The Radio Controlled Models that brought My Son and I Together
For my sons sixth birthday he asked for an RC Car. I have to admit I had to look up what RC Cars were but once I realised it stood for remote control car I knew exactly what he meant. I was looking for something new to keep him occupied.
Six is a strange age when they are looking for new ways to have fun and when I realised what he was asking for I was delighted. To be honest it was nice to be able to get him something that didn’t involve some kind of computer screen.
Online Radio Controlled Models for Fun and Thrills
I went online and immediately found him a monster truck model which arrived in only a couple of days. You know the kind it was an exact replica of the massive trucks with the huge wheels that drive over normal sized cars and crush them into well a very flat car. We wrapped it up and on his birthday gave him his present.
Watching him open it was pure delight. The look on his face when he pulled the first piece of paper off to reveal the word car underneath; he knew at that moment what he was getting. It was only a cheap remote control car by the very best standards but he was six so I didn’t think it would matter. I was very wrong.
We took it to the local park and began to drive it around. There was an area to one side that had lots of bumps and slopes which I thought would be perfect to drive up and down. I was very mistaken as this car soon crashed and to my shock and annoyance it had broken.
Saddened we went home where I went online to find out how to fix it. I found a video where an expert in the remote control field was explaining about petrol RC cars and why they are generally better. It is because they are hobby grade meaning they come with things like suspension. It was this type of car that I should have brought. It wouldn’t have broken or if it had I would have been able to get spare parts and repair it.
Going shopping again I steered well clear of the cheap remote control cars and seeing as he was six I wasn’t even going to go for a cheap petrol RC car, can save the fuel driven ones for a later date. It was a beautiful car that even I was excited about. It had everything from a top notch battery pack, internal wiring, suspension and an amazing control unit. This was a hobby style remote control car; not one of those poor quality toy ones.
He was still a little upset that the birthday present he was so excited to get had broken so quickly but thanks to modern technology the replacement came the next day. Without even wrapping it we gave him the parcel and wow you should have seen his face. He was even more delighted than the previous day.
As before we went down the park and tried out some moved. This time the car withstood all we drove it into and if anything could do even more. Chargeable at the mains it was even more powerful and we had a fantastic time. We have been down there every weekend since and I have even purchased my very own petrol remote control car which is just for me.
What started out as my son asking for a RC Car has turned very successfully into a hobby that we share together! We go down the park or some other place where we can race them around until it is time for tea. We have had so many great hours together. Buying a RC Car for my son was the best thing I ever did.
Fun Radion Controlled Models
The SimplyFun gang went out and about today with our remote control models which cost under£100 which include a ANTAPRCIS RC car that’s aimed for 6-12 years old. It’s actually a 4 wheel drive crawler and loves bumpy terrains, over flat surfaces it’s pretty slow so if you are looking for a fast vehicle for your children then look for something different.
However if you want something that takes on all the bumps you can throw at it, this RC Crawler is great. It’s been reported by the manufacturer that it can climb surfaces up to 45% which that could mean an opportunity to create your own RC assault course or even a plank of wood lent up again a object indoors or outdoors.
The controller takes 2 x AA batteries with the Crawler itself incorporating its own battery that it comes with and is charged by the USB port of your laptop or you could use a USB plug. It comes with a separate battery but remember to take the little screwdriver it comes with when you go out and about to race it as I forgot the first time which meant my 4 year old nephew was a little disappointed when we ran out of juice.
The Syma S107 Remote Control Helicopter
However the Syma RC helicopter is certainly best to be flown indoors as recommended by the manufacturer. Even though the body of the model is made of metal, it is still very light so when flying outdoors even a slight breeze can make it uncontrollable and fly away.
The flight time is only around 6 minutes its reported then you need to charge it up again by plugging the provided cable into the USB port of your laptop. The USB adapter lights up when its charging. The instructions that come with the helicopter are terrible and don’t make sense in many places.
This Syma remote control helicopter however is recommended, just be careful when learning to fly as the left control is very sensitive in trying to hover in the air before you learn to rotate left and right and move in the direction of the nose of the heli.
LUKAT 4WD Radio Controlled Car
This is one exciting RC model, our second purchase when we started reviewing the range of radio controlled cars for Simplyfun. The LUKAT 4 Wheel drive is a great little vehicle and its pretty nippy, actually overturning if you speed of to quick and can end up on its bonnet or root.
Anyway, we will talk about that more shortly but for now, this RC car is a 1/20 scale model so pretty small compared to other ranges especially if you would to compare to it to a 1/5th scale petrol buggy.
This is a RC model for both children and adults, as you can see from our short videos we had fun racing this in the local park. At the time of writing, it has 300 reviews at Amazon and a 4 ½ out of 5 star rating.
It comes ready to run, all you need to do is take the bodyshell off by removing the small clips and charging the battery view the white cable that’s visibly coming out of the LUKAT’s chassis. Once charged, you then connect the red cables together, place the bodyshell back on and you are ready to run once you add AA batteries to the radio controller you hold in your hand.
What we found was the bodyshell was quite a thin aluminium so even a small amount of bumps and crashes would leave scratches and dents in the bodyshell but this is only a low cost model so not really an issue.
At full speed this can achieve 26Km/h or more depending on the gradient you are racing and terrain to so racing on a downward concrete slope is going to produce a much more significant speed compared to grass.
However due to the large wheels, this LUKAT RC car does pretty well and takes on the grass with ease. If you race on concrete, the speed and overall very responsive controller gives this the option to appear to have a drift capability.
We mentioned the speed a couple of times, you may find its over responsive so the right dial on the radio controller is a speed trim so you can turn it to the left to slow down the car and make it not just make it easier to control but speed away without flipping upside down.
The shock absorbers are spring but have been designed to give added absorption so if it was to fall from a particular height, it should be able to take it in its stride.
When racing this has an impressive 50 meter range so around 164 feet. The radio control system runs on 24.Ghz so you can run more than one of your models in the area but also not conflict with other RC hobbyists who maybe in the area.