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Building a Custom RC Hotrod, Introduction

Scratch-building is common in the RC plane world, especially among aficionados of scale accuracy, but far less so in the realm of RC cars. Most commercial RC cars are highly integrated, in the pursuit of speed and handling, so finding a loose gearbox or straight axle is a difficult task. As with all generalisations though there is an exception, the world of scale RC 4x4's (crawlers) is loaded with jaw-dropping customisations and scratch-builds, something that I'll no doubt delve into in a future post, and is also a great source for all kinds of great hop-up parts like gearboxes, straight axles and scale shock absorbers.

In this series I hope to inspire your own creativity by sharing what I came up with when I got my hands on a few of these crawlers parts. This project is a real mix of the old and the new, I wanted to replicate the handling (or lack thereof) of the heavy, all metal, Tamiya Super Champ that got me back into the hobby a few years ago (more on that in the future), while making use of the rapid prototyping technologies (CAD, 3D printing and Laser Cutting) that have recently become so accessible to hobby builders.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to build a "traditional hot rod with a dash of Mad Max", so it had to have a solid front and rear axle and be based on a classic, in this case, a '32 ford.

I'll leave you with a video of the first test run, as you can see, there was some room for improvement, keep an eye out for future posts that delve into the details.