RC Car Action




Scott has always wanted an RC van, especially one in GM’S late-’70s or early-’80s body styles. While he has seen a few 3D-printed bodies around, he felt that while the 3D offerings were extremely detailed, they needed too much bodywork to get them to where a smooth finish could be applied. He decided to take matters into his own hands. Scott tells us, “So, I had a few leftover RC4WD Blazer parts laying around, stared at them for a bit, printed some inspiratio­nal photos, studied dimensions and dug in. I was concerned about rigidity, so I chose to only make the rear barn doors functional.” He ended up crafting his own 1982 Chevy van from scratch, building a chassis from 1/4-inch square steel and self-fabricated shock mounts. The body is hinged at the rear of chassis. Body-wise, he started with a few leftover pieces of an RC4WD Blazer. He then connected the pieces with .080 styrene and shaped and primed a few times to work out the imperfecti­ons. If you ask us, this build is a great success. Fantastic job Scott!


- Chassis: Scratch-built

- Body: Custom-made

- Motor: Castle 1410

- Speed Control: Castle SV3 ESC

- Battery: Hyperion Zeee 2S Lipo

- Wheels and Tires: Reefs Fury billet wheels with no-brand orange anodized rings

and KNK scale hardware, Jconcepts 1.9 Trxus tires

- Shocks: Austar stock blue bodies, 30 wt. Losi oil

- Axles: Austar front and rear with HR Racing aluminum chubs

- Paint: Tamiya Color TS92 orange over white primer base coat

- Light System: RC4WD 4-channel wireless lighting controller controls

the headlights/tailights, rock lights, sconces and indirect lighting

- Radio System: Flysky GT3

- Scale Features: All wood interior, waterbed, flat screen, stocked fridge and handmade sconces. Dash is handmade. I printed the seats, door panel and switches for the switch panel. Ceiling has an indirect lighting feature.

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