Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Getting Started in RC

So you say you are new to the world of RC cars? Well welcome to one of the most exhilarating hobbies around!

While some may consider an RC car a "toy", there really is so much more to it than that - as they say, there really is more than meets the eye. RC cars are a great way to learn about or increase one's knowledge of mechanics, electronics, physics, and much more. In fact, these are not "toys" at all....lift the body off a hobby RC car, and you will find a fully functional model car that in every way acts like (and often) outperforms what it's full sized cousins are able to do (in scale, of course).

There are many differences between a "toy" RC car and a "hobby" RC car. What really separates the two is the flat out performance you can achieve with a high quality "Hobby" RC car. Other things you can do with a "hobby" car are:
  • build
  • replace parts
  • modify
  • race at RC car tracks
  • tune, etc.
While the hobby can definitely get expensive, it doesn't have to be! There are lots of options out there for different types of enthusiasts. In fact, the hobby has evolved over the years to make it even easier for beginners to get started. Once upon a time, almost every vehicle came in parts which you had to assemble yourself. In addition, most kits did not come with any electronics - meaning the kit required additional things to get it "up and running", such as a motor, speed control, battery, receiver, steering servo, charger, and of course, the radio. Well, those days are over. It is common practice for most companies to offer "RTR" or "Ready to Run" kits, where you can take the vehicle out of the box, charge the battery, and off you go!

At Bay Area Peninsula RC we are completely open to any and all who love RC cars, whether you are a beginner or a serious racer who just wants to hang out and drive with some cool people.

There is a wealth of information online and here are some recommended places to start:


RC Car Action

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