Derek Odom works as a freelance writer and author living in southern California. He’s a fan of chess, firearms, dark fiction, and anything with wheels on it. He hopes one day to live in rural Oregon, and split his time between the outdoors and writing. He has several tales available on, and has won short story contests with Twin Trinity Media. He has articles published all over the web, on a wide variety of topics ranging from welding to chess to writing to RC cars and more.


How to break-in a RC nitro engine

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I have seen a number of discussions that showcase stories of someone who didn’t think they needed to break in the engine before bashing their nitro RC car. Wrong!

Those people couldn’t be more mistaken. It literally only takes a couple hours and five tanks of gas, depending on your specific nitro engine and brand. Real car gasoline engines must be broken in, so why would anyone think a nitro engine would be different?

In this guide, we’re going to share with you a proper way to break-in your nitro engine.

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Needed tools for the RC newbie

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Whether you are new to nitro RC, or rock crawlers, or any other type of radio controlled madness, you are going to need to have some tools handy. For most in the RC hobby, fixing and upgrading their toys is half the fun (if not more!). I have compiled a list of mostly must-have tools for the beginning RC addict, with a couple of optional ones thrown in that I have found useful over the years.

Small Screwdriver Set

Stanley screwdriver set

By small I don’t mean in numbers, I mean actually small. Have you ever seen the “jeweler” type screwdrivers? The kind that are real thin and have the top that twists? Those are great for RC. I have a set myself in my RC box, and I’ve used them tons of times. Get a set; they are cheap. I recommend both Phillips and flathead.

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Getting Started in RC Rock Crawling

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Axial XR10

It’s a guy thing: we want toys that can conquer stuff. That’s just the way it is. There are several routes to get there, and RC rock crawling is one of them.

But what if you know nothing about the hobby and have no clue where to start? Well, I aim to help you out a little with this write up. I fully believe that the key is to know a tad about the hobby before you make your first purchase. Let’s look at a few things to keep in mind, both before and after you get your first crawler.

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