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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2
1 WHAT ARE RADIO CONTROL VEHICLES? 4
DEFINITION OF RADIO CONTROL VEHICLES 4
TYPES OF RADIO CONTROL VEHICLES 4
WHAT A GREAT HOBBY! 5
2 ALL ABOUT RADIO CONTROL VEHICLES 7
IS IT A TOY OR IS IT A HOBBY? 7
POWERING UP YOUR RADIO CONTROL VEHICLE 8
COMPARING RADIO CONTROL VEHICLES BASED ON POWER SOURCE 9
ON-ROAD VERSUS OFF-ROAD 9
POPULAR MANUFACTURERS 10
BASIC VOCABULARY 10
3 CHOOSING A RADIO CONTROL VEHICLE 13
AGE OF THE OPERATOR 14
OTHER FACTORS 15
ACTUAL SPEED VERSUS SCALE SPEED…HOW FAST IS FAST? 15
SCALE SIZE OF THE RC VEHICLE 16
4 BASICS OF RADIO CONTROL 17
HOW THE RADIO CONTROL VEHICLE WORKS IN GENERAL 17
CHOOSING A FREQUENCY 19
BRUSHED MOTOR VERSUS BRUSHLESS MOTOR 21
Brushed Motor 21
Brushless Motors 22
NITRO ENGINES 22
5 LEARNING HOW TO OPERATE A RADIO CONTROL 24
BASIC RULES OF THE ROAD, AIR AND WATER 24
6 MAINTAINING RADIO CONTROL VEHICLES 28
TAKE YOUR RC VEHICLE TO THE CAR WASH 28
RC Cleaning Toolbox 28
Keeping Mechanically Sound 29
The Ultimate Tool Box 30
7 A COMPETITIVE SPIRIT 32
LOCAL CLUBS 33
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WHAT ARE RADIO CONTROL VEHICLES?
Almost everyone has driven by a park and seen adults playing with what look like toys that roar, fly, soar and float. They have a control in their hands and are pushing buttons, turning knobs and pulling out antennas. There might be some children around but that is often not true.
So what is going on? It’s the exciting world of radio control vehicles! At one time these vehicles were simple small toys like slow moving boats or cars or low flying planes that seemed to crash more often then they ran or flew. But all that has changed with the new technology and new materials. There are radio control dragsters that have been clocked at speeds of 70 miles an hour though that is not typical for most of these vehicles. You can do acrobatic moves with the airplanes and even some beginner units can fly a half mile away and over 100 feet in the air.
The question still remains: What are radio control vehicles?
DEFINITION OF RADIO CONTROL VEHICLES
Radio control vehicles are scale model versions of full sized vehicles that are controlled through the manipulation of a wireless controller or transmitter held in the hand. The controller sends a radio signal to the receiver in the vehicle and that signal tells the car, boat or aircraft how and where to move and at what speed.
The controller has a specific frequency that only the vehicle’s receiver will respond to. That’s why you can find all those adults in the park operating their radio control vehicles without affecting the others as long as they follow certain guidelines you will read about in this book.
By the way, in the hobby and competition radio control vehicle industry, the acronym RC is usually used. RC naturally stands for “radio control. If you are a beginner to radio control vehicles, one of the first steps is learning basic vocabulary which will be covered in a following chapter.
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