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  1. It was a combination of a 4 year old slamming that wheel into a fence, then a roll off a curb that properly bent it. I was amazed that the entire bag of metal parts is only £10. Loads of spares now. I've found that the comical range do a similar job to the lunchbox but are even tougher.
  2. I don't know - I'm new to lexan stuff as well. Not sure if gundam markers do the trick.
  3. I think panel lines have made the most dramatic change to how this looks. It's so easy to do, just make sure you have heated and pressed any stickers into the grooves. Get a grey gundam marker and draw them on, then quickly run off any excess with a pencil eraser. They aren't perfect, but the overall effect is great.
  4. I still love driving this thing. I've broken both of the little axle springs and bent a steering rod. The paint has also needed some serious patching up, but I think it gives character! I've gradually improved it with @shenlonco fishing line shock and dampers. Both are free and make a huge difference. I've also had to glue the tyres to the rims as they have begun to slip. Gave in and bought some metal bearings, a torque tuned motor and a better servo. Still only spent an extra 30 quid and it is way better. The little headlight set was a couple of quid and is quite cool. I have to say, I still love this thing, but the comical Grasshopper is fun in exactly the same way.... And the steering works. Doesn't look as cool though.
  5. Apparently it doesn't bond well to lexan - unless you prep the surface. But you can use markers. The comical Grasshopper uses stickers for the frame. They are a pain to apply and tend to peel.
  6. Great - I'll give it a try. Was worried the foam inserts might reduce the shock absorption.
  7. So - I've noticed the back tyres slipping on the rims, particularly when accelerating from a stop. I can see some suggestions of glue and rubber bands. What would work best for a lunch box? I don't want to have to keep doing it. I've got some stormsure glue that will fix just about anything.
  8. So.... Fair to say that it's a bit small. I think the main issue is that the comical chassis is quite wide. Still - it looks quite fun up there. It was enjoyable to have a go, and its probably the closest I can get to a comical beetle, without chopping shells up.
  9. I'm just practicing with this shell, so used up a load of spare stickers I had from other projects. Probably got a bit carried away!
  10. I know it's not the right way to do it. But I went with vinyl stickers for the window frames. I used the window masks as a template and cut thin strips. Its not perfect, but replicates the method that the comical shells use. It looks quite appropriate for these cartoony builds.
  11. Can't stop now I've started it! I used some leftover tamiya PS white. I've sprayed the inside of the shell with 4 thin coats - leaving 20 mins or so in between. Make sure you shake the can really well.
  12. Most shells now come with window masks. I like to apply them by sticking to the flat blade of a craft knife - then positioning them before pressing down. I was going to try to be clever with the window frame masking - but this shell is so tiny and difficult to get to - I think I'll add them later.
  13. @ThunderDragonCy finally got around to working on this beetle shell. It's looking promising. I'd love to do full monster beetle decals, but don't even know if you can get them this size. I'll keep the paint job simple.
  14. @Grumpy pants just having a bit of fun with this comical Grasshopper you sold me. I've always fancied a monster beetle - this is the next best thing.
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