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RC Model Car Glosssary of Terms - P

Below we have a glossary of terms that is a general one that relates to all scales of radio controlled model cars. It is far from complete yet as it is a rather time consuming process.

The below entries only cover terms beginning with the letter P.

Related articles and content may be found in the index to this section.


An abbreviation for polytetrafluoroethylene, which is a tough crystalline resinous material resistant to chemicals that has a low coefficient of friction, i.e. it’s very slippy. Teflon™ is a trademarked name for polytetrafluoroethylene.

See the Wikipedia article on polytetrafluoroethylene for further information.

Piano Wire

Hardened steel wire sold by many model shops used for control linkages, pivots pins, etc. To the best of my knowledge it is only available in imperial sizes (fractions of an inch).

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