Originally Posted by C O R E
Electric is definitely the way to go if you are within 100 yards of people who may even possibly get slightly annoyed. I have a Baja 5B 1/5th scale gas buggy that hauls a truckload of ass but it's ungodly loud. at full throttle standing next to it (tuning) you have to wear earplugs or your ears will get that numb feeling. As far as the whole gas vs. nitro thing, I have owned and raced both and the tuning isn't really a big deal if you keep up with it on either one. look for smoke and check temps. High octane quality gas and a few drops of ethanol treatment in the gas can will save you lots of headache.
if you do get into 1/5th scale later, DEFINITELY go with an HPI Baja or a Rovan RC clone, you will find parts easily for those. I've never seen redcat parts at any of the hobby shops I go to.
For Brushless motors make sure you get a good ESC and heat sinks those little puppies get rather warm very quickly.
Any questions or help I can give shoot me a PM man, I have some work experience and hobby experience in RC from a few years ago.
yeah, i got my first nitro about 10 years ago, so i've been in the hobby for a while. only started getting into electric about a year ago though. 5 trucks and two quadcopters later, and i'm pretty up to day with the electric stuff.
I can tune nitro, and it was nice to be able to go run all day long without having to wait for battteries to charge, but it got to be a pain int he butt to be constantly tuning the carb to keep it running smoothe, and my temps in check.
I was asking about the gas because the only experience with two strokes i have is yard equipment and outboard motors.
I actually got the traxxas summit last night, and a few goodies for it, instead of the redcat. however they were out of the brushless setup i wanted for it, so that'll have to wait. came to the same conclusion you talked about, with just needing tons of room for the noise. I go out wheeling a lot, and it would be fin for that, when i'm away from civilization, but then i'm limited to driving it every couple weeks. i'll be headed up to maryland next september, and having a lot more land around me, so i'll probably reopen my search for a 1/5 scale gas then. or just get a 1/5 scale with a brushless motor the size of a soda can
Thank you for the advise
Didn't even get to drive it last night because i was usy soldering on new connections for the LiPos i got for it........and then i ran out of solder. should finish the job this afternoon, and then play time