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Best budget beginner RC crawler on the market
on 5 October 2015
I did a week long research to find the best beginner RC crawler for my 4—year old son’t birthday. I narrowed it down to a couple of options on modelcars in the £80-100 price range.
A friend of mine who is very much into his RC cars (has a £300 unbrushed rc) recommended this as the perfect beginner crawler. I was very sceptical given the low price, but also knew that Maisto is a well respected brand.
The size is perfect for indoor use and the fact it runs on AA batteries means you have a cheap, reliable power source to keep it going for hours (I recommend Eneloop)
I was immediately impressed by it’s ability to conquer obstacles, but it wasn’t until we brought it outside that I was truly blown away. RC cars have certainly come a long way since my childhood!
We took it for a spin in the park recently and my son kept driving it non-stop for 2 hours. And it’s still going strong without a battery change!
It scaled rocks, branches, hills and tall grass without any issues - it kept amazing us both as it was fighting it’s way through the terrain. All other rc cars we had would lose signal at about 5 meters. This still kept going at 30 meters. The rubber tires a very soft and grippy and the body is extremely flexible.
The only slightly negative point – as pointed out by other reviewers – is the large turning circle. This isn’t a big issue once your kid learns how to contra-reverse.
Overall – both dad and son extremely delighted with this purchase. Best starter RC on the market in this price range (or even twice the price). I obviously can’t comment on the built quality as it’s early days, but will update my review in a few months.
EDIT: It's now more than 1 month later and this RC truck has been used/abused almost every weekend. It's been subject to very rough terrain for it's size, sand, water mud and large drops - it's still going as strong as the day we unboxed it and I'm quite frankly in disbelief that it works at all! Please note that it is not advisable to drive it through water, but with a very simple modification (taping vulnerable parts) - at least for us - it is doing absolutely fine! Easiest 5-stars ever I've awarded a product!
EDIT 10.12.15: The RC truck is now dead. But it more than exceeded expectations as it has been completely submerged in water, dropped from heights which should have immediately broken bits and generally suffered excessive abuse (for £20 I just let him have fun with it).
As I opened it up to identify the problem, water came out from the rear motor and it was full of sand. So just to emphasize - don't expect it to survive crawling through big puddles for long. Fair enough it gave up!
I have now received the larger "extreme" version (XXL) for my son's Xmas birthday. It's a little step closer to the higher end RC trucks and should satisfy his need for better rock-crawling capabilities.
I am aware that like the Jr version it also isn't waterproof, so I am insulating it with liquid plastic in advance