Fast And Cheap Remote Controlled Car Or Plane?
Posted 18 April 2006 - 11:23 PM
Posted 18 April 2006 - 11:54 PM
Posted 19 April 2006 - 01:07 AM
The next issue is proportional steering. Cheaper R/C cars tend to have a solenoid type steering; in other words, full lock turn, or straight. This allows steering, but not the fine adjustments that higher-end cars may have. You want servo-controlled steering that you can trim and countersteer and give you control, which is about as important as speed.
There's a saying that carries over from the real racing world...into R/C. "Speed costs money, how fast did you want to go?"
About airplanes; there are so many inexpensive airplanes coming out, but it looks like they have no speed control, no real control surfaces except for maybe a rudder (so basically it's a powered glider that runs on power to climb, then you would probably left-circle it to land), and while good for learning the core basics of R/C flight, would probably get boring if you were expecting a fully controllable plane.
My son got an "Air Hogs" battery powered plane for his birthday; it is a free-flying, electric powered foam plane that uses about 15 seconds of battery flight to climb up to about 60-70 feet, then the motor idles and the plane begins a lazy spiral and landing to the ground...when it works right. Sometimes it does some exciting tight spins and we wonder how it survived the crashes. My son thinks it's a hoot.
Face it...R/C is still an expensive hobby when you want 'good stuff'. I ought to know...I maxed out my credit card when I was a college student on R/C stuff (Tower Hobbies-yikes!)
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Posted 19 April 2006 - 05:33 AM
Posted 19 April 2006 - 10:58 AM
Posted 19 April 2006 - 11:57 AM
Hmm...I think I'll get one of those Nitro R/Cs...The ones that can hit 55mph...But that would kill my funds for a Xbox 360. What do you guys think? R/C Nitro or a Xbox 360?
RC. Go the hell outside. I'd suggest an electric if you are just starting out. Nitros can be a pain in the ass with all the glow plugs and starting. I'd reccoment picking up a RTR electric stadium truck. Team associated and team losi make some great trucks that are real quick. Also, check ebay. I got my team associated t3 already upgraded with all the gofast bits, a transmitter, 3 hicap batteries, and a charger for 78$. And just for the record, it regularly whooped nitro revos before I lowered it.
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Posted 19 April 2006 - 12:35 PM
As far as planes go. If you want a fast plane, then first off you better be a good pilot and second you better have some cash. Most of the cheaper single channel planes are very slow so they can be flown by pretty much everyone. You really have to be on top of things when your plane is booking along at 60mph. It can get away from you very fast. Not syaing you can`t handle it just giving you a heads up. The park flyer craze is really taking off and you can pick one of those either in kit form or ready to fly for pretty cheap. Like Piney said, the really cheap RTF planes are going to be single channel and non proportional. Those can be fun but the novelty where off quickly. They will typicaly have a transitter with 4 or so buttons on it. Thrust, no thrust, full left, full right. You do a surprising amount of maneuvering with just those controls but I don`t find it much fun. Full function aircraft are definitely goin to run more than $30 and I don`t know of any complete RTF kits that come with radio and all that are full function. There are probably some out there though.
Check out towerhobbies.com. They have the most extensive selection of RC products and pretty good prices
Posted 19 April 2006 - 02:43 PM
Posted 19 April 2006 - 05:29 PM
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