Finding a new r/c vehicle in this day and age has gotten quite easy. You can visit your local hobby shop, sift through craigslist or ebay postings, or spend time on your favorite search engine looking for the perfect machine. Those are all great options (and I’ve spent my fair share of time doing each of them). A few months ago, I was asked to check out a site that specializes in the r/c hobby and is, more or less, a search engine for all things radio-controlled.
WhichHobbyStore.com is an amazing site on which you can look for any type of vehicle imaginable. Cars, trucks, planes, helicopters, hobby-grade, and toy-grade, you’ll find not only the type of vehicle you’re looking for but also the store that sells it along with the most-recent price. While I’ve got enough r/c vehicles to last me a while, I performed a few searches for parts and pieces for the vehicles I own. Here’s a sample of what I found when looking for a ’92 Jeep body:
Once you find the item you want at the price you’re looking for, you get even more great information. Along with the photo and overview of the product (in this case, the Jeep body), and similar products, you’ll get an indicator of whether or not the item is in stock, along with a note stating how recently the inventory check was run. This is always a helpful when you’re in a time-crunch and if a shop doesn’t have an item, you can quickly find one that has what you’re looking for.
It should be noted that prices are only visible when you log in using a Facebook profile. This may be a negative for some that aren’t fans of that social network.
When you’re ready to pull the trigger, you can either purchase the item from the hobby shop listed or choose to buy it from another store (by suggesting a hobby shop for them to add to their index). If you know of shops that aren’t listed or if you own a shop and want to be listed in the WhichHobbyStore index, you can submit a product feed at no cost.
I suggest checking them out if you’re on the hunt for something new and be sure to add them to your list of r/c resources. They also offer items for other hobbies too, so they’re worth a visit no matter what your favorite pastime is.