Hot Remote Control Vehicles How-Tos

How To: Refill your RC truck shocks with shock oil

To refill your RC truck shocks the first step is to remove the shock with an alarm key located at the bottom of the shock. The next step is to pull the spring back and remove the lower joint and spring then remove the cap screw and be careful, their might be some oil still in there. Fill all the way up to the top if you want stiffer shocks and pump the shocks a few times to eliminate bubbles in the oil. Then reassemble and check to make sure it meets your needs and you are done.

How To: Make a great RC jump ramp from a box

The video demonstrates how to make a great RC jump ramp free of cost. Firstly for this you have to note that you must learn to control your RC in the air because wrong landings after high jumps can cause severe damage to your RC.To make a great ramp for jumping first take a box, a small box is taken here. The same can be done on a bigger box. Then opening the box cut the lateral upsides of the box. After that just put it down and put a tape at the place it touches the box. A curve as you desi...

How To: Replace the clutch shoes in RC Nitro Trucks or cars

In this tutorial, we learn how to replace the clutch shoes in RC Nitro Trucks or cars. First, stick a screwdriver through the back of the clutch and remove the bolt from the back. Now, you will see the clutch and a spring that is on the side of it. Take this out, then you will be able to replace the clutch shoes that are underneath it. After you have replaced the clutch shoes, put the spring back on. After this, replace the bolt and then screw back in any lose screws that you took out. After ...

How To: Adjust and align the brakes on a Nitro RC car

In this tutorial, we learn how to adjust and align the brakes on a Nitro RC car. It's very important to adjust and align your brakes so your RC car stays in top shape and doesn't get ruined while you are using it. Take the caliper out and see what the strength of it is, if it needs to be tightened, tighten it on both sides. Make sure everything is hooked up to a radio, then look to see if everything is reacting in correct order. When you pull the throttle back, everything should be moving in ...

How To: Clean the transmission on a Traxxas Rustler, Stampede Bandit, or Slash

If you own a Traxxas Rustler, Stampede Bandit, or Slash RC vehicle, then this next tutorial may be for you. In the tutorial, you'll be finding out how to clean the transmission to your machine. Just like a car, keeping your RC vehicle in tip top shape is important for ensuring that your machine will last for a very long time. So if you need help with cleaning out your transmission, check out the tutorial above and good luck!

How To: Tune a HPI 21BB engine

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to tune a HPI 21BB engine. From the base settings, start adjusting the high speed needle in a 1/8 turn. Then adjust the low speed needle in a 1/8 turn as well. Make sure to never run the engine too lean because this can damage the engine. The mid-range needle does not need to be adjusted, but make sure to always run it on base settings. This video will benefit hose viewers who are interested in auto mechanic or have this engine for a vehicle, and woul...

How To: Repair the remote start system in the ACME RC car

This video is a Hobby Estore Video Tutorial that will show you how to repair or replace the ACME remote start system in your radio control cars. You will know you need to take this step when your RC car doesn't start or when you push the start button and all you hear is a clicking noise. The first step is to remove the remote start system and this can be accomplished by taking the top cover off of the car and then unhooking the exhaust hose from the remote start system. Then take the cover of...

How To: Program a Traxxas R/C electronic speed control

If you're fond of remote-controlled vehicles, you might appreciate this video tutorial on how to program a Traxxas electronic speed control. The Traxxas R/C ESC models you will learn to program are the XL-5, XL-10, EVX-2 and VXL-3S. They all have a single push button to turn on and off the ESC and program it. To get the most out of your Traxxas RC vehicle, learn to set up the programming by calibrating the electronic speed control, transmitter, throttle profile selection.

How To: Apply paint wash weather effects on an RC airplane

Check out this five-part video tutorial on how to apply paint wash weather effects on an RC airplane. If you like building engines and bodies for remote-controlled vehicles (airplanes), then this will definitely help you out, just by learning how to apply some black wash to weather the airplane RC motor. You will learn all of the tricks needed for weathering, like using acrylic paint and thinner.

How To: Install RC airplane hinges

Model Airplane News Editor Gerry Yarrish shows how to install RC airplane control surface hinges. You'll need an Xacto knife, hinge installation tools, and hinge glue. It's a pretty basic procedure. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to attach hinges onto a remote control airplane.

How To: Dispose of shock oil on an RC car safely

RC Car Action Magazine Editor Kevin Hetmanski helps the environment by safely disposing his shock oil and quenches his thirst in the process. An easy way to store the shock oil is in a drink bottle, so the shock oil won't spill out and can be disposed of safely later. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to store RC car shock oil until it can be disposed of in and environmental and safe way.

How To: Make a Banner for a Lightweight RC Plane

I decided to make a quick banner for my RC plane. It was basically free, but you might need to get a few materials if you don't have them. My plane is a Hobbyzone Champ, which is a hardy but tiny plane, weighing only 1.3 ounces with the battery. My how-to is modeled after this, which is intended for the Super Cub. It is the bigger version of the Champ, weighing a total of 25.2 ounces, which is more than 18 times the weight of Champ. As you can see, I was faced with a problem. How was I going ...

How To: Solder wires to your rc car motor

In this tutorial, we learn how to solder wires to your rc car motor. First, you will put the flux on the out wires. Put a small amount on, but make sure it's evenly coated all around. After this, do the same process for the motor tabs. Then, tin the wire and then wipe off with a damp sponge. From here you will do the same thing for the motor tabs, taking the back off the motor tabs to make it easier to move around. After this, put the wire on top of the tab and pres with the iron. Now you sho...

How To: Make a remote controlled engine boat from useless junk parts

Have you ever tried making your own remote-controlled water boat, but were missing all the key parts? Well, now you don't need to worry about expensive ingredients, because this video will show you how to make an RC engine boat with useless junk. You just might have some old used crap lying around, collecting dust, so why not put it to use making this awesome toy? You'll need some basic used parts, a plane toy and power supply fans.

How To: Start a gas powered RC plane easily

When getting into RC planes the hardest part is actually putting together the plane itself. But don't just pull the cord to try to start the engine, there are a few steps that you will need to go through first. In this video you will get a full walkthrough of how to prep the plane and then how to actually start a small gas powered RC motor.

How To: Clean an RC Nitro Truck or car

In this video, we learn how to clean an RC Nitro Truck or car. First, remove the wheels from the truck, then take an old toothbrush and brush the dirt and dust off. Don't force the brush into small places, just thoroughly brush all the dirty and clogged spots like your filter. Continue to brush the entire truck and make sure nothing goes into the carburetor. Now, take a damp cloth and use it to wipe the dirt off of the vehicle, giving it a good cleaning. Wash the wheels after this, then dry t...

How To: Tune a RC nitro Engine

In this video, we learn how to tune an RC nitro engine. First, you will need to adjust your needles. Make sure you know which way to go as you are adjusting them. After this, you need to find your high speed needle and find where you will hook up your fuel line. Lean the motor by turning a screwdriver into the barrel. This will screw your needle in and make the engine restricted to fuel flow. Now you will want to test out your engine to see how much lean you are getting. Make sure it's oiled ...

How To: Remove and perform maintenance on Nitro brakes

In this video, we learn how to remove and perform maintenance on Nitro brakes. First, you will need to make sure you have the correct size of screwdrivers before you begin. Now, you will proceed to remove the brakes from the transmission. Make sure to handle these with care and take your time. Set all the parts that you remove aside and in order so you don't forget where they are and where they go. After this, align your brakes so they work correctly, then start to replace all the parts that ...

How To: Apply stripes and lines to RV cars

In this video, we learn how to apply stripes and add lines to RV cars. You can do curved lines or straight lines, depending on the look you want. For straight lines, you will take tape and mark from the hood to where you want the tape to end. Use different sizes to create the look you want to achieve. To get the lines straight, place the tape on a straight surface as a guide with the clear top that goes over the vehicle. Once you do this, you can paint around this to form opposite colors. The...

How To: Paint a water drop effect on your RC cars

In this tutorial, we learn how to paint a water drop effect on your RC cars. This is very easy to do but very easy to mess up as well. Make sure you are careful while you are doing this so results come out well. First, grab your color change paint and spray a coat of it on the car. Let this dry, then grab a spray bottle of water and spray water onto the paint on all sides at different times. Then, take your paint and put a light spray over it. Once finished, let dry and do a heavier coat (aro...

How To: Fly a BAE Hawk RC airplane

In this video, we learn how to fly a BAE Hawk RC airplane. Remember that this is an electric jet so the acceleration is not very quit compared to other airplanes. Treat this as a jet that needs a place to run to get speed before they can take off. Set up the airplane with a battery and make sure the wheels and everything else are in working order. Then, use your controller to make sure everything is set on the plane. You don't want anything to be reversed for when you are flying. When finishe...

How To: Make a bottle boat with an optional radio control feature

Do you remember making the paper hat boats when you were a kid? Want to feel like a kid again? Or just looking for something to do with those old 2 liter bottles? Make a bottle boat! And heck, why not throw on a radio control feature while you're at it! Your childhood wasn't this cool! This video will show you all of the steps that you need to take to get your deadly vessel together and how to assemble the radio control feature as well!

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