Are you a custom builder?

May 27, 2011 3 Comments by

 

One of the reasons I love the RC hobby is because the possibilities with these vehicles is almost endless. I enjoy building kit vehicles and building project vehicles for the mag where I bolt on a bunch of cool stuff. The thing that I enjoy the most is designing and making my own parts. It doesn’t matter if I’m modifying an existing platform or building my own vehicle. I’ve built many custom vehicles through the years that included parts that I designed and built or had built and I don’t see that ending any time soon. I have so many ideas in my head and it’s hard to make the time to build all the trick vehicles on my list. What about you? Are you a custom builder? Share some of your builds.

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Simply put, I’m all about nitro. Well, almost. I’m down with electric for crawlers and some indoor racing, but if you really want to get my attention, it better make some smoke and noise. I’m a regular racer and I usually go with 1/8-scale buggy and truggy. When I’m not racing, I am usually fabricating custom parts and even entire vehicles.

3 Responses to “Are you a custom builder?”

  1. FlyBoy38L says:

    I am DEFINITELY a custom builder. When I started RC the only event I could race in was a Technology Students Association event. The event required a custom built chassis. Luckily I have a RC10T and my High School had metalshop courses. I found out I was REALLY good with CADD, milling machines, and lathes. I’m not so hot at welding. =] I made one beautiful single piece aluminum chassis with side kick-ups. I went on to win the State Title in the event. Ever since then I have always been modifying and customizing RC kits. It is just so exhilarating coming up with an idea, making it work, and then standing back and enjoying/changing the results. =] The only problem with being a custom builder is that unless you have a physical access to parts, it is hard to bite the bullet and purchase the parts to later find out that the dimensions don’t fit. My local shops don’t stock the parts for AE that I run and it can get expensive to order the wrong parts. Return shipping is a hassle.

    Here’s an Album:

    http://s24.photobucket.com/albums/c20/FlyBoy38L/RC10T%20Project/

    Right now I’m in the middle of trying to think of how to convert a B44 into a T44. No track in my area runs 4wd 1/10 buggy/truggy classes and those classes are by far my favorite. I’m not a big fan of SC as I used to race my 10T. I’m on the fence about front arms as well as chassis layout and shock towers/shocks. I’m also concerned about the B44 diffs holding up to 1/10 Truck tires under brushless power. Should be quite a challenge.

  2. Rossco says:

    i have a 3-d drawing program on my computer, which i use to draw too my imaginations extent, then i make the parts from say, carbon fiber or aluminum.. custom work really adds a whole new dimension, unlike full size racing

  3. jake says:

    Oh yeah! I’m working on a real replica monster truck tube chassis…learning to weld and the lot as I go. Living in corn fields make a bit harder but it’s turning out pretty darn good so far. Now if I could win the lottery I’d have it finished…lol

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