Im New to the competitive world of slot car racing. Im going to be running a nascar class at my local track and the rules are fairly lax. I want to find a nastruck body for my flexi 1 car but i cant find any sites that have them already painted and im not looking to buy an airbrushing set yet. the one body i tried to do on my own ended up.... terrible. in fact i wont even clip it to my car. So PLEASE any insight on where i can find custom bodies or even some part numbers/brands of paint products that would make my life easier would be MUCH appreciated. Also i got my girlfriend into it too! those who play together stay together so we both are looking for some really nice looking bodies!
Joe, most local tracks have a few guys who paint their own bodies. My experience has been that most of them will also paint for others. Ask around your local track to see if you can find someone to paint yours. Even your trackowner may know someone. Where are you located?
Im from New Jersey. My closest track <that i know of> is in the collingwood auction by Farmingdale NJ.
I figured i should just go ahead and ask around but im shy... very shy.. and have always just figured it out. But to really do a good job <to the standard in my mind> hasn't been easy.
Thanks though =)
btw any Suggestion on truck vs stock car? in my mind if i have a lower center of gravity the car will corner better BUT its a piece of plastic that weighs nothing soooo it would do very little to the cg.
Depending on the body, stock cars will handle better than the trucks. Both are fun to race. That was a good idea challenger gave you about using spray cans & a pizza box holding jig for the bodies. You can do some nice paint jobs with spray cans. Your first bodies could even be one color paint jobs & you might find some stick-on numbers & other appliques to detail them.
My local track actually sources painted FCR and truck bodies from another track on the other side of the state. Check with your track to see if perhaps he sources painted bodies as well. Most tracks that I visit seem to carry at least a small inventory of prepainted bodies for racers to buy until they are ready to try and paint one themselves.
I used to be one of those people when I got into 1/24 5 years ago. But over time I've gone from buying them already painted, to single color cars, to getting brave and masking off a multi-color scheme. You don't need an airbrush to knock out a nice body. All I use is Pactra spray cans and Tamiya masking tape.
i just googled "parma nastruck painted" and found some really nice looking prepainted bodies in the fourth result from the top. but they're $35, which is much more than i'd be willing to spend for something like that.
Thanks for the input guys. My Girlfriend and i <she is my patience> took a crack at some bodies last night got both of our truck bodies 2 tone her truck is much better then mine tho! I did a candy blue and daytona yellow Earnhardt wrangler #3 she did her own paint scheme a very nice teal/green/emerald kinda color and a pinkish/redish nose. She was super ambicious and did her stock car body as well and got literally 1 blemish! one spot on the windshield ran. Any ideas on how to remove that? I tried kingston lighter fluid which did.... NOTHING! and then nail polish remover i tried on the excess at the bottom<not mounted yet> and it made it all cloudy so i put that away and didnt touch her near perfect windshield.
again thanks for the input!
on another note we did our first race last night! she turned the fastest lap time out of 10 of us by .200 seconds altho me and her were last and dead last HAHA we had fun tho lots to do to our COMPLETELY stock flexi 1 chassis. met some really nice people they were a lot more inviting then i thought!
Going to try a nastruck race sunday on an oval track WISH ME LUCK!
runs in the paint under masking tape are very hard to remove - make sure masking tape is rubbed down well with your finger nail before applying paint ( and apply paint in light coats, allow to dry between coats )
if you want to cover up small paint runs you can make a frame out of black electrical tape or decal material for your windshield :
I like to burnish (rub) the edges of masking tape & paint masks with a wood cuticle stick before spraying a body. It really helps to keep the edges adhered. A length of 1/8" dowel cut at a 45 degree angle on one end works well too. Hobby shops do sell metal burnishers in the $8-10 price range.
challenger, that's a Champion Monte Carlo body you show. It's a very good handling body & was one of my favorites in the late 90's. My son & I saw the actual Morgan-McClure #4 Kodak car run at Indy about 1998.
Last edited by Bill from NH; 08-11-2012 at 05:31 PM.
Really great images guys! What Brand stickers are those? My local track sells sets that have just the #'s and your basic sponsor on them none of the extra goodies such as the little sponsor clusters around the front wheels and the minor sponsorships.
Nearly all companies that made N-car decals in North America have shut down due to licensing fees. The company that makes the small sheets was recently threatened with prosecution due to producing unlicensed graphics. I am not sure what the result will be.
The only source I know is Mr. Paterson in Australia doing current 1/24 N-car subjects.