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RC Car Action June 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

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Doesn’t that line get you excited to see Truck-o-Saurus breathing fire and crushing cars at the stadium turned Mad Max arena? Commercials for monster truck rallies can rile up some excitement, that’s for sure. What else can top that? Your RC monster truck sure can! In this issue of RCCA, we go deep into monster trucks. But of course, we probably didn’t need to tell you that, seeing the cover was already an obvious clue. The RPM modified X-MAXX is a sizable brute that has plenty of power to back it up. You’ll want to see what its owner did to make it the monster truck that headlines this issue. We also look into two custom builds, one is replica of the famed monster truck Bigfoot based on a Traxxas…

1 min

1. Axial Snap-Back Flex your personal style like you flex your crawler’s suspension with Axial Racing’s snap-back flat bill cap. It’s perfect to keep you protected from the sun so you feel as cool as you look. P/N: AXIZ0020 MSRP: $25 horizonhobby.com 2. Traxxas X-Maxx Suspension Arms New heavy-duty X-Maxx suspension arms utilize Traxxas’ latest proprietary composite material for extreme durability. Traxxas designed this composite specifically for high loads and hard landings with just the right amount of flex to resist breaking, even in cold weather. Available in black, orange, green, red, blue and white. P/N: 7829, 7830, 7831 MSRP: $10 pr. (7829), $12 ea. (7830, 7831) traxxas.com 3. Pro-Line Carbine 1.9" Black Plastic Internal Bead-Loc Dually Wheels Pro-Line’s Carbine dually wheels fit four standard 1.9" tires, two tires per wheel. The Carbine features a modular wheel design that allows it…

2 min

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! Pablo undertook this impressive project specifically to challenge himself and his building skills. Building on a Team Associated Element Enduro builder’s kit chassis, Pablo named it the “Frankenwagon” because its 1966 Chevy II Nova wagon body was 3D-printed in pieces and then “stitched” together like that famous monster. Having done a printed body in sections once before for his son, he knew such…

1 min
cool as ice monster

Benjamin tells us this build was inspired by his 7-year-old son. They were watching vintage monster trucks on YouTube and the kid fell in love with the Michigan Ice Monster, so he decided to build something tough and reliable but with not so much power that a child couldn’t comfortably drive it. It runs the stock twin Tamiya 540L motors with a Hobbywing 880 dual motor ESC with 6-cell NiMH Venom power. Benjamin started gathering parts and building last summer so he would have it ready by Christmas. The kid is awfully proud of his truck and he makes sure to tell his dad that he’s the “crew chief” and they talk about all the “hot rod” stuff he wants to put on his truck to keep making it better! BUILD…

1 min
dressed up defender

Tom’s Traxxas TRX4 shows what can be done to a nearly stock truck to dress it up and give it a unique personality. He starts with a TRX4 Defender 110 and added some GMade SR-02 wheels, a few carefully chosen handmade scale details and some custom paint. Tom painted the body on the outside surface to retain the matte finish of Tamiya’s AS-19 Intermediate Blue and AS-20 Insignia White paints. He put an extra layer of Tamiya PS Silver down before the color coats to help them stick to the slick Lexan shell. BUILD HIGHLIGHTS - Chassis: Traxxas TRX-4- Body: Traxxas Defender 110- Power System: Stock Traxxas- Battery: Traxxas 2S Lipo- Wheels and Tires: Traxxas Canyon Trail tires on GMade SR-02 wheels- Paint: Tamiya AS-20 Insignia White, AS-19 Intermediate Blue, with a…

1 min
carbon copy clod

Chris’ Clod clone employs a full custom UK Monsters chassis equipped with Team Associated V2 big-bore aluminum-body shocks. It also wears a trick set of Hesse machined full billet aluminum gearboxes and axle tubes. There are also a BTA steering system and axle braces from ZRP, and the truck rolls on JConcepts Tribute wheels and JCT tires. Power comes from a Castle Creations SW3 motor system energized by a Gens Ace 2S Lipo. The body is a JConcepts Ford Raptor shell custom painted by DW Designs. BUILD HIGHLIGHTS - Chassis: UK Monsters (Clodbuster- Body: JConcepts Ford Raptor- Motor: Castle Creations SW3 5700kv- Speed Control: Castle Creations SW3- Battery: Gens Ace 7240 mAh 2S Lipo- Wheels and Tires: JConcepts Tribute wheels and JCT tires- Shocks: Team Associated V2 big bore aluminum- Axles: Hesse…