Overwhelming hobby to begin.
Hi all! My name is Tony Grigsby. Ive spent most of my time since 1996 in the astromart community. Classifieds and forums for telescopes and astronomy. Ive been researching RC trucks for two weeks now, and its just like telescopes. You can spend $200 to a few grand. Im hoping one thing is different. That is to get a decent telescope you get what you pay for. I always tell everyone if youre not ready to at least spend at least $600 be very very careful and dont get youre hopes up too high. Cheap scopes usually translates to junk, or just a tease to something better, not bigger.
So money, and migrains, and family pretty much ended my astronomy hobby. A divorce 10 years ago took my good stuff, and since Ive rolled in telescopes in the $500 range and am just not happy. SO! For 3 years Ive looked into many hobbies. I just stumbled onto my first crawler video a couple of weeks ago. OMG! I told my girlfried that these trucks are everything I wanted growing up because the best RC I ever had only went forward or turned in only one direction and if you were lucky a reverse. All had a cord I believe. I did have a traxxas gas power RC in the early 90s,and it was awesome, but too fast, and too loud, and fuel was available only miles away from my home. Anyways Im sold!! Im getting one with taxes. And I need help! Im pretty sure Ive narrowed down my search to 3 trucks I want, and can afford. The SCX10 rubicon if I can find one, or a honcho. Or a wraith. I figure Im looking at around $650 to $700 including 2 sets of batteries and a jeep wrangler body and some paint. Ill tell you guys what Im looking for and you guys let me know if Im on the right track or not. Im sure theres trucks I have not yet seen.
Interested in customizing my own bodies, building courses, crawling, and filming.
Want to keep my truck fairly clean, but would like to get in some water and mud nothing too crazy.
Want my own body style. I work 2nd shift and need something to do at nights as well. Plus I just need a personalized vehicle. Not sure what fits what.. assuming 1/10 scale fits all 1/10 scale??
I want to spend around $650 to get started. That a good beginning range?? For that cost should I be looking into a kit or RTR? I realise Kits may be better, but also seems to be more expensive. Aut like I said there are still many trucks Im not aware of yet.
Im not sure if anything Im looking at is available local, so Ive been researching on RCplanet. Any recommendation on a supplier?
So what do you guys think? Sound like Im on the right track so far??
Taxes may allow me to spend a little more, but Im happy in the $650 range. I still have around a month to research, but am definitely jumping into the hobby!
Look forward to hearing from you guys, and also look forward to sharing with you what I get and a vid for first test run.