R/C Soldering 101 – Learning the Basics

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

R/C Soldering 101 – Learning the Basics

Soldering is part of the R/C hobby in general. Learning to solder may seem like a distant goal of newer R/C enthusiasts, but it really isn’t that hard if you have the right equipment and arm yourself with a little knowledge. There are only a handful of variables to learn and once you have those down, you could be one your way to the Soldering Nationals with a little practice. Well, we aren’t sure if there is such a thing but you get the point. Once you get the hang of soldering it becomes a task you look forward to performing...

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New upgrades for our Trail Finder 2 RTR

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

New upgrades for our Trail Finder 2 RTR

R/C upgrades, is there anything better? Well, maybe buying a new kit, but upgrades and option parts are a big part of R/C. By adding a few option parts you can make your popular RTR vehicle stand out from the crowd. One of our favorite aspects of the R/C hobby is spending quality time at the workbench adding upgrades and customizing. We had so much fun on the first trail run with our Trail Finder 2 from RC4WD, that we instantly went into “upgrade mode” with a few new parts. Want to see what they are? First we wanted to add...

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RC4WD Trail Finder 2 RTR Truck Preview

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Tech, What's New | 2 comments

RC4WD Trail Finder 2 RTR Truck Preview

RC4WD is one company that has been involved the the scale R/C scene since the early days. They strive to deliver the most realistic scale products available. RC4WD offers an extensive line of scale trucks, wheels, tires, winches, and pretty much any other scale accessory you can think of. They also support other brand’s too, such as the Axial line of vehicles. For RPP’s next project truck we choose none other than the RC4WD Trail Finder 2 RTR. The TF2 is one of the most scale vehicles you can buy right out of the box. There are...

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Vaterra Ascender Option Parts Install

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Vaterra Ascender Option Parts Install

Looking to beef up your Vaterra Ascender? We decided to add a few genuine Vaterra option parts to the RPP Hobby Ascender build. The Ascender kit and RTR are pretty durable right out of the box. However, one of the best aspects of this great hobby is adding upgrades to your RC vehicle. The RC industry has come a long way in the past 10+ years, especially on the scale off-road side of the spectrum. There are numerous aftermarket companies out there manufacturing just about any part you need to upgrade, and even add a little bling, to whatever...

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Painting Lexan Bodies – Vaterra 1972 Chevrolet K10 Pickup

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Painting Lexan Bodies – Vaterra 1972 Chevrolet K10 Pickup

If you missed it the first time we recently completed a step by step build for the Vaterra Ascender K5 kit. Even though we love the awesome scale look of the stock K5 Blazer kit body we wanted something a little more on the aggressive trail rig side of the scale body world. Enter Vaterra RC’s 1972 Chevy K10 Truck Body and Roll Cage which fits our needs perfectly. This body is a little narrower than the K5 body which will provide better clearance on tight, technical trail runs. So, we decided to do a quick tutorial on painting Lexan...

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Tamiya Grand Hauler Kit Build – Part 4

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Tamiya Grand Hauler Kit Build – Part 4

We are back working on our Tamiya Grand Hauler kit build again. After recently wrapping up our Axial SCX10 II kit build series and our Vaterra Ascender K-5 Blazer build series, we were excited to get back to this semi-truck kit. At this stage of the build, with the chassis assembly 90% complete, we are ready to start adding some of the external scale features. In this installment of the build we will assemble the tires and wheels, bolt on the rear fenders, and get into some of the spot-on scale features. Ready to dig in?   Turn to page...

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Castle Creations CC BEC 2.0 Install

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Castle Creations CC BEC 2.0 Install

Does your ESC stall out in hard binds with your high torque steering servo? Wish you had a little more power in your steering set-up overall? Castle Creations has just the part you need to solve your steering woes. One of the most common problem when running a high torque steering servo is the draw on the internal BEC of the ESC in hard binds, especially when running a 3S Lipo. If your internal BEC can not supply the power needed to your servo when steering in technical situations the ESC will most likely go into “limp mode”. When...

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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 7

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Tech | 1 comment

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 7

Welcome to the final blog entry for our Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer kit build. In this installment of the build, we will cover painting and detailing the 1986 Blazer body. Vaterra did a great job with the details and overall looks of this body. They even include a plastic chrome plated grille that mounts to the Lexan body for added scale realism. We went back and forth on what color to spray our K5 kit body and in the end we decided to try something a little different from the normal 80’s paint jobs, and we are really happy with how it...

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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 6

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Kit Build – Part 6

Welcome to Part 6 of our Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer kit build. In the previous installments of this kit build we covered assembling the transmission, axles, and chassis. Now, it is time to install the axles and suspension under the chassis, which is exactly what we will be covering in Part 6. Ready to get your wrench on?   Everything required to install the shocks and links on the front axle.   We started by installing the single upper link and the track/panhard bar.   Next we installed the lower suspension links and the...

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Axial SCX10 II Build – Part 7

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

Axial SCX10 II Build – Part 7

Welcome to the final installment of our Axial SCX10 II kit build. Now that we have a functioning scale R/C vehicle, all we need is some paint to bring that classic Jeep Cherokee body to life. In this article we will cover trimming, painting, and detailing the Lexan body. We planned to keep the paint fairly simple since we want it to look like a Jeep you would see going down the road or trail. Ready to get your Picasso on?   First thing we did was cut the body out along the factory lines and apply the factory window mask. Then, we sorted...

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