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Old 12-05-2011, 02:41 PM
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HPI is known for making virtually bullet-proof stuff so you're looking in the right direction. Don't let a plastic spur gear scare you off of a kit you like the look of. They actually last a long time as long as you set your gear mesh properly. They are also dirt cheap. Only about $5 usually. I actually keep 4 in my toolbox at all times.

I have heard really good things about the nitro Firestorm and the Savage. Frankly, under $500 is dirt cheap to pay for a durable nitro. If you want a buggy, HPI is making an RTR version of their Hotbodies D8 that looks really sweet http://www.hpiracing.com/kitinfo/106116/. If you are on a budget though, the Firestorm is a great starter nitro truck http://www.hpiracing.com/kitinfo/105865/. Unfortunately, I know nothing about the trophy buggy and truggy, other than they do look nice in pics.

If you are not dead set on HPI, Losi makes a decent starter buggy as well, the 810 http://www.losi.com/Products/Default...rodID=LOSB0021. Out of personal experience, I would say stay away from their Ten T rtr truggy. It was my first nitro RC purchase and I love it to bits, but it was very frustrating dealing with the onboard starter issues. Losi does make RTR versions of their 1/8th 8ight 2.0 buggy and truggy, but they are $700-800 which I suspect is more than you want to spend.

I will mention that Team Associated makes RTR versions of their truggy and buggy, but personally, I wouldn't recommend them because they don't come with 2.4 GHz radio systems.

And finally, though many will roll their eyes at this, a lot of shops carry a lot of Traxxas products. They are far from race-worthy but I have heard they are reasonably durable and usually have great parts support. They make buggies, stadium trucks, short course trucks and monster trucks, all 1:10 scale I believe.

I recommend going to your local hobby shop if you have one where you live, and talk to the guys there. Find out what's really durable, what's easy to work on, and most importantly of all, parts support. When you are first getting into nitro, you want a durable kit that's easy to get parts for. I would also recommend getting something with a pullstart if you want to keep cost down. Also stay away from anything that has an onboard starter built into it. They can be more trouble than they're worth, and they make it harder to check or change out glowplugs. And most importantly of all, get something that has a 2.4 GHz radio in it. AM and FM radios are ancient technology now that have no place in modern-day kits.

Hope this helps, and good luck! Welcome to the hobby!
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