Originally Posted by viktozzz
u mean quality for schumacher, yokomo and xray?
to be honest, i've more in contact with their off-road counter parts, and we are all running mod class. these few brands are quite bomb-proof... to date, i only broke a front arm on my schumacher 4wd buggy in a mid-air orgy and the landing is pretty bad. i had the TRF offroad oso, damn hardy too.
got friends running yokomo and xray, no complaints from them too.
our complaints mainly come from when using other brands, mainly AE and durangos.
usual wear and tear is inevitable on all RC. and even if we are to look at wear and tear, the usual stuff to go is the pulley belts.. and that is something that all racers/ basher wld have to bear with.
Started with a HPI Sprint 2 RTR to learn how to drive. it took me about 3 months to finally be able to do a full race without hitting the wall. Wiithin the 3 months, i did a ton of reading online, reviews, word of mouth, etc etc. until i pulled the trigger on a brand new Team associated TC6.1
I picked it because of parts support in my area and since i know that i have to then learn to take tighter turns, i will crash and break a lot...
It turned out that parts support was not realy a factor since you still need to stock up on parts. it is no guarantee that the local suport will have what you break. I regreted getting a TC6.1 luckily i sold it for a good price. I felt like I spent more time fixing what i broke than really drving the car. I broke something almost every time I raced.
The quality of plasitc pieces is really word of mouth.. Xray seems to be the recommendation by most i should have listened and went with an XRay.
When i looked at the way the car is designed, how the aluminum is cut, what screws are used, just the overall design here is what have observed:
TC6.1, Serpet - quality and build seems very similar aluminum parts
Xray, Yokomo, Schumacher,TCXX - parts are nice and design is great, aluminum is better quality.
Tamiya TRF, Awesomatix - quality and design in a different level.
I was able to touch, feel, look closely a BD7, Schumacher,
A friend was in the middle of buidling a Xray T4 and I was able to analyze the aluminum and other parts.
Another guy i knew had a TCX and Awesomatix that i was able to check out as well.
I built an F1 which was first TRF. The aluminum, silicone o rings, carbon, carbon reinforced plastics, flouring coated screws etc. was beyond what i have seen from the other cars that i have touched.
Because of how extremely satisfied i was with my TRF 101. I decided to go with the TRF 417v5.
I is hands down more durable. i have taken some hard hits and crashed a bunch, i have only broken a C hub... on top of that it did not shatter it was just cracked.. i noticed it because there was more slop on one side lol..
After building 2 TRF's, Iwas like never again i will buy any other cars besides a TRF.. if there was a TRF Mini i would have it too.. hahaha.
Xray from what i see is the best car for what it cost.
Awesomatix, is the only car that has mostly carbon and aluminum parts... i was told it is very durable but its like 800 bucks. lol.
At the end of the day, you can make any of these cars perform... they are all race cars. Most or some are going need some sort of tuning, additional parts etc etc. which is entirely what helped me decide what car to get next.
I wanted a car that for durability and also car that once i build it, i wont have to buy any additional parts. like bladders, different suspension, O-rings, etc etc. which is the experience that i had with my TC6.1. it was aweful.
TRF cost a lot but A+ out of the box no necessary upgrades.
Xray i think is also good out of the box, not sure how good their shocks are.
Never heard anything bad about the Awesomatix... maybe because its awesome. lol
I also went with all Tamiya because parts compatibilty with each other. Also I have not decided what i would like to focus on since i enjoy my F1, MINI and my 2 Sedans. I have a 12th scale still in the box that i would like to play with soon. I basically have a car for each class so i can experience all then decided what i want. Shelf the others and bring em out once in a while.