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Old 11-22-2014, 09:49 AM   #1
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School me on r/c trucks

Thinking about a hobby grade rc for step son. He is 8, he needs a hobby. Kids these days spend too much time in front of screens.

Can anyone recommend a beginner truck with him in mind? He's sharp, and has been eyeballing some toy trucks at the store lately.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:02 AM   #2
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Traxxas always had good ready to run trucks. Parts are plentiful and not crazy expensive.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:07 AM   #3
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At that age... Go electric and not gas. But then RC fuel smells SO good!
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:12 AM   #4
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I didn't see you mention electric or gas. Def go electric. Gas is your 2nd truck. Did you find any tracks local to you? You def want him hitting the tracks to practice and eventually doing the weekend races.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:12 AM   #5
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I also love the way nitro smells lol
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:21 AM   #6
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First tip: Go to your local hobby shop and see what brand they carry the most of. If its traxxas, then buy a traxxas truck, if it's HPI then buy HPI etc. Pretty much look for what they have the most spare parts as all major brands will be fine especially for his first one.

Ordering online for parts kind sucks as it is time consuming and parts can break easily if you crash it, though parts are really cheap. I've broken a control arm, ran to the hobby shop, replace part, go home, and break the car in 10 minutes bc I crashed it. Back to the shop.

second tip: Do you buy RTR or a builders kit. RTR = ready to run which means it is ready to run out of the box. A builders kit is exactly that, you have to build the r/c car.

I've done both. Building it is really fun and may create some bonding time for you guys (brownie points in the wife department?). Personally I would not let an 8 year old build this by himself as they have some tiny tiny parts. (easily lost)

third tip, do you go nitro or electric?
I have a nitro truck and it can be a headache from time to time. It really is more for the hard core enthusiast.

I got a nitro for a few reasons:
pros:
I like tinkering with engines so that fit. (having the basic understanding of carburetor engine is important because as weather changes you need to fine tune the high and low speed needles.)
It runs as much as you want bc all you do is add more nitro.
it is really awesome hearing the little engine rev out.

cons:
Nitro is loud and can only be used outside also they are not water proof.
They put off a really bad toxic fume as well. (Do not want this in your eyes or breathing as it will burn and hurt)

Eletric is good because there is no fumes, quite, can be ran inside, also they make them water proof (not all but some).
They are more likely to run as you do not need to tune them. (Plug in battery and go!)

Cons: need a few batteries to enjoy long running sessons. Batteries can get expensive.

Here is a good starting point. If i think of more stuff I'll add it.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:23 AM   #7
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www.towerhobbies.com

When I was in the hobby they always had the lowest prices.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:40 AM   #8
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:45 AM   #9
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Man, this brings back memories. Get him a RTR truck and let him start customizing from there. I was always trying to bump up the coils on the electric motor (faster but faster battery drain too).

From there he can decide if he wants to get Nitro and move to a car for racing, etc.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:59 AM   #10
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I never found joy in rc road cars. I'm all about trucks.
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:48 PM   #11
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:21 PM   #12
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Definitely electric. HPI, Traxxas, Team Associated, Team Losi

Check out the 1/10 scale stadium trucks.
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:31 PM   #13
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:07 PM   #14
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As cool as nitro is, there is just too many drawbacks. From the looks of the videos, electric seems to be plenty quick, especially with the upgrades available.

The local hobby shops all seem to carry a large variety, including brands I've never heard of. Plenty of ready to run, just don't know what to get exactly.
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:31 PM   #15
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Rather than R/C cars, get him a junior dirt bike.
That's what all the Finns do from a young age, that's how they get their insane driving skills.
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:39 PM   #16
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Many first stadium truck was the associated rc10T3

That was the last one I bought. I love team associated. My dad bought me the original rc10 T when I was 5-6.

I watched him build it and he spray painted it. I think I got the original hpi nitro mt and built it when I was 10-11. Nitro is probably for more of an enthusiast because you can't just casually run it in your house or a small space. And it's messy.

The rock crawler trucks are getting pretty big now. Your son might enjoy that because it's slower paced (less crashes) and people take a lot of pride in making their trucks as realistic as possible with lights and all.

Tower hobbies and hobby people are the sites I went to. Also look up hobby stores nearby and see if any have race tracks - going to the track is fun.
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:25 PM   #18
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^^ I built one of their race cars when I was younger. I loved that kit.
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