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Old 03-30-2011, 08:58 PM   #1
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Fairly new to this except have an old rc nitro truck in my garage that i cant seem to get working properly..

My question is that im looking to get a new car and become more involved hopefully. Only thing is i am student and dont wanna spend to much money. My first question is nitro or electric? cant make up mind but kinda like to thinker. nitro seems more expensive though?

As well what is a decent start car? have been looking at redcat earthquake 3.5. can get shipped to my house for 300 with starter kit. also been looking at Savage X 4.6 RTR, can get for 500 plus shipping. Leaning towards redcat cause lower in price, but keep getting mixed reviews.

Any help is much appreciated guys!! Thanks
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:31 AM   #2
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Re: New to RC. Help please!!!

I to am just starting out in RC land vehicles after 20 years of being exclusively an airplane guy. It can be quite overwhelming trying to make all the decisions at first.

Trying to decide Nitro or Electric I guess depends mostly on your personal preference. Myself, I decided right off to go with electric after weighing the pros and cons of both routes. I looked at it this way for my personal choice: Nitro takes a fair bit more equipment and does require more tinkering with such things as engines and getting the needles setup to run properly. Also these days, a jug of nitro fuel is expensive. For the price of one jug of fuel, you can almost purchase a good Ni-MH pack.

Also with nitro you'll need to carry glow fuel, spare glow plugs, a Ni-starter and a starter box as well as air filters, fuel filters, a fuel bottle to fill the tank, after run oil, etc etc. With electric just bring along a couple of spare batteries and a field charger. Plug in the car/truck on board battery, turn on the Tx, flip a switch on the vehicle and your off! Electric just seems a whole lot easier to go with and NO slime to cleanup after an afternoon of bashing. Electric is also much quieter so you don't get the neighbours yelling at you over the fence about the noise!

And with the powerful electric motors, along with the advancements with today's battery systems, electric in many cases can out perform glow!

My first vehicle is an Axial AX10 Scorpion Rock Crawler. Great in the backyard and even fun in the living room crawling over everything in its way. Chasing the cats is rather interesting I'd like to try a local competition or two this summer, which is a lot more fun than some might think.

I just ordered my second vehicle, a Traxxas Slash 4X4 Short course Stadium Truck for some great back yard bashing and maybe even a go at some racing at the local off road race track.

Both vehicles are complete RTR w/2.4 GHz radio systems, are electric using 6 and 7 cell Ni-MH car battery packs, but are also capable of using 3S lipo packs for greater speeds and run times. Cost was approx. $300 for the crawler, and $400 for the Slash 4x4 RTR packages.

As I have said, this is only my personal preference! Dispite the advantages of electric to me, there will always be die hard nitro guys who love the sound of the engines and the smell of burning glow fuel. What ever way you decide to go remember to just get out there and have a blast!

Please let us know which way you decide to go and what vehicle you end up purchasing. Oh, and welcome back to the wonderful world of RC!
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Before you buy something used make sure you can get parts for it and fuel is readily available at your local hobby shop.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:46 PM   #4
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Re: New to RC. Help please!!!

In my opinion go with the HPI Savage parts are not only cheap and you pretty much can get it at any hobby shop, or order them from your local hobby shop and get them within a week, at least mine hobby shop does.
Place an order on Monday will have it on Friday.
The HPI is a little more expensive but it will pay off on the long run.

Not many hobby shops carry Redcat pruducts and I don't think parts are easy to get. The best thing to to is go to your local hobby shop and ask if they car get parts for the Redcat.

And I can assure you will break parts, unless you're just taking it easy.
Hope that helps
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HPI Savage nitro or electric is durable and most LHS will carry parts.
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