As challenging as modern life can be, the year 2020 was particularly hard for all of us as we found ourselves facing uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemics and lockdowns. Since we got to spend more time at home than ever before, many of us were scratching our heads in trying to come up with something interesting to do to keep ourselves busy. On top of it, we tried to make the most of it with our families once camping getaways weren’t an option.
Individuals with home hobbies like RC driving were among the lucky ones because they could pursue their passion indoors and still get an escape from the stressful situation, even if for a moment. The great news is this is the kind of activity we could all take part in – it’s pretty simple to get into it as a beginner. All you have to do is find the reliable and well-stocked hobby model shop and pick your vehicle out of a range of cars, trucks, tanks, planes and boats.
What’s so special about the RC hobby?
Out of a myriad of indoor hobbies with crafting, building, and baking, you might be wondering why make RC vehicles part of your life? You’d be surprised to know there are many reasons for it, and at the end of the day, you’d benefit greatly from making this choice.
Fun for the Whole Family
Let’s start with the fact that such a hobby knows no generational boundaries. You can have fun regardless of your age, which is why it’s perfect as the main activity a family can do to spend more quality time together.
Imagine the happiness a grandfather, father and son could share after completing a vehicle with a more intricate build they ordered together from a chosen RC shop. You might as well call it a hobby that grows with your child as there’s always something new and interesting to learn and do, unlike the fun they can have with ride-on cars that they can only use up until a certain age.
Don’t want to bother with assembling the bits and pieces, or find the process to be more complicated and stealing all the fun of it? That’s what you have the RTR (Ready-to-Run) RC cars for – just take them out of the boxes, check if all the screws and nuts are nicely tightened, and start racing!
It’s Never Boring
Even if you grow tired of a certain model of a car or any other vehicle, there’s no reason to worry since you’ve got plenty of other options to choose from at your favourite hobby model shop. If you grow out of the RTR phase and feel skilled enough to get your hands on some building and upgrading, you could pick from a variety of designs and have a blast with the different powering options – from petrol and nitro to electric. The more you get to know of the hobby, the more you can expect to learn.
Don’t be surprised if you end up with a great deal of knowledge when it comes to doing all the repairs as a result of the fun times spent racing and crashing. By this time, you’d have a tool box ready for all the fixing and you can expect to have just as much fun acquiring the needed tools, from screwdrivers, and pliers, to scissors, glow-plug wrenches, battery packs, chargers, or fuel.
Not to mention, you also have the opportunity to personalise the vehicles you get from the hobby shop with a set of wheels or have fun adding a new coat of paint and some unique details of patterns and drawings. What happens when you break a vehicle entirely? There’s no need to return it as you can build your own from scratch using the parts you have collected from other vehicles too. All it takes is a little research online, and you can get tons of information.
RC – Connecting People
If you’re in it for the thrill of racing, you’d certainly enjoy the competitive spirit of the hobby. Even if you’re prevented from actually entering competitions and tournaments locally and nationally, you could still make the most of it at home with the other family members.
Each of you could come up with some challenging racing track then see how you all do when you face each other. In case you have a terrace, yard, or alfresco kitchen you can take it outside – those locations could become racing grounds too if by any chance you need something more challenging than what the indoors offers.
Moreover, you could still get to meet other people just as passionate as you about the hobby thanks to the internet and the social networks where there are various groups that you can join. They happen to be the perfect meeting points where you can exchange photos or advice about your favourite vehicles.