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    Need help for starter hobby grade rc

    Looking to buy a STARTER level RC car for my 6 year old son and I.
    Just for driving around the neighborhood, grass and pavement, and a little inside.
    I am wanting to stay under $175.
    I am not sure about 1/10 or 1/18.
    I am leaning to the 1/10 ECX Torment, but am also looking at 1/18 Helion Animus. Someone else mentioned the Tacon Soar 1/14.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.

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    Three of us have the brushless truggy version of this one. It works pretty well. Easy to work on, good parts support, and fun to thrash and crash.

    http://www.hobbypeople.net/index.php...h-battery.html

    A little bigger short course truck

    http://www.hobbypeople.net/index.php...t-charger.html

    This is the one we have. We also bought a couple extra batteries. It is more then you listed. With a 5000 mah battery, we go for 30 to 45 minutes.

    http://www.hobbypeople.net/index.php...r-charger.html

    Battery.

    http://www.hobbypeople.net/index.php...-car-lipo.html


    There are a lot of cars and trucks out there. All depends on what you are looking for. Might want to think about a radio you can limit the throttle on so he does not drive full throttle.


    Buzz.

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    I'd go with the Ruckus. It is more appealing to kids, and is designed for new drivers. Those DHK, at least with my experience, are total crap. My HP Outlaw (same company, different name), is always breaking, and the front wheels do not spin. I've done everything I could to it, but still..... it sucks. Go with the Ruckus. You won't regret it.

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    Thanks for the feedback. Definitely leaning towards Torment or Ruckus, which as I can understand are essentially the same truck with different body setups.
    Will go visit HobbyTown tomorrow.
    Extra battery or larger battery for them?
    Thanks again!

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    I'd go with extra and larger, LOL! Check out Venom's NiMH. Mine have lasted about 3 years now. http://www.atomik-rc.com/7-2v-4200ma...-Pack-UNI.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by collector1231 View Post
    I'd go with the Ruckus. It is more appealing to kids, and is designed for new drivers. Those DHK, at least with my experience, are total crap. My HP Outlaw (same company, different name), is always breaking, and the front wheels do not spin. I've done everything I could to it, but still..... it sucks. Go with the Ruckus. You won't regret it.
    The Ruckus WAS NOT even a Hobby People (Global Hobbies) product! It's a Horizon Hobby product they import and HP sold as a dealer while looking for their own product line. http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...k-rtr-ECX03012

    It is hardly honest to blame your problems with the Ruckus on Hobby People! My grandson (7) has a DHK Wolf which he's now starting to club race and I have a DHK Hunter Brushless I've been racing a while. DHK makes their cars and trucks entirely themselves except for the electronics (ESC, Motors and Servos are HobbyWing a highly regarded manufacturer in electric planes, boats and cars; and of course DHK does not make their own Nitro motors.) DHK also makes parts (suspension, body parts and chassis) for other well known RC upper level brands. That's how they got their experience to make their own RC off-roaders, which Global (HP) is the exclusive North American importer and Distributor. RC Car Action in a full review gave the Hunter an excellent ready to race rating.

    The ONLY weak link in the DHK lower priced trucks is using a plastic gear steering servo, which just won't last long in any RC Truck or Buggie, so you spend $20 and put in a Metal Gear one. Otherwise, the "1/10th" scale DHK Hunter is based mostly on their own 1/8th scale full race electric Zombie Truggy, a pretty nice pedigree.

    Try not to bash something you have misinformation on. Thanks

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    I'd avoid the Tacon models unless you want to order all you parts from overseas. That could be dodgy. The only place I've seen carry them are HobbyPartz and NitroRCX (the same company). While I like HobbyPartz, sometimes their stock is out, and you have to wait months for something to come back in, which would suck if you broke a suspension arm.

    $175 isn't much of a budget, considering you need batteries and a charger too. Plus lubes, tools, etc.

    I've admired the look of the build quality of the DHK models. They look pretty good. I'll vouch for the HobbyWing electronics. And agree that most RTRs come with really cheap servos. Get a decent one and you'll be happy.

    Oh, I just would rather see you get Lipo than use NiMh packs. Brushless systems will suck the guts out of NiMh packs, over-heat them, and soon they die. And NEVER EVER use the crappy Tamiya-style Molex batt connectors! Use Traxxas or Deans or EC3.
    Just a schmoe....

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    Quote Originally Posted by lladna View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. Definitely leaning towards Torment or Ruckus, which as I can understand are essentially the same truck with different body setups.
    Will go visit HobbyTown tomorrow.
    Extra battery or larger battery for them?
    Thanks again!
    ive had a ecx torment and liked it. it is not on the level of my SC10rs....but then it is under $200. it had good durability, handled pretty well, had good traction and even the body held up well.

    batteries are rated by volts (the number of cells) and the MAH (capacity and thus runtime)
    look for something in the 4000 to 5000mah range. these will provide very reasonable runtimes.
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    Deans plugs for sure. There is no better way.
    If it works, take it apart and find out why.

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