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RC Car Action January 2021

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.

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United States
Air Age Media
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
starting line

Who else can’t wait for the New Year? This issue celebrates the coming of 2021 with what we are predicting will undoubtedly be many hobbyists’ next obsession, RC lowriders. Redcat Racing has quickly made a name for itself by reinventing what it’s all about. The company has placed monumentous effort in designing and engineering their own RC vehicles from the ground up. Their latest creation promises to invent an entire genre of RC and we get an exclusive look into its creation. Join us as we take a deep dive into several RC kits including the groundbreaking Redcat SixFour. It’s a fully detailed and fully functional RC lowrider that can do three-wheel-motion, hop and everything else a 1:1 lowrider can do. We get the inside story from its creator, Jevries, as…

2 min

1. Crawler Innovations Cell Block RC Crawler Stand Created for use on the workbench or out in the field, the Cell Block RC Crawler Stand is an ultra dense, closed cell, custom machined, cube size RC car stand that is light weight and durable. It really comes into its own when transporting an RC in a 1:1 vehicle to an event, or while building or performing routine maintenance. P/N: CWR-5001 MSRP: $13 crawlerinnovations.com 2. Traxxas Hoss Extreme Heavy-Duty Steel CV Driveshafts These extreme heavy-duty steel CV driveshafts for the Traxxas Hoss are built to withstand the brutal torque of Hoss’ 540XL motor and the massive grip of the huge Sledgehammer tires. Traxxas’ unique, splined telescoping design delivers full-range articulation, so there is never a need to limit suspension travel. Since they are made by Traxxas, you…

2 min
classic dodge street rod

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! Brian tells us he admired many of the SCX10-based hot rod builds he’s seen online and in the pages of RC Car Action, but he noticed that most of them required advanced fabrication and machine tools. He didn’t have access to those so he used creativity and a lot of trial and error to build this gorgeous Dodge Power Wagon using off-the-shelf parts,…

1 min
mean green metric toyota

The modular Builder Series Metric truck body from Pro-Line was something that had been on Mike’s bucket list for a long time, but when the Element RC Independent Front Suspension kit came out and Knights Customs released its complete file pack on myminifactory.com he knew the time was right. He printed every aftermarket part and scale accessory used on this build he printed himself. Starting with an Element RC Enduro, he rounded out the build with a Castle power system, Pro-Line shocks, wheels and tires, and a Reefs RC winch. We can see from the pics that the truck looks the part, but he reports that it is also a rock-solid reliable performer as well. BASED ON AN ELEMENT ENDURO BUILD HIGHLIGHTS - Chassis: Element Enduro- Body: Pro- Line Builders Series Metric-…

1 min
danger ranger drag truck

The Artin Toys body that Adam’s Danger Ranger is based on is getting pretty hard to find in nice condition, and when he finally scored a good one he originally planned on making it into an off-road truck. But he received this roughly 1:6-scale body from a friend right around the time that Pro-Line’s Pomona wheels and Hoosier tires came out and they fit together so perfectly that he changed that plan and went for a drag truck instead. To get the right length and stance he went with a homebrew chassis that was built from a Vaterra Twin Hammers front tub and Axial SCX10 rear frame rails. He kept the front and rear suspensions from those trucks as well, narrowing the SCX10 rear axle by ¼-inch to help the…

1 min
old-school new era mad force

John Paul has always had an affinity for monster trucks, and specifically for the solid-axle Kyosho Mad Force. For this build he threw pretty much every custom part New Era Models carries onto it! He started with aluminum Mad Force axles and suspension from RC4WD. For power he went with an LRP .32 with a Novarossi tuned pipe. He added a custom radio/battery box and a transmission cover designed and 3D-printed by 4th Dimension. Savox servos and axle-mounted steering linkage improve the precision and feel of the steering. And a CNC aluminum rear bumper and a set of side mirrors dress up the Pro-Line ’80 Chevy body. BASED ON A KYOSHO MAD FORCEBUILD HIGHLIGHTS - Chassis: Kyosho Mad Force- Body Pro- Line Racing ‘80 Chevy painted by Riskey Concepts Axles RC4WD Aluminum…