Hi, i'm looking for a little advice and hoping a few will know where i am coming from and what i should be looking for.
Basically, i race Nitro 1/8 off road and know Nitro inside and out... worked in a trackside store, raced big events, helped new guys out... yadda yadda yadda.
A while ago my ladies friend and her son came to the track, he is 8 years old and i got him driving my car round the track and gave him the bug. Good news is he is a seriously smart kid and didn't take him long to get round the track without crashing and understood within 20 minutes that it is faster to go slower and not crash than go fast and crash all the time.
Now his mum is asking me to help her choose a car for him so he can learn properly and sooner or later go racing... the kid seriously has the bug.
Thing is, at 8 years old he doesn't have a dad and i am not around all the time to help although guys at the track will... so i am thinking of getting him going with 10th scale electric to learn on - maybe he will want to go 1/8th maybe he will love 1/10th... who knows... but the point is i know nothing about 1/10th apart from back in the day when i learned with a goldpan RC10.
At eight years old i figure he doesn't need the headache of learning to break in and tune engines and his mom doesn't need the experiance of regular pitting duties as well as the inevitable expensive learning curve breakages 8lb of 35mph Nitros tend to hand out.
So... the question is what should i be looking at to get the kid started on a reasonable budget. For example i know the RTR pitfalls in Nitro but i don't know if they really apply to 1/10 electric. Are RTR viable for electric?
Also what cars are good to check out for a begginer kid... bearing in mind he is a fast learner with hand eye co-ordination and a competitive streak. He will want to race sooner rather than later.
If RTR is a bad move, where to look at what to lok at in the way of motors, batteries and ESC? Radio gear i can deal with although servo wise i should imagine 13kg of torque would be overkill.
Any help, advice and pointers would be hugely appreciated. I don't even know what spec motors are considered stock anymore...
I know the mom is looking at a budget of arund $500 but i know she is smart enough to realise when i talk to her that if it's something he is going to run a lot spending a little more once pays off in the long run.
Thanks for taking the time if you have read this far