Originally posted by Dante Sly
is the TC3 Nitro always 190mm
Most nitro sedans are 200mm including the NTC3.
Most electric are 190mm.
A good choice right now would be either a TC3, pro 4, and if you are feeling good about your set up skills an x-ray FK.
The old x-ray FK is going to be competitive for a long time and parts are becoming relatively easy to get on-line. I also found the x-ray a lot easier to drive. To me it is smoother and less aggressive than other cars, which would be good for a beginner. It is not that hard to set up but does have a lot of options. FK's are selling really cheap now on ebay and different forums because of the upcoming FK05. The downside is that you will have to carry a few parts with you. (i.e. caster blocks, carriers, and maybe some arms) The only things I have ever broken are caster blocks and a carrier. This thing is a tank and will take a beating!
The other side of things is that TC3 and pro 4 parts should be available at any LHS. The downside is they are harder to drive and require more maintenance (speaking from personnel experience, other people probably feel different). These cars are a lot more aggressive than the x-ray.
I would stay away from the TC4. First reason is since it is your 1st touring car you can get a TC3 really cheap and a beginner would probably not notice any differences btw the 2, plus you can always put some of the TC4 parts on to change some of the handling characteristics.
I have had both a TC3 and the x-ray. Speaking from experience I have had a better experience with the x-ray. Less breaking it fells less chaotic to drive.