Hobby-Grade Radio Control Models

There are several types of radio control models. If you want to get involved in this hobby, you have to understand the different models that you can use.

About Hobby-grade radio control models

The hobby-grade R/C cars are different from the toy-grade ones. The ones bought for hobbies are those that you can improve. You will not just buy it so you can play or race with it. Of course, you will play and race with it. However, the main reason why you want to buy a hobby-grade R/C car is so you can disassemble it. Why would you want to disassemble it? So you can improve it! You will alter it so it runs faster and more efficiently.

In the past, you can only buy kit cars so you can assemble them yourself. However, some manufacturers have released “ready-to-run” (RTR) models that will make it easier for beginners. Sometimes, people want to own R/C cars but are intimidated by the fact that they would have to build the car themselves. The RTR models make it easier for them to start. They can study the ready-made vehicles to get a better understanding of how it runs. Manufacturers have upgrades available so it is easier for you to improve the vehicle.

What are the different radio control models?

Before you buy hobby-grade radio control models, you need to understand the different types first. There are three basic types – most of which are defined by what powers the vehicles.


This type of model has an electric motor that is powered by either electronic or mechanical speed control units. The controller has a transmitter that dictates the power that the throttle will release to the motor. That means the more the trigger is pulled, the more power is given to the motor and the faster the car will go. The electric radio control models usually control the voltage that is pulsed through the transistors – enabling the car to have smoother transitions and a more efficient run.


This model is powered by nitromethane using a single servo to control the throttle and brakes. When the servo rotates in one direction, this causes the carburetor throttle to open. This provides more air and fuel mix to go into the internal combustion engine. When the servo rotates the other way, it will cause the torque to be applied to the cam and linkage. This will cause enough friction with the brakes – which is usually found on the spur gear or driveshaft. There are some R/C models that have another servo used to control the transmission box. This is what enables an R/C car to drive in reverse. In general, this is more expensive to maintain compared to their electric counterparts.


The last option is a gas powered R/C car. Sometimes, these are called “gassers” or “fuelies”. They are more expensive than the previous two radio control models. They are also bigger. They are known to be less expensive than nitro-powered cars – because the engine is cheaper and it does not consume as much fuel to run. It also has a very long lifespan compared to the other models.

All the hobby-grade radio control models can be improved and upgraded. Even if you buy the ready-to-run R/C cars, you can still purchase accessories and upgrade that will improve and make your vehicle run efficiently. Of course, the upgrades and accessories will depend on the type of model that you will buy so make sure you do your research.