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Old 09-06-2013, 01:32 PM   #1
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Default 1/12th Pan Car Advice for 17.5

Looking at trying 1/12 on road racing again after years (ok over a decade) off.

Budget is a concern but I still want to get something nice. I have a Novak 17.5SS motor here I can use and a GTB4 ESC as well as radio and Rx.

I was looking at the Tamiya RM-01 because it came with everything (body, tires) but I don't know if it is a good racer. I also looked at a new X-Ray XII.

What is the general consensus on those cars? Is there another option out there to look at?
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:00 PM   #2
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Default which 1/12th scale to choose?

The Tamiya car, once outfitted with all of the desirable option goodies, is very expensive and yet still not on the cutting edge of 1/12th scale performance. The Xray and the Serpent are both very good racing platforms, but also quite expensive. The CRC is the least costly of the more serious 1/12th scale chassis choices and plenty of them do well most every major racing event. CRC parts and technical support are really good too. The AE car and the TOP cars are also very nice offerings that are available at reasonable prices, slightly higher than CRC but significantly less that either the Xray, the Tamiya, or the Serpent. My advice to you would be to pick the one that is best supported wherever you plan to race it. The assistance and input from your local "fast guy" who runs any of these choices can be a hugely valuable resource.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:45 PM   #3
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I've also looked at 1/12 cars and of all I've seen, I like the Speedmerchant Rev8 the most. I like their 1/10 WGT car too.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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The Xray XII is the older xray car - the current is the X12

I'd probably skip the RM01 unless you get the RM01X version.

My pick at the moment would be the Serpent S120LTX.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:31 PM   #5
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Everyone will give you a different answer...personally I like the CRC Xti I am currently running. Besides being a good car they tend to be on the less expensive side comparatively.

Here's a good thread with pretty much all the answers:
12th Scale Racing is Alive and Well in So Cal
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:46 PM   #6
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