Originally Posted by ofnarcr4
How much are you planning to spend?
You could always get into real rc unless you already are. Then have fun with the project. I used to be into rc until about a year ago.
Building my own truck isnt real R/C? :P
I have a Duratrax Evader ST (electric stadium truck), and a Maximum ST (nitro stadium truck).
Electric is OK, but not fast enough, nitro is awesome but the engines rev too high with not enough horsepower. (Average nitro engine i think redlines around 24,000 rpm and has somewhere 1-2 hp) And nitro is friggan $22 a gallon and each tank runs the car for only 10 minutes. Plus nitro engines are really finicky having to tune them every time you run them. I also have an Airplane with a .40 in it, and a spare .61 OS four stroke for an airplane that needs bearings.
The gasoline engine maxes about 14,000 rpm, 3.5hp and 10-15 times the torque. Its like the diesel of R/C engines. The tank i have for the truck will run it about 1.5 hrs without fillup. It will be like the ultimate large scale 4x4.
I already have $290 invested in the engine, i can hopefully get the machining for free at my college (thats the really expensive part) the diffs and such i will steal from another R/C car and the transmission is my own design
I guess i should go check out lunken airport to find the good gas? Is that where you all get your racing gas for drag runs?