Hot Remote Control Vehicles How-Tos

How To: Deal with a flooded Nitro engine on an RC vehicle

Alishan Mao describes how to fix a flooded Nitro Engine on an RC car, remove the excess fuel, and start the engine. Flooding of the engine can occur when priming the engine. If you prime the engine too much, the engine can get flooded, making it difficult to pull the pull start. A simple way to fix this is to remove the glow plug. Cover the top of the engine with cloth or rag and hold it there so that the fuel does not splash all over the place. Pull the pull start several times. The fuel wil...

How To: Control tail spin on a PicooZ mini helicopter

To begin in controlling the tail spin on your helicopter you need to turn your helicopter on and then turn the controller on. On your controller there are two trim bars. If it begins spinning to the left, tap the right trim; likewise, if it begins spinning too much to the right, tap the left trim. Unfortunately there is no memory in the PicooZ helicopter, so every time you turn on the helicopter you have to trim it. In the example video the helicopter needed to have the trim bar pressed 12 ti...

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: 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: 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: 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: Fly a RC helicopter using cyclic and rudder controls

Mikey shows you how to use the cyclic controls on a 6-channel helicopter radio controller. Cyclic controls move a helicopter forwards and back, as well as side-to-side. If you're comfortable with using the rudder controls, you're ready to move on to the cyclic control, usually found opposite of the rudder controls on the radio controller. The control is easiest to use while the helicopter is in the regular orientation, with the tail pointed towards you. Mikey also demonstrates how to use the ...

How To: Set the Nitro engine gear mesh

For all you future RC fans out there, if you're having trouble setting the Nitro engine gear mesh up on your RC vehicle, do we have the video for you. This tutorial will give you about 8 whole minutes of how to properly set up this easy task. Although it says it is for Nitro, it can be used with others as well. Enjoy!

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: 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: 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: Apply decals to RV cars

In this tutorial, we learn how to apply decals to RV cars. First, peel your decal from the paper they come on and then place it onto the RV car where it is smooth and there are no ripples on the vehicle. Make sure the entire decal can fit onto the spot where you want to place it. If you put it onto a bump, it won't seal and there will be blur with the lines. Once you apply the decal, push on without letting any air through, dragging the paper along the artwork. To make it more flat, take a cr...

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: 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: Modify gearing on a Traxxas Rustler R/C vehicle

If you're fond of remote-controlled vehicles, you might appreciate this video tutorial on how to modify gearing on a Traxxas Rustler R/C vehicle. The Traxxas Rustler is a proven favorite with a formula for rugged fun that nothing else can touch. The Rustler blows the doors off the competition with more power, smoother control, better grip, and performance that makes it one of the fastest Ready-To-Race electric trucks available. Modifying the gears is an easy way to boost top speed. You can in...

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Buy and sell a used RC 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: 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.

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