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RC Car Action May 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

What’s your favorite type of RC to have fun with? It may sound like a simple question, but it’s a bigger conundrum than it may seem. The world of surface bound radio control is as wide as it is and varying. From vehicle type to scale to terrain to fuel type, there’s so much to choose from. As a fellow enthusiast, I’m glad that we have this embarrassment of riches. Are you dedicated to one type of RC or does your workbench resemble a mixed mosh pit of RC goodness? I raise my hand to the second choice. We’ve got a whole lot of RC variety in this issue for you to check out. We get behind the wheels so to speak of a powerful stadium truck, a capable crawler, a…

2 min

1. Pro-Line 1946 Dodge Power Wagon Clear Body Pro-Line offers this two-piece 1946 Dodge Power Wagon body (cab and bed) for an ultra-realistic look that stays true to the original military inspired 4x4 truck that civilians could buy. It includes textured rocker panels, realistic undercuts and separate round headlights designed to allow for real working LED lights. P/N: 3499-00 MSRP: $62 prolineracing.com 2. Pro-Line Hyrax 1.9" Rock Terrain Truck Tires Mounted Designed for maximum grip on the toughest terrain, the Hyrax tire is ready for anything your scale adventure might throw at you. The Hyrax features an aggressive and open tread pattern for incredible tread flex. The set of two 1.9" tires come pre-mounted to Pro-Line’s Impulse black/silver plastic wheels. P/N: 10128-13 MSRP: $43 prolineracing.com 3. Team Associated Logo Pit Mat Give your pit area or workstation a clean look with…

2 min
big red enduro 'mog

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! Mike built Big Red specifically to be tested and proven at The Fix 12hr endurance challenge hosted by the Recon G6. Mike’s Axial Vanquish SCX-based Unimog features custom made inner fenders and a detailed interior which even includes an FPV camera and a scale instrument panel. Ample power and control is delivered the Castle motor system and Powerhobby LiPo, and he reports that…

1 min
the big barrahoona

Josh’s ‘Cuda started as a DR10 kit and he built it from the ground up to be completely custom. Everything on the body is painted—all the chrome bumpers, window trim, hood lettering, checkered flag, stripes, and red chrome side lettering are all done in paint. The red color on top is a custom color he blended himself that involved four separate paint colors. The finish has been topped off with a beautiful pearl flake over the reds, whites, and grays. BUILD HIGHLIGHTS - Chassis: Team Associated DR10 - Body: Pro-Line Racing 1970 Plymouth Barracuda - Motor and Speed Control: Castle Creations SW4 - Battery: SMC and Gens Ace - Wheels and Tires: Pro-Line Big Daddy rear drag slicks and Hoosier front drag tires on JConcepts chrome front and rear Tactic drag wheels - Paint: Tamiya and Spaz…

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21st centurycustom scout

Like much of the RC world Wes was bitten by the New Bright Bronco bug. He knew he wasn’t going to keep the stock yellow look, and scrolling around the internet turned up an artist’s rendering of what he envisioned a 2021 International Scout would look like. Wes figured it was the perfect project, especially with the history of the Bronco and Scout. Back in the ‘60s Ford took a lot of styling cues from the Scout to make their Bronco—Wes figured it would be appropriate for the Scout to do the same decades later. The Scout body does not have any major panels changed, but most of them have small tweaks made from the original form. This included moving the hood opening, shaving the bumps off the roof, reducing…

1 min
alloy associated gatekeeper

Aaron has built a couple of metal-body crawlers using Axial platforms, but for his latest build he wanted to try out something different so he spec’d out a Gatekeeper chassis from Team Associated. He is running the stock shocks and axles, which do a fine job of putting power to the trail from Castle Creations’ and 14-series sensored motor and Mamba Micro ESC, powered by a Tattu 1300mAh 3S Lipo. Grip comes from Pit Bull Rock Beast 1.9s on Vision RC custom aluminum wheels. Most of the body is aluminum too—using custom panels made by Dave Keith. BUILD HIGHLIGHTS - Chassis: Team Associated Gatekeeper - Body: Team Associated cage with custom aluminum panels - Motor and Speed Control: Castle Creations sensored 14-series motor with Mamba Micro ESC - Battery: Tattu 11.1V 1300mAh 75C 3S Lipo -…