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RC Engine Reassembly

Now that your engine has been fully dismantled, it's time to replace any worn parts. In my engine all that was required was a new piston and sleeve. Yours may differ. If your engine failed...

RC Engine Teardown

You'll eventually run into an engine that just flat won't run anymore, and if it has a fair bit of sentimental value and/or is expensive to replace, rebuilding it is a viable option. Here's how to do that...

Mod Your Transmitter For LiPo

This article will give you a step by step guide on how to easily modify your existing transmitter to use a LiPo battery

How To Create Gate Markers For Crawling

Gate markers are a commonly used item in competition rock crawling, but few just-for-fun crawler guys even know about them or what they are used for. In competition crawling events, they are used to mark where checkpoints are...

How To Make Body Washers

Tired of your body post punching through that new, freshly painted rc body of yours? This tip is a simple way to help prevent this from happening, which will extend the life of your RC body.

How To Cut Tire Foams

For those who don't know, tire foams are pieces of circular foam that fit into the tire to give it support since most RC tires aren't pneumatic, or filled with air. This is a step by step guide...

How To Store RC Tires

People that are new to the RC hobby may not realize how big of deal it is to store your tires correctly, especially if you are planning on decent performance from them. This article will show you a couple different ways...

How To Store Your RC Car

Storing your car - what's the big deal? What could hurt it while it just sits there, not even being driven? Well, a lot of things can happen to your RC car while it is in storage.

Revell Eurofighter Typhoon


The Eurofighter Typhoon is a very unique project as companies from three different countries took part in designing it. The twin engine, multirole Typhoon is in service in 6 different countries including...

Trumpeter AV-8B


The AV-8B Harrier is a marvel of modern technology. Not only does it have amazing capabilities, but it is just a cool looking little aircraft. So when I heard Trumpeter was making a big 1:32nd version of this plane, I was very excited...

Revell BAe Hawk T1A Red Arrow


The BAe Hawk is one of those cool little planes that does not get enough respect in the modeling community. There are very few model kits out there of this subject and they are all in the smaller scales...

Trumpeter F 105G Wild Weasel


During the Southeast Asian conflict, United States aircraft were getting destroyed by surface to air missiles and various anti aircraft batteries at an alarming rate. As a result, the US Air Force...

Hasegawa Skyhawk Model Kit Review

skyhawk model kit

The 1:32nd scale Hasegawa "Collectors Hi Grade" series OA-4M was released in 1987. Normally, I would not review a model kit that has been out close to 25 years but there is so little information out there...

Choosing The Right Paint

model kit acrylic paint

Let's talk about paints. There are two types of paints primarily used by hobbyists for their model kits: acrylics and enamel. In this article, I will discuss the pros and cons...

Decal Application

model kit decals

Once you have completed your model kit, you need to apply decals. Decals are what give your model a realistic look. Waterslide decals can be difficult to get right, so I will walk you through a tutorial and show you how to apply them...

Filling Model Kit Seams

filling model kit seams

Let's face it. No one, and I mean no one, enjoys filling seams. It is easily the worst part of building model kits. But, it's gotta be done. Nothing ruins a model faster than a poorly filled seam. Today, I will share some pointers with you...

Star Trek Enterprise Model Kit

star trek model kit

"Space... The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It's five year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before."

Aftermarket Model Kit Parts

aftermarket decals

Previously, I have talked about ways to save money by using alternatives to aftermarket parts for your model kit builds. Today I will discuss the various types of aftermarket sets out there and point out their strengths and...

F-100 Model Kit Review

f-100 model kit

The Trumpeter 1:32nd F-100D is the first production styrene model kit of this aircraft in the bigger scale. The kit does come with a hefty price tag, selling for $150.00, though it can be found in the $120 range from...

Model Kit Weathering Guide

model kit weathering

Weathering can be as subtle as the discoloration from a super-heated exhaust pipe on a motorcycle or as prominent as faded paint on a plane. A good weathering job will make your model kit stand out and jump off the shelf.

Future Floor Wax

f14 model kit

What is Future Floor Wax and how can it help you in your model kit building? We head into the future for this information packed article.

Essential Model Kit Tools

model kit tools

They say a craftsman is only as good as his tools. This article will cover the essential tools every modeler should have. I will offer some low cost alternatives to help you stretch that hobby dollar as much as possible.

A4 Skyhawk Model Kit

hobbycraft a4

The A-4 Skyhawk has always been one of my favorite planes, even as a kid. Whenever I went to the hobby shop, if there was a Skyhawk model I had not built you can bet I would come home with it.

Rescribing Raised Panel Lines

model kit scribing tools

How to rescribe and add raised panel lines to older model kits. Instead of paying a premium for a new kit, find out how to turn an older model kit into a visually stunning version of itself.

Model Airplane Cockpits

model jet cockpit

What can you do to make your model jet cockpits "pop"? We show you several easy painting steps that can make your fighter's cockpit look like the real thing!

F14 Model Kit Conversion

f14 model kit

Learn how I turn an F14A Bombcat into an F14D in this article. Topics covered include how to make use of spare model kit parts, using putty, and painting tips.