How do you make a remote control car?

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How do you make a remote control car?

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Remote control cars, more commonly called RC cars, are mostly sold as ready-to-run models so you can use them straight out of the box, but many hobbyists like to build their own. Making your own RC car lets you customize options, such as the paint color, motor, and engines, so you can build a unique toy car you can control. While many people build RC cars from prepackaged kits, you can also purchase separate electronic components and make a homemade chassis from plastic!

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Method 1Method 1 of 2:Making RC Cars from a Kit

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  • RC kits can start anywhere from $50 USD and reach prices up to $1,000 USD depending on the size and components. If you want a smaller and simpler build, get a cheaper RC kit. For a more complex build, look for a more expensive kit.
  • RC kits come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Pick the kit that youre the most interested in thats within your budget.
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  • If youre working on a hard surface, consider laying a towel down before spreading the components out so you dont lose any pieces or damage the surface.
  • RC kits contain small parts, so keep your work area where children or pets cant reach them.
  • Read through the manual before opening any parts. If you see any steps that are confusing or have a lot of small pieces, make a note in the manual so you know to spend extra time on building when you get there.Advertisement
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  • Thread-locking glue can be purchased from your local hardware store or at a hobby shop.
  • If your screws go through plastic or any other surface besides metal, you do not need to use thread-locking glue.
  • Avoid using electric screwdrivers since they may strip the threading on your screws.
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  • The back wheels will have the motor attached to them and the front wheels will control the direction your vehicle goes.
  • Organize small parts in a tray or bowls. Many kits will have different bags to open depending on how far into the build you are, so make sure to label each container with what bag the components came from.[4] X Research source
  • Avoid opening all the bags at once or else you may mix up or lose parts. Only open the bags required for the section youre working on.
  • Avoid using electric screwdrivers since they may strip the threading on your screws.
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Tip: If there are multiple pieces that need to be put together in the same way, organize them in an assembly line so you can streamline the build process.

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  • Batteries are typically sold separately from the RC kits. Check with your kits manual to figure out which type of battery you need.
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  • Paint the RC car before attaching it to the chassis if you want it a different color. Advertisement

Method 2Method 2 of 2:Building an RC Car from Scratch

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  • If you want to make a larger RC car, you can try using wood and PVC pipes for your chassis.[6] X Research source
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  • You can also use wheels from other RC kits or ones that you bought from a supply store.
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  • Servos for RC cars can be purchased online or in hobby shops.
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  • RC motors can be found online or in hobby shops.
  • Using larger motors will get you more speed, but it will also use more power and make your car heavier.
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  • Receivers, transmitters, speed controllers, and battery packs can all be purchased online or from RC hobby shops.
  • Always disconnect the battery before working on any electrical components.

Did You Know?

The receiver gets the signal from the transmitter, or remote control, and controls the speed and direction your car drives.

The speed controller controls how fast your car drives based on what it senses from the transmitter.

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  • Be careful while working with wires and electronic components for your RC car. Make sure to disconnect batteries before working with any electrical components. <b>Thanks! Were glad this was helpful.</b><br />Looking for more fun ways to learn on wikiHow?<br />Learn about yourself with <a href='/Quizzes'><b>Quizzes</b></a> or try our brand new <a href='/Games/Train-Your-Brain'><b>Train Your Brain</b></a> word game. Helpful 5 Not Helpful 1  Advertisement

Things Youll Need

Making RC Cars from a Kit

  • Prepackaging RC kit
  • Compartment trays or small bowls
  • Tool kit
  • Thread-locking glue
  • Batteries

Making an RC Car from Scratch

  • Lexan plastic
  • Toy car wheels
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Servo
  • Glue
  • Electric drive motors
  • Receiver and transmitter
  • Speed controller
  • Battery

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References

  1. https://www.rccaraction.com/get-started-rc-everything-need-know/
  2. https://www.rccaraction.com/tips-first-time-builders/
  3. https://www.rccaraction.com/tips-first-time-builders/
  4. https://www.rccaraction.com/tips-first-time-builders/
  5. https://youtu.be/nzkbhGDTL5w?t=19
  6. https://makezine.com/projects/scratch-built-rc-car/
  7. https://youtu.be/nzkbhGDTL5w?t=44
  8. https://youtu.be/nzkbhGDTL5w?t=109
  9. https://youtu.be/nzkbhGDTL5w?t=132More References (2)
  10. https://youtu.be/nzkbhGDTL5w?t=149
  11. https://youtu.be/nzkbhGDTL5w?t=166

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Co-authored by: Hunter Rising wikiHow Staff Writer This article was co-authored by wikiHow staff writer, Hunter Rising. Hunter Rising is a wikiHow Staff Writer based in Los Angeles. He has more than three years of experience writing for and working with wikiHow. Hunter holds a BFA in Entertainment Design from the University of Wisconsin - Stout and a Minor in English Writing.  This article has been viewed 76,458 times.   88 votes - 68%   Co-authors:  23 Updated: February 17, 2022 Views:76,458 Categories: Toys Article SummaryX

You can build your own RC car using a kit or from scratch. An RC kit comes with everything youll need to build your car and there are many different models, so you can choose the type of car that you want to build. You can purchase a kit at your local hobby shop or find one online. To build an RC car from scratch, youll need to cut out the body of the car from thick plastic sheets so its sturdy but lightweight. You can use the wheels from an old toy car, and fit a steering component and servo onto the front tires to allow you to turn your car. To power it, youll need 2 electric motors fitted to the rear tires to turn them and move the car forward or backward. Finally, attach a receiver, speed controller, and battery to the motors and servos so youre able to control the cars functions with a transmitter. For tips about how to put together wheel axles, keep reading!Did this summary help you?YesNo

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