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Topic # 242954 21-Nov-2018 11:43
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I'm wanting to get a couple RC cars which can operate on different frequencies for kids.

 

Something relatively basic (and cheap), I obtained a set of some old Tamiya Cars which I thought I could repair, but its a lot more work than I can currently take on.

 

So looking for a basic pair of Nikko or other kids line of RC cars, if they take AAs and AAAs that would be fine too as I have a large supply of eneloop rechargeable batteries.

 

Let me know if you have any suggestions/recommendations or have something to sell. Thanks

 

 

 

Am in Auckland btw.


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  Reply # 2131014 21-Nov-2018 11:55
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K mart have these:

 

 

https://www.kmart.com.au/product/phantom-high-speed-racing-radio-control-car---assorted*/1967327

 

 

Thats the AU store. But they have them in NZ. Cost $12 each (don't come with batteries)

 

 

I brought one for my kids, and its actually quite good for the (low) price.

 

Goes fairly fast.

 

Its taken quite a few knocks and hasn't broken.

 

The have different frequencies so can play nicely in pairs.

 

They are a comparable size and speed to the old small tamiya cars.



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  Reply # 2131015 21-Nov-2018 11:58
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Dairyxox: K mart have these: https://www.kmart.com.au/product/phantom-high-speed-racing-radio-control-car---assorted*/1967327 Thats the AU store. But they have them in NZ. Cost $12 each (don't come with batteries) I brought one for my kids, and its actually quite good for the (low) price. Goes fairly fast. Its taken quite a few knocks and hasn't broken. The have different frequencies so can play nicely in pairs. They are a comparable size and speed to the old small tamiya cars.

 

Oh cool, these would be great and much cheaper than I had expected, do you see any settings for changing frequency on the remote and vehicle? As I will need two of these to be able to work at the same time.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2131021 21-Nov-2018 12:03
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Cant remember sorry, but they're designed with this (different frequencies) in mind.

 

 

It might be that the blue car works on one set frequency, and the red car works on another.

 

 

I'll double check my one when I get home if I remember, to see if there is a switch. (I don't have the box or manual anymore)

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  Reply # 2131061 21-Nov-2018 13:15
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I think most R/C stuff these days does auto channel hopping to find a "free" channel. If they don't say anything about a fixed channel then maybe they do that.

 

One thing I've found with cheaper versions of this stuff is no spares. If you break something that is fundamental to the cars operation (gearbox/diff or suspension etc) you will most likely be up for a complete new one.


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  Reply # 2131102 21-Nov-2018 13:38
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Check the boxes to see if frequency is mentioned. Most of this sort of thing is 28/40 (IIRC).

 

 





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  Reply # 2131108 21-Nov-2018 13:42
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xontech:

I think most R/C stuff these days does auto channel hopping to find a "free" channel. If they don't say anything about a fixed channel then maybe they do that.

 

One thing I've found with cheaper versions of this stuff is no spares. If you break something that is fundamental to the cars operation (gearbox/diff or suspension etc) you will most likely be up for a complete new one.

 

 

I think this might be the answer. I remember you're supposed to power on the car & controller in sequence, because it sounds like there is a 'handshake' procedure between them...

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  Reply # 2131129 21-Nov-2018 14:27
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Check the radio system is 2.4Ghz , most are now. Anything else will end in tears :-)
2.4Ghz will be freq hopping, so shouldnt interfere with each other . 

 

If its really cheap & nasty, it might knock out your wifi :-)
The really cheap stuff wont have spares, being throw away items

 

How do they even make them for $10 ???

 

 


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  Reply # 2131136 21-Nov-2018 14:32
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Yeah they're 2.4ghz. It doesnt kill my Wifi at home.

 

For $12 you'd just buy a spare?

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  Reply # 2131240 21-Nov-2018 18:25
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I can't believe how they're pricing it this low.

I have 1:10 Traxxas RCs at home but still grabbed one of this just for the cheap price.



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  Reply # 2131356 21-Nov-2018 23:32
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russelo: I can't believe how they're pricing it this low.

I have 1:10 Traxxas RCs at home but still grabbed one of this just for the cheap price.

 

Yeah I just bought three of the buggers, because at $12 you can't really lose. BTW i just looked up the 1:10 Traxxas....WOW




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  Reply # 2131357 21-Nov-2018 23:33
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1101:

 

Check the radio system is 2.4Ghz , most are now. Anything else will end in tears :-)
2.4Ghz will be freq hopping, so shouldnt interfere with each other . 

 

If its really cheap & nasty, it might knock out your wifi :-)
The really cheap stuff wont have spares, being throw away items

 

How do they even make them for $10 ???

 

 

Thanks, super useful to know. I'd still like to tinker with these older Tamiyas that I have, but it will take time and spare parts (which are still very available).


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  Reply # 2131496 22-Nov-2018 08:37
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Nothing wrong with Tamiya other than parts can be expensive and some of the cars can be a little on the difficult side to work on.  I have multiple ones sitting in my office atm.  

 

If your after something affordable (but still more expensive than the cheap cheap ones around) and dont mind the wait time getting them shipped from China the WL Toys A959's are very good value for money - sure they break but parts are bugger all and readily available. Quick little cars too.  But they will set you back around $80-100 ea


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  Reply # 2131673 22-Nov-2018 11:29
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I used to race onroad 1/10 cars . That could be a money pit
Bank balance improved when I got out of it.

How about $900 just for the bare carbon chassis  :-)
https://www.ebay.com/p/XRAY-T4-2019-Specs-1-10-Luxury-Electric-Touring-Car-Kit-XY300025/5023801198

 

 


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  Reply # 2131703 22-Nov-2018 12:03
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This was always the one I wanted growing up.....  https://www.rchobbies.co.nz/tamiya-1-10-hotshot-2007-off-road-rc-buggy-kit/

 

Ended up with a Hornet - made mistake of putting in the larger motor one day....... that thing could move :D

 

 





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  Reply # 2131957 22-Nov-2018 15:20
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Noel Leeming have this for $10

 

[/url] https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/games-gaming/toys/radio-control/play-trcdh1149-remote-control-full-function-racing-car-black/prod163749.html[/url]


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