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Sept. 24, 2015, 9:32 a.m.
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Oldest son is turning 8 in a couple of weeks and R/C buggy is at the top of his wish list. I don't know much about these, so looking for some input.

Looking for recommendations for a beginner buggy, sub $200 for car, transmitter and charger.

With this in mind, I think daddy needs something to keep up with him as well, but he might have a slightly higher budget ;)

Sept. 24, 2015, 9:43 a.m.
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With this in mind, I think daddy needs something to keep up with him as well, but he might have a slightly higher budget ;)

:lol::lol::lol:

maybe try sending a pm to rossco, he was pretty big into those things.

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Sept. 24, 2015, 10 a.m.
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I'm not sure what the LHS situation is in NVan but it's become an unfortunate reality the BestBuy is actually a reasonable place to buy what I'd call Intro hobby grade RC stuff. Namely, the Traxxas brand offers a good selection of vehicles, and BestBuy typically has a good selection of spare parts.

The Bandit: http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/traxxas-traxxas-bandit-2wd-1-10-scale-rc-buggy-silver-24054-1/10340988.aspx?path=66e39b132731683d60e53ebc2be68c24en02 is a pretty decent choice for the little guy. The Titan motor is pretty reliable (with a bit maintenance) and the XL5 ESC offers a reduced top speed mode while he learns about controlling it.

And for dad, you probably want something 4WD and with a brushless motor. Possibly: http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/traxxas-traxxas-slash-fox-4wd-1-10-scale-rc-truck-white-black-68086-21/10373674.aspx?path=a9067d40b046803e7b3920036e74aa69en02

I'd also recommend the first major upgrade you might want to consider would to get rid of the NiMH batteries and switch to LiPo. Means getting a better charger and the batts cost a bit more but the cars will run faster with longer run times and the batts will last longer before wearing out (if they cared for properly).

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Sept. 24, 2015, 10:03 a.m.
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Get a VR headset for it while you're at it: http://www.fatshark.com/
Disclaimer: I have no experience or knowledge of these just seen that they are out there and look ridiculously fun!

Sept. 24, 2015, 11:27 a.m.
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Been through this with my boys. Make sure you get something waterproof, guarantee he'll wanna run it through a puddle. I got my boy an ECX Ruckus 1/18th and it's pretty awesome. 4 wheel drive, pretty quick on a the OEM battery, decent parts availability. I would say get an extra battery and/or a faster charger than the one they come with.

The biggest drawback is that if you have to replace anything its hard to work on as it's so small. Flipside is that he doesn't have this giant 1/10th scale truck to lug around.

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Sept. 24, 2015, 11:51 a.m.
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I've got an old Traxxas Rustler nitro trophy truck, if it wasn't in such poor shape I would offer it up. Electric is definitely the way to go these days.

Sept. 24, 2015, 12:09 p.m.
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So far the WaveRunner RTR is in the lead for jr. $149 bucks at Metrotown shop, and comes with battery, charger and transmitter.


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Sept. 24, 2015, 12:24 p.m.
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Oldest son is turning 8 in a couple of weeks and R/C buggy is at the top of his wish list. I don't know much about these, so looking for some input.

Looking for recommendations for a beginner buggy, sub $200 for car, transmitter and charger.

With this in mind, I think daddy needs something to keep up with him as well, but he might have a slightly higher budget ;)

Check these out ..
They are infinitely customizable/upgradable tough and fun around campsites, your back yard etc..
http://www.axialracing.com/products/ax90018

Sept. 24, 2015, 12:48 p.m.
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Stay with the Traxxas for a beginner. Upgradable and replacement parts are available with ease.

I get all my RC stuff from RC Pitstop in Langley. Those boys know there RC and might have a better beginner unit to offer.

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Sept. 24, 2015, 1:17 p.m.
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Traxxas almost anything can take a great beating and keep on going. I pretty much had so many RC cars I dunno what was what. but Traxxas got my vote on quality and cool looking.


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Sept. 24, 2015, 6:42 p.m.
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Check these out ..
They are infinitely customizable/upgradable tough and fun around campsites, your back yard etc..
http://www.axialracing.com/products/ax90018

I have one of these and enjoy crawling as opposed to zero to yard sale in 3 seconds

Sept. 24, 2015, 8:17 p.m.
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2wd buggies and trucks are fun if you have a good track to race or wide open places. They get a bit boring ripping up and down the road. If you want to be able to wander around on trails and such stick with a 4wd trail truck or crawler. Scale trucks are fun to play with when walking with the kids.

Brushed motors are fine when you are just getting into the game. Brushless motors and LiPo batteries are next level but cost a few bucks. When you start getting into messing with electronics it can get really expensive. I have a 2wd brushless Traxxas Slash and it is fast and fun for ripping on tracks but is useless everywhere else. My GMade R1 Crawler is for walks with the kids and bashing in the bushes. The crawlers is good for kids because it's not to fast, and I have a lot of fun with it finding lines when the kids get bored.

https://traxxas.com/products/models/electric/58034slash
http://gmade.net/dealer/index.php?main_page=product_info[HTML_REMOVED]products_id=427

Sept. 25, 2015, 9:13 a.m.
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These crawlers do seem pretty cool, and after showing kiddo a video he seems pretty keen. What would be a decent starter crawler under $200ish with all the fixings?

Sept. 25, 2015, 12:52 p.m.
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That's a pretty tall order. I'm not sure there's anything worth buying in that budget range, at least as far as easily repairable/hobby grade stuff.

Axial Wraith starts around $400.00USD + shipping + batteries + charger.
Traxxas Summit (not exactly a crawler but can crawl and run trails) is about $900.00

I think 4WD trail/scale truck might be easier to find closer to that budget.

Redcat racing stuff isn't terrible and is a bit more affordable than the Traxxas, Axial etc…
http://www.redcatracing.com/Model-Type

I'm also hoping that someone else can ring in with better options than what I'm aware of..

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Sept. 25, 2015, 2:25 p.m.
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So with that in mind, I think the Wave Runner is back in the lead.

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