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2007/06/14 11:33:33 (permalink)
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Radio controlled nitro cars


Im looking at getting one of these at the weekend, any one had any experience? Good or bad, what not buy etc...

Im looking at a Traxxas Jato rtr and a hpi firestorm. Both seem very similar in build/speed and price etc but one is electric starter and one is pull start. Any suggestions?

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    RE: Radio controlled nitro cars 2007/06/14 11:48:13 (permalink)
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    Used to have a nitro car, a mercedes SLK. They're pretty messy, the petrols pretty cheap but cleaning fluids to remove the oils after get costly!

    Electric starter is prob more hassle than a pull start, since if you forget it at home you've gotta go back


    Personally i prefer electric cars, noise free and look better - No longer race them, but they're pretty fun if you have a decent track near you!
    On road is better than off road though
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    RE: Radio controlled nitro cars 2007/06/14 11:55:36 (permalink)
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    Arent these adverts below that go some way to try and match the posted topic clever?

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    RE: Radio controlled nitro cars 2007/06/14 11:57:44 (permalink)
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    I've got a Traxxas nitro car and whilst it was fun the cost of replacement parts was ridiculous, I over rev'ed the little sucker (easy to do) and bent the con rod, the cost of a new motor was more than half the cost of the kit, so I waited an age for a piston an con rod instead.

    They are damned noisey, smelly, and greasy things (but then so are my model aircraft), I'm not sure whether you are aware but there is a big 'drifting' scene with model cars and the Tamiya T001 chassis reigns supreme there, cheap and easy to get parts and plenty of fun, just not a nitro (they have reverse too )

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    RE: Radio controlled nitro cars 2007/06/14 12:04:14 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: northern35s


    They are damned noisey, smelly, and greasy things (but then so are my model aircraft), I'm not sure whether you are aware but there is a big 'drifting' scene with model cars and the Tamiya T001 chassis reigns supreme there, cheap and easy to get parts and plenty of fun, just not a nitro (they have reverse too )


    I had a schumacher electric car years ago that i used to race and now i just fancy something for fun off road only really. Do Nirtos not have reverse then? Daft question probably but ive never thought about it. My other car ran modified so had no reverse anyway.

    Drifting probably isnt for me, just a bit if fun doing jumps etc....

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    RE: Radio controlled nitro cars 2007/06/14 13:30:51 (permalink)
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    Generally nitro cars do not have reverse, the throttle stick when pulled back activates a brake on the drive from the engine, so your pride and joy doesn't smack into a wall (it never stopped mine enough ).

    I've toy'ed with the idea of getting another nitro car, touring car style though, but my wife would go nuts if I resurrected that hobby right now, I'll save it for later

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    RE: Radio controlled nitro cars 2007/06/14 13:37:38 (permalink)
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    You'll find alot of electronic speed controls don't have reverse on electric racing cars also. The only car i have that does reverse is a electronic rally car and the speed control is manually controlled by a servo.

    If you get into it 'seriously' cars get very expensive, both electronic and petrol. Electronics need to be water proofed, have high strength servos for maintaining the steering on sharpe turns at high speeds (Well 30MPH, not amazing but hey!).

    Then you go into carbon chasis and even a simple anti-roll bar will cost £10 for a thing piece of metal They we get to tyres, super slicks and then gripping solutions!

    Gets expensive, if you want a cheap car i'd go with a electronic 'off road' car. I've got a tamiya red bull, stick in a 14turn motor and fly it over road bumps
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    RE: Radio controlled nitro cars 2007/06/14 13:55:03 (permalink)
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    Ive still got my schumacher cougar that i used to race years ago. Thats electric and i have different motors and speed controllers that do and dont have reverse. I spent loads of dough on that so now im just looking at a toy to use now and again that i wont modify and spend money on. Something 'out of the box', from previous experience most electric cars are crap unless you start spending.

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    RE: Radio controlled nitro cars 2007/06/14 14:08:23 (permalink)
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    Basic tamiya off road + 14 turn motor = Fun Use the manual speed control also.
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    RE: Radio controlled nitro cars 2007/06/14 14:58:19 (permalink)
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    This is fun...

    http://www.traxxas.com/products/video/trx_video_vault.htm

    Click on the JATO link and look at the vids.

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