Final Build Photos
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|Penteli, Athens, Greece|
|Readers Ride Title||HPI Sprint 2 VW Golf TSI and Balsa trailer!|
|Vehicle Class||Scale, On-road Car|
|Chassis Model||Sprint 2|
|Body Model||Golf GTI|
|Other Body Brand and Model||Matrixline Golf GTI|
|Electric Motor Brand and Model||kit 15T brushed.|
|Speed Control Brand and Model||kit ESC|
|Battery Brand and Model||HPI NIMH 2200|
|Wheels and Tires Brand and Model||HPI 26mm wheels and tires|
|Shocks Brand and Model||kit|
|Axles Brand and Model||kit|
|Paint Brand and Model||local auto parts shop recreated the real paint|
|Light System Brand and Model||Killerbody Led control box with 10 lights|
|Radio System Brand and Model||futaba 2PL 2.4 GHz|
|Further Description/Back Story||Having a real MK5 2008 VW Golf 1.4 TSI (similar to the popular Golf GTI, but with a 1.4 liter engine turbo- and supercharged, producing 140 HP) and a trailer for the home needs, I decided to build a scale Golf at first, using as a base my HPI Sprint 2 and a Matrixline 2-door Golf GTI body.
I made a few modifications when masking the bodyshell, so I could present it as a 4-door, like my real Golf and I didn't use the bodyshell's stickers for the front grille. Instead I painted the grill to replicate my real car's one. I made small stickers with my home inkjet printer to match the real car's stickers and logos. I did the same with the trailer.
After a while, I did a quick mod and added a tow bar, using spare HPI Sprint kit parts. I replaced the rear bumper with a front one, and using a battery bracket, I made a towbar. For the towball I used a swing arm outer axle.
Then I built a trailer, to replicate my own real trailer, using balsa wood, thick Insta-Cure CA and model airplane 60mm diameter foam wheels to closely match the car's 62mm diameter tires.
I airbrushed the car with color provided by a loal auto parts shop, which replicated the exact real VW color code. The trailer was painted with a typical rattle can spray in silver. I installed the full led system to the car and made an extension to power the trailer's rear lights, using a set of Dean's micro plugs.
I painted the rc trailer's rear door the same color as the real trailer's, which is the exact same color as the Golfs'.
Fun facts: The trailer's rear light buckets came from empty pill cards! I painted them on the inside with Vallejo lexan paint!
For the full story and a lot more pics, you can check my own website at:
Build Process Photos