Hot Remote Control Vehicles How-Tos

How To: Return the needle settings on a HBI 21BB engine

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to return the base settings on a HPI 21BB engine. The engine has 3 needles carburetor: high speed, mid-range and low speed. Begin by turning the high speed needle clockwise until it is closed. Then turn it 3 1/2 turn counterclockwise. Then turn the mid-range needle clockwise until it is closed. Then turn it 3 1/4 turn counterclockwise. When adjusting the low range, make sure to hold the mid-rang with a screwdriver to prevent it from turning. Now turn ...

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: Take apart a Nitro RC engine

Starting with the cooling head you are going to have many different screws that could require a screw or a hex. After the screws are removed you can easily lift the cooling head from the engine. The plate underneath should pop right off along with the sleeve and the shim. Make sure you keep the sleeve and shim together. The starter will off once the screws are removed for it as well repeat the process for the backplate. Rotate the piston and this will allow you to pop the sleeve off. To remov...

How To: Assemble a shock assembly on an RC vehicle

Squirrelod shows you how to put together a shock assembly or a shock absorber on a Factory Team remote control car kit. He takes us through building the piston - shaft, dampener, nuts and over rings step by step. Practical tips and tricks involved in building up the shaft and the recommended oil used are presented. This is not something that should be done in a hurry since time is needed to let the oil settle thus removing any air bubbles in the piston. Although the instructions for different...

How To: Replace the glow plug in your RC Nitro vehicle engine

In this how to video, you will learn how to install and replace the glow plug in your RC car. Glow plugs are used to ignite the fuel in the engine. A glow ignition makes the filament in the plug red hot. To check if the glow plug works, place it on the ignition and check if the filament is bright red. This is very easy, as you just need a 4 way wrench. Slide it in the engine and take the glow plug out by spinning the wrench counter clockwise. Once this is done, place the new glow plug in and ...

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: 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: Set rotor blade pitch and speed on a Honey Bee King 3

Alishanmao demonstrates on a Honey Bee King 3, how to change the pitch and speed. Using the radio knob in the controller you can change the pitch of the main rotor. Make sure your 3D switch is off, that your throttle is at zero, and after connecting the battery, do not move the battery until you here it beep to confirm it is ready. When pitch is at its minimum you will have less rotation speed and at its maximum you will have a higher rotation speed. The best thing to do is to try and find a ...

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: Rebuild the clutch of an RC Nitro engine

Watch this instructional video as Alishan Mao takes you through a step by step tutorial on how to rebuild a 2-Stroke Wi X 18 Nitro Engine Clutch. The host provides you with a full list of tools needed to complete the job, as well as a list of common replacement parts. From here he shows you how to break the piece down, replace old and worn out components, then restore it to it's normal working order. Helpful tips include how to avoid damaging internal parts during repair, reattaching those tr...

How To: Replace a broken axel on your Volcano SV 4WD truck

In this how-to video, you will learn how to replace a broken axle on a Volcano SV. First, take off the wheel. Next, remove the axle piece out with a hex wrench. To get it entirely out, use your hex wrench to move out the long screws. Make sure you take them out at about the same time, or you will break one of the screws. You can remove the screw to free the upper suspension arm. This will make it easier to remove the broken axle. Next, replace it with a new axle. Clean the axle before making ...

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: 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: 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: 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: Land a Nitro RC plane

First of all you have to loose the altitude by taking a circle or two around in the air. On the final turn make a good straight approach to runaway and don't use too much ‘ailerons’ then. Just use the controls ‘rudder’, ‘elevator’ and ‘throttle’. Also watch for the cars or the traffic where you are going to land. Keep constant low ‘throttle’. You have to maintain good ‘idles speed’. You might want to adjust and remember the trim settings. After touch down, don’t pull on elevator. Just cut the...

How To: Install nitro clutch shoes on a remote control vehicle

Installing clutch shoes is very simple. What you need are the clutch shoes, clutch shoe installation/removal tool which costs about $5 or a flat tip screwdriver. First, line up the clutch shoe. Plastic shoes wear out faster. Aluminum last longer. With the screwdriver method you bend the spring out. Take the bent out spring and push it down. Push it straight down. This is not the authors favorite method. Using the clutch shoe installation tool, simply push the spring out and push straight down...

How To: Remove the clutch bell and shoes from an RC vehicle

In this Hobbies & Toys video you will see how to remove the clutch bell and shoes from an RC vehicle. You will need a 2. 0 wrench, a 3. 0 flat end screw driver, a clutch shoe tool, T wrench, the fly wheel tool and a battery termination puller. The first step is to remove the clutch bell by unscrewing at the very end and it will come off. Now pull the clutch bell out slowly and it will come out. Next you got to remove the clutch shoe using the clutch shoe tool. You can watch the video for the ...

How To: Remove a nitro engine from a remote control vehicle

In this video you will learn how to remove a nitro engine from a remote control vehicle. One way you can do this is by removing your mount from the bottom, this can be done by removing the screws on the bottom. Another way to this is to remove the engine from the mount. Aside from the tools needed to remove certain parts, a lot of the pieces are easy to remove as all you need to do is slide them out or pop them out. Squirrel says that its fairly easy to remove but putting them all in is anoth...

How To: Tell if your RC engine is tuned

Learn how to tune a nitro engine for a remote control toy with this video tutorial from Squirrelrod. This particular tutorial focuses on tuning by glow plugs, which sits at the top of the piston. Squirrel explains the various parts and equipment necessary as well as each step in the tuning process. If you're having engine trouble with your remote control toy, this video tutorial shows you how to troubleshoot the problem through the glow plugs. This video will show you how to tune your RC engine.

How To: Waterproof a remote-control car

So you want to waterproof an RC vehicle, eh? I like the way you think. In this four-part video, you'll learn everything you'll need to know to transform your remote-control car into a submarine car. The first video in the series demonstrates how to waterproof a servo, the next how to waterproof a speed controller and the third demonstrates how to waterproof your receiver. The fourth, and final, clip from the series demonstrates a waterproof RC car in action.

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: Tune a nitro engine

Tuning a nitro engine can be dangerous work if you don't the necessary precautions. The first and most important precaution is to educate yourself. You want to make sure that the engine doesn't heat up or cool down too much, you want it at it's normal operating temperature. Follow the detailed instructions in this video too see the rest. This video will show the proper, safe way to tune your nitro engine.

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: Paint the hood of Axon racing razorback racer

This video is on how to paint the hood of the axon racing razorback anti gravity racer and how to do some basic effects. I use the liquid masking method of Bob Dively and show how to use airbrushes such as Iwata in my other how to paint video. You can use this method with any paint from pactra to spaz stix and any color of black, blue, purple, green, yellow, silver, chrome, etc. I personally prefer Pro line (or proline) shells over their durability but there are other shells out there. Just e...