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DIY Vacuum Former: First Step To Making Your Own RC Bodies?

By April 16, 2009

I've been casually on the look out for some new RC bodies. Most of mine are kind of beat up. Doing some Internet surfing I ended up (as usual for me) at YouTube watching random videos. Then I ran across a Make.com video on a do-it-yourself vacuum forming project for cheap. In the video he made a mask. But I bet you can guess where I'm going with this, right? Making RC bodies! This project would be perfect for that.

I like video tutorials versus pictorials or text because it feels so hands-on. At least for me. Anyway, this tutorial has sparked my own interest in building a vacuum mold system for making RC bodies (or other things).

OK, you may spend a little bit to get started but as far as I'm concerned, it will pay for itself in the long run versus paying roughly $20-$25 for a decent Lexan body. I expect my first efforts might be a little rough, but I'm rough on bodies. Having a few extras (that I made myself, no less) would be wonderful. Just think of the possibilities. Maybe start small with a muscle car body for a Micro-T. Then tackle bodies for all kinds of RCs. My wife thinks it may be a bit of an ambitious project. Perhaps. But if making bodies doesn't work out, there are other cool things to make.

I want to try it. How 'bout you? Watch: Weekend Project: Make a Vacuum Former


April 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm
(1) OpenSourceRC says:

Thanks for the tip! I’ve been looking to try this out for a while as well but haven’t found a proper way to do it. This looks pretty straight forward.

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