« Medieval Knight Dragon Battle Carved Chess Game Set GEM-inside 100 Pcs Black 8mm Crystal Rondelle Spacer Bead Gold Silver Plated For Jewellry Making » 3 thoughts on “Maisto R/C Rock Crawler Radio Control Vehicle (Colors May Vary)” 175 of 180 people found the following review helpful Much more than meets the eye., February 12, 2013 By T. Fritts – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Maisto R/C Rock Crawler Radio Control Vehicle (Colors May Vary) (Toy) Let’s start off by saying that this is not a $250 Hobby grade RC, it’s a toy. But it is also a lot more than ‘just’ a toy. for one, I haven’t seen many toys that had a fully articulated multi-link suspension, with roughly an inch and a half of travel (that’s the body sitting flat. If you lift one tire, you’ll notice that you can lift it 3 and a half inches before it lifts another tire.) From a mechanical side, it’s a very clevery built starter to test interest in hobby RC; if this truck is fun, then a hobby grade RC will thrill. And, this truck has a lot going for it to make an excellent starter truck for budget minded individuals. Another great benefit of this truck is that it IS highly articulate. Many toy RC trucks with ‘suspension’ are for looks, but this truck has shocks with coilovers, and they DO work when you put the truck in a bind. They suspension linkages and shocks aren’t cosmetic, they’re fully functional. It is slow, but if you look at the real world crawlers, speed isn’t the end goal; torque is, and this truck is surprisingly torquey to be powered by six AA batteries. It’s not a wall climber, but it will climb up rocks as tall as it is, and sometimes taller depending upon the approach side of the rock. It’s capable considering the cost, and it’s also very sturdy. Just this morning I had a little testing session, and I can’t tell you the number of times I jarred the bottom casing off of rocks and while the crunch sound was unnerving, the bottom side of the truck is still in good shape. Yes, the rocks have dinged it up in places, but that’s part of the brilliance; it’s less than $50 shipped, so a ding isn’t the end of the world. Do people who spend $500 feel the same way? Maybe, maybe not. This truck is not without fault. For one, the steering is dodgy. One time when you turn the wheels, it’ll turn some, the next time it’ll turn much more. Considering that 99% of the design is towards moving the truck over obstacles and not something like figure 8s, it’s not a big deal. The turning circle is pretty large, but if the wheels turned very sharply, I’m betting they’d shear off the truck a lot easier when you bounce it off a rock at a funny angle. The controller I do not like at all. It’s a pistol grip style, and no pistol grip controller has ever satisfied me. A personal different, but not a big one. I’d prefer two toggles in a hand held controller, but we don’t always get what we prefer. If the choice is a lesser truck with a controller I like, or this truck with a controller I don’t like, I’d pick this one. Liking or disliking RC often confuses because people use the vehicles for purposes that they weren’t designed for. This is a crawler, not a racer or a trophy truck. It’s meant to go up and down rocky terrain, not go 99 MPH and turn like an F-16. With that in mind, this truck is a good one. The tires have some grip, the body is positioned so it does look weird, but the body isn’t bouncing off of obstacles, and the gearing is there in spades. For mine, it’s destined to be modded towards hobby grade. The truck is literally that good, and I’ve driven some pretty costly hobby RC crawlers to compare it to. Rather than go the conventional method to Hobby grade and throw money at the hobby, I’m going to make this one a long term build for me. Being able to build a competitive hobby crawler on a $40 base, and effortlessly shove it up a trail that $500 machines struggle with, that’s what it’s about! First up is a heavy dose of protective copper cladding underneath to keep those rocks from cracking the gear housings. 😉 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (2) Reply 333 of 349 people found the following review helpful This is exactly what I wanted!, August 18, 2010 By John D. Jayroe (Cook Springs, AL USA) – This review is from: Maisto R/C Rock Crawler Radio Control Vehicle (Colors May Vary) (Toy) To correct the description, it actually needs 6 AA batteries. I wanted an inexpensive off road R/C vehicle that didn’t cost much over $100. I’m not planning on racing, just something for the yard and driveway. Well, this fit the bill perfectly. It will crawl over grass, sidewalks, sand, small animals, almost anything that gets in it’s way. It does exactly what you think those cheap R/C trucks SHOULD do but don’t. I drove it in the rain and through shallow water and it did great. The only downside so far is the whine of the motors but it probably geared to heck to do all that it does. I paid less for it at Wally World so shop around. + two motors+ true four wheel drive+ AA batteries (not some battery pack that is hard to find)+ good value for the money+ good tires and suspension – motor/gear whine 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (4) Reply 154 of 164 people found the following review helpful Great in snow!, January 12, 2011 By Kris10 – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Maisto R/C Rock Crawler Radio Control Vehicle (Colors May Vary) (Toy) My 9 year old son got this for Christmas and he was happy with it. He makes up indoor obstacle courses with legos, books, rocks and other things to drive over. It pretty much went over everything no problem. The wheels are great! They’re not the plastic ones that have no traction that gets the car stuck with the wheels spinning & spinning. These wheels are bouncy and have great traction for climbing over things. My son takes it out into the snow (although it’s probably not recommended for wet snow) but it works all the same. The independent suspension is amazing! All 4 wheels bend independently, hense making “4 wheeling” easier. It requires 6 AA batteries and a 9 volt battery for the remote. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.