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RC Glossary


New to the RC Hobbies? What does buggy, bulkhead, nitro mean in radio control car hobbies? Check out the glossary for remote control cars below.

Starter Box - Bump Box - Bump Starter --

This is what is used to start nitro engines that don't have an onboard starter (or to supplement onboard systems if you left something at home or just discovered your EZ Start batteries are dead). It is basically a motor, batteries to power the motor (such as 1 or 2 stick packs or a gel cell), and a rubberized wheel - all housed in a convenient box. To start the engine, the model is aligned on the box then pressed down to start the starter motor, this spins the rubberized wheel, which engages the flywheel, which turns the engine over. This is the type of starting system preferred by die hard racers since it eliminates all the extra weight and drag of onboard starting systems. You will still need a glow driver and need to lug around the box (and charged batteries). Also note that many starter boxes are designed to be used with certain types of models (such as 1/8 buggies or on road cars), and some models can't be started with a starter box due to flywheel position (i.e. most monster trucks).
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