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Old 11-09-2013, 07:24 PM
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need info on RC Boat for Grandson " wants a fast one" I know nothing I have seen price all over the place suggestions
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:09 PM
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I would suggest finding your local RC club, (there all over the place) and start your research from there. Those are the folks who will tell you what kit is really worth the price, vs the hype you'll get from the hobby store.
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Pro boat miss geico 29.
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It all depends on his age and your $$ point.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:47 AM
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Helps me in garage and is learning fast--- don't want one that cheap and breaks-- don't really know enough to set budget however would throw out up to $ 250.00 ---- Have looked at u tube and read controls and batteries are the Achilles heel of RC's
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Pro boat miss geico 29.
watched a video of Miss Geico 29 WOW then checked for prices $ 400 that maybe a little out of range
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Your budget is going to be your limitation. For $250 you are going to be limited to what they call "toy grade" RC boats. Some of the toy grade boats are pretty good, but there are very little if any parts for upgrades and/or repairs.

How old is your grandson? His age will be a big deciding factor. Any decent "hobby grade" ready to run (RTR) boat will be north of $300 and some will be in the $600+ range. Keep in mind, when you see RTR on the box this means you have to buy nothing else to get it going. You might find good RC boats cheaper, but they may be a kit and require some assembly and you have to buy the electronics separate.

I have quite a few RC toys. I have one boat that I built from scratch (started with a bare hull) that I have over $4000 into.

The "King of Shaves" by Venom is a very popular and fast hobby grade RC boat. It comes RTR but again, just over $400.

http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...ic-34--VNR1810

If you're set on getting him one of these fast hobby grade boats but don't want to pay the price then consider a used one. They can be had on ebay for half of what they cost new. Lots of people buy them, use them 4-5 times then they sit on the shelf for a couple years until they decide to sell them.

You might also consider something like this. This one is kind of half way between a toy and a hobby. It's a smaller boat and won't be terribly fast. But it does use the standard "550" size motor so in the future you can put in a brushless motor and speed controller to make it faster.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pro-Boat-Mis...item2c72a58e55
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need info on RC Boat for Grandson " wants a fast one" I know nothing I have seen price all over the place suggestions
R/C regardless of boat, helicopter etc etc falls along the line of "toys" and models.

Toy you buy it , play with it , have fun , sometimes lots of FUN and then you break it. In most cases the "toy" R/C unit will not be repairable and will have little if any customer support or parts available. Basicly you use the R/C toy till it breaks and in most cases it's done. Now there are LOTs of fun and inexpensive R/C toys available that offer in some cases good performance and are in most cases quite inexpensive.

R/C models are an entirely different beast that while not always super expensive, they tend to cost more then "toys" and offer a broad spectrum of size,performance and price options. More then likely there will be a hobby store within driving distance and if not 100s on line that will stock repair parts, options and on line forums that will have all sorts of info to fix, set up and operate the particular R/C Model.

If you are buying for a young kid and do not want to involve yourself helping him with his new hobby, initially a toyish R/C boat/car/ coaxial helicopter is IMO the way to go. I would bet for $100 or less you can get a battery powered R/C boat that will be a lot of fun and probably keep him happy for a while before he destroys it.

If he is an older kid with some mechanical skills or has an adult who is gonna help him with the hobby both financially and with tech help, the options are virtually limitless based upon how much $$$ you wanna spend and how much time you have available.

Good luck and be careful, R/C addiction can be a slippery slope that can eat up lots of $$$
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I have a friend that has a weedwacker motor one that is about 4 ft long. Look for a used one, should get close to your budget depending on radio, etc.
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Always wanted to get one of these. My question, how do you know when it's going to die, so you don't have to swim to get it?
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Your budget is going to be your limitation. For $250 you are going to be limited to what they call "toy grade" RC boats. Some of the toy grade boats are pretty good, but there are very little if any parts for upgrades and/or repairs.

How old is your grandson? His age will be a big deciding factor. Any decent "hobby grade" ready to run (RTR) boat will be north of $300 and some will be in the $600+ range. Keep in mind, when you see RTR on the box this means you have to buy nothing else to get it going. You might find good RC boats cheaper, but they may be a kit and require some assembly and you have to buy the electronics separate.

I have quite a few RC toys. I have one boat that I built from scratch (started with a bare hull) that I have over $4000 into.

The "King of Shaves" by Venom is a very popular and fast hobby grade RC boat. It comes RTR but again, just over $400.



http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...ic-34--VNR1810

If you're set on getting him one of these fast hobby grade boats but don't want to pay the price then consider a used one. They can be had on ebay for half of what they cost new. Lots of people buy them, use them 4-5 times then they sit on the shelf for a couple years until they decide to sell them.

You might also consider something like this. This one is kind of half way between a toy and a hobby. It's a smaller boat and won't be terribly fast. But it does use the standard "550" size motor so in the future you can put in a brushless motor and speed controller to make it faster.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pro-Boat-Mis...item2c72a58e55
looks like the way to go
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Miss Geico rules!! Great starter boat for the young lad and he can upgrade it as he grows.
Hardly any upgrades available for KOS other than some metal props and other minor stuff.
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