It is very easy to get involved in the hobby of radio controlled cars. If you enjoyed driving toy RC cars when you were young, you will definitely have fun when it comes to learning how to build your own RC car. Following are a few simple tips to help you get started on this fun-filled, yet addictive, hobby.

Different Types of RC Cars

There is a wide range of RC cars to choose from when it comes to deciding on which model to build. These cars can be trucks, road buggies, race cars, regular cars, monster trucks and street trucks among many others. But there are two main distinguishing forms of RC cars. There are the toy style varieties that are commonly available at toy stores and electronic shops and then there are the kit varieties sold mainly at hobby stores. If you want to build your own RC car you must decide between these two options.

Electric Cars vs. Nitro Cars

When deciding on how to build your own RC car, you must also determine the type that you are looking to build. Let us compare the two main types; electric and nitro cars. Electric cars are much cheaper to build and maintain than nitro cars. In addition, they also run quieter and cost less than building a nitro car.

In contrast, nitro cars usually produce lots of noise and smoke, which is an effect that many enthusiasts love. It is also easy to refuel and can handle more load compared to an electric radio controlled car. Ultimately, it all comes down to your tastes and preferences when it comes to building your own RC car. However, if you are not a fan of the loud noises or the smoke that nitro cars are known for you might consider an electric car.

Buying a Kit Car is a wise choice 

When it comes to the building of your own RC car the best option for beginners is to opt for the kit type cars. A simple distinguishing tip that is useful is that toy cars are usually advertised as being “remote-controlled” while enthusiasts refer to their kit type cars as simply “radio control.” THis also has the advantage of making you sound like you know what you are talking about when speaking with others in the RC industry.

The main advantage of choosing a kit car over a toy car is the fact that they are faster and more durable. Even though they often will cost a bit more than toy cars, RC cars are easily repairable if it develops problems while it is in use. However, the same cannot be said of toy cars. It is also worth noting that it is also possible to upgrade a kit car as you build your own RC car. This will make the RC car stronger, more adjustable, faster, and more durable or simply enhance its overall looks. You basically have more customization options with kit cars than you do with the simple toy cars.


preparing to build your own RC car



Photo by shoesfullofdust

Photo by shoesfullofdust

Follow All the Instructions Carefully

Since you are building from a ready-made kit, which comes with instructions, you should first read the manual carefully to check each detail and ensure that you have all the necessary pieces. While many of us find it more fun to just wing it and hope we get it correct, it is not like building a cabinet and you might need that extra screw. Read the instructions.Spending some time ensuring that you have all necessary parts will save you time during the assembly as there is no need to redo anything.

 Prepare the Workspace

The next step is to create a workspace where you will build your own RC car. Simply place a light material or towel below your workspace to allow you to clearly see all the different parts in the kit. The material will also help in absorbing any spills.

 Avoid Rushing

Give yourself enough time to build your own RC car. Never rush since you may end up making mistakes when connecting the various parts.The racing part comes after you build the car – take your time.

Use the Right Tools

Make sure that you have all the necessary screwdrivers, pliers, and other essential tools in your toolkit. This way you will do a more professional job, and the final car will look much better. Additionally, always use safety goggles and wear clothes that you would not mind getting stained or torn.

Build Your Dream Car

Finally, if you are to successfully build your own RC car, then you must ensure that you build the type of car that you would love operating. You must be enthusiastic about the whole assembly process as it will translate into commitment and much better results.


Even though it may sound a bit complex, it is very easy to quickly build your own RC car provided you have the correct tools and assembled the materials correctly. The advantage of building an RC car from a kit is the fact that you can easily assemble your car in a short time. Again, you should decide before you build the car whether to design your car which uses a nitro power source or an electric battery.

Finally, if you are to successfully build your own RC car, you must make sure that it is a car which you will enjoy operating. You can even sign up for a race. It will give you the chance to show off your creation to fellow RC enthusiasts Now go get your tools out and get started on building your own RC car process as described above.