SINOHOBBY 2.4GHz RC Cartoon QQ Car With Transmitter Review
Review by Nicholas Turner, Staff Contributor
- RTF package
- Small, good indoor size
- Variable speed settings
- Light weight
- Trims on pistol
- Funny/silly looking
- Great for hard surfaces
- Body rubs wheels creating hindrance
- Turns tighter to the left
- Proprietary battery connector
- Single LED charge status is hard to determine green from red for the red/green color blind user
- No instructions
- Does not appear to be a way to make TX steering wheel left handed
- Screws for suspension extend well beyond chassis, probably will snag on carpet
I'd first like to thank Banggood for the opportunity to review this small, indoor R/C car.
My box came with a little crushing, but fortunately that was all cosmetic to the box. Inside the box I the car was securely fastened to the packaging with a zip tie. The 1S 480mAh lipo was secured in its spot in the car chassis, but disconnected. The TX and battery charger were loosely in the box behind the car's packing. The single small sheet giving details on the TX was the only form of instructions. I found the body to be a thick plastic material with no blemishes. The tires feel rubbery but I noticed as I compressed the car's suspension the screws holding the suspension to the chassis extend well below the chassis, almost in line with the tires. I have a strong feeling these screws are going to snag on carpet and other loose fibers.
Being there's no manual with the car, I grabbed a lipo sack and put the battery on charge. The charger LED will light green when the battery is charged and will be red while charging. I found charging initially took around 40-60 minutes. Which is typical for lipos being charged at 1C. The TX requires 4 'AA' sized batteries. The end of the pistol grip slides off and has the negative and positive terminals labeled.
The sheet for the TX indicates a bind button is present on the TX. In order to access the bind button a long skinny object is needed to push down into the hole where the bind button resides. I used a long T-pin. I turned the car on first, turned the TX on while pushing the bind button for a few seconds. The link was established and I was ready to drive.
Driving this little car around is straight forward: pull the trigger back to go forward, push the trigger to go backwards, turn the steering wheel forward to turn right, turn the steering wheel backwards to turn left. By default the TX is on the lowest speed setting, and this is perfect for the first drive. Driving around my garage in the lowest speed setting let me learn the stiffness of the TX steering wheel. I found the spring in the TX wheel to be quite tight, it almost feels like I'm fighting the wheel to make a turn. I'm not sure if this is adjustable, but I got used to it quickly. With a few laps and general safe driving I found I needed some left trim. So I pushed the L trim button on the TX and got the car tracking straight. After about two to three minutes of driving on low speed I started to see performance decrease indicating a hindrance to the wheels. A quick check resulted in the body was now rubbing the wheels. The body was already on the highest setting possible. So I removed the body and the car came alive. It was much quicker and responsive. Turning left would cause a little bit of a fun spin out due to how tight it turns to the left compared to the right. Driving the Cartoon car around is a fun time killer and nice stress reliever. I did note upon removing the car's body, the RX provides a very nice flat surface for mounting what is referred to as a Tiny Whoop camera (FX797T camera or similar) for possible FPV setup. I'm definitely going to try this. Another fun thing to try would be to mount a RunCam or Mobius to the chassis without the body and chase things around with the car.
This is a fun little stress reliever that needs a minor modification to the body (larger wheel openings) to make it really usable without tearing up the tires and motor. The chassis is promising for DIY shells and other ideas (FPV/light weight camera platform). The screws used with the suspension to extend down below the chassis, close to the wheel height, meaning it'll probably snag on carpet and loose fibers.
Is this for beginners? Kind of. The lack of instructions on charging the lipo is the main reason I wouldn't readily tell a first time r/c'er to go buy this car. It is easy enough for a new person to learn and get hooked on the hobby. And it definitely won't break the bank. Can I race it? Sure, but indoors and with similar spec’d vehicles
Is it fun? Yes
Recommended mods: Larger wheel well openings, especially the front. FPV setup with Tiny Whoop type of cameras