It’s fun to own an RC car, and they make a good hobby especially if you can learn about the configurations of the cars and know how to maintain one. There is a lot of stuff that you should understand about RC cars that will help you appreciate how these little toys work. Before you invest your money in a new remote control car.
Here are some things you could learn that will be useful.
1. Kits and assembly procedures
Inside the kit box, there are usually bags of parts, and these are numbered or labeled in a manner that corresponds with the steps you should follow while assembling the car. Many kits will include some components like differentials, shocks, and turnbuckles, which might be complicated. Such parts are in most cases put together to save you the pain of sorting them out. You will also find electronic components. The advantage of assembling the kit yourself is that you get an option to choose additional equipment so as to include what you like.
2. Ready-to-runs (RTRs)
While in the earlier days of the industry, kits was the fashionable thing, almost every manufacturer these days offers different product lineups with RTRs. In these RTRs you need only AA batteries and these make the fastest way to get remote control drift cars moving. However, although this option is simple and does not take much of your time, you miss an opportunity to learn about the mechanical structure of RC cars.
3. RC Specific tools
For maintenance and assembly, all RTRs and kits come with several essential tools. You can collect additional tools if you need to make the work even easier. Get some hex drivers; many cars use metric fasteners, and you can find a set including drivers of 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0mm, which will easily cover every bolt and screw.
4. Speed controls
The speed controls of an electric RC car function as the throttle. When you press it, a signal is submitted from the receiver to calculate the voltage it should send to the motor from the battery. These systems vary from simple one-touch setups to feature-packed throttle parameters that are adjustable. You can also adjust breaking strength depending on the kind of configurations provided in the car you have.
5. RC fuels
Many people have only been able to lay their hands on electric RC cars and don’t realize they could also find cars that run on fuels. Hobby fuels that are made to be used in RC cars are a blend of methanol alcohol, nitromethane and oil. Fuels that contain more oil help to prolong the life of the engine. There are also racing-specific fuels that contain higher alcohol and nitro content and this gives them more power.
There are a whole lot of things about RC cars that you could learn before you acquire one. Some of the most important areas you should familiarize with include maintenance and assembling. If you are going to buy already assembled RC cars, you still need to know how different parts link with each other so as to do maintenance regularly. Also find the right tools and understand the fuel that is required for running the car.