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Did you know that in some months of 2020 almost half of the world’s population was under some form of lockdown? The effects of covid-19 have been truly unprecedented. 

If you are still under restrictions or are choosing to limit your time outside, you are likely spending a lot of time in front of your phone or computer screen. 

What other activities are available? Have you considered a hands-on DIY project? Building a DIY RC car is both educational and can give you a much-needed break from screens. 

Want to know how to build an RC car? Why not read on to find out. 

Basic Parts for a DIY RC Car

If you look through the list of items needed for your RC car, you probably see that you have some items, such as super glue, at home already. Other items you can find online on hobby sites or from a local store. 

In some cases, you will need to purchase electronic parts. It is a good idea to do research and find the best RC battery charger and motor for your individual project. 

Here are the basic items you will need:

  • Plastic sheet
  • Toy car wheels
  • Small bolts (x8)
  • RC Car servo
  • 2 x 800rpm electric drive motors
  • 9v battery
  • Transmitter and receiver
  • Superglue
  • Electric drill

Of course, the materials that you use for the car’s body are according to personal choice. After you gain experience with building RC cars, you may want to be more adventurous with your designs and materials. Here is how we put it together. 

1. Cut the Shape of the Car

First, we will cut the chassis of the car from the plastic sheeting. Here are the parts that you will need: 

A large 3-inch x 7-inch rectangle. Make a ¾ inch x 1 ¼ inch rectangle with around ¾ inch space from the front. This will allow the wheels room to maneuver. 

Next cut six pieces of last that measure 1 ½ inch x 1 ½ inch. Glue three pieces together and the second three pieces. and leave them aside to dry.

2. Add Wheels

Attach the wheels by passing a nail through the center of a hinge and into the second wheel. You should do the same for the wheels at the back of the car. You can then bolt the hinges to the chassis. Next, use the RC car servo and glue it behind he the system of the front wheels.

3. Attaching the Engine

Next comes the exciting part, attaching the engine. We are building a rear-wheel-drive system so the drive motors should be attached to the rear wheels and then glued to the chassis. 

After this, according to your car’s shape, you will be able to fit the receiver, speed controller, and battery. After this, the engine has been fitted and you can concentrate on the car’s aesthetics. 

After this, you will need to glue the final panels and add any accessories that you need. Then you are ready to test drive your car.

Build Your Own DIY RC Car and Much More

If you are looking for a truly satisfying educational project during lockdown that doesn’t involve looking at a screen, then a DIY RC car could be for you. The parts are relatively easy to find and you can build a car with as much or as little power as you need. 

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