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Old Nov 10, 2008, 02:35 PM
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Cars for almost 5y/o twins??

Hello.... I'm a model airplane pilot, so first time over with you guys in the Car dept. I have a 25 y/o tamiya Grasshopper RC car that I fired up last night (with modern electronics), and it is Fast as He$$!! Too fast for my kids.

I'm looking for something for xmas season for my two 4.5 y/o boys. I looked at the Losi line a bit, and the Associated models. I think RTR is probably the way to go with this age, but I dont want to buy total crap! I'm trying avoid the Target landfill phenomenon. I'm an experienced builder, so Kits dont scare me off.

Any recommendations appreciated. I'd like to be able to slow them down for training/safety purposes, early on in the process.

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Old Nov 10, 2008, 03:45 PM
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Maybe the Losi Micro-T? You can just put in the smallest pinion gear to get it to moove slower. They can be alot of fun indoors!
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Old Nov 10, 2008, 04:41 PM
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burly enough?

are they somewhat durable?

are the parts pretty available?

can they be used in moist environments?

(if you can ans any of these questions.... thanks!!)


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Old Nov 10, 2008, 06:11 PM
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skinnydoc,
They are extremely durable, my two year old even stepped on my Micro t with no damage. Used inside and out. Check u tube and see some of the stunts people do with them.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 09:56 PM
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very durable, very affordable, and very very cheap parts. i mean i am 24, 6' tall and 180lbs and i have pretty much full on stepped on mine and did not have it break!

plus, they come FULLY RTR, even the batts for the transmitter and battery charger come included! you really can't do much better. i mean, you can find cheaper, like those little crap ones from wal-mart or meijers, but they are garbage and are really not fixable when broken!

trust me, you would not be dissapointed!

EDIT:
only thing i would really recommend doing right off the bat are for sure the threaded axles, as stock they have the tiniest little e-clips you have ever seen holding on the wheels, and are nearly impossible to get back on! i think they are like 7 bucks for the set.

other than that, you might want to consider getting the bearings for the wheels, as they come stock with bushings. adding the bearings ($11 bucks) give you a good extra 4-7 mins of runtime i have noticed, as there is much less resistance.
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Old Nov 12, 2008, 07:12 PM
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i'd start them out with mini-t's or actually, their not losi but radio shack xmods would be great for an on road car
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Old Nov 12, 2008, 10:18 PM
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My opinion "i'v owned most of the micro vehicles out there"

Mini T will be slow "slow enough for a child stock" but even stock you will probably need to invest another 20bucks or more to make it "crash proof" for child play.

the RC18T is tough.. i mean REALLY tough i'v put brushless and lipo's on the stock set up and it does just fine. Only down side is STOCK the rc18t WILL BE TO FAST!!!! its actualy incredibaly fast for a stock RTR kit.

I was just thinking today what RC vehicle to get my Brothers 4 year old son and was thinking the Losi Rock crawler is also VERY durable, pretty slow... slow enough for a child to play with and it will go in the tall grass, rocks, dirt piles that a child would play with it in. Unfortionatly it is a rock crawler and might not look as cool as something your "his fother" is driving.

pictures of the 3 products.
P.S. I have never tested any of my vehicles in serious moist conditions....... might be something to look into though.
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Old Nov 13, 2008, 07:47 PM
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thanks for the advice...

I'll take a look at 'em!

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Old Nov 24, 2008, 09:04 AM
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Kyosho Mini-Monster ... got it for my son ..
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Old Nov 25, 2008, 03:56 PM
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IMO the 18T, just get a 10T pinion and turn down the "ATV" on the throttle (slows it down), i must confess its MIGHTY fast for an RTR, my car has seen crash, crash, crash (mostly bad jumps ) and it still works, amazling little thing
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Old Nov 25, 2008, 04:29 PM
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voltage question...

I notice the cars are all 7.2V NiMhs. How much time do you get out of the "standard" 7.2 battery in say a rc18t, stock setup??

I use 3s batteries in my prop planes, at 11.2V lipo. Is this usable? I put my 11.2V 2500 in my Grasshopper car, with my Spektrum rx (air) and an air ESC, and it is fast as hell, but maybe this is too much for that old electric motor. And, as stated, I can only go forward!'

do the car esc's accept 11.2V??

any info appreciated.

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Old Nov 26, 2008, 04:41 PM
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I notice the cars are all 7.2V NiMhs. How much time do you get out of the "standard" 7.2 battery in say a rc18t, stock setup??

I use 3s batteries in my prop planes, at 11.2V lipo. Is this usable? I put my 11.2V 2500 in my Grasshopper car, with my Spektrum rx (air) and an air ESC, and it is fast as hell, but maybe this is too much for that old electric motor. And, as stated, I can only go forward!'

do the car esc's accept 11.2V??

any info appreciated.

ben
The stock 18T battery easily gives 20minute run times.
Swap to brushless and run the 3s, but the stock setup will fry pretty quickly.
You won't be able to fit the 2500mah in there though.
I use a 1200mah 3s, and the fit is really tight.


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Old Nov 26, 2008, 04:43 PM
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BTW- Associated 18th scalers are the perfect match for your kids as presents.

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Old Nov 26, 2008, 04:47 PM
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thanks...

thanks for that.

too bad they are $150 each (minimum)!

I think I'll try to kit out my Grasshopper first, and shoot for next xmas, or bday first.

thanks for all the advice.

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