My daughter did this the other day:
That was enough confirmation for me that at a year and 8 months old, she should have her own RC... she touched my rally, so shes ready for her own. Only a guy could think that way and my wife DOES think im crazy.
But which RC was right for her. Its winter so I want her to be able to play with it in the house for a while. So it had to be small. At first I was thinking 1/16 slash or rally... but they physically take up a bit more space than the revo/summit and look much bigger at a glance. So I hit the web and found a Mini Revo for $180 and the Mini digger for $140. I understand the digger is only 2X4, but it comes with the backpack and i like the bigger tires. Theyll do less damage when they run into the walls.
So I bought the digger. Cost me $155 taxes and shipping included. That was yesterday.
The idea is that ill take the radio and motor out and let her play with it like a toy car for a while until she gets used to it. Then ill do every mod I can think of to make it slow (flip trans, training mode, gear down) and let her run the steering or something while I control the throttle. (im considering trying a dual RX setup for this. Not sure yet). Then when she starts to "get it"... and when she can actually hold the controller, ill let her loose. Hopefully by next summer she'll be driving on her own.
To help with all this Im going to install a spare TQi I have here. Its lighter and smaller than the AM radio and the lack of antenna is a bonus. I think the digger body will scare her so I bought one of the hummer bodies from the toyz that im going to paint up in her favourite colors. I also bought summit bumpers... theyll look better with the body than the green digger bumpers will. Im also on the hunt for an XL5 with LVD to upgrade from the XL2.5. I have one remaining 2S SPC lipo I could use in this thing and ive done XL5 conversions on the 1/16 vehicles before. It fits excellent. The final piece of the puzzle will be picking up an Electrifly S-600 motor for it. Then ill sell off the digger body, bumpers, ESC and motor. Whew... busy 2 days.
Finally, I couldnt help myself. I bought all the parts to convert to 4X4. Cost me exactly $40 shipping included for the parts. Not bad overall. It basically means the 4X4 digger cost the same as the 4X4 brushed revo would have.
Anyway, ill post up pics when it arrives. I think Cali will be pretty stoked about it.