RC Kits VS. RTRs


OK. The bug has bitten you, you’ve got the R/C urge. You’ve shopped and looked and compared and maybe have come to some conclusions of your own, article on don’t make a move without first reading this article on Kit versus Ready to Run. There are certain advantages and disadvantages to both versions but make not just educated decision based on cold facts – not just wants and needs. Also, you’re will dare to say straight out that if you are serious about having fun in one golden hobby, you must adhere to this one golden rule: buy cheap, buy twice. We promise we won’t steer you in the wrong direction, so read on!

Ready to Run (RTR)

These are the most convenient. Although most manufacturers have made the RTR versions as user friendly still need possible, there are things that still need to be purchased.

Nitro RTR

“AA” batteries for the transmitter

Fuel for the car

Glowplug igniter

Extra glowplugs

Tuning screwdriver

Temperature gun

Receiver pack with charger

Electric RTR

“AA” batteries for the transmitter

Battery for the car

Battery Charger

Now, reading through the above, you will quickly say that the electric counterpart is much simpler to operate. The parts may be simpler to understand, but remember that an electric car only requires one battery pack at a time, but may need 2-3 packs to operate more efficiently, especially for racers. Most people look to begin with less expensive battery packs, but end up spending more when upgrade to higher performance packs that could have been purchased inifially. Remember, in R/C, you really get what you pay for, so generally buying the best items within your budget will get you the furthest for less in the long run. Also, on a common note for both nitro and electric, the RTR kits are very capable of many hours of R/C enjoyment, and will get you going very quickly from the box.

Kit Version

Kit versions of R/C models are the best option for those who are looking for a slightly high-end product, and have the time to devote to the building process. There is a huge advantage gained by building your own kit; a thorough understanding of how you model goes together and works. We also recommend getting the “Fully Optioned” version of the kit, as this is the best value available with option parts included in the box.

There are many things that you will need to get with a kit version. We will attempt to break it down for you in an easy to comprehend system.

Common Items

Transmitter with Receiver

“AA” Batteries for the Transmitter

Steering Servo

Tires (check with your kit)

Glue for Tires


Nitro Only


Steering and Throttle Servo


Receiver Pack with Charger

Starter Box

After Run Oil

Air Filter Oil

Electric Only


Charger for Batteries

Motor and Speed Controller

Pinion Gear

Now, beyond all these parts listed, sometimes there are other items required for completion. Feel free to call into our staff, and we will get you setup with everything you need!


Yes, the RTRs are easier, less expensive, and basically ready to go. If this is what you are looking for, then a RTR is the perfect way to get into the R/C hobby. However, the RTRs have their limitations and they are generally NOT meant for all out racing. The bad news with the RTR kits is that if you want to get serious in the hobby and want to race often, it will probably cost you more in the long run to convert your RTR to a full out factory optioned race vehicle.

The kit versions offer much more the car to customize and tailor to your individual needs. Be sure to get with our knowledgeable staff to get you all of the accessories to get your car going just like you are hoping for.

Also, feel free to pick the brain of your favorite factory racers. They are generally very nice people and are good enough at racing R/C cars to earn a living doing so. So ask them about the products they use and why they like them.

With that said, pick up the phone and give us a call, we’ll steer you in the right direction – and that’s a PCH promise. Have fun and we will see you at the track!

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