The WPL C24 Waterproof 1/16 2.4G 4WD Crawler RTR Truck Is a highly realistic 1/16 scale radio “crawler” RC truck. I considered the original release my best bang for buck crawler owing to it's price, capability and scale look. This new release from WPL is being touted as waterproof, something that sets it apart from the standard edition. If this is true, this will really add to the kind of heavy off-roading courses you can run with these low speed powerful trucks.
If you are not already familiar with crawlers, they are a subset of RC cars that run at much slower speeds with a lot more torque and rather than travelling around tracks at speed, they are design for traversing rough terrain (like a full sale 4x4) with a scale look. Although the WPL C24 Waterproof has a fairly basic plastic build in order to achieve it's relatively low price point, there is a massive amount of upgrades available - everything from wheel weights for more grip to metal 2 speed gearboxes to larger diffs and of course grippier tyres. As you'll see from my review that follows though you'll realise that this truck performs great out of the box as is and will give you a great feel for crawling in all conditions (including water) with a minimal outlay.
The WPL D32 and D22 are 1/16 scale RC models based on the Wuling MiniEV. This is faithfully recreated in 2 styles (D32 and D22) and in 5 cute pastel colours. Although it is 1/16 scale don't compare it to other 1/16 'cars' because this is based on a much smaller vehicle. This car comes ready to run other than the 2 x AA batteries required for transmitter.
The Wuling MiniEV which this RC is based on is a game-changing kei car sized EV that is unique to China with pricing starting from USD5000. Sadly not a car we see in Western markets (probably due to lack of safety features) but it is one of the top 2 selling EVs in the world. I think you could probably say that this is what the instruction manual is exclusively in Chinese - sale in Western markets was probably an afterthought. Still, it doesn't mean I can't review it so here goes...
The WPL C24 1/16 2.4G 4WD Crawler Truck Is a highly realistic 1/16 scale radio “crawler” RC truck. It has proportional steering and throttle (forward and reverse) and has a huge list of upgradable parts making it a legitimately hobby grade vehicle. Being a crawler it runs at low speed but is very powerful = this in combination with 4wd, grippy tyres and large suspension range makes it very capable in scaling obstacles. Best of all it is extremely cheap - less than $50 with everything you need to run. In this article I will review this truck in full
I usually like an understated look but my boys don't. Tigers and other stickers were their idea 🤷♂️
The small scale crawler market has really taken off recently based on the following because they can be used in so many ways: