ORIGINAL: Dads like rc too
I am not much help but IĀ*was hoping you could tell me what you think of that Redcat. I have heard so many mixed reviews. For the money it seems like a good options to me.
There are many small issues you can point to on most Redcat models that could be better, but if you look at what your getting for the money you can't complain.
Especially for people new to the hobby Redcat makes it affordable to start out. Pricing is what keeps most away from this hobby. It's very difficult for some to walk in a hobby shop with one of their kids and get shown a $600 Traxxas Revo or $500 Hpi Savage. Both companies sell less expensive models, but it's been my experience that their cheaper models are made up of mostly the same parts as Redcat. The only difference is their ''cheap'' models are usually around $360 for a 1/10 scale nitro compared to a $160-$190 Redcat 1/10 scale nitro. Again, I won't say the competitors less expensive models aren't better at all, just that remember your paying another $150 for them.
I've owned many Redcat models. With a little experience under your belt you will learn what needs to be tweaked and to also find the models they sell that are ''their best'' for what your paying. Without a doubt the Volcano S30 is one of the best nitro monster trucks out in the startup price range. Less than $200 RTR, very hard to beat. Yes people will warn of the steering servo not being strong enough or just failing prematurely, but we're talking about a replacement that costs less than $15. The SH engine is very user friendly and plenty powerful enough for any of the 1/10 scale models out there today, and I wouldn't think twice about using it as a replacement for competitors equipment either.
Same goes for Redcats brushless equipment, with most of the 1/10 scale brushless costing under $220, you'll be hard pressed to find anything close in comparison out there for less than close to $400.
My last 1/10 was a Tornado S30 which was just indestructible. There are many mod possibilities for this little buggy once you get more confident. I currently have been running a Monsoon XTR for the past year. Again there have been some parts that have broken for apparently no reason, but when you consider the retail cost of this monster truggy, nothing on the market compares. No, it's not as strong as a HPI Savage or Traxxas Revo, but if your not running into immovable objects all the time it holds up just fine. The big block has tons of power. This truggy is great at the track, or anywhere else you want to run it.
If your expectations are reasonable for the money your spending, you'll realize there really is no reason to bash Redcat. Their customer service is top notch. The few times I've had to deal with them either by email or phone, they've made my warranty claim as smooth as possible. you can't ask for more for the money.