Simple Ways To Create A Remote Control Car
Remote controlled, or radio controlled, toy cars have come a long way in recent years. The hobbyist has a choice of electric or nitro powered vehicles. Beginners usually start with electric powered cars and advance to the nitro powered. Battery powered cars are slower than nitro powered. Some remote control cars reach speeds in excess of 50 mph. Remote control cars can be built by purchasing each part individually to create a truly unique vehicle, but the easiest way to make a remote control car is to buy a kit.
Remote Control Kits
Building a remote control car is fun and challenging. Although the cars are small, they contain sophisticated engineering and small parts that must be properly assembled. Select the kind of remote control car you want to build. On-road cars are a little easier to build than off road cars, because off-road vehicles require more parts to build a
suspension to handle the different terrains. Beginners and advanced hobbyists alike should read the instruction manual before attempting to assemble a remote control car. Gather all the necessary tools and work on a clean bench covered with a towel. It’s a good idea to sort the different parts and place them in small bins.
On Road Kits
On road kits are often electric powered, but some of the more advanced models are nitro powered. The assembled car is designed to operate on smooth paved surfaces. On road remote control cars usually have a low clearance to the ground and can be raced on paved tracks. Most on road kits are 1/18 scale and are 2 wheel drives.
Off Road Kits
Off-road remote control toy vehicles are the most popular among hobbyists. They have large tires and full suspensions with high ground clearance. They are built for rough terrain and can go just about anywhere. Off-road remote control kits are usually 1/10 scale and many are 4 wheel drives. They can reach speeds up to about 30 mph or more level terrain.
When it is time to assemble the kit, make sure that all the necessary tools as described in the manual are on the bench where the car will be built. Some kits require that a few parts be cut out of a mold and the edges trimmed. Trim plastic parts carefully and make sure that there is no grease or glue on your hands before cutting the parts out of the mold. Line up the screws with the diagrams in the manual. Each screw in the kit is designed for a specific part. Never try to force a screw or use the wrong size. Parts can be damaged and not fit properly if the wrong screw is used during assembly. Parts will be clearly marked right (R) and left (L). Some parts will require glue. It is a good idea to use a clean plastic lid or bin to hold a few drops of glue and then dip the part in the glue when ready to assemble the part. Beginners often use too much glue on parts, or accidentally squeeze the tube too hard, which can make a mess of the part. Follow the manual and don’t try to skip on assembly steps.
Before installing the servo, make sure that it is properly centered by marking the output shaft center position. Bundle the servo leads by coiling or zip tying. To properly coil the leads, wrap them around a screwdriver shaft and then plug them in. Longer lead wire should be folded over itself before coiling with the other leads. Zip ties work well to hold the coiled wires securely. Trim off excess plastic from the zip tie.
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Written by R. Reichert
Robin Reichert is an AFPA Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant.