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RC Car Action - June 2013

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Letters Email your letters to RCCA@airage.com Mail to: Letters Air Age Media 88 Danbury Road Wilton, CT 06897 We love hearing your thoughts about the magazine and answering your questions. Please know that even though we can’t reply to every letter and email, we do read them all! FIND US ON ARE YOU JUST MESSING WITH ME? Back in February, I received your April issue and it made me curious as to why magazines deliver their issues to readers when logically, the issue should be delivered two months in the future. I’m back subscribing after many years and I’m sure someone has already approached you with this question but would you explain to me and the new subscribers why you do it. —David April Fools! I wondered the very same thing many years ago when I was just a reader too. Nearly all magazines of any type do this so that the magazine on the stand always looks fresh and not out of date. They never want the April issue sitting on a newsstand at the end of April because customers would think, “Well, this one is old so I’ll wait until next month.”As an effect of that, ones that come out mid-month (like RC Car Action) need to have the same “issue month” as others on sale. Look at it this way … you get your April issue a few weeks earlier than any other April issue of any magazine! Consider that our gift to you each month. —Erich HOW HOT IS TOO HOT? I have a Traxxas T-Maxx that I’ve been wanting to run in the winter for a while. Is it OK if I keep my truck inside the house instead of using a hair dryer/head warmer? Also, what is the recommended minimum running temperature for a Traxxas TRX 3.3? I want to run it during the winter but I don’t want to wreck it. —Nathanial We heat up the head to help give it a head start, so to speak. Having the head warm is especially important in the winter because it helps bring the engine closer to operating temperature so that its components begin to expand prior to starting the engine, which reduces wear. If a hair dryer is more than what you want to do, you can also wrap the head in heat tape to help keep it from running too cool. Traxxas recommends your engine not run hotter than 270 degrees. As always, tune your engine to provide the performance you're looking for; simply monitor the head temps and the amount of exhaust smoke to make sure you aren't running it overly lean or overly rich. –Aaron I still recommend a kit because of the connection you have with your vehicle when you’ve assembled every working part of it. What is your go-to tool at the track? My notebook. –Jay Kennedy If you can’t fix it with a hammer, it’s probably an electrical problem … –Dalton St. John Losi wheel wrench and 3.0mm driver. –Luke McNeill Duct tape. –Nate LaFleur Temp gauge. –Mohammed el Hageen Instruction manual. –James Peter Noke My setup board with scales! It is really useful when getting my pan car hooked up. –Kurtis Bailey X-Acto knife! –Tylor Weaver Like us on Facebook and weigh in now! LETTER OF THE MONTH WHERE ARE THE KITS? I’ve recently returned to the hobby after a long break and noticed something very peculiar. Why are most manufacturers getting away from kits and only offering RTR versions of their vehicles? It seems like there are only a handful of companies that still make cars in a true kit from. —Michael Ready-to-Run vehicles have taken over where kits like this Schumacher Cougar SVR once ruled. Hi Michael, welcome back! RTRs have been around for a very long time but you’re right, over the last decade or so it seems that more and more vehicles come as RTR only. It could just be me but I think it’s because people are lazy ... kidding. Honestly, today’s ready to runs are awesome; offering everything you need in one box with nothing left to purchase. Kits are great and when asked by friends who want to get into the hobby, I still recommend a kit because of the connection you have with your vehicle when you’ve assembled every working part of it. However, for many, RTRs offer a quick fix, a simple way to get into the hobby, and a ton of value. There are still plenty of kits out there and if you’re old school like I am, you’ll find that many of the companies you already know still have them. On the other hand, if you’re just getting back in, try an RTR out. You may be very surprised by how much you get for your buck! —Erich 18 MORE FROM THIS ISSUE AT RCCARACTION.COM

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