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    44 years old, got into the hobby as a result of a gift for my son when he earned his Black Belt in September, 2010.
    Since then, my wife has gotten the bug so we have 3 Rusty's and I also have a mini-Losi that I won in a raffle at a car show, and my wife bought herself an e-10 for goofing off.
    I also recruited my best friend into it, he bought an e-Revo. I hear if I recruit one more person I will get a free toaster. (The older members here will get the joke)

    As for money - I have no clue, but I know it's a lot. Worth every penny though.
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    I'm 15 Christmas will be 2 years one stampede 2x4 money- all parent money

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    I'm 39. I've been doing this since I got my first grasshopper at 11. Over the years I have bought , sold and traded 1000's of cars and trucks. Any given month 15-20 cars flow through my house. Some are impulse buys. Others are bought to repair and sell. In all of this I'm constantly looking for those special models to add to the permanent collection.

    I can't begin to imagine the money spent. If I had to ball park it I'd say somewhere around $100-120k. Keep in mind that buying and selling cars has paid for 90% of this.

    I couldn't do it otherwise.

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    Advice from a 17 year old kid, I pay for EVERYTHING RC related(even down to the WD-40). I wish I started working sooner.... My family is well off(IMO) but they DO NOT like RC at all, we have a boat, 2 houses, 4 dirtbikes, 2012 M3, and GL550(AMG Model) and I pay for my phone bill, it's not that I have a problem paying for my stuff but its the other things that agitate me such as when I do something around the house that's labor intensive(cleaning a 31" boat) for hours in the Texas heat I don't get a thank you. Anyways, choose wisely, bargain shop but don't cheap out. In other words get a job as fast as you can, yes even if it's next to minimum wage. You have to start somewhere, even the local Kroger or Mom and pop store. My advice on selling RC things, I won't do it anymore... I don't like to loose money but sometimes just things need to go. Since I have started working (about 6 months) I have made roughly $1,500(only 20 hrs a week at the local Kroger), made $500 from selling a neighbors gas powered golfcart and I am about to hopefully make some serious dough from selling 4 dirtbikes of ours and a trailer! I don't know where you live but I am in a Water community so I help many of the wealthy neighbors clean there Yachts(I mean (I) CLEAN there yachts) but get paid usually around $75-225 for doing it. Cleaned a 42" yacht a few times and walked away with $250. I used to mow yards when I lived towards the non-marine community and cleaned up pretty good there to(I had a top of the line Deere too). I pressure wash, walk dogs, car sit, boat sit, and do a few other things for people too, it all adds up. I used to build computers and my god did that take some MAJOR cash! Pointless to build a $4k machine to gather dust... Wash cars, rake leaves, shovel snow, hang a picture for an old woman, paint a fence, help someone , it all adds up sooner or later. Spend it wisely, keep an emergency "cash stash". Don't worry, you should make it if you are not a slob! I pay for most of my clothes now days too, R-L for life!
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    ^^^^^ completely irrelevant.....
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    17. Been in the hobby for about 6 years, spent probably about 3-4k. Obviously all my own money.
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    I'm 57 yrs. old and have been an RC fan for years[late sixties] but really got heavily involved in 2006 when I bought out an on-line friend's collection in 2006. Between my wife, daughter and myself, we have over thirty assorted RCs. Wife has five, daughter has two and the rest are mine all mine,lol.

    As for putting a dollar value on how much I've spent since 2006, I'd rather not, since my wife would start removing my body parts if she ever finds out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LocatedGecko7 View Post
    ^^^^^ completely irrelevant.....
    Just saying start working wen your young if you don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanator View Post
    Just saying start working wen your young if you don't.
    Have you been to the Track in Alvin? I went there this past weekend with SLW-SVT. If you are up to it maybe we can all meet up one weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanator View Post
    Advice from a 17 year old kid, I pay for EVERYTHING RC related(even down to the WD-40). I wish I started working sooner.... My family is well off(IMO) but they DO NOT like RC at all, we have a boat, 2 houses, 4 dirtbikes, 2012 M3, and GL550(AMG Model) and I pay for my phone bill, it's not that I have a problem paying for my stuff but its the other things that agitate me such as when I do something around the house that's labor intensive(cleaning a 31" boat) for hours in the Texas heat I don't get a thank you. Anyways, choose wisely, bargain shop but don't cheap out. In other words get a job as fast as you can, yes even if it's next to minimum wage. You have to start somewhere, even the local Kroger or Mom and pop store. My advice on selling RC things, I won't do it anymore... I don't like to loose money but sometimes just things need to go. Since I have started working (about 6 months) I have made roughly $1,500(only 20 hrs a week at the local Kroger), made $500 from selling a neighbors gas powered golfcart and I am about to hopefully make some serious dough from selling 4 dirtbikes of ours and a trailer! I don't know where you live but I am in a Water community so I help many of the wealthy neighbors clean there Yachts(I mean (I) CLEAN there yachts) but get paid usually around $75-225 for doing it. Cleaned a 42" yacht a few times and walked away with $250. I used to mow yards when I lived towards the non-marine community and cleaned up pretty good there to(I had a top of the line Deere too). I pressure wash, walk dogs, car sit, boat sit, and do a few other things for people too, it all adds up. I used to build computers and my god did that take some MAJOR cash! Pointless to build a $4k machine to gather dust... Wash cars, rake leaves, shovel snow, hang a picture for an old woman, paint a fence, help someone , it all adds up sooner or later. Spend it wisely, keep an emergency "cash stash". Don't worry, you should make it if you are not a slob! I pay for most of my clothes now days too, R-L for life!
    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanator View Post
    Just saying start working wen your young if you don't.
    Perhaps you should invest your money (or would that be your parent's money?) into a few English and grammar classes.
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    I've been in the RC hobby in 2 segments. When I was 20 for 2 yrs and now, which was 10 yrs ago. I'm 49 and holding.

    Money? It's spent when the bills are paid, if things are good then more fun money, when things are not so great things will wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMDRACER View Post
    Perhaps you should invest your money (or would that be your parent's money?) into a few English and grammar classes.
    It's a forum buddy, I don't care much. I am about the only kid left that spells out words correctly in texting. I am going to be out of the house after 18 so it would be my money that I would spend. Funny I have a 92 in English 4 so I aint' that durn wurried bout this here 4um... I could sit there and just "chop" on people too, guess I would rather use my Rc boats/cars. Not "chopping" on you either for your grammar post. If someone spells some word wrong on here they tend to be out of the States or don't care. I like that location to that is listed under your name!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PMDRACER View Post
    Perhaps you should invest your money (or would that be your parent's money?) into a few English and grammar classes.
    Don't you mean, "your parents' money"?
    What is required here is enough basic punctuation, spelling, and grammar to get ideas across to other members without making the exchange tortuous for either party. Unless you care to pit your language skills against mine, I suggest you do not revisit this subject.
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    I am 14 I started the hobby in 2009. Between my Spartan, Villan EX, and E-Maxx I have spent roughly $2500. It is nice knowing that my addiction is shared.
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    I turned 33 today. Got into the hobby when I was about 8 with my dad, only lasted a few years. Back then electric wasn't much fun and nitro was complicated and not reliable. Got back in about 6 years ago and dabbled a bit with some nitro stuff that always failed to impress me. Picked up a Stampede XL5 on a whim about 4 years ago and was just totally hooked.

    Ive owned well over 100 cars/trucks/boats/planes/heli's etc. I spend alot of time buying and selling to make a bit of extra $$ to help fund the hobby. If I had to tally up what I've spent in total over the past 4 years alone there would be at least 5 digits and id guess the first number would be at least a 5… but I recovered much of that with smart buying and selling. On the other hand, I've lost HUGE amounts of money on vehicles and upgrades I just HAD to have, then no longer wanted. Lol.

    My first few RC's WAY back in the day were either paid for, or subsidized by my dad. Since getting back in, everything has been paid for by me, obviously… and VISA…

    Im currently down to my lowest vehicle count in a long time. 3 runners, 3 vintage shelfers, one untouched limited edition, 3 heli's one quad and a boat. Just ordered a Walkera X350 with FPV set-up to see if it will work for my business (TV shows).
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    Quote Originally Posted by pavmentsurfer View Post
    I turned 33 today. Got into the hobby when I was about 8 with my dad, only lasted a few years. Back then electric wasn't much fun and nitro was complicated and not reliable. Got back in about 6 years ago and dabbled a bit with some nitro stuff that always failed to impress me. Picked up a Stampede XL5 on a whim about 4 years ago and was just totally hooked.

    Ive owned well over 100 cars/trucks/boats/planes/heli's etc. I spend alot of time buying and selling to make a bit of extra $$ to help fund the hobby. If I had to tally up what I've spent in total over the past 4 years alone there would be at least 5 digits and id guess the first number would be at least a 5… but I recovered much of that with smart buying and selling. On the other hand, I've lost HUGE amounts of money on vehicles and upgrades I just HAD to have, then no longer wanted. Lol.

    My first few RC's WAY back in the day were either paid for, or subsidized by my dad. Since getting back in, everything has been paid for by me, obviously… and VISA…

    Im currently down to my lowest vehicle count in a long time. 3 runners, 3 vintage shelfers, one untouched limited edition, 3 heli's one quad and a boat. Just ordered a Walkera X350 with FPV set-up to see if it will work for my business (TV shows).
    First of all Happy Birthday!! My situation is kind of like yours except I'm a good bit older and my Visa stays away from my r/c purchases. I have a deal with the wife about these cars. I can get a new one only under two conditions. I sell one first or I sell something to fund the new purchase. It works pretty well except for when a deal fall in my lap. In that case the wife doesn't always know what I do. I to am down to the lowest vehicle count I've had in a long time. I only have one shelf queen at the moment (Never run HPI RS4 Sport 2) all the rest are runners to some extent.
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    Bump, biggest thread possible, we can definatly make it, good subject!!!!!
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    Originally got into the hobby in the late 70's paid over $400 for a Tamiya(I think!) Porsche 934 and another $200 for a 2ch radio(sticks, no steering wheel) I used my own money against my parents wishes, but in the end I got a lot of entertainment from that car (mostly fixing--little actual driving) The car was put away until my older sister's bf saw it and tinkered with it, then we saw an ad in an RC Flyer magazine for the now famous Rough Rider and Sand Scorcher!! We bought one of each and they were amazing! Fully waterproof, locked diff,real suspension, good motor(for the time) but we rarely had both running, living 800km north of Toronto, supplies were hard to get.

    Now I'm in my 40's and after buying a couple of Radio Shack buggies in the 90's that were actually pretty fast--taking 8 AA batts-- had fun playing "tag" with them until they died. I saw youtube videos for Traxxas products and after reading about brushless motors and LiPo batts, I bought a new MERV and a used Slash 4x4 in the spring of 2013 and they are amazing!

    I work full time and am debt free so I have disposable income for RC's and have spent $1000+ (more like $2000 lol) since march

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiggerPede View Post
    Have you been to the Track in Alvin? I went there this past weekend with SLW-SVT. If you are up to it maybe we can all meet up one weekend.
    I have been there, used to live near there on Cemetery road(back towards I-45) for a while. I have never brought my rc's there but I have ridden are dirtbikes on the bike track there. It's not a bad track at all! Maybe we could meet if I still had a land based RC....I am down to a Spartan and Villain EX... Hopefully new Slash 4x4 Ultimate in January! I remember that it used to be called Skeeters a few years back, I have no idea what the name is now...
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    16- been in hobby for around 2 years.

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    spent probably 2,500. all my own. But i recently bought a big 4x4 lifted dodge ram cummins diesel truck so i have lowered my rc budget haha. can't afford it all. maybe i should get another job, lol still got to fit school in there.

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    I was at my friends house saturday and we had a quick discussion about money spent on this hobby. For our saturday night racing, we really try and keep it as cheap as possible as far as the vehicles go. Electronics are another story, but they don't tend to get too damaged from the crashes. We all have two sides to r/c at this group I go to. We have our racers and then we have our show runners or shelf queens. I prefer to run mine, but my friend prefers to shelf his. At last count he had well over 100 show cars and I can't even begin to count the runners. Its a true addiction further spurred on by his wife who is just as bad as he is. He was just talking about another purchase, I don't even remember what kind of vehicle it was, but it was sitting along side all the others.. I will never ask him what he has invested in the collection which includes just about everything made as well as boats and airplanes, but I would venture to guess well into 6 figures at this point. If you count the cases of spare parts for just about every car made, it gets interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanator View Post
    I have been there, used to live near there on Cemetery road(back towards I-45) for a while. I have never brought my rc's there but I have ridden are dirtbikes on the bike track there. It's not a bad track at all! Maybe we could meet if I still had a land based RC....I am down to a Spartan and Villain EX... Hopefully new Slash 4x4 Ultimate in January! I remember that it used to be called Skeeters a few years back, I have no idea what the name is now...
    Do you still have your Villan? I thought you sold it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerDemon View Post
    Do you still have your Villan? I thought you sold it.
    Yep, I still got it! It's hiding in storage from the parents. I had to "sell" it to a buddy and hid in the storage unit. I don't want to get caught with it so i would rather sell it... It's in the market place at the moment.
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    Anybody else wanna share?
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    Sure!

    I'm 17 years old been in the hobby about 3 years. I was really into it at first but then for a while I kinda drifted from rc and now for the last few months I've really gotten back into it.

    I've spent around $1500 of my own hard earned money on my slash 4x4. Only truck I have..... For now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanator View Post
    Just saying start working wen your young if you don't.
    Once you start working you never stop . . .

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    Well I'm 46 years old and just got into this hobby in May of 2013. I've checked out rc cars/trucks from time to time but just never decided to spend the money on one. House projects and other toys always seemed to take up time and money until I came across this slash.
    I guess after having owned several Dodge Ram's I couldn't pass this one up. I bought this only because of the way it looked and had no idea of what I was getting into. I would imagine I've spent well over $1000 with all the mods etc... For me it's not about the money it's just fun!

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    @ Spartanator: Man that sucks the way your folks seriously disapprove the hobby, especially after mentioning all the other unnecessary for living stuff. I don't know what I'd do in your situation there so you must be tougher than I am.

    Anyway, 26 here (wish I was 18 again!), had lots of experience with the hobby but most of that dates back to toy grade cars from radio shack when I was a preteen. Bought my first 'serious' RC, Nitro Rustler, in 2010. After having it for a year, we were burglarized and it was stolen along with my Hobbico Avistar .46 airplane. Just in this year, I've managed to buy a Slayer Pro 4x4, Rally, and ECX Torment. Haven't done any competition yet, but I've been out to a couple of local tracks to hang out and get familiar with the action. I don't think they have a class for 4x4 Nitro SCT or the Rally (whichever class it falls into), so if I start racing I'd be limited to the 2WD Torment. Money spent: Must be over $2000 at least...

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    I'm 17 years old and have been in the hobby for around 12 years. I started off using the cheap rc models from radio shack when I was five. I was introduced to traxxas rc trucks about five years ago. I worked for two summers cutting lawns around my neighborhood to save up for a rustler. I still remember the days when I bought the rustler; I felt proud of my work and rewarded. From there I have owned a slash, stampede 4x4, and an emaxx which I sold. I never wanted to add up the money I dumped into the hobby but I would estimate it around $3500, but hey, money is just money.
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    LOL at all these kids talking about "using their own hard-earned money". If you're justifying that so much, you probably didn't use your own money because you don't have a job! There is nothing wrong with your parents paying for your stuff if they can afford it!

    I'm 25, just bought a Nitro Rusty and freaking love it!

    Considering getting a slash or jato, but haven't played with my rusty enough to make that decision, and my wife doesn't want me blowing money on it when we're trying to buy a house.

    I'm also on the NW side of Houston about to move back to The Woodlands, but commute and work in Pasadena.



    I'll make this point again, kids, who cares if your parents buy your stuff for you??? I plan on getting my kids RC's, they just need to take care of them and not drive them into walls just to see them crash!

    Treat it with respect and no one will question you...act like a fool and they will call you out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcnewbie1234 View Post
    all parent money
    Lucky..... My dad just called it quits on helping me budget wise because he spent a whopping $100 on my truck
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    Quote Originally Posted by galowbraw View Post
    LOL at all these kids talking about "using their own hard-earned money". If you're justifying that so much, you probably didn't use your own money because you don't have a job! There is nothing wrong with your parents paying for your stuff if they can afford it!

    I'll make this point again, kids, who cares if your parents buy your stuff for you??? I plan on getting my kids RC's, they just need to take care of them and not drive them into walls just to see them crash!

    Treat it with respect and no one will question you...act like a fool and they will call you out.
    Im not against parents buying RC's for their kids. I think that's awesome. Wish my parents would have done it for me. They very easily could have. But the reason my parents didn't just buy it for me was so I would learn to respect it. Because if I didn't put a cent into my $1500 slash then why wouldn't I crash it into a wall just to see what happens? I wouldn't care if it weren't me paying to fix it. But since I have put every last penny into making my slash I now have the ought most respect for it. I hate to even see it get scratched.

    The only reason my parents made me work for months and months to earn the money to buy it myself is so I would have respect for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by galowbraw View Post
    Who cares who paid for it anyways?
    Trust me there are people out there that will give you a very hard time about it. I am working part time now so I will be paying for most of my truck. My parents have put about 25% of the money invested into my truck. People out there would say that you are "spoiled" just because your parents helped you out when you are lacking, which is common. Glad you support helping your children out if they respect you for it.
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    Yeah the only times I'm really helped out by my parents in regards to rc are during Christmas or my birthday and once when my dad told me he'd get me a lipo charger if I bought the lipo. Otherwise, I babysit, mow lawns, etc. Merry Christmas btw!


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    I turn 40 in a few days. This was my first "real" rc car.



    I think I was about 8 when I got it but don't remember for sure. I'm not even sure who made it, Monogram maybe.

    Anyway I loved RC as a kid until well into my 20's. The last kit I built was a Losi XX buggy with Hydradrive. It was state of the art back then. I still have that one too.

    I sort of fell out of it when I got married. Last year I started flying RC planes and indoor helis but missed working on the cars. So my son is now 7 and mature enough to start into RC with supervision. So I got him a Stampede XL-5 for Christmas and a Slash 4x4 for myself.

    Money spent overall? No clue. It ain't about the money.

    PS we're going to the LHS today so I'm sure I'll drop another few hundred, lol. I call it the Hundred Dollar store since I spend at least that every time I walk in the door.
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    I'm 13 got into the hobby Christmas last year with my p2de.

    My Fleet:

    Stampede VXL with some upgrades
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    Stock TMaxx 3.3
    Stock Telluride 4x4

    Mostly stock stuff, nothing too exiting but I probably have about 1300 put into the hobby being mostly my money. Lots of money goes into the TMaxx because of gas and lots and lots of spur gears...
    And we thought toy grade RC's where cool...

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    Im 38, Been in to RC since I was a kid. First car was a Tamiya Frog. Bought my first Traxxas when the Pede VXL was released. Since then I have acquired the following,
    Pede vxl converted to GD
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    Slash 4x4
    Nitro Rustler 3.3
    Modded N.Rustler AKA Slutsler 18tm
    All cars modded with RPM/STRC components where needed. Plus I have built a few cars for the kids in the neighborhood.
    Also have several other non traxxas models so I wont list.
    Money spent over the years? Your guess is as good as mine. But the list continues to grow.

  39. #79
    RC Qualifier
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    deep in the myan jungle..
    Posts
    330
    Who else wants to share!?!
    8 traxxas models and counting....

  40. #80
    RC Qualifier
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Trains and Lanes PA
    Posts
    275
    I'm 15. I have 2 trucks. And about 1 million in repairs. My parents are cheap and the best either of them did was pay for my slash online and I payed them right after. But I get it. My hobby, my money.
    If a RC never breaks, your doing it wrong

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