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Useful Radio Control Vehicle Info For Newbies

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Both electric (battery) and nitro (fuel) radio control models come in either RTR (Ready To Run) or kit forms. There’s also a choice between 2WD and 4WD.

There’s an endless range of tune-up parts, accessories and components to replace the standard ones and increase the vehicles’ performance.

RTR – (Ready To Run) radio control models are fully built by the manufacturer and all the required components such as the transmitter, etc. are in the package and already installed. They are a favorite with most newbies as they almost always want to start driving as quickly as possible.

Kits are very easy to build and always have full building instructions with them. Unlike RTR most radio control kits require the purchase of some parts – such as the nitro engine or motor, the transmitter, etc.

Kits have some advantages. You can get which ever components you prefer, but buying a package most of the times is more cost effective.

Useful Radio Control Vehicle Info For Newbies

Building your own model is not only very rewarding but by doing so you’ll get to know how to assemble/dissemble the model – very useful when any maintenance, tuning or repair works need to be carried out.


Hints and Tips

If you purchase a kit, read carefully the whole manual and check that you have all the tools required before starting any work.

When building a kit don’t rush through the building process.

While driving the model through puddles of water looks cool – for obvious reasons don’t.

If you’re not going to join any clubs, find out where they enjoy their hobby and keep at least 2 miles distance between your model and their site (especially if it’s aircraft club). Interference could possibly lead to disaster.

It’s a good idea to take some basic tools with you to the field such as screwdrivers, pliers, a rag etc. In case of battery models, a spare battery in my opinion is a must so you will still be able to continue driving while the other battery is being recharged.

A common question newbies ask is how far away the model can be driven. With today’s technology the ranges achieved are greater than anyone can see with the naked eye. Obviously out of site situations are to be avoided.

The radio transmitter should be switched on before and off after the vehicle. – Otherwise you could end up with a run-away model.

Safety First. When choosing a site try to avoid places where children and pets are abound – they tend to be very inquisitive and could be a hazard and a distraction. Remember that R/C models are not toys.

While all this may seem overwhelming to a beginner, if you think about it it’s all common sense and with a bit of practice controlling the model becomes instinctive.