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This instrucable will show how to create a couple varieties of clear bodies for your Remote Control Car. I made this one for a 2011 Traxxas Slash but any RC with a mountable body will work.  Note that this is my first instructable so I am open to any recomendations or suggestions.

Step 1: Required Tools

Picture of Required Tools
Blow Torch (or Heat Gun)
Sawzall (or Grinder or Cutter or Saw)
Dremmel (or Drill)
Sander (Optional for clean look)
Safety Gear
mcfunworld1 month ago
go to my Chanel if you want to know how to fix rc body's and how to use a $1 battery string to make off road lights for a rc car (on those I use a traxxas). and would this work with acrilic?
DualPhase (author)  mcfunworld1 month ago
Great. Thanks!
raypchang1 month ago
Love your instructable. How long have you been into the hobby?
DualPhase (author)  raypchang1 month ago
Thanks. This instructable was with my first rc. It's been about 4 years
redneck21875 months ago
nice instructable. try using aluminum siding. easy to work with, strong and light weight
I got a rusty vxl
Traxxas slash eh?
DualPhase (author)  Spenceravery1 year ago
Only the best :)
Great idea and nicely done i really looks flawless. I'm also in the process to build up like this RC body and your post is really helpful for thanks for sharing.
how much do you want for it
DualPhase (author)  aidanjarosgrilli4 years ago
Ha, I went step by step how to make your own and you still want to buy it? Isn't this a do it yourself website? :)
yes, but what if you don't have the parts?
DualPhase (author)  aidanjarosgrilli4 years ago
Ah, true. Its made custom to my RC though. Every RC is different.
What about buying the whole thing?
DualPhase (author)  aidanjarosgrilli3 years ago
The RC including Batteries and Charger was about $300
halfshaft3 years ago
I would recommend something more in the line of a polycarbonate for the body. You can easily buy it in sheets the same sizes and thicknesses as the acrylic you are using. Acrylic tends to be very brittle and will shatter and crack easily while polycarbonate bends and flexes more readily, you might have heard it by the name Lexan with is a brand sometime associated with "bullet proof" glass. Other than that great job bending the plastic without bubbling... I never have any luck with that.
DualPhase (author)  halfshaft3 years ago
Thanks! I just had a small square of acrylic laying around from another project so I tried it out. It was free, ha. Poly carbonate would really work better if you are buying material especially for this.
whipnet4 years ago

Use lexan as stated and when you bust up that lid, use this technique to fix it and extend it's life:
Just a suggestion, use polycarbonate instead of acrylic. MUCH stronger and will not crack like acrylic. Lexan, the stuff normal RC car bodies are made out of, is polycarbonate.
DualPhase (author)  NitroRustlerDriver4 years ago
Great idea. I used this acrylic sheet because thats what I had laying around the house. It looks like Polycarbonate is 30 times stronger than Acrylic and 250 times stronger than glass. Its the same thing the make 5 gallon water bottles from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycarbonate This describes it all...
Use Lexan!
Lexan is a brand of polycarbonate sheeting. Kind of like Jello or Kleenex.
"Jello" nor "Kleenex" make polycarbonate sheeting... I checked!! BUSTED!!


sorry. bored.
fredob14 years ago
Love it !!!
You could make it more stable for high speed by extending the front & rear.
Then using the same technique for bending the sides, bend the front down & rear up.
RyanKim4 years ago
I actually have a "Slash" that my kids (and maybe me too) have just destroyed in the last three weeks! SO MUCH FUN!!

I am sooooooo making this Poly body!

Thank you very much for this intructable!

Much better than buying one of those pre-molded -already made jobbers.....