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Old 03-07-2011, 07:38 PM   #16
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$250 for everything may not be possible for something new as you still have to buy batteries, charger, etc.

I would say though if you don't need a new vehicle, there are some really good deals on the forums here for one. and maybe a used vehicle isn't a bad thing for him, kind of like getting your kid there first car, usually its a used one.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:46 PM   #17
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+++ Short Course Truck to get him started and into racing later if interested. Very durable and can easily handle backyard, etc.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:07 PM   #18
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:15 PM   #19
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highly recomend Traxxas Slash we have 3 and they are very tough and forgiving parts are at most hobby shops if you need them. I checked Stormer hobbies and they have a 2.4 brushed ( for a beginer don't get brushless ) with a 7 cell battery and a charger for $ 229.99 so all you need is a spare battery and some AA batteries for the radio.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:23 PM   #20
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+1 on short course truck
your choice of what one there are countless possibilities. personally i have the slash and it has survived the past 2 years i have owned it. all i do is bash with it and all i have so far is a beat up body and some bald tires. look around the slash is the only one. i havnt driven any but that so i couldnt tell you the best bang for your buck.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:35 PM   #21
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Get the brushless and set the transmitte to training or beginner mode (50% power). Batteries will last a lot longer. Switch the transmitter to regular mode maybe 1 to 6 months from now. This is a very nice feature that Traxxus has.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:03 PM   #22
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If ANYONE recommends a 1/16th or 1/18th scale, disregard their advice unless you like paying/fixing constantly. I bought my then 7yr old a Losi Mini Baja and from day 1, it broke down more than it ran. Parts were too small, couldnt handle terrain that was bumpier than a sidewalk.

Get the Slash 2WD for him....that was his next car and was a tank compared to the Losi. After that, I picked up a Slash 4x4 so he could get into 4WD but that wasnt without its problems too. Drivetrain could've been setup better IMO. But thats probably a little more than you want to spend initailly I'm thinking anyways.
Not sure how the Hyper TT is going to hold up for him this year, hopefully the T-Bone Racing bumpers are going to take the brunt of all the crashes.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:40 PM   #23
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I started my boy at 7 with a slash. i think i wasted my money, because he decided that he wanted to go racing and the slash wasn't even remotely competitive and ended up buying an SC10. which i believe is every bit as durable as a slash. just my opinon. hes now 9 and also races a AE B4. Steve
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