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Re: Getting into RC\'S
It all depends on what you want to do.. For racing off-road I'd get a competative truck out of the box. Team Associated RC10T4 RTR is a excellent choice for racing. Me personally I like building my truck so I would choose a kit instead of a RTR (Ready To Rebuild). I've been in R/C for quite some time though so I'm way past the beginning stages.
For a on-road car such as a "sedan" or Touring Car I'd probably take a look at the Associated, Losi or HPI options.
For a 2wd basher you can bash around the yard or campsite I'd probably look at the Stampede or Tamiya Blackfoot.
For 4wd truck I picked up a Tamiya Twin Detonator and it seems to be a pretty fun truck, and its pretty durable too. I've got mine sealed up for Winter use and I've driven it in quite a bit of white stuff.
If you really want a Formula One indy car Tamiya still makes them and in the Indy hayday they were one of the top brands producing them. I remember parking lot racing a Tamiya Benneton B192 car (I don't remember what chassis designation it was) back in the 90's before the sedan craze hit.
One brand I would recommend avoiding is Kyosho. I've given them a few chances with varios kits. I only have good memories of my first one though (Big Boss truck) because I was too inexperienced to know better, plus it was huge compared to what I was used to playing with.