Hobbyists around the world have turned to RC cars looking for new ways of making the most of their collectibles. Collecting RC cars can turn out to be a highly rewarding pastime. Mainly because it is not so much about having as many cars as you can, but about enjoying the different types and sometimes being able to make them yourselves.
Even when this explanation may sound simplistic, this is the way RC cars roll. One of the first decisions a beginner should make involves choosing one of the different types of RC cars available on the market. There are various kinds to choose from and all of them offer entertainment value. However, not all RC cars may be fit for all collectors, so gathering information is a good starting place. This guide has been planned to satisfy your curiosity and to brief your on the different models.
What does RC stand for?
First off, let’s begin by defining the term. These days RC means both Remote control or radio-controlled. Even if these terms are different, they can be used interchangeably as most remote control cars are really radio operated by radiofrequency. However and for the record, it should be said that although all radio-controlled cars are remote control, not all remote control cars are radio-operated.
First Choice: Power Source
The first and most important choice a beginner hobbyist should make involves the type of energy used to operate the car; there are several alternatives to choose from, each with its own pros and cons. Here are the most popular ones:
Electric RC Models: Small, yet powerful, the electric motors that operate these cars are electric and work in combination with nick-cad, hybrid or lithium polymer cells. Within this category both, brushed or brushless electric motors can be found. Pros:These models are easy to operate for the newbie. Also, the latest electric cars are generally attractive and high-performance; for example, turning and speeding is much more subtle with these types of cars. Cons: They can run high budget-wise.
Fueled-Powered Models: This is abroad term used to refer to various other types of cars that involve non-electric models. Motors that operate fueled-powered RC cars can be:
- Glow-plug: These are small engines that work by internal combustion of a fuel derived from the combination of methanol, nitro methane and a blend of castor oil and synthetic oil. This fuel can only be found in specialized stores for hobbyists and collectors. Otherwise known as nitro rc cars, these models have become really popular among most experienced collectors.
- Gasoline: In recent years, larger models including trucks and miniature SUVs have appeared on the market, satisfying the needs of the most demanding hobbyists. These more “real- life” models operate on a smaller scale gasoline engine that works like the average string trimmer motor. These models demand a mix of real gasoline and oil –just as any garden weeder, motorcycle or small garden tractor would.
Pros: Hobbyists who have had the experience of operating both, fuel-powered and electric cars will relate to this fact: Whereas electric cars need a longer time to restart when the battery runs out, fuel-powered cars can be refueled almost automatically. After all, whenever the battery runs out, the shell of the electric RC car needs to be removed and the battery replaced. Performance speed-wise is much greater with nitro cars, as opposed to electric ones.
Cons: Because of the involvement of clutch and lack of torque, fuel-powered cars can become a little clumsy when it comes to maneuvering them. Maintenance: this is another issue a beginner hobbyist should take care of. Just as any other fuel-operated engine, these RC cars need extra cleaning, unlike electric cars that need very little maintenance. Another downside yet, is noise. Although some enthusiasts celebrate the humming sound of a well-tuned engine, it may not be welcome in certain public open spaces that have restrictions against the use of these models. Although performance is greater with these types of engines, wear is also greater. However, this can be prevented or slowed down by following maintenance instructions closely in order to avoid overheating, for instance.
To round off, any kind of RC car can provide hours of fun and entertainment. The trick lies in finding the right one for you.