R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Electric On-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-03-2014, 11:43 PM   #1
Tech Regular
 
TB03Racer09's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 427
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default Super Light Weight Body Shells!

http://www.walterrchobby.com.au/inde...version-2.html

Was looking at body shells when this caught my eye. The description mentions that the body is only 0.33mm thick! Protoform light weights are 0.64mm thick and my ltc-r lw weighs about 90g (painted and everything). This means this A-plus body will weigh somewhere between 45-55g when all painted up. My car is 1460g race ready and could really use a big weight saving

Does anyone have any experience with body shells this thin?
TB03Racer09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 01:50 AM   #2
Tech Master
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Chi-Town West Burbs
Posts: 1,436
Trader Rating: 3 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TB03Racer09 View Post
http://www.walterrchobby.com.au/inde...version-2.html

Was looking at body shells when this caught my eye. The description mentions that the body is only 0.33mm thick! Protoform light weights are 0.64mm thick and my ltc-r lw weighs about 90g (painted and everything). This means this A-plus body will weigh somewhere between 45-55g when all painted up. My car is 1460g race ready and could really use a big weight saving

Does anyone have any experience with body shells this thin?
According to their website, Protoform light weight bodies are made with .025mm lexan. Their regular weight bodies are .030mm lexan.
__________________
Goals Achieved....Running at the End and Not Dead Last.
mooby64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 01:55 AM   #3
Tech Apprentice
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 72
Default

Does your LW LTC-R weigh it at 90g? Thats really heavy, maybe to much paint on it?
My non-LW Protoform Mazda 6 weighs in exactly at 100g race ready(Only white and medium thick paint)
BTT: You should look out for the Blitz 0,5 mm GSF. Read somewhere here that it weighs about 60g race-ready
Worst87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 03:07 AM   #4
Tech Elite
 
SWTour's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Central Coast...CALIF.
Posts: 2,874
Trader Rating: 9 (100%+)
Default

if your body is TOO heavy - make sure to get a body scraper and lighten it up...

+ YouTube Video
ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.
__________________
Joe Myers
R/C Racing since 1985 ~ Santa Maria, CA (Central Coast)
2001-2012 - South-West Tour R/C Oval Series...will the SWT be revived?
Things are headed towards a return of the SWT Series, but for
2017 the focus will be on the Encino Velodrome (and dirt oval racing)
SWTour is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 03:32 AM   #5
Dan
Tech Elite
 
Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 4,407
Trader Rating: 48 (100%+)
Default

My Blitz bodies (GSF and TSX) 0.5mm thick are ranging about 62-65g with a light single color paint job.

Its about as thin as I'd want to go and ONLY for stock racing. Too flimsy for modified.

My lightweight Protoform GX comes in at about 90g.
Dan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 05:06 AM   #6
Tech Regular
 
TB03Racer09's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 427
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

0.030mm is very thin. I'm pretty sure protoform uses 0.030 inches thick

I'm liking the blitz body shells, especially the tsx and the wrx. The 0.5mm thick ones don't seem to be available at easy to get places so I might settle for the 0.7mm or continue using the protoform light weights. That body scraper does look handy too

Thanks for the help everyone
TB03Racer09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 05:33 AM   #7
Tech Fanatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Stockport, UK
Posts: 982
Default

Those APlus 0.33mm bodies will be great, as long as you don't ever hit anything, then it will rip like paper. For the weight difference between this and a normal lightweight body, you could get that with a thin one/two colour paint job and no stickers on the body.

Having a body that you know works well aerodynamically will help carry more corner speed, so negating any small difference in weight over a non optimal extra light body.
terry.sc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 05:54 AM   #8
Tech Elite
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Marietta, Ga
Posts: 2,103
Trader Rating: 60 (100%+)
Default

Yeah the protoform bodies are .025/.030 inches. The A+ lightweight is about half the thickness of protoforms LW body at .013 inches! In the real world this thing is going to deform at speed.
PROMODVETTE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 06:12 AM   #9
Tech Regular
 
TB03Racer09's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 427
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by PROMODVETTE View Post
In the real world this thing is going to deform at speed.
This is what I was worried about, especially when I considered my 0.64mm protoform light weight to be flimsy.

I won't be using this chassis (tamiya tb04) for touring car racing in 2 months so I won't need a light weight body for my new racing chassis (TRF419), which opens up a lot of options. The 3 bodies I am now considering a the Blitz TSX, Blitz WRX and the BittyDesign Striker-SR 3.0. If anyone has experience with these body shells I would like to hear, otherwise I'm choosing based on looks and price
TB03Racer09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 07:49 AM   #10
Tech Elite
 
CraigMBA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Valley of the Dirt, CA
Posts: 2,832
Trader Rating: 22 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SWTour View Post
if your body is TOO heavy - make sure to get a body scraper and lighten it up...

+ YouTube Video
ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.
Who else sells that PRP piece, joe? I can't find it on oval stuff.com any more.
CraigMBA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 08:08 AM   #11
Tech Master
 
Chris Adams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Dallas,Texas
Posts: 1,003
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CraigMBA View Post
Who else sells that PRP piece, joe? I can't find it on oval stuff.com any more.
Good! Keep that crap out of onroad!
__________________
TEXASEOS.net, RcAmerica, Xray, Hudy, Protoform, Orca, Avid, 2mm Designs, Ulti Tires America

Texas EOS 2018!
Chris Adams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 08:49 AM   #12
Tech Master
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Chi-Town West Burbs
Posts: 1,436
Trader Rating: 3 (100%+)
Default

[QUOTE=TB03Racer09;13573959]0.030mm is very thin. I'm pretty sure protoform uses 0.030 inches thick

You are right. I stand corrected.
__________________
Goals Achieved....Running at the End and Not Dead Last.
mooby64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 11:15 AM   #13
Tech Champion
 
robk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Macho Business Donkey Wrestler
Posts: 7,588
Trader Rating: 22 (100%+)
Default

This is one of the things that killed foam sedans. Parma sold their Alfa bodies in .020" lexan. They worked fine on all cars, including mod cars. So much so, that it was pretty much standard you had to run that thickness of body. This began the spate of body tucks with any type of contact or improper wheel well trimming.

The bodies can rip but they actually take contact better since they are so flexible. I saw somebody turn one completely inside out, and back again, no harm
__________________
A mutually re-enforcing cascade of failure

"Failior [sic] crowns enterprise." Robert Goddard

I-Lap Scoring Systems http://www.rclapcounter.com/
robk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 11:23 AM   #14
Tech Champion
 
MikeR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 5,044
Trader Rating: 15 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CraigMBA View Post
Who else sells that PRP piece, joe? I can't find it on oval stuff.com any more.
If you can't find them grab a spoon and sharpen it
__________________
www.exotekracing.com ☆ASSOCIATED☆DURANGO☆HPI☆HB RACING☆KYOSHO☆LOSI/TLR☆SERPENT☆TAMIYA☆TEKNO☆XRAY☆

A picture with your post, when trouble shooting, will probably get more rctech help than without...
MikeR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 01:02 PM   #15
Tech Elite
 
CraigMBA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Valley of the Dirt, CA
Posts: 2,832
Trader Rating: 22 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeR View Post
If you can't find them grab a spoon and sharpen it


CraigMBA is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 06:22 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net