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Radio Control R/C Trucks - Buyer's Guide

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Photos, videos and tips to help you buy an rc truck. First is to pick a type. Monster trucks, short course, stadium, truggy, crawler and scale 4x4 are the most popular.

Then choose whether it will be electric, nitro or gasoline powered. And finally look at the comparison tables which lists models based on brand, power, scale size, speed and estimated sale price.

Or keep it simple and take a look at the recommended models that are best selling or popular among hobbyists.

With that hopefully you can make a good choice, buy your radio control truck and start having fun.


Monster Trucks

Short Course



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R/C Trucks Buyer's Guide

Monster Trucks

With big tires and ability to crush anything in their path, monster trucks are still as popular today as when they first came out back in the 1980's. Big block nitro engines give speeds of up to 40+ mph. But what is exciting is with brushless electric motors and high power Lipo batteries, rc monster trucks now reach over 60 mph!

Below is a popular electric powered monster truck.

RC Monster Truck Traxxas Grave Digger

Photo: 1/10 Traxxas Grave Digger is 2WD and comes fully assembled and ready to race with a TQ AM radio controller, 8.4v battery pack, 12T brushed motor and waterproof esc. Top speed of around 30mph. Perfect for kids and for bashing around. Estimated sale price of $234 USD.

If you want power, speed and noise, below is a very popular nitro powered monster truck.

R/C Monster Truck HPI Savage X 4.6 Big Block

Photo: 1/8 HPI Savage X 4.6 Big Block 4WD RTR comes with a 2.4GHz radio, 3hp nitro engine and 2-speed transmission for a low price of around $464 USD. Will go 45+ mph.

Above is just an introduction. If you want to learn more, visit the RC Monster Trucks page.

Short Course

Became popular back in 2009 because they looked like the full sized short course trucks and were very cheap. It was basically buy a kit, open the box, charge the batteries and go racing. Back then it was 2WD with the Traxxas Slash or Associated SC10. Selling price was then around $180 USD ready to run.

Short Course RC Truck Traxxas Slash 2wd

Photo: For simple bashing, playing or fun racing, try the ever popular 1/10 Traxxas Slash for around $274 USD ready to race out of the box.

Now there are 4WD short course trucks, powered by larger 550-size brushless motors capable of pushing these trucks to incredible speeds. Hop ups such as aerodynamically shaped bodies and soft racing tires make this class of racing faster and sometimes more serious.

Short Course RC Truck Losi TEN-SCTE RTR 4WD

Photo: The 1/10 Losi TEN-SCTE 4WD RTR comes with a Spektrum DX3E radio and 550-sized four-pole 2800kv brushless motor. Estimated sale price of $519USD.

Above is just an introduction. If you want to learn more, visit the Short Course RC Trucks page.


In the 1990s this was a very popular class especially in off-road racing. But it has now taken a back seat to the popularity of short course trucks. But for those who love stadium trucks there are still new models to choose from. And they are very fast, some exceeding 65 mph!

Nitro Stadium RC Truck Traxxas Jato 3.3

Photo: If you want speed, go for the extreme 1/10 Traxxas Jato 3.3. Comes with a 2.4GHz controller, two speed transmission and TRX 3.3 nitro engine for a street price of $419 USD.

And for racing at your local track, popular is the electric powered 1/10 Associated T4.1 stadium truck.

Stadium RC Trucks Associated RC10T4

Photo: 1/10 Team Associated T4.1 ready to run 2wd electric off-road truck. Comes with a 2.4GHz radio, 3300kv Reedy brushless motor and electronic speed control for only $249 USD.

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These came about when people started to race monster trucks and wanted better performance. With better suspension, lower ground clearance, narrow truck bodies with wings and better racing tires, truggies were much faster going around a race track.

Most popular are the 1/8 nitro powered truggy class. Associated, CEN, Hot Bodies, Kyosho, Losi, Mugen Seiki, OFNA, Tamiya and XRAY are some of the well known brands who make radio controlled truggies.

RC Truggy Kyosho NEO ST Race Spec

Photo: One of the cheapest you can buy is the ready to run 1/8 Kyosho Inferno NEO ST Race Spec. With a Perfex radio control system and KE .25 pull start nitro engine the sale price is around $419 USD.

More info coming soon.

Scale 4x4

Here it is about realistic scale rc trucks and adventures in various location. Trailing, hiking and climbing over rocks and terrain.

Scale RC 4x4 Truck Trail

Photo: Radio controlled scale 4WD trucks doing some trailing in the forest. Photo credit to the Manila 4x4 Scale RC group. Join them at http://www.facebook.com/SCALEHEADS.

More info coming soon.

Where to Buy Radio Control RC Cars and Trucks

At your local hobby shop or try the rc store page.

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