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Old 02-18-2013, 02:08 PM   #3676
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To add to the Model Masters Lacquer - non lexan specific paint discussion...

- In my experience the paint will last longer than the body.
- It seems to be less scratch resistant, so make sure to spend time to prep the body (clean, scuff).
- I believe you could apply a clear coat first as a primer/etcher before applying the color (I think I saw someone post that they did this)
- Let it cure for at least 24 hours or longer if possible before using any Shoe Goo or it will react with the paint.
- Make sure to use light coats (it is less see-through than Pactra for lexan)
- I would recommend backing it with a coat of r/c paint (or similar) to act as a sealer/protector.


Bottom line, Model Masters works well. In fact other paints for plastics can be used on lexan bodies to good results.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:31 PM   #3677
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So what I used (and it's been years since I've tried) must have been the acrylic enamel. Didn't even know there was more than one type of Model Master paint so just ignore my earlier comments.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:37 PM   #3678
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:03 PM   #3679
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Like the T-Tops look. But on a Javelin right?

I've thought about getting one of the Javelin VTA bodies for myself. I like the narrow nose for racing. Seems like it would help keep me out of trouble. I didn't really like them at the time they were new and on the street (yes, I'm old enough to remember!), but they are growing on me.

I found this photo on the Internet. I don't know if it came from the factory this way or was a custom paint job. I don't recall ever seeing one like this. Anyone remember?



The guy who won the Southern Nationals last year ran an awesome looking metallic yellow Jav. It looked really nice on the track. Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of it. I did get a picture of this RWB one. It was pristine.

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Old 02-21-2013, 07:33 AM   #3680
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Hey folks,

I wasn't sure what thread this should go in, but since it's mostly an aesthetic concern I thought this might be the best place. I'm curious if anyone has tried the Losi XXX-SCB driver for their VTA car. I've got one left over and, to be honest, it looks like it'd be a really simple process to install it. And it's only grams heavier than the pre-painted HPI driver. Personally, I think it looks more appropriately sized to boot.

This is the only pic I currently have. Sorry, I took this because some of us on our local forum were discussing weights.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:47 AM   #3681
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you'll still have to add weight (1550). Go for the full interior from RJSpeed it spreads the weight equally since it is full sided interior. I'd race your other car first and set -it up like I said track .See how your cars work first on the track and then add your weights to the corners of the chassis. Get the stick on car weights from a tire store. I'm waiting on a reply on the paint question.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:40 AM   #3682
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Thanks, Bill... Yeah, I've definitely got some weight to add! I just ordered an RJ Speed interior and will give it a try. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:23 PM   #3683
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Here is my attempt at a junkyard special






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my t-tops
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:08 PM   #3685
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Not mine but worth a post (and it's for sale / $84.75 is the asking price)=
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:59 AM   #3686
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I installed a driver last night and took some pics that I thought some of you may be interested in.

HPI driver:


HPI driver and passenger for you Pan American rally guys:


Losi XXX-SCB driver after paint and minor trimming on the passenger side to clear battery wires:


I have an RJ Speed interior on the way, but decided to give the Losi driver a try since it was really easy to install. Some two-sided tape under the cowl:


Some scrap lexan and tape behind the driver. Here you can also see where I trimmed the right side a bit:


Pretty pleased with the outcome...
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I have been looking at the scb driver for my car to. I have one laying around and thought it would be about right. Thanks for the info!
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:22 AM   #3688
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I have been looking at the scb driver for my car to. I have one laying around and thought it would be about right. Thanks for the info!
Happy to help! Personally, I think the slightly larger size of the Losi driver is a better scale...at least for this car.
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If you guys are going to race a car with t-tops, you need to put in a (scale) roll-bar to keep your driver (figure) safe.....lol.

Thanks to everyone for posting their paint schemes. The junkyard cars are always nice to see. Also thanks for posting the pictures of different driver figures and how easy they were to mount.
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Guys, for my VTA build, I really want red wheels. Do the HPI white wheels take dye well, or am I gonna have to paint? If paint is needed, any suggestions as to how to keep it from getting too easily scratched up?
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