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I think the BUG bit me

Ranger850

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For Christmas, I got a Bezgar RC truck. I know it's not Top of the Line as far as RCs go, but this thing is fun. actual 4wd and loads of fun. I haven't had it for a week yet, but already want to "mod" it. I think I'm going to look into a more expensive one for the future, but for now, this will do. I follow a guy on IG, (ScalerFab) and his stuff is amazingly real looking. I think I want to go deep into this realm but have no idea what I'm getting into. a friend has a gas powered Lexus SC400, and that thing is cool, but a little more than I want to get into. I actually like the crawling over big obstacles and seeing what it will/won't do.
This is the one I have, I know it's a beginner's truck, and I cant wait to get more involved.

I haven't had this much fun off of $60 in a long time

 


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What's the worst that could happen?
Stick with electric and buy extra batts.
Battery tech is getting really good.
I've been into racing drones for the last couple of years. Before that it was long distance and camera platforms - all electric. Lately, the group I associate with has been moving into dirt burners for winter fun. Slap a camera on it and go to the beach for some FPV fun.
And yes, you are hooked.
 

Ranger850

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Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
I had a couple of Rc cars/buggies as a kid, Took 4 hours to charge the battery and 15 minutes to drain it. These batteries seem to last much longer. After reading some of the threads in this section, I have a long learning curve ahead. As a kid, to teach me how to swim, my grand dad threw me in the river and said " now swim". I've taken this approach to many things in life, this will be one of those events.
 

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it is easier to fix and understand than "her"
I like the slash for a general platform....prices are down overall for the quality available.

The power/gas companies I am involved with have crazy capable drones. some ICE hybrid or backup powered. The level monitoring they provide in these mountain regions in regards to pipeline and power line protection is epic. As it trickles down it gets scary. Some can carry over 150 pounds.
 

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Crossed threads are tight threads.
I wanted something simple, and recently got the grave digger freestyle force. It is 1/15 scale and all inclusive, as in built in battery, usb charging cable and 2 AAA batteries for the controller. It steers like a skid steer and has no suspension, but does cool wheelies and endos and donuts on 2 wheels. It is simple, durable and fun! It is always a hit at gatherings with the kids and adult kids. I keep it in the truck for whenever I need to kill a few mins. I think it was like $60 bucks off the fleabay...ended up buying two more as gifts after mine was loved so much. Money well spent.

 

Ranger850

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Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
I wanted something simple, and recently got the grave digger freestyle force. It is 1/15 scale and all inclusive, as in built in battery, usb charging cable and 2 AAA batteries for the controller. It steers like a skid steer and has no suspension, but does cool wheelies and endos and donuts on 2 wheels. It is simple, durable and fun! It is always a hit at gatherings with the kids and adult kids. I keep it in the truck for whenever I need to kill a few mins. I think it was like $60 bucks off the fleabay...ended up buying two more as gifts after mine was loved so much. Money well spent.

I was at my best bud's kid's birthday party and the guest of honor got one. After about 15 seconds of playing with his, I knew what I wanted for Christmas. I got the wife a 2wd buggy, and the 2 girls got smaller versions of mine. We ALL got RCs for Christmas lol.
 

rusty ol ranger

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A legend to the old man, a hero to the child...
I want this...

 

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Watch out... they can be very addictive. I’ve got one chassis that is all aluminum and titanium now. I have over $1000 into the chassis and I still don’t have a motor, electronics or body for it.
And that’s just one of the two dozen in my fleet.
 

Ranger850

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The pic got fuzzy when I downsized it, but... That's the wife's buggy, front & Center, Mine is the big RED one, the girls got to pick, Yellow or Purple. I didn't know much about the "scale" and pretty sure I got 3 different scaled vehicles, lol. The blue buggy has a working light bar. Big Red has white lights on the front and red on the back for 'reverse'. All in I think I was under $200 for the lot. Pretty sure mine is a Ford F@(%in' Ranger, but it could also be "generic truck body".
The blue buggy has far more detail and the body doesn't detach where the other 3 are just plastic covers that are held on by teeny, tiny "R" clips, like hood latches. The smaller 2 have bottom load batteries, where I have to remove the body to replace the batteries on Big Red.
 

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That’s the way it starts.
First you get the toys, then you start buying and modifying hobby grade cars/trucks... finally you end up with random bodies from toys, that you plan on building a scaler out of.

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Ranger850

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Does anybody here know the "ScalerFab" guy on Instagram. I think he recently changed to "The Scale trail" or something like that? He's got some nice rigs. Clearly out of my price range ( for now ) but neat to look at and watch
 

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Crossed threads are tight threads.
That's what I wanted to avoid, getting all into it and spending time hobbying out on it...I just wanted a mindless thing that could not be customized, upgraded or modded, so I would not be tempted to. Don't tell the commies lol
 

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That's what I wanted to avoid, getting all into it and spending time hobbying out on it...I just wanted a mindless thing that could not be customized, upgraded or modded, so I would not be tempted to. Don't tell the commies lol
What’s the point in owning it if you don’t modify it?!?!
 

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Enjoying it working instead of working on it
 

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Crossed threads are tight threads.
My buddies are into drones and r/c planes. The amount of fiddling, options, parts, accessories and crap gives me anxiety. I saw a basement full of broken planes and scattered parts and shuddered. Thousands of dollars and hours wasted is what I saw.

I was way into all that when I was younger and had more time. I would hack into, customize and modify everything. Tear into my truck on a school night no problem. Go through my bike during sunset after a day of moto. I didn't even wake up early like I do now, there was just more hours in the day somehow. Also I had a lot less stuff to mess with.

Now I don't have time or motivation to do anything. Maybe the 50 hour minimum work week takes it out of me, but I am burnt out on hobbying, tinkering, fixing, repairing etc...I grudgingly do the bare minimum if something needs to be repaired or kept from needing repair. And that is a whole event nowadays, I will save it for when I have 2 days off, and will get only a few hours out of it if I'm lucky, after all the obligations and distractions sift through. And the days seem so short. I come from work, get halfway through a beer, and its already bed time. I have too little time, and too much stuff.

Now I kind of look for 2 things in my toys. Its gotta be fun enough and ready to go right out of the box, and should it need repair, parts are easily available. Or it is small and cheap enough to throw in the trash if/when it breaks.

What's the word for a male spinster? Maybe due being 40 years old and alone, starting a family is my true internal desire. I feel very unaccomplished not having a kid.
 

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