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Electric rc cars - Remote control cars

Updated on March 3, 2017

Radio-controled 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

Team Associated RC18B
Team Associated RC18B

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 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.

Team Associated 20103 RC18T2/B2 4WD Team Off Road Kit
Team Associated 20103 RC18T2/B2 4WD Team Off Road Kit

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.

 

My Team Associated

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Team Associated RC18B
Team Associated RC18B
Team Associated RC18B
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Team Associated RC18B
Team Associated RC18B
Team Associated RC18B

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 action

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Team Associated RC18B in action
Team Associated RC18B in action
Team Associated RC18B in action
Team Associated RC18B in action
Team Associated RC18B in action
Team Associated RC18B in action
Team Associated RC18B in action
Team Associated RC18B in action

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
XSTR 1/10

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.

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.

My new XSTR Electric RC Car

Is it hot or what?
Is it hot or what?
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      rcguy 3 years ago

      i have the 18b and it is very fun

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      Ricardo Nunes 5 years ago from Portugal

      You should search for that info... try this video: http://youtu.be/SFZ3TZLognk

      Hope this help you :-)

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      arjun 5 years ago

      i am arjun.i am studying in 7 CLASS.CAN YOU TELL HOW TO MAKE A REMOTE CONTROL CAR WITH CAMERA FIT ON CAR AND WE CAN SEE WHERE CAR IS GOING ON CONTROL STICKS.PLEASE GIVE TELL HOW TO DO THIS PROJECT.TYPE THE ANSWER AND SEND EMAIL TO (tarjun374@gmail.com).

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      Ricardo Nunes 6 years ago from Portugal

      Hi pajamazzon, nice to meet you! Thank you for your nice comment... I agree that playing with RC cars and planes it`s a great hobby for anybody who loves to have fun! I don`t know about all the other men but your theory can be validated by me... I`m a defensive driver and don`t cheat my companion (or anyone else for that matter). In fact she also love to play with our RC cars :)

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      pajamazzon 6 years ago

      I started flying rc planes since 2000 and since then i got hooked. Now i juggle between, RC touring, crawling and collecting vintage RC as well. I'm a woman and i love RC! and i believe men who has RC as a hobby are defensive drivers and rarely cheat on their gfs on wives. This hobby is not only fulfilling, it also makes you feel relaxed, seeing your creation flying or competing with other guys.

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      Ricardo Nunes 6 years ago from Portugal

      Hi Chris, you can adjust it on the remote control... look for the steering trim (St. Trim) and control it. You probably should reset both steering and throttle functions... you`ll find instructions on the manual.

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      chris 6 years ago

      ya it is really fun i got my team associated rc car like 5 days ago. but for some reason after 2 days of ues it is losing contoll it turn to the left on full speed and now it is randomly shuting down. but really fun

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      Ricardo Nunes 6 years ago from Portugal

      I would say that everybody loves this kind of "toy" or hobby... I´ve waited too many years before having my own RC car that now I want to enjoy every moment with it :D

      You should consider buying him one... all grown up kids love to play with electric RC cars :)

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      ReuVera 6 years ago from USA

      Quite a serious r/c car you have! I don't buy toys for my grown up kid anymore, haha, but I still yes buy him r/c toys. I myself love to play with them.

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      Ricardo Nunes 6 years ago from Portugal

      Hi gusripper, you´re right... who knows, perhaps in future we´ll all be driving our electric cars using a radio control :D

      One thing I know for sure: electric RC cars can make you go back in time and have a great time. Lots of FUN!

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      gusripper 6 years ago

      Cool brother.I believe its the future in small size.

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      Ricardo Nunes 6 years ago from Portugal

      Hey Micky, how are you? Hope you´re fine :)

      It´s never too late to get a RC car... you´ll have so much fun, even with the smaller ones :)

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I wish I had one!