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Who's got a remote control car ?

MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 9:35AM
Hi...one of my grandson's artistic, he is 7 next month, he rarely plays with anything but recently he saw a group of lads playing with remote control cars, I've never known him ask for anything...unlike his brother Smile
...but he said..."Henry wants one of those"

What do I need to be looking at ? ...how much do I need to pay ? to get something good and reliable...
....thinking it must work on grass.

....any advice appreciated ....many thanks....Mike

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
19 Aug 2012 9:57AM
You need to be looking for radio controlled cars.
I should think that you'll find lots of outlets on the internet and there must be a model shop relatively close by where you can have a look.
The prices vary enormously. The ones by 'Tamiya' are tough and offer lots of optional 'tune up' parts but the better ones aren't cheap (think three figures) and probably more importantly in this case, their batteries, which are their own, you can't use 'AAs' for example, only give about five minutes running time.
Also, the radio gear needs to be bought separately and can, depending on what you get, cost more that the car.
I know all of this because I used to have two of them.
You'd be better off buying something more akin to a 'toy' version of the same thing. I can't recommend a particular brand or type, he might want to choose his own anyway but they usually have the radio gear pre-installed and will run on rechargable torch batteries. My daughter used to have one and a set of batteries lasted for ages. Look in your nearest toy shop.
And they cost a lot less.

MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 10:19AM
....cheers for that Bren....I'll ride down to Toys R us now...make a start.

....oh and Happy birthday...mine on Tuesday Smile

StuartAt 13 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 10:21AM
I'd agree with what Bren said. The 'proper' cars are awesome (especially the nitro ones) but they have a lot of drawbacks unless you spend quite alot of money. Best bet is to set a budget and go to a decent independent model shop and talk to them. I'd think for a 7 year old, you wouldn't want one of the higher-end cars anyway.
MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 4:20PM
Cheers Stuart...I called at Toys R Us to have a look, a rugged looking truck at 79 which I liked the look of and when I got back home found something similar on line for half that price but got very poor reviews.
I can see now I need something that runs on standard re-chargeables, wouldn't do for it to pack in after 5/10 minutes.
...I've got a lot to learn before parting with cash Smile
.....thanks again....Mike
MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 5:43PM
Hi...in my first post I meant to say "autistic"
triumphv8 10 475 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 12:06AM

Do as Bren suggests and go to a local model shop and get them to take you through the choices and accessories needed.

5-10mins is normal but then with 3 or 4 packs and a rapid charger its' no problem.

Get something they stock spares and upgrades for.
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 10:40AM
I've tried a few of the cheaper ones (upto 20 from Tesco), but on Grass you need enough power/tyre grip to get through the grass and enough ground clearance so that the car body does not just sit on the grass with the wheel spinning. I've yet to find a cheap one that can get onto and off my lawn.
Its not going to be cheap, and you may want to also think about robust recharging connections and even water proofness as grass is often damp long after it looks dry out.

p.s. Some cars can move on walls and ceilings - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_nYNuoZteA
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
20 Aug 2012 2:13PM
Depends on what he want's really, as a beginner I would advise going with something with an electric motor, preferably brushless, more speed more power.
I use to race nitro engined cars, which were expensive, smelly and noisy, but now just keep to nitro powered boats, well very fast 60-70mph aquaplanes to be precise. GrinGrinGrinGrin

Have a look at this site NitroTek they sell all these kind of things, but what's more if he were to have a mishap! and trust me he will Grin You can easily get spares for all their models. A very good starter model which is both fast and capable of the odd knock/stunt and good on grass is this one Vortex it's not cheap at 85 but it will knock the spots of anything you might be able to get from Toys-R-Us/Tescos et al.......Don't forget spare batteries and a good charger.

MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 10:59AM
Sorry for delay in coming back to this thread....I've been away and on my return it got forgotten.
...many thanks for all the input, still trying to figure out what's best.
dcash29 12 2.3k England
30 Aug 2012 6:06PM
Mike, search google and have a look at 'tamiya radio control cars'

Ade, what CC are your boats?

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