Radio Controlled Cars: Toys for All Ages

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Radio control cars are basically toy cars designed to be remotely controlled from a distance using a radio control system. They are popular not only among young ones but as well as adults who are also real car enthusiasts.

What’s good about radio-controlled cars is that they are safe, non-destructive and challenging for kids, unlike other toys. Besides, since these toys are sure hit not only to young ones but even to young-hearted adults, playing these radio-controlled cars can be a perfect way to bring father and son closer than ever.

Kinds of Radio-Controlled Cars

Just as the cars they imitate, radio-controlled cars vary in terms of design, style and source of power. There are cars that resemble popular racing cars while there are those resembling trucks, off-road vehicles and common passenger sedan and coupe cars.

Off-road radio-controlled cars also have real suspensions specially designed for off-road applications. Because of this, the toys can be used even on the roughest terrains. Sedan-like radio-controlled cars on the other hand are solely driven on smooth and flat surfaces.

Like radio-controlled cars’ bigger counterparts, there are electric powered and gas powered cars as well. Most of these cars are electric toy cars powered by nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride and lithium polymer cells. They are easier to use and control.

Others are powered by internal combustion engines like most cars on the road. Nitromethane, methanol, castor oil or synthetic oil can be used on their engine.

Radio-controlled cars are also categorized according to their sizes. There are 1:4 cars, 1:8 cars, 1:10 cars and so on. There are also the so-called mini and micro cars. When the car is identified as 1:4 car, it means that an inch on the toy car would measure four inches on the actual car.

Racing with Radio-Controlled Cars

Racing using radio controlled cars is fun and can be just as exciting as real car racing. The first radio-controlled cars used in racing were made in the 60s. Those cars had servo-controlled steering and brakes that are controlled via radio control transmitter that is operated by the user.

How do Radio Controlled Cars Work

The cars move as it receives the small pulse from the radio control transmitter unit held by the person. The toy car reads the width of the pulse (width refers to the duration of the pulse) so that it can it can know where it is supposed to go and how fast it shall move.

Toy cars that work this way are controlled by mechanical speed controllers, which allow radio-controlled cars to move in three different speeds. These cars are less expensive; however, they may be less enjoyable to play since MSC don’t have reverse option.

Now many radio-controlled cars are already using digital controllers or electronic speed controllers that feed computerized digital bit-stream signal to the receiver. Toy cars using ESC are more efficient and are safer to use because of their error checking capabilities and fail-safe options.

Moreover, toy cars using ESC have has reverse and more speed options, so they run like real cars. Since this kind of controller provides pulses of precise voltage, cars are controlled better.

Upgrading and Customizing

What’s great about radio-controlled cars is that you can also upgrade and customize them like the way you can improve real cars. You can repaint the car and add parts such as ball bearings to improve its performance. If your car is controlled by a MSC, the best thing you can do to upgrade it is to get an electronic speed controller.

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