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The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 62: Workbench Roundup

This hobby truly has something for everyone. I’ve found myself spending more time at my workbench on a variety of tune-ups and project than I have actually wheeling an R/C vehicle, but I’ll take the calming effects of a hex driver any day of the week. Between upgrading the handling aspects of the Carisma Scale […]


The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 61: The Comeback Kit

Ready-to-Run (RTR) R/C models are great when you want to get rolling as fast as possible. Still, there’s something to be said for spending time building a model from scratch. After years of RTR dominance, it appears that radio-controlled model kits are making a comeback. In this episode of The RC Newb Podcast, I share […]


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 […]


The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 59: Quickly Recapping 2018

Before we close the book on 2018, I wanted to take a quick look back at the year, from where we started and what we have to look forward to in 2019. As always, thank you for the support over the past year, from the fun conversations to the insight and answers you provide, I […]


The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 58: Crazy R/C Ideas

It’s fun to kick around ideas and dream up ways to make the R/C hobby better, even if some of those ideas are a bit “far-fetched”. In this episode of the RC Newb Podcast, I give an update on what’s been going on in my R/C garage and share some unique ideas that have popped […]


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 […]


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 RC Newb Podcast – Episode 55: The Toy Car Creative

This episode of the podcast features a guest that I’ve known online for quite a while and have been a big fan of his photography work and approach to the hobby. Nick Coward (aka The Toy Car Creative) captures R/C action through the lens of his camera and also hits the track with his own radio-controlled […]


The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 54: AceofAxe RC

I love it when a plan comes together, even if the plan takes a while to come to fruition. I’d been hoping to chat with J. Scott Curlin (aka AceofAxe) for quite a while. After a bit of planning and an early morning wakeup call, I sat down for a virtual chat with the man […]


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. Show notes: Horizon Hobby has purchased select assets of Hobbico, including the Axial, ARRMA, and Tower Hobbies brands. Axial has launched a revamped […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. Show notes: ARRMA’s Voltage lineup offers a unique twist on battery compatibility in entry-level bashing machines. So far, I […]


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 […]


The RC Newb Podcast – Episode 47: Redcat Racing Everest GEN7 Sport

The Redcat Racing Everest GEN7 has arrived and I’ve got one sitting in my R/C garage. Will this vehicle become a gateway rig for introducing people to the hobby and to the R/C scaler scene? Only time will tell. For now, I know that this is a fun machine to drive, while not obliterating my […]


The RC Newb Podcast: Episode 46 – Experiencing Surface FPV

As the FPV craze sweeps the aircraft side of the radio-control hobby, it hasn’t hit full stride when it comes to R/C cars and trucks. After watching folks mount FPV cameras and gear to their machines (and have an amazing time with the experience), I decided to jump in and see what all of the […]


RC Newb Podcast – Episode 45: Exclusive RC

With 3D printing taking a larger role in the R/C hobby, I was thrilled to be able to chat with two of the men behind Exclusive R/C, a shop specializing in 3D-printed scale accessories. Listen in as Brian Almeida, Mike George, and I discuss the road ahead for “scale radio-control” builds as well as a […]


RC Newb Podcast – Episode 44: My First Kit Build & New Scale Rigs

Well, I did it. After years of watching the action from the sideline, I jumped in and built my first R/C kit. It was a rush and an experience that I won’t soon forget. In this episode of the RC Newb Podcast, I recap the build experience as well as an overview of three new […]


RC Newb Podcast – Episode 43: Axial’s Yeti Jr. Rock Racer

Spring is in the air, snow is on the ground… I have no idea what’s going on with the weather, but it’s been playing havoc with my R/C plans in a big way. On the bright side, I’ve been able to spend some time in my shop, working on my machines and dreaming up new accessories […]