Rank #1: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 27: The BatBomber
Flying solo for this episode, I’m sharing a few of my current RC projects as well as reviewing some news items from around the hobby. RC4WD’s new small-scale 1/18 Gelande II Check out additional photos at RCCar.Zone RCX recap from Tim Smith (on The TSR Speed Shop Podcast) Losi’s impressive, sub-$400 TEN MT monster truck An update on the BatBomber project Pro-Line’s TimberLine Soft-Top scale...
Mar 17 2016
Rank #2: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 8: Talking Traxxas
Josh and I got back in the studio to discuss all things Traxxas, specifically their recent frenzy of releases. We also touched on some announcements from RCX, and waxed nostalgic about the RC10. Traxxas NHRA Dragster Rally 4×4 (Talked about before but worth mentioning again… truly an amazing transformed Slash) New Slash LCG Chassis & Platinum package (Traxxas and their wonderful...
Jun 14 2013
Rank #3: The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 48: A Tale of Two Trail Trucks
2017 has been a banner year for the “scale R/C” scene. With new models being introduced from Redcat Racing, HPI, Traxxas, and Carisma Scale Adventure, there are more rigs to choose from than ever before. Two of these options sit on opposite ends of the spectrum, both in price and features. Redcat Racing’s Everest GEN7 carries the budget-friendly, no-frills banner while the...
Nov 27 2017
Rank #4: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 29: Brian Parker of RECON G6
The conductor of the “G-Train”, Brian Parker, is my guest on this episode of the RC Newb Podcast. I’ve been a fan of what Brian has been doing (and continues to do) with RECON G events, and was curious to see how he got his start in the hobby, what the starting point for the RECON G6 outdoor events was, and what else he’s up to in 2016. Follow Brian Parker on Twitter for the latest in RECON G6...
Apr 06 2016
Rank #5: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 51: A Tidal Wave of Traxxas Trucks
Wow, Traxxas is really going all-out with their model releases and updates. Not only have they added new branches to their TRX-4 lineup, but they’ve also revamped bashing classics such as the E-Revo and Summit (1/16-scale). In this episode, I run down some of their latest releases, along with a few new models from Team Associated. In addition to that, I’m thrilled to announce a new...
Feb 21 2018
Rank #6: The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 56: Answering a Question About On-Road R/C Cars
Chatting about the hobby never gets old. When an on-road R/C question came my way, I had one person in mind to help provide some information. Josh Howard, my first guest on the podcast, was eager to share his on-road racing knowledge and bring me up to speed on what he’s been up to throughout the past two years. It was a great catch-up chat and it sounds like Josh has some fun and...
Jul 26 2018
Rank #7: The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 60: R/C Painting Basics
The creativity that flows within the R/C hobby is truly amazing. In fact, the ability to modify any aspect of your vehicle, especially the body, is one of the biggest draws for many hobbyists. If you’re new to the hobby or new to customizing radio-control vehicles, there are a few things you should know when it comes to painting a polycarbonate body. In this episode of The RC Newb Podcast...
Jan 18 2019
Rank #8: The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 52: Off-brand R/C Models
When it comes to picking out a new R/C vehicle, the possibilities are almost endless. For those of you looking to save some money on your next radio-controlled model, you may find the allure of off-brand machines too great to resist. While you can save money on some of these models, there are a few items you should keep in mind. In this episode of the RC Newb Podcast, I share some pros and cons...
Mar 07 2018
Rank #9: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 50: Top Tools for Your R/C Workbench
The fun of the R/C hobby doesn’t stop once you’ve bought your first vehicle. Making sure you have the right tools and accessories to repair, upgrade, and tinker with your radio-controlled machines is a crucial aspect of the hobby. During this episode of the podcast, I share my “must-have” tools and gear for any hobbyists workspace. WPL C14 “Hercules” 1/16-scale...
Jan 29 2018
Rank #10: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 3: Back in the saddle again.
We’re back, both with another podcast episode and some more riveting R/C experiences to share. It’s been a busy week and we’ve dug into some new topics such as shock rebuilding and sway-bar installation. I even took a friend’s HPI RS4 MT out for a spin. Sit back and enjoy! Subscribe to the RC Newb Podcast!
Mar 21 2012
Rank #11: The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 57: Talkin’ Tires
Time for a quiz! What’s the most important part of your R/C vehicle? While that question can have multiple answers, I’m in the camp who believe tires have a major hand in how a vehicle performs and handles. Over the past few months, I’ve been testing out a number of scale R/C tires, swapping out a variety of ready-to-run (RTR) sets with aftermarket options from Pro-Line and...
Oct 01 2018
Rank #12: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 4: A few housekeeping items.
It’s been a while, but I wanted to give some updates on a few things that will be coming up on the site. I’m (again) thrilled to welcome Josh Howard as a contributor to the blog and hope you’ve been enjoying his take on RC racing. A few new posts will be coming in the next week and a half that deal with creating a budget basher body as well as a look at on-board camera mounting.
Jun 22 2012
Rank #13: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 49: A Look at the ARRMA Voltage Lineup & What’s in Store for 2018
As 2017 draws to a close, I wanted to share some thoughts on a few of the R/C models I’m playing with (and reviewing) as well as taking a look at what 2018 has in store. ARRMA’s Voltage lineup offers a unique twist on battery compatibility in entry-level bashing machines. So far, I like what I’ve seen from this approach. The ECX Barrage lineup has grown over the past year...
Dec 30 2017
Rank #14: The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 53: Managing Expectations for Your R/C Machines
No R/C vehicle is perfect and there are times when our expectations far exceed what these models can do. That said, there are some radio-controlled cars and trucks that can surprise us. Horizon Hobby has purchased select assets of Hobbico, including the Axial, ARRMA, and Tower Hobbies brands. Axial has launched a revamped SCX10 Deadbolt, now running on the SCX10 II platform.
Apr 23 2018
Rank #15: The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 58: Crazy R/C Ideas
Dec 05 2018
Rank #16: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 16: Three Guys Talking R/C (Pt. 2)
In our ongoing “garage chat”, Josh, Tim Smith and myself continue our crawler discussion, including what items you need to bring with you when you’re out on the trail. Mr. Smith also shared a few entertaining (as always) stories and fills us in on a few upcoming events he has planned. Show notes Tim Smith will be making an appearance at this year’s RCX (May 17 – 18)...
Mar 06 2014
Rank #17: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 7: The Rise of the Rally Cars
Josh and I join forces for yet another episode of the RC Newb Podcast to discuss a few recent movements in the hobby. We’ve noticed more vehicles are being introduced with higher levels of exterior detail and styling. Along with this, there have been an army of rally cars introduced as of late and we share our thoughts on where their appeal may be coming from. Show Notes Scale cars making a...
Apr 04 2013
Rank #18: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 6: Death of a Track
After months of planning, scheming, and rescheduling, I was finally able to record a podcast with Josh Howard. We had a few items to talk about, starting with the closing of his local R/C racetrack and we rounded things out with a chat about ways to achieve a matte finish on a Lexan body (without risking scrapes and scratches). All told, it was a fun episode to record and I have a feeling we’.
Mar 18 2013
Rank #19: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 22: Recharged
If it appeared that the RC Newb Podcast was turning into a one episode per year affair, fear not! I’m kicking off the new year with a new passion for the hobby and a new approach to the podcast. In this episode, I give an overview of the changes within my R/C garage and share some thoughts on a few of my newest additions. HPI Micro RS4 HG P402 Trail Truck Axial RR10 Bomber Great RC Podcasts...
Jan 05 2016
Rank #20: RC Newb Podcast – Episode 32: Carisma’s Ivan Cheung and Hive Mind RC’s Peter Gray
Getting to know the back stories and starting points of fellow hobbyists has become an interesting side-hobby of mine. Taking that inside look to the next level, I was joined by Peter Gray of RCCar.Zone/UKDroneShow Magazine and Ivan Cheung, the Director of Carisma R/C. With a more conversation-based approach, this episode takes a few interesting turns and tackles some unique possibilities for...
May 26 2016