One of the greatest innovations in the DSLR revolution is not only being able to execute shots you never dreamed possible, but you'll find it's affordable, too. I can't think of a better example than this remote controlled DSLR helicopter rig, designed specifically for the Can ...more
One of the most annoying things about summer is mowing the lawn. Depending on how big your yard is, it can mean spending hours out in the hot sun while you could be doing something a lot more fun like watching the Olympics or making giant soap bubbles. Reclaim your summer with ...more
Watch this instructional model making video to begin building an RC airplane out of EPP foam. You may need to use your own set of instructions to complete this model, but the visual guidelines provide helpful tips for making a smooth, aerodynamic foam airplane.
Model airplanes are cool and all, but making them out of your typical 8 1/2 X 11 printer paper isn't going to cut it for long, especially if any sort of rain or misplaced foot is involved. Make your awesome model airplanes even more awesome by crafting them out of sturdy cardb ...more
Thanks to its open-source platform and easy-to-use hardware and software, there's literally thousands of Arduino projects detailed online for anyone to make—a magic mirror, DIY polygraph machine, and hotel-hacking dry erase marker just being a few examples. Hell, you can even ...more
Watch this visual guide on how to build an radio controlled airplane.
Check out this five-part video tutorial on how to use fiberglass finish over balsa wood for RC airplanes. 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 simple fiberglass ...more
This video details how to construct a front plow for an rc snow plow truck. Using basic materials found at any hardware or hobby stores, you can make a servo lift plow. The video shows the proper way to attach and assemble it to a preexisting rc truck.
This video tutorial shows you how to program your ESC for your RC vehicle. This is an important tutorial since this will help make your "remote control" vehicle be controlled by a remote. So sit back and enjoy! Squirrel's Twitter- SquirrelToyz Check out Squirrels forum! http ...more
Built by three Belgian guys, this bad boy holds the Guinness Book of World Records for largest RC plane. It has a span of 8.9m, 4 X 160cc engine, it weighs 210 kg and is built on a scale of 1/5 of the B29. This RC plane is so large it takes three people to fly it!
This is a stop action video showing the construction of a complete model RC helicopter from beginning to test flight. Written directions can be a little tricky to follow, so this how-to video serves as a great visual guide to help put together a remote control helicopter. Watc ...more
Model Airplane News Editor Gerry Yarrish shows how to install RC airplane control surface hinges. You'll need an Xacto knife, hinge installation tools, and hinge glue. It's a pretty basic procedure. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to attach hinges onto a remote control ...more
In just under 4 hours, leftover parts were used to make a neat RC airplane called "The Junkyard Dog". Using mostly COX airplane parts from models gone by the wayside, you can make one with no plans or a kit.
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 bo ...more
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 ...more
Need help figuring out how to align the steering servo on your remote-control car? It's easy once you know how. So easy, in fact, that this hobbyest's how-to can present a thorough, step-by-step overview of the process in just over three minutes' time. For specifics, and to ge ...more
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 we ...more
WonderHowTo has seen its fair share of dragon-related projects, from dragon wings, to dragon kites, to less-complicated origami dragons, but we've yet to see anything quite like this. Radio-control plane builder Richard Hamel built this incredible seven-foot-long, fire-breathi ...more
Are you a radio control car enthusiast who's never moved beyond the store-bought toy models from Radio Shack? Then this nine-part series of videos is what you've been waiting for. It breaks down how RC engines work in exhaustive detail, including whole sections on carbs, pipe ...more
Watch this three-part series on how to assemble battery cells for your radio controlled vehicle. First, see what is needed to assemble cells and to get them glued. Second, see how to solder an entire NiMH and NiCad LiPo cell pack. Then, see how to test the packs and do some ...more
Chris Chianelli gives you some tips on breaking in your nitro engine. RC cars require maintenance, just like a real car, and also need to be broken in, just like a real car. Watch this video tutorial and learn the proper steps and precautions to be taken when playing with a ne ...more
This video is on how to install and remove a clutch bell assembly for a nitro radio controlled engine, and some simple troubleshooting tips. It will show you the proper way of removing the flywheel, installing and removing clutch shoes, and how to ensure that the clutch bell ( ...more
Well I've converted one of these rc bikes into a snarling (ha ha) nitro powered machine. I'm now going to convert my other stock model into a brushless monster. This particular bike had a rather bumpy crossing from the USA when I bought it from ebay. It got damaged in it's box ...more
Model Airplane News Editor Roger Post shows you how to iron out the wrinkles in your RC plane. It's important to clean any possible dust or dirt before ironing. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to take the wrinkles out of a remote control ariplane's cover.
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, ...more
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 p ...more
If your RC car tires are lacking some of the rigidity you'd like them to have, check out this video to learn how to strap your tires. You'll need some duct tape and a flat surface, ad then you'll be back at the track ready to eat up the competition with better traction and sta ...more
Radio Control Helicopter Magazine Editor Klaus Ronge shows how to get a helicopter body ready for paint. Paint will add a personalized touch to the remote control helicopter, but does take some prep work. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to get an RC helicopter body rea ...more
See how to repair a nitro pull start for your RC (radio controlled) vehicle. You'll need it if you want to be a racer, especially if you don't know how to drive a real vehicle.
In this tutorial, we learn how to solder wires to your rc car motor. First, you will put the flux on the out wires. Put a small amount on, but make sure it's evenly coated all around. After this, do the same process for the motor tabs. Then, tin the wire and then wipe off with ...more
RC Car Action Editor Matt Higgins show you how to properly jump your R/C vehicle. To prevent nose diving, use the throttle, or brakes to prevent a nose up too high. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to jump any remote control vehicle.
This shows how to use your RC car controller on PC games and RC simulator with RcJoyCon USB-3CH R1. This will let you control the PC using the RC car wheels instead of a mouse and keyboard. This is a very cool hack and the step by step instructions get you up and running and p ...more
If you feel like you're too stressed and need something to help you get away from it all, pick up a hobby. Maybe building and flying RC vehicles. This can be a great hobby to pick up on and not only will it help make you relax, but it can be a great way to have some fun in the ...more
Model Airplane News Editor John Reid shows how to soldering connectors on to Lipo Batteries. Proper technique is essential not to heat damage the batteries. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to solder connectors to the batteries on an RC vehicle.
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 w ...more
This video is on how to test an RC (radio controlled) nitro engine for air leaks and also gas tanks for leaks. You need to take care of your radio controlled vehicle just as you would your real car.
Got a broken clutch on your favorite RC car? Don't despair. This video guide will tell you what to do to get your remote control vehicle back up and running in no time flat. This video goes over how to take a Traxxas, HPI, Ofna, Jammi, Losi AE or any other brand of RC truck, ...more
This video is on how to easily solder bullet plugs that are commonly found on remote controlled brushless (BL) motors. Your radio controlled vehicle will be the best around, if you know how to solder.
These models are sometimes called "elevator" helicopters because they basically go up and down. There are no cyclic controls, so don't expect much control. Here is a simple explanation of how to trim the Reflex or Helix on your remot control helicopter.
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Paul Onorato shows how to properly make equally sized body post holes. All you need is a marker. Watch this video tutorial and learn an easy tip for making even sized post holes on an RC vehicle.
See how to set up a new radio controlled engine from disassembly, cleaning, sealing the engine, and clutch bell assembly. This will show complete tear down, cleaning to avoid metal flakes in the engine, reassembly of the engine, and then sealing the entire engine. This can be ...more
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 w ...more
Check out this video tutorial on how to use the "double string method" to simulate cylinder fins on dummy model engine cylinders. If you like building engines for remote-controlled vehicles (airplanes), then this will definitely help you out with your RC projects, just by lear ...more
Check out this video to learn how to disassemble a nitro RC engine. There are pretty good instructions in this video.
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Matt Higgins shows how to fix common rock crawling problems such as body repair and a spun hex. Taking a remote control vehicle off road can often result in some damage, like a cracked body or a spun hex. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to ...more
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, trou ...more
Take one vintage, British made, 20 year old stock mardave meteor car and stick a 11.1v Li-Po battery up it's jacksey! It almost doubled it's speed and didn't seem to melt anything (although I didn't play with it for long, so if you want to try it yourself use extream caution)!
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 ...more
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 ...more
This instructional video demonstrates how to fix a transmitter antenna that won't tighten. To do this you will have to take apart your remote control radio. Luckily, this is not as difficult as it may seem.
In this video, we learn how to fly a BAE Hawk RC airplane. Remember that this is an electric jet so the acceleration is not very quit compared to other airplanes. Treat this as a jet that needs a place to run to get speed before they can take off. Set up the airplane with a ba ...more
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 star ...more
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Kevin Hetmanski shows you how to properly clean you tires before you glue. Glue won't adhere to dirty tires, and can make a giant mess. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to properly prep tires and rims on an RC vehicle for glue.
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 ...more
This video is on how to convert your micro LiPo batteries to adapt to a normal LiPo cell charger. The LiPo charger that comes stock sucks, and you will want a better charger for the life of your LiPo. Your radio controlled vehicle will thank you.
This video tutorial shows tips on applying Liquid Mask to your RC car body prior to painting. Liquid mask takes the place of masking tape while painting. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to easily prep the body of an RC vehicle before painting.
RC Car Action Magazine Edito Paul Onorato demonstrates how to remove and install clutch shoes using a DuraTrax clutch shoe tool. The clutch show tool makes the clutch easy to install and remove. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to use the clutch shoe tool on a remote co ...more
Kevin Hetmanski shows you how to remove fuel from your tank the right way. Fuel is highly flammable, and if not fully removed can gum up the fuel system. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to remove the nitro fuel from the tank of an RC vehicle the right way.
These little bikes can be rather fiddly to start, but are fantastic when they are going. This is one way of getting them going. (Of course the bike was playing up for the camera and decided to make life difficult for me, but I still got it going). Now all I have to do is learn ...more
If you ever owned an RC racer (like a 777) and wanted to install a BB (big block) engine other than a bump start.... this video is for you! This will show you ways to install anything onto any platform for your radio controlled vehicle.