Remote Control Vehicles - Nothing But Pure Adrenaline!
The term Remote Control Vehicles applies to any radio controlled car, truck, plane, boat, or utility vehicle on
the market. There are a lot of options when it comes to price, quality and model selection.
Remote Control Vehicles can be broadly assigned to the following main categories: Hobby and Toy.
Hobby vehicles are generally more expensive, are built to a larger scale, and are, for the most part, more
difficult to operate than toys. Toys include the miniature and subminiature vehicles that can be found in Radio
Shack, Walmart, Toys R Us, and other non-hobby stores.
The next categorization of Remote Control Vehicles is Gas or Electric. Although called "Gas", gas engines really
run on a substance called nitromethane, or nitro for short.
If you're thinking that this fuel sounds exactly like what the real-life dragsters burn, you're absolutely
The only difference is, radio controlled vehicles do not have a lubrication system like real automobiles do, so
the manufacturers of RC nitro fuel mix it with a bit of castor oil to keep the engine from overheating.
Next comes the class of remote control vehicles. You can get touring cars, dragsters, monster trucks, utility
trucks and tractor trailers, tanks, planes, helicopters, blimps, flying saucers, and even submarines.
Each vehicle has its own features and benefits along with varying levels of difficulty when it comes to learning
how to operate them. Most people agree that helicopters top learning curve chart.
Initial purchase costs, as well as long-term operating costs are a consideration when choosing remote control
While those in the toy classification can be found for under $20 almost anywhere, top-of-the-line vehicles can
run to $800 and higher. Don't worry though, a few hundred dollars can buy an awful lot of fun.
The cost of operating remote control vehicles varies with the type. Electric models will need a battery charger,
spare batteries, and regular replacement of motor brushes and springs.
Gas models require cans of Nitro, glo plugs and glo plug starters, electric starters, and cleaning supplies.
Regardless of the model, they all require radio transmitters and receivers.
If you are just starting out in the remote control vehicles hobby, it's a good idea to decide some things up
front. Will you be operating on or off road? Will you be racing or just doing some leisurely driving (or flying, or
Do you have a place where you can operate your vehicle free of the worry that comes along with the smell and
noise that gas engines make, or is your environment more suited to an electric motor?
And, most importantly, how much money do you have budgeted to spend? Once you know all of this, you can start
checking out the market.
While used remote control vehicles can sometimes be found, you're better off buying a new one. Not only will you
forego inheriting someone else's headaches, but you will usually be covered by a manufacturer's warranty.
Be careful though, most warranties do not cover damage from accidents!
There are probably several RC hobby shops in a city or town near you. Of course, there are endless sources on
the Internet as well. Be careful and make sure that you are dealing with a reputable company before you plunk down
your charge card.
Make the right decisions are you'll have loads of fun for years to come.
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