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Old 03-03-2020, 02:18 AM
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I am looking for advice on a good car to purchase for systems engineering. I want something that is tough, economical, has spare parts, is likely to be available for a long time and will go off road. It does not need to be a race winner - durability is more important. I also want to be able to put an FPV system on it. It would be best if it came as a kit so the students can build it, but this is a secondary consideration.

I am thinking 1/10 scale 2WD or 4WD buggy. I had been eyeing off the Quanum Vandal but it is out of stock at HK.

Any recommendations?
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Id say an Arrma or get a used (but nice) older gen race kit off of here.
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Just get some stock slash kits and call it a day. They will have spares for years, very capable off road, and cheap. If you want to do a ground up build than have them tear them down and then rebuild them.
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Id say an Arrma or get a used (but nice) older gen race kit off of here.
Do you mean this one? https://www.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...I=LXLPHX**&P=3
It sure is cheap.

I will avoid getting used because I want to get all the cars the same.
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Just get some stock slash kits and call it a day. They will have spares for years, very capable off road, and cheap. If you want to do a ground up build than have them tear them down and then rebuild them.
Do you mean Traxxis Slash?
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I’m sure that Granite would fit the bill nicely. A traxxas slash would be a good fit too.

Didn’t know you were looking to buy more than one. New would be the only route then for sure.
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Originally Posted by sportssedanman View Post
Hi All,


I am looking for advice on a good car to purchase for systems engineering. I want something that is tough, economical, has spare parts, is likely to be available for a long time and will go off road. It does not need to be a race winner - durability is more important. I also want to be able to put an FPV system on it. It would be best if it came as a kit so the students can build it, but this is a secondary consideration.


I am thinking 1/10 scale 2WD or 4WD buggy. I had been eyeing off the Quanum Vandal but it is out of stock at HK.


Any recommendations?

The problem wont be the car, it will be the vibration and pitch changes that the car goes through while driving will play hell with the visuals you could get from an FPV system. I have seen them and its a stomach-turning experience to just put around a track, let alone go over jumps.


If you are serious about the FPV, I would recommend something slower, like a rock crawler, which they do have as kits with everything.
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I think Traxxas Slash would be a perfect platform. Although not a kit, parts are available EVERYWHERE and they are pretty versatile.
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Originally Posted by sportssedanman View Post
Hi All,

I am looking for advice on a good car to purchase for systems engineering. I want something that is tough, economical, has spare parts, is likely to be available for a long time and will go off road. It does not need to be a race winner - durability is more important. I also want to be able to put an FPV system on it. It would be best if it came as a kit so the students can build it, but this is a secondary consideration.

I am thinking 1/10 scale 2WD or 4WD buggy. I had been eyeing off the Quanum Vandal but it is out of stock at HK.

Any recommendations?
I personally would think a sc10 would be better because it's more barebones and has adjustability more similar to real cars. I think a slash would be fine though as long as you swap the turnbuckles for adjustable turnbuckles. But from what I've heard and seen, 2wd race buggies are the most sensitive and responsive to adjustments. The bigger tires of trucks somewhat drown out small changes to things like camber. You could probably pick up some old b4s for cheap that are durable enough and would allow you to experiment with camber, swaybars, ride height, shock oil, and some of the most interesting parts of driving mechanics in steering, including bumpsteer, ackermann, and toe.
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I would get them a Tamiya re-release 2wd buggy to start. Either the Grasshopper or Hornet. Give them a budget and some choices to make for which servo, radio, batteries, and charger they want. If budget allows, get a modern 2wd race kit and let them build and run it after they build and run the Tamiya buggy. Then they can learn first hand how much design development has taken place in something like an rc car.
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