Radio control semi truck kits recreate the experience of driving a full-size big rig with incredible scale accuracy. The performance capabilities, exterior detail, and even the sounds of RC semi trucks are just like those of the real semi tractors. Tower Hobbies® also carries flatbed, tanker, and box style trailers you can hitch up and haul, making RC semi trucks uniquely challenging and exciting.
RC semi trucks are ideal for anyone who’s dreamed of driving across the interstates while the American landscape changes through the windows of their rig. The radio control semi truck models from Tower Hobbies®, like other types of hobby-quality RC trucks (sometimes called remote control trucks), feature durable construction that’s literally made for the long haul. Like real “big rigs,” RC semis aren’t intended for racing. Their top speeds typically range between 10 to 40 mph. But these RC rigs will make your eyes pop with their true-to-life performance and authentic detail.
Most radio control tractor trailer models sold by Tower Hobbies are 1/14 scale and measure approximately two feet long, although smaller 1/16 and 1/24 RC semis are also available. They’re also electric powered and come in kit form, meaning that assembly and finishing are required. You’ll need to buy a few completion items, such radio equipment and a battery and charger, so please read the product descriptions closely before ordering.
Remote control semi truck enthusiasts place a very high priority on scale accuracy. Manufacturers such as Tamiya therefore put enormous effort into reproducing full scale trucks as closely as possible, with precise detail both inside and out. On the model chassis, you’ll find realistically engineered suspension systems, differentials, and drivelines. The exteriors are even more impressive.
Decals for authentic markings are often supplied for the RC semi tractor bodies, along with gleaming chromed detail parts like grilles, exhaust pipes, and hood ornaments. Based on its looks alone, you can expect to take the same pride in your scale remote control rig as the drivers of real trucks do in theirs. Many RC hobby semi truck models even include working light systems plus high-fidelity audio systems that provide horn, braking, and other trademark sounds recorded from real trucks.
A good example of the realism available in RC semi trucks is the 1/14 Tamiya King Hauler scale kit. Its high-quality aluminum chassis and solid axle suspension provide durability, while a three-speed gearbox and tractor truck oil shocks contribute to realistic handling. Like most RC kits, its body comes unpainted. You can follow the paint color guidelines provided in the assembly manual or create your own unique color scheme. Horns, wipers, exhausts, and many other scale parts are supplied and are easy to install.
No RC semi would be complete without a trailer to hitch behind it — or two, if you’re excited by the challenge of hauling doubles! The Tower Hobbies online catalog includes whatever type of trailer you prefer, in 1/14 scale to match the size of most RC semi trucks. Choose a panel-style semi trailer kit complete with rear gate, rubber chocks, and automatically retracting support legs. Haul a fuel tank trailer with stainless steel tank, original livery, and metal-plated ladder. Or, pull a flatbed trailer with wood floor and actual chains for locking down pipes, pallets, or any other cargo you’d like to add.
Tower Hobbies also carries 1/14 scale semi truck accessory packages to take your model’s scale realism to the extreme. Install the Tamiya Semi Truck Multi-Function Unit and your RC tractor truck will be able to make an incredible two dozen sounds that have all been digitally recorded from full-scale trucks, including air brakes, engine idling, coupler connection, and more.
Radio control semi trucks may not be as fast as other types of RC vehicles, but there are plenty of ways to challenge yourself and have fun with other RC semi truck modelers.
Similar to how groups of RC crawling enthusiasts take their rigs out together for camaraderie on the mountain trails, there are places where RC semi truck drivers form their own miniature convoys and maneuver their tractors and trailers along city side streets and bike paths. They call it a good day of RC trucking when no one has to carry his or her RC semi truck back home or have it hitched behind another modeler’s truck as the result of a mishap.
RC semi truck fans also engage in epic truck battles that are all about recreating the complete full-scale trucking experience. Drivers tackle maneuvering challenges like backing their rigs and trailers onto a ramp without spilling their loads. Penalties are enforced if anything comes unhitched or falls off the flatbed. Some RC semi hobbyists even bring scale radio control forklifts into the fun. Can you successfully fill your trailer bed with model pallets lifted off a miniature warehouse rack before hitching up your RC semi and moving out?
Anything goes in the RC semi truck hobby. Get yours from Tower Hobbies and get rolling!
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