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RC Car Action July 2020

RC Car Action is the model motorsports authority and the world’s best-selling RC car magazine. In print and online, Car Action delivers the power, speed, and passion of the RC car scene. Car Action is written for the full spectrum of RC enthusiasts—from beginners to seasoned pros.

United States
Air Age Media
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12 Issues

in this issue

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starting line

This issue is being produced in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We can only hope that we are now on the downward slope of the curve and everyone and everything will begin to get better soon. Our thoughts are with everyone as we all deal with this disaster together. We hope you and those important to you are well; please stay safe and healthy. The pandemic has affected everyone, including us RC enthusiasts. What this means is that like many parts of the United States, we too are bottled up with stay at home orders. One silver of good news from what we hear from our industry partners is that it seems that those who are required to stay at home are finding time to enjoy our RC hobby. There’s…

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1. Pro-Line Pro-Spec Scaler Shocks Pro-Line’s Pro-Spec Scaler Shocks feature CNC machined aluminum shock caps, collars, bodies, bottom caps and hard chrome coated steel shock shafts all made to exacting tolerances. P/N: 6316-02 MSRP: $63 prolineracing.com 3. Vanquish KMC 1.9 XD127 Bully Beadlock Wheels Looking for a true scale-look for your off road rig? These 1.9” aluminum beadlock wheels are offificially licensed by KMC and look and perform just like the real thing. Includes one pair of wheels. P/N: VPS07715 MSRP: $60 vanquishproducts.com 3. Traxxas 3S 1400mAh 11.1v LiPo Battery This little battery packs a big 11.1v punch and is perfect for those looking to shed unwanted weight or looking to fit a power pack in a tight space. P/N: 2823X MSRP: $40 traxxas.com 4. The Dirt Racing Setting Board Big nitro vehicles require a setting board that can stand up to the riggors of racing.…

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monster energy cr12

A NEW WAY TO SUBMIT YOUR RIDE! We now have an easy new way to submit your Readers Rides to RC Car Action online. Just go to Rccaraction.com/readers-ride-entry-form/ to fill in your vehicle’s info and upload your pix directly to us! As a bonus, it will generate a shareable link that you can send to your friends or share on social media to show off your ride to everyone! David tells us he was looking for a new project and came across a CR12 chassis sitting in his hobby room with no body, wheels, tires or electronics collecting dust, along with a Yeti Jr body. I he noted that the wheelbases were a perfect match but the CR12’s chassis rails were too long so he chopped the rear rails just behind the…

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trail honcho backyard hero

BASED ON AN AXIAL SCX 10 II BUILD HIGHLIGHTS - Chassis: Axial SCX 10 II - Body: Axial Trail Honcho - Power System: Stock Axial 35T motor and ESC - Battery: Gens Ace 5000mah 7.4V 50C 2S - Wheels and Tires: Proline Hyrax 1.9 tires on silver - Method NV replica wheels - Shocks: Pro-Line Pro Spec 90-95mm Shocks - Other Upgrades: • Vanquish links • Wertymade front bumper • Reef’s RC 444 servo • Warn winch with an RC4WD recovery hook powered by a ProTek 2-cell Lipo • Handmade front and rear license plates • Proline 4-inch light bar • Bair Scale Accessories: charcoal, tent, Coca Cola, firewood, and jumper cables • Pro-Line water can, recovery rope, and gas can • Knight Customs windshield wipers, snorkel, and roof rack • Scale by Chris side mirrors, tuff tub, and cooler • Custom stickers Sumner tells us he got his first…

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wu-wagon sendero

Dave started with a basic Element RC Sendero, but decided he needed to make it more of a crawler. He kept the stock Reedy motor and speed control power system but upgrades include Element high-clearance links and some shock keys he fashioned out of an old metal ruler for the stock shocks. He also used CBE link risers for anti-squat and 50-weight shock oil from Team Associated in the rear. The rig rolls on SSD wagon wheels wrapped in Pro-Line BF Goodrich Krawler tires. He sprayed the Sendero body in Tamiya Camel Yellow and installed the Element RC utility bed which is loaded up with a variety of scale accessories. BASED ON A TEAM ASSOCIATED ELEMENT RC ENDURO BUILD HIGHLIGHTS - Chassis: Team Associated Element RC Enduro - Power System: Stock Element RC…

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rc4wd heavy chevy

From the outset Jeffery wanted his project to look like a proper ‘80s-era big Chevy truck and he worked on it for a year to bring it about. The fundamentals are RC4WD’s longwheelbase chassis and Chevy K10 cab with a mix of Traxxas and other electronics. The only 3D-printed piece is the big block Chevy engine which is an out-of-production piece, further dressed up with engine parts from some Revell 1/8-scale plastic model kits. BASED ON A RC4WD LWB BUILD HIGHLIGHTS - Chassis: RC4WD LWB - Body and Paint: RC4WD 3+3 Chevy K10 in Krylon semi-gloss white - Power System: RC4WD 21-turn motor with a Traxxas XL5 ESC - Battery: Traxxas 3S Lipo - Wheels and Tires: RC4WD 1.9 Steelies with Super Swamper Boggers - Shocks: RC4WD 90mm shocks - Axles: RC4WD K44 - Radio System: Traxxas transmitter and…