reading threw here, its clear that many who put down redcat have never owned one, or only owned just 1. you cant judge a brand on just 1 model you owned!
i had a traxxas nitro sport SE as my 1st RC. It was NOT a good truck. broke something every other time i ran it. motor was a pain to keep tuned.
But i like traxxas. I have owned xl5's, vxl's and a emaxx. all of which i liked.
One comment that shows some ignorance was that redcat uses junk electronics.
That may hold true of the few brushed models. the ESC and motors are very basic.
But their brushless stuff is almost all hobbywing ezrun stuff now.
Some of the servos they have used in the past had issues, but they are addressing that.
nearly all their models now have 2.4ghz radios. same as the flysky 2.4 sold on hobbypartz.com.
They recently changed many models to banana 4.0 plugs. while these may not be as popular as deans or the traxxas plug, they are better for handling the power than tamiya plugs.
their 1/8 scale nitros are decent trucks for the money. their are some other brands that may be better(dont know, as i havent run them) that are in the same price range. but you wont be wasting your money on a 3.5 or the professional series.
thier 1/10 scale nitros are OK. Not high end, but fun.
I know that some will say " oh, but he is a dealer"
well, i became one after owning 5 of their models and liking them. they dont break any more often than my traxxas vxl's.
Most of redcat's models are imported from china. However, they worked with another company to design the ground pounder. no-one else has that truck, it belongs to redcat and redcat alone.
Even some other models that you may find exceed or himoto selling are not always completely identical. redcat sometimes has the manufacturer use different electronics or different molds for certain parts.
Redcat is the underdog. They have been in biz for only 7 years or so. They are still learning.
As the underdog, there will always be haters. And as a "lower cost" Rc company, there will be many newbs who buy a redcat cause of the price and then blame Redcat for problems instead of admitting that it was their lack of knowledge.
I personally have enjoyed my Redcat just as much as the traxxas, HPI, tamiyas i have owned.