View Full Version : 1/43 Scale AWD Table Top Drifter

2007.02.17, 01:34 AM
I wanted to be able to drift inside my house, unfortunately my house is too small for my mini-z and xmods, therefore I went to the chop shop with a super slick and zip zap monster truck. Took the front axles, gears, and drive shaft from the zzmt and used the superslick chassis. This is my progress so far, just a plain chassis with gears and drive shaft. It still needs a steering arm, motor mount, as well as the electronics. I plan on using a 3 gram servo, iwaver01 esc, and 3-4 cell 1/3 aaa. Everything should fit, might be a little tight. There is suspension for the front, but I haven't work out the back yet, not sure if a simple t plate suspension for the back will work. I plan on making a new chassis out of either lexan or cf sheets. I'm leaning towards lexan right now because its cheap. Still deciding on if I should have a dual motor setup so that I have more torque or just a single motor, seems like a single motor with 3-4 cell should be more than enough torque.

The front axles are a little wide, therefore steering is a problem using superslick bodies, I will need to grind the wheel well a little. But epoch bodies seem to fit fine.

Other things that I plan on adding if this basic setup works are - bearings, and an epoch diff.

Let me know what you guys think and how I should improve the initial design/setup. Hope this can inspire people to build their own 1/43 table top drifter.

Pic of xmod wrx, superslick evo, epoch rsx. (http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p118/syk324/DSC00141.jpg)
Chassis (http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p118/syk324/DSC00139.jpg)
Chassis2 (http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p118/syk324/DSC00146.jpg)
Front assembly (http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p118/syk324/DSC00140.jpg)
Body + Chassis (http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p118/syk324/DSC00144.jpg)

more details to come later.

2007.02.17, 10:34 PM
Sounds interesting. Have you played with a Micro-T yet? Perhaps you can modify one of those for your drifting needs. They are 1/36 in scale.

2007.02.18, 10:53 PM
no, I haven't played with the micro t yet. Its a little too expensive for me at the moment. I'm just trying to use all the micro rc cars that I don't play with anymore and make something new out of it.

2007.02.19, 09:40 AM
somebody on ebay has taken the Micro-T and converted it into an oval racer. I'm sure you can take that, and convert it to a drifter, just a possibility for you.

2007.02.26, 05:43 PM
the micro t is a little longer and a lot wider then the 1/43 super slicks. Some parts might work, but I won't go there yet.

Here are some more updates, I got the motor mount worked out, single motor for now. I wired up a micro servo to iwaver01 board, the servo still looks pretty big on the car. All I need to do now is connect the steering assembly to the servo, wire up the motor and battery. I went ahead and order some micro t bearings. I got 16 for $12 shipped, can't beat that price. I was going to go ahead with smaller bearings but they cost $4 per piece yikes! Anyways hopefully this will be up and running by tomorrow.

A pic of super slicks wrx sti, body looks very nice still fits, but the wheels extend out of the wheel base.

Electronics on Chassis (http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p118/syk324/DSC01609.jpg)
Electronics on Chassis 2 (http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p118/syk324/DSC01610.jpg)

2007.03.05, 11:19 PM
Finally got it done, I changed the layout of the servo.

New Layout (http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p118/syk324/DSC00013.jpg)

I'm having some trouble with the range of the car though, the reception is horrible for some reason. Most of the time it won't work 1ft away from the car, I was wondering if 3.6v is sufficient to run the iwaver board.

2007.03.05, 11:22 PM
wow looks promising. A video would be great.

2008.07.02, 05:12 PM
Hey there skydevil, any further updates to this project? Looked interesting. I'm hopeing Kyosho will do an AWD Dnano soon.