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1/18 RC cars, any info

Stumbled upon a RC site and the RC bug is starting to bite.
I was into it for years as a kid, you name it and I had it. The hornet, frog, blackfoot, and several RC10's; the team cars and all. Then high school hit and I kinda left it for greater pursuits like drinking, chasing girls and getting in trouble
These new 4wd 1/18 scale models have sparked my interest. They come ready to run radio and all. Wish they came unassembled since I like building them but you can still take them apart and hop up parts so I guess that is fine.
Anyhow. I was interested in the duratrax vendetta. About 170.00 for the whole thing. Of course you spend cash for extras like another charger, upgrades battery, motor etc. But wondered how these compare to the 1/10 of yesteryear. What kind of run times and speeds do these have?
I need another hobby like a hole in the head but I am just curious about these. Anyone got one?

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I was the same way a couple years ago, I bought one of the traxxas t-max's it was fun but got old pretty quick. ended up selling it on ebay.




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All I can say is go gas. Traxxas are very nice... tons of upgrades out there. You can spend a small fortune.

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I was the same way a couple years ago, I bought one of the traxxas t-max's it was fun but got old pretty quick. ended up selling it on ebay.
Yeah, I can pretty much predict the same would happen to me. Isn't it ironic that as a kid you can't afford this stuff and are at the mercy of your folks buying you the things but when you are older and can afford it you lose interest fast or have no time.

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They have newer versions of RC 10. I'm more into planes and helis right now, but I find the street cars to be more fun than off-road. Everytime I buy an off-road I end up using it 90% in the street in front of my house. I'd go with the Team Associated TC3 plus.


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Yeah, I can pretty much predict the same would happen to me. Isn't it ironic that as a kid you can't afford this stuff and are at the mercy of your folks buying you the things but when you are older and can afford it you lose interest fast or have no time.

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yeah. I've got big planes that you need to go to a field to fly. That gets old. I probably only do that a couple times a year. But when I have something I can do in my back yard I use it alot. I've got a couple of foamy planes and a heli I fly in my backyard a couple times a week. It'd probably be the same with a car which is why I'd go with something that would be fun in front of my house.

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check out http://www.chitownrc.com/

it's a friends website. nice people, fairly active board.

Also, Al's hobby shop is still the best place to go for RC. It's in Elmhurst.

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it's a friends website. nice people, fairly active board.

Also, Al's hobby shop is still the best place to go for RC. It's in Elmhurst.

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I have this:

http://www.traxxas.com/products/nitr...ec_gallery.htm

It's super fast, easy to clean, runs great. Downside is parts are hard to get (belts mostly). It's been collecting dust for some time, haven't had time to play with it.

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All I can say is go gas. Traxxas are very nice... tons of upgrades out there. You can spend a small fortune.
For the tinkerer, gas/nitro is not the way to go. Gas/Nitro vehicles requires special break in, a lot of tuning, cleaning and upkeep. Battery technology has came a long way. Get some batteries, 15 minute trickle charger and you will be good for hours.

I have had RC cars that ran on nitro and RC cars that ran on 2 stroke pump gasoline. Definitely fun but a pain in the ass to tune. My RC hobby cost me a small fortune. Everything from rebuilding engines, replacing engines, suspension tune ups, custom roll cages, ... the works. Fun hobby though.

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i think the 1:18 stuff is too small. get something bigger especially if ur just cruisin it around the house.

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I've recently entered into the R/C arena again. Cars and buggies have come a long way in 25 years. I have a 1/8 scale Nitro Kyosho Inferno GT (on-road) and a Nitro 1/5 Scale Thunder Tiger Motorcycle. Both are RTR (ready-to-run). If your interested in motorcycles, there are 2 good versions.

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As far as 1/18 scale cars, the kiddies run these. They are cheap (relatively). Generally they are electric. Lipo batteries and brushless motors make them extremely fast, but fast can be expensive.

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did anyone used to race at joroc back in the day? i think the dog park we go to in joliet is right on top of where the track used to be.

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For the tinkerer, gas/nitro is not the way to go. Gas/Nitro vehicles requires special break in, a lot of tuning, cleaning and upkeep. Battery technology has came a long way. Get some batteries, 15 minute trickle charger and you will be good for hours.

I have had RC cars that ran on nitro and RC cars that ran on 2 stroke pump gasoline. Definitely fun but a pain in the ass to tune. My RC hobby cost me a small fortune. Everything from rebuilding engines, replacing engines, suspension tune ups, custom roll cages, ... the works. Fun hobby though.
Gotta agree, I know a few friends with nitro stuff but is is a labor of love keeping them running. They are faster than shit though when running properly.

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For the tinkerer, gas/nitro is not the way to go. Gas/Nitro vehicles requires special break in, a lot of tuning, cleaning and upkeep. Battery technology has came a long way. Get some batteries, 15 minute trickle charger and you will be good for hours.

I have had RC cars that ran on nitro and RC cars that ran on 2 stroke pump gasoline. Definitely fun but a pain in the ass to tune. My RC hobby cost me a small fortune. Everything from rebuilding engines, replacing engines, suspension tune ups, custom roll cages, ... the works. Fun hobby though.
You have a point for the newbie's.

IMO, R/C cars are lame unless you add the nitro engine. I have been into planes for awhile... kind of put it down for now. Still have one plane right now. The engine is what makes the cars a little fun. I get bored fast with cars/trucks.

As far as the traxxas nitros and tuning... I never had any problems tuning. Simple if you ask me... they have electric start now, which makes starting very easy. Last nitro truck I owned was a tmax 2.5 I ran it then put a little 3-1 oil in the cylinder after each use. I installed a aftermarket pipe and it sounded like a 125 dirtbike ripping down the block. The noise is half the fun of RC cars.

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HAHA true that. I have a nice big parking lot directly in front of the house and my neighbors hate it when i start my 4-Tec up. Especially at WOT, fuhgetabout it. And it has the stock pipe too.

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I have 2 1:18 scale cars from X-ray. One electric 4 wheel drive road car and 1 Nitro 4 wheel drive offroad. These things are a blast. Nitro definatley faster, but drifting in the electric is fun as well. You can get them Ready to run or you build yourself.

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did anyone used to race at joroc back in the day? i think the dog park we go to in joliet is right on top of where the track used to be.
I was there almost every weekend when I was a kid.

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I have this:

http://www.traxxas.com/products/nitr...ec_gallery.htm

It's super fast, easy to clean, runs great. Downside is parts are hard to get (belts mostly). It's been collecting dust for some time, haven't had time to play with it.
I got one of these this year as part of the Christmas bonus
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Unless you are willing to dump a lot of time and money into it, sell it now and run away. Damn things are money pits. Fun as hell though.

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Unless you are willing to dump a lot of time and money into it, sell it now and run away. Damn things are money pits. Fun as hell though.


I know, I already stripped some wires, snapped the axle, snapped the bumper and snapped the bracket coming up to the bumper. Probably $50 of parts right there, gotta go pick up some replacements in a few.
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Damn I'm too late. I must have spent at least a grand on my T-Maxx, on top of what I paid for the truck.

I hope you broke in the engine properly. Or you will be replacing the piston and sleeves in no time at all.

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I know, I already stripped some wires, snapped the axle, snapped the bumper and snapped the bracket coming up to the bumper. Probably $50 of parts right there, gotta go pick up some replacements in a few.
Geezus man, learn how to control the thing! I haven't crashed yet, but all 3 belts do need to be replaced.

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