Getting into adulthood somehow we forget the benefits play can bring about; in other words, we get serious and stay in the company of stress and responsibilities, forgetting we were children once. Luckily, with a hobby such as RC vehicles not only do we see play can be part of adult life too but we learn how to have genuine fun like kids again.
Since there’s a variety of vehicles to choose from in specialised stores, such as rc car buggy, rock crawlers, drift cars and trucks, it’s good to know how to start with the hobby by considering certain ways, first and foremost how involved would you like to be in it.
This is important because it helps you understand whether you’re up for getting a ready-made car that’s ideal to race around at home or the neighbourhood as soon as you buy it or have the chance to have fun assembling the pieces yourself, learning more about the mechanics, as well as doing a little customising with painting the parts along the way with a DIY kit.
Likewise, you can find rc car buggy, rock crawlers and the like in different scales, meaning different sizes, from mini with a scale of 1/28th and 1/64th, to the biggest 1/5th, 1/8th, 1/10th and 1/16th in between. The most common one is 1/10th which makes it more likely to find parts and accessories for upgrades, so if you’re planning on upgrading or fixing (let’s face it, your RC will break sooner or later) yourself, this is the recommended option.
Another decision you’d have to make is choose between toy-grade and hobby-grade, with the latter being made for the more tough terrains and racing. When it comes to the power of RC vehicles, you have the chance to pick from electric or gas powered, with electric being the more suitable option for beginners as they’re ready to use, low-maintenance and all you’d have to do would be to charge the batteries.
If however you’re up for more power and something more expensive and noisy then the gas powered is the alternative. The minute you begin to get involved in this hobby, it’s advisable to learn something about one of the basic parts: the motor. Since it comes in two options, brushed and brushless. Though the brushless are more efficient in energy saving, they can be tricky for steering so they aren’t exactly the recommended choice for a beginner.