FULL STEAM AHEAD

RC Car Action - - PROJECT -

Thank­fully, all the hard work and plan­ning paid off, and this beast moves un­der its own power! The startup time is not ex­actly con­ve­nient, as it takes at least five min­utes of prep and 10 min­utes of heat­ing just to build up enough pres­sure to get un­der way, but see­ing it chug along the trail is very re­ward­ing. Even with the re­duc­tion, there’s not a ton of torque there, but it will crawl over small ob­sta­cles. I’m quite pleased with the re­sults, and I love us­ing the steam whis­tle—it usu­ally gets peo­ple’s at­ten­tion! I have plans to work some more re­duc­tion and pres­sure into the sys­tem to aid in per­for­mance, mainly so that I can get some more off-road video footage.

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