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What is a remote control car?

Want to get started in RC car model making? Find out everything there is to know about the remote control car to choose the ideal model.

 

What is a remote control car?

A remote control or radio controlled car is a miniature model of a car made up of a chassis, an engine and a radio control. In RC model making, The elements are dissociable, unlike those of a toy. The RC car can be powered by a thermal or electric motor.

Electric and thermal RC car: how to choose?

A thermal RC car has an internal combustion engine that runs on gasoline, while an electric RC car has an engine powered by an electric battery. To make the right choice, it is necessary to refer to the intended use.

For home use, the electric RC car is recommended. It works with a battery or rechargeable batteries. Some high-performance models can even accompany you to the beach on a sandy circuit.

For off-road use, the thermal RC car shows great performance and speed. Indeed, its mechanism is the miniature reproduction of a real car. It is suitable for RC model enthusiasts and competitions.

The design, the size, the range of the remote control, the autonomy and the necessary maintenance are also criteria to be taken into account.

What are the different brands of remote control cars?

The RC model building market is flourishing. To find remote control car models, it is best to refer to renowned brands like Kyosho , T2M, Traxxas , HPI-Racing, Carrera, Tamiya , Thunder Tiger , etc. In addition, some models such as the RC buggy , the RC truggy or other 4x4 model making require spare parts to ensure an off-road circuit.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of an electric RC car?

The electric RC car is handy and easy to approach for a start in model making. It does not require engine adjustment or specific maintenance. Less noisy and clean, this model is suitable for an urban environment. Some high-performance electric models reach speeds of 160 km / h.

However, the electric radio-controlled car has a weakness in terms of range. A full charge is equivalent to approximately 15 to 30 minutes of driving. An extra battery is needed to finish a race.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a thermal RC car?

The thermal RC car has the advantage of being adjustable. His pieces can be modified to accentuate his performance. Mechanical DIY enthusiasts will find satisfaction because all the parts are present. Like the RC car runs on gasoline, a full tank can last 30 to 45 minutes of driving.

Nevertheless, the thermal RC car requires a lot of maintenance. It is sensitive to water and has no waterproofing. Its reservoir must be emptied after each race and the glow plugs must be checked. A personal investment is required to maintain the engine.

What are the different scales of RC cars?

The size of an RC car depends on its size scale. A 1/10 scale means the model is 10 times smaller than an actual car. In principle, the ideal is to define it according to the playing field. For a large track, opt for a 1/5 or 1/8 scale model. On the other hand, for indoor use, a small scale, such as 1/24, is recommended.

 

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