Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hardbody Camaro Build with Brian Meharry Part 1

In this building article, Brian Meharry shows how to build chassis for narrower hardbody models such as the Camaro and Mustang.

Camaros, Mustangs, and Firebird model kits are generally much narrower than other models. Many times I see these bodies stretched out to fit the frame, this can cause the car to handle poorly.

For this reason the Parma 1/32 brass Womp chassis provides another option, not to mention it is about half the cost of the FCR chassis. 


After making sure the womp chassis is flat and cutting it in half at the desired location, mark the uprights as shown to be cut out with a Dremel tool.

This will allow the use of Parma square bushings to set the desired ride height.

The front uprights will be cut out also. I'm going to be using 1/4" x 1/8" brass tube to set the front ride height for the larger .950" wheels.

Set the chassis the desired length. 
I'm still a little bit old school, I use a simple jig for this type of building.

Cut lengths of .062" music wire to be soldered to the chassis at the outer edges.

Solder the wire to the frame. 
Now, cut K&S 1175 1/4" brass angle to use for body mounts.

Check in next time where Brian gets into the details of fitting the plastic kit body to the chassis and starting the process of finishing the body.

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