I’ve been in the hobby for a long time (over 20 years). As such, I got started in the hobby by building kits. I still enjoy building kits. Well, except for tie rods, shocks and differentials of any sort. Other than those steps, I enjoy putting a kit together. It’s fun, it’s relaxing and the end result is satisfying. I also know that I do a damn good job. As a racer, that’s important to me. I want my car to be perfect, and as a racer when RTRs first became available, I didn’t really give them much of a thought. None of the race vehicles I wanted were available as RTRs. RTRs weren’t even on my radar. But, then a fellow racer brought his new Traxxas E-Maxx to the track. I instantly wanted one when I saw it easily pull a wheelie and fly over the pipes at our track like they weren’t even there. I actually didn’t get one, however, because I thought as a RTR it must have been put together poorly. I was wrong. The shocks were filled properly, the slipper was adjusted and the bearings were all properly seated as well. That was a long time ago (I’ve since wised up and owned a few E-Maxx trucks) and RTRs have only gotten better. They also make the hobby better. They are great for the hobby because it makes it so much easier for people to get started. When I hear people say that everyone should get started with kits, I can’t help but think they are being short sighted. Will you know more about your RC car if you built it yourself? Sure, but that goes for everything. Using that logic, no one should be able to drive until they build a full-size car from a pile of parts or watch TV until they assemble a unit. Kits are great, but they aren’t for everyone. I still prefer to build my race vehicles, but I’ll take an RTR basher any day.
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