Redcat Racing Pit Stop How-to Nitro Series: Maintenance and Cleaning

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Radio Control Cars & Trucks, RC Zone

Redcat Racing Pit Stop How-to Nitro Series: Maintenance and Cleaning

In this routine maintenance and cleaning segment of the redcat racing Pitstop how to rc nitro video series, you will learn how to maintain and clean your nitro rc cars, trucks, and buggies. These hobby grade nitro rc vehicles are so much fun and we believe if you’re into radio control cars and trucks, whether it be rc racing or rc bashing, knowledge about rc cars and how to work on them make it that much more enjoyable. Thank you for choosing Redcat Racing and we are reminding you to have fun, and don’t forget your Redcat!  Check out the entire line of Redcat Racing RC.

Team Redcat Coming Soon!

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

Team Redcat Vehicles

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What is Team Redcat?

Team Redcat is a new high-end brand of premium vehicles being introduced by Redcat.  All Team Redcat vehicles will be manufactured in Taiwan and focus on delivering the highest level of quality, durability, and performance.  The Team Redcat strategy is different than that of Redcat Racing.  Redcat Racing focuses on developing and delivering excellent entry and mid-level vehicles to the market at low prices, whereas Team Redcat will primarily focus on developing and delivering higher-performance vehicles similar and above the Redcat Rampage line for more experienced users.  Team Redcat will still offer the same high level customer service, top level parts support and aggressive pricing you have come expect from Redcat. 

When will Team Redcat Vehicles be available for purchase?

The first Team Redcat vehicles will be available in early November 2015 and will include the introduction of our Flagship vehicle the TR-MT8E Monster Truck as pictured below. Additional vehicles will be released throughout 2016 to include, Buggies, Truggies and other high-performance vehicles.

Will Redcat Racing continue to offer new vehicles?

Yes.  Redcat Racing will continue to operate as normal and is committed to developing new and exciting vehicles at affordable prices, providing entry and mid-level users with the best overall value in the industry.  Redcat Racing’s goal is to bring new RC enthusiast into the hobby and grow the RC surface vehicle community.  Redcat Racing is stronger than ever and will continue to operate as it always had with many exciting things to come.

redcat tr-mt8E-Rc

Not So Secret Societies

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

“I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”- Groucho Marx



Groucho Marx


Did you get rejected from the StoneCutters when you applied for membership? Do you know that you are actually “The Chosen One” but just aren’t sure which secret society you are the “Chosen One” for?

If you don’t fit it with the main stream clubs perhaps you need to find a secret society (or not so secret) that is less about the exclusivity of keeping people out, and more about finding that bizarre form of happiness that only comes when certain birds of a feather flock together.

At Daft Gadgets, we have put together a list of societies that accept membership of people who may have a hard time fitting in to society’s norm. If you haven’t been accepted somewhere else already, you may find what you’re looking for in one of the clubs below. The only caveat is that it may make you an outcast of society in the process.

The Society for Geek Advancement

According to this society, when you believe in something strongly enough to not care if other people think its cool, it means you’re a geek. So technically, Charles Manson and Jesus are both geeks according to the society’s definition. Of course in modern times its cooler to be “Bad” than “good” so if you believe in doing anything good like loving and caring about people, donating time or money to charity, or smiling at people, you are probably a geek.

The society was founded upon the principles that everyone should embrace their inner and outer geek and enjoy doing it. The second founding principle is to be a geek that keeps giving back. So technically being a geek means you should also be homeless, since you give everything away. However, being homeless does not automatically make you a geek, that’s a syllogistic fallacy that any true geek would be aware of.

The society helps people come to terms similar to AA where it is encouraged to announce “My Name is such and such, and I’m a Geek.” They call this project the “I AM A GEEK” project. A project inspired by a Beer Commercial from the year 2000.

As we all know, Beer is the exception where its both cool and geeky, as was proven by google in their quest to create the ultimate beer which they call URKontinent named after the original supercontinent that made up the earth.

The Society of Barefoot Living

No, this is not a male chauvinist society that believes in keeping their women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. On the contrary. The bare foot society is all about experiencing the the freedom of being in bare feet and the connection it gives you to your surroundings.

Apparently , the same barrier that protects you from stepping on pointy rocks and infected drug needles that we call “shoes” are also a barrier between us and nature. By removing this barrier we open our sensitivity enough to “feel” this connection, until our bodies make its version of a Callus Shoe that numbs down our feet.

According to the barefoot society:

  • it is healthy for your feet to go barefoot.
  • It is not against the law to go barefoot into any kind of establishment including restaurants.
  • It is also not against any health department regulation.
  • It is not against the law to drive barefoot.

Apparently, this means that anyone can join. Its not just a support group for hippies and martial artists.

The Society of Bead Researchers

This is a non profit scientific corporation that was created to foster historical archaeological and cultural research on beads. Its the be all and end all place for those interested in keeping up with any breaking news in bead research and group members get access to a biannual newsletter.

We suggested that they needed a catchy slogan like “Well I’ll Bead Ammed”, “Put an end to Wife Beading”, “Bead still my Beading Heart” , “That’ll Bead the Day”, “To Bead or not to Bead, that is the question”, and others, but have yet to hear back from the society.

Now as exciting as beads are, we actually found this society while looking this society…..

The Society of Beards.

No, this is not a secret society for terrorist members of the Taliban. It is actually a place where men with beards can get together online and smoke pipes and discuss things about life when your bearded. We don’t know a lot about the site because they only accept people with facial beards. However, they have had over 2.4 million page views to their website and have sworn to keep the site going until we are all dead on December 21st 2012 when the self fulfilling Mayan prophecy kills us all.

SCA Society of  Creative Anachronism

The Society of Creative Anachronism is a group that frustrated with their primitive inabilities to travel through time and have moved on to the next best thing. Recreating the past in modern times.

As it stands, they have been able to recreate the arts and skills of pre 17th century Europe which consists of 19 kingdoms of over 30,000 people. Yes, that’s right. They have an army of 30000 people at their disposal, who (luckily for us) are equipped with seriously out of date weapons.

Members of the society dress up in renaissance style, attend royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes and workshops, and other things you may find during a Lord of the Rings
reenactment. Also, we suspect these may be the same people behind “Ivrea Carnevale:The Battle of The Orange” (see Daft Gadgets Columnist Monte Richards’ article: The 7 Most Insane Festival Battles On Earth

Whether you’re bearded, beaded, barefoot or bully cocked (from 17th century slang), there is a secret society just waiting for you to join. If you don’t like any of the above, you can always start you own. There may even be some money in it if you can come up with something that enough people want to join. You could try:

The Society of celebrity lookalikes – as a niche facebook alternative

The society of attractive people (which sounds exclusive, but you only need one attractive quality to join)

The Society of Odd Unique Talents – Everybody has at least one

The Society of RC Taxidermists – as a way to bring joy with the death of your pet. (see Daft Gadgets Article “Things that haven’t been invented”)

And pretty much anything else.

Be creative, start your not so secret society now and get guaranteed acceptance.

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Adjusting Redcat Racing R/C Car Ride Height

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

Redcat Racing spacers for lift

Have you seen those plastics C-clip spacers in the accessory bag that many RC automobiles include? Those are spring pre-load spacers. Adding these spacers will not alter the tightness of the springs, however they will raise the ride height. If a stiffer ride is what you’re after, you’ll have to set up a stiffer spring, however if you’re after a raised vehicle, these spacers are exactly what you’re looking for. Clip the spacers above the upper plastic spring retainer band. Adding more spacers extends the suspension even more. Basically what we are doing is using the spacers to slide the spring down on the shock body acting as a lift kit.

spacers on RC vehicles


Aluminum threaded shocks normally sport a threaded collar for re-adjusting trip height. The theory is the same, but instead of spacers, you screw down the collar. Whether you want a low rider or a jacked up beast, adjusting spring preload can help.


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RC Transmitter Won’t Work – Redcat Racing Radio Help

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

Redcat Racing TX Radio


My batteries are installed in the car and in the battery box on the car but when I turn on the remote control and the power switch on the car, the radio does not seem to work?


This is a very common problem. If the batteries installed are not fresh or fully charged rechargeable batteries, the controller will not operate correctly. You may have some things such as throttle working but no steering. This is usually due to batteries that need to be replaced. We recommend rechargeable batteries.

If changing the batteries did not resolve the problem, you should inspect the battery box located on the car. Open this compartment and make sure all 3 plugs are attached to the receiver box. You can also try swapping positions of the wires to see if that resolves the problem. You should also check very closely the connections on the battery box and connections on the remote control where the batteries are installed.

If the first two suggestions did not resolve your problem you should try reseating the crystals. One crystal is located in the receiver as pictured above and the other crystal is located in the Remote Control Unit that you hold in your hand. First you should check to make sure that both crystals are the same frequency and when you pull the crystals you will see small writing with a specific number imprinted on the side. These must match. If they do, you should reseat and even swap positions of the crystals. If the problem still exists you can try new crystals which can be purchased at any hobby shop. Please note that the crystal in the remote is held in place by a plastic holder that is inserted into the side of the hand controller.

 See our article: How To Use The RedCat DSM –2C 2.4Ghz Radio Remote Control and Receiver

Account Dracula

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

Account Dracula Tax Man Comic

"I Vant To Suck Your Funds!"


Well, its tax time again.  Everyone’s least favorite time.

They say death and taxes are the only guarantees in life so we might as well accept them.  But the reason why people fear them is because in both cases we don’t know what we are getting.  Now maybe death is one of those things you find out about when you die and maybe it isn’t.  Short of conducting a Flatliners experiment there isn’t much we can do about death, but taxes are another story.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we received a tax bill that showed us what were paying for?  A Tax bill that itemized each dollar amount and showed us clearly where each dollar went?  The way the government operates now is like it’s a giant restaurant where the bill comes first, then after paying, we open up the menu to see out what’s for dinner, but instead find the words “YOU!” listed under “Today’s Specials”


Captain Kirk Never Forgets

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

Khan! Captain Never Forgets Comic Strip


Thought of the Week:  “If the justice system is actually about bringing things back into balance and creating justice, then after a criminal serves their time all would be forgiven.   By keeping criminal records and allowing people to check them, we are basically admitting that the justice system doesn’t work.  After all, if it did, there would be no need to remember.

Therefore, the justice system is not about justice, forgiveness, and rehabilitation, its about punishment and revenge, and thus as long as we continue to support a system that doesn’t work to create justice, the only conclusion is that we must actually want injustice, even if only to justify a need to shame and punish others for an injustice in our past that we never healed from.”

The Most Fundamental Particle Of Quantum Reality Has Been Discovered!

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

Higgs Bonzon Cartoon Comic


The above comic is a reference to the fact that we sometimes find what we are looking for simply because we see what we want to see.

It also mixed in with a pun about quantum reality  (in the quantum universe the act of looking at something changes what you are looking at so you can never really see what you are trying to see.  Known as: “The observer effect” )

When you think about it, “Clown Particle” Just makes a lot more sense and provides more answers than Higgs Bozon’s other moniker.  Perhaps this will all make sense once we circumvent Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and take a look for ourselves.


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