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Nick Goodall
25-04-2007, 03:46 PM
I'm sure you've all seen the F+F style Jap Race cars fully covered in Vinyl so that it looks like a paint job.

Has anyone done this for R/C yet?

I've got a really good contact who does loads of work on Mitsubishi Evo's and i've suggested it to him to see what he thinks.

I'm thinking of getting him some clear shells to have a play with, but if he can come up with a nice easy to put on Vinyl wrap for say a B4 and Losi XXX shell the possibilities for design and colours would be simply unlimited. I'm thinking initially he would just need to design the shape of the Wrap so that it goes over all the curves etc without any problems - then customizing the colours and design would be the fun part.

Does anyone know of a reason it wouldn't work? I know the shells are designed to flex a bit, but i think there's a way around it with the vinyl he would be using.

I'll have a bit more of a think yet but just wanted to see if anyone can instantly think of a good reason this won't work??

jimmy
25-04-2007, 03:53 PM
basically... yes... Companies already make them.. You need a print and cut machine and to laminate it (since it wont last otherwise) but thats all - nothing too fancy.

I thought about getting a print and cut machine a year or so ago for doing custom stuff like this but I do too much already.

ApexSpeed
25-04-2007, 03:57 PM
We do it a lot here on our "dirt oval" cars. There are some cars that REALLY look fantastic in 4-color wraps. From everything I have seen, though, they wrap is really best suited to flat areas that don't have compound curves.

I attached a photo of a car recently done by one of the guys on our forums (dirtoval.com), but yes, the possibilities are endless.



Someone like Jimmy could do wonders with artwork and "print & cut" technology like this. :D

Lee Martin
25-04-2007, 04:09 PM
Rc ID and upgrade do this....

look at tebos shell frm the cactus....

it would shock you to know that its a plain black body with vinyl wrapping.

http://www.upgrade-rc.com/upweb/menu.html

Southwell
25-04-2007, 04:21 PM
It's a great idea, what kinda price would these run into though?

Nick Goodall
25-04-2007, 04:22 PM
Rc ID and upgrade do this....

look at tebos shell frm the cactus....

it would shock you to know that its a plain black body with vinyl wrapping.

http://www.upgrade-rc.com/upweb/menu.html

Sweet, they don't do any for buggy's yet so i definitely think there's a market, plus the main things is that i would be able to get them 100% customised, so you could even have a Wrap for your own design (current) or something?

Lee, just think people could order a Lee Martin wrap but with Blue instead of orange or something :cool:

Nick Goodall
25-04-2007, 04:27 PM
It's a great idea, what kinda price would these run into though?

Hi Ian, well i guess the main initial cost will just be designing the template, then the actual producing shouldn't be too much - i'll have to talk to the guy about all that stuff yet but i'm just getting ideas at the moment..... If it was under 20 a shell i think it would be pretty good?

Southwell
25-04-2007, 04:44 PM
Yeh man, thats a good price i recon. It will be interesting to see how this pans out!

Lee Martin
25-04-2007, 05:05 PM
yeh do me one nick!

ill buy in!

ashleyb4
25-04-2007, 06:13 PM
That upgrade rc do vinyls for transmitters and chargers to.

A

burgie
25-04-2007, 06:43 PM
some of tamiya's car used to come "pre-printed" - the mercedes touring cars if i remember correctly.

They printed the lexan first and then moulded it.

Northy
25-04-2007, 06:56 PM
Think I'll stick with my Coke bottle and rattle can ;) :D

G

telboy
25-04-2007, 10:55 PM
Its not somat you can do yourself realy though. Where I used to work had one of the digital print and cut machines........18000!:o and that was almost a base model.

The full size jobs are done on a special p**s thin vinyl, so that it fits contours of cars when it is warmed up. Its propper impressive and has to be done in a dust free environment thats temperature controlled.

r/c wise, it could be done on normal vinyl unless you want a propper job that covers the whole car with very little joins in it.

But yes it could be done.

Teddy truman
26-04-2007, 07:22 AM
i want one for my controller

b4rs
26-04-2007, 02:51 PM
how is it done like? do they print colours onto the sticky vinyl? im thinking of buying some of them wheel covers. i personally have some vinyl that i put on my wheels but it easily rips off so i uess this stuf would too.

b4rs
26-04-2007, 02:55 PM
you could buy a nitro truggy skin and get a nice base colour on your shell then trim the stickers to fit your buggy? thats an idea?

Wraggy
26-04-2007, 03:00 PM
That upgrade rc do vinyls for transmitters and chargers to.

A
i have my own iluminous yellow transmitter thanks , millzy is soon to have a iluminous Pink one when i sought it out for him ..... ik sure none of you will miss it ...
hopeing to bring a bit of old skool back into racing ....:D :cool:

Elliott Hopkins
26-04-2007, 03:06 PM
Moo.

Wraggy
26-04-2007, 03:07 PM
Moo.
thats coming also !!!! watch this space next week ;)

Nick Goodall
26-04-2007, 04:32 PM
Just to give you an idea of his skills, here's some past projects incl the famous Green 2-dr Evo 8 by Simon Norris (Norris Designs) - All work done on already painted (one colour) cars

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/8889/032xa6.jpg

http://www.anything-cars.com/images/uploads/rse2.jpg

http://www.anything-cars.com/images/uploads/norris2.jpg

Elliott Hopkins
26-04-2007, 04:53 PM
Badass Wraggy.

I saw your car at CML last weekend. The S4 with the union jack?

Elliott.

Wraggy
26-04-2007, 04:57 PM
Badass Wraggy.

I saw your car at CML last weekend. The S4 with the union jack?

Elliott.
i wasnt at CML last week ??? i was racing at marston with my B4
and my S4 was in the car with me so unless someone else has the same design????
i kow mr springer had a small union jack on his S4 ?? May of been his ??

Elliott Hopkins
26-04-2007, 06:13 PM
Oops. Imagine my embarrassment. :)

Danosborne6661
27-03-2008, 12:40 PM
Looks awesome, i'd want one!
Especially if you could do them for transmitters to?

So many people have the Spektrum DX3, they all look the same!

ryno1922
27-03-2008, 05:35 PM
Check out www.upgrade-rc.com (http://www.upgrade-rc.com).

http://www.ibonresource.com/bbmedia/buggyskins.jpg