Posts Tagged ‘kyosho inferno’ Thinking of putting your RC car away for a period of non-use? Be sure to expel any remnant fuel as un-combusted castor oil parts of fuel mixture can congeal and harden, and in some cases even “brick” your engine. If you’re wondering why your engine can be harder to start after a week or two of non-use, this is the reason why. While I do also have a video entitled “How to Save A Locked RC Buggy / Plane / Heli Engine?” which addresses how to fix that, you don’t want to get to that point unnecessarily.

In this video, I have a Kyosho Inferno running a Thunder Tiger Pro 21BR non-pull-start engine, BSD Racing glow-plug metered ignitor and using a Thunder Tiger hand-held starter.

Follow the instructions in the video, and also invest in some after-run engine oil, or “Marvel Mystery Oil”. Treat your nitro engine well, and it’ll serve you well for a long time to come.

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– Julian Wong

That’s my Kyosho inferno, 10 years old, getting a receiver pack charge. Mods include alum shocks front n rear, anti roll bar, Hitec high torque metal gear servo, servo saver, Thunder Tiger Pro 21BR racing engine – very high torque!

Toykar Pte Ltd go suck it!

Old Kyosho Inferno running blazing quick with NO help from you snobbish hoes. Let’s just watch me trounce your racers with this “old worthless junkpile”. I’m training for that right now. I might just get a Herbie body shell to suitably stylize this grudge match.

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Radio Controlled cars definitely bring lots of weekend fun and enjoyment. However, buying your first RC car can be quite tricky business. Generally speaking, no one wills to spend too heavily on something they are not sure of. Back in my day, I recall countless hours I spent glazing over catalogues and popular RC car magazines like RC Car Action and RC Driver.

Entry Level RC Electric Buggy

Entry Level RC Electric Buggy

If your consideration is largely price-influenced, the good news is that nowadays, through economies of scale, the prices of Nitro RC cars have come down so low that you can even purchase a Ready-to-Run Nitro RC Car for just US$159.99 – that’s barely more than the cheapest Hobby-Grade RTR Electric RC Car! So then, if was no longer a matter of cost, here are some points you may want to think about to help guide you to your decision:

Entry Level Nitro RC Road Car

Entry Level Nitro RC Road Car

Speed – If speed is important to you, a low-end Nitro RC car would definitely outrun an Electric RC car of similar price which comes with a 550-motor at best. But for a taller budget, i.e. US$300 or more, today’s Electric cars come with “Brushless Motors” that when mated with a powerful Lithium Polymer Battery, can rival or even out-do a Nitro car of the same class.

RC Engine Maintenance | RC Air Filter Maintenance

RC Engine Maintenance | RC Air Filter Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance – Nitro RC Cars require systematic engine break-in procedures, regular air filter and engine maintenance – just like a real car. Due to their averagely higher speed, you will also break more parts in unfortunate crashes, which require time and additional money to replace. Electric Cars on the other hand, are Charge, Plug & Play. Higher end ones may require you to do some form of motor break-in as well. Both require you to do routine suspension maintenance and dirt-removal.

Running Time – With an Electric Car, each battery lasts between 10-25 minutes. Your total running time is limited to the number of battery packs you have. Keep in mind though, that a single battery pack takes 1-8 hours to charge, depending on the specifications of the battery charger you have. Most RC enthusiasts purchase third-party batteries and chargers that offer faster charging, better running time, better performance, and functions that support charging of multiple battery packs simultaneously – of course these options do not come cheap. With a Nitro Car, each tankful of fuel lasts 15-30 minutes, depending on tank size, terrain, and your driving style. Your running time would be limited to the amount of fuel you have on tap.

Electric RC Lipo Battery Charger

Electric RC Lipo Battery Charger

Cost of Operation – In addition to a Nitro Car RTR, you will usually need to purchase a glow-starter, batteries for the radio transmitter, air filter oil, simple toolkit and of course, glow fuel. If you are planning on buying your Nitro Car RTR online, you will also need to find a local supplier for glow fuel first, as glow fuel is banned from air-freight. All these could add on a good US$50 to your order – a considerable added expense, still excluding first-timer part-breakage-replacements, if you are planning to get a low-end Nitro Car. Whereas, an Electric Car RTR usually includes a battery and charger. You will only need to purchase batteries for your radio transmitter, and a toolkit and you are all set. In the long term, you are likely to look for better performance, and Electric Cars require a different charger for each battery type, i.e. NiCd, NiMH, LIPO. If you are using brushless motors with LIPOs, you will suffer as much part-replacement costs as a Nitro Car. Hence, it’s usually said that Nitro Cars are costlier upfront, but cheaper in the long run, and Electric Cars the opposite.

Sound & Accoustics – Nothing beats an Nitro-engine-powered RC. Brushless Motors may come close. If you are out for sound and on-looker appeal, you are sure to attract attention with your Nitro RC Car. Electric Cars are generally not noise makers – but that’s a plus if you’d like to have some fun while others are sleep.

About the author: Julian Wong, aged 26, married and self-employed actively trades stocks and forex, and runs several internet marketing programs. His favorite outdoor past-time is off-road RC cars, and he is a proud owner of a Kyosho Inferno and a HPI Savage X 4.6 – both running on Nitro. If you are interested in RC modification, RC videos, and RC racing, or want to be informed of coupon promotions and RC special deals online, do check out his RC blog at

Welcome to my various linked social media accs for my childish obsession in Off-road rc cars. My posts will largely be related to rc car, rc car racing, rc option parts and rc car modification – and there will be greater editorial bias toward the HPI Savage X, the Kyosho Inferno (which I own) and the Team Associated RC8 (which I plan to get). However, do bear with same random rants here and there.

What Are RC Exhaust Afterfires and Backfires, and How To Deal With Them.

Written by Julian Wong, Singapore

RC Exhaust Afterfire | RC Exhaust Backfire

RC Exhaust Afterfire | RC Exhaust Backfire (Real Life-size Subaru WRX Afterfire Shown)

What Are RC Exhaust Backfires / Afterfires?

Anyone ever witnessed an RC Exhaust Afterfire? Some mistake this condition to be called a “Backfire”. They are highly common in drag race mobiles, which have oversized engines that aren’t properly mastered by their exhaust – or cost-saving, sub-standard fuel injection systems.

Why Do They Happen?

Truth be told, “Afterfire” is the condition when the fresh fuel ignites anywhere after the engine – in the manifold, the exhaust coupling, or in the exhaust. Whereas, “Backfires” are when the ignition happens on the way to the engine, possibly in the carburetor, back toward the fuel tank. For an RC car model, you could well wind up with your RC Car’s fuel blowing up in your face.

The result of an afterfire  is a flash of bright flame out of the exhaust opening that WILL burn with high heat.

Exhaust Flame Thrower

Exhaust Flame Thrower

Dangers of Afterfires

Even if permanent facial disfigurement wasn’t the case, many RC Hobbyists and Car fanatics try to make this happen to their exhausts, however those using stock exhausts, usually made of nylon, should take care, as internal melting could occur.

Nitro RC Car Starter Box

Nitro RC Car Starter Box

Afterfires in RC Cars & Special Precautions

When you are starting your new RC car with a rich fuel setting, you may experience these afterfires. Take special care to ensure that there are no leaks from your exhaust coupling that may leak out to your hands so that you would not suffer any accidental burns if you are using a hand-held starter. If you are using a starter box, take care to ensure that no fuel gets on to it, as exploding batteries are very dangerous business. Clean any glow fuel spillages before re-connecting your glow-starter and re-commencing your nitro car break in.

About the author: Julian Wong, aged 26, married and self-employed actively trades stocks and forex, and runs several internet marketing programs. His favorite outdoor past-time is off-road RC cars, and he is a proud owner of a Kyosho Inferno and a HPI Savage X 4.6. He keeps an RC blog at Before you discard your engine, watch this! Hey all! As I told before, I recently went out to get my HPI Savage X 4.6 RTR when my Kyosho Inferno DX’s 10-year-old engine got locked up and jammed from un-use. Contrary to what the local distributor said, this engine condition, caused by hardened castor oil or castor varnish, is EASILY REVERSIBLE! While I found several forum posts on how to save locked airplane engines, I didn’t manage to find a self-help video on this topic, so I decided that I’d best share my solution to all RC Car Hobbyists out there.

This works for all… plane engines, heli engines, buggy engines.

Things you need:

– WD40

– A disposable container

– Boiling Hot Water

– (Optional but recommended) RC Glow Fuel


Hope you find this helpful. If this worked for you, do leave me a kind regard in the comments box below!


via YouTube – How to Save A Locked RC Buggy / Plane / Heli Engine?.

Bringing you pics of the thrills and spills of the just-over IFMAR 2010 1/8 Off Road Buggy World Championships Thailand, held at the very well-put-together Pattaya Powerboat RC Racetrack (or Pattaya PRC in short). The event ran from 7-14 November, and consisted of many heats of 10 minutes to select the fastest drivers, culminating in a 60-minute final. Weather was fairly cool and low in humidity – excellent for such a tropical location. The cars entered for this race mainly consisted of Kyosho Infernos, Mugen Seki MBX 6, Team Associated RC8s, Hot Bodies D8, and there were also a few CEN Racing Matrixes and some Ofna Hyper 7s. Quite honestly… I feel like either resurrecting my Inferno DX or getting an Associated RC8

Videos on the way… but here are some pics first… You saw it first on