We absolutely love our RCs, and we’re willing to bet that you do, too. We enjoy driving them, working on them and just plain looking at them. What’s a better way of showing them off than to mount them to a light-up wall rack in your home? As promised in the previous issue of RCCA, RC Girl guides us on how to build a light-up RC car display using RC Pro Rack’s RC vehicle wall-mounted racks.
RC Girl specializes in sharing video reviews, tips and tricks, unboxings, and tutorials on her YouTube channel, and in this article she shows us how to build a really cool RC display rack. For a full video on the display shown here, visit RC Girl’s YouTube at: youtu.be/91eSUOj2m0w. The wall racks featured in this article are designed by Judd Rummage Concepts, and they are available at RCprorack.com.
Step 1: Cut and Stain Mounting Boards
First, I picked up two 2×6 boards from my local hardware store and cut them to size to fit the wall in my RC room. I stained them with a 2-in-1 deck stain and seal in a rustic gray color. These will be what I mount the racks to.
Step 2: Assemble the Racks
I picked up and assembled 14 standard wall racks from RCprorack.com which fit 1/10-scale trucks. I have seven for each board. There are several different rack sizes and options available, including some for 1/6 scale down to 1/24 scale.
Step 3: Clear Coat or Paint the Racks
To protect the steel racks from rusting, I clear-coated them with Rustoleum 2x matte clear. You can also paint them in a color of your choosing.
Step 4: Mount the Racks to the Boards
I measured about 13-14” spacing between each rack, which was enough for all of my different-sized trucks to fit compactly without touching. I secured them to the boards with 1” wood screws. The racks have two notches in the back plate so they easily slide onto the screws.
Step 5: Mount the Boards to a Wall Stud
Because these have to hold seven heavy trucks, I made sure to mount the boards to studs in the wall. I hid the screw locations behind a rack so they wouldn’t be visible.
Step 6: Install the LED light Pucks
RCprorack.com also carries various accessories, including these RGB color-changing puck lights. They each take 3 AAA batteries so I made sure to use rechargeable ones from EBL. The lights are all linked to a remote, where you can toggle through many different color options and flash modes.
Step 7: Hang Your Trucks!
The most fun step—I picked out 14 of my favorite trucks for the display. RCprorack.com has wire leashes if you would like to secure the trucks to the mounts for safety (especially if there are small children around). At night, these make an amazing lighted display!
Text and Images by RC Girl and RCCA Staff