ABOUT RC CARS
Everyone who gets into the hobby of RC cars needs some clarifications
regarding the details and terminologies used by old expert while describing
their experiences. One usually searches for the queries on the message
boards, discussion forums, websites, manufacturer’s product details
booklets, catalogues, etc. All these material and resources use terms
that may sound new to someone in the hobby. It helps to know the jargons
used in the trade to understand the tricks and tips better.
RC Scale Sizes are used to define the dimension of the cars or the size
of the car. A 1/10th scale rc car means that it is one-tenth the size
of the real car. A 1/8th scale RC car means that it is one-eight the
size of the real car. Remote control cars come in many sizes such as
1/24, 1/18, 1/12, 1/10, 1/8 and 1/5. The 1/24th scale is small, the
1/5th scale is large. Some of the popular brands come in specific sizes.
Kyosho Mini Z and Tamiya Tamtech come as 1/24 scale. HPI Micro RS4 comes
as 1/18 scale. Associated 12i and HPI Mini RS4 come as 1/12 scale. RC
cars viz. Associated Nitro TC3 and RC10GT, HPI Dash and Nitro RS4, OFNA
OB4, Traxxas Nitro T-Maxx and Nitro 4-Tec all fall in the scale of 1/10.
Models like HPI Nitro Savage 21, OFNA Titan and Ultra MBX, Tamiya Terra
Crusher fall in the scale of 1/8.
The most popular models in Gas Powered Remote Control Cars today are
the 1/10th scale nitro powered RC touring cars, and the 1/8th scale
nitro remote control monster trucks, 1/10 Associated Nitro TC3 Touring
Car 1/8 HPI Savage 21 Nitro Monster Truck. These are powered by 2-stroke
gas engines that use special fuel (nitro, methanol, castor oil). Out
of the box, gas powered remote control cars are faster that electric
RC cars. Amongst the Electric Powered Remote Control Cars, the most
popular ones today are the 1/10th scale electric touring cars.
To make it easy for beginners to get into the hobby, manufacturers have
produced kits that are Ready to Run (RTR) Radio Control cars. Most of
these kits come as assembled and completed with radio, batteries, and
charger. If you are a beginner, it is highly recommend you buy ready
to run RC kits.
Other term used for the RC cars is the 2WD and 4WD. This pertains to
the two wheel drive and four wheel drives respectively. In case of 2WD
usually rear wheels are active where as in case of four wheel drive
all the four wheels are attached to the engine and derive the power.
Thus they give better edge around the corners and better maneuvering.
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