RC cars: toys for grown-ups

RC car toys

If you’re a fan of motorized vehicles, looking for a new hobby, you might want to consider stepping into the world of remote control cars. Because it can seem overwhelming at first, we’re going to give you a few pointers.

RC cars tend to look a lot like the full-sized vehicles.

This means you’ll have lots of models, sizes, engines and styles to choose from. Often enough, people who take up this new hobby tend to choose a cheaper model. This is understandable, as RC car racing can turn out to be a very expensive hobby. Even if, at first, you don’t plan to spend too much on your new toy, in time you’ll feel the need to improve it by buying additional parts.

So here’s what you should consider, before buying your first RC car: what kind of power source would you like? If you’re on a budget, you should probably look at the cheaper models that come with an electric engine. These vehicles run on batteries and are very easy to use. The parts you’ll need to get to tune these types of cars won’t cost you that much either.

But if you don’t mind spending more, try a gas or nitro fueled RC car. The extra financial effort will be worth it and you’ll soon see that these models have very powerful engines. If you’re planning on racing, gasoline powered RC cars are the thing for you. These models are more expensive and much more complicated to use. Unlike the electric toys, gasoline powered RC cars emit fumes, so they should only be run outdoors.

This hobby has something extra to offer for everyone.

If you’re a “do-it-yourself” type of person, you may want to build your RC car on your own, instead of just going to the hobby shop and buying one. Not to mention that this way you’ll learn more about the way an RC car works. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!

Depending on what you’re aiming for, you can either start by building your own RC car, or buying one so you can start to practice your driving skills. Buying one doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready to win a race. You’ll need to change certain parts, upgrade components, learn how to fix and prepare your car for the race.

The first thing many people choose to customize is their remote control system. Some RTR – Ready to Run – versions are available in hobby shops. As their name suggests, these systems can be used as they are. You just take them out of the box and… that’s it! But there’s another option: ARTR – Almost Ready to Run – systems, which give you the option to choose the radio controller system you want.

These are the very basic things you need to know before you take up RC cars as a hobby. But be aware, it’s not at all cheap! Soon enough, you’ll want to start buying new components, in order to enhance your car’s performance. And then, you’ll notice RC cars are simply addictive!

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One Response to RC cars: toys for grown-ups

  1. Cathy says:

    Nice post for beginners lot of general info :)

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