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Old 04-12-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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I am new to rc formula 1 cars and need some advice.

I am planning to purchase a Tamiya f104 pro kit and was wondering if it is a good kit for a beginner like me.

I also have no clue on what motor, electronics and controller to buy for a beginner. What do you guys recommend. I hopefully plan to race rc f1 in the future.

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I am new to rc formula 1 cars and need some advice.

I am planning to purchase a Tamiya f104 pro kit and was wondering if it is a good kit for a beginner like me.

I also have no clue on what motor, electronics and controller to buy for a beginner. What do you guys recommend. I hopefully plan to race rc f1 in the future.

Thanks
CHeck for a RC Club in your local area, and see what they run. A RC car is fun, but a RC car you can race/run with friends is a whole lot better. Most F1 guys run 21.5 Blinky, and the tamiya cars are a good choice. (mainly they are the standard for parts compatability, and availablity).

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Thanks, do you know at all if the f104 is an easy kit to build?
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Yeh the F104 is easy to build and a lot of guys have them so u will easily find a good setup or answers to any questions. I got me a F104 X1 and its s blast, still ironing out some understeer issues but hopefully have that sorted out next time I'm at my local track.
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Pleasing to find out its not do difficult of a kit. Do you drive with a brushless? I don't want a brushed if no one use them aha.
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get the 104 Version II, it is really nice。
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Ill get the 104 VII depending if there isn't to much of a major price difference.
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If you haven't already - check out this site : RCFormula1

F1 kits are fairly straightforward to build, specially the F103/F104 line of kits. The 3Racing FGX is also a notable kit to look into for a beginner, and is fairly easy to tune and drive (as compared to a direct drive model).
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I think I read somewhere that my local track only supported Tamiya F1 cars. I've seen that site also and been reading most of the info but thank you anyway.
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I would suggest to check your local track with the electronics as well - specially if you plan on racing in the future. I would get an ESC / motor setup that is allowed to run in the F1 class. An example - the F1 class in my local track allow brushless 21.5T paired with a ROAR approved ESC set to blinky mode, or a silvercan brushed setup.
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If you haven't already - check out this site : RCFormula1

F1 kits are fairly straightforward to build, specially the F103/F104 line of kits. The 3Racing FGX is also a notable kit to look into for a beginner, and is fairly easy to tune and drive (as compared to a direct drive model).
The fgx requires a lot of upgrades to be a durable car. I was rather disappointed with its out of box durability. it is a blast to drive and after properly upgraded very durable and competitive but I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner. some may get discouraged by the amount of upgrading and tuning involved to get the car "right". I would stick with the f103/104 line for a solid dependable and sturdy car.
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recommend Tamiya as well, F104 pro, x1, xII
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I'm planning to head down to my local track this week to see what setups people are running. But it seems I will defintatly buying the F104 Pro V2. Hopefully I can pick up a cheap motor and electronics as I have a budget.

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I am new to rc formula 1 cars and need some advice.

I am planning to purchase a Tamiya f104 pro kit and was wondering if it is a good kit for a beginner like me.

I also have no clue on what motor, electronics and controller to buy for a beginner. What do you guys recommend. I hopefully plan to race rc f1 in the future.

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I just bought my first F1 kit I wish I had waited a week I bought a Tamiya f104 V2 I wish I bought a F104 V2 titanium addition. Same price as my v2 but it has all the upgrades in the kit. I also have driven a TRG car it it is a great car handles like no tomorrow!
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