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warthog
2004.04.05, 08:44 AM
I always have ideas to modify my car and to make it look different than the stock version. Only problem = I'm not Mr.Handyman, I don't have too much patience and I'm too lazy to go out and buy the right stuff for the job. I changed some things about my yellow enzo and it turned out...well its ok when you look at it from a distance :D really

Before :
Yellow Enzo (http://users.pandora.be/warthie/Mini-z/Enzo-low.JPG)

After :
Not that yellow anymore (http://users.pandora.be/warthie/Mini-z/enzo-sideclear.jpg)
The back (http://users.pandora.be/warthie/Mini-z/enzo-sideback.jpg)
Above (http://users.pandora.be/warthie/Mini-z/enzo-sidetop.jpg)
Coming at you (http://users.pandora.be/warthie/Mini-z/enzo-top.jpg)
Close-up side (http://users.pandora.be/warthie/Mini-z/enzo-side.jpg)

The paint job isn't the best ever because I didnt use the right sandpaper to get rid of the previous layers of paint. Yes, I tried something with black paint and that went totally bad.
The airintake is made from balsa. I had this little wooden cube that was a leftover from an electric plane and I decided to make it look like an airintake by shaping it with sandpaper. (The same I used to remove the paint :p)
I wasn't planning to change anything else about the car, but then I discovered this F50 scale model box which I hadn't finished building. At first I was thinking about using that body for my Mini-z, but it turned out to be a little bit too big. A real shame, I would have tried to do a clean and accurate job on that 1. However, the spoiler at the back seemed to be a perfect fit. It wasnt as perfect as I thought in the first place and it took a lot of glue to stay where I wanted it (it's very obvious to see in that last pic).

I know its a crappy when you look at it from a small distance, but its nice enough when it's racing. I'm quite happy with it.
I've had many more crazy ideas which didnt get completed :
--> Making a spoiler out of balsa (I made 1, black with a glossy shine...but it was just too bad. Even for me :) )
--> Shortening that F50 by cutting a piece out fo the middle and putting it back together.
--> Making a light-set for the enzo. (might still do this someday, not soon though)
--> Fitting the car with flaming decals (did this, took me a while and ended up in the garbage)
--> Making my own decal without a decal set. That was probably the worst idea ever. I used this plastic foil they use to cover books with. Needless to say I had big problems with the wet inkt, but still I managed to get it on my car. It looked bad...

It was fun and frustrating, but it's good for a laugh.

buckaroobonsai
2004.04.05, 11:35 AM
My attempt at painting over autoscale bodies has produced varying results as well. Once I started working with the white, unpainted bodies, things improved dramatically. I recommend trying it and using parts of similar scale plastic models to get the look you want. Once the paint is dried, apply any decals you want then spray 2-3 clear coats over it all for protection. The white bodies are also nice because they come unassembled so masking is kept to a minimum. The light kit is easy. Just hot-glue the led's in place inside the body and use foil or duct tape behind each to focus the light forward and out the lenses rather than all over and underneath the body. Overall, take your time, don't rush things. You will be happier with the results.

;)

http://www.buckaroobonsai.com/madforce.htm

arch2b
2004.04.05, 01:21 PM
[QUOTE=buckaroobonsai]....use foil or duct tape behind each to focus the light forward and out the lenses rather than all over and underneath the body.....QUOTE]
i have found using plastidip for this much easier as you just paint it on and it will seal and hold everything very well. the nice thing is you can scrape it off if you need to replace the led or something too

warthog
2004.04.05, 03:32 PM
I might try 1 of those unpainted bodies soon. I learn new things step by step from this site and I could get some help from the RC club I just entered also. Main thing is I've got to keep it simple at the moment. Its hard to do when you see magnificent works of art like there are on this forum, but its impossible to paint a Van Gogh when you're only starting to try stuff.
Next time I hope I can take really close up pics without having to be ashamed to show them, hehe.

But its ok for the regular racing, I dont have to be afraid to scratch it.

Thanks

Btw : what is plastidip? Some thick paint to close openings?

Vmax
2004.04.05, 03:45 PM
I might try 1 of those unpainted bodies soon. I learn new things step by step from this site and I could get some help from the RC club I just entered also. Main thing is I've got to keep it simple at the moment. Its hard to do when you see magnificent works of art like there are on this forum, but its impossible to paint a Van Gogh when you're only starting to try stuff.
Next time I hope I can take really close up pics without having to be ashamed to show them, hehe.

But its ok for the regular racing, I dont have to be afraid to scratch it.

Thanks

Btw : what is plastidip? Some thick paint to close openings?


The paint may not be the best, but I think the scoop and spoiler look great! It's nice to see something new.

arch2b
2004.04.05, 03:46 PM
plastidip is liquid rubber. it's the kind of stuff used on the handles of pliers and such. it works well for insulation wires and covering them up to prevent light leak

warthog
2004.04.05, 08:13 PM
ok, I might look for that if I ever decide to start with the light kit
and thanks Vmax :)
Next project will look better, guaranteed