R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Electric On-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-05-2006, 08:01 PM   #1
Tech Initiate
 
The_Raptor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Emmett, ID
Posts: 18
Default New to hobby, suggest starter kit

I've recently purchased a used R/C car, and really enjoy it. But its a Yinrun, and therefore isn't modifiable (or even repairable). I did paint and install a new body (an HPI Ford GT). Now I'm seriously considering getting a real kit.

Requirements:

1/10
Electric
On-road
I do not intend to race it (at least right now), but will take it to the local track.
I want to be able to upgrade it, and tweak it.
Moderately priced, not expensive.

Any suggestions on companies and chassis (I intend to use custom painted bodies from the start)?

Thanx,
Troy
The_Raptor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 08:11 PM   #2
Tech Elite
 
WheelNut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Edmonton, Ab
Posts: 3,210
Trader Rating: 5 (100%+)
Send a message via MSN to WheelNut
Default

Goto your local hobby shop and see what brands they sell. I would advise getting a car that they support with parts, because waiting to get parts from online stores all the time is a pain.

There are a lot of guys on here who are really liking the Tamiya TA05, it seems to be very capable out of the box for racing, plus its not to expensive. They are also avaliable with many different (and very nice) bodies.
__________________
•Brad Comis
WheelNut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 08:11 PM   #3
Tech Elite
 
bvoltz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Bedtime with Teddi
Posts: 3,635
Trader Rating: 44 (100%+)
Default

What company's part does your LHS carry? That is direction you should go... Me personal... TC4 used, but hey that is because I can parts at most LHS and since I'm still a newbie, getting part is more important then having the best. When you have parts available you can fix your car and get back on the track, not setting around and waiting on parts to fix your car....
bvoltz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 08:12 PM   #4
Tech Lord
 
syndr0me's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: 5280 Raceway
Posts: 13,140
Trader Rating: 32 (100%+)
Default

The Tamiya TA05 and Hot Bodies Cyclone S (not yet released) come to mind. They both appear to be fine cars right out of the box with a very nice upgrade path if you decide to start racing competitively.

Also, if you don't mind getting a used car, you can get great deals on an XRay FK05. It's a fine car that's as good as any on the market, and quite durable as well.
syndr0me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 08:45 PM   #5
Tech Master
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,135
Trader Rating: 35 (100%+)
Send a message via AIM to Sean R
Default

I would start with a used tc3 and work up from there... They are still pretty competitive
Sean R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 09:30 PM   #6
Tech Rookie
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 11
Default

A XXX-S 2 ready to run is not a bad deal with the speedo and raido system that it comes with and still is a ok car.
JRXS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 09:34 PM   #7
Tech Master
 
pinggoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: WBP Florida
Posts: 1,263
Trader Rating: 24 (96%+)
Send a message via Yahoo to pinggoy
Default

i second on that tamiya advice... although i didnt have that car but just for the name and the price i kinda like it... i think its the cheapest car that is competitive out of the box..but then again second thing is parts availability when i first started thats the first thing that it came on my mind the parts cause i know by fact that im gonna break something.if your living in america mostly team losi or associated parts and cars are more likely available..if you got those in your lhs go for the xxx-s its not a bad car . the tc4 for me is not really that good (the rtr one to be specific) for starters ,cause you will be most likely spend more time fixing it than running.thats just my OWN opinion... then lastly if you got a track near by where you could run just ask the people there on whats the best car to run on that specific track.
__________________
TAMIYA TRF415 MRE l NOSRAM SPX l BALLISTIC 17.5
TAMIYA TRF416X
www.noicewatches.bigcartel.com
pinggoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2006, 12:45 AM   #8
Tech Apprentice
 
buzz06's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rothwell
Posts: 55
Send a message via MSN to buzz06
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueBird-sr
I would start with a used tc3 and work up from there... They are still pretty competitive
yeah you can pick one up on ebay for around 40 quid
buzz06 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2006, 02:07 AM   #9
Tech Master
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Earth
Posts: 1,039
Send a message via ICQ to rcnewb2004
Default

i will third tamiya... the ta05 is an excellent option that is upgradable... and is drivable.

always make sure parts are avaliable in ur local area. always ask local racers what to race...
rcnewb2004 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2006, 07:23 AM   #10
Tech Initiate
 
The_Raptor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Emmett, ID
Posts: 18
Default

Thanx for the advice. I will call my lhs when it opens this morning.

What brand is an xxx-s?
The_Raptor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2006, 07:46 AM   #11
Tech Elite
 
HotrodHopkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Asphalt Unlimited Customs, Baltimore MD
Posts: 3,144
Trader Rating: 31 (100%+)
Send a message via AIM to HotrodHopkins
Default

Team Associated TC4. Has alot of upgrade capabilities, parts are abundant, easy to work on, and can become a racer.
__________________
SHAUN HOPKINS a.k.a NoRod Hopkins

-1990 Chevrolet K1500 Silverado TBI350 "Heavy Half". 1971 Chevrolet Nova

-My lug nuts require more Torque than your Honda makes.
HotrodHopkins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2006, 07:50 AM   #12
Tech Addict
 
jhigga15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Miami
Posts: 513
Default

Get a RTR kit. Tamiya kits are good and hold up well. You can alwys get a better car and spend more oney once you figure out that you like it.
jhigga15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2006, 08:09 AM   #13
Tech Initiate
 
The_Raptor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Emmett, ID
Posts: 18
Default

I am strongly favoring the Tamiya Ferrari TA-05 kit. But I have a few more newbie questions:
  1. Radio: 2-channel with one servo
  2. Body width? (200, 190, or both?)
  3. I bought 26mm wheels/tires thinking they would fit my Yinrun. The kit comes with 24mm wheels. Does the chasis determine the wheel width, or the body style?
  4. Ideas on electronic speed controls?
  5. Do I need anything other than a radio, batteries, speed controller, and charger to get running?

I haven't discounted the TC4 yet, but the TA-05 seems to be my best fit so far.

Thanx,
Troy
The_Raptor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2006, 08:34 AM   #14
Tech Regular
 
nagatahawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 349
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Raptor
I am strongly favoring the Tamiya Ferrari TA-05 kit. But I have a few more newbie questions:
  1. Radio: 2-channel with one servo
  2. Body width? (200, 190, or both?)
  3. I bought 26mm wheels/tires thinking they would fit my Yinrun. The kit comes with 24mm wheels. Does the chasis determine the wheel width, or the body style?
  4. Ideas on electronic speed controls?
  5. Do I need anything other than a radio, batteries, speed controller, and charger to get running?

I haven't discounted the TC4 yet, but the TA-05 seems to be my best fit so far.

Thanx,
Troy
Tamiya kits are the best in the industry, parts fit perfectlyand they have an excellent instruction manual.

For radios, Futaba has an AM Radio that comes with an electronic speed control included with the radio. Good for beginners and it cost around $100.

Tamiya's take a 190 mm body.

the 26 mms will fit depending upon the offset. If it is not offset, it would be still to wide for a tamiya body. Tamiya bodies are a narrower than all the other brands of 190 mm bodies.

Any of the low to mid range price Novaks would be a good starter.
LRP makes good speed controls also.

Tamiya bodies are arguably the most to scale realistic bodies. However Yokomo have some very beautiful Drift Car bodies, with authentic spoilers, sponser graphics, georgeouse wheels, lighting kits. All expensive but very nice. Tamiya is coming out with their own versions of drift bodies. probably cost the same as the yokomo. prices start around 50 bucks. check out their websites.

Have fun!!!
nagatahawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2006, 09:08 AM   #15
Tech Master
 
pinggoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: WBP Florida
Posts: 1,263
Trader Rating: 24 (96%+)
Send a message via Yahoo to pinggoy
Default

Quote:
What brand is an xxx-s?
team losi
__________________
TAMIYA TRF415 MRE l NOSRAM SPX l BALLISTIC 17.5
TAMIYA TRF416X
www.noicewatches.bigcartel.com
pinggoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Please suggest first on road car... therealj Electric On-Road 32 08-06-2008 11:02 AM
Anyone suggest a good engine porter? Juall Electric Off-Road 31 10-10-2005 05:46 PM
Which would you suggest? onebeatuptc3 Electric On-Road 3 10-02-2004 07:24 PM
CA Tire Glue - what would you suggest? puma1824 Nitro On-Road 14 05-17-2003 04:09 AM
Which radio would you suggest to get...? ChinBoy Nitro On-Road 28 01-26-2002 10:38 AM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 12:30 PM.


Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net