Hot Remote Control Vehicles How-Tos

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: Install a 2-speed differential gear box in a RC buggy

In this how-to video, you will learn how to put back a 2 speed central gearbox in your RC vehicle. Take the time to clean your car. Remember that the shorter dog bone goes to the rear and the longer one goes to the front. Slide the dog bone in and make sure that it spins the wheels. Now, raise the dog bones and slide them into the drive cuffs of the central transmission. Once this is done, check by moving the tires to see if the gears are moving. Make sure the box fits into the place provided...

How To: Troubleshoot basic electric errors in RC

This video will help you diagnose and troubleshoot on a basic level, your electric kit. I get asked alot "please fix my rc" and the main issue is that people do not understand how their rc works. While using a multimeter, I will show you how to diagnose battery batteries bars, esc, receiver, antenna, radio on crystals 2.4ghz synthesized modulation motor brushless bl brush less brushed transmission slipper gears pinions cvd dogbones dog bone wheels pins hex and other aspects that will not allo...

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!

How To: Install a Revo forward only conversion for your RC car

This video is on how to install a Revo forward only (or FOC) for your radio controlled vehicle. For this, you will need to remove your 2.5 or 3.3 Revo transmission from the kit and then I will walk you through the rest. You will basically be removing the front gears and then replacing another gear towards the back. Also, I am using the center differential kit which is easier as you do not have to worry about the gearing on the center differential shaft. If you do not purchase the center diffe...

How To: Remove anodize from aluminum and polish it

This next tutorial can be a bit dangerous and requires that you take full precaution when performing this. With that out of the way, in this video, you'll be finding out how to remove the anodize from aluminum and then polish it for a nice clean, sparkling look. It's pretty easy to follow and can lead to a nice look for your RC vehicle, so check out what you need to do and good luck!

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: Set up a Honey Bee CP2 remote control helicopter

Watch this instructional hobby video to properly set up and fly a remote control helicopter. Transmitter switches and servo wires should all be set up this way. Charge the flight pack and you are ready. If you are a beginner, leaving the flybar weights at the outer position will dampen the controls and make the helicopter easier to fly. As you improve, move the weights in for quicker response. The swashplate has a metal ball for reduced wear and precise control. The servos are screwed to the ...

How To: Tune the ACME Attacker 1/8 scale RC Nitro engine

This video shows you how to tune the ACME attacker 1/8th scale nitro engine buggy. Use the high end valve and the idle speed screw as show in the film. Turn the engine and get it to the operating temperature and drive round to the see how the car performs. If the acceleration is sluggish then the low end valve should be adjusted. If the engine is having too much RPM then the idle speed should be reduced using the idle speed screw. If the engine bogs down and makes noise on full throttle and i...

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: Use fiberglass finish over balsa wood for RC airplanes

Check out this five-part video tutorial on how to use fiberglass finish over balsa wood for RC airplanes. 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 simple fiberglass to the balsa wood parts of the RC airplane body. You will learn all of the tricks needed for fiberglassing.

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: Waterproof a remote controlled vehicle

If you call yourself a hobbyist or a kid at heart, you know that remote-controlled vehicles are more than just fun. If you're a serious R/C man, you'll know all about doing everything to your model truck or car, like fixing wheels, vamping the pinion gears, waterproofing, troubleshooting, electronic diagnostics, setting up, programming and finally... racing. As much as you know about these remote-controlled vehicles, it will never be enough, you'll always be looking for more...

How To: Break in the brushed motor of an RC car

It's simple: if you've got a brushed motor, you'll want to break it in under controlled circumstances before taking it out into the world. Why break in your engine? The main idea of breaking in your engine is to wear down your engine's brush so as to maximize surface contact with the commutator, reducing resistance (and therefore waste energy) and thereby increasing power. For detailed instructions on breaking in your remote control vehicle's engine, watch this RC hobbyest how-to.

How To: Remove and install tires on a remote controlled car

If you call yourself a hobbyist or a kid at heart, you know that remote-controlled vehicles are more than just fun. If you're a serious R/C man, you'll know all about doing everything to your model truck or car, like fixing wheels, vamping the pinion gears, waterproofing, troubleshooting, electronic diagnostics, setting up, programming and finally... racing. As much as you know about these remote-controlled vehicles, it will never be enough, you'll always be looking for more...

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: Install a new engine in an RC Nitro Truck

In this tutorial, we learn how to install a new engine in an RC Nitro Truck. First, fix the engine fly wheel and then fix the clutch shoes. After this, fix the drive gear by making sure the bearings are fit into place. Next, put the drive gear on, then make sure there isn't any friction. Now fix the lock, then fix the clutch shoe spring. Make sure the spring is locked and fit into place. After this, tighten the screw to lock the drive gear, then you are ready to use this engine. Place it into...

How To: Get the most out of your RC vehicle LiPo battery

If you call yourself a hobbyist or a kid at heart, you know that remote-controlled vehicles are more than just fun. If you're a serious R/C man, you'll know all about doing everything to your model truck or car, like fixing wheels, vamping the pinion gears, waterproofing, troubleshooting, electronic diagnostics, setting up, programming and finally... racing. As much as you know about these remote-controlled vehicles, it will never be enough, you'll always be looking for more...

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: Repair a crashed 3D helicopter

In this video, we learned how to repair a crashed 3D helicopter. If you have a crashed helicopter that isn't flying or is flying off center, repair it. You will have to have some knowledge of how to repair helicopters, and know which part is broken. Repair the parts that are broken and when you are done you will need to replace all the parts that you previously removed. After you are done with this, you will be able to turn the helicopter back on and test its flying abilities. If the helicopt...

How To: Install a ProLine Slash Protrac for a Traxxas Slash RC vehicle

If you own a Traxxas Slash RC vehicle and plan on installing a ProLine Slash Protrac, then this tutorial is what you need. In both videos, you'll find out the necessary steps that are needed to help install whatever it is you need on your RC vehicle. The tools you'll need include, the installation piece, some drivers, flat tip screw drivers, and more. It's easy to follow and really helpful, so good luck and enjoy!

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