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If you have plans to purchase an RC car, the size is something you would probably want to know beforehand. In the world of RC cars, how large or small an RC car is is generally called scales. Many RC cars are modeled after full-size cars just as RC boats, trucks, and planes are modeled after their corresponding full-size vehicles.
The sizes of RC cars are mainly dependent on which scale size vehicle you are looking at. The larger the scale (⅕, 1/10, etc.) the larger the RC vehicle will be. RC cars are scaled after the original cars so a ⅕ scale monster truck will be larger than a ⅕ scale Nissan GTR.
Now, scales refer to the size of an RC car’s model when compared to the size of the actual car of the same model, which the RC is modeled after. If, for instance, an RC car is 1/10th (or 1:10 in the ratio), the scale of the actual car is modeled after; each measurement of the RC will be 10 times smaller than the actual car.
RC cars generally come in different sizes, depending on the model. In the rest of this article we will talk some more about RC scales as well as some things to consider when looking at different sized cars.
Different scales of RC cars
You’re soon going to find out after you come into the world of RC cars, that they come in many different scales such as 1:6, 1:8, 1:10, 1:12, the most common size is normally 1:8 scale. This can also be read as 1/8.
Mini RCs come in a lot of smaller scales, most typically 1:28 and 1:64. Generally, the higher the ratio of an RC car, the smaller the size and the lower the ratio, the bigger the car. You should also know that since the scale of a particular RC car is in comparison to its full-size version, two RC cars of the same scale may be a lot different from each other. What this means is that since a full-size army tank is a lot bigger than a full-size sports car, a 1:8 army tank will be bigger than a 1:8 sports car.
These scale model RCs are not only smaller versions of the full-size vehicle but are also often exact replicas of both the style and painting of the full-size version.
Choosing a scale size
Choosing an RC car scale size would typically depend on what you want to do with your car. Plus, how mild or dangerous are the activities you want to carry out with the car?
There are many activities you can do with your RC car for fun. The size of the RC car you choose will largely depend on what kinds of activities you plan to do with the car. So, before you actually pick an RC car, consider what activities exactly you plan on doing with it.
Are you looking to go rock crawling with your car or, do you want to race it against other cars on the street? Generally, bigger cars have bigger tires and are more powerful. If you want to race on tougher terrains, therefore, a bigger RC is a better choice. Larger RC cars typically have the capacity to withstand more challenging activities as well as more difficult terrains.
All things being equal, a 1:8 or 1:10 scale model will very likely serve you well for a variety of different purposes. However, if you aren’t sure exactly what you will be doing then it is a good idea to chat with some people in your local RC club or at your local hobby shop to see which sizes they like the best.
To see some side by side comparisons of RC car scales check out the video below.