HPI Toyota Levin AE86; Project D2

Another project now underway……

Best priced I’ve seen for a new HPI AE86 is from here

So when it arrives, what I have planned after it’s bath is similar to the Project D RX7,  but with the following;

Full LED system with indicator turning signal, brake lights and high beam for full speed
I will also attempt some orange lights as indicators along the side if I can pull it off!
Roll cage
Recaro Seats
Full intercooler and mock oil cooler
Mesh grills and inserts
Smoked lights all around
Wing mirrors
Filled arches with offset & cambered wheels

Paint job;

I was thinking of doing this a very dark metallic red, with a black bottom half of the sheel from the bumbers down……that’s alll changed as you’ll see below.

I’ll set it off with some white additions, I’ll try white mesh, and other white highlights to make it really stand out.

Here’s a pic of the standard shell

HPI Toyota Levin AE86 190mm

Here’s what’s arrived so far, still waiting on the Yokomo Light Buckets – fingers crossed they’ll fit!

Part 2

Masking and Painting – I also decided to add a little realism with headlight lenses, the link to that section will be post on here shortly.

Part 3

Decals

Part 4

Headlights – see here for details

Part 5

95% Finished
HPI Toyota Corrolla Levin AE86

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Tamiya (#51270) Body Set Mazda RX7 FSDS ; Project D: RX7

In keeping with the websites theme of getting into RC Drifting less, it doesn’t come much cheaper than a $26 (£16) body shell!

This has been ordered from eBay shop hosted by Dinball , and this Tamiya RX7 wasn’t the only cheap bodyshell – there are loads!

Get looking now!

Back to topic – I have ordered this Tamiya (#51270) Body Set Mazda RX7 to come up with some new designs, with the idea to get it looking close to reality as possible so it will feature the following;

Full LED system with indicator turning signal, brake lights and high beam for full speed
Roll cage
Full intercooler and mock oil cooler
Mesh grills and inserts
Smoked rear lights
Wing mirrors etc. that come with the body – not sure if I’m going to add spoiler yet
Filled arches with offset & cambered wheels

Paint job……..something like this, but more of a street version;

Here’s what you get once it arrives

Nissan Skyline R34 Nismo Z-Tune……ready for track drifting session

This bodyshell is work in progress, as I’m trying various things out on it to apply to much newer and shiny bodyshells.

The idea is to create a bodyshell that looks like a Street Drifter has taken his car to a track, where you usually see some taped up headlights and different wheels that they use just for drifting.  At some organised events numbers are applied if they enter an amateur event.

After applying a complete real metal mesh grill to the front, I bought a set of Speedway Slidemaster wheels to get the look I wanted, which now on the car look great.  I then applied some BBS stickers from a set that was lying around (I know they are Volk design but hey……they were the only ones I had!)

Here’s the results……..hope you like it!

Upcoming Review – Yokomo MR4 Drift Chassis

Almost every RC drifter will have heard of the the MR4 chassis from Yokomo, and as it’s belt driven some will prefer to a Shafty like the Tamiya TT-01.

However, the purpose of getting this chassis is to make an almost direct comparison with Belt Drive and Shaft Driven – what are the advantages and disadvantages of each and how much do they cost to run are some questions you’ll find answered.

In order to do this, both cars will be set up with exactly the same component and final gearing (time for a calculator….) and then tested side by side whilst being filmed – in true battle drift style! I’ll then post the results up with pics and videos

Just as a side note, the Yokomo MR4 was bought for £35 ( $65) off eBay and comes with a new RX7 body shell, motor and servo – that’s a cheap entry point to drifting!

Here’s some pics of what’s on it’s way;

3Racing Swing Shaft with +5mm Offset

After being frustrated with adding washers to push the wheels out to fill the rims….and it still not being quite enough, I decided to go for these 3Racing Swing Shaft with +5mm Offset.  I intend to use them with some dress up disc brakes and some 0mm or 2mm offset wheels to get a decent drift look.

I’ll also post some pics experimenting with 190mm and 200mm bodies to see just how far you can push the rims out with these swing shafts.

In theory, up to 15mm is possible with these and +10mm offset wheels!!  maybe a little much……….

I’ve ordered them from eBay seller ToyEast whose shop is here

The 3Racing Swing Shaft with +5mm Offset are here

Pictures below show the shaft, and also a metal collar that will no doubt go between the wheel and suspension arm.
3Racing Swing Shaft +5mm Offset

3Racing’s website is here and the +5mm off set swing shafts on their website are here