I love the RC hobby, but there are certain things that just make me shake my head! I jotted these down in no particular order, but I think many hobbyists have the same gripes. Here it goes, the top 10 things I hate about the RC hobby.
1 Non-standardized parts
Why do we have 3 differently splined servo horns (23t, 24t and 25t)? Why are there 20 types of battery connectors (Deans, TRX, XT60, XT90, EC3, EC5, Castle, etc)? Why are there many types of gear pitch and variations of some of the popular ones (64p, 48p, 32p, .5MOD, 1MOD, .8MOD, etc)? CST rating vs weight of oil (550CST vs 45wt) Standard hardware vs Metric Hardware. The list goes on. Gathering more people into our hobby will only be easier if the manufacturers could decide on a couple of standardizations. To read more about standardizations click here.
2 Building Turnbuckles
No matter how many specialized tools come out to make it easy, it’s always a chore to build from scratch turnbuckles for KIT RC’s. Greasing or using Chapstick can help to lay the initial threads, but it always takes a toll on the builder’s fingers building these turnbuckles. Smaller, larger, they’re all difficult.
3 Rebuilding Differentials
Definitely not my favorite task. It’s messy, and depending on your RC, can contain a high number of parts and some of the smallest parts including shims, guides, o-rings, etc. – all of which need to be checked for wear and cleaned from black sludge.
4 Cutting out Lexan Bodies
The initial trim of a Lexan body can be nerve-wrecking trying to follow the suggested line and not puncture your forearm with the blade. No matter how “pre-trimmed” bodies come, there’s always trimming that needs to be done to get that perfect fit. Then there’s adding the body mount holes, which can make or break a perfectly painted body.
5 The first drive
You just spent countless hours building that masterpiece RC. Whether it’s just a kit that you laid fresh paint on and brand new electronics in, or that one off custom build that has more money in it than your first 1:1 car (kids won’t understand…). The first time you pull the trigger and really run that RC can be torture, especially considering you’ve never driven it and don’t know whether it will donkey kick on the first jump and crush that perfect body. RTR owners won’t understand either.
6 That missing part
It’s 1am and you’re in the RC groove of building or repairing your RC. This scenario can go one of two ways: 1. Brand new kit and you’re cursing the QC guy as a crucial piece is missing from bag “E”. 2. You know you had that part and can no longer locate it. You spend the better part of an hour trying to locate that “E” clip or flanged nut to complete the build.
7 RC and Social Media
Yes, many RC enthusiasts have been known to “not play nice with others”. This runs wild on social media including FaceBook, YouTube and Instagram and others. Whether it be brand loyalists, popular opinions or just blatant egos, Social Media is a cesspool sometimes filled with keyboard warriors hiding behind some platform’s anonymity using screen names like “RCgodUallSuck” Trolls will be trolls and try to bring down others that are positive or finding joy in a hobby.
8 That one part you can’t buy even for $1,000,000
On many of my builds, it comes down to waiting for that one part to complete a project. Take my SCX10ii build that waited the better part of 4 months for Bomber Interior. Or my Losi Rock Rey that is still in need of differential bevel and pinion gears as mine are ground down and re-shimmed! Sometimes manufacturers poorly plan or have major catastrophes that happen a half-world away. Either way it ruins some hobbyists experience or outcome of their project.
9 Over-Powered RC’s
I think Jang from Ultimate RC once had a rule to NOT ask him to put a Mamba Monster in it under his video description FAQ’s. Some RC’s are only able to do so much speed or control so much power. Probably the most violated RC is the Traxxas Slash 4×4 – It’s a plastic tubed chassis with a large parachute body – it’s does not need 6s Lipo power and an 1/8th scale Truggy motor to operate.
Why are a set of aluminum wheels (2 in this case) $100 and don’t include all the parts necessary? The first aftermarket wheels I bought for my ’67 Mustang were $38 each! I had to go steel, because the aluminum Enkei wheels were just as bad as the RC wheels of today! Why are “RC” items twice as much as the mainstream items? Think thread lock, tire glue, double sided tape, solder, etc. Just like 1:1, why are kits and RTR’s one price, but the parts all tallied up equal 4 times the cost of the RTR or KIT? Does a plastic bulkhead really cost $10? Are six 2.5mmx10mm screws really $5?
That’s just my top 10 hated items in RC. I think we have a lot to be positive about, and some of these things fixed will make it even better. Is there something I left out? Do you have something that just irritates you about RC? Comment below!