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Need advice on bodies/shells, paint, and LEDs.

Old 08-12-2011, 04:00 PM
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Questions?? Need advice on bodies/shells, paint, and LEDs.

Im gonna list my topics by number so its easier to refer to them as we make our posts.

1st i need suggestions for very high quality bodies that come with very good masking stickers. I purchased an hpi body and the masking stickers were too big leaving parts that shouldnt be clear on the body clear.

2nd I need suggestions on paint. I was told one of those short cans of tamiya spray paint should work for one entire car body, which it doesnt. Im trying to save money but i want high quality paint and need a large selection. I wouldnt mind investing in an air brush. I heard there was some other option to save money on paint. Im looking for these colors, black, white, and silver/chrome. I am also looking for paint i can paint on with a brush, that are translucent red, translucent yellow, and translucent orange. I am also looking for translucent black or smoke/tint colored spray cans for tinting windows. I would love some links to check out for site with a good selection of paint, amazon just isnt cutting it :P

3rd i was wanting to purchase an led kit for my body so i can have head lights and tail lights. I would love to get the police mod lights but i think that would be too much work.
Heres a link of something cool i found but its expensive, and i have no idea how i would go about installing it.

Edit: Cant use links yet, so look up rclightskits the website and they have a 3Ch RC Car Led Control Module that i was looking at. But its expensive

They also sell led kits that are almost as much. Does anyone have any good guides to link me to for this topic?

4th does anyone know of anyway to make or buy a cover to put on my TA-05 v2 R? I need something like they make for buggies to keep the dust away from my electronics and gears and what not. A body alone doesnt cut it, i need something to prevent all this dust from getting in my chassis.

-Thanks for your time

I posted this in the on road section and was told to post here, so pls dont think im just trying to post everywhere to get an answer :P
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:22 PM
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1st i need suggestions for very high quality bodies that come with very good masking stickers. I purchased an hpi body and the masking stickers were too big leaving parts that shouldnt be clear on the body clear.
Best way is to mask your own windows, I don't use the pre-cuts from bodies when I want a good mask. They're either too big or too small.

2nd I need suggestions on paint. I was told one of those short cans of tamiya spray paint should work for one entire car body, which it doesnt. Im trying to save money but i want high quality paint and need a large selection. I wouldnt mind investing in an air brush. I heard there was some other option to save money on paint. Im looking for these colors, black, white, and silver/chrome. I am also looking for paint i can paint on with a brush, that are translucent red, translucent yellow, and translucent orange. I am also looking for translucent black or smoke/tint colored spray cans for tinting windows. I would love some links to check out for site with a good selection of paint, amazon just isnt cutting it :P
Maybe you are putting too thick a coat, I can do a single colour body with one Tamiya can. Testors Pactra paint is a little cheaper if you stay with cans. Tamiya makes a tint paint PS-31 Smoke, other may also have them but not sure the code.

3rd i was wanting to purchase an led kit for my body so i can have head lights and tail lights. I would love to get the police mod lights but i think that would be too much work.
Heres a link of something cool i found but its expensive, and i have no idea how i would go about installing it.

Edit: Cant use links yet, so look up rclightskits the website and they have a 3Ch RC Car Led Control Module that i was looking at. But its expensive

They also sell led kits that are almost as much. Does anyone have any good guides to link me to for this topic?
I just got a 4CH LED kit from a guy that makes them in Hong Kong, lots of settings, Muffler/reverse/signals/hazard/head hi-low/brake hi-low etc. With police type flashing as well as drifters flash. Comes with head/tail/blinkers for $34 shipped.

You can PM bitmap he's the guy who makes them.

http://www.rctech.net/forum/electric...-test-car.html
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by TheMadHatta
1st i need suggestions for very high quality bodies that come with very good masking stickers. I purchased an hpi body and the masking stickers were too big leaving parts that shouldnt be clear on the body clear.
You can mask just fine with the mask that come with an HPI shell. If you find it to big you can always trim it down. I like to cut it in the middle to break it down and then use the vinyl edges of the window mask to get a clean mask. Its the best way to do it without your own plotter and vinyl masking material.


Originally Posted by TheMadHatta

2nd I need suggestions on paint. I was told one of those short cans of tamiya spray paint should work for one entire car body, which it doesnt. Im trying to save money but i want high quality paint and need a large selection. I wouldnt mind investing in an air brush. I heard there was some other option to save money on paint. Im looking for these colors, black, white, and silver/chrome. I am also looking for paint i can paint on with a brush, that are translucent red, translucent yellow, and translucent orange. I am also looking for translucent black or smoke/tint colored spray cans for tinting windows. I would love some links to check out for site with a good selection of paint, amazon just isnt cutting it :P

The best way to apply window tint is to actually use automotive window film. The best spray tint is the Tamiya, but it is no match for actual window tint. Stay away from the Pactra window tint. It will botch your whole paint job. Black, White, and Silver are easy to find and work well in the Tamiya, Pactra, Faskolor, Createx, and Testors Custom Laquer System paints. Chrome is more difficult to find and I suggest Spastix Chrome. Its expensive so get ready.
If you want a big selection and you want it to go a long way then you need an airbrush. At least that way you arent paying for a compressed carrier. I would forget about brushing on translucents with a bristle brush. I don't see how you can get it to look good.
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