ORIGINAL: Dads like rc too
haole- you'll have no problem finding any parts you need on ebay or online hobby stores. When I'm looking for parts under $5.00 I try to find as much as I can on ebay with free shipping. There is tons of stuff on there. If I'm looking to make multiple part purchases I usually buy from RC Planet. They offer $2.50 shipping so if I'm spending a little more it's worth paying the shipping to get the parts cheaper.
It's really a shame that my local hobby shop doesn't stock Redcat. I've talked to him a few times about it. He's told me how Redcat is just junk and not worth the hassle. What he doesn't understand is I'm not a racer. I like to have fun running around the neighborhood and parks with my son. Redcat is perfect out of the box for this. The hobby shop is a Traxxas dealer. The cheapest nitro anything they sell is around $350.00. At that price range I would have never got involved in the hobby if I had to purchase two cars for $700 to $800 dollars. I've had very minimal problems with the two Redcats I own. Normal wear and tear. I'm not ripping on the pricier cars. They have their place but right now it is not with me. I would like to support the local businesses, I buy replacement and upgrade parts almost weekly. Unfortunately this is done all on the internet since they are not available locally. I wonder how many other dads that have a family budget to keep up with first before RC cars feel the same way?
I'm a dad that is "new again" to the hobby. My first car back is a Redcat Avalanche XP that I bought new from a local Redcat dealer. I completely agree with what your saying about price point and quality versus other brands. The only reason I got back into this is to find something fun that my now 10 year old son and I can do besides Play Station 3. By the time I bought the truck, starter kit, kill switch, fuel, batteries, tools,etc I had already burned through around $500 just to get started. I'm not really on a budget other than common sense so the money isn't an issue. But my common sense say if I had to spend much more than that my son and I would have been looking at a different hobby.
Now I won't insult anyone by saying Redcat is better than anyone else because I really don't know...yet. It's a fairly new brand and I've been away from it for far too long.In fact 10 minutes after we broke the in the Avalanchemotorwe started to thrash it a littleit ended up wrapped around a light pole after a wide open throttle crash. So I can't even speak a bunch about how good Redcats are or aren't.But I will say this, with my past expirience (nearly 20 years ago) I'm VERY happy and impressed with what Redcat offers in speed and performance so far. I didn't get to thrash it a wholebunchso I can't speak to the durability. But I alsodon't think a head on high speed crash into an immovable object is a fair test. With that said I only broke the servo saver, blew out a shock, bent both upper and lower wrist pins, and trashed the upper suspension arm.A new body and 60 bucks in parts and we'll be back on the road. Not bad all things considered.
One last comment, I've been lookingon Craigs list and EBay for used Redcatsor parts donor cars for the Avalanche. There are a bunch of the other brands for sale real cheap. But very few people are getting rid of there Redcats!
My 2 cents worth are only worth a penny but there it is!