Return to '70's Lowriding
Back in 2014 I decided to start creating these 1/12 scale RC lowriders for customers which turned out to be a venture I would regret soon.
I created a new design for the chassis completely build for hopping using new drive motors with planetary gear heads and new diferential rear axle.
1/25 scale '73 Chevy Caprice model by MPC
Full working suspension Turnigy 1440 servo's
Full functional hydraulic suspension Arduino controlled
Custom wire wheels by Hank with 520 styletires
Custom paintjob by Artist Armando Flores
Boogie Nights laying low at London Royal Palace
specs & features
1/25 scale '70 Chevy Impala model by AMT
Full working suspension controlled by three Turnigy 1440 servo's
Full A-arm suspension and steering
380 Mabuchi type motor for hopping with tough braided fishing line
Planetary gear drive motor, drive train, U-joints and working rear axle
RC controlled lights including signal, parking and brake lights.
Custom made resin wire wheels with 520 style polyurethane tires
Custom paintjob by Artist Francisco Pancho Barron
Making a mold of the '64 Impala
For casting the model I used the original 1/12 scale Maisto G-Rides '64 Chevy Impala body.
I created a cost effective 15mm thick layer of Smooth-On Mold Max 30 silicone supported by a mother mold made out of acrylic resin reinforced with fiber glass cloth.
I didn't want to waste a lot of silicone on the second, inner, half of the mold either so I went with a hollow mold. To further save cost I grinding old silicone molds with a meat grinder and mixed the granules with freshly mixed silicone. In between silicone layers I added band aid to make improve the tear strenght of the mold.
1/25 scale rear axle with gearsI used the rear axle that came with AMT's '70 Impala kit and hollowed it out where necessary.
Gizmozone's tiny miter gears work wonderfully well and don't strip.
assambled rear axle trailing armsGlued both halves of the rear axle together and created trailing arms out of aluminum same goes for the cylinders.
1/25 scale brass universal jointI couldn't find any small enough universal joints so I made two out of brass tubing.
Mounted rear axle to the chassisIt's important all measurements are correct so the rear axle sits right and has enough movement.
70 impala a arms and spindlesBoogie Nights features a full A-arm suspension with brass made spindles.
For ball joints I used necklace with one ball sitting inside the spindle and other one mounted to the A-arms.
Rear hydraulics using micro servosTwo highly modified Turnigy 1440 micro servos sitting next to eachother.
The servo arms pushes down on the piece of bend rod that's hooked up to the cylinder to ligt and lower the car.
Turnigy 1440 micr servosBetter view on how the two TGY1440 servos are lined up next to eachother.
I removed and repositioned the circuitboard and cut the housings to save space.