1:10 RC Car Garage - Zero Dollar GT-R R32

I love the R32. It is the most iconic Japanese street racer on the street. Anyone, even a non-car person would stop and stare if one would drive past.. with this in mind and the fact that I like to recycle and upcycle stuff and since RC drifting is not the cheapest hobby out there and I would much rather spend $$$ on electronics and suspension upgrades I decided to tackle the abused R32. Buying a new lexan shell was just out of the question completely, so I decided to fix up a used R32 shell..
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Basically what I used for the lights installation, is:  Tinfoil. Transparent thin layer doublesided tape or glue to stick the tinfoil to the inside of the shell. LED's..wire, etc.  And my wicked imagination..

Basically what I used for the lights installation, is: Tinfoil. Transparent thin layer doublesided tape or glue to stick the tinfoil to the inside of the shell. And my wicked imagination.

The DIY Lightbucket and LED installation was a last minute thought. Didn't take photos during the installation unfortunately, but this will be covered with my next project.

The DIY Lightbucket and LED installation was a last minute thought. Didn't take photos during the installation unfortunately, but this will be covered with my next project.

Wanted this shell to look abused.. so added details like duct tape and "scratches"..

Wanted this shell to look abused. so added details like duct tape and "scratches".

Added some mesh to the front and mirrors, etc. Feel free to add as many or few details as you like.

Added some mesh to the front and mirrors, etc. Feel free to add as many or few details as you like.

Added some vinyl to the exterior of the roughly painted GT-stripe..

Added some vinyl to the exterior of the roughly painted GT-stripe.

Find the spot you want to fit these, make a small pilot hole and just bend the ends backwards or upwards.

Find the spot you want to fit these, make a small pilot hole and just bend the ends backwards or upwards.

Now, those splitter strut braces. Very easy to make. Took a paperclip, stripped some of the plastic off and tadaaa!!

Now, those splitter strut braces. Very easy to make. Took a paperclip, stripped some of the plastic off and tadaaa!

Rear end is happy..

Rear end is happy.

Thought this looked pretty good so far...

Thought this looked pretty good so far.

Fitted the shell on my chassis and turned the steering by hand.. then marked off where the wheels rubbed and trimmed as much as I needed to.

Fitted the shell on my chassis and turned the steering by hand. then marked off where the wheels rubbed and trimmed as much as I needed to.

Oh...and hotglue... it's hot... don't burn your fingers...I did.

it's hot. don't burn your fingers.

Glued the "sponge" bit to the inside of the shell. Be careful not to use too much glue. Last thing you want is to melt your shell.

Glued the "sponge" bit to the inside of the shell. Be careful not to use too much glue. Last thing you want is to melt your shell.

Since this is for a drift chassis, I decided to glue on a piece of plastic "sponge".  Wallscraping and rear end bashes happen, so you might want to consider doing the same with yours. Flexibility in the rear is important.

Since this is for a drift chassis, I decided to glue on a piece of plastic "sponge". Wallscraping and rear end bashes happen, so you might want to consider doing the same with yours. Flexibility in the rear is important.

And again, you could stickabomb it, or paint it if you like...or like I did..use vinyl..

And again, you could stickabomb it, or paint it if you like.use vinyl.

As with the splitter, you could use plastic or lexan for strength, I used cardboard.

As with the splitter, you could use plastic or lexan for strength, I used cardboard.

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