links.
Do you have more? Sound off in the comments and let us know even more movies with RC cars featured!
If you are looking for two non-racing apps for your smartphone or tablet, here are two tools that could be of use to you. First up is the RC Cheat Sheets app by Team Associated. This app has over 100 cheat sheets to help with setting up your RC car or truck. There are plenty of full color photos to help you along as well. Next up is the RC Final Gear Ratio Lite, an app that is a no-frills way to set up your gear ratio and a bit more. To read up on these two apps, see the embedded links. Also check out all the RC apps we have under our new RC Apps and Games category.
I've started a listing of RC manufacturers with their contact information. These are all current, and if you have a suggestion to include, please email it to me at email@example.com. Keep in mind that this list isn't complete at all and is always being added to. I look forward to having a complete directory of manufacturers for you.
There are several different types designed to go into your Traxxas R/C vehicles, from the stinger to the titan, to the new velineon systems. Here is a simple Traxxas motor overview to show you the differences between them and their part number. Always consult your manual to know if you need a 540, 550, or a new Velineon system for your R/C.
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This comes complete free to RC lovers, with just a simple form fill-out. Traxxas magazine features electric and nitro cars, and gives you tons of information. Add another RC related magazine to your pile completely free of charge with the Traxxas Magazine.
Are you looking for general information about radio controlled cars, trucks, airplanes, and boats? There is a wide variety of manuals and ebooks online that can help you learn about getting into the r/c habit, learning about aircraft and cars, even how to operate specialized helicopters. Here are just some of the free r/c ebooks that are available online. These all require a PDF readers, such as Adobe Reader.
R/C Handbook by Scott Guyatt
The Essential Guide to RC Cars by Neil Waterhouse
An Introductory Guide to Operating Radio Controlled Helicopters by Michael Voicheck
Are you looking to get a new personal transponder but are confused on whether you should get an RC4 or an RC4 Hybrid? Much depends on the tracks you normally race at, but there are specs of each that you should look at as well. Keep in mind that it all comes down to the track you are running on and their timing system. Do they have an AMB system? Do they have the latest updates or older ones? Do they run an entirely different system? Your transponder will be different depending on the timing system of the track you're running. For those who run at tracks with the MyLaps/AMB systems, the RC4 and the RC4 Hybrid are the newest transponders out.
Looking for a fun RC airplane to get your started for under $250? There are many good beginner planes that can be had for that budget, if you know where to look. Just remember to check out the reviews and make sure you are able to get parts for them if you should crash. Buying cheap airplanes that cannot be fixed or are so shoddy in quality that they'll never get off the ground is just money wasted. There are good solid airplanes to be had, even at a reduced price-point.
These guys are hilarious. If you are an R/Cer with a serious sense of humor you must check out ShredRC on Facebook. Posting since February 14th of this year, they've done some stellar status updates poking fun at the elite manufacturers as well as the racers. Some of the posts have had rave reviews, shares, and likes. What's even better is that even the big names are"liking" their posts. If you are looking for a break from the seriousness of racing, or just looking to have a laugh or two at your favorite hobby's expense, check out ShredRC and see what the fuss is about. Currently, they are at 1,299 likes.
Trinity uses Jedi Mind Tricks to convince the world that the D4 is "very different from the D3.5"
Martin Hudy severely sprains mouse-clicking finger while trying to order an Awesomatix online.