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Old Jan 16, 2014, 01:55 AM
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Newbie with a couple of questions.

I have been looking into RC cars. I have a slot car track, now in storage.
I have been looking at the Traxxas Slash 1/16. What are your thoughts for beginners?
I was also looking at the ECX Torment for my daughter (10), after reading reviews, I don't like the sound of the batt. charge time.
I was wonder if it would be wise to buy a good batt charger for the Torment or go with two Slash?

After buying the cars what should be the next purchase? (extra batts are a giving! )

Are there any other cars/trucks I might have over looked in the 100-200 range? Will be running out doors, In New England weather. On a dirt driveway.
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Old Jan 16, 2014, 03:06 AM
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Welcome. Seems like you've done some research, good job.

A better charger is recommended for about any car, a bundle charger is usually a slow, basic, non-versatile unit. Get at least a B6 charger, these come in a lot of shapes and prices, but are mostly based on the same design. Beware of some cheap clones though, when in doubt, just ask if a charger is reliable.

Reading this thread might also help you: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1961030


Generally, a 1/10 will be able to handle more terrain than a 1/16 and be easier to work on, as everything is bigger. If you do want a smaller car, but without sacrificing performance, take a look at the Losi Mini 8ight or Lc Racing EMB series, also known as the Tacon Soar. These are 1/14 scale, but with slighty oversized wheels, also very capable. A little too fast for a beginner maybe, although a smaller car is less likely to get damaged, as there is less mass involved, and kids do learn fast.
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Old Jan 16, 2014, 09:43 PM
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just saying im in New England too. I love our terrain, just not too fond of it for rcs. i mean where im at its okay. but no areas to crawl, which i wanna get into, and no good tracks near ,me whether rc tracks nor bmx/atv tracks. and well Welcome to the rc world. be careful its viral and only known cure is more rcs
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Old Jan 16, 2014, 10:43 PM
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The Torment would be an excellent choice. They are very tough trucks, and speed is just about perfect for learning on. My 6 year old nephew loves mine and after a few battery packs he had the controls down quite well.
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Old Jan 19, 2014, 09:46 AM
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just saying im in New England too. I love our terrain, just not too fond of it for rcs. i mean where im at its okay. but no areas to crawl, which i wanna get into, and no good tracks near ,me whether rc tracks nor bmx/atv tracks. and well Welcome to the rc world. be careful its viral and only known cure is more rcs
If all you have is bmx tracks and that kind of terrain I might go with a bigger truck. A 1/10 scale Traxxas Rustler or Slash. You can get parts easily for almost any Traxxas vehicle. The ECX is a pretty good truck I would just make sure you can get parts for it. If your out in the country and have to drive to get parts or get them online it can slow your fun down a bit. The only cure for R/C sadly is not more equipment, I'm at 13 Cars/Trucks and counting at least 7 planes and one boat.It just gets worse the longer your in it
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Old Jan 19, 2014, 12:15 PM
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^^ Agreed, and to be clear I was suggesting the 1/10 Torment not the mini version. I would definitely recommend a 1/10 rig for running outdoors on a dirt driveway.
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 12:05 AM
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I was looking at the 1/16 scale mainly because its smaller. Right now I have a cool landlord that doesn't mind ripping up the driveway, he might even let me build a small track on the side of the field. But if I have to move?

I can also run it at work. (Work 3rd at a private airport) In the summer i can run it outside plenty off room! In the winter I can run it in the hanger if small enough.
Maybe Ill go 1/10 for the trucks and get a 1/18 or 1/16 car for winter.
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Old Jan 28, 2014, 10:06 PM
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For beginners I usually recommend a brushless system, because brushed motors need breaking in and regular maintenance, whereas brushless motors are maint free. If to much power is an issue most brushless systems have training mode where it runs at 50% power.

I have a Traxxas 1/16 Slash VXL and a Losi mini 8ight and I would have to say between the two the Losi is a much better machine with aluminum and steel in all the key locations where the Traxxas is all plastic. However, for someone buying their first hobby grade rc I will have to recommend Traxxas. All hobby grade rc require regular maint and repairs from abuse and very often beginners have a hard time finding the specific information they're looking for. That's where Traxxas shines, customer service and the forum on their website. On their forum you can find out everything there is to know about any Traxxas model. You get a quick response and helpful answers. But for me, I'll take the Losi.
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Old Jan 28, 2014, 10:54 PM
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just saying im in New England too. I love our terrain, just not too fond of it for rcs. i mean where im at its okay. but no areas to crawl, which i wanna get into, and no good tracks near ,me whether rc tracks nor bmx/atv tracks. and well Welcome to the rc world. be careful its viral and only known cure is more rcs
I thought there were lots of tracks up in the north, especially up in Boston and Nashua. Down here in Rhode island there's an outdoor track near the Seekonk border. Only one...

Hey crispy are you near Nashua. Rcbuyers warehouse usually has some pretty nice deals and they could help you out on deciding what to get. Last time I was there they had a 1/10 torment for 180 bucks.
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Old Jan 29, 2014, 09:25 AM
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I'm 2 1/2 hr away from Nashua. I use to buy my slot cars from 106 raceway in Pembroke, I haven't been in a few years. I know they use to race little go-karts and those mini bikes. They sell both electric cars, gas, and nitro. I'm not sure about racing them.
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Old Mar 01, 2014, 03:56 PM
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Well...... I went down to my LHS. End up walking out with 2 Traxxas Rustler.
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Old Mar 02, 2014, 07:45 PM
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Try the traxxas slash, its waterproof and runs great on really any terrain. Pretty good for starters I would say.
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Old Mar 23, 2014, 07:23 AM
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Thank you guys. You have all been very helpful. I went down to my LHS. I was talking to him about the ECX and Traxxas. I showed him pics of the snow melting in my driveway and a few other spots. He said with out a doubt Traxxas for the water proof features. End up with Two Rustlers. They only had one slash, I could tell my daughter want the same car. Just a dif color.

Next on the list are extra batts and an air compresser (cleaning).


SoloProFan: That blog you wrote was very helpfull. I Printed it out. Thank you.
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Old Mar 23, 2014, 09:44 PM
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Congrats with your new vehicles!

As for tracks, there is a nice track in Fitchburg, MA - R/C Excitment
R/C Madness in nothern CT near Springfield MA (south)
There is also a nice track/hobby store in southern Maine, I don't remember the name but there was a huge race there last year.
There are others around, you just have to find them, but nothing beats the driveway or local dirt pit.

For upgrades, it depends on how crazy you want to get with your trucks. For something simple I've always like different whells/tires for different terrain, different springs, and a different body.

Just my 0.02
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Old Mar 24, 2014, 03:55 AM
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Glad to help and good luck with the cars.
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