Christmas is coming and the jingle bells of Santa is ringing. You may have plans to buy a Santa Claus costume from WalMart for the Christmas night and dress yourself as Santa and want to fill up the bag with secret gifts and deliver them to your kids’ bedside while they are in their dreams. But wait a minute, do you have some surprise items to give to your kids or again the old Christmas chocolates or a boring 3D video game or the usual Christmas cards, books, and other Christmas collectibles. What else do you have in store for them? Do you have something different? Something that can make your kids totally crazy and excited! Something that they have not even thought you will give them. Come on, all these are not secret gifts. If that’s all in your mind, then I will tell you what is the best secret Santa gift for upcoming Christmas holidays.
Of course, it is an RC toy to be included in your Santa bag, which has become the best holiday gift for 2012. Now, when we talk about gifting a radio control toy, then it is better to give RC cars because within all RC model toys, the radio control cars are the most popular among kids. Moreover, RC cars are easier to control and excellent for beginners.
RC Cars for Boys
Radio control cars come in two basic forms: "toy" style cars or trucks that are advertised during cartoon shows on television and sold at electronics and toy stores, and the "kit" type cars or trucks that are sold only at specialized hobby shops or mail order companies and are available as a build-it-yourself kit or "Ready To Run". Toy-style cars are often advertised as "remote control", while hobbyists refer to kit-style cars as "radio control".
rcMart specializes in the kit-type RC car or truck, which can come assembled or in kit form, meaning the boys can build it themselves or with the family and friends. While the kit RC cars and trucks cost more at first, they are more durable and faster than toy RC cars. You can also repair this type of RC car or truck, which is usually impossible or very difficult to do with toy RC cars. The cost to repair a car or truck is only a fraction of the cost it would take to send a toy-style kit to its manufacturer (if that is even possible). You can also upgrade an RC car or truck to make it faster, stronger, more durable, more adjustable or just make it look nicer. The RC car and truck kits have optional bodies that you can replace whenever you want, meaning while you may have a street car today, you can have a street truck tomorrow, or a sedan, racing coupe, sports car, or nearly any other type of car you desire!
What type of kit should you get?
We will split up the decision-making process with these three questions: Should I get an on-road or off-road kit, Should I get a Nitro or electric kit, and Should I get an RTR kit or a kit I have to build? Read our responses to these questions and see what type of kit suits you best.
Should I get an on-road or off-road kit?
On-road kits can hit high speeds and they look like the cars you see on racetracks and streets around the world. With four-wheel drive (4WD), they are easy to drive and you can get realistic treaded tires and bodies for scale realism. However, driving off your curb or over holes in the road is not what these are designed to do.
Off-road kits feature big tires, long shock absorbers and the ability to drive just about anywhere. They can handle jumps, dirt and other typical obstacles in your backyard, vacant lot, anywhere! While some RC off-road car and truck kits are meant only for race tracks, the off road car kits are meant for both the track and field. Off road trucks are available with either two-wheel (2WD) or four-wheel (4WD) drive versions. 4WD trucks are easier to drive and can usually drive over just about anything!
Should I get an RTR kit or a kit I have to build?
"RTR" means Ready To Run, and in the case of HPI's RTR kits the only preparation that is needed requires about 30 minutes or less before you're running the car or truck. The amount of preparation needed varies from kit to kit. This option is good for hobbyists who don't have time to build a kit, want to easily add another R/C kit to the collection, or anyone who is buying a kit for a younger relative.
Any HPI kit that is not labeled "RTR" is a "kit", meaning it must be built up from parts that are included in the box. This is usually not as hard a process as it initially sounds, our instructions are extremely thorough and our kits easier to build than ever before.
*These questions and their answers should help you decide what sort of car or truck you might want to try out for your first R/C kit. As you get more involved with the hobby, you may find that your first car isn't keeping up with your interests, or you have found a new group of friends to race with, or a new area to play in. For instance, your HPI street car is lots of fun in the school parking lot, but it can't drive through the field next to the school, so you might decide to pick an HPI truck that can run off-road. Many hobbyists have several cars so they can play on any type of terrain or surface! Start with one and see how you like it first, though.
Where can I run or race a car or truck?
Part of the process in deciding what type of kit you get should involve the area you have around you, where you can run a car or truck. Cars generally need a paved surface to run on, open parking lots such as schools, churches, office areas, etc., provide plenty of space to play on. (Make sure to ask permission if you need to!) With trucks, the type of surface doesn't matter too much because they can drive on pavement, dirt, gravel and all types of ground. Long grass isn't the best place to run in, but for short periods of time it is okay for the truck. Open fields, vacant lots, construction yards and other places are perfect places to run or race a truck. Again, make sure to ask permission if it's private property!