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Remote Control Cars
#1
May ask Father Christmas for one of these.... Any experts on here who can offer some guidance to someone who's never owned a remote controlled car before.. Recommendations welcome  ;D

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#2
I was totally into these as a kid (20+ years ago). A quick glance at your link and there doesn't seem to be any massive changes but fuel instead of battery power is a must. Also make sure you've top capacity batteries in your receiver as, unless tech has improved, if the speed controller that runs the fuel flow goes dead then the car will continue at full speed into a wall.

Also, small repairs tend to be expensive as a replacement axle or propshaft can be suprisingly pricey. Axles and wishbones tend to get damaged in collisions so make sure spares are available.

It's ready to run (RTR) according to the ad, dunno if people still build kit versions, mine was a kit that needed building which was all part of the fun (aged 12 anyway). You might find kit versions offer more.

Just checked, kit versions are still popular, but work out much more expensive as you need to buy all the controller units and engine, forget that as it doubles the price. The site you've linked used to be called otley modelsport, my car came from them so they're pretty well established. Fuel and a nitro glowplug starter kit is still necessary ontop of the initial car though, scroll down a bit on your link and it pushes the price over £200
Keep it foolish...
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#3
I thought you still rode around in one now Mike!!

Is it true you are riding Surrey on Sunday?
Mei securis turpe meus vox<br />            
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#4
Modern batteries are much better than they used to be.
Worth checking out the electrics too as fuel cars are noisy, limiting where & when you you can use them.
Having said that the noise does add to the fun ;D

Fuel cars also have refuelling issues around the hot engine.

I have two of the kit builds Nick was talking about. Haven't used them for a while as my 15 year old batteries struggle now :B
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#5
Ive had both a nitro and electric.

The nitro is noisey and very messey, they get dirty quickly from the exhaust.

New modern electric cars powered by Lipo batteriers are very fast and can almost match a nitro at power.

You should look into both, and also look into your nearest track as driving them round a car park gets boring pretty quickly. There is a good track near rye.
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#6
I'm no where near up to date with these, but back in the day the kits provided a much better quality carrot the money.
It's also handy to know how it works & goes together for when you break it Wink
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#7
As Buzz says, Nitro cars are a total faff, electric barely any slower, much quieter etc
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#8
&quot;Buzz&quot; Wrote:Ive had both a nitro and electric.

The nitro is noisey and very messey, they get dirty quickly from the exhaust.

New modern electric cars powered by Lipo batteriers are very fast and can almost match a nitro at power.

You should look into both, and also look into your nearest track as driving them round a car park gets boring pretty quickly. There is a good track near rye.

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#9
I raced 1/8th buggies for a few seasons with KMRC about 7 years ago, Nitro can indeed be a faff but the power output is immense (that is a 3cc engine so lotsa poke!).
You would get very bored very quickly running that on car parks, but local recreation grounds (Luton Rec is brilliant) can give a lot of fun thanks to the hills n stuff.

A nitro fuel tank will last about 20 minutes of fast driving, elec's usually die after 5 or so & you'll need a bunch of spare cells and a 12v fast charger in your car to keep playing.

Once tuned & running right, a nitro will usually start & run without an issue.

As said above, make sure you can get spare suspension wishbones and wheels as they're the first thing to break in a crash or flying death spin.

Local model stores; - these guys will happily advise you on spares availability.
Two-O-Two Models, 14 The Links, Chatham, ME5 0EA. Tel: 01634 826410
Model World, (notcutts Maidstone). Tel: 01622 735855
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#10
&quot;mashley&quot; Wrote:The track near Rye or Brenzet is massive, very professional too; <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.brooklandraceway.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=64">http://www.brooklandraceway.co.uk/index ... &Itemid=64</a><!-- m -->

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The road by that Rye track has an excellent very tight cambered 2nd gear corner just before it if heading east, into third, hard braking for the sweeping right then flat out on the next straight before braking into Goodwood or whatever that village is called....

There is a good track by Hailsham as well 50.864754, 0.241031
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