Re: Thinking of getting a Truck..
1st let me say how happy I am to find this board! I own 3 offroad nitro rc cars, and 2 of them are RC10GT. I can not more highly recomend the team associated RC10GT. DO NOT get trapped in the tmaxx thing. Its a good car and all I guess, but it just isnt competitive. The RC10 is well made, fast, you won't out grow it any time soon, MANY MANY parts are availible, the instructions are very well done (compared to other cars!) and the options are just endless. I have about 3000 dollars in this hobby and have only been at it about a year. It is HIGHLY addictive. You do not want to spend 250 dollars on a piece of crap Tamiya or something, cuz as the previous users said, it will be a hole to pour money into, and STILL not give you the results you want. These cars are models, I don't recomend an RTR (ready to run car). They don't have the upgrades, and you won't gain the familiarity you so desparatley need for this hobby. Expect to spend more time working on the car than driving it. Buy the best electronics you can possibly afford. The rc10 comes in an rtr, the "team" kit, and the "factory team". Buy the factory team, PLEASE. I 1st bought the team and spent plenty of money upgrading to what I would have got with the factory team anyways. For a beginner, buy an OS motor. I recomend you get an electric starter box. You will tire of pull start very quickly! You will need rechargable batteries, good electronics (as I mentioned) if you dare to drive on the street you will go through tires VERY VERY fast. (I can do doughnuts on the pavement, and leave rubber with my 1 horse novarossi motor) if you play like that, tires MIGHT last a week. Buy square fuzzies for awesome traction, buy Gladiators for ripping it up in loose stuff, and get street tires for the street. (however the 2.2" street tires are so short they offer no traction whatsoever) The front tires are awesome, you won't hardly ever have to replace them. Do not, repeat do not get into the sport with less then $600 bucks. You will need quality small tools. The rc10 is all standard. Once you buy your second and third car, you will probably end up switching to metric! Buy extra nuts and bolts from fastener-express.com. Use blue locktight and nylock nuts whenever possible. The only other 2WD car I can recomend is Team Lossi. Now, once you get all that, you will get a bug up your butt for 4WD. Then you will want 1/8 scale cars when you see how tremendously powerfull a .21 motor is! If you are in Las Vegas, I HIGHLY recomend going to Nice-Twice hobbies (in the phone book) and buying a used car on consignment. They are great people over there. As far as a motor lasting a couple gallons of fuel, that too depends on the motor, and the driving style. You should also buy a digital pyrometer, and never ever run your motor over 260 degrees (max). Always use after run oil in your motor. It will rust and pit inside otherwise, causing wear and tear. The good thing is, you can rebuild your motor for in the neighborhood of 75 bucks. My novarossi has about 5 gallons of fuel through it, and still running strong. Course, its about the best motor you can buy, a genuine paris racing novarossi. Start with an OS. And I don't recomend the one horse model right away (the OS-RZ) start with a .6 horse engine, they have a one year warranty. Once you get all that done, write to me and we can go rip [censored] up!!