Tower Hobbies Easy R/C Cars & Trucks

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Electric R/C cars and trucks have several advantages for new hobbyists. They’re clean-running. They make relatively little noise. And they’re easier to operate than gas models. You don’t have to buy fuel, heat glow plugs or fuss over engine adjustments.

Just charge your batteries and connect wires properly—then, your electric car should work.  You have a huge variety to choose from: trucks, semis, buggies, sedans, stock cars and more. Many cars come in sport or competition versions.

First-timers might prefer the sport models for their lower cost and simplicity, though if you’re set on racing you may want some competition features, such as ball bearings and oil shocks.

Speed Controls

Speed controls give you command over when and how fast your electric R/C vehicle moves. Working together with your radio system, they deliver current to the motor based on signals you send from the transmitter. ESCs don’t slow down there though.

They come in two versions, brushed and brushless, that are designed to work with either brushed or brushless motors. Brushed ESCs deliver power input through two wires to the motor which causes the rotor to turn. Brushless ESCs deliver power through three wires in a sequential pattern which causes a brushless motor to turn.

Before you get stalled out on the technical data, just filter this into your command matrix: brushed is simple and inexpensive, brushless delivers more power and more precise control. So if you want to bash in your backyard, by all means go brushed, but if you want to beat out the competition you need a brushless ESC.

Technology has advanced to the point where you have almost as many choices in ESCs as you do cars themselves. Even if you purchase a ready-to-run model that comes with an electronic speed control, you may eventually want to upgrade to another ESC — weighing such features as:


In R/C, there are two basic classes of motors:

 Stock: If your model comes with a motor, it’s most likely the stock variety. Stock motors must be run as is. you cannot open them to make modifications (which few beginners should attempt anyway).

Modified: Modified motors require additional current to operate and should be used only with an electronic speed control. Equipped with such features as ball bearings and adjustable timing, they generally offer more power and greater torque than stock motors—but also drain your battery pack faster.



What else do I need?

Nitro Powered

Radio Accessories

You can control a nitro R/C vehicle with the same type of 2-Channel or 3-Channel radio systems used for an electric model. The one difference is that you will also need batteries to power the receiver in your vehicle. There is no battery pack for the motor that might also be used to power the receiver.

Engine Accessories

Most nitro-powered R/C models are powered by small, 2-cycle, internal combustion glow Engines. They burn a nitromethane-based fuel that includes special lubricants for engine protection.

Full-size automobile engines use spark plugs that ignite fuel with a spark. glow engines use a glow plug that, once heated with a battery-powered glow starter, hold that heat to continue igniting the glow fuel as you race.

Your engine may or may not come with a glow plug. Regardless, you will need additional plugs because they do need to be replaced—it’s always a good idea to take several spares with you to the track. The glow starter, too, must be purchased separately.

Fuel Accessories

In addition to glow fuel, a number of fuel accessories are available that make it easier to operate a nitro-powered car. To get the fuel from its container into your model’s tank, for example, you can use a Fuel Pump (powered and hand-crank options are available), suction-type Fuel Bulb, or a small Fuel Bottle with specially angled neck for reaching easily into confined areas. And Fuel Filters, installed in the fuel lines, will trap impurities before they can reach and possibly damage your model’s engine.

What else do I need?

Tools Building Supplies : If you purchased a kit rather than an RTR (Ready-to-Run) model, you’ll need a few tools and building supplies to put your new vehicle together—such as: Paint Brush, Paint, Body Scissors, Masking Tape, Cyanoacrylate Glue, Modeling Knife, Motor Leads with Connector, 4-Way Wrench, Threadlocking Compound, Latex Foam Rubber (to protect your receiver from engine-induced vibration)

Follow the Accessories Required links for the model you choose to see a list of the items you’ll need.

Track Equipment : You have an assembled car or truck, a radio, an engine and fuel. That covers the basic equipment that makes an assembled gas model ready race. But you need a few additional items to transform it from a static machine to one that springs into action at your command.

Those include the following pieces of track equipment. Remember, the vast majority of these are one-time purchases. Buy them once and you’re all set for a long, thrilling R/C racing career!

12V 5 Amp Field Battery — to power all of your electric track equipment

12V Charger — to recharge the field battery

Glow Starter or Glow Plug Clip — both of these items provide your glow plug with the initial heat it needs to burn fuel; a Glow Starter (such as the Hobbico Hot-Shot 2 Standard ) carries its own battery, while a Glow Plug Clip is powered by your field battery

Starter Box or 12V Starter with Car Adapter — if your engine is not equipped with its own recoil starter, you will need one of these devices to start it

Field Bags : For your own convenience, you’ll probably also want to add a Field Bag to your shopping list—it gives you a handy method of transporting your model and equipment to and from the track. Follow the Accessories Required links for the model you choose to see a list of the items you’ll need.

RTRs vs. Kits

Picking out your first vehicle is perhaps the most exciting part of R/C racing. Many of today’s most popular choices arrive Ready-to-Run. Also known as RTRs, these vehicles usually come complete with a 2-or 3-Channel radio, motor or engine, ESC, batteries and more.

These vehicles are usually targeted at new modelers and backyard drivers, rather than racers bent on winning organized competitions.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re settling for less performance. As your skills grow, you can improve your model’s speed and operation with upgrades— for example, by replacing bushings with ball bearings, or adding a hotter motor or engine. In short, RTRs are perfect if you’re brand new to the hobby.

Some cars and trucks come in Kit form. You get all the parts necessary to assemble the machine, plus instructions. Often, such primary accessories as engine, body, or motor and electronic speed control may be required as additional purchases (follow the Accessories Required links for the model you choose to see a list of the items needed).

R/C model car bodies are usually made of clear Lexan plastic. Some trimming may be necessary to remove excess material. Use specially formulated polycarbonate paints to give them whatever color scheme you desire.

The chassis goes together with ordinary tools such as screwdrivers, nut drivers, pliers and the like. Although building a kit rather than buying an RTR does require extra time, there are advantages. You’ll gain an expert understanding of how your machine works, which comes in handy when performing maintenance and tuning.

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Two-Wheel Drive Vs. Four-Wheel Drive

In four-wheeled vehicles, there are two main drive types: two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD). If you’re new to R/C, you may want to consider 2WD. They generally require less overall assembly and maintenance.

The trade-off is that 4WD vehicles offer easier driving and a definite handling edge.


Scale is a term with two meanings. In one sense, it can refer to the size relationship between a model and an actual vehicle—for instance, the most popular scales of R/C vehicles are 1:8, 1:10, 1:12 and 1:18. The 1:10 scale category definitely provides the most choices for a first-time hobbyist.

However, scale can also refer to a model’s trueness to a real car’s appearance and/or features. Many popular street and racing vehicles have been recreated to scale for R/C enthusiasts to enjoy.

On-Road, Off-Road and More

There are many basic types of R/C vehicles to choose from. Models suitable for first-time hobbyists are available in every catergory!

Off-Road Buggies

Whether you prefer the charge up a battery and go simplicity of electric buggies or the roaring realism of nitro-powered R/C off-roaders, one thing is shared by both: the ability to tackle virtually any terrain with ease. In your backyard, on a dirt track, or at the park, they’re a great way to kick back and cut loose — in some friendly competition or running just for fun!

On-Road Cars

On-road cars offer minimal suspensions, sleek, sophisticated looks and foot-to-the-floorboard speed. An on-road car can easily be run on a smooth street, parking lot or any other (relatively) flat, paved surface. And whether you decide to go nitro or electric, 1/10, 1/12, 1/18 or even 1/8 scale, there’s impressive variety and authenticity in store.

Monster Trucks

The undisputed kings of R/C vehicles, Monster Trucks offer the earthshaking excitement of large tires, big power plants, and chassis engineered more for unstoppable torque than all-out speed. Using sheer, brute power, they rumble their way up hills, down slopes — and over unsuspecting cars.

Short Course Trucks

These bashers deliver speed, maneuverability and excitement every time you … the track. Whether you’re just bashing in the backyard or taking your truck to compete, short course trucks look just like their big brothers in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series and other full-scale short course events. More and more people are joining in on the high-powered thrills of short course racing every day, fueling the quickest expansion of any RC line.

Stadium Trucks

Run for backyard fun or head-to-head racing, R/C stadium trucks are the fast masters of bump and jump excitement. With their heavy-duty suspensions, oversized shocks and large tires, they’re built to take punishment and can survive soaring jumps and crushing touchdowns that would disable most vehicles.


Rock Crawlers

Highly articulated chassis, powerful high-torque motors, and giant tires make Rock Crawlers the ultimate go anywhere vehicle. And when we say go anywhere, we really mean anywhere. Rock crawlers are built to conquer any obstacle mother nature can put in front of them; logs, gravel, rocks, boulders, bluffs all those obstacles you think twice about crossing, rock crawlers traverse them and come back for more.

They’re favorites of Tower Hobbies customers—fast, fun and easy to run!

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