MY RC Hobby. How I came back with a bang – Part 2
My first RC car after 20 years
As written in Part 1 I came back from the nitro rc race and immediately sat in front of my iMac creating the a list of what I would need to start rc racing and bashing again. Should it be the rc buggy I already liked so much in the afternoon? While searching through the net I read things like RTR, ARTR or KITS. That was easy to understand but it should become more complicated.
It should be a nitro rc because everybody drove nitro, a team associated “something-like-that”! OK, OK. I combed through hundreds of rc sites, how-to’s, forums, communities, review sites and shops and still wasn’t sure if it would be the right stuff to buy to complete the KIT. I read hundreds of brands I never heard before, hundreds of different opinions, read of advantages and disadvantages but I couldn’t make head or tail of it. I didn’t want to ask someone because I’m more the trail-or-error person. I knew the I would be proud as hell when the buggy drives and I did it on my very own.
Which servo do I need? 4.6v or 6v or what brand? Savöx, Thunder Tiger/ACE RC, Hitec, analog, digital, which size, speed or toque, waterproof or not and so on.
Which servo for steering, which one for gas/brake?
Which battery pack to power the servos?
A receiver? A radio? More unknown things. Which brand, how many channels?
Which Motor? Which size of the motor? A competition nitro motor or just a cheap one? one with a pull starter or one with a – what? – a starter box? Which brand? Glow plugs? Turbo glow plug? WHAT?
Questions upon questions upon questions! I was so confused that servos, nitro engines, battery packs, starter boxes, RTR rc buggys, ARTR rc buggys and buggy kits chased me in my dreams.
The next day: and what I ordered
I woke up from that nightmare early in the morning, stoop up, went to my iMac and started to fill out the list I created the day before.
Everything I chose was because of a mixture of gut feeling and reviews. Now back to the list:
– Chassis: Team Associated RC8.2 Factory Team Kit
– Steering servo: Savöx SC-1258TG
– Gas/brake servo: Savöx SC-1257TG
– Radio: Spektrum DX3C DSM 2,4 Ghz 3-channel
– Receiver: Spektrum SR300
– Receiver Batterypack: LRP LiFePo Hump 2000 mAh
– Nitro motor: OS Speed 21 XZ-B (because of the nice black cooling head 😀 )
– Exhaust pipe: Tuned Milke Masterfix Efra 2041
– Glow plugs: OS Turbo RP6 “hot”, OS Turbo RP7 “medium”, OS Turbo RP8 “cold”
– Starter box: Robitronic 1/8 buggy with 2×775 brushed motors
– Battery pack starter box: 2 NIMH 5000 mAh battery packs for the starter box
– Glow starter: GreenRC 1800 mAh
– Fuel bottle: RB Racing 500 ml
– Nitro fuel filter
– Quick tank lid opener
– Color for the lexan body
– Lexan scissor
– Masking tape
– Battery charger: Graupner Ultramat 14 plus
– Bag: Team C Racing buggy bag
I checked my list several times, did some minor changes and started to order item by item. I started with the Team Associated RC8.2 Factory Team Kit, the two servos, the receiver and the radio.
Next was the battery pack, the charger, color, masking tape and the lexan scissor so cut and paint the body. Then I ordered the rc nitro engine, the exhaust pipe, the glow starter, the starter box, the battery packs for the starter box, nitro fuel filter and the fuel bottle. Everything else came a little later. The nitro motor was more expensive than the Rc8.2 Kit 🙂
After the rc buggy was completely done I started to break in the nitro motor. It was November 2012, maybe a little bit cold for breaking in an engine but it worked fine. I did it like it stood in the motor manual and was not that easy – remember I was a newbie 🙂
Today, 20 month later, and several gallons of nitro, racing and bashing the buggy and the OS Speed nitro engine still work perfect and have never suffered from any bigger breakage. Some minor thing had to be fixed after brutal chrashes but all in all the buggy is the best nitro monster I drove and guess what? As soon as the new RC8 comes out it will be mine!
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