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Model Car Hydraulics For The Hobbyist

Aug 1, 2008
You enjoy building and displaying your model cars but why not add a little something extra that can set them apart from others? One way to make sure that your car stands out from the rest is to add hydraulics to it. Haven't heard of hydraulics for a model car? Needless to say they are a little used add-on that can the big difference between a cool model and an awesome one.

If you want to try your hand at installing them on your model car it is rather easy to do. The first thing you need to do is to figure out what kind of car you want to adapt into a lowrider. With many different lowrider models available you can add hydraulics to most any one you wish. Get creative and add them to one that most people would never imagine having them. With some work and a bit of extra imagination it is possible to adapt a standard model into a lowrider as well

The next thing you need to do is to get hold of a lowrider kit that contains the hydraulic systems that you will install on your model. These kits are made for models that do not come with the necessary parts to create a lowrider. It may take a little adapting to your particular model but this should not be anything major. Make sure that you do not finish out the model too far before you install the hydraulics or it can make it difficult to do so. The best way to do this is to read both sets of instructions and see how much is involved in the hydraulics kit so you know best when to start working the system in. Usually this is before the body and frame are mounted together.

Next you will want to make sure that you have mounted the hydraulics to both the tires and frame properly. Whether you choose to glue them in place or use screws they must stay securely in place. Now you are ready for a test run. Connect your wires to their respective spots and give it a go. Try out each setting on the controller and make sure that you have wired it properly. You also need to see how much the chassis can take so that you know when to back off after it is fully assembled so that you don't destroy your model.

If you need add a bit of weight to your model car to make it more stable you can either add fishing weights or coins to the chassis. This should add all the weight you need. Now, you are ready to assemble the chassis and body. Make sure that you secure it properly and give it ample time for the cement to set up if it is glued. You are all set for the final touches on your new lowrider! Remember, the real thing normally has an extremely high gloss look so try to use only glossy paints. This will help it look like it has just been waxed and is ready for cruising.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant for model cars, model trains, and model trucks. You will find excellent hobbying and trading resources here for resin molded model cars, model trains, and model trucks.
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