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RC Car Action - January 2013

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On the Web @ RCCarAction.com MORE CAN’T-MISS CONTENT, AVAILABLE ANYWHERE! | BY THE RC CAR ACTION TEAM READY, SET, SHOP! If you’re anything like us, you’ve got a running RC wish list that you’ve been compiling all year. Well, now’s your chance to stop dreaming about your next big purchase and start crossing things off. The 2013 RC Buyer’s Guide is out now and is THE place to find thousands of the hottest products in RC, plus awesome project builds and how-tos. The Buyer’s Guide literally has it all. So, what are you waiting for? The 2013 RC Buyer’s Guide is available in both print and digital format from AirAgeStore.com or at a hobby shop near you. MORE TRENDY THAN TOP 40 RADIO Navigating through the “Current Trends” section of RCCarAction.com is easier than flipping radio stations to avoid hearing the same song on three different channels; simply scroll through the page of categories to find your favorite list, and you’ll unlock every RC Car Action online article tagged to that category. It’s the fastest and easiest way to access the news you want: new product news, racing coverage highlights, class-specific articles, and more. There’s even a section for Editors’ Picks that call out our favorites! Log on to RCCarAction.com and click on “Current Trends” in the top left corner. PICTURE THIS! A picture may be worth a thousand words, but our online photo galleries will leave you completely speechless. Dig through our archive of photo galleries and you’ll find thousands of great shots that never made it to the printers, including test drives, product reviews, and even behind-the-scenes snaps from some of the biggest RC and full-size events we’ve attended over the years. If you can’t be there, be here: click on “Photos” at the top of RCCarAction.com and start scrolling. Go Inside Hitec! Head to RCCarAction.com for your chance to visit Hitec RCD’s North American headquarters! Hitec’s offices in Poway, CA, include the brand’s warehouse and service center—if you’ve got a Hitec radio system, servo, or charger, it passed through these doors long before it reached your hands. Watch as we take an old servo into their front office to get it repaired by one of Hitec’s knowledgeable technicians, check out the service area, and leave with a functioning unit that’s as good as new. If you’ve ever wanted to see where your receiver went when you sent it in for warranty repair, here’s your chance! Building Britain’s Brand-New Buggy Associate editor Erich Reichert documented every step of his construction of the latest 2WD off-road buggy to come out of the Old Country. Schumacher’s Cougar SVR shucks the midmotor trend for a more traditional rear-motor layout, citing more rear traction for U.S.-style tracks as the reason for modifying the Cougar SV2’s radical configuration, but this car is still far from ordinary. If you’re looking for more than the full review in this issue, follow along with Erich’s build by checking out his step-by-step photos posted on RCCarAction.com. Short Course Racing Gets Real The newest short course racing release from Team Associated forgoes the fenders of a traditional truck body, mimicking the Pro Buggy division that races in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. A molded driver figure tucked between the window nets on the realistic rollcage of the narrow buggy body brings scale-realism to a new level for RTR off-roaders, and new front tires complement the scale-appropriate look. The SC10B RS is built on the three-time (and undefeated) ROAR National Championship-winning SC10 platform and will arrive chock-full of Team Associated electronics to complete a truly RTR package. For more on the SC10B RS, including Team Associated’s video of the new buggy in action, go to RCCarAction.com. 12 MORE FROM THIS ISSUE AT RCCARACTION.COM

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