View Full Version : R C Drag racing anyone? found a load of pics

29-07-19, 01:40 PM
Having another sort out and getting rid of stuff from back then.

Came across a lot of pics of my venture into this (furiously searches the backs of a pile of photographs in the hope one will have a date on it) small scale version of the real thing. I remember I put a LOT of effort into this and and the potential for kids to get an insight, but to no avail. Had meetings lined up with the powers to be of the day and they just fu**ed me off with excuses.

Anyway if there is any merit in the pics and memories, let me know.

Not one to put crap up on this site, so down to the members (all 8 of us) to decide..


29-07-19, 06:39 PM
Go for it, that one looks great.

30-07-19, 04:17 PM
Roll on, looks interesting :tup:

30-08-19, 07:08 PM
Not going to write stuff unless soemone has questions, just put up the pics which are self explanatory.


And there you have it. Development of a 1/10thAltered from conception to pre production.

30-08-19, 07:21 PM
cool work. I remember the pop being in street machine/custom car many years ago. did n`t you sell the wooden buck for the for the body of the pop a few years ago

31-08-19, 05:38 AM
No the buck for the pop (pics to come) disappeared when the vac forming company I used moved sites. I still have a 2mm first pull body from that buck and an unfinished Fordson buck.

31-08-19, 05:47 AM
Although, hang on. I seems to remember making the first body out of balsa wood, but for the life of me I don't know what happened to it. Maybe it will come to me when I go on to the Pop stuff.

31-08-19, 03:32 PM
Very cool! :happy:
Mind if I use that first pic on my group?

31-08-19, 07:02 PM
be my guest.

31-08-19, 07:07 PM

05-09-19, 06:38 PM
And thats it for the comp altered T.

There is a story about the slix on this car but cant be bothered to go into it...


06-09-19, 07:40 AM
There is a story about the slix on this car but cant be bothered to go into it...

That one sentence has us all interested, do tell....:)

06-09-19, 09:35 AM
What a crap thing to say, you know we are all now intrigued.

06-09-19, 11:13 AM
So here are some final pics of the altered and a couple of experiments with the chassis as a base. Note the rear slix are different to the ones in the above pics..... Da; Da; Daaaaah. more will be revealed later.

The 'Pop altered was never developed as I didn't really like it, but it could be made by cutting the crap out of my standard Pop body.

The final 2 pics (Topolino) were going to be the next body I wanted to produce. I even stated on the buck, but life ete etc.

Thats just a drawing on a bit of thick car and rested against the altered chassis.

Anyone notice the working parachutes?. I sacrificed a little bit of weight with a servo just to pull the chutes. It was worth it.


06-09-19, 05:11 PM
well cool like them all .I made a pop altered in 1/25 th scale as an idea for a racer that had methanol firebird funny car and an outlaw Anglia out of both model kits .this was what I came up with.i think on my one there`s too much in front of the wheels


07-09-19, 06:41 AM
I remember the thread you did on the Pop. Looks good to me

07-09-19, 08:03 AM
thank you Jerry

06-04-20, 03:00 PM
Thought maybe this is a good time to continue with this thread.
Going to move onto the Pop.

I did make a balsa body for the Pop but have no pictures that I can find of it. I then took a latex mould over that and backed it up with plaster of paris.
From that I did the first body by using GRF by building it up inside the latex.

It was very heavy but worked for what I wanted to do which was build a RC Pop dragster.

There is a story behind the rear slix on this first version of my RC Pop, oh and incidentally the second picture with the front wheels 'ridin hi' was taken at Santa Pod (I think on the real start line.)

All the stickers and artwork on the car was printed out on a bubble jet printer and glued on to the body with copydex.

A cheap way back then of getting the 'look' at a small cost. The sophisticated vinyl's and transfer stock was not readily available in those days.

And yes, it would pull a wheelie


06-04-20, 03:47 PM
well cool like them all .I made a pop altered in 1/25 th scale as an idea for a racer that had methanol firebird funny car and an outlaw Anglia out of both model kits .this was what I came up with.i think on my one there`s too much in front of the wheels


i think the wing gives the racers identity away..

06-04-20, 03:48 PM
i wouldnt mind an r/c drag car..it might get more use than my real one......

06-04-20, 05:19 PM
Thats about the truth of it these days. Been waiting 5 years to see the Topo on the tarmac again....

13-04-20, 12:54 PM
Moving on; I found a few pictures of the resin form I made for the vac forming machine. The guys at the forming company told me that recessed windows and things would probably not work out but they said they would give it a try.

This form was hollow and around 25mm thick. which meant I could drill 1mm holes in all the places, that had a chance of not evacuating completely, like the window recesses and the grill recess I probably drilled around 100 or so holes, including a lot all around the bottom of the body and at the edges of the wheel arches so the 'returns' had to have a way of getting a vacuum.

After all this was done, I then went over the whole form with a small chisel to redefine the edges, finesse lines etc.

And so I went, form in hand (and it was sodding heavy) off to the formers some 45 miles away to see how it would come out.

There was also a secondary form for both halves of the headlights and parachute. I even considered making white metal door handles and grills as a finishing touch, but that never happened.




15-04-20, 10:13 AM