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Old 01-04-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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Default a car for a newbee

im just starting out and was looking for a basic starter car 1/10 onroad stock silver can (besides mini cooper)
and was hoping to be on the cheapper side
what cars should i be looking at?

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Old 01-04-2011, 05:29 PM   #2
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whats your budget like?
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:39 PM   #3
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just for the car the wife said in her words"waste $200"
i know its not a lot ... but got start some place
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:55 PM   #4
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Schumacher Mi1

@ $160 at Stormer Hobbies and they carry parts

I'd suggest an Ofna JL10-E from Tower Hobbies, but they don't carry any parts for it

That's brand new. If you want used, go for an Associated TC3 or TC4. At used prices you could probably get everything you need for $200.
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:08 PM   #5
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pejota thanks dude
Schumacher Mi1 is exactly what im looking for
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:20 PM   #6
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Just got into on road myself..waiting for my charger and battery to arrive.

TowerHobbies - HPI Sprint2Sport 194.97

Parts are every where online and most LHS carry parts too.
This is the route I went and I feel pretty good about starting here so...Just my opinion.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:16 AM   #7
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Want to save some bucks....buy a used Associated TC4. Easy to live with no nonsense chassis. Parts should be easy to get as most hobby shops support Associated products. Racing capable in many classes that you would start in. Just a note about the Schumacher. Schumacher is one of my favorite brands and the MI1 is basically the same car as the Mission (Schumacher redesigned the chassis plate and now it's the MI1) which I loved BUT....as much as I love them, Schumacher no longer has a distributor here in the U.S. which means you might end up buying parts online from England. Worth it ?? ....maybe. But the TC4 is a better car in my mind.
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:11 AM   #8
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Go with associated tc6 or the best for beginners IMO the xray t2
'009 very formidable, still competitive and extremely durable.
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:38 AM   #9
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Given the budget, for new, I think Mi1 or Sakura Zero S (this would be my first choice - dirt cheap, newb-friendly gear diffs, spares cost buttons, can take parts from the full-spec Zero), maybe even the Team Magic E4JS. That'll mean a bit left over for other expenses.

Used, there's plenty of Mi4LPs and TRF 416s for sale right now due to newer chassis being released. Xrays hold value, hard to get a cheap one!
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I second the Sakura Zero S. I think there running at $140 off ebay new. I might be a little off here. Had I known about this chassis before I bought my used TC5R I would have spent the little extra cash for a new never biult chassis but I have the TC5R. If you search you can find a used TC5R with extra parts for just under $175 depending on how much extra parts the seller has. This does not include any of the electrics, body, wheels/tires, battery or charger. BTW, if you decide to buy an older chassis like a TC3 or TC4 check your local hobby shop for parts availability as those 2 chassis' are now on the down fall since the new release of the TC6. This is just an example.

If $200 is all you have to spend and you don't have anything else, you are going to have a hard time getting the chassis up and running. If $200 limit is just for the chassis with money available for the rest cool.

Here is some other information on a charger and batteries to help out.

Thunder AC-6 from hobbypartz.com is a great charger. I know many people who own this charger including myself and everyone loves it. It can charge all kinds of batteries on the proper settings including LiPo 1s-6s packs. It will charge a fully drained 2s 20c 5000mah pack at about an hour. This charger is "the best bang for the buck" charger out there IMO at just under $60 shipped to your door.

Now to be fully honest about batteries, you get what you pay for literally. I was told to not skimp on batteries years ago and I never paid attention to that advice. I currently use SPC 2s 20c 5000 hard case packs ($55 a pack shipped), I borrowed a friends Gens Ace 2s 40c 5000mah hard case pack ($90 at my hobby shop) and my car felt like it had a turbo charger installed! To get yourself started buy 1 battery at the $50 or cheaper price then save up $200-$250 and buy 2 of the best batteries you can.
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