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Learn best cars for beginners and where to buy online.
Beginner's Guide to the Fun Hobby of RC Cars !
Here you will find answers to your questions...
1. What is RC?
What does RC or R/C mean?
(Picture of rc car racing)
Toys vs. Hobby Quality Remote Control Cars
A remote control car, as seen above, are generally faster that "toy" rc cars. Hobby quality remote control cars can also be upgraded with faster motors and stickers tires to make them go faster!
The best part about remote control cars and trucks is that spare parts can be bought. That means a damaged part can be replaced.
Hobby remote controlled cars also use radio
equipment that allows more "proportional" control over the car. That
means you can control the steering and speed of the car more
accurately. This will allow you to drive faster and better.
Kit vs. Ready to Run Radio Control Car
Historically, radio control cars come in unassembled kit form. As a hobbyist, part of the fun is building the car.
However, some would prefer to play with cars without having to spend time assembling. Ready-to-Run (RTR) radio controlled cars and trucks come almost 100% complete and assembled, and as the name implies, are ready to run out of the box.
Beginners would do well to start with RTR. A
popular RTR is the HPI Dash, because HPI racing is a leading rc car
manufacturer known for fun, fast, and realistic rc models. The best
part is that RTR radio controlled cars can be bought at for only $110
Electric vs. Gas Powered RC Car
RC cars can be powered by either an electric motor or a 2-stroke gas engine. Electric cars use 7.2 volt battery packs, while gas cars use special fuel for rc cars and trucks.
Both types can be suitable for beginners. However, due to the speed and more complex gas cars, first timers would be better off starting with electric cars. However, if speed and realism is what you desire, then gas cars are the best choice.
I have owned many electric and gas rc cars. I
enjoy all of them!
Cheap RC Cars and Trucks
While the quality of the cars has been improving over the years, good news is the cars are cheaper than ever before. When I started in the 70’s the cars were very expensive, slow, and were generally unreliable.
Today, the basic entry-level cars are cheaper,
faster, lighter, and durable than the best cars of the 70’s. You
can get a good brand new complete kit for less than $120. And some of
the top, high quality racing cars (speeds excess of 50 mph) and be
bought at around $300 to $400 USD.
What Brand of RC to Buy
The best makers of hobby quality cars and
trucks are Team Associated, Bolink, Corally, Kyosho, HPI Racing, Team
Losi, NEO, OFNA, Tamiya, Thunder Tiger and Schumacher. You cannot go
wrong buying cars from these manufacturers.
Where to Buy RC Cars
Come join the fun! It is time to buy your first RC car. I would suggest you try to buy from a local hobby shop near you. They would be able to give you hands on help in buying and maintaining your rc car.
If you do not live near a hobby shop, your best option would be to buy from online rc hobby shops. You would need a credit card (visa / MasterCard), and the rc cars would be shipped to you in 5 - 9 days by land.
If you decide to buy from online rc hobby
shops, read the articles and tips on this web site. My goal is to help
you make a good choice in buying your remote control car, and once you
have bought it, make the hobby more fun for you (by giving you tips on
how to make your car faster).
How-to Get Started in RC Car Hobby
Below are easy and quick steps you can take to get into the remote control rc car hobby...
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