Electric rc cars | Remote control cars
Some consider it as a grown men toy others are not afraid of being kids again...
I´m in this second category and I found out radio-controlled cars as a great way to have fun. I remember being young and loving every little RC car my friends and I had and we usually went outside to play with them.
I had some very simple ones and most of them were not even radio controlled, they were connected with the control by an electric wire which transmitted all the commands to the car.
In those days good RC cars were very expensive for a kid`s toy and I never got one that could really satisfy me.
Now that I´m a grown kid and I´m lucky that those cars are less expensive as well as much more powerful I decided to buy a little 1/18 scale electric RC buggy.
Team Associated RC18B
My first electric RC car
The fact that I like to play outside made me chose for a 1/18 scale 4WD (four wheel drive) off-road buggy. This way I can play in almost every kind of ground without becoming stuck.
Being a small 1/18 scale electric RC car the Associated Team RC18B it is very easy to carry everywhere and finding good places where to play with it is also very easy.
Of course there are other brands and models you can choose but you can be sure you will have plenty of fun out of every one of them.
For those who are having difficulty deciding on whether to build a RC18T2 truck kit or RC18B2 buggy kit, we have great news! The RC18T2/B2 kit has the parts required to assemble either vehicle. If you change your mind later, simply use the extra parts to create the other vehicle.
This 1:10 Scale Radio Control Electric (ESC) Off-road Mad Truck comes with a 120 A Class Electron Stepless Speed Controller, Antiskid and Abrasion Proof Rubber Tires, Aluminum Alloy Chassis and Oversize Off Road Wheels. This unit is powered by a 7.2V 1800mAh Ni-Cd Battery Pack and a 550 Class Big Power Motor.
This 4WD electric buggy is small enough to run indoors or outdoors. It's made to be tough, affordable, easy to work on, and 4WD shaft driven for high grip. The Brama 18B comes completely ready-to-run and is uses clean and quiet electric power so driving is as easy as it gets, just charge and go!
Associated enters the world of mini truck racing with their new RC18T. Based on the awesome performance of the RC10T, the RC18T is a 1/18-scale electric stadium truck ready to tackle the track with its 4WD drive-train, oil-filled coil-over shocks at all four corners, and included motor, micro ESC, receiver and batteries.
Based on the world championship winning Hot Bodies D8 4WD 1/8-scale buggy, the Vorza goes green and receives a full brushless makeover. Complete with HPI’s proven Flux Blur ESC and Tork motor that are also found in the HPI Savage Flux HP, all you need to do is add your battery packs of choice to reach mach-like speeds. If speed, durability, size, looks, performance and low cost are what you are looking for in a ‘Go Green’ off-road RTR package, then the HPI Racing Vorza is the car for you!
I do not know about you but I spent some time trying to learn how to control this little four wheeled devil, and I believe this was a good choice to start with.
If you never had a modern electric RC car you should start with small scale models as bigger and faster ones will make it even harder to control and avoid big cra$hes.
My Team AssociatedClick thumbnail to view full-size
Team Associated RC18B review
Now that I already wasted a set of tires I can definitely recommend this RC buggy.
Considering its size the RC18B it is very fast and stable over bumps and jumps.
It starts to have some control issues every time you use it on rough surfaces with larger stones which does not allow the car to go straight jumping all over. That is way you will need a bigger RC car if you are going to use it outside tracks.
It is easy to find replacement parts for the RC18 and this is very important if you are starting because accidents are most certain to occur and because you will go crazy if you can not repair it soon... every time I had mine stopped waiting for parts I almost went mad wanting to play with it.
My Team Associated in actionClick thumbnail to view full-size
Anything can happen...
Replacements and Upgrades
If you have no experience with RC cars, then you should expect some "forced" upgrades.
Beside the normal wear of some parts an accident can happen each time you use the car, so it is not unusual for a beginner to break something now and then.
In my case, after some incidents I saw myself forced to buy some replacement parts: a bigger front bumper, a front shock kit, a new set of tires and another battery in order to extend the fun every time I drive the buggy.
My next Electric RC car
XSTR 1/10 scale buggy RC car
After playing several times with the 1/18 Team Associated I feel like I need a bigger one.
Not that the Team Associated is small but if you want to play on rougher terrains you will need a RC car that can take the impacts without loosing control and direction.
My choice went to a XSTR 1/10 scale buggy which is affordable, it has a good size and weight, and looks pretty resistant.
Later I will make a review of this one to confirm if it was a good choice.
My new XSTR Electric RC Car
XSTR Electric RC Car Review
I finally got a 1/10 scale electric rc car like promised.
The XSTR I bought comes with a RC540 motor with a heat proof cover.
Even though this motor works very well its performance it is not what I was expecting.
Perhaps the fact that it did not came with the brushless motor (there are two versions) and the car`s weight (much more than the RC18B) makes it a slower acceleration car if compared with my smaller 1/18 rc buggy.
I will keep this motor but I am curious about how it will perform with a good brushless motor.
Lets see what happens... maybe this one will break soon and I will have no choice but buying a brushless motor upgrade. LOL
I can only imagine how it will perform after such upgrade.
More 1/10 scale Electric Radio Controlled Cars
The Brama 10B comes pre-built with a reliable HPI transmitter, steering servo, and a reversible electronic speed control so it accelerates and steers with precise movements. The included rechargeable 7.2V battery pack delivers power to the Saturn 35T motor for realistic off-road action. Just pop some AA's in the transmitter, charge up the 7.2V battery pack with the included charger and you're ready to drive.
There is no other truck available that offers Stampede s unique style, capability, and reputation for durability. When it comes to speed, the Titan 12-turn 550 modified motor and racing-style Magnum 272 transmission propel the Stampede to speeds over 30mph*. The integrated cooling fan in the Titan 12T pulls air through the motor keeping it cool.
Team Associated’s RC10B4 has been proven as a world-class competition buggy with four consecutive IFMAR Worlds Championships and five ROAR National Championships. Equally important are the countless club and regional events that the B4 continues to win.
Based on the 7-time National Champion RC10T4, the brushless RC10T4.1 is a fully assembled truck that features many of the components from the RC10T4 Team kit, while incorporating the 2.4 GHz XP3-SS 3-channel radio system and SHV1504 MG metal gear steering servo. Power is supplied by a Reedy 3300Kv brushless motor, while the XP SC450-BL electronic speed control with LiPo cutoff provides smooth throttle control. A sealed gear differential improves reliability and allows fine-tuning for different track conditions.
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