If your in america I would advise against getting a condor pro as I doubt any hobby shop has parts for it. get a buggy buy associated, losi, kyosho, mugen,ofna It may cost a little more up front but in the long run it will be worth it.
as for tips
a starter box is a good thing to have.
always have 2 glow ignighters charged.
keep a extra glow plug on hand.
do not be afraid to make adjustments but make them one at a time and only after the motor is warmed up.
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