Once you’ve narrowed down the type of r/c car you want to start out with, things should be easy, right? One would think that, but if you’re a notorious fence-sitter such as myself, you can change, undo, rewrite, and talk yourself into and out of a specific model quite a few times in an hour. Trust me, I speak from experience.
I made three separate trips to my LHS before actually going to the checkout counter with something in my hands. The first trip was to do some recon and get my feet wet and brain soaked in the terminology. The second trip was intended to be a purchase trip, but they didn’t have the model that I had set my mind on (at least that’s what I told myself). Third time’s the charm, right? In this case, yes.
I invited my friend (and soon-to-be co-blogger here at RCNewb), Chris Sherman to help me make up my mind and get the ball rolling. Much like the hobby itself, having someone to bounce ideas and purchase thoughts off of is a great benefit, and makes the whole experience more enjoyable.
When we got to the store, I zeroed in on the model I was planning to get, and then started to hem and haw. Would I need a 4×4 or 2wd, would a buggy be a better choice to start with, what about an open-wheel truck. Time wasted away. At one point, we commented to each other that it would be great if Apple made radio-controlled cars. They have a simple product lineup, one that allows you to be in and out of the store in a matter of minutes (assuming you have a game plan). Alas, they don’t make r/c cars. Back to the mental juggling.
After some more discussion, running through scenarios, and a call to one of
Chris’s friends, a decision was made. 4×4, brushless, Traxxas Slash. Boom. Game over…or more appropriately, game on!