Creating Realistic RC Car Headlight Lenses

This is incredibly simple, but takes some patience and a very sharp craft knife – you have been warned!

Having a LED light systems adds great realism to most RC Drift cars, but when you get really close that’s when they really just look a bit lame, as older cars didn’t have full on Zenon projector headlights – so here’s how to create some old school looking headlights.

First, buy a set of decals that match your car body, or just use the one’s that come with a new bodyshell.

By the way – it’s worth noting if you’ve already painted over your headlights this method wont work – so you’ll have to start with a new body shell.

By using some of the left over trimming from the Polycarbonate bodyshell, place a piece firmly over the sticker of the headlight.  Mark around the headlight, so that if it does shift slightly you can get it re-aligned quickly.

Then, taking time, carve into the plastic with medium pressure (do you don’t go all the way through) and following the markings of the sticker.

Once completed, cut out the headlight leaving two ‘tabs’ either end, you’ll need to do this to stick the headlight lense to the body of the car on the INSIDE……

Your results should look something like the example I did below. I have yet to get the light buckets for this body – which is having it’s build photographed on this part of the website here

If you have a try at this, let me know and send you pics to be posted in The Gallery!


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  2. Thanks for the tip now I can start on the light bucket witch will take some patience I try to send you the results. Your a big help!!!

    • No problem! Glad to help. I’ve yet to add the light buckets to this shell – I really must get it finished, I’ll be putting the buckets in with a glue gun which is something I haven’t tried before………I’ll post up the results soon!

  3. So when doing this you will have to cut out the existing headlights and then put in the new ones you make

    What’s the best way to stick them in and how do you bend then so they stay bent


    and awesome tutorial

    PS i’ve got the tamiya Mercedes 190E evo if that helps

    • HI – and firstly thanks for the positive feedback!

      Leave the existing shell as it is, don’t cut out anything as you may change your mind later. I stuck them in with double sided servo tape, and then I hot glue guned them in as well!

      The headlights bent because of the scores I made in them, I gently pressed a curve and they stayed that shape.

      I’d love to see how your 109E works out, I really like that car so post up a pic when you’re done!


  4. Hey man, firstly pro job, looks so much better than those ugly stickers. I was just wondering for my project, where you got those rims and tyres? thanks in advance.

    • oh sorry just found em on one of your other pages. sorry bout that

    • Hey! Thanks for your comment an glad you found it useful! Also happy you found where the wheels came from, they look really good on the car for sure!

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