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    Default RC Advice for 8yr old please

    Good morning all.
    My 8yr old wants a off-road (buggy type) RC car for his birthday soon and i need advice please.
    Not looking for top of the range, just something that will keep busy, wont break the bank, and spares available.
    What brand/s should i look at?
    What size? (1:10 etc)
    Where can source parts online?
    Any RC guys that can point me in the right direction please.
    Thanks
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    Default Re: RC Advice for 8yr old please

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoP View Post
    Good morning all.
    My 8yr old wants a off-road (buggy type) RC car for his birthday soon and i need advice please.
    Not looking for top of the range, just something that will keep busy, wont break the bank, and spares available.
    What brand/s should i look at?
    What size? (1:10 etc)
    Where can source parts online?
    Any RC guys that can point me in the right direction please.
    Thanks
    https://jixhobbies.co.za/collections/r-c-vehicles

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    Default Re: RC Advice for 8yr old please

    we actually bought something similar to this, branded differently. Range decent for the price and all parts are available at speed models (local rc shop in Northern suburbs of Cape Town)

    Battery has gone now, but off the shelve item. bumper and suspension parts are easy screw off and replace. Instead of paying R1k for the cheap crap at ToysRUS etc. Obviously the more you pay the better product you get.

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    I would say get something decent and brushless if possible. Tamiya, Traxxes and a few others are all good brands, although I see Tamiya still sell the Frog that I purchased as a youth, probably around 8yrs old millennia back, so they do keep spares, but there may be more up to date options out there.

    My son has a grampus that goes like stink and he has pimped it with parts, but he does not use it much any more.

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    Default Re: RC Advice for 8yr old please

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoP View Post
    Good morning all.
    My 8yr old wants a off-road (buggy type) RC car for his birthday soon and i need advice please.
    Not looking for top of the range, just something that will keep busy, wont break the bank, and spares available.
    What brand/s should i look at?
    What size? (1:10 etc)
    Where can source parts online?
    Any RC guys that can point me in the right direction please.
    Thanks
    Don't buy Traxxas. Although it's probably the best make out there, parts are expensive.

    I have a HSP Savagery 1/8 scale. It's massive and on 2cell is way too fast for my 8 year old daughter.

    http://revo.cistech.co.za/ShowProduc...Product=1-9589

    I would buy the Grampus.

    https://www.rc-king.co.za/cars/654-h...853257350.html

    1/10th scale. Also goes pretty fast, but you can tune the speed down.

    Parts are readily available WHEN something breaks. But is relatively cheap.

    Don't buy cheap off the shelf RC's at toys r us ect. When something breaks, you might as well throw it away.
    Buy hobby grade stuff.
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    For availability of spares don't buy anything other than Tamiya. There are countless good options out there but after 25 years of collecting RC cars, I only have Tamiya as I can still buy spares for a truck that came out in the 80's.

    For the best basher that must take knocks from a young chap, try the Mad Bull. All I'll suggest is add oil shocks into the mix. You get these in kit form and XB(expert built, ready to run) They are really bulletproof.

    Next would be the DT-02 chassis buggys. Here is a Sand Viper but they come in many different forms. Different body but same chassis. The better DT-02 kits come with oil shocks as standard.

    For the best looking buggy get a Blitzer Beetle. They are a tad heavy but with good shocks they are great fun. I'll post some flying pics of mine later.

    My advice, watch out for brushless for a newby. The speed at which these cars can go will be excessive and you'll end up spending a fortune on repairs.
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    If you are ever in Pretoria you cannot leave before visiting Jix Hobbies. They've recently moved into a bigger shop at Atterbury Retail Centre. Very knowledgeable and willing to assist

    I started with a Tamiya Madbull (although quite tough to come by them these days). But something like the Tamiya Fighter Buggy should be good value for money

    https://jixhobbies.co.za/collections...rxmemorialdt01
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    And here are some of the pics some of my collection mostly on beaches
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    Default Re: RC Advice for 8yr old please

    Looking at these photos now makes me want to get one...

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    And some more. All these except the red holiday buggy right after I bought it with the 380 motor, runs on standard Tamiya 540 silver cans. They have more than enough oompf to supply enough thrills and spills.
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    Default Re: RC Advice for 8yr old please

    Henkus that red buggy looks very much like one of the Dakar 2021 Classic entries.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom13 View Post
    Henkus that red buggy looks very much like one of the Dakar 2021 Classic entries.Click image for larger version. 

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    Wow, that is nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henkus View Post
    And some more. All these except the red holiday buggy right after I bought it with the 380 motor, runs on standard Tamiya 540 silver cans. They have more than enough oompf to supply enough thrills and spills.
    What are these silvercans u speak of?

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    That is the standard 27 turn electric motor that comes standard with most kits and expert builds. I have attached the specs and a picture. There are some of the kits with more upgrades as standard that now includes sport tuned or torque tuned motors.
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    Just get him a 29cc Rovan Baja and be done with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henkus View Post
    That is the standard 27 turn electric motor that comes standard with most kits and expert builds. I have attached the specs and a picture. There are some of the kits with more upgrades as standard that now includes sport tuned or torque tuned motors.
    If one upgrades the motor. Will it not effect the gears?
    I have a tamiya twin detonator, its got 2 motors, its strong but lacks speed and i am not sure if i want to go down the rabbit hole..
    Sorry to O.P.
    Seems like i am hijacking yout thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.O.B View Post
    If one upgrades the motor. Will it not effect the gears?
    I have a tamiya twin detonator, its got 2 motors, its strong but lacks speed and i am not sure if i want to go down the rabbit hole..
    Sorry to O.P.
    Seems like i am hijacking yout thread.
    Ja, sorry OP, but let us look at the Twin Det.

    Was the first RC I ever bought. Was terribly slow from the start. Problem with the twin gearbox setup on the Twin Detonator, Wild Dagger and Dual Hunter is that the front motor runs in reverse. Hotter lesser turn motors do not run same speed forward and reverse as the stock motors do. You must advance or retard the timing on these when you run them in reverse and even I don't know all the technical jargon on how to do it correctly.

    What I did was to make the Twin a 2wd as is the case with the Blackfoot Extreme and add a 12turn brushless. I won't say I am over the moon with it as it doesn't really go as fast as I thought it would. Pinion gear ratios might be the problematic issue here. My other one still runs two stock motors and takes all the abuse I can throw at it with ease. Sofar only cracked on gear case.

    If you have money to burn a quick google search for WR/WT-01 chassis upgrades will see you hopping up that Detonator to a really awesome animal.
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    Ok. So to make the twin two wheel drive u just remove the motor?.

    Can the twin be used as a rock crawler. Like the guys i see at the 4x4 comps?
    Then get something else rather for more vooomaaa!! ?,

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    Yes, you can just remove the motor and strip everything else out of the gearbox. If you look at the pictures I posted, the 2wd Blackfoot Extreme has got a completely different front section that replaces the gearbox casing of the 4wd Detonator.

    You can make the Detonator to be a crawler but obviously it won't have the scale look of the purpose build scale rc 4x4 kits. With long travel shock you can up the ground clearance by a centimeter or two. You can always find 2.2 wheels that looks more scale than the tractor tyres they have as standard. If you do a quick search you can get plenty of aftermarket items to upgrade the Twin Detonator but I would rather save that money and get something to start into the scale rc world like the Hobao DC1 or a Tamiya CC02. Nice thing about the Tamiya is that you can get plenty of awesome hard plastic bodies and lexan that will fit the chassis.

    The standard CC02 G-wagon comes with quite a few options as standard. The nice thing is that it comes with a light kit standard. I'll post a few options of Tamiya bodies that works well as scale rigs.

    For something with go, get a traxxas. They have some very decent out of the box trucks, buggies and truggies that is blistering fast. The E-revo comes to mind.

    Pic 1 Hobao chassis
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    Here are some Tamiya CC01 models with a wide variety of bodies it came with. They even have a 90 Defender one but that is one of the worst ones they've ever done.
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