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    Thread: R/C Car forum FAQ and resource Guide

    1. 08-09-2004 10:23 AM #1
      There are many choices out there these days if you want to get in Radio Control Modelling. The Biggest part of the hobby is R/C cars. There are 2 main types. Electric Powered, and Nitro Powered. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

      Electric cars are quiet, (so the neighbors won't complain), are clean, (no fuels to mess with), and in general are cheaper to buy and run. All R/C cars require at least the car, a radio system, batteries, and paint and glue. There are RTR (READY TO RUN) cars out there...these are gettting more popular....they come fully assembled and ready to drive..but a lot of people prefer to build the car so you know how to fix it when it breaks.
      If you buy an electric kit..here are some basic supplies you need to have.

      Car Kit
      2 Channel Radio system.
      An Electronic Speed Control (ESC) is recommended
      Battery Pack(s)
      Battery Charger
      Glue
      Basic Hand tools - needle nose pliers, small philips and flat head screwdrivers
      Paint for Body (Lexan Scissors recommended)

      A beginner electric car and all the accesories you need can be had for under $300.....there are also several different classes of cars...On road cars...touring cars...off road buggies....trucks...and many others. You have to decide what you want. The downsides? Electric cars are in general slower than Nitro cars....and the faster you make them by replacing the electric motors with faster ones..you decrease the time the car runs. You can make them run longer by buying a battery pack that has more storage capacity..but they of course, cost more..and take longer to charge. The old addage....How fast do you want to go? How much $$ to you have to spend? works here.....it is generally better to have several battery packs so you can charge a few and have them to run.....Electric cars can be a ton of fun and a good way to learn how to handle an R/C car.

      And then there are Nitro Cars. These are the hottest car segment out there. Why? They are damm cool! Plus in most cases they are very fast..and your run time is only limited by a fuel fill up. But Nitro cars require more support equiptment, and a certain level of skill to run and maintain. Here are some basic supplies you will need for a Nitro car:

      Car
      2-3 channel radio depending on kit. (maybe heavy duty servo for steering)
      Nitro Fuel (depends on the requirements of the engine what % Nitro content)
      Glow Plug ignitor
      Starter (some cars are pull start - others require a "Bump Box" or a hand starter)
      Tools for glow plug and hand tools for assembly
      Thread Lock
      After Run oil
      Glue for Tires
      Spare Parts
      Paint for Body (Lexan Scissors recommended)

      Advantages? Nitro cars are a lot faster...can be upgraded like a real car with exhaust....carberators......intakes.....hotter fuel...gearing.....etc....and of course you run longer on tanks of fuel...

      Disadvantages? Nitro engines are very tempermental..they take specific break in procedures.....need to be broken in slowly.....the fuel is messy and corrosive....is expensive......the cars get infinitely more dirty (the nitro fuel gets all over the car and dirt sticks to it) and these engines require some maintaince to keep them running well....suggestions to help keep them alive include after-run oil in the engine after every time you use it..and a rebuild at some point down the road. These cars/truck are also not quiet....so if you live in a heavily populated area you could get people calling the cops on you . In addition...becasue these cars are generally faster...it takes a certain degree of skill to drive them well.....a 8lb 40mph missle hitting you or a friend in the leg can casue serious injury....so these vehicles deserve respect. The cost of replacement parts is also more than electric cars in general....

      Building and running R/C cars/trucks is all about fun. Once you get one you will see your friends all getting one Most kits have a clear plastic body that allows you to paint them to your own design. These bodies are made from Lexan....and you paint them on the Inside..and once you are done most have a very thin film that covers the outside of the body...you peel this away to reveal your nice paint job and then you use the stickers that are usually included with the body and stick those on the outside. You can make the car pretty realistic with most of the sticker sets that are included. These bodies also need to be trimmed...you need to cut out the wheel wells and other trim parts..a curved set of "Lexan Scissors" you can buy at most hobby shops will make this step a LOT easier..regular scissors and exact-o knifes are hard to use on these flexible bodies.

      The best thing about R/C cars for us Vortexers? There are several compaines that make kits and bodies of German cars....some VW here and there...Audi....Porsche....BMW.....etc.....you can posibly find a body of the car you love most and make a car look just like it.

      Hopefully this thread wil lanswer some qustions...below is a list of some online resources to find more info and kits to be bought. If you have a hobby shop local it's worth going down there to check out what they got....but do some comparison shopping 1st before you buy anything!

      Online R/C Car Shops and Resources

      http://www.TowerHobbies.com
      http://www.HobbyPeople.net
      http://www.EHobbies.com
      http://www.HPIRacing.com
      http://www.Tamiyausa.com
      http://www.Strongsvillehobby.com
      http://www.Southeastrc.com

      Submissions for this thread are desired..if you have another online resource to add or a very good tip to submit..please do so....it will be included!

      Dan

      Am I OG status yet? Close to 40 years old and still driving a slammed and Boosted 'Dub...cool or sad?

    2. 08-10-2004 08:47 AM #2
      if anyone has a good web link or a good general tip for this forum please post...and it will be included....thanks!

      Dan

      Am I OG status yet? Close to 40 years old and still driving a slammed and Boosted 'Dub...cool or sad?

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      08-14-2004 06:20 PM #3
      all mkiv bodies have been discontinued. find them on ebay once in a while. they were made by proline. part number 3121-00 for 200mm jetta

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      09-13-2004 06:01 PM #6
      and for the best r/c mag, xtreme r/c cars magazine

      http://www.rc411.com


    7. 11-20-2004 03:11 AM #7
      There are very good forums at:
      http://www.radiocontrolzone.com/forums
      http://www.rctech.net/forums

      A very good (but difficult to register for) RC monster truck forum is:
      http://www.rcmt.com

      In the electric RC scene, there is a newer technology that is finally coming to RC cars: brushless. In a traditional RC car electric motor the windings spin around a magnetic field. They use brushes to get the DC voltage to the commutator which transfers it to the windings. This is inefficient on many fronts. Brushless motors do not use brushes, the windings are built into the cannister and the magnets are spun around. This requires a specialized controller but these are becoming readily available.

      What are the advantages of a brushless motor system? More efficiency and more torque (sounds like a TDI!). This means longer run times and more power to the wheels for the same battery packs compared to a traditional brushed setup.


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      12-12-2004 09:06 PM #8
      a very good RC forum is.....
      http://www.rcuniverse.com/

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      04-02-2005 01:03 AM #9
      My take: I researched the _____ out of this hobby, before I bought anything. I went with a HPI RS4. While I love it, I wish I went ELECTRIC.
      Just a word to the wise.
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    10. 04-27-2005 11:53 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by my merc 4 »
      all mkiv bodies have been discontinued. find them on ebay once in a while. they were made by proline. part number 3121-00 for 200mm jetta

      So no more mk IV bodies? damn... What about Corrado bodies ... I herd there is a company that makes Corrado bodies now. Any truth to that? if so where can i find one ...

      The only damn vw bodies i can seem to find is new bugs


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      04-28-2005 01:54 AM #11
      I actually found a jetta body. $22.00 shipped... I should have it soon!
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    12. 04-30-2005 12:25 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by CapeGLS »
      I actually found a jetta body. $22.00 shipped... I should have it soon!

      Want to share where you found it ..name of place, link, phone# anything?


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      04-30-2005 03:06 AM #13
      Quote, originally posted by GLI2NR »

      Want to share where you found it ..name of place, link, phone# anything?


      I would... but... I am no noob in the knowledge base of these bodies. I know where I found the deal... I would like to help, but I am being greedy!
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    14. 05-01-2005 06:54 AM #14
      damn...Well can I buy one from you ?

    15. 05-01-2005 07:07 AM #15
      never mind just found them ... HA!

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      05-01-2005 12:11 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by GLI2NR »
      never mind just found them ... HA!

      Good deal....
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    17. 05-01-2005 09:45 PM #17
      and I will share w/ all..... here ya go http://www.cmldistribution.co.uk/pro_car.htm thats one spot I found them


      Modified by GLI2NR at 5:46 PM 5-1-2005

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      05-03-2005 02:21 PM #18
      Pimp Iv Got to get one of those

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      05-03-2005 03:30 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by GLI2NR »
      and I will share w/ all..... here ya go http://www.cmldistribution.co.uk/pro_car.htm thats one spot I found them


      Modified by GLI2NR at 5:46 PM 5-1-2005


      Good for you.. Too bad that isnt where I found em.. Mine are inside the US!
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    20. 05-09-2005 09:52 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by CapeGLS »

      Good for you.. Too bad that isnt where I found em.. Mine are inside the US!

      Yeah I found 2 other places also ..on in North Carolina and one in TX that has them. .. and cheaper than The first one I found


    21. 05-10-2005 01:16 PM #21
      Geat information!I agree

      Check out this one:
      RC Car Guide--RC Plane Guide
      Extensive guide to learning to how to fly and how to select your first RC Airplane & Car.

      url:

      http://www.rcplaneguide.com/Radio_Control_Car.html

      http://www.rcplaneguide.com/RC....html

      http://www.rcplaneguide.com/Electric_Cars.html

      http://www.rcplaneguide.com/Nitro_Cars.html

      personally I love this site!!
      great online RC Hobby Shops Information


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      05-10-2005 09:56 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by GLI2NR »

      Yeah I found 2 other places also ..on in North Carolina and one in TX that has them. .. and cheaper than The first one I found

      ok so where did you find them in the US?

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      05-11-2005 02:21 PM #23
      i have the links @ home ill pm you

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      06-21-2005 04:27 AM #24
      corrado rc body on ebay, 2 of them actually... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA...=WD1V

    25. 08-12-2005 03:08 AM #25
      Pretty cool site I came across for those into Mini Z's and XMODS.

      http://www.micromotorsport.com

      Add that to the list...


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      08-12-2005 08:58 AM #26
      Quote, originally posted by VDubFebru »
      Pretty cool site I came across for those into Mini Z's and XMODS.

      http://www.micromotorsport.com

      Add that to the list...

      Plus they own vw's. One has an R32 and the other has a 337!

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    27. 09-03-2005 03:23 AM #27
      if your interested in competition


      http://www.roarracing.com

      its great fun,give it a try!!!


    28. 11-28-2005 05:15 AM #28
      Hey GUYS!!!!
      now i dont know about you but these are some pics of my baby. First one, Cadillac Escalade with colour shifting paint, complete with bigger and better spinners and the secondone is my "homie-roller" BMW M3.

      What do you guys think??

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      http://i32.photobucket.com/alb...4.jpg


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      12-09-2005 10:05 AM #29
      VW Body Sources
      Kamtec on Ebay kamtec webpage
      I'm just posting this here so it will be stickied, loads of people want to know where to get VW bodies, here's a guy who is making them. I've bought a few from ebay, and I thik I'll be back for more





      Modified by Insomniax at 6:38 AM 12-9-2005

      New Posts, finally!
      Quote Originally Posted by unleashedd
      Where can I get these nipples?

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      01-17-2006 11:20 PM #30
      I own many brands....30+ to be honest. My most owned brand is Tamiya. I have mostly Vintage Tamiya's that I restore. Some can get very pricey. I have $300+ into Tamiya Fox that still needs a few parts to complete.

      But my favorite site is:
      http://www.TamiyaClub.com
      Here is my Showroom on there!
      http://www.tamiyaclub.com/showroom.asp?id=488

      They are the best site for Taiya Information.
      Video's, Manuals, Forums, Chat and Much Much More!


      Modified by DJazzGTI at 7:21 PM 1-17-2006


    31. 02-01-2006 07:15 PM #31
      i have a Tamiya 1\10th FF Rover Mini Cooper that i used to race. I need to find a MK1 rabbit body for this beast, Where they @? I would also be nice if it was in the U.S, because i found a couple but shipping be horrible.

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      02-08-2006 01:18 PM #32
      The only Mk1 bodies I know of were kamtec,

      http://kamtec.co.uk/products.p...cat=8 and the Group2 Golf by Tamiya, long since discontinued, and very rare. Last seen on ebay

      http://cgi.ebay.ie/Tamiya-VW-G...wItem
      http://cgi.ebay.ie/Tamiya-1-12...wItem
      http://cgi.ebay.ie/Tamiya-VW-G...wItem
      http://cgi.ebay.ie/TAMIYA-NIB-...wItem

      New Posts, finally!
      Quote Originally Posted by unleashedd
      Where can I get these nipples?

    33. 06-29-2007 03:47 AM #33
      If you ever have any questions about Tamiya's.....IM me. I have been doing this hobby since 1985 and I am a special at Tamiya brand even though I have owned about every Traxxas and other brands too!

      If ya need help. IM me!


    34. 06-30-2008 10:05 AM #34
      Quote, originally posted by 333_VR6_333 »
      If you ever have any questions about Tamiya's.....IM me. I have been doing this hobby since 1985 and I am a special at Tamiya brand even though I have owned about every Traxxas and other brands too!

      If ya need help. IM me!

      got ya beat my borther..been doing R/C and Tamiya since about '82... guess i'm older....

      any help anyone needs i'm always on here checking stuff out..

      Am I OG status yet? Close to 40 years old and still driving a slammed and Boosted 'Dub...cool or sad?

    35. 11-04-2008 04:06 PM #35
      I def. need some help in the R/C car world. I just bought a redcatracing car in 1/10 scale from the wonderful world of ebay. Thinking that this was a gas a go hobby, boy was i wrong. I followed the instructions exactly as stated (oiled filter, loctite all bolts) and had a hard time with the first start up. Well when she fired up she was reving so hard I thought it was going to blow up. The radio control and high rev idle control was way off and there was no way of me knowing how high they were out of the box. I finally thought I got the car dialed in only to find out that every time I pull the glow plug off she stalls on me. This is a brand new plug that I used mabye five times to start the car... I never thought this was going to be such a pain in the ass...

      Any advice or links for newbs would be much appreciated....


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