A lot of early ARF/RTF quads used proprietary and specially-engineered parts. These days, manufacturers are finding it easier to assemble starter kits with off-the-shelf components. One of the best benefits to this for a hobbyist is that many of these parts now work well together with others on the market. If you get into the sport at the low end of the price spectrum, you don’t have to purchase a completely new rig when you start outgrowing it.
Here’s how you can get into the hobby with a starter quad, and slowly turn it into a high-end racing machine.
Fix Outright Problems and Improve Durability
One of the better starter quads we’ve looked at is the original Wizard X220. There are still several in use at our local race group after having been flown for multiple race seasons each. We noted in our review that there are a couple weak points that need addressed right away. That’s always going to be your number one priority—fix the problems the manufacturer missed.