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Old 12-03-2007, 07:23 PM   #1
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My boyfriend has been wanting a Subaru WRX Sti for a while and I'm trying to figure what to get him. He mentioned gas powered but is there such a thing? What else should I be looking for? I've also seen a couple with drifting kits, is there anything I should be looking out for? Please help!!
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:33 PM   #2
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Something like this, perhaps...

http://www.kyoshoamerica.com/carsand...ars/31811B.asp
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I can sell you a real one..!

Go to: www.beardmoresubaru.com

Make sure you ask for "Todd" Beardmore
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:42 PM   #4
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JFCJ, thanks for the link. That's a lot like what I'm looking for but the price is a bit higher than I was hoping for. So this one is gas powered? Is there a lot of maintenance with them? It's beautiful and I'm sure it's perfect for him
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Their is more maintenance with gas cars than electric. You might want to go to the nitro on-road forum for more percise answers to your gas questions.
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:29 PM   #6
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throw in a good foam tire as well if he is thinking about playing in the track..
btw, lucky BF u have... my gf is against my RC but however, she is happy to susidise me 20% towards my new car Serpent S400
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:34 PM   #7
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My gf would pay for everything if I let her, but I don't let her I don't want her holding things like that over my head later on. But she does enjoy me having fun playing with r/c.
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I can sell you a real one..!

Go to: www.beardmoresubaru.com

Make sure you ask for "Todd" Beardmore
That was shameless!!
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:30 PM   #9
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I wish my GF would support my racing... anyways...

Although it is not a gas powered car, the Tamiya TT-01 kit is not a bad kit at all.

Kit (would need to buy a servo, receiver, radio, battery and charger):
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXHWN0&P=ML

or RTR (newer body style and comes with everything you need)
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXTHP6&P=7

Electric cars require a lot less effort to maintain, so they are ideal for someone who is just getting into RC. In any case, he sure is lucky to have a GF that will support his hobbies... I hope this is helpful for you.
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yes, electric is so much easier. nitro (gas) always brings loads of problems. stalling engines, leaky backplates, how to break in, what fuel to use.... with electric you just plug it in and it goes
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These are awesome. I drove one a few weeks ago and loved it. I will be getting one once the cold starts to go away here in NY.
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yes, electric is so much easier. nitro (gas) always brings loads of problems. stalling engines, leaky backplates, how to break in, what fuel to use.... with electric you just plug it in and it goes
I agree with joe if he's new to RC then he should probly try an electric car first. The nitro's can be a major pain if you dont know what you are doing.If you do know what you're doing there alot of fun but usally a newby should start electric. It's just easier and less stressfull so more fun in the end for a beginner and there just as fast as any nitro car with the right equipment.
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I also strongly endorse the Electric car for starters. The second Link by K spec would be the easiest way to go.

I was thinking though, are there any Local Hobby Shops in your area? I would see what they have there (probably the best place to go for accessories and help. As much as these forums are really great with a bunch of knowledgeable people, there's nothing like talking to a real person.

You might want to buy the TT-01 (The second link by K spec, who posted two links earlier) RTR (ready to run). That way, all you need are batteries and a charger, which you can check out at a Local Hobby Shop. If there are no LHS's in your area, we could suggest a few things on here, but let us know.

By the way...what exactly is your budget?
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Thanks for the recommendation K_Spec_RC. I found this one, is this what you're talking about??

http://www.gohobbies.com/itemTAM-58349.html

Thanks everyone for the advice, it's nice to get some feedback and advice from those that know! I've been so stressed about getting him something he'll love and all your input has put me at ease. Let me know what you think about this one....is it a good buy?
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the one you show doesn't come with electronics, if you have a hobby hsop in your area, you might want to set a budget and visit them and tell them what you want. You will find most shops are super friendly especially to the G/F buyers. My grandmother used to buy me stuff every year and it worked out really well.

Anyways the first link up there to the kyosho would be an awesome kit for an suburu rtr, but the bodies are cheap and there is a wide variety of them out there. I would reccomend this car

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LL3693&P=1

but it might be hard to find

or these are really good well developed kits, that he can easily change to a imprezza later for under $30

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...I=LL3656**&P=1

the hpi brand of cars are easy to work on, and totally beginner oriented, plus the parts are as easy to find as you can get.

Also there are some other bodies to choose from

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...SM&C=CBE&V=HPI

they also have a coupon code that will save you about $30

Also don't be scared to print out a few that you like and goto the local hobby shop and see if they can get you close on the price. That way he has a local support group to fall back on.
Hope that helps

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