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Old 04-17-2007, 06:14 AM   #136
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For the steering, well, for now I'm going to leave it that way but if I need it I'll put it on. In my first design it had steering, so about the front axle you have I wouldn't need it. Sorry. Also the reason why I haven't used it yet is the gears are not 100% lined up and I don't want to run it incase I grind them. I have made a few adjustments and they should be ok to run.

Also, if i made it belt drive such as a belt going from the axle to the motor do you reckon that would work?

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Old 04-17-2007, 07:28 AM   #137
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Hey Schumi, I've often wondered what ever happened to that? You got PM too.
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:56 AM   #138
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I thought I would throw my hat in the ring with this.
Made this with some old cars and some fibre board
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:42 PM   #139
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Nice work everyone who has custom built cars in this thread, even if the trend has dropped off in recent years. I do have a question for Deeping, where did you get the fiber board that you used for the chassis of your car? I have been using 2mm thick plate aluminum and it is rather heavy.

I would also like to contribute to this thread with some build pics of my projects. I have built chassis for three cars, based off their original suspension but not much else. They are an HPI Sprint FLux 2 and two Carisma 1/14th cars, the GT14 and M14.

I'll start with pics of the HPI. I bought a 1984 BMW 318i while I was building this, so I thought it would be cool to build a scale replica of my real car.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:43 PM   #140
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Here are some more pictures of the HPI build. I plan on building a roll cage out of solid 4.7mm aluminum tubing now that I am satisfied with the chassis.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:49 PM   #141
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Turned a Tamiya F103GT into a mini with hand-laid and hand shaped fiberglass. Both upper and lower decks were hand made. Lower deck is 4mm and upper deck is 2mm.



It took around a total of around 48 to 72 man hours to complete both decks, but I only spent around 2 hours each day working on it.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:49 PM   #142
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Here is the first of the Carisma cars, this is the M14. The body is a hard plastic Jada Toys 2006 Mustang Police Car. All of the LED's flash in sequence because I used the original circuit board and wiring. It has a Mamba Max 1/18th ESC and Mamba 4800kV brushless motor, ball diff, Turnigy 1700mAh 2S LiPo, and a Team Losi Mini T servo. It has an aluminum chassis with roll cage to protect the electronics.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:56 PM   #143
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Awesome Tamiya, mailboxck! Lets try to keep the custom work going. Here are some more pics of the Carisma M14. It will be nice when I can post more than 5 pics at a time.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:58 PM   #144
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I used a separate servo on the aux channel of the receiver activate to activate the micro switch to control the lights. The chassis took about 200 hours to complete, spread out over 6 months. Overall, I'm happy with the way it turned out. The car handles quite well to be RWD, and is a lot of fun to drive. I'm going to relocate some of the electronics toward the front to make it more of a drift car.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:14 PM   #145
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This is the GT14. The chassis wasn't as involved to build as the M14's, but the amount of time in body work made up for it. I used a hard plastic Radio Shack 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda' body for this car. It has a Traxxas Velineon 3500kV brushless motor, Mamba Max ESC, Thunder Power 2100mAh 2S LiPo, and a Team Losi Mini T servo.

This is the making of the chassis. After cutting out the main plate, I had to make a spacer for the rear suspension in order to raise it up to make the car sit level and clear the new brushless motor since I did not want any holes in the chassis.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:20 PM   #146
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This is more of the cut out and filing process to make the rear spacer plate. Once that was complete, I can begin reassembly. At that point, I could tell a considerable amount of body work would have to done to make everything work. I trimmed the 'Cuda's fender openings to match the GT14's wheelbase. I wanted the body to sit as low as possible.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:24 PM   #147
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I was able to use the fender flares from the Carisma BMW M3 lexan body. This required an ungodly amount of time to trim the flares to fit. Once I was happy with the fit, I CA'ed them in place.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:31 PM   #148
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This is the part that took the most time, the sanding of the putty I used to to fill in the transition from the 'Cuda's body lines to the M3's wheel arches. Once that was complete, I discovered that Tamiya's primer does not like the putty I used. SO I had to resort to plan B, actual Bondo. I painted the car Tamiya Park Green in order to replicate the original lime green. It came out a little darker, almost British Racing green. It looked good with the semi gloss black wheels and hood, so I went with it.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:38 PM   #149
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I also decided to use the M3's lexan windows. I wanted be able to mount the LiPo alarm and voltage display in the rear window so that I could see it while driving. I tinted the windows with Pactra spray tint, and CA'ed them back into the original frames. I cut down a wing from a New Bright 1/10th Dodge Challenger and attached it to continue the shouty race car appearance. That was completed with the application of racing decals.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:05 PM   #150
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hi guys, just signed up after coming across the forum. Im currently making an RC car for my school project and everything is basically going to made by myself, apart from the motors, servos and the esc.
Was just wondering which motor would be best to use, as i have two. Does it depend on how difficult it is to rotate, the resistance or does this make no difference. I have read about turns and winds and so on, but i only have these two motors and all i can tell the difference between them is the resistance of rotating them.
I have included some pics of the car so far.
Its using an unbranded motor, acoms 2.4ghz transmitter and receiver, Mtroniks Viper oval eco mardave and a sanwa-srm-102 steering servo. Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated
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