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Choosing Your First RC



The top brand names in toy RCs are Nikko, Tyco, New Bright, Mattel, and Radio Shack. Good places to look for their products include Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, K-Mart, and Kay Bee Toys. You can make online purchases at Target.com, Walmart.com, RadioShack.com, and many other retailers, including specialty shops and auction sites like eBay.

Off-Road Vehicles
If you want to drive your RC on dirt or rocky surfaces or if you want to be able to go over a lot of bumps & jumps, you want an "off-road" vehicle. For the most part, this limits you to trucks or specialized high-performance cars called "buggies." In trucks, most off-roaders have really big tires -- true "monster trucks." They have springy suspension to handle rough terrain and favor raw torque and climbing power over top speed. Buggies are lighter, lower, and faster. They can jump farther, but don't handle rocks & bumps as well because their tires are small and they have less ground clearance. Unfortunately none of these vehicles do well on grass unless it's dense and cut very short.

Toy offroad RC

Street Vehicles
If you want to drive on concrete or blacktop/asphalt, you have a huge variety of vehicles to choose from. First off, anything made for driving off-road can be run on smooth surfaces like pavement. In addition, there are pure street cars & trucks in the style of NASCAR, Formula One, lowriders, muscle cars, hot rods, and import tuners. There are even some futuristic models that are almost beyond description, plus those that are based on animated comics or movies. There are two-wheel-drive, four-wheel-drive, and propeller-powered options. Basically, if you can think of it, you can find it.

Toy onroad RC car

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