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Atomheartbevo got me in the feels with those posts. I’m 43 so I think I fall squarely in that age of 80s RC cars. I desperately wanted a hornet or grasshopper as a kid. My dad wouldn’t buy one for me, mostly because of the cost. But probably because he knew I would fuck it up. The cheap RC he got me I drove into the pool. A couple of years later he got me a Nikko Thunderbolt. I had fun with it but it certainly wasn’t like the RC-10 one of the neighbor kids had. Holy shit that seemed fast as hell.

Can’t splurge now because of the job situation, but you got me thinking of the Terra Scorcher.

I guess my mavic drone will have to do for now.

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4 hours ago, Patricio Swayze said:

Atomheartbevo got me in the feels with those posts. I’m 43 so I think I fall squarely in that age of 80s RC cars. I desperately wanted a hornet or grasshopper as a kid. My dad wouldn’t buy one for me, mostly because of the cost. But probably because he knew I would fuck it up. The cheap RC he got me I drove into the pool. A couple of years later he got me a Nikko Thunderbolt. I had fun with it but it certainly wasn’t like the RC-10 one of the neighbor kids had. Holy shit that seemed fast as hell.

Can’t splurge now because of the job situation, but you got me thinking of the Terra Scorcher.

I guess my mavic drone will have to do for now.

Doesn't matter too much right now, pickings are pretty slim, unless you are willing to pay jacked up prices on eBay from overseas sellers.   RC Mart actually has one of the better in-stock selections of Tamiya kits and re-releases, and even their pickings are slim - https://www.rcmart.com/Car-Kits/RC-Buggy&brand=259&product_status=1

Kyosho also embraced the 1980s, and have re-released a bunch of their kits.    I always wanted a Kyosho Optima and Team Associated RC10.   Their ads in the magazines were so enticing.

For whatever reason, a whole lot of people have suddenly rediscovered RC stuff from their youth. Tamiya Club, one of the best/largest Tamiya sites, has seen a huge influx of 40-something and 50-somethings in their forums.

Check this thread on membership ages, these are my people - I've been tempted to register and account and jump in there - https://www.tamiyaclub.com/forum/index.php?/topic/93549-average-member-age/ 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Patricio Swayze said:

Can’t splurge now because of the job situation, but you got me thinking of the Terra Scorcher.

I'm thinking about the Terra Scorcher, because it's a new re-release, so parts are no problem, and it's the last of the Thundershots, which was the actual successor to the Hot Shot series.  I loved/love my Hot Shot, and was envious of those who had the Super Hot Shot, Hot Shot 2s, etc., but those were still based on the original HS chassis.

 The Thundershot was a new series and new chassis, and was lighter/faster/etc, and the Terra Scorcher is a decent price (around $165).  Would love to get a Super Hot Shot and fix it up, but even crappy used ones are $250 on eBay, and new re-releases are $265+.  Might as well take my HS and find the Super HS parts for it.

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A couple of years later he got me a Nikko Thunderbolt. I had fun with it but it certainly wasn’t like the RC-10 one of the neighbor kids had. Holy shit that seemed fast as hell.

You should check this site:

https://rctoymemories.com

And while they don't discuss the Thunderbolt, they discuss some of the other Nikkos.  The Thunderbolt had a legit RC engine in it.

https://rctoymemories.com/tag/nikko/

 

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On 4/15/2019 at 2:56 PM, atomheartbevo said:

And today I learned that the Austin area has a world-class offroad RC facility - it's in Hutto.

https://www.thornhillrc.com/tracks

And they opened back up this weekend, albeit very limited due to social distancing.   Limit of 10 drivers and 8 in the stands.  One of the few hobbies you can do with others while social distancing.   
 

 

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I was walking along the water in Santa Barbara this morning, on the bike path.  Little RC Raptor comes blasting by me and scares the shit out or me.  About 50 feet behind is a guy on a bike, hauling ass, holding the remote. 

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3 hours ago, 52-80 said:

i want an RC boat thing... paranoid that itl go out of range or somehow fail and i cant retrieve the thing

Most decent ones will cut the speed control if they lose signal.   Not like my old Tamiya car in the 80s with a mechanical speed control that will stay wide open if you lose signal.

Some of the nicer boats have low-battery warnings on the radio control itself, so that you have enough time to bring it back.

There’s some nice little electric boats out there for a decent price.  I’ve been looking at small ones to run in Shoal Creek or something.

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23 minutes ago, atomheartbevo said:

Most decent ones will cut the speed control if they lose signal.   Not like my old Tamiya car in the 80s with a mechanical speed control that will stay wide open if you lose signal.

Some of the nicer boats have low-battery warnings on the radio control itself, so that you have enough time to bring it back.

There’s some nice little electric boats out there for a decent price.  I’ve been looking at small ones to run in Shoal Creek or something.

And they're mostly for lakes, right?

How about operating in large possibly choppy waters?

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I would murder one of you guys for my childhood Losi jrx pro back. My dumb ass traded it for an ounce of dirt weed sometime in the early 90s

 

My son has a bunch of nitro now and races them around homemade tracks in the back that they make.

 

Here’s my only hold out. I can still fire this up and whip his ass. Team Associated gt2

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On 5/20/2020 at 11:34 AM, 52-80 said:

And they're mostly for lakes, right?

How about operating in large possibly choppy waters?

Check out Horizon - they own a bunch of brands (Losi, etc.) and make their own RC kits, including boats.

https://www.horizonhobby.com/category/boats

These are 36-inch boats that do 50mph an hour, and they are self-righting, which would help in choppy water.

https://www.horizonhobby.com/SearchDisplay?searchTerm=PRB08032&categoryId=&sourceDomain=&storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&pageSize=40&beginIndex=0&sType=SimpleSearch&resultCatEntryType=2&searchTermScope=2&showResultsPage=true&searchSource=Q&sourceDomain=&pageView=&clickpath=boats_rotator2_04232020

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Break through choppy water and go full throttle with the Pro Boat® Sonicwake 36-inch Self-Righting Deep-V. The perfect Deep-V for the beginner to the avid boater, it offers performance capable of hitting 50+ MPH and a worry-free self-righting feature that flips the boat back upright in a matter of seconds. The water-cooled 4-pole 1900Kv brushless motor invites you to go fast while the high torque, metal gear, and waterproof steering servo keeps you in control. No matter your skill level, the Sonicwake features everything experts and beginners alike want in a Deep-V.

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Designed to be as stable as possible with a self-righting feature if you ever flip it. Unlike other boats, the self-right feature does not require power to work. Give it a few seconds and the flood chamber will fill with water, making the boat self-right. Hit the throttle and the water exits the flood chamber as the boat moves forward.

Clever design to self-right without the need for power/servo.

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6 hours ago, Goofyboy said:

I would like to buy this.

I would as well.  I'm guessing 1/24 or 1/28.  Would like to see the battery and camera setup. 

And you know RCers are going to mod the shit out of them.

I mean, this stuff is already available - there's a group in our neighborhood that race their drones around by flying them through the cameras with some VR-type setups, and the cameras are available and can stream to your phone.  But this will be neatly packaged and with some cool software support.

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As a kid I had a buggy 1/16 scale that handled roads well but grass not so much.

I got some Amazon no name 1:18 buggies last year (they’re 8 now) and was reminded how much of a bummer an RC that is slowed to a crawl by short grass.

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So this year I was determined to find an RC that could handle grass but not be so fast they would break them Xmas day.

After some YouTube videos I bought a New Bright 1:10 Jeep at Walmart, a Rock Force 1:10 at Target and a 1:10 Wltoys 104311 4x4 off Banggood.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/New-Bright-4x4-1-10-Radio-Control-4-Door-Jeep-Wrangler/907342390

https://www.target.com/p/rock-force-4x4-rc-buggy-1-10-scale/-/A-79391319

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083422QBH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_Egu6Fb0JT53ZV


All are toy grade but the Wltoys is far and away a better toy.

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In searching for them I bought myself a Wltoys A959 1:18 buggy and a Xinlehong9125 1:10 off-road crawler. Both are LiPo powered unlike my kids NiCd batteries and came in around $65.


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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XLB9DZF/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_Fhu6FbJ673EYX?psc=1


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PBBDNFM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_Ziu6FbD8RNDRR

Both are faster than anything I had as a kid and fun as hell to drive. I won’t let my kids drive either.

The Wltoys A959 is borderline hobby quality and seem quite durable. I’ve since ordered another Wltoys 124018 1:12 buggy which has received a lot of good reviews and has part support on Amazon and Banggood.

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As a kid I had a buggy 1/16 scale that handled roads well but grass not so much.

I got some Amazon no name 1:18 buggies last year (they’re 8 now) and was reminded how much of a bummer an RC that is slowed to a crawl by short grass.

4a14fc690a49ee4d3c280833b214bf7a.jpg


So this year I was determined to find an RC that could handle grass but not be so fast they would break them Xmas day.

After some YouTube videos I bought a New Bright 1:10 Jeep at Walmart, a Rock Force 1:10 at Target and a 1:10 Wltoys 104311 4x4 off Banggood.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/New-Bright-4x4-1-10-Radio-Control-4-Door-Jeep-Wrangler/907342390

https://www.target.com/p/rock-force-4x4-rc-buggy-1-10-scale/-/A-79391319

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083422QBH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_Egu6Fb0JT53ZV


All are toy grade but the Wltoys is far and away a better toy.

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Man this thread brought up a lot of memories from my early teens. I had a POS Boomerang when I should have sprung for the Hotshot or Super Hotshot. But just a few years later it was all about the Turbo Optima.

Thinking of getting the RTR Losi DB Pro to bash around the park across the street. Essentially an earlier version of the TEN-SCTE. 

https://www.kingcobraofflorida.com/products/los03027t2?variant=31064561942602&currency=USD&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&utm_campaign=gs-2020-11-19&utm_source=google&utm_medium=smart_campaign&gclid=CjwKCAiArbv_BRA8EiwAYGs23Fin5PncGUZ1IaEOvyU4bMB5h54TnB63ySGORQXE6pihjhBymNi73BoCTPwQAvD_BwE

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On 5/3/2020 at 8:57 AM, Patricio Swayze said:

Atomheartbevo got me in the feels with those posts. I’m 43 so I think I fall squarely in that age of 80s RC cars. I desperately wanted a hornet or grasshopper as a kid.

So availability has vastly improved.  Here in Austin, I could run over to HobbyTown and grab a Frog or Hornet kit at a decent price.  Tamiya pretty much keeps the Grasshopper, Hornet, Frog, and Hotshot, and a few others, in their permanent rotation, but they do make them in batches, so you can end up waiting months.

I'm closing in on finishing the restoration of my Hotshot.   Biggest challenge was taking the entire thing apart, and getting a brand new set of electronics (radio, speed controller, batteries, etc.).  But it's awesome having a decent range of parts to choose from (OEM and 3rd party), the newer radios are a dream (no more messing with crystals), and the speed controllers are cheap, awesome, and because they aren't mechanical, you don't have to worry about them jamming wide open or anything.

We have a Hornet to build (did not get to it last year).  Skipped the Grasshopper as I'd probably be paying for some upgrades anyways, that would take it up to the Hornet level.   We backed off on a Frog for a long time, because it's better handling, but long-term, the drivetrain can be a bit of a mess.

I'm starting to get into 1/18 Mini-Z.  Kyosho has been expanding their line.

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Necro-bump. :)

Decided to revive my old HPI Nitro over this past long weekend.  Instead, I snapped off the fuel inlet on the carb while trying to change out the fuel line.  Guess I'm really diving back in and looking for parts for this thing... :)

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