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Old 07-27-2005, 05:37 AM   #1
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just recieved my september copy of RC car action in the post today,

I don't mind getting them more than a month in advance but considering they come from over the pond as well is impressive,

does everyone else get them so soon?
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Old 07-27-2005, 06:17 AM   #2
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make sure it doesn't say 2004
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Old 07-27-2005, 07:50 AM   #3
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na its 2005,

4 way belt drive roundup looks to me the most interesting bit,
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I would always get it late and thats here in the U.S. Anyways I dropped them for the poor delivery. Not only that, they started with the cheap girly pictures to attract the teens. For gosh sakes just move over a few steps and grab the Hustler mag if you want that kind of stuff. (I like my RC strictly RC and my porn strictly porn) Besides, would you be more interested in reading the Hustler mag if it had some lousy watered down articles on RC cars? Absolutely NOT!! So why would I be more interested in an RC magazine with some lousy cheesecake shots of a few average looking girls??? For me, I want FULL FRONTAL NUDITY or nothing at all!!!

So I gave up on the magazines and have found online sources to be much better. I can have a window of intense RC information opened next to a window of intense ludicrous porn. All the best the Internet has to offer.
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I git mine about 5 to 6 weeks early, if Ur counting the issue date. I been gittin' 'em since they were quarterlies in 1986. But the electrics are gittin' rare-er and rare-er. If they don't diversify, I'm goin' elsewhere.

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I just got mine for september, a little late on the reedy race coverage compared to xtreme, but that has been the case for the past year or so (xtreme is great publishing race results within a year of the race actually happening, lol).

BTW, that tc review wasnt even a real article, it was just 4 random ads that they did on behalf of the manufacter. Its like they had a bunch of random parts laying around and decided to put them in cars and do a brief write up. The rdx had foams on it, the other cars had rubber tires, they didnt mention where they actually ran them. Its to be expected with rcca vs. xtreme, but that "article" was a bit much. Although I have to say the Reedy Race coverage was on par with what they normally do... (not that i am tearing up on rcca, since they have an auidence that they go for, and it works, they have alot more ads and support in their mag vs. others, but I just found that article to lack any purpose, direction or reason).
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aww man mines didnt come yet

my pit tip is in there :P yeh
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Besides, would you be more interested in reading the Hustler mag if it had some lousy watered down articles on RC cars?
that would be SO awesome. i would subscribe in a heartbeat.
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WORD!!!!!!!!!!! where do I subscribe to that
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When I had my subscription the hobby shops always had the latest copy before I did and I paid my money in advance ! It's a second rate mag..
When they show the ' magnetize a screw driver with a motor magnet ' tip every year then you know they're weak.
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I agree. very second rate.
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When they show the ' magnetize a screw driver with a motor magnet ' tip every year then you know they're weak.
"Pit Tips," where things like magnetizing your screwdriver are likely to appear, isn't for everyone. Most "Pit Tips" are sent in by readers and we often get the same ones over and over. If you're an experienced racer and have better ideas, please send them in--if they're good, we'll use them. Also, if you've been in the hobby for years, you're going to see the same tips now and then. Many are worth repeating and do really help newer hobbyists. The turnover rate in this hobby is a lot faster than most hardcore racers think. Thus, they may not realize or appreciate that some of the same old stuff needs to be repeated. In my opinion and own experience, what I look to get out of a magazine like RC Car Action has changed as I've gained experience in the hobby. As someone who has been doing this for over 20 years, "Pit Tips" is not for me. I'm really only interested in some product reviews, guides and new products scoops. The magazine covers the whole hobby the best it can and has to try to be all things to all people. It's a tough mission. As much as I wish everyone loved RC Car Action, I do realize some hardcore racers out grow it or just plain feel it isn't for them. I do not believe that RC Car Action is in anyway second rate. If it's not for you, that's fine. If you feel it can be better, let us know how. Feel free to email me at [email protected]
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Cool-Beans, I really like to see an official response. I would like to say that I have "A lot of issues" of RCCA and still enjoy looking back at some of them or for research. But I would like it more if the GAS sections were broken off into a new mag of it's own. I always look for neat write-ups on current electrics, even losi but it seems to be a let-down when 80% of it is gas (even the Ads).
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I am hard core. What I want to see is very technical articles on suspension geometry, tuning motors, chassis dynamics etc. and because I'm in the minority I realize that I won't see that in your magazine (or any other mag) so I do the best I can to educate myself. As far as the 'Tips' article I can see your point. Little Johnny probably has never seen those tips and may find them useful. A big problem I have is with the track test articles. They are incomplete. If you cater to 'newbies' then why not tell them what you did to get more steering in your test car ? What springs did you change too ?
What dia. roll bar did you use ? What oil ? I think a newbie would love to have that info.. A statement like " the XYZ offers more adjustments options then their previous car so dialing in more steering should be a breeze" doesn't tell anybody anything. Posting the pro's setup from some big race doesn't help for obvious reasons either.
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What I want to see is very technical articles on suspension geometry, tuning motors, chassis dynamics etc. and because I'm in the minority I realize that I won't see that in your magazine (or any other mag) so I do the best I can to educate myself.

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A big problem I have is with the track test articles. They are incomplete. If you cater to 'newbies' then why not tell them what you did to get more steering in your test car ? What springs did you change too ? What dia. roll bar did you use ? What oil ? I think a newbie would love to have that info.
Have you read XRC at all? All of what you just mentioned has appeared at some point in the past year in the magazine. I think that all magazines, not just ours or RCCA, have space concerns when it comes to reviews. You really only have so much to deal with so you try to fit in what you can. When we review cars we do it with racing in mind, so we do mention what changes we've made and why we made them. But sometimes that is also subjective as well; if the reviewer prefers to drive a car one way, it may not be the same experience for somebody else. I think the strength of any review is more to give an idea of what a car features and what it can do, rather than an in-depth tuning guide.
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