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Quick simple body clips for your RC Hobby Car. These are useful when you've lost yours or in my case the guy i bought the car off didn't give them to me... or in general just don't have them.

Or you could make them just cuz u feel like it? Whatever your reason, here it is. : D

(BTW First i'ble)
 
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Step 1: Supplies and Equipment

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You'll need:
Paperclip(s)
Needle Nose Pliers (normal pliers would work as well but it'd be harder to maneuver)

Optional:
Sharpies *You could use any permanent marker but then they wouldn't be as cool |:
Felt Tip Pen
Ruler
A clean workspace

Step 4: Mark out and bend first semi-circle

Erm. Preety simple, i marked 2cm and then made a small semi-circle.

Step 5: Start the bending

Okay it's pretty easy. All you need to do is hold the paperclip just before your to-be-bend and then push the long bit in the direction you want. After the first bend make them all 90 degree angles getting progressively smaller. You'll see.

Step 6: Cut of remaining and SHARPINISE

Just cut the paperclip a bit before the end of the straight bit.
To Sharpinise, colour in with a sharpie. BUT. do it like you mean it. cuz it's sharpie rite?

Step 7: Make more until you've got enough

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Umm. just make more?
fuzz11116 months ago

Allow me to suggest a better starting point - bobby-pins.

You can just use them as-is, but might need to cut them down in some cases.

Rseery10 months ago
Just wanted to let you know that people are still using your excellent idea. I just made 3 of them and they work great!

Bob
DUDE THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH U SAVED ALOT OF MONEY U ROCK
Ps sorry bout ur nitro car I feel bad
saransaleen3 years ago
Nice car is that a traxaas slash 1:18 rc car? sweet!!
and it's a nitro
Nope, doesn't look Traxxas, it looks 1/10, and a StadiumTruck, not the Traxxas Slash 1/16 ShortCourse
sharlston3 years ago
Great ible check out my rc ibles too :)
Checkout my youtube channel too:
http://www.youtube.com/user/mrfishin101?feature=mhum
quitit3 years ago
Great instructable welll done
whar are these for
Goodhart4 years ago
I would have thought that the paper clips would be a great fix while out and about, but once home, I would rather replace with the more expensive and better tempered real thing.   Any stress that bends a paper clip (since it is untempered) will leave it bent. A tempered clip should spring back and hold better.  But then, maybe there is little continuous stress on these, and more quick shock type stress :-)
 
Kryptonite5 years ago
With RC carring this has got to be the most annoying thing when you're driving through the track and by the time you get to the end of the race you're 2 or 3 body clips down. Thanks for the instructable! I've got a "Touring car" though and yours looks like an off roader, how often do you loose this type of clip?
pyroten (author)  Kryptonite5 years ago
Yea it's a 1/10 nitro off road buggy. I got it for 190 down from 300 but only cuz my cousin works at a hobby store and somehow managed to get it down : D Yea i'v lost heaaps of these and i usually kept buying them but this is soo much easier for me. yea i was thinking of gettin an electric touring car like the ta-05. it's preety generic but i was thinking of hopping it up?
I'm not entirely sure what I have and I can't check right now because I don't have them with me. Between my dad and I we have 2 nitro off roaders and 4 touring cars. They're completely different to handle but if you can drive on you can drive the other. Touring cars are great fun, but get a body that's nice and sturdy. I bought a real swish car and ended up spending a fortune on it for broken bits and then gave it to my dad, and now I've got another one that's never had to had a piece replaced and it was only 3/4 the price of the other one originally. One thing I learnt is to watch where every thing is placed on the body, my dad stuffed up a $300 speed controller because he clipped it against a corner, and it was on the outside section of the body. Another anoyance is that I've currently got a cheapo speed controller and I bought a really good one that's double the size, but it won't go in due to the space where it can go. One last tip, don't buy Venom batteries. Apart from that I hope you get a good car!
If you want a good on road touring car electric 1/10...get a HPI Cup racer. or HPI E-10 if you want a shaft driven..or get a Sprint 2 if you'd like a belt driven...

I own an E-10 Gran Turismo Edition...

only thing with the E-10s...they come with friction shocks and not fluid filled ones...all cars I listed come RTR and both are around $200...


I haven't taken mine  for a drive in a while, there's no where close by with a nice flat surface like a car park.
Why should we not use 'Venom' batteries?
My good friend Al bought a number of them, to have them all die within a month. Seems the packaging of them is quite weak in a fair few of the battery models.
pyroten (author)  Kryptonite5 years ago
haha yea okay. Dw ill keep away from venom batteries :) Yea i'v been talking through cars for a few weeks now with the guys at the hobby stores and i recon ill go with the TA-05. But when looking at it from your point of view like placement and such it's a bit sketch D: so ill look into it. Thanks for the advise :)
No probs, tell me when you get it and send a pic if you could, I'd like to see what you get!
pyroten (author)  Kryptonite5 years ago
i got it. a TA-05 in Raybrig. I finished building it yesterday but i haven't done the body yet. well i started cutting it out. D: typical me didn't cut straight again and i'v made abit of a mess of the body. It's not that noticable but if you look. haha oh well. always room 4 improvement. :) ill post u a pic when i finish it off
Haha, sounds cool, I hope it turns out alright. I'll send a picture of my dad's and mine when I get my camera to work. :S
pyroten (author)  Kryptonite5 years ago
yay finished the body. i did a preety bad sticker job tho. next time i'm not gunna use the stickers except for the nessesary ones and do it with paint. actually my paint looks kinda wierd on the raybrig but wateva :)
it's orange. ill post a pic soonish
pyroten (author)  Kryptonite5 years ago
haha sik : D
yea my camera's getting old as well... i only get half the pic. but ill upload sum soonish. i'v got it running it's preety sweet but my body's still not dun :(
l have a mgt but i wreaked it, and i don't have the money to fix it :(
That's the sad thing about RC cars, slightly expencive if you don't use it... perfectly.
hippojoe5 years ago
Very good Why were you calling your ruler a pencil? .......or was it just a joke that didn't get?
pyroten (author)  hippojoe5 years ago
no no its a pencil obviously : D
Where can I get one like that?
Ok Sorry but I had to ask.
pyroten (author)  hippojoe5 years ago
haha thats fineee
aleinlegs5 years ago
the under-glow looks really cool, can you post an instructable on how to build one?? thnx
pyroten (author)  aleinlegs5 years ago
haha okay, i'll give you a shout if i get round to it
ultrauber5 years ago
i just figured the same thing out like two weeks ago. i also have the same tablet...but my cat peed on it
ouch, that things a mess XD but great ible though they work perfect for my tamiya lunchbox 5*s
pyroten (author)  the-ruler-of-craziness5 years ago
thx.. haha yea i no aye. i'm stillll waiting for the parts D: but i got a TA-05 to keep my mind of things : D
the lunchbox is a 1/12 rite?
pretty cool, where can I buy that
pyroten (author)  adrian gumba5 years ago
err. were u referring to the body clips below or the car???
lokua5 years ago
classic instructable for rc car ppl. i used to do this all the time till i broke down and bought some locking body clips (see pic). i guess u can make ur own like this too
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pyroten (author)  lokua5 years ago
wow. how do they work :S
lokua pyroten5 years ago
its more obvious when u see them im person but that looped part goes around the top of the body post so to remove them you have to pull back and up on the bent end to release the loop. i recommend zip tie and fuel tubing body clip handles for these too.
ac1D5 years ago
nice idea, I used to just put the paper clip without bending it. ahah.
ac1D ac1D5 years ago
talking about rc car, do you know a nice shop for part witch ship to canada? i have a kyosho(crap i no) DST and no spare part, everything i broke on it was fixed using metal wire lol.
pyroten (author)  ac1D5 years ago
haha erm. sorry for the late reply. i'm from AUSTRALIA : D btw great place.
haha so sorry i don't know anyplace that ships to canada. have u like checked ur local hobby stores? thats where i get all my spare parts and stuff
pyroten (author)  ac1D5 years ago
Haha yea i was doing that but it wasn't quick to get on so u no. This took me like 2 minutes. Putting the i'ble together took longer :)
ravvip05 years ago
i found that if you bend the largest circle of the body clip up at an angle so it looks kind of like this in profile \____ its much easier to put on/take off if you have stubby fingers and if they are tight :D
pyroten (author)  ravvip05 years ago
yea ur rite. it does make it heaps easier
wupme5 years ago
Oh my god, there has to be some sort of genious price you should recieve. I loose so many of those things... if i saved the money for them i would have another RC Car by now... I still don't understand how i lose them in the first place. Thats gotta be the same thing like the socks who dissapear in the washing machine. There's gotta be some sort of black hole somehwere, because otherwise there would be mountains of those clips where i drive.
I have had the same problem with the body clips untill i found this trick out here
pyroten (author)  looking4ideas5 years ago
you could just tie a piece of string to the loop of the clip then drilled a small hole in the body somewhere unnoticeable and tie it to that. that way the clips are always attached to the body and you really couldn't lose them unless u lost the body.
I don't want to drill holes on my body unless I'm just painting it because i don't want to mess up the paint job =) plus i tried to use string they hurt ur finger if ur pulling the clips by the string if u use the fuel tubeing it s much easyer to pull the clips off.

Btw: how durable ru clips do they get stretched out when ur putting it on and off
Yeah the same for me. If you have seen my RC Cars you would never think about drilling a hole into the body. Iridescent paintjob, and some with those typical import tuner graphics. The Bodys are usually import tuning cars and one Mercedes S600 ;)
pyroten (author)  looking4ideas5 years ago
haha okay fair enough. it was just an idea :)
well so far the've sustained quite a few err 'pull offs' and they still look fine. It just depends on how strong your paperclip is. I used the 1mm thick ones which i bought from officeworks *australia btw*. Like right now i'm testing it cuz u got me curious and i can't really bend the straight bit with my fingers. Of course after alot of times pulling on and off the straight and clippy bit will pull apart but then you could just push them back together. but so far they haven't deformed yet : Ddoes that answer it?
i just made one with a long straight end so i wont need 4 clips to keep my body on but i realized that my clips attach vertically not horizontally =(( TTTT
pyroten (author)  pyroten5 years ago
YAY. leet : D
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I know what you mean with the socks... I lost a whole pack overnight. Never even made it out of the bag...
Lftndbt5 years ago
Oh!! Very neatly done!
pyroten (author)  Lftndbt5 years ago
: D Thanks
NachoMahma5 years ago
. Fantastic iBle. A bit quirky, but easy enough to follow.
pyroten (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
Thanks Haha yea. I had fun tho :)