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Need a first hobby grade buggy...$400ish budget

Old 11-09-2011, 07:59 PM
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Default Need a first hobby grade buggy...$400ish budget

Hey guys and gals. Let me go ahead and apologize up front for all of my n00bness.

I always loved RC cars when I was a kid but only ever owned toys (My personal favorite was an old Tyco Fast Traxx 9.6v that thing was awesome and somebody really needs to make a hobby grade version of it). Anyway, I'm 30 years old now and for some reason have an urge to pick up a new toy, but I'd like to go with something hobby grade.

I'm looking for something 1/8 scale and it has to be an electric buggy. I just like the looks of a buggy and from my understanding 1/8 scale is more durable than 1/10 scale and being as this will be mostly for bashing (I guess that's the correct term for screwing around in the back yard with it on home made ramps and what not), durability is a big priority.

Secondly, I want something RTR. I only want to spend around $400ish (that's my ball park...I don't really want to go over that too much, but will if absolutely necessary.

Right now, the only options that I really know that are in my price range are a Thunder Tiger EB4-G3 and a XTM XT2e. Again, I'm not looking to race, as I have no track that I'm aware of for hundreds of miles. Also, I have no hobby store within probably 2.5 hours from me so using the whole "get what your local hobby store sells" is not a consideration for me. Replacement parts will be purchased online without exception.

So, what do you guys recommend? Are either of the above two options I mentioned any good (again, durability is my number one concern)? Are there other options that are better?

Lastly, if this is in the wrong forum...I apologize. If this is the case, please direct me to the correct sub-forum or maybe have a moderator move it?

Thanks guys!


Old 11-10-2011, 12:11 AM
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Default RE: Need a first hobby grade buggy...$400ish budget

Does your budget include batteries and charger?

Personally, I would suggest saving a bit more money intially, since you are so far away from a source of spares, you want a very strong car.

Also, if purely bashing, why do you fancy a buggy? A good MT would be more rewarding I would think. If you can stretch the budget to enough to get the Thunder Tiger MTA4 G3, that's what I'd recommend. If you're set on a buggy, there are a few brushless choices, but none that can take 6s out of the box for the budget (6s capability is something you want, even if you don't plan on running it at the start, you will want to sample the insanity at some point). If you're set on an RTR, there is only really one other you haven't mentioned, the Kyosho Inferno VE RTR which is a decent car for the money and has good quality Orion electrics (but no 6S capability).

If your budget is intended to include batteries and charger, you are a going in a bit low for a buggy.
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xtm rail electric is good 
Old 11-10-2011, 03:19 AM
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Default RE: Need a first hobby grade buggy...$400ish budget

This is the appropriate forum, and so is the other in which you have a very similar topic. Please don't cross post. Since your other thread has more replies, I'll lock this one. Link to active thread... http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_10805081/tm.htm

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