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RC vehicles can be bought or built
Remote control or Radio controlled (RC) sports is the perfect hobby for anyone who enjoys speed and electronics. Popular RC vehicles include cars, trucks, aircraft, and boats.
An RC vehicle is a powered model maneuvered from a distance. Using a radio transmitter, the “driver” sends signals to the vehicle’s receiver, allowing the online motor to make a specific action happen. The motor in a car may cause the wheels to turn, while the motor in a plane may adjust the flaps.
RC car history
The 60’s – Pioneers make 1/8th scale cars
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RC vehicles are powered by several sources. Electric motors using batteries allow RCs to run indoors or outdoors with little or no noise. Some enthusiasts find fuel-powered “nitro” vehicles more challenging and powerful. RC nitro vehicles have small internal combustion engines fueled by a special mixture of nitro methane, methanol, and oil. Vehicles can exceed speeds of 75 mph. Enthusiasts need to practice to keep their vehicles from spinning out, staying on the track, or making a safe landing.
Like full-sized vehicles, planned maintenance for RCs is required. This involves regular cleaning, inspecting for damages, and replacing any broken or worn out parts. Keep safety in mind and empty out unused fuel.
Beginners may purchase toy grade vehicles, but enthusiasts often choose a hobby grade vehicle. Toy grade vehicles are more inexpensive and provide a good introduction for those new to the hobby. Hobby grade vehicles are typically upgradeable, customizable, have more features than toy-grade, and are used in professional RC racing competitions. Don’t be surprised to spend several hundred dollars for hobby grade vehicles.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff