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Old 02-12-2019, 10:20 PM   #1
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I dabbled in R/C cars 30 years ago. Thinking of getting back in.

Trying to decide between nitro or electric.

Pros/Cons?
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:14 PM   #2
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Electric!
Waterproof motors and parts.
Battery technology has come a long way in recent years. Electrics are not near as noisy as the nitros.
RC cars in general have really advanced since you were into them. Parts, upgrades, number of models, and scale sizes.

It's fun but expensive. Sold all mine to buy guns. Miss them sometimes. Fun hobby.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:19 PM   #3
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Most are obvious. Electric is great and low maintenance but if you can only play as long as you have enough spare batteries and charge. Gas lets you go longer, but you have to buy expensive gas. Not to mention the maintenance of glow plugs, ring and cylinder replacement and having to follow shut down processes to keep it from rusting between runs and causing damage, then dealing with break in periods. All that said, I'm a sucker for fuel, noise, etc and had gas cars a long time ago, but electric is so much easier. Some of the cars i had, i had to carry around a motor box just to start it. The others had self starters but always broke and required constant repair.

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Old 02-13-2019, 12:56 AM   #4
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Good stuff: About what run times are batteries getting these days?
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:21 AM   #5
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I wanna put a turkey decoy on one and run it around!
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Old 02-13-2019, 06:04 AM   #6
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Electric is what I have
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:06 AM   #7
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Check out Traxxas line.

I have a 2wd Stampede, with LiPo batteries.. full charge, last 25-30 mins.

Parts are cheap, repair is easy. I just totaled my truck, hit a fire ring WFO, and broke the chassis. Cost $10 for new part, plus a couple hours labor.

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Old 02-13-2019, 09:16 AM   #8
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I agree with AJmag about the nitro cars. Not worth the added maintenance to me.

The options are nearly unlimited with Traxxas, as far as upgrades. I have 3 different bodies, a 66 ford F-150, 72 Chevy, and the original body.

My best friend has 5, including the X-max. That thing is a beast. 50 plus mph, 4wd. But, itís a $1300 truck with the upgrades he has.

You can get a Stampede for $170, plus another $120 for LiPo battery and charger.

They are a blast, but addictive.


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Old 02-13-2019, 09:19 AM   #9
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:56 AM   #10
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20 to 40 minute run time depending on type of battery. LiPo batteries are the way to go avoid NiMh.
Buy multiple batteries and a good charger.
The 4x4 traxxas stampede I posted above would run 50 mph, do back flips off ramps. I jumped it up to 10 ft in the air. Drove it submerged in water, through mud and sand. Broke the chassis in half just like buckshot did with his, when i ran into a solid object head on at 40mph, repaired it for 25$
There are some very cool RC cars and trucks out there. Just talking about it makes me want to get back into the hobby.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:03 AM   #11
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I used to be in it about 20 years ago and had nitro. I was in a shopping center a couple of years back that had a hobby shop and that particular weekend they had a track set up for people to run. I was SHOCKED at how fast the electric cars are now. It makes sense due to technological advances but I was blown away.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:37 AM   #12
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Electric for sure! The nitro's used to be the top dogs back then, now its electric. Insane power and very little maintenance compared to a nitro. Unless you're really into tinkering and want something you have to adjust/mess with often, then electric is the way to go.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:38 AM   #13
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Thanks all. It's sad I had put this hobby completely out of mind for 30+ years... but it has sure triggered a trip down memory lane.

I was just looking at parts and accessories, and remembering how sad I was the first ESC I ever saw for my RC10, but the $300+ price tag was not do-able in 1988. Now one similar to what was then, goes for about $11 lol

ahhh...the RC10, she used to be the coolest kid on the block
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:45 AM   #14
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Got the boys some Stampedes for Christmas.


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Old 02-14-2019, 10:30 AM   #15
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i gave up on gas... its all about electric these days.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:42 AM   #16
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I wanna put a turkey decoy on one and run it around!
Now that's a good idea!
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:43 PM   #17
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Just pulled the trigger on a Slash Ultimate.

Can't wait!!!
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:57 AM   #18
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Anyone run the new
Traxxas E revo 2.0?
Iíve been researching them, they look pretty salty.


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Of anyone would be interested in a vaterra ascender I have one I'm thinking about selling. It's more for crawling than going fast though

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Ttt, thinking about getting my son one for Christmas


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Old 11-18-2021, 07:24 AM   #21
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Ive had bothÖ.electric is the way to go. Thereís a whole new line of crawlers that are worth a look. Axial is a good start


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These threads keep popping up. I have an electric cigarette boat in the garage from back in the day. I need to see about getting new remote, servos etc and running it again.
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These threads keep popping up. I have an electric cigarette boat in the garage from back in the day. I need to see about getting new remote, servos etc and running it again.
My wife's bio-dad (Left her mom when the wife was a toddler- never involved in her life after) passed away a couple years ago. She had reconnected with him when we were married, and we had only seen him a couple times since, in 20 years. When he passed, his wife called mine and said he had a bunch of stuff for our son. She went and picked it up, and it is probably $5k worth of RC boat and helicopter stuff. I still haven't even gone through it all to see what there is. Mix of electric and nitro.

Seeing this thread might spark another interest. I built and raced 1/10 electric back in the same time frame as the OP. I need another hobby like my wife needs another pair of shoes.
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These threads keep popping up. I have an electric cigarette boat in the garage from back in the day. I need to see about getting new remote, servos etc and running it again.
Post a build thread- a RC boat is on my want list before next summer. I just bought a monster truck for me and Santa is bringing my kiddo a 2wd Stampede this year.
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My wife's bio-dad (Left her mom when the wife was a toddler- never involved in her life after) passed away a couple years ago. She had reconnected with him when we were married, and we had only seen him a couple times since, in 20 years. When he passed, his wife called mine and said he had a bunch of stuff for our son. She went and picked it up, and it is probably $5k worth of RC boat and helicopter stuff. I still haven't even gone through it all to see what there is. Mix of electric and nitro.

Seeing this thread might spark another interest. I built and raced 1/10 electric back in the same time frame as the OP. I need another hobby like my wife needs another pair of shoes.
I need a motor, servos and remote

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Post a build thread- a RC boat is on my want list before next summer. I just bought a monster truck for me and Santa is bringing my kiddo a 2wd Stampede this year.
I havent even looked at parts and I dont know of a place local to ask about what size motor. Im sure it still runs but its all old tech and more speed is always good. It ran about 20 from what I remember. It probably 30" long.

I looked at some traxxis buggies the other day and almost ordered one. Fixing this boat may scratch the itch and save me some coin
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I havent even looked at parts and I dont know of a place local to ask about what size motor. Im sure it still runs but its all old tech and more speed is always good. It ran about 20 from what I remember. It probably 30" long.

I looked at some traxxis buggies the other day and almost ordered one. Fixing this boat may scratch the itch and save me some coin
It's all old stuff.....

I don't know if there are any shops around any more. We visited a store/ track down in Sugarland a few years ago when my son was getting the itch, but it has since closed.
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