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Wltoys 12427 2.4GHz Remote Control Car US$61.99 (~A$84.16) Delivered @ Banggood

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This is a redo of a previous deal from 3 months ago and is a ridiculously good price for this, you'll be expected to pay ~120$ elsewhere. I managed to get the rep to match the previous coupon.

It has to be from the Aus stock and for cheaper shipping, make sure you unclick the insurance, else they'll make you have express shipping which can be costly.

I've read a lot of youtube reviews on this crawler, and is very capable for the price. One of the best value RC crawlers you can get and is even upgradeable to make it even better.

This got sold out quick last time so make sure you get in fast!

Description:

Brand: WLtoys
Item: Short Course
Item No.: 12427
Scale: 1/12
Max. Speed: 50km/h
Net Weight: 1435g Motor: 540 Brushed Motor
Frequency: 2.4G
1.5V AA, 2pcs (NOT INCLUDED)
INCLUDED
Battery Required (For Car):
7.4V 1500mAh Li Battery
4 Wheel Dive
Forward, Backward, Turn Left / Right
LED Light
Running Time: About 10 mins
Charging Time: About 3 hours
Control Range: Around 100m Car Size: 4224.518cm
Package Size: 5427.523cm

Package Included:
1 X Car
1 X Remote Control
1 X Battery
1 X Charger
1 X Tool
1 X Manual

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Comments

  • +3 votes

    Great deal, cheers! You can probably buy it, play for a few months, and sell it off on fb to get your money back.

  • -3 votes

    Previously was A$81.92

    • +1 vote

      previously was more USD, unfortunately theres not much that can be done with the exchange rate getting worse.

  • +1 vote

    Thanks OP, paid $82.66 using their app as a first time buyer

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      Is that $82.66 US or AU? I'm getting total of US$90.91 including US$28.92 for shipping (direct from AU and without shipping insurance)

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    Great deal. This car is a lot more durable than the popular 144001.

    • +2 votes

      I mostly agree, but would add the condition;

      12427 is quite a lot slower than 144001 so the potential for damage is much higher on the 144001. If you run the 144001 at 12427 speed then the durability is about the same (as much as plastic vs metal can be).

      I have the 12428 and 144001 and I much prefer the 144001 once it has been modded. For example I put 12428 wheels on my 144001 and the result was a much better car than the 12428. 144001 suspension is significantly better making it more stable and less likely to roll with big wheels than the 12428 while having the same ground clearance.

      IMHO the 144001 has greater upgrade potential (brushless, higher speed etc). I wouldn't bother upgrading anything on the 12427 apart from suspension (oil damped) as anything that increases speed is a problem when it tries to turn. The 12428/7 is a great basher and starter car though.

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        Those 12428 wheels look cool. Ordered a set! Might have to wait a while though.. coming from eBay China.

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        Any experience with the 124019?

        • +1 vote

          No personal experience. AFAIK its just the longer version of 144001. The extra length would help high speed stability as 144001 can get very squirrelly, especially without a gyro RX.

          I probably would recommend 124019 over 144001 if upgrading. 144001 is small (the reason i chose it) but limits battery size and electronics placement.

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    we bought one for our kid and it stopped working within a day. simply no response to the RC, despite batteries that seem to be charging fine :(

    • +1 vote

      Have you tried some of the facebook groups for wltoys? theres a lot of good advice on there

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      30 day warranty, send it back

    • +1 vote

      These are pretty repairable. As someone else said, post your problem on one of the FB groups and it should be a reasonably simple fix.

  • +1 vote

    Thanks op. Where’s the best place to buy extra 7.4V 1500mAh Li Battery?

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      You can buy extra OEM batteries from eBay, Banggood or AliExpress. But you'll get better battery life out of a 7.4v 2s lipo.

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    Got one, thanks. Came to $85

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    10 mins run time. Is that normal for a RC car ?

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    Thanks OP, just purchased. Probable should've waited a bit, but any additional RC related recommendations worth purchasing directly from Banggood?

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    Thanks grabbed one, this looks to be the review of it but the item number is incorrect in his title? Kevin Talbot tortures R/C gear and honestly for the price I am surprised it didn't stop working after the first jump let alone all the other stuff done to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n05q0GiJ_8&t=92s&ab_channel...

    • +1 vote

      The 12427 is just the updated version of the 12428, I believe. Yeah, the model numbers don't make much sense. It sounds like a few internal components have been upgraded, but 98% the same car.

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        Not sure updated is upgraded. Controller looks inferior with no trim controls? Rear suspension looks like its been massively dropped to lower centre of gravity, could just be pic tho.

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          Don't know sorry.

  • +1 vote

    I have personally given up on cheap noname RC cars, I have fallen this trap 3 or 4 times (including Wltoys cars) last years. None of them lasted more than a week.
    Maybe I am extremely unlucky.
    From memory, one of them stopped responding the RC on its second day. The other one, literally burned down (smoke-> flame - > melted plastic on the grass) while my son was playing with it on the backyard, so I have spent nearly $300 on what can't last a week.
    I am not a bug RC enthusiast, but I think it is possible to buy a relatively decent brand for this amount of $$$.

    • +4 votes

      You won't get anything better quality than this for this money. The next tier up starts at about $300.

      I suspect you have been reasonably unlucky, but these are hobby grade RC cars and do require maintenance and care. You do need to be prepared to work on them regularly and check them over thoroughly before and after every use. They're not kids kids toys and are aimed at the 14+ age group for a reason.

      I'm not saying you didn't do these things but they are generally far more reliable than you've experienced. If you do run into issues, they are very repairable and often don't cost much to get going again.

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        What kind of maintenance is required of the 12427?

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          I have a 144001 and not a 12427, so I can't comment specifically, but in general, you need to grease the diffs before you start and then every month or so. You need to check dog bones and drive shafts for bends and damage. Shock oil level needs checking regularly. Wheel nuts tend to come loose meaning wheels flying off, so you want locktite on your wheels nuts every time you remove them.

          But it's mainly a matter of checking over your car after each session to check for damage. Giving it a clean out with compressed air. Checking for loose screws and nuts. That sort of thing. Lipo batteries are a bit of work because you can't store them fully charged nor fully discharged, and you shouldn't charge them unsupervised. After each session you need to storage charge your lipos. You need to be prepared so that you can charge your batteries before your session, too. If you just leave them lying around fully charged or discharged, you'll kill them quickly, and they can also be dangerous.

          Damage will happen and you need to be prepared to diagnose your damage, order parts as necessary, and do the repairs.

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      Very true, I've been in the hobby for 10+ years but still get burnt here and there when I buy cheapo RCs. The JLB cheetah I got a few months ago fell apart in the first run and still waiting for parts.
      I mostly stick to Arrma, Losi, and Traxxas, and their warranty has been fantastic, I guess that's what happens when I paying out of the a55 for that stuff.

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      No issues with mine yet, been used for a few hours, and I let my 8 year old drive and crash it at speed.. well don't I let him crash, it just happens.

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      If it caught fire, then it was most likely the crappy batteries. The ones that come with this are Lithium ion 18650 batteries packed in series to 7.4V. So it is unlikely to catch fire, unlike cheap LiPO packs.

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    I can`t get this deal to work for some reason.

    below is the breakup :

    Order Total AU$179.01
    Coupon Discount -AU$53.74
    Allowance Discount -AU$2.76
    Total Payment AU$122.51

    it automatically adds express shipping even when i click normal "no tracking" shipping.

    What am i doing wrong?

    • +1 vote

      You need to put in your address, then you can deselect express shipping

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    I am still waiting on mine from the previous deal…

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    Thanks ordered one. $85 delivered.

  • +6 votes

    I hate the steering wheel controls. Where are the 2 lever controls I had when I was a kid?

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      Haha, my thoughts too.

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      Interesting because I find this steering wheel control more intuitive and gives better car control than those two stick version.

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        Same here. I hold the controller at roughly 45degrees with steering wheel facing up and find it very comfortable and have good control.

  • +2 votes

    Coupon only valid for 90 units - Deal ended.

  • +3 votes

    "This coupon can only be used 90 times"

    R I P

  • +1 vote

    Paid with PayPal, took me back to Banggood. Coupon expired. Arghhh

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    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Children-2-4G-RC-6-Wheeled-Stunt...

    Just wondering if this one is more fun for kids. please help if anyone has experience.

    Thanks

  • +2 votes

    argh.. missed it by that much.

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    Seriously? Just trying to complete an order and expired. ughhhhhhhhh

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      Just bought for 88.20aud

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        How. Coupons not working.

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          Yeah not sure.
          I saw that the deal was expired but added item to cart and added coupon and price came down to 88.20

  • -1 vote

    Do they accept Dogecoin? Don't want to use real money I had to work for when I can use other peoples money.

  • +1 vote

    My kid broke this in the first hour of playing

    Thankfully replacement parts are available, a bit of a mess around but finally got it fixed, recommend upgrading the steering components at the front to the metal versions.

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      where did you buy spare parts from? and which one did you mention? thanks

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        Bangood and Aliexpress

        The parts was a front suspension kit, and I had to buy a new drive gear from Aliexpress

    • +1 vote

      Bad idea. Metal parts will just transfer the shock and damage further into the vehicle and cause more serious damage. You want the plastic suspension components to break in a crash. They're cheap and easy to replace.

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    My son watches YouTube video on off-road 4wd RC that are slow and water proof (I have bought his something similar to this bit it's just to fast for him). Is there a AliExpress version similar in price and quality to this someone can recommend?

    • +1 vote

      I was after a cheap, low speed crawler for the same reason and best I found was this eat06 aka sg1203. There's a lot of videos / teardowns on YouTube.

      It is great for kids - not too much zip, can climb ok, but best of all is the steering control - because of the tank treads it can turn on the spot so really easy to control for kids.

      Some simple mods that can be done as well - putting a little weight in the nose stops it flipping, runs on 2s lipo without mods (other than maybe a connector adapter), and you can cut the battery bay a little bigger to hold larger batteries or just put a wire up through the car so you can strap a bigger battery on top.

      Been using this for a while, surprisingly strong - no repairs needed yet. Whereas every other car gets trashed each run cos they tend to be overpowered.

      Good price too: https://au-m.banggood.com/Eachine-EAT06-Remote-Control-Tank-...

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        Seems an additional battery (2200mah) is $30.36, whilst the EAT06 currently comes with a battery included (1200mah) at $63.50.

        • +1 vote

          Batteries can be had cheaper, you can use pretty much any 2s lipo even if it doesn't fit in the bay (just by strapping the battery on top and drilling a hole for the lead) - but you get plenty of run time with the stock battery cos you don't run the motor constantly with this. I have spare 2s that fit the hole (just) but I don't tend to need them.

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            @MrDixit: OK great. I guess I'll see what the real run-time is when it comes in the mail :)

  •  

    Mine arrived today. Overall impressed with the quaitly of components. Seems very solid. Its really fast and i've had to turn down the throttle a bit for my son to use it.

    One issue im having is the wheels are a little off and i cant see how to do any wheel alignment adjustments on the car. They're plastic rods with no screws. Only thing i can see if perhaps adjusting where it connects to the steering motor, but i have to unscrew and disassemble half the car to get to it. Hoping there is an easier way.

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      Great little car.

      Both my front wheels point outwards a fair bit, doesn't affect use but can't be optimal. Will probably order a few alloy parts down the line - if not too expensive. Son is getting confident and i can see a high speed whack happening at some point.

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        lol yes. So I left my son alone with it for too long and I think he was hitting jumps a bit too high and broke the read drive shaft (part # 0024). There is a screw which broke inside the plastic bit. Ended up ordering a metal replacement which apparently only takes a week or so to arrive.

        To the first point though, unfortunately I have not been able to find a way to adjust easily, but as its out of action ive got more time to deal with it :)

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          If it's from Banggood you'll be lucky if it's here in 2 months. I ordered some lipo batteries in mid June and apparently they still haven't left China.

    • +1 vote

      On the remote is a setting for "ST TRIM". Give that knob a turn and your front wheels will align.

      Mine came facing a bit to the right, but a little tune of that knob made them straight.

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        cheers, saw that. But when one is straight, one is about 15deg tilted to the right. Def cant get them parallel. Best i can do is have them both pointing slightly outwards.

  • +1 vote

    I'm impressed with this thing. I've only ever had fpv drones but this is quite fun to drive around. Larger than I was expecting as well. Its hit quite a few walls and such but nothing broken yet after about an hour of use. Works well on most terrains. Easily flips on bumpy ground when turning hard. Struggles to get traction on slightly damp roads, but that's probably normal.

    Run time is about 10 mins, slightly less if you're holding down the pedal.

    Using my proper lipo charger (imax b6ac), it's about a 20-30 minute charge to full. So technically if I got two more batteries I could have 100% uptime.

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      Here's a good video about upgrades you can do on this car. I wouldn't worry about the 2s battery issue he had, he likely got a bad esc or older model.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tOdFYlbpE4

      Hoping this deal comes back.

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        Me too, want to get two more for the kids now. Great fun

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        oh crap. Thanks for the video. As above, i am trying to replace the rear drive shaft and i cant remove one of the screws on each end. Looks like this is the reason why: https://youtu.be/0tOdFYlbpE4?t=1355. They've glued/welded one side. Guess i have to try a support ticket :'(

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          Let us know how you go

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          That's weird. It should actually be loctite and this is necessary when screws are screwed into metal. Just heat up that part with a lighter and it will melt the loctite. I've not seen parts welded before as this 10 times more effort than simply adding loctite.

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    This thing is great for the price. My 4 and 6 year old kids love it (and it hasn't broken yet)!