Wanna get into RC? Read this first.
1- How fast does it go?
It goes fast enough to break an ankle if someone is hit by such vehicle. We can say that most RC vehicles can reach spees between 20MPH and 50MPH. Most off-road race vehicles easily reach 35-40MPH on a race track. They don’t need to go faster.
2- How much does it cost?
The most affordable ready-to-run hobby quality vehicle costs around 150$us. A race 1/8 buggy can easily reach 1500$us. You must add to this amount, the price of track field equipment such as charger, glow starter, battery packs, etc…
3- Is this a real engine?
Yes, nitro vehicles have real two-stroke engines running on a special fuel blend designed for RC car and trucks.
4- Can I drive it?
Depending of your answer to the question #2 and depending of the person who wants to try your vehicle, there are good chances the answer will be “NO”. However, letting a new comer drives your vehicle might be just what it takes to get this person hooked to the hobby.
5- Where did you buy it?
The best place to buy your first RC vehicle is definitively your local hobby shop. The guys at your hobby shop will be more than happy to help you with your new vehicle. Buying on the web is not a good idea for a first vehicle because of the lack of assistance of the online shops. It will be hard for them to assist you when it will be time to diagnose or to tune your vehicle. I always recommend to buy your first vehicle new.
6- Does it break easily?
Yes and no. If you run your vehicle normally and don’t abuse it, there is no reason why it should break. Of course, if you hit a curb at full speed or do stupid things with your vehicle, it will break no matter the brand. Replacement plastic/nylon parts are cheap.
7- What’s the best, Nitro or Electric?
This is a tough question but for beginners, it is best to start with an electric vehicle because maintenance is much easier. Electric vehicles are simpler, make less noise and with today’s LiPo batteries and brushless motors, they are as fast (not to say faster) than any nitro vehicles. Nitro powered vehicles require more maintenance, need to be tuned. They also use a clutch, fuel tank, air filters and carburetor that need maintenance and tuning.
8- RTR or kit?
A Ready-To-Run vehicle costs less than a kit and comes with “almost” anything you need to run. The included servos, radio, motor and engine are usually less performing and less quality than what people usually install into their kits.
However, it doesn’t mean RTR’s components are good for garbage. Most RTR vehicles can be easily raced and all of them can be bashed. A RTR vehicle is the best way to get into the hobby for the first time. Kits are more expensive but they let you install the motor, engine, servo and electronic of your choice. The parts in kits are often of better quality and durability because they are made of graphite and aluminum.