I'm sure you've seen this kind of plea before. The title pretty much says it all.
I'm hoping someone will be kind enough to help me.
My son will be 17 on the 23rd of December and has been asking for a nitro/gas car and a decent H.O. train set for years. Aside from driver's ed to help him get his real CA driver's license, this year, they are the only two items on his Christmas/Birthday wish list.
He has been an RC car, plane, helicopter, boat, and train enthusiast since he was a toddler and is skilled at RC car driving, drifting, etc. He's been through a load of RC vehicles., battle bots, and the like.
He's a great kid and I want to get him something on sale today (Cyber Monday) at a reasonable price so that I don't end up giving him something cheaply built or lame. If I could buy a durable vehicle for a skilled driver who is new to nitro for half price or 40% off, I could actually get him something nice. I'd need to keep my total
cost below $250.00. I can buy two at $150.00 each. I know it sounds like a tall order but anything is possible.
I need to know where to go and what to do to set him up with a gift he'll be happy with on his birthday and or Christmas. If the price is right, I may be able to purchse 2 different vehicles.
Here are the specs:
Needs to be durable
No minis - approx 12 (or so) inches long *What size should I be looking for?
RTR or nearly RTR
Reasonable ground clearance (wants to drive on the street and off road)
Some sort of fender, bar, or front end protection for car
Not thrilled with monster trucks but doen't mind off-road trucks
Prefers race type cars or stunt cars, buggys are okay - sporty
Easy to repair or replace parts
Decent run time and battery
Battery charger that won't ruin battery
advanced controls (if possible)
There are so many choices and I haven't the luxury of blowing money. We are a one income family living in costly Southern California. Any and all suggestions, tips, leads and insights are gratefully accepted.
Thank you so much for taking the time to consider my request.
Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the upcoming holidays.
Have a Bountiful Day,