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Introduction to the Hobby

Tamiya Ford Ranger RC Truck JumpHi my name is Joel. I was 8 years old when my parents bought me a 1/10 Tamiya Ford Ranger radio controlled truck. That was over 32 years ago, yet that memory is still vivid in my mind.

(Right: 1/10 Tamiya Ranger jumping over a ramp. I took that photo over 30 years ago)

I remember opening the box and the smell of the rubber tires. It was also a kit, so I had to read the manual and assemble it myself. It was a new world to me and I savored the build process.

Being a young kid and first time to build an rc car, I made several mistakes. Notably I cut the receiver antennae because in the drawing in the manual it looked like it was short and cut. Lesson learned, never cut the antennae else you will get exercise chasing your runaway rc car. Yes, it happened to me.

My next radio control car was a Tamiya Wild Willy. I loved it cause it did wheelies. The large tires and jeep body was fun to run. And so started my life in the r/c hobby. And throughout the years I've made a lot of mistakes but at the same time learned a lot of good tips from experienced racers. My collection also grew, on-road, off-road, electric, nitro, Tamiya, Associated, Kyosho, HPI and so on.

This hobby is my life. Not only do I enjoy building and racing, I also enjoy writing about rc cars. And that's when RCCarTips was born in 2003. And till today I enjoy doing reviews, taking photos and posting videos of my rc experiences.

So hopefully I can give good advice to help you get started and enjoy this hobby as much as I have.

Electric RC Cars

Tamiya M06 Mazda RX 7 RC CarLet's get started. I would recommend you buy a kit, an unassembled model. This will give you the satisfaction of building your own rc car.

Open the box you will usually find electric rc cars are powered by a 540-size Mabuchi / Johnson motor. This is what we call brushed motor technology. But this is slowly being replaced by brushless motors which are faster and better.

Beside the kit, you will need to buy the following:

  1. Radio controller
  2. Battery pack
  3. Charger
  4. Tools and paint
(Right: 1/10 Tamiya Mazda RX-7 kit. Electric powered with Mabuchi 540 motor and electronic speed controller)

There are also Ready-to-Run kits. These make it very easy to get started. The rc car comes 80% - 100% assembled out of the box. Simply charge the battery pack and you are ready to run. Great as a gift or if the person is still too young to assemble a kit.

For more information, please visit the electric rc cars page.

Fast RC Trucks

Tamiya Stadium Blitzer RC Truck for Sale

My first true hobby quality rc car was actually a Tamiya off-road pickup truck. I liked the idea of kicking up dirt and jumping over ramps and sand dunes.

Till today rc trucks are still the most popular.

Short course, 4x4, stadium, monster, mudding, crawlers... you name it, the hobby has it.

For beginners I would recommend the slower models such as the 1/10 Tamiya Stadium Blitzer R/C Racing Pick-Up (photo on right). Large tires and big ground clearance allow you to jump and run on almost any surface.

There are also popular short course rc trucks. Originally rear wheel drive, the newer models are now 4WD. Easier to drive and faster on slippery dirt tracks.

If you want bigger, there are 1/10 and 1/8 scale rc monster trucks. Big tires and 4 wheel drive allow them to go where most vehicles cannot.

And for the experienced hobbyist and speed freaks, some of the fastest rc trucks like the Traxxas Nitro Jato 3.3 can reach 65mph. Definitely not for beginners. And for safety, please run on rc tracks or isolated areas away from people and moving objects.

Finally, there are also realistic scale looking rc 4x4 pickups, crawlers and mudders for those who love realism over speed.

RC Drift Cars

Trueno AE86 RC Drift CarsGaining popularity very quickly is rc drifting. The main attraction are the realistic looking bodies, blinking lights and driving sideways. 

Plus you do not need a large space to enjoy, you can drift in small spaces like your garage or driveway. A lot of rc drift events are staged inside malls where the hobby is exposed to a lot of people.

To get started, there are a lot of models and brands to choose from. The Tamiya TT01 Drift Spec and HPI Sprint 2 Flux Drift, are entry level models, great for beginners.

Or if you want the best, go for high end drifting chassis like the Yokomo Drift Package, Hot Bodies TC-FC and the Tamiya TA05 VDF.

You then buy the rc drift body of your choice. Toyota Trueno AE86, Datsun 240Z, Mazda RX-7, Nissan Skyline GT-R, Nissan Silvia and more.

Then add the radio controller and electronics. The trend now is to run brushless motors (in the 8.5T - 13.5T) range and Lipo batteries. Popular tires are the Tamiya Super Driftech and HPI T-Drift.

There are also nitro powered remote controlled drift cars, but these are not so popular. The only model that comes to my mind is the 1/10 HPI Nitro RS4 drift.

Cheap and Fast Nitro RC Cars

Nitro RC RacingAnd speaking of nitro, what is popular are the 1/10 on-road touring and 1/8 on-road pan cars powered by 2-stoke engines.

I've owned many types of rc vehicles over the past 33 years. And nothing excites me more than playing with nitro powered rc cars.

Nothing beats the speed and realism. Best of all, ready-to-run models from HPI and Kyosho makes it easy to get started. And they are surprisingly cheap.

If you are new, I would recommend you buy the HPI Nitro RS4 Evo 3 and the Kyosho Fazer. These are 1/10 scale, ready to run with various sports car bodies to choose from.

Fastest nitro rc cars like the CEN CTR 5.0 can reach 90mph out of the box. Speed is nice but you would need a big rc track to even reach anywhere near 60mph, let alone 90mph.

I think the companies are marketing the speed too much. In all honesty, I find driving a 40mph r/c car already very challenging. Any faster and it becomes real scary.

Mini RC Cars

Mini RC Cars Losi Kyosho NandaI love mini rc cars, these allow me to practice driving even in small spaces like my garage rc track. The smallest I have is the 1/36 Losi Micro-T. It has taken a lot of abuse from me yet still runs strong. Even though it looks like a toy, the radio controller and electronics are top notch.

The 1/28 Kyosho Mini-Z (some say 1/27) is very nice. The on-road models come in rear wheel drive (2wd) or 4 wheel drive (AWD) chassis configuration. These are very popular because of the speed and the very detailed scale looking Kyosho rc bodies. The radio control that comes with the kits are ok. But serious racers will replace these with higher quality eletronics.

(Photo: 1/36 Losi Micro T, 1/28 Kyosho Mini Z, 1/24 Tamiya Tamtech and 1/18 Nanda NRX18 mini rc cars)

For off-road, there are the 1/16 electric and nitro powered mini rc buggies. These are the scale down mini models of the 1/8 off-road buggies. Here I have the 1/16 Kyosho Mini Inferno. It came ready to run with radio controller, esc and steering servo.

One thing I noticed though, is that the electronics that come with ready to run kits are sometimes of poor quality. They simply stop working after only a few hours of playing. Though an exception is those made by Losi, these seem durable. My recommendation is to buy a mini car kit, then supply your own high quality electronics of your choice.

RC Car Tips Newsletter

RC Cars TipsBack in the 80s I was so excited to see an RC Car Magazine in the news stands of New York City. I bought it and read it from cover to cover, several times over.

I then bought their yearly subscription. Every month I eagerly awaited for the new magazine in my postal mailbox. Remember back then there was no internet and no websites. Magazines were the only source of information about rc cars.

It was called Radio Control Car Action magazine. Popular then as it is now. Happy to see they have lasted this long in the hobby industry.

Though I am not close to being as big as them, I hope that this little website of mine can provide tips and reviews that cannot be found elsewhere.

I am surprised to see that I've written over 75 newsletters and hundreds of tips going back to 2003. That's over 8 years of writing. I guess I really enjoy this hobby.

I've also written a free pdf book "Secrets of Nitro RC Cars" for those who need help with nitros.

Speed secrets, improve driving skills, win races, new products, reviews and more rc tips.

Come back often and thanks for reading.

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RC Trucks

Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3 R/C Truck
Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3

Short Course RC Trucks
Short Course R/C Trucks

Traxxas T Maxx
Traxxas T Maxx

HPI Savage 25
HPI Savage 25

CEN Genesis and HPI Savage

Off-Road Buggies

HPI Baja Gas RC Buggy
1/5 HPI Baja (Gas)

Gas Powered Buggies GP
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Articles and RC Car Tips

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  3. Radio Control Car Hobby
  4. Remote Controlled Car
  5. How to Tune Nitro Engines
  6. Lipo Battery
  7. Tires for R/C Cars
  8. Pro Tips of Josh Cyrul
  9. Pro Tips of Barry Baker
  10. Building an RC Track
  11. Pro Tips of Mike Blackstock
  12. Tuning Tips for Nitro RC Cars
  13. Nitro Engine Tuning Tips by Josh Cyrul
  14. Pro Tips of Brian Kinwald
  15. Building RC Cars
  16. RC Car Speed Tips
  17. Need for Speed
  18. R/C Racing Tips II, RC Car Awards
  19. RC Racing Tips
  20. Nitro Engines Database
  21. RC Nitro Touring Cars Buying Guide
  22. RC Electric Motor Tuning Guide
  23. Cheap Nitro RC Cars Guide
  24. Radio Control Cars
  25. Gas vs. Electric
  26. On-road vs. off-road
  27. Fastest rc cars
  28. Glossary
  29. Electric RC Cars Comparison
  30. Street RC Cars
  31. Street Racing
  32. RC Nitro Engine Tips
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HPI Nitro Rush, Nitro RS4 Evo, Blitz, Cup Racer, Savage XL, Baja 5B, Savage 25, R40, Sprint, RS4, Micro RS4, Kawasaki ATV, Savage Limited Edition.


Traxxas Slash 4x4, Slayer,TORC, Revo Platinum, Nitro Revo 3.3, Jato, T-Maxx 2.5r, Stampede, Traxxas Rustler, Nitro Rustler, Traxxas E-Maxx, 4 TEC, Nitro 4 TEC 3.3.


Mini-Z AWD, Mini Inferno, V-One SIII, MR-02, VoneR, FW-05RR, Mini-Z Monster, Mini-Z, Overland, Giga Crusher Monster Truck. Kyosho World Cup racing.


Avante, Drift, F1, F350, Hornet, Mini, Models, Trucks, TRF, TT01EM06, FF03, TRF417,TRF 416X, F104 Ferrari F60, M05, Buggychamp, TA05 ver2, TRF511, Durga, Tamiya TNX, TLT-1, Tamiya Terra Crusher, Hummer, Grasshopper, Hornet, Mini Cooper, Subaru Impreza Drift, 414. There are plenty of Tamiya rc cars for both beginners and serious racers. Tamiya World Championship racing.

Cen Racing

Matrix5-SC, CTR 5.0, Matrix5-MT, Matrix 5B, Matrix5-T, GST 7.7, GSR 5.0, Nemesis 7.7, Matrix R2, Matrix C1, Matrix TR Arena, CT5 dual speed.


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Team Losi

SCTE 4wd, Micro Rally, Micro SCT, 8ight T 2.0, Mini LST2, Slider, Strike, Speed-T, Drift-R, Speed NT, Raminator MT, Aftershock, Muggy, Losi Super Truck, Mini-T, Micro T, Mini LST, XXX-NT, XXX-S.

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RC Car Reviews

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  3. 4wd Short Course RC Trucks
  4. Nanda NRX-18 Mini RC Car
  5. HPI HB TCX On-Road Touring Car
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  7. Tamiya FF03 Pro Castrol Honda Civic
  8. Alfa Romeo MiTo RC Car
  9. Tamiya R/C Cars 2010 New Models
  10. BMW Mini Cooper S R/C Car
  11. Tamiya Mini
  12. Ferrari 312T3 F1 RC Car
  13. Mini 4wd R/C Cars
  14. RC Cars Onroad - 416X vs T3 vs Mi4LP
  15. CEN CT5 vs Traxxas Nitro 4TEC 3.3. vs HPI Nitro RS4 Evo 3
  16. Tamiya RC Cars 2009
  17. Short Course RC Trucks
  18. Toyota Trueno Body
  19. Micro Nitros
  20. Initial D Car
  21. New RC Cars and Trucks
  22. Nitro RC Trucks - Best for 2005
  23. Radio Control Car Tips #58
  24. Tips for Tuning Touring Cars
  25. Sports Cars vs RC Cars
  26. Custom RC Cars
  27. Nitro RC Car Models

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