Discover here at Scientific MHD our large choice of gas powered remote control cars on 1/10 and 1/8 scale.
How do you choose and look after a gas powered RC car?
It's easy to feel lost between one model and another. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, you will find something to suit your needs. The number of gas powered remote control car models is impressive. To find your way around, look at their performance, functions, as well as the dimensions to establish a short list. In the world of model making, we often speak of scale. Taking 1/8th or 1/10th scale as an example, this means that the remote control car will be 8 or 10 times smaller than the original model. The size of your remote control car will depend on the ground you intend to race on. The larger the area, the larger the scale.
Make a point of defining the chassis. There are two main types called On-Road and Off-Road. On-road cars are intended for track use only and therefore are smaller, similar to real cars, Formula 1 or WRC cars. Most of Off-Roads models are equipped with four-wheel drive for all terrains. It is therefore important to know which tracks you are going to use with your gas powered remote control car.
How do you look after your remote control car?
If there is one thing to remember, it is that your remote control car should be cleaned as regularly as possible to maintain a high level of performance and to prolong its lifespan. We recommend cleaning it after each use. This is especially important with a combustion engine car, as the engine parts are like those found in an actual car. Your model car's engine is nothing less than a scaled-down replica, with an identical combustion process after mixing gas and air. This generates pressure from the engine's cylinder, which is projected onto the piston that drives the wheels via a transmission system. The engine of your remote control car is therefore equipped with a cylinder head, a crankcase cap, a piston or a sleeve and a carburettor. These are all parts that need to be checked.
Disassemble. Check. Clean. Reassemble. To do this, get a small air compressor with a small nozzle to spray and lift dust and other residues that might clog the hardest-to-reach parts and areas. Compressors can be found on the Scientific MHD website in the Tools category. If you don't have a compressor, use a toothbrush or soft bristle cleaning brush and soft cloths. Make sure you have the right tools for dissembling the car. These tools can also be found on our website. Pay particular attention to the disassembly and reassembly of your gas powered remote control car, especially to the (moderate) tightening of the screws and their lubrication with a threadlocker. For the rest, don't forget to use suitable maintenance products such as a degreaser or loosening agent or even a lubricant on the bearings if they are not sealed to keep dust away.
To begin using your radio-controlled car, there are kits that include a spark plug heater and charger, a screwdriver and Allen key, and sometimes a gas filler. You can find all the items you need on our website within a kit or sold separately. Even if the gas powered radio-controlled car is a little more demanding to build than an electric radio-controlled car, how authentic it is to a proper car is an advantage. With a gas tank, you can fill up before it's completely empty and carry on, whereas with a battery powered RC car you must wait for the battery to recharge.