Yesterday was my sons 10th birthday and I decided to get him a real remote controlled vehicle. He's had many low cost ones from Toys-R-US and Target throughout the years and I felt it was time for a high end one.
I charged the battery a couple days ago so it would be ready to go on his birthday. He was very excited when he unwrapped it. We installed the battery and he took it out for a spin in the front yard and street. He actually took to it pretty well. Only a few roll overs and scrapes.
Today he wanted to take it to his school and have a little fun on the baseball and soccer fields. Se we picked up his brothers from his mothers house and walked to the school. About 100 feet from the field I powered the truck up and drove it full speed towards the grass. I neglected to check the steering trim, it shot right, I over corrected left, then over corrected right and hit the only pole anywhere in sight.
Yeah, I broke his truck. After talking with him last night about being responsible and careful with his new, expensive "toy", I'm the one that breaks it. Obviously he was a little upset, didn't quite get tears, but his eyes watered up. He wasn't upset so much that I broke his toy, but that I felt soooo bad that it happened and he felt bad for me. I promised that no matter what, it would be fixed today. And I kept my promise. $30 in parts from a local hobby shop and it was ready to roll again. Had to replace one "A" arm, one shock, the shock mount and a bracket on the steering bellcranks.
Now I need to save up for a second one so my son an I can race around together.
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