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Can't Get Your Remote Controlled Vehicle to...
Sometimes it's something simple that's keeping your RC from running. When troubleshooting an RC that's not running, look for the simple, obvious problems before tearing it completely apart.
Having Transmitting or Receiving Issues with an...
What to do when your RC won't respond to the transmitter.
How to Get a Clear Radio Connection for Your RC...
Avoid radio frequency interference problems with toy grade RC cars and trucks. Learn how to choose toy RC cars and trucks based on their frequency.
Take Your Model Airplanes to the Next Level...
These free RC airplane plans are generally more suitable for intermediate to advanced RC modelers. The aircraft often require more individual components and complex construction, for more realistic scale models.
Should RC Beginners Start With a Grade RC Car...
RC toys are suitable for almost anyone, but an entry level RC car or truck has features suitable for those new to radio controlled vehicles.
What Materials Are RC Airplanes Made Out Of?
Wood, plastic, foam... there are many different materials that RC airplanes are constructed from.
Electric vs. Nitro
When looking at an electric RC next to a nitro RC, they may look very different. But there are quite a few similarities. The key differences come, not from appearances, but from actual operation. Compare two hobby-grade stadium trucks -- one electric and one nitro -- side-by-side.
How Do You Fix an Electric RC That Won't Move?
You turn it on but it won't go anywhere. Perhaps you can turn left and right but the RC just won't move. What can you do?
How to Easily Build a Remote Controlled Airplane
These free RC airplane plans feature fairly simple construction techniques. Good for beginning modelers. The plans are not necessarily beginner planes for flying, but the construction process is less complicated than some RC airplanes.
Fly Like a Pro With These RC Flight Simulations
Download a demo or get some free flight simulators to help you learn how to master RC flight. Find free versions and demo or trial editions of RC flight simulators for airplanes and helicopters.
Hone Your Flying-Model Skills with This...
If you want to hone your RC airplane or glider skills, flight simulation software lets you do it in any kind of weather and you can even fly outdoor planes in the house -- virtually, that is. Don't risk hurting your RC airplane by learning to fly it on your PC first. These RC airplane flight simulators feature either RC airplane models only, or both airplanes and helicopters.
How Do I Find a Local RC Race Track?
Many RC racers rely entirely on their own backyard tracks or simply racing their friends at local parks. But to prepare for and participate in serious competitions you may want to use a more official race track.
Free RC Foam Plane Plans Ready for Download
A listing of free foam planes that have their plans available for download.
Build RC Submarine Models
If you buy a Ready-to-Run kit or toy-grade RC submarine chances are you will have everything you need in the box, already assembled. Some kits even include the batteries. To build an RC submarine model, you can either purchase a kit that contains most (but rarely all) of the parts or purchase everything separately and start from scratch.
Repairing Radio Controlled Toys
Toy-grade RCs are generally not as durable or long-lasting as hobby-grade models. What can you do when a sentimental favorite toy RC goes on the fritz?
Tips and Tricks on Finding Used RC Cars For Sale
A look at different venues that a racer may find a used RC vehicle for purchase, including auctions, online classifieds, and race events.
Scale is a common term in the hobby and sport of RC vehicles.
Can I Use the Same Gas in My RC Car as I Use in...
A gas RC may use gasoline or it might use nitro fuel. You need to know what kind of engine is in the RC vehicle to know what kind of fuel to use. The non-electric RCs sold in hobby shops are usually nitro RCs that use nitro fuel, not gasoline.
New Bright
New Bright produces radio control and remote control vehicles, train sets, and electric toys and accessories. Ranging in size from a big 1:5 to a hand-size 1:43 scale, in addition to cars, trucks, and jeeps there are several boats and motorcycles. New Bright Toys include officially licensed Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, and Chevrolet products.
What Kind of Paint Do You Use to Paint a RC?
Tired of looking at the same old paint job? Before you pick up just any old kind of spray paint or can of paint and slap it on your RC, make sure it's the right kind.
How Fast Do RC Cars Really Go?
There are two speeds associated with radio controlled vehicles: scale speed and actual speed. Some manufacturers, in a bid to capitalize on the perceived superiority of really fast cars, will list the scale speed rather than the actual speed of the RC. It can make a normal car seem faster than it really is.
How to Master RC Helicopter Flight Simulators
Learn to master the intricate flight controls of an RC helicopter without risking your very expensive RC helicopter in your inexperienced hands. These RC helicopter flight simulator software programs feature either RC helicopter models only, or both helicopters and airplanes.
What is the Proper Nitro Engine Break-in...
Proper nitro engine break-in is critical for long-lasting performance of your RC. Every new nitro engine should undergo a break-in procedure. If you do nitro engine break-in properly, the up-keep on your RC vehicle is less costly than if the procedure is done hastly and incorrectly. Be patient.
The Comprehensive List of Free Airplane Plans
A listing of free airplane plans for download from the About.com Radio Controlled Vehicles site.
Radio frequency used in RC vehicles
Radio Frequencies in the US for Radio...
In RC vehicles, frequency is the specific radio signal sent from the transmitter to the receiver to control the vehicle. In toy-grade RCs, the frequency is normally a set channel within the 27MHz or 49MHz frequency range. There is a greater variety of channels and additional frequencies available in hobby-grade vehicles. These are the most common frequencies used in both toy and hobby RC vehicles in the United States. Frequencies may vary in other countries.
What are the Different Ways to Start a Nitro...
To start a nitro RC you need to turn on the transmitter switch then receiver switch, add fuel, prime the engine (get fuel to the carburetor), ignite the glow plug, then start the engine by rotating the flywheel. There are three main ways to start the nitro engine: pull start, bump start, electric start.
How is RC Engine Size Measured?
RC engine size or displacement is measured in cubic centimeters (cc) or cubic inches (ci). In terms of RC engines, displacement is the volume of space a piston travels through during a single stroke.
Produced and distributed by RadioShack, XMODS RC Cars are 1:28th scale electric radio controlled cars.
New Bright Radio Controlled Jeep Teardown
Want to see what's inside a typical radio controlled toy truck? Follow along as I do a teardown of a New Bright Radio Controlled Jeep. Learn where to look if you want do repairs to an RC toy or find out what you can salvage from an old RC.
Free RC Airplane Plans for 2014
A look at some of the top places you can browse in 2014 to get free rc airplane plans, including foam planes and balsa planes.
Can Nitro RC Cars and Nitro Airplanes Use the...
The type and amount of oil in the nitro fuel is what determines whether it is better suited to RC cars and trucks or aircraft.
Kids Can Build Their Own RC
It's always fun when you can combine radio controlled vehicles with another activity that kids love -- and make it educational too. LEGOS, those plastic building blocks that provide endless hours of entertainment make building your own RC a snap. Elenco and Learning Resources also have cool construction sets that allow novice mechanics from 4 to 16 to experience the fun of building their own car without any automotive expertise.
Scale Model
Authentic details on a smaller scale...
Before You Buy RC Toys for 6 to 12 Year Olds
The market for radio controlled toys these days is huge. But before you go out and buy a toy RC car or truck for the “underage” driver in your home, make sure that it’s one they can handle and will also hold their attention.
RC Airplane Parts and Controls
Whether you've spent $20 or $200 on an RC airplane, to get the most fun and enjoyment you need to know a little more than 'what goes up must come down' (although that's important). Discover what to look for and how to control your RC airplane by identifying the key parts and key transmitter controls used for flying radio controlled airplanes.
Why and How Do You Mod a Nitro Engine?
Modding a nitro engine means that you are making a modification that is or seems to make the engine better than factory specs. Modding goes beyond simply tuning your nitro engine. It involves making physical changes the engine itself.
Free Glider Airplane Plans to Download
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Before You Buy Your First Nitro RC
Nitro RCs are fun to have but are also a serious hobby. If you are considering buying a nitro-powered RC vehicle you need to know that there are significant differences between electric and nitro RCs.
How Do You Build an RC Dragster?
Since I started the RC hobby I bought RCs both toy-grade and hobby-grade to see if they go as fast as advertised. If the RCs didn't go fast enough for my liking, I modified them to do just that, go fast. An RC dragster is a fast RC. Find out what it takes to build an RC dragster.
Basic Flight Controls for Flying Toy RC...
In the RC hobby, flying RC helicopters is often considered the hardest RC skill to master. This might make the marketing claims for easy-to-fly toy RC helicopters hard to understand. The difference is in the design of the helicopters, the controls used for flying, and the range of movement and aerobatics that the helicopter is capable of performing.
Build Your Own Radio Controlled Vehicle - RC...
Combine model building with electronics and mechanics by building a radio controlled or infrared remote controlled vehicle. Kits from Revell, Elenco, and LEGO Systems help teens learn about radio systems, motors, circuitry, robotics, and even soldering while building their own RC vehicle.
Tamiya Tractor Truck Series of RC Big Rig Kits
The Tamiya Tractor Truck series of radio controlled big rigs are available as unassembled kits. You have to build them yourself.
Will Using a Different Percentage Nitro Fuel...
Not all nitro fuel is created equal. Switching fuels improve performance or mess up your nitro engine. Find out how to do it right.
DSM RC Controllers and Receivers Explained
DSM or 'Digital Spectrum Modulation' is a new radio technology recently adapted to the RC vehicles world.
How Infrared (IR) RC Toy Vehicles Work
Infrared RC toy vehicles are fun and popular little toys, often small enough to enclose in your fist. Cars, trucks, helicopters, and even tanks may come in infrared versions. There are both benefits and drawbacks to infrared technology applied to RC toys.
Free RC Military Plane Plans for Download
A few of the free military plane plans available for download.
RC Antenna Basics
RCs have two types of antennas. There's an antenna on the transmitter or controller that sends messages to the RC and one on the receiver (in the RC vehicles) that receives those messages. Learn the basics of installing and using those radio antennas with your RC.
What are Lean and Rich as Applied to Nitro RCs?
Nitro or glow engines use nitro fuel but it's actually a mixture of fuel and air that goes into the engine. The right fuel/air mixture keeps the engine running at its best. The wrong mixture can cause overheating, excessive wear, or cause the engine to stall. This fuel/air mixing takes place in the carburetor.
Radio Controlled Toy Transmitters
Radio controlled toys are controlled by a hand-held transmitter. Look inside several typical RC toy transmitters and see what they contain. Examine the circuit board, find the crystal, see how the switches, toggles, or buttons operate.
RC Car and Truck Magazines
While many magazines devote themselves almost exclusively to airplanes, helicopters, and boats, for beginner to professional RC enthusiasts interested mostly in cars and trucks, there are only a few major publications that focus primarily on reviews and tutorials of RC land vehicles.
Add Oil to Shocks
Oil-filled shock absorbers give RC cars and RC trucks more stability over rough terrain. When you feel that your shock absorbers aren't performing properly you can check the fluid level and add more shock oil to the shocks.
Replacing the Motor on an Electric RC
Changing out the motor on an electric RC is fairly simple. You might want to change the motor because the old one is dead, you want more power, or you need more torque. Whatever your reason, learn how to replace the motor on a hobby-grade electric RC.
Local Radio Controlled (RC) Hobby Clubs Locator
Joining an RC club in your area is not a prerequisite for enjoying the RC hobby but it is a great way to meet other radio control enthusiasts.
6 Models for Building Your Own 3D Foamy RC...
Foamy plans for building RC airplanes out of Depron or other types of foam construction.
Free RC Jet Plane Plans to Download
Free RC Jet plane plans that are available for download.
How Does Weight Affect RC Performance?
Is your RC heavy or is it a light-weight? Weight has a part in overall performance of an RC vehicle. To improve performance you could add bigger motors, alloy metal parts, big tires, even larger gas tanks are nice to have for a nitro RC. However, some RC racers forget that bigger is not always better. Those shiny, colorful parts look cool but they can sometimes cause a drop in optimal performance because they change the weight of the RC.
Spray Paint an RC Body
When using spray paint in cans to paint your RC body, follow these tips to help improve your painting.
How Do You Prep a Lexan Body for Painting?
When you buy an RC car or truck kit the body is often unpainted. You can also purchase new unpainted bodies to replace the one that came with your kit or your ready-to-run RC. Before you whip out the spraypaint cans or the airbrush, you have to get those bodies ready to accept the paint. Poor prep can ruin an otherwise fantastic paint scheme.
What is the Best Scale of Slot Car?
From 1:24 scale to tiny HO scale, there is a size of slot car to fit all needs.
What Is Bind-N-Fly? - RC Aircraft Expert Q&A
Bind-N-Fly or BNF is an Horizon Hobby trademark for a specific kind of Ready-to-Fly (RTF) RC aircraft that uses DSM technology. Learn more about Bind-N-Fly -- how it works and what RC airplanes and RC helicopters come in BNF versions.
Find a Helicopter Game or an RC Helicopter...
Looking for a helicopter game? Here's plenty to choose from. Whether you just want to have some fun or you want to learn what it's like to fly a helicopter -- without really having one -- try one of these helicopter games. Includes RC flight simulators for radio controlled helicopter fun.
Combining Cameras and RC Vehicles for Work and...
The government, business, and scientists use cameras and RC airplanes and helicopters for aerial photography, surveillance, and other noble pursuits. But there are ways for individuals to combine cameras and RC vehicles for both practical and entertaining uses around the home.
Owning a Nitro RC
There's nothing like the glow of a nitro. Strictly hobby-grade, nitro-powered RCs cost more and require a larger commitment of time and skill but many hobbiests would have nothing less. Learn all about buying, running, and maintaining nitro RC cars, trucks, and other radio controlled vehicles.
Is There Software to Help With Slot Car Track...
There are a few track designing programs that are very helpful when it comes to designing your own track layouts.
Modify a New Bright RC Snowmobile
Modifying New Bright toy RCs is a popular pasttime. The New Bright RC snowmobile seems to be a very mod-friendly vehicle.
Tyco R/C
Tyco RC, part of the Mattel family of toys, is a major producer of RC toys. Terrain Twister, Shell Shocker, Street Beat Ready to Run RCs, a variety of Batman RCs, Stuntsters, and RC motorcycles are among the many RC toys from Tyco R/C.
Nitro is a common term in the hobby and sport of RC vehicles.
RC Sports Games
Tired of driving around in circles with your radio controlled car or truck? Improve and test your driving skills while having fun -- on your own or with a group of friends, with these RC sports games. Great fun for expert and beginning drivers of RC cars and trucks.
Single-Action vs Double-Action Airbrush for RC...
Airbrushing is a painting technique using a special tool called an airbrush which sprays a mixture of air and paint. RC vehicle bodies are often airbrushed. Single-action or double-action airbrush refers to what type of triggering system is used for the airbrush tool.
Before You Buy Your First Hobby-Grade Electric RC
Some people may think of moving up from RC toys to hobby-grade RCs as a chance to step up to the speed and power of nitro. But there's plenty of speed and power in a hobby-grade electric. They may run on batteries just like toy RCs, but most of the similarities end there.
The crystal in an RC isn't a diamond or emerald. It sets the frequency of the radio signal that the RC uses to communicate.
Tamiya Grasshopper 1:10 Scale Off-Road Racer Kit
The Grasshopper has been around for many years. The latest kit version is a good kit for kids and for first-time RC builders of any age. Not only is the kit easy to build, it creates a fast, fun radio controlled off-road racer.
The Best RC Boats for Beginners
Whether gliding gracefully across the pond or kicking up plumes of water in their wake as they shoot from shore to shore, RC boats provide hours of outdoor RC entertainment. Learn the basics of types of RC boats, power options, hull designs, and the best RC powerboats for beginners.
The Smallest Remote Controlled Vehicles
Learn about the smallest radio controlled cars, airplanes, submarines and helicopters, and where to buy them.
How To Perform After-Run Maintenance on an RC...
Just like a real car, RC cars and trucks require regular maintenance. After running your RC for a while you have to perform after-run maintenance. All radio controlled vehicles -- electric and nitro -- need after-run maintenance but some of the steps here apply only to nitro engines.
Heavyweights Dragging Heavy Weight
Anything fullsize trucks can do, RC trucks can do too. That includes RC truck and tractor pulling competitions.
Brushless Motor
Motor with magnets no brushes...
Traxxas Corporation - What Traxxas is in the...
You can't spell RTR without Traxxas -- they introduced the ready-to-run kit to the RC world and it's never been the same since. Learn more about Traxxas and what they offer.
Basic Characteristics of RC Rock Crawlers
Creep, crawl, and climb those rocks with an RC rock crawler. RC rock crawling isn't a fast-paced sport but is fast growing in popularity. Learn the basics of what to look for in an RC rock crawler vehicle.
Building The Grasshopper
First released in 1984, The Grasshopper was a popular kit for young modelers and first-time RC owners before ready-to-run became the norm. The re-release is still a great entry-level kit for new modelers and RC enthusiasts of all ages. With only a few hitches along the way I (a first time RC kit builder) built the car in one day, painted it the next. It looks good, runs perfectly.
Definition of Brushed Motor as Used in RC...
Electric motors with little brushes inside...
Free Biplane Building Plans for Download
Various biplanes that are available for free download to builders wishing to create their own RC flight plane.
Before You Get Into the RC Hobby
Getting into the RC hobby requires a time and money commitment as well as a passion for radio controlled vehicles. Find out what it takes to buy and own RC vehicles.
RC Suspensions - Shocks and Springs
The part of the radio controlled vehicle that helps it make jumps, go around corners, and perform minor
RC Bulldozers and Excavators
Compare prices and compare features on these different RC construction vehicles aimed at different age groups. The simplest are typically wired and have very basic movements and fanciful colors or features. Others are radio control and have more complex movements and more realistic detailing. Page 2.
Tyco R/C Cars
Tyco R/C, part of the Mattel family of toys, is a major producer of RC toys. In the RC car category, some of the major Tyco RC product lines include Drift King, 6V Auto Show, Dropstars, and West Coast Customs.
Easy-to-fly micro RC helicopters for all ages
Most hobby-grade RC helicopters take a lot of skill to fly. They are not really geared towards beginners. But there are some less fancy, moderately-priced alternatives that let kids and novice RC pilots experience the thrill of flying without requiring a great deal of dexterity or knowledge of the mechanics of flight. These models usually combine small size with simple 2 or 3 channel controls. Many have ringed rotary blades for added safety. Some, however, can be quite challenging.
Why Do RC Tires Need to Be Glued to the Rims?
Most RC cars and trucks have three-part tires: wheel or rim, foam inserts, rubber tires. Although the parts all fit together nicely, glue helps keep the inserts inside and the tires on the rim.
Top 5 Radio Controlled Airplane Crash Videos
As I view these videos on what seems to me how to crash a jet and look good doing it a new RC business
What Is Trim And How Do You Trim An RC Airplane?
Trim isn't about taking scissors and snipping off part of the plane -- well not usually. It's about making adjustments so your RC airplane flies right.
FMS from Roman and Michael Mõller allows you to virtually learn to fly RC models. Browse a gallery of screenshots from this flight simulation software.
Toy RC frequency. Radio Controlled Vehicles.
Getting Your Gear Ratios and Slipper Just Right
Getting Your Gear Ratios and Slipper Just Right on your Radio Controlled Vehicle.
What I Used to Paint The Grasshopper
Purchased at Hobby Lobby, these aren't the traditional Tamiya colors for The Grasshopper. I used the airbrush kit and compressed air to create a two-tone body. I used brushes and other paint colors for details and for the driver and headlights. Page 27.
RC Rims - Alloy Or Plastic Rims Which Is Better...
From metal alloy/aluminum to ABS/Nylon rims there is a wide variety to choose from. However, are they for looks or can they bring your RCs performance to a screeching halt.
A long time frontrunner in the manufacture of radio controlled toys, NIKKO has dozens of RC cars and trucks and a few boats and aircraft as well. They produce everything from tough and colorful RCs with basic controls for preschool and elementary age children to highly detailed, officially licensed cars with more options for the older kids. Most NIKKO RCs are in the 1:10 to 1:32 range and are high quality RC toys.
RC Questions Answered
You've got questions about radio controlled cars, trucks, airplanes, helicopters, and other RC vehicle questions? Here are your answers to common and sometimes not-so-common RC questions and advice on where to find more answer to your RC questions.
How Do You Build An RC Drag Strip?
: How Do You Build An RC Drag Strip? Depending on what you want to do you can go the easy route, which
1:16 Traxxas E-Revo VXL Brushless RTR Electric...
This is no wimpy, slower version of its bigger 1:10 scale brother. The 1:16 Scale Traxxas E-Revo is a speedy little off-road truck.
Top Five Free Flight Simulators
Free Flight Simulators are explored.
Regulates power to the motor... Radio Controlled Vehicles.
Carrera Digital132 Track Sets Versus Scalextric...
A comparison of the Scalextric and the Carrera slot car tracks for RC racers.
How To Choose Radio Control Toys
You could just pick the coolest looking RC toy sitting on the shelf. But will it be the right toy? Find out how to go about choosing a radio control toy.
Ways to Change the Appearance of Your RC Body
Don't like the look of your RC? Change it. From easy to more complicated, find ways to change the appearance of your RC.
Building Scale Helicopters by Peter Wales
If you are seriously interested in building scale RC helicopters but don't know where to start or how to proceed, the book Building Scale Helicopters takes you through the entire process quite nicely.
Learn what hobby-grade RCs are. Radio Controlled Vehicles.
As its name suggests, the receiver receives instructions from the transmitter...
Things to Do With Old or Broken Radio...
For something a little different... here are some off-the-wall ways to recycle old broken radio controlled toys.
Scary RC Animals and Insects
Send unsuspecting visitors or co-workers scampering with one of these radio controlled toys, perfect for Halloween or anytime you want to pull a prank.
Planet Toys RC Toys
This international toy manufacturer (that has since filed for Bankruptcy) produced a range of indoor and outdoor toys for preschoolers to teens and even adults. Teaming up with brands like Little Tikes and General Motors, Planet Toys produced radio control cars for all ages including the colorful Little Tikes Radio Control Cars for preschoolers and full function RCs for slightly older kids.
RC Toy Modifications
rc toys, modifications, mods, upgrades, broken rc toys, radio controlled vehicles
RC Tires and Wheels
Before you can choose the right RC tires, inserts, and wheels that take best advantage of your driving conditions you need to know what RC tires are made of, the differences in on-road and off-road tires, and the parts of an RC wheel. Whether its for rock climbing, dirt track racing, or running on carpet, learn all about RC tires and wheels.
HPI Baja 5B - 1:5 Scale 2WD Gas Buggy
This 2-wheel drive gas-powered buggy is an almost perfect example of a ready-to-run 1:5 scale big boy toy. It's big, easy to maintain, and comes with everything you need to get started racing -- except for batteries and fuel.
Adding After-Burn Oil to a Nitro RC
After running your nitro RC for a while you have to perform after-run maintenance. Part of that after-run maintenance includes lubricating the pistons and all the internal parts by adding after-burn oil to the nitro engine cylinder head.
Virtual RC Car Racing Games
RC cars on the gaming console or computer screen won't replace real RC racing. But they're fun and allow you to drive in places you can't go in real life.
What is the Difference Between On-Road and...
RC tires are usually foam, compound, or plastic. Each type of material has its own best uses for different on-road and off-road surfaces. There are different degrees of durability and hardness or softness within each of those three general types.
Learn what RC means. Radio Controlled Vehicles.
Install the Electronics
Radio Controlled Vehicles. Page 18.
Axial AX10 1:10 Scale Scorpion Electric RC Rock...
The Axial AX10 Scorpion 1:10 scale RC Rock Crawler kit is both a challenging and a rewarding experience. Although I wouldn't call this a beginner RC kit, with a little help from an experienced builder a beginner could learn a lot and get a great deal of enjoyment from this kit. And once completed, you'll have an awesome rock crawlling beast that is great as-is or can be further modified with several aluminum upgrade parts.
How to Unstick a Stuck Pull-Start Cord on a...
If you have a pull-start nitro RC and the cord is stuck, here's what you can do...
RC Repair and Modification With Soldering
Soldering has many applications including the building and repair of radio controlled vehicles. For radio controlled vehicle hobbyists soldering is mostly used in making repairs and modifications to electric RCs.
Suggested Tools
Here are the suggested tools for building the Grasshopper RC kit. Page 4.
Modifying an Electric RC to Use a Quick-Charge...
Replacing disposable batteries for your electric RC vehicle can get expensive. Recharging rechargable batteries can take an eternity (or at least seem to). To save money and get more play time you can modify electric RCs that run on disposable or rechargeable alkaline batteries so that they can use quick-charging, reusable battery packs.
1:5 Scale Ready-to-Run HPI Baja 5B 2WD Gas Buggy
This 2-wheel drive gas-powered buggy is an almost perfect example of a ready-to-run 1:5 scale big boy toy. It's big, easy to maintain, and comes with everything you need to get started racing -- except for batteries and fuel.
Cool RC Robot Toys
One of the hottest sort of radio controlled gadget is the robot and there are some pretty cool RC robots just waiting to strut their stuff and take your commands. From robotic animals to sci-fi characters and superheroes, there's a robot toy for everyone.
Questions for the Beginner RC Racer
A look at simple questions that the beginning RCer should know the answers to prior to getting into the hobby.
RC Vehicle After-Run Maintenance Quiz - Test...
Answer 10 questions related to performing after-run maintenance on an RC vehicle.
What You Should Know about RC Aerodynamics
RC aerodynamics work much like full scale aircraft. Learn the basics of RC aerodynamics here.
Radio Controlled Flying Saucers and UFOs
Consider getting one of these RCFOs -- radio controlled flying objects -- for all your skywatching friends.
What Size, Length, And Color Of Fuel Tubing Is...
Although silicone tubing used in nitro engines has many auxiliary uses, it's primary use is to deliver fuel. A typical nitro engine has two lengths of tubing. One runs from the fuel tank to the carburetor (sometimes with an inline fuel filter in between). Another piece of tubing, called the air pressure line, runs from the fuel tank to the exhaust or tuned pipe. It helps to pressurize the fuel tank so that the fuel flows better through the fuel line to the carburetor.
Scale Speed
How fast it goes (sort of)... Radio Controlled Vehicles.
Not All RC Glow Plug Igniters Are The Same
There are many names for a glow plug igniter: glow plug warmer, starter, heater, or driver as well as different types of glow plug igniters used to start nitro RC engines. Find out how they differ.
Cleaning and Oiling Your Air Filter
Cleaning the air filter is part of the after-run maintenance needed to keep your nitro RC at optimal performance. Here's how to clean the air filter and add air filter oil.
The Electronics You Need to Supply
You have to supply a transmitter, receiver, crystal set, steering servo, and battery pack. Page 3.
How to Protect RC Electronics from Wet Conditions
Protect your RC electronics and RC vehicles from wet conditions like rain, snow and mud with these simple tips.
What Masking Materials Do You Use When Painting...
Masking is a technique used to cover areas of an RC body that you don't want painted a certain color or that are to be left clear. There are several different masking materials that can be used to accomplish this task.
RC Gift Ideas For Every Situation
Stumped for a gift? Give someone a gift that's fun, educational, or perhaps a little quirky. Radio controlled toys make great gifts. For girls, gadget guys, couples, and others find the perfect RC gift ideas.
Fun RC Airplanes Under \$250
Three great planes under $250 for you to get started with in R/C flying.
In the RC hobby, channel has two meanings, both somewhat related to the transmitter.
Provides the movement for steering and other tasks...
What Are RC Tires Made Of?
RC tires are usually foam, rubber compound, or plastic. Foam tires are treadless -- they get their traction from heat and friction. Rubber tires may have treads similiar to the family car, knobby tires, or racing slicks. You'll want to choose tires for performance but looks can be important too.
1:10 Traxxas 4-Tec 2.5 4WD Nitro RC Car
The Traxxas 4-Tec 2.5 Nitro 1:10 Scale 4-wheel drive on-road sedan is quickly becoming more popular on the street racing circut. Sporting the powerful TRX 2.5 engine, the 4-Tec blows the competition away with an average top speed of 60+ MPH which is more than twice as fast as its closest competition.
R/C Model Helicopters - A Guide for Beginners...
After reading R/C Model Helicopters A Guide for Beginners I feel a lot more confident about what to look for, what to watch out for, and how to learn how to handle my RC helicopters. This book is by far the easiest to understand that I've read recently. It truly speaks to the beginner of any age. And because it is only 45 pages long, you won't feel as if have to skip the bookreading and rush right into buying and flying your RC.
How to Tune RC Suspension
Learn how to tune RC suspension to increase speed, improve handling and prolong the life of your RC vehicle or electronic.
1:10 Traxxas Stampede Electric RC Monster Truck
The Stampede, one of the many off-road RC trucks from Traxxas, is an electric RC monster truck that lives up to the Traxxas reputation for quality.
Pros and Cons of the Micro-T
My list of pros and cons for the 1:36 scale electric Team Losi Micro-T Stadium Truck. Page 2.
Racing without rules... Radio Controlled Vehicles.
Remote Control Dinosaurs
Build Jurassic Park in your backyard with remote controlled robotic dinosaurs. These RC dinosaurs can walk and run and respond to sights and sounds they encounter. Some varieties can interact with each other or with other robots in the same family. Use the remote control to have the RC dinosaur perform a variety of actions, go on the hunt, explore, or stand guard.
1:10 Traxxas E-Maxx 4WD Electric Monster Truck
The Traxxas 1:10 scale electric RC monster truck known as the E-Maxx comes Ready-to-Run and is what a monster truck should be: 4-wheel drive.
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