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Old 12-13-2019, 10:33 AM
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Long story short, we're going to get my son an RC car for Christmas....

My wife found a Grave Digger one that will be cool - but it's a "toy" as opposed to a real RC car. I don't really like it because you can't fix it when he breaks it, and the battery packs are proprietary. Also, the controller has two joy sticks and I think the ones with a mini wheel and trigger are easier to control, especially for the kids. I've done a bunch of looking around, and it appears that there isn't much in the $80 to $200 or so price range.

I haven't really looked at the RC world since I built my own Team Associated RC10T in the late 90s, so I'm over my head. I'd appreciate help finding a better option for him. Is there something out there that meets the following:

1. Under (or around) $100
2. Can easily get additional battery packs
3. Can be repaired
4. Steering wheel style remote control
5. Steering rate and speed that is either adjustable or appropriate for a 7 year old
6. Works well on a variety of indoor/outdoor terrain
7. I want it to be fairly large - 1/10th?

At the end of the day, we've had a LOT of disposable RC devices come through the house. He's old enough and responsible enough to have something a bit higher quality. But I'm not sure what's between Traxxas/Team Losi and the junk on Amazon.

Thanks!

Old 12-13-2019, 10:35 AM
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a lot of the Traxxas stuff is nice but you won't be under $100

did you try Tower Hobbies? been ordering from them for many years
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Nitro 2 stroke cars are much more fun for terrorizing the neighborhood cats.
Old 12-13-2019, 10:45 AM
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I like Traxxas. Their models are not the toughest but parts are readily available for just about any breakdowns. Rustler is a great all terrain model imo. Start low and he can move up to brushless and LiPo. Be careful though, next thing you know you will want one
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Ditto Traxxas is a quality product but anything near that price is going to be 1/18 scale. Just my opinion but in the long run your son might be happier with a better product like Traxxis; but 1/10 is going to start closer to $300.
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Skip the 2 dimensional stuff and get him into flying, just kidding, however the planes and helicopters are amazing.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Ditto Traxxas is a quality product but anything near that price is going to be 1/18 scale. Just my opinion but in the long run your son might be happier with a better product like Traxxis; but 1/10 is going to start closer to $300.
Stick with brushed and NiMH and you are closer to $200

https://traxxas.com/products/models/...ard?t=overview
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Originally Posted by jgatorman View Post
Skip the 2 dimensional stuff and get him into flying, just kidding, however the planes and helicopters are amazing.
Actually I was going to say fast electric boats but 7yo might be a little early for that
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Would this be a waste of money?
Amazon Amazon

It's really looking like I'm right in the middle of the budget.... Crap.

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How old is he?
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
How old is he?
He's just shy of 7.

It's less that I think he NEEDS one of these and more that I hate to throw another chunk of money out on a junk car.

This may end up being an ask for forgiveness not permission situation
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How old? Does he like 4x4 offroad stuff? He might like a crawler. Axial recently came out with this baby.

https://www.horizonhobby.com/scx24-d...n-p-axi90081t2

If he gets something fast, anything will break which I'm sure you are aware. The cheaper stuff (Your budget range, no offense) is even worse.
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My son is 6 now and Santa brought he and I a traxxas dune buggy and Bigfoot last year. At 6 he's getting to be a proficient driver. The truck breaks more frequently than the buggy, but they're easy to fix and parts are readily available on line. Both are fast, and we have the lowest priced model out there. I have a blast driving them around with him and it's good quality time. Could easily upgrade and modify as he gets older.
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Originally Posted by Kennay View Post
How old? Does he like 4x4 offroad stuff? He might like a crawler. Axial recently came out with this baby.

https://www.horizonhobby.com/scx24-d...n-p-axi90081t2

If he gets something fast, anything will break which I'm sure you are aware. The cheaper stuff (Your budget range, no offense) is even worse.
None taken on the budget - this wasn't intended to be the main gift this year. It sounds like getting into something worth fixing when it breaks might push the budget too far....\

I've looked at 50 recently, so I've lost it now but I've seen some that have high/low speed switches and I think you can also moderate speed with smaller battery packs? But I'm an idiot with all things electrical....

This is a bit more expensive, but bigger and has speed control options: https://www.horizonhobby.com/product...rtr-p-axi90069

I'm really, really, really bad at sticking to budgets.....

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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
None taken on the budget - this wasn't intended to be the main gift this year. It sounds like getting into something worth fixing when it breaks might push the budget too far....\

I've looked at 50 recently, so I've lost it now but I've seen some that have high/low speed switches and I think you can also moderate speed with smaller battery packs? But I'm an idiot with all things electrical....

This is a bit more expensive, but bigger and has speed control options: https://www.horizonhobby.com/product...rtr-p-axi90069

I'm really, really, really bad at sticking to budgets.....
I think that is a great in between! Capable offroad, a little faster, but not so fast that it is constantly tearing itself apart. I think you found yourself a great choice.
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When I was a kid and was big into R/C stuff (cars and planes)....Tower Hobbies was the bomb! Catalog in the mail back then. Used my paper route money to get money orders and pay the UPS guy!

For trucks...I also recommend Traxxas. They are worth it..rugged stuff, amazing what they can do. Many models even have 2 speed transmissions..and you can see them change stance as they shift hard into 2nd gear.

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Originally Posted by Jonboater View Post
I like Traxxas. Their models are not the toughest but parts are readily available for just about any breakdowns. Rustler is a great all terrain model imo. Start low and he can move up to brushless and LiPo. Be careful though, next thing you know you will want one
I've had a Rustler and a Stampede for probably 12-14 years. We pull them out about once a year for the beach, beat the living crap out them for a week and put them away for another year. Every few years I have to replace a motor for about $12, or an ESC or maybe buy a new battery. But for the most part, they're indestructible. And we've tried very hard to destruct them. We drive them down stairs, race them on the sand, saltwater, jump, crash... everything short of blowing them up.

It's about twice what OP wants to spend, but I think it would be hard to find anything below that price that would hold up nearly as well. Parts are readily available and cheap.
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I think you can also moderate speed with smaller battery packs? But I'm an idiot with all things electrical....

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Smaller battery packs will have a shorter run time, but the speed will be the same as long as the voltage is the same as the original.
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Replaceable parts is important...front end, steering/suspension.
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I would up your budget and get a Traxxas....My boys all run Traxxas. You can fix just about anything for $3, parts are super easy to get, they are super easy to work on and they are nearly indestructible.

I would get him a $199 package and then you can start upgrading. We have upgraded everyones battery, gear boxes, speed controls and motors and we are about to start moving to some billet parts that we keep breaking.

I would get 1/10th scale

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