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February 19, 2020
Ok, meet Paul Valdez. Some of you might already know him as the artist who created the epic Axialfest songs of the past (YouTube video below) and for his insane build style. Talk about a guy who thinks outside of the box!
His latest creation is too cool not to share. Check out this Element RC Enduro Senduro!
We caught up with Paul and asked him a few questions about his new
Element project and R/C in general. This is what he had to say...
RPP Hobby: How long have you been in the RC hobby? Paul Valdez:
Ever since R/C cars were ever released I've been interested. I have
been at least 7 to 8 years fully committed though. I have such a passion
for it, and I love the creation aspect of it all.
RPP Hobby: What was your first R/C? Paul Valdez: I had a Tyco Heads Up buggy when I was 12. 4 hours charging a battery for 15 minutes of fun!
RPP Hobby: What is your favorite R/C? Paul Valdez: My SCX10 '64 impala with full lowrider capability like hydraulics with an all chrome chassis. It is my pride and joy for sure!
RPP Hobby: How many hours do you have invested in the current build? Paul Valdez:
Around 15 to 20 hours on the truck itself with lights, interior setup
and dry time but around a week for the painter on the lowrider style
paint job. He did an amazing job and it was his first attempt with that
kind of style. I was super pleased with it.
RPP Hobby: What inspired this current build? Paul Valdez: I had built the '64 Impala lowrider car, so I wanted a lowrider style crawler to possibly tow the car on a custom trailer.
RPP Hobby: What is next for you? Paul Valdez:
Looking to expand the hobby to people who are interested, but donít
know how to get involved and may not even own a rig yet. I'm looking to
start more demo programs and introduce educational programs for people
to try out rigs and see if it sparks an interest. If so, we'll have the
ability to help expand their passion for the hobby. We've had amazing
results with testing this idea last year and this year looks to be even
bigger than we could have imagined. We've been welcomed by the community
with open arms when they see how much kids are drawn to this hobby and
parents first questions are, "How do we get involved?". That's why I
created the RC (remote control) League. A non-profit organization that
grows the hobby within the community. Kids are in and parents see it as a
way to experience a passion they both can be a part of together.
RPP Hobby: Do you run any other types of R/C? Paul Valdez: Quite a few. On-road, off-road, U4, drag racing, carpet off-road, scale, comp rigs (MOA, sporty, trail), mud trucks, and boats.
RPP Hobby: What is your favorite IG page to follow for inspiration? Paul Valdez:
Tough question for sure. I like to see other builders' passions and
ideas for innovation. That really isn't a favorite IG page because I do
have a few I like to watch on a regular basis. Element RC and its
members, Rivas Concepts and the Pro-Line groups. Lots of ideas with a
variety of rigs, for sure.
RPP Hobby: What is your favorite FB page to follow for inspiration? Paul Valdez:
Another tough question. The market here, from what I watch, is huge. I
canít even begin to pick a favorite. It's my main place for inspiration.
Something new is always coming out. I almost have a hard time keeping
up with who's doing what!
RPP Hobby: Where is your favorite place to run your scalers? Paul Valdez:
Farmington, New Mexico. The largest terrain that's basically naturally
developed for some all-around crawling. Sandstone for miles and miles.
You can pick a spot and be there for hours during the day or into night!
You can come with a stock or fully built rig and have the same type of
fun! It allows adventure for anybody, really. Plus, it makes for some
really amazing shots! Nothing but beautiful terrain for sure.