I’m not really a beginner when it comes to the RC (Radio Control) hobby, at least not when it comes to ground vehicles. I’m not talking about playing with toy-grade RC vehicles when I was a kid in the 70’s and 80’s, but rather hobby grade RC as a hobby as an adult.
I first dabbled in the hobby back around the upper mid-90’s (’97-’98), when I bought my first hobby-grade RC kit, a Traxxas Rustler ST (Stadium Truck) kit. This was before the days Traxxas was spitting out wicked fast electric RC’s running lipo batteries and brushless motors, before the first ever infamous Slash RTR was ever dreamed of, when the offroad racing segment of the hobby was filled with stadium trucks and buggies, both electric powered and with mini internal combustion engines (commonly referred to as “nitro engines” due to nitro-methane being part of the fuel mixture).
I didn’t have the mechanical know-how or the desire to build the kit myself, though I wish I had tackled the job, I paid a hobby shop to put it together for me, as well as my next ST, a Team Associated (or “AE” ) RC10T4, a much more race ready truck. Seems like I remember also owning and racing a Team Losi XXXB electric buggy, and an AE RC10GT (nitro RC10T truck) and even an RC Legends kit that I actually built myself (Google Legends racing, it’s the RC version of that).
Nitro powered Monster Trucks were all the rage in those days, and I was into that pretty heavy for a time as well, owning rigs such as the original Traxxas TMaxx (the old TRX Pro .15 powered truck that started it all), a pair of HPI Savage trucks (the original .21cc powered truck, as well as the updated, more powerful “Savage 25” powered by a “big block” .25cc engine), and AE MGT among others.
By 2002 I had pretty much lost interest and sold all of my RC gear, though I remember having bought a Duratrax Evader ST (budget spec stadium truck) around 2004, but sold it pretty soon after.
Sometime after we suffered a total property loss house fire in 2011, though, I discovered a semi-new genre’ in the hobby, trail and scale trucks and rock crawlers. Oddly enough, my discovery wasn’t in a hobby shop, but on Youtube, seeing others posting up videos of their rigs driving on trails and such, and I was hooked stronger than ever for a few years. Our first rig in this new-to-us segment of the hobby was an Axial AX10 Ridgecrest RTR. Here’s a pic…
The scale likeness of that rig was more like a full scale monster truck than a 4×4 truck/SUV that you’d see on the street covered in mud after a weekend adventure, though, so it didn’t really fit what I was looking for. The Boy loved it though, so when it became his rig when I bought my first scale truck, my first of many Axial SCX10’s, their “2013 (or was it 2014?) Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited RTR”, the silver Jeep seen in the previous post, here’s a pic of it before any modifications…
I loved that rig, and though I kept the stock body on it, it would go on to be fairly heavily modified with both Axial optional and aftermarket parts. I still took my rigs to a hobbby shop for most of the wrenching, however, not being the most mechanically inclined person. I did do some of the mods myself, though.
Anyways, as I’m getting back into the hobby, I thought it would be fun to do (and maybe help someone along the way) a series of posts as if I were a brand new beginner in the hobby, from buying a new rig, to the basic gear needed, what to expect, a few how-to’s, and just generally what to expect. As I have a fairly new Youtube channel as well ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOnQQsa1aPPu1Q5mG4l-3jw?view_as=subscriber ) that won’t be used for it’s intended purpose for a while*, I thought that I would also do a series of videos to go along with this series.
This isn’t “episode 1” of that, FWIW, kind of a prologue to what’s coming though because I’m excited about it. For now, I have the used SCX10 Deadbolt that I will be playing around with, but as I had some budget after selling the XR250L, I also have some things ordered from my old friends at RPP Hobby (.com), the basic gear needed to get going, as well as a trail truck or two, so look for a first post in the series and maybe an unboxing video on the Tuber channel soon.
*Without getting too personal, aside from having already sold my ’91 XR250L, in the near future I will also be selling my beloved Ruby (2016 CRF250L), as due to circumstances we had no dog in creating and little control over now, we will be needing to replace my car in the near future, we don’t want to go get a new payment on a car, and the most likely/best way to find something decent is to sell Ruby to finance whatever we buy back. I’m torn between finding another old Jeep XJ (Cherokee, not a Grand) or similar to setup for mini-overlanding trips and looking for a sub-compact hatchback car (eg: Honda Fit, Chevy Aveo, Toyota Yaris, etc–a segment of the auto world that I enjoy BTW) with the plan to personalize it a bit while enjoying it’s practicality and economy (30+ MPG’s). Time will tell…