Step 1 (Strip down & restore)
This car was in good nick to start with although
in need of restoration to be worthy of the good
life on a collectors shelf.
I just stripped it down to the gearbox's. I left
them alone as they only wanted a dust & they
were really smooth running, So why mess with them?
It's a restoration remember not a new build. Keep
Any parts I need from the old car (dampers &
some metal parts off this one) I throw them in
a bucket of hot water & washing up liquid,
Leave em to soak. Then clean up with a tooth brush.
I needed the drive shafts & centre propeller
shaft which looked a bit worn. So I sprayed them
with good old 'Satin black' car paint.
They look great! You can also use silver paint
on screws & nuts if you don't have any new
ones. Just stick them all in piece of card board
Motors & speed controllers are always a pain
to make nice. I usually use a period motor where
ever possible with a nice clean can (metal) The
plastic end bell can be scrubbed up with hot water
& washing up liquid. Any marks can be removed
with a knife sometimes. And don't forget to clean
those wires, Replace them if need be with some
from a new motor. Don't try & clean the metal
can with anything abrasive, Never works! Just
get a good one to start with. Strip the speed
controller down & give that a good clean.
If it's worn, Try sanding the contacts or use
a fibre glass cleaning pen like I do.
Right, Make sure all your parts are together.
Are they all clean & restored?
Step 2 (rebuild)
Chassis first this time.
These are great to build as they are basically
in three pieces & go together great. Front
gearbox, Chassis/radio & rear gearbox.. That's
it! Not much to worry about at all. Just follow
the manual & it's easy. Don't bother with
ball bearings if your not going to run it. Plus
it keeps it nice & original too.
Simple things like the front bumper, Wheels/tyres
& battery door are always superb final items
There, Chassis complete!
Now on to the body.
The more harder part, But still easy for a lexan.
There's only one colour. Easy to cut out. Buy
yourself some of those curved scissors if ya don't
have any. They are superb for any lexan body.
Give the body a really good clean with warm water
& washing up liquid. Leave to dry.
There's just a bit of tricky masking to do here,
Before you paint. I stuck on those cockpit decals
first so I could see where I needed to mask to.
Then I used wide masking tape, Run it along the
bottom side window edges & cut around the
other window edges.
Ready for spraying. I use Tamiya paint for lexan.
Be very careful not to get any on the outside
of the shell as it's not protected. You can mask
it all off, But that takes ages. Oh, Nearly forgot.
Mask off any holes in the body (body mount, Antenna
holes etc.) The paint will spray through.
Metallic paint always needs to be sprayed, You
will always see paint strokes if ya brush it on.
3-4 light coats is good enough.While it's drying,
Paint your driver.. Oh no! No body seems to like
painting them, But they are the cherry on the
cake if ya spend an hour doing them right. You
don't have to paint them realistic, Just make
them simple but right.
I always try & paint mine same colours as
on the box art, If ya can see them.
Do gloss first on the helmet. Let it dry completely
before you paint the flesh on his face.
Next, With a steady hand resting on something..
Paint the satin black around his face in the helmet
opening & around the bottom of the helmet
edge. Let your brush run into & the dip on
the edges to get a straight paint line. It does
make it easier if you put the screw in at the
bottom of the helmet to hold on to.
Paint the body next with some matt (NOT gloss)
paint. Three colours to keep it simple. Body colour,
Seat belt colour & seat belt buckles. Let
it all dry again before attempting to screw the
Your body should be all dry now & ready for
decals. Oh and screwing the lower rear wing on.
Do this first before the stickers.
Give it a quick clean with a soft cloth or you
can wash it again if you want.
These decals are great to put on. A few tricky
ones, But nothing serious.
I always use a scalpel where every possible to
apply decals, It makes it easy to line up.
There's only one tricky area on the body. It's
the side/rear wing decals.
Put the side decal on first lining it up with
top edge of the wing (see pic) then line up along
the side bottom edge all the way to the middle
of the body. The top decals on the wing now should
line up great, Use these as well for lining up
the side ones. After these the rest are easy.
Told you it was all easy & enjoyable.. LOL!
Always nice to drop that finished body on eh..
Hope this has helped a little & remember,
You can always apply any of this to any car.