Whazzup! Heikki from EuroRC here back from the holidays! I hope that you've enjoyed this spectacular summer with a full blast! Today we go full speed on the asphalt and learn how to build and collect right parts for your budget priced 1/10 sized Touring Car. Read further and catch the drift!
But before we go, hear me out! Our excellent team of professionals have built this fabulous Spareparts Finder that makes finding the right spare for your Traxxas Car easier than ever! Try it out yourself - Here are parts for good old Traxxas Slash 4x4 for a starter. Just hover over the exploded views and click any part to see what it is and do we have it in stock. So convinent!
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Grand Tour of Dreams
What would be your on-road RC replica of your dreams? One of my all-time-favourites is this BMW 2002 Turbo pictured here. There is just something in these vintage racing cars that melts my heart! Now I am very aware that to get a full-sized vintage BMW street racer is not an option. This is because my garage is reserved for Mercedes only! :D But as 1:10 scaled RC Touring Car - I would love to have it!
How to build it then? What parts to get and what chassis to go? We gathered below some tips and tricks and recommendations how to build a 1/10 On-Road Touring Car of your dreams with a budget!
Chassis is the Soul
Fancy looks aside, the true personality and soul of these cars is based on the chassis you choose. When it comes to standards of today, we recommend popular XQ2S Sport 4WD Chassis Kit from Xpress RC.
XQ2S Sport 4WD has excellent steering geometry and being belt driven means that it is super accurate and fast reacting when it comes to powertrain. Keep in mind that belt driven cars should be never driven offroad so If you want to blast in the sand or gravel or are making a Rally car, choose shaft driven HPI RS4 Creator Editon instead.
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Electronics are the Heartbeat
Now that we have selected our platform we need to add some electronics in to our shopping basket. You can start with old RTR-electronics you may have in your spare parts box but to make it really run add these to your car. With good set of electronics you get so much more fun out of your car. For example accuracy and response of throttling is much better when using decent ESC. Electronics that we sell here in EuroRC have always a warranty against factory defects.
Our team recommends you these electronics for 1:10 On-Road builds:
Servo: Halko Turner 1.0 Waterproof
Pictured above is a Xpress RC XQ2S Sport 4WD chassis with electronics installed. When building your car try to keep things tidy and cables short. Car should look good also without the body.
Ghost in a Bodyshell
For our Dream Street Machine we need to pick up a good quality Touring body that fulfills our vision. And we have plenty of them here waiting!
When looking for scale realism we have two manufacturers to choose. Tamiya and HPI Racing make the best and most good looking bodies today and always with a Official License. For this build we are looking for 200mm wide Touring bodies and they pretty much fit universally to all touring cars. Follow this link and you'll find all Touring Bodies from our current availability. As you may already know almost all RC bodies come unpainted and untrimmed.
When painting lexan (polycarbonate) I use only Tamiya PS line of paints. Hands down they are best if not even miraculous paints that have wonderful colours and a perfect finish. Ask your local hobbyshop about these.
Read our article about Cutting and trimming Touring Car bodies to catch more tips.
Wheels on a Bus
We actually have those too (here is some if you really are interested!) but for our dream build we want something more shiny. When picking the tire and wheel set combo, always double check that your tire width and diameter fit the wheel selected. Some wheels have lots of positive offset that place the tires further away from the center line of your car when installed. This is useful if the chosen body is very wide compared to chassis used.
Easiest way is just to grab a pre-glued and race spec tire set but us who appreciate Vintage look we have to build our tire set. Follow the links below!
Recommended Touring Tire set: Ride 1/10 On-road Belted Tire Set
It is a true jungle out there with so many manufacturers, styles and offsets that it is easy to get confused. If you cannot find answers, shoot us email or reach us at the chat and our team will do their best to find right parts for you. Read our recommended artice about Gluing the RC tires.
Now we have almost everything essential needed for our superb street machine. Most important thing left is the fun part! Build the chassis, smash in the electronics, spray the body and add the whatnots that are not included in this letter.
It maybe a big job but nothing really beats the rewarding feeling when you see your precious dream car spinning the wheels for first time! Dream Car that you built yourself. You also learn a lot about your cars features during the building process - something you don't get when just running RTR cars.
Head to our RC Information -page for more tricks and tips about wonderful world of radio controlled cars! If you have an idea about something we should have an article about shoot me some email.
All feedback and pictures about your RC cars are also highly appreciated - I may even put your car to next weeks EuroRC Hobby Letter so send me your rides folks!
Xray XB2 Update! Chassis is finished, tires are mounted and the body has been painted. I chose the very masculine pink anodized metal color with a little iridescent twist! I was amazed by the beauty of the new sculptural Gamma 2C Body. It is just.. stunningly beautiful with all the curves and lines. Nice job Xray. With this building speed I may able even hit the track with my buggy just when the season ends!
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Now go back to your RC project, it's waiting for you and looking for your attention! :)
Sunny greetings from Finland!
Heikki / EuroRC
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