How to Create an RC Body Moulding

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How to Create an RC Body Moulding
Custom body mouldings can add a level of realism to any RC vehicle. (rc-modellautor image by andreas from Fotolia.com)

Creating custom RC body mouldings allow the remote control hobbyist to drive any body styling imaginable. Whether the hobbyist wants to drive a truck, car or buggy, nearly any imaginable body styling can be created at home. Custom body mouldings can also add a level of realism to any RC vehicle. While the process may seem complicated, the result is a custom body moulding in any shape you can imagine. This is an easy weekend project which nearly everyone can do at home.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Oven
  • Several acrylic or ABS plastic sheets
  • Shop vac
  • Plywood sheet
  • Small sheet of pegboard
  • Furring strips
  • Circular saw
  • Screws
  • Bolts, washers and wing nuts
  • Staple gun
  • Aluminium tape
  • Drill
  • Razor Blade
  • Staple gun
  • Aluminium tape
  • Carving tools
  • Styrofoam block
  • Weather stripping

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut four 18 by 4 inch boards from the plywood. Cut the acrylic or ABS sheet into one 18 inch square. Cut the sheet of pegboard into one 18 inch square. Drill a hole the size of the shop vac hose in the centre of one sheet of plywood.

  2. 2

    Screw the pieces of plywood together to form a 18 by 18 inch box. Staple the acrylic or ABS sheet over the box. Staple the pegboard over the other end of the box. Seal every edge of the box with aluminium tape.

  3. 3

    Cut the furring strips into four 20 inch lengths. Screw the furring strips into a square frame. Cut a 20 by 20 inch piece of acrylic or ABS plastic. Staple the acrylic or ABS plastic to the frame.

  4. 4

    Carve the desired shape of your moulding using the styrofoam block and carving tools. Insert the shop vac hose into the hole drilled in the box. Seal any leaks on the box with aluminium tape.

  5. 5

    Place the frame in the oven at 204 degrees C. When the acrylic or ABS plastic starts to sag, turn on the shop vac attached to the box. Remove the frame and quickly lower the frame onto the box.

  6. 6

    After the moulding has cooled, turn off the shop vac. Cut the moulding from the plastic sheet with a razor blade. Drill mounting holes into the moulding and attach it to your chassis. Paint the moulding if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Thicker sheets of plastic take more time to heat up and result in less detail. Thinner sheets weigh less but are more prone to breaking.
  • If you use clear acrylic plastic for the moulding, you can paint the inside of the moulding and not have to worry about your paint job being scratched.
  • Use potholders when removing the frame from the oven. The frame will be very hot.

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