HINTS, TRICKS, TIPS AND IDEAS FROM READERS LIKE YOU
Most bodies come with a sheet of detail decals that include simulated hood pins. Cutting them out with scissors is a pain; instead, use a single-hole punch. The diameter of the circle it cuts is usually bigger than the decal. With one squeeze, you have cut out a hood pin that is ready to be placed on the body.
DUAL-USE BALL CUPS
When you use aftermarket ball cups, the body of the ball cup must sometimes be trimmed to make short turnbuckles. Save the trimmed ends and use them as locknuts on the chassis. [email]
HOMEMADE CIRCLE CUTTER
Instead of buying a circle cutter, use a compass in which you’ve replaced the pencil lead with a hobby blade.
Markham, Ontario, Canada
HANDY PRELOAD GAUGE
Many kits that include threaded shock bodies also have clip-on preload spacers on the parts trees. Don’t toss them out! You can use them as gauges to set the threaded preload collars equally on each
corner of the car, or leave them in place between the shock cap and the collar to prevent the collar’s setting from changing during a race. [email]
To protect your car’s body from getting scuffed on the body clips that support it, cut square “pads” from the waste Lexan you trimmed off the body, and glue them under the body-post holes with Shoe– Goo or Goop (do this after the body has been painted).
New Haven, CT
EASIER SMALL-DECAL PLACEMENT
Use the blade on your hobby knife as a tool to place small decals on bodies. With the decals stuck onto the blade, they will be easier to line up on the body. Vien Thai
ONE-WAY BEARING MAINTENANCE
After extensive use of a nitro car, the one-way bearing in the pull-starter can start to slip because it gets soaked with oil from the engine. To remedy this, take the pull– starter off the engine and drill a small hole on the side of the starter housing opposite where the bearing sits. Now you can spray motor cleaner through the hole to clean the bearing so it won’t slip.
Beginners who are not yet skilled at soldering can pick up a set of automotive connectors, crimp them onto the leads coming from the ESC, then slide the connector onto the soldering tabs on the motor. There is no need for an inline connection, and now switching motors is a breeze. Be sure to insulate the connectors on the ESC so they will not short out if they touch.
TEMPORARY PIVOT-BALL A-ARM FIX
Cars with pivot-ball suspensions are likely to crack where the pivot ball screws into the A-arm. Here’s a quick fix before you install a new A-arm: put a couple of drops of CA into the crack, then cut a piece of heavy-duty shrink– tubing long enough to cover the crack, and heat the tubing. The fix is only temporary, but it will keep you running.
If your antenna is longer than the antenna tube and you do not want it to hang free, take the plastic cap off the end of the tube and cut off about 1/8 inch. Slide the cut piece down the tube to hold the excess antenna.
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