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Old 02-28-2009, 08:24 PM
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Hi there. just thought i could add another guide to help people looking into getting a RC car. there are literally thousands of different designs made by thousands of companies. now with all of them competing, the price should be low right? WRONG. some top of the line cars can be almost 10000 (that is, you can spend that much on a car, inital cost + all accessories between 1500-2000 + upgraded nitro engine = 300+ upgraded servo = up to 150 upgraded ESC =up to 400+ upgraded BL( brushless) motor (electric) (80-300+) now you have an extremely fast car, your crashing it or damaging the driveshafts from the power, also i forgot to mention batteries, these are by far the most expensive part if you get high quality ones. 4200mah+ will cost AT LEAST 50 for a cheap pack and up to 90+ for a matched pack. (where they test all the cells and put them togeter according to how amny volts and capactiy they have.) you will want a good charger to charge these, and most good chargers are only 12v. a good charger like the Swallow advance, the CDC 6 or 7, much more CTX, or a novak ionic. these require at least a 6 amp supply to run...whats this mean? well either you use your car battery (which is good at the track, but useless at home) or you buy another car battery (100+, and a charger it can charge it with...60+) or you can buy a power supply which converts 240v power into 13.8v. these range from 70 in Jaycar (cheap ones which do break with more than 8/9 amps through them) and up to over 300 for a lab 40 amp supply.



now lets add the cost up, without upgrades/spares (usually at least 500 in the lifespan of the car)

1500+150+400+300+ 90+90+90+90+100+70



= almost $3000 + spare parts and upgrades. an upgraded emaxx can be easily cost 2000 without any radio gear (i forgot to mention that...another 50-300) then alot more cost on top.



of course, buying a second hand touring car (on road) will be FAR FAR cheaper than this, unless its been upgraded like crazy. 2nd hand, depending on the brand, will cost between 300-1000. its rare to see a 1000 used touring car.



the most expensive class would be the monster trucks (what i own personally ). this is because, if you decide to convert it to electric power, it aint cheap! the chasis aint too cheap either. now in the scheme of things, its cheap compared to buying a real car, or a house, but its expensive for a 16 yo (me) to afford these things.



the main thing i want to say is, its really good fun having a car which can beat real cars (won a drag with a porsche) going at almost 80km/hr, but most people will not have a machine like mine yet.



DONT BUY CHEAP STUFF OFF EBAY (CHINESE NO BRAND USELESS STUFF) u can t get parts and it aint worth the money...read the other guides... just do some research and JOIN THE FORUMS. RCTECH IS GOOD, so is ULTIMATE RC, RCUNIVERSE ALSO HAS A GOOD SECTION TOO

good brands inlcude: HPI, TRAXXAS, ASSOCIATED, CORALLY (if your a good driver,a s they are designed for racing and crashes arent cheap to fix), LOSI, HOBAO (cheap and strong, chinese brand, but easily available parts...hyper 7 and 8 are cheapest youll get with strong design and good for bashing or racing.), etc. basically anyhting you can get parts for... email me if you need help deciding on a car @ [email protected]



im best with offroad mosters, but give me a shout if you need help with anything else.

Old 02-28-2009, 08:29 PM
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omg , wrong section , oops can somene move this thread to the main forum[&o]
Old 02-28-2009, 08:32 PM
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Wow.. There was about 5% of that information that was correct or helpfull.. I would say that NOBODY should listen to this guy.... He has no idea what he is talking about...
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Wow.. There was about 5% of that information that was correct or helpfull.. I would say that NOBODY should listen to this guy.... He has no idea what he is talking about...

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I bet everyone will be emailing you now... STOP SPAMMING.. 4 threads in the last 2 hours on nothing but stupidity in the same forum! Do something productive with your time and get off RCU, your spending figures on this hobby are exaggerated to the point of senselessness. $10,000 on an R/C car? Maybe if I had everything in titanium with a ramjet in the trunk! Honestly!
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nobody's deleted this yet???[:'(]
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lol. you DONT NEED $3,000 to get into the hobby!
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I got in the hobby for 250 bucks. I'm having fun. This guy is a moron.
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i got into it for $200 and through 2 years i spent $200 more in upgrades and my car is 3s lipo and mamba with 8900kv moter
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So far I'm yet to hear of anyone spending $10,000. on a single setup. Is the OP using non-USD (US dollars) or something strange like that?
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So far I'm yet to hear of anyone spending $10,000. on a single setup. Is the OP using non-USD (US dollars) or something strange like that?
I doubt it, he lives in the states
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Let me rephrase the original post....For a noob go out and pick a RTR kit (usually $100-300). Buy a decent NIMH which would run $40-60. Get some AA batteries for your radio which is another say $5. Am I missing anything? Don't think so. So to sum it all up: $150 to let's say $350 tops for a noob. Done. Yay.
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Let me rephrase the original post....For a noob go out and pick a RTR kit (usually $100-300). Buy a decent NIMH which would run $40-60. Get some AA batteries for your radio which is another say $5. Am I missing anything? Don't think so. So to sum it all up: $150 to let's say $350 tops for a noob. Done. Yay.
Dont forget the charger....but yeah i get your point.
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Personally, I want to open a hobby shop as close to that guy as I can. Can you imagine the profit margin that you could make off him alone????
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Need a storekeeper?
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Need a mechanic? $200 an hour for labor, YEAH BABY YEAH!
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Let me rephrase the original post....For a noob go out and pick a RTR kit (usually $100-300). Buy a decent NIMH which would run $40-60. Get some AA batteries for your radio which is another say $5. Am I missing anything? Don't think so. So to sum it all up: $150 to let's say $350 tops for a noob. Done. Yay.
Dont forget the charger....but yeah i get your point.
darnit i knew i was forgettin somethin
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Let me rephrase the original post....For a noob go out and pick a RTR kit (usually $100-300). Buy a decent NIMH which would run $40-60. Get some AA batteries for your radio which is another say $5. Am I missing anything? Don't think so. So to sum it all up: $150 to let's say $350 tops for a noob. Done. Yay.
Dont forget the charger....but yeah i get your point.
darnit i knew i was forgettin somethin
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ORIGINAL: Willystylz

Let me rephrase the original post....For a noob go out and pick a RTR kit (usually $100-300). Buy a decent NIMH which would run $40-60. Get some AA batteries for your radio which is another say $5. Am I missing anything? Don't think so. So to sum it all up: $150 to let's say $350 tops for a noob. Done. Yay.
Dont forget the charger....but yeah i get your point.
darnit i knew i was forgettin somethin
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one of those wind turbines over in Shelburne we could rig up to charge our nimhs.......that may cost a few mill
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I don't think I've spent $10,000 on RC stuff in the last 20 years.....hehe...I just wish I could convince some of the new guys around here to spend a bit on a decent radio.....so many new people get all tangled up in "upgrades" to their car or truck, and ignore the component that controls the whole thing....I sold a Traxxs 3 ch Tx to a guy near me for $40, and he's using it to run a T maxx that he has about $1500 in upgrades and aluminum stuff on.....hehe
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one of those wind turbines over in Shelburne we could rig up to charge our nimhs.......that may cost a few mill
Yeah in the summer i see them go by on trucks almost weekly...realy big trucks
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when Adam Drakes pro gas truck got stolen they listed it as a one off custom built rc car, value $30.000!
some of you guys with nothing to do see what it would take to build a custom 5b 1/5 scale, starting with the $1500 Trevor Simpson race motor and clutch, you can easily spend $3000, most of us would opt for good stuff and spend $5000 but $10,000 would be a strech in the car world unless you had each part cnc'd to your specs then $10,000 would probably barely write the code and proof it on a whole car.
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This makes like zero sense! [&:] [sm=confused.gif] I'm confused! [&:][][sm=spinnyeyes.gif][sm=drowning.gif][sm=confused_smile.gif]
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