What To Buy

Discussion in 'RC General & Getting Started' started by Peter T Davis, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Guy Behind the Curtains

    Apr 14, 2004
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    The first thing to do is find your budget. How much do you want to spend to get going? STEP 1: Figuring out a Budget

    The first thing to do is find your budget. How much do you want to spend to get going? Even if its not much, you can usually make due with what you have. When finding a budget do a little bit of shopping to get ranges of prices of what your going to need. Take into consideration a few other things you may need such as Charger, Batteries, Transmitter, Servo(s), Receiver, Electronic Speed Control, Tools, Paint, Hobby Knifes, tires, and lastly, Water. We’ll get to what the water’s for in a while… lets continue on with budgeting. Try to consider a fair budget, something like $200 wont go far, however a reasonable budget for getting into it would be around $450 or so. That would be a good start for all the required tools and equipment.

    STEP 2: Finding what class you want

    There are many types of cars and trucks out there. These are what to consider: (Don’t worry about Gas vs. Electric right now, just figure out what to power before how to power)


    There are many options for cars. You have 1:10th Scale, 1:18th Scale, 1:12th Scale. The most common is 1:10th scale. They are the most used and raced most anywhere. From here you must figure out what class you want to race in what scale
    1:10th scales: There’s the most common class, Touring Sedans. These are the most popular ones that are seen zipping around the track usually with very common body types, and Touring Race Car looks. These are normally run with All wheel drive, usually driven by shaft or belt.

    1:12th Scales: These are odd ones out. They are fairly expensive to buy, small, and very quick. They use 10th scale parts, but are about 2/3 the size. Driven by Rear wheel.

    1:18th Scale: They are fairly new to the scene. They can be very fast, and very convenient because they can be driven in the house *Very Fun!* All wheel drive, both Shaft or Belt.


    These are mostly in 1:10th Scale, but more recently came out with 1:18th. They can take some nasty spills and just keep with it. Very fun for the average RC enthusiast for fun.

    1:10th Scale: Most popular for trucks by far. They are very fun, and reasonably priced. They have body and chassis styles in Stadium trucks, or buggies.

    1:18th Scale: Very new, but growing fast! They have all wheel drive, and can be very rambunctious!

    1:8th Buggy: As you can see, these are only buggies. They sit low ( Squat ) Are mostly gas, all wheel drive, and extremely fast.

    STEP 3: Finding what’s best to get locally

    Unless you don’t think you’ll need parts (Don’t even try… you will), you will want to make sure you can get a hold of them, and fast. You don’t want to be held up from fun just because of a stupid front A-Arm. Normally, if your Local Hobby Shop (LHS) carries the Car or Truck, they carry spare parts for it. This is always a good thing to have. When starting out, stuff goes wrong a lot, so you want to make sure you can get the part from your LHS to continue. So visit your LHS (all of them) to see what car you have parts plentiful for when things go wrong. Even if you have your eyes set on a specific car, but cant get parts locally, don’t get disappointed. This just means you will have to order them, and could take awhile to get in, or they could be out of stock.

    Aside from parts, you want to check what the LHS carries as far as RTR’s and Kits too. Though it may be cheaper to buy online, its not as good. You always want to support your LHS, otherwise races may not be able to continue, parts support will drop, and worse, they wont want to service you. It looks bad not supporting your LHS, then going to them when something goes wrong, begging for their help. They are there to help you and make a living, so help them out.

    STEP 4: So what’s raced around you?

    You should now have a good idea of what route you want to go as far as your RC Hobby car or truck goes. If you want to race, this should be done as soon as you can. And even if there’s a slight or no chance you want to race, its still good to get out and support your local track and racers, help them or have them help you. Its always fun to have some competition sometimes.

    After you check your track listings, just stop by one day and talk with the owner. Ask him how the turn out is, what classes are raced, and the competition level is. If you plan on racing, its best to do this so that you can race. The class most popular would be the best to go with. Again, don’t think this is law. Its always just a good idea to do this, especially when you are starting out as it means there’s always help available in many types.

    STEP 5: Narrow down the choices.

    After you have gathered all that information, start shopping around for what cars are available to you. See what options are there, and figure out what you want as far as size and such. Here’s a list of debates that are commonly disputed throughout racings history.