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!WARNING! BUYING RC CARS IN ENGLAND IS EXPENSIVE. ADVICE TO ROOKIES

Old 01-17-2010, 09:53 PM
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china product also not to bad depends...!!!! my esky buggy , my bigfoot from fmh still work fine....!just sharing info.

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Originally Posted by Ageofdeath10
As we all know buying rc stuff is expensive in england. There are some tips of how to save money. Buy online.However, its safer to buy from a model shop because they give advice and know all about them. Even if you buy online,make sure you know where your closest model shop is because you will never buy a model that doesent break down.But its more expensive then. If you buy online you have to know good websites and dont buy from model shops websites because they will have the same prices as in the shop, buy from specialist websites. here are some good model shop websites and specialist websites:
1.http://www.hobbystores.co.uk/ (model shop chain)
2.http://www.nitrotek.co.uk (probably the most convinient and cheapest)(specialist)
3.http://www.brentfordrc.co.uk(model shop)
4.http://www.marionvillemodels.com/rad.../category.aspx (specialist)
5.http://www.myhobbies.co.uk/(specialist)
6.http://www.ripmax.com/(planes only) (big plane company chained model shop)
7.http://www.modelsport.co.uk/(big website specialist)
8.http://www.sussex-model-centre.co.uk/(model shop)
9.http://www.galaxymodels.co.uk/(model shop)

this link tells you about all model shops. But not all will be listed:
http://www.rcmodels.org/shops.htm

Please remember Rc models are specialist items and are not the models you by at toys r us (which break evey second) they take patience,money and care. The cheaper the model is the less composure it will have. My truggy at the moment is a cheap model by an independant make (gv models)the servos are all faulty and keep breaking,try buying models with big names like: Hpi,kysho,traxxas,Hb and things like that.When online, Be careful buying on amazon and ebay because the models are somtimes faulty and arent explained enough.when buying on the internet call the website before buying anything because they may be scamming you. Remember this is only advice you do not have to use it.
I hope this helps. Good luck. drive on:
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:28 PM
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I live in UK, but are german.... and I think its actually cheaper over here compare to what i paid in germany.

I usually use modelsport.co.uk and wheelspinmodels.co.uk
they have really good shops, dispatch really fast, sometimes less than 24 hours, very good prices and they have huge choice of good stuff.

sometimes I order from USA, if then i go with towerhobbies.com

lipo batteries and brushless motors/esc com from HongKong. There is an awesome shop called hobbyking.com, they sell Lipos for 20$ which you pay at least 50 here in UK... thats just awesome!!!
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Shops I use the most are:
Microtech Racing
Modelsport
Wheelspin models
Demon Power Products
Titanium Racing

I also order alot from Hong Kong, mainly from:
rcmart
rcmarket.com/hk
rc mushroom

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Originally Posted by Ageofdeath10
I wouldn't get anything from the far east cause its pretty bad quality and generally doesn't last very long.

LOL !!! Where precisely do you think 95% of the ESC's, Motors, Batteries, Cars, Radio's, servo's etc etc etc etc come from.

Buy from Hong Kong that way it might just convince the industry back here in the UK to stop ripping us off with 'Straight' Dollar conversions on all their products and get them to wake up to the fact that we Brits are fed up with being 'had' all the time.

Your local model shop tends to carry everything that you don't really need, mainly they tend (certainly down in the extreme South East) to carry Aircraft and Helicopter parts along with a 'smattering' of Tamiya or HPI 'basic' cars. I cannot remember the last time I went into my LHS with a shopping list of 'stuff' that I needed and was able to walk out with all of it, or much of it actually. Yes there are certain very good Hobby stores as have been listed above but you order from them over the internet anyway so where is the benefit to your LHS? All you achieve there is to line the pockets of the Distributors of 'Cheap Chinese Stuff - Re badged and made VERY expensive'. The model shops have such low mark ups that it's a wonder any of them are still around but blame should be lain squarely at the feet of the UK Distributors.

So if you are gonna order something via the web anyway and don't mind waiting a week or so then give HK a try, then see how the rest of us paupers manage to afford to race at all.

Example Sorex 28R's 11.99 per pair here, less than 12 per SET including postage AND Customs duty. Thats 1/2 the price !!!!!

If Tesco were selling Bottles of Coke on a 2 for 1 deal you would buy them, you would not go down to ASDA and pay full price now would you?

Just my Tuppence.
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Originally Posted by cherry2blost
LOL !!! Where precisely do you think 95% of the ESC's, Motors, Batteries, Cars, Radio's, servo's etc etc etc etc come from.

Buy from Hong Kong that way it might just convince the industry back here in the UK to stop ripping us off with 'Straight' Dollar conversions on all their products and get them to wake up to the fact that we Brits are fed up with being 'had' all the time.

Your local model shop tends to carry everything that you don't really need, mainly they tend (certainly down in the extreme South East) to carry Aircraft and Helicopter parts along with a 'smattering' of Tamiya or HPI 'basic' cars. I cannot remember the last time I went into my LHS with a shopping list of 'stuff' that I needed and was able to walk out with all of it, or much of it actually. Yes there are certain very good Hobby stores as have been listed above but you order from them over the internet anyway so where is the benefit to your LHS? All you achieve there is to line the pockets of the Distributors of 'Cheap Chinese Stuff - Re badged and made VERY expensive'. The model shops have such low mark ups that it's a wonder any of them are still around but blame should be lain squarely at the feet of the UK Distributors.

So if you are gonna order something via the web anyway and don't mind waiting a week or so then give HK a try, then see how the rest of us paupers manage to afford to race at all.

Example Sorex 28R's 11.99 per pair here, less than 12 per SET including postage AND Customs duty. Thats 1/2 the price !!!!!

If Tesco were selling Bottles of Coke on a 2 for 1 deal you would buy them, you would not go down to ASDA and pay full price now would you?

Just my Tuppence.
Yeah sorry i edited that i didnt word it right! Thanks though!
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Originally Posted by cherry2blost
LOL !!! Where precisely do you think 95% of the ESC's, Motors, Batteries, Cars, Radio's, servo's etc etc etc etc come from.

Buy from Hong Kong that way it might just convince the industry back here in the UK to stop ripping us off with 'Straight' Dollar conversions on all their products and get them to wake up to the fact that we Brits are fed up with being 'had' all the time.

Your local model shop tends to carry everything that you don't really need, mainly they tend (certainly down in the extreme South East) to carry Aircraft and Helicopter parts along with a 'smattering' of Tamiya or HPI 'basic' cars. I cannot remember the last time I went into my LHS with a shopping list of 'stuff' that I needed and was able to walk out with all of it, or much of it actually. Yes there are certain very good Hobby stores as have been listed above but you order from them over the internet anyway so where is the benefit to your LHS? All you achieve there is to line the pockets of the Distributors of 'Cheap Chinese Stuff - Re badged and made VERY expensive'. The model shops have such low mark ups that it's a wonder any of them are still around but blame should be lain squarely at the feet of the UK Distributors.

So if you are gonna order something via the web anyway and don't mind waiting a week or so then give HK a try, then see how the rest of us paupers manage to afford to race at all.

Example Sorex 28R's 11.99 per pair here, less than 12 per SET including postage AND Customs duty. Thats 1/2 the price !!!!!

If Tesco were selling Bottles of Coke on a 2 for 1 deal you would buy them, you would not go down to ASDA and pay full price now would you?

Just my Tuppence.
WOW some one who thinks the same as me i could not of put this better myself and have been trying to tell these very words to guys for years .. with out much success thank for this refreshing post you just made my day
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maybe u can try here if you need some thing in a reasonable price..

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I can recommend Wheelspin models and Modelsport. I use them all the time.
See I always think its a hassle getting models from the USA as import tax and handling can soon mount up. That said I love Tower Hobbies.
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speedymodels is a great store and 9/10 if you go in store 9/10 he will give you a deal.
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There is also now; Model Cars Reading;

http://modelcarsreading.com/

Run by Kevin Brunsden who used to be with Apex.

The website is a bit think on the ground as it's only been up a few weeks, but give him a call. He deals with all the usual distributors in the UK.

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www.radio-racers.co.uk great shop!
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Just for info, Microtech racing is no more.

Fusion Hobbies is another UK online shop to check out
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A new shop and online store just poped up in the UK.

MMR Flux.

have a good un.
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jespares
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rc mushroom in Honk Kong LOL
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