14 Jul 7 Tips for Designing the
Best RC Crawling Course
1. Ensure safety
You don’t want drivers to get injured. Imagine that people will walk with transmitters in their hands looking at their vehicles oblivious to anything else around them. You don’t need them to stand in uncomfortable positions or in dangerous areas where they will need to wear crampons to be safe. Drivers should be able to walk safely around the course. You don’t want them falling off a ledge and hurting themselves.
2. Think simple
I am not saying that you need to limit your creativity but it makes sense to design the course that is easy for drivers to follow. By simple I don’t mean boring. For a driver it should be obvious how he can progress from one gate to the other gate. The flow of transitions from one area to the next should be apparent. After all, the drivers are testing their skills, capabilities of their crawlers and want to work on their strategies. They don’t need to feel that they require a navigator to stay on the course.
3. Gradually increase difficulty
It is important to ensure that the course get harder with each gate. If you create the first gate extremely difficult, you will certainly weed out the weak drivers. It will be an unpleasant experience for them. You also don’t want the experienced drivers to be bored with diminished difficulty of levels. It is important to ensure that beginners have a good start. They will not be able to finish but they should have some fun too. You want all drivers with a wide variety of skill levels to have a great time. It is important to note that some drivers use scale crawlers and some comp crawlers. The French word “scale” stands for “top heavy”. These crawlers are better equipped for various types of terrain such as dirt, logs, ditches, etc. but they also tip over more often. This is why you don’t want to design a course so difficult that they can’t navigate it.
4. Mark off limit areas
Intelligently designed courses test the ability of both man and machine and you don’t want a driver to be able to avoid an obstacle. Drivers can get very creative avoiding something on the course and this is why it is important to use out-of-bounds markers. You can use regular powered chalk in some areas but do not mark the whole course.
5. Alternate your obstacles
Make sure you have a good combination of steep vertical climbs and tight turns so drivers shift from doing side hilling, down hilling working on maneuverability of their vehicles. You want to design a course that has variety.
6. Feature something unexpected
It is useful to add a few unexpected obstacles, such as a wire bridge, a tire, create high speed areas and make places for jumps. You don’t have to design the course only on rocks. You can have areas where vehicles are going on dirt, mud, water, etc. Such obstacles have unique benefits. They allow to test how a vehicle performing on a different suffices, and it brings more fun to the process. However, it is important to limit foreign additions so they do not create too much distraction.
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