The ability to solder cleanly and safely is useful tool for RC car enthusiasts if you have more than a passing interest in the hobby. Like most hobbies, mass manufacturing in China has meant prices for tools and consumables have come right back but you'll need to make sure you have the right products. In this guide I'll cover some soldering basics as it relates to RC cars and which gear I recommend for the beginner to intermediate user that is budget friendly yet gives a good outcome.
I am by no means a soldering expert but even then I take my ability to get a good clean, and effective joint a little for granted since my dad taught me when I was very young. When I got into quads about 4 years ago this was crucial as you simply cannot fly FPV without being able to solder. With RC cars you can procrastinate the need to solder a bit longer through use of adaptor plugs and the like but at some point it becomes necessary when you want a reliable, safe and fit for purpose finish with your wiring.
Getting the right gear
The HS10422 HS10423 HS10424 is a large 1/8 scale 2WD RC Truck that includes everything needed to run (including battery and charger). It is the cheapest truck of this size by a long shot so I decided to check it out to see if it is any good. I'll cover in a LOT more detail below but I came out of the review phase thinking this is the best big beginner car by some margin.
When I first saw this car I had to double take - a 1/8 truck for $120 (or much less on promotion) is pretty crazy. On closer inspection this had proportional servo steering, a full 540 sized brushed motor with electronic speed control and even includes and battery and charger. No matter which way you cut it that is an awful lot of car for the money. Now that I've had a chance to play with this for the last month or so I can confirm the size is REALLY impressive - check it out compared to some of the popular WL toys car below too. I've obviously had a chance to gauge it's performance, durability, battery life and more as well as taking a closer look at the design and build. Read on to find out more plus my conclusions and recommendations.
The WL Toys 104001 is an all new 1/10 scale 4wd ready to run RC car from WL toys. This is a follow up to the tremendously popular 1/14 scale 144001 and 1/12 scale 124019 (review here) cars. Unlike those two cars (which were essentially the same) this one is new from the ground up. It is more expensive at around $140-150 but is it worth it? Read on to find out. My car was ordered from Banggood and was received early April 2021 and if you get as far as the end of the article you'll find an exclusive QuadifyRC voucher for 14% off limited to 50 units
If you have not come across my site before then welcome! I feel I am well qualified to review this car because after stepping away from RC racing over 20 years ago I have gotten back into RC cars by way of the WL toys 144001 and 124019 for which I have written reviews and over 20 upgrade guides to, all of which can be found here. Compared to youtube reviews which focus on entertainment, I'd like to think I can go more in depth as the format of traditional blogs like mine tend to suit a technical deep dive better. But if you want quick feedback then feel free to jump to the conclusions below.
The WL Toys 144001 and 124018 / 124019 are a series of 1/14 and 1/12 scale off RC cars that are not only cheap and cheerful but have proven very popular to modify due to their value and versatility. In this article we look at the upgrade of the driveshaft to a sectional unit that will make it easier to service the car and more durable in crashes.
The beauty with the community of modders for the WLToys 144001/124019/124018 is that there’s so much sharing of ideas happening. I find it refreshing how this little platform has brought people together to think of new hacks and mods that wouldn’t have been done otherwise. Here we present the center driveshaft modification to go from a rigid center driveshaft to a floating driveshaft. The first instance of this modification was shared by Scott Dump from Taiwan on his WLToys 124019. This approach and was further refined by Ron Wilson but used on his 144001 and shared with the QuadifyRC 144001 124018 124019 104001 Modders Group. Scott was also generous enough to share the parts he used, a simple step-by-step with several pictures of his version of this modification for the 124019. Ron was kind enough to provide his own write-up for the parts and a step-by-step walk-through for his modified 144001.
This modification can be done for either WLToys 1/14 or 1/12 platforms by using either the shorter LC Racing EMB-1 driveshaft or longer EMB-T driveshaft. I want to thank Scott and Ron for contributing their mod with the community and letting us share it on this platform. This mod is considered medium skill level, can be done with or without power tools, but power tools will make it easier and a little quicker.
Now that I've finished my review of the new WL Toys 104001 4wd 1/10 scale RC buggy it's clear that this is nowhere near as fast as the earlier 124018/124019 and 144001 models which uses essentially the same electronics. In this article I look at how easier it is to close this speed gap and the theory around it.