Mini RC Cars
One of the cheapest way to get into the hobby is to buy mini rc cars. These are typically 1/36, 1/24 and 1/16 in scale size and significantly smaller than the typical 1/10th scale models.
Above from left to right is 1/36 Losi Micro T, 1/24 Tamiya Tamtech and 1/16 scale Kyosho Mini Inferno.
Being small, I can play with my mini rc cars in my living room or garage. For 1/36 scale I highly recommend the Losi Micro T. I bought this in Hong Kong, ready to run with battery, charger and controller. It is fully proportional and very fast, I would estimate top speed of 10 – 12 mph. This is fast for it’s size, exciting to drive. Very durable as well, have not broken a single part in 2 years. I use this to keep my driving skills sharp. If you can control a 1/36 scale rc car, you can easily control a 1/10 scale.
I also enjoy 1/24 scale rc cars such as my Tamiya Tamtech’s and Kyosho Mini Z (actually a 1/28 scale). Good for having fun in my garage track.
Right now I am training my 8 year old girl Porsha with a 1/16th scale Kyosho Mini Inferno. Currently she is doing 10 laps in my garage track in 1minute 58 seconds. Not bad as I am doing 1minute 40 seconds. This is to prepare her for an upcoming race.
To summarize, mini rc cars are cheap, can be played in small places and be used as training machines for racing in 1/10 scale. I highly recommend you start with mini rc cars.
Associated – RC18
Duratrax – 1/18 Vendetta (touring car, buggy, short course and stadium truck)
HPI – 1/18 Micro RS4 Drift
Kyosho – 1/43 dNaNo, 1/28 Mini Z , 1/16 Mini Inferno
Radio Shack - 1/28 XMODs
Losi – Mini T, Micro T, Mini LST, Mini Crawler
Traxxas – 1/16 E-Revo, 1/16 Slash
XRAY – 1/18 M18