RC Car Action

MENTAL MICROBUS

- MATT TOPAS « KAPOLEI, HI

Matt wanted to build his own RC interpreta­tion of a Volkswagen Microbus funny car, and the Maisto Tech RC 1:10 Volkswagen Samba body proved to be the ideal starting point. He cut it to create sort of an extended cab pickup and sprayed it in a burgundy red metallic paint finish. For the chassis he created his own using an aluminum base plate and then custom-built his own fulllength frame rails and cage painted in a contrastin­g bright orange. For a front axle he turned to Tamiya, while the rear end and gearbox were sourced from a Traxxas Rustler. He used the Rustler’s suspension arms and driveshaft­s too, but narrowed them to get the proper width. A set of Mod 1 gears transmits the power from a Castle 4600kv motor through a set of Traxxas drag slicks, while the front are Team Walbern wheels. To get the scale look right Matt turned to Dark Dragon Wing for a fuel-injected Hemi with velocity stacks and a set of zoomies, then added accessorie­s like a fire extinguish­er bottle, a nitrous system, and a driver from Tamiya.

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