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How to make lexan RC bodies out of die-cast models.


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#1 FujimiLover

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 03:20 PM

Hello there. As some of you know, I'm a big fan of Kyosho's hot new 1/43 scale Dnano RC cars. 1/43 is an awesome scale cause there are infinite number of cars to choose from. However, about 90% of them are die-cast. Die-cast is way too heavy for RC car use. One can use light-plastic as found in our model kit's, or more commonly used for RC's is lexan.

I am curious as to how to take a die-cast model, and make a lexan body shell out of the car. Then, how would I go about making the necessary decals/stickers for the body details? I wouldn't want to paint in all that window trim, headlights, taillights et'c. I could use the original cars parts to add detail to the lexan version, what do you suggest?

Is there an easy DIY way of making this?
I think it would be pretty cool to be able to make my own lexan body out of any 1/43 die-cast model. Perhaps make enough of theme to sell to other Dnano users.

Is this possible?

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 08:04 AM

Anybody have any thoughts?

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 08:11 AM

I'll say vacuforming, easiest way to do, and you can basically make your own machine for 25 bucks

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 09:43 AM

Thank you, how would you best prep the body for that?

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 10:00 AM

if it is metal; shuf it underneath the vacu-form machine and done