Let's Recreate the Dukes of Hazzard in 1/25 Scale RC
Slash tv show cars of all time, the bright orange high flying 69 charger from the show, the dukes of hazzard aka, the general lee, driven by main characters, beau and luke. Duke nearly every episode of the popular series would feature at least one high flying frame. Bending jump off of one of the many ramps that seemed oddly yet conveniently placed all around the fictitious hazard county georgia at least i’m assuming it’s fictitious over the show’s run from 1979 to 1985. Most sources claim that over 300 chargers were destroyed, making the series an interesting note for rc and model car enthusiasts is that during the show’s final season, models were actually used for some of the jumps finding real usable chargers to fit. The role was becoming increasingly more difficult and expensive. The producers also wanted more over the top pun. Definitely intended jumps that just wouldn’t really be doable in real life. Without getting someone hurt or a giant bill to pay, apparently they were also trying to compete with the stunts shown in other popular series of the time, such as knight rider, to be perfectly honest. I’Ll admit, i’ve, never really been a huge fan of the show, and i wouldn’t exactly say the general lee is my favorite flavor of 69 charger. However, after completing two rc replicas of the car for customers, all i could think about while building this was how cool it would be to jump one of these cars just like in the show.
So my goal here is simple: build a charger of my own and try to recreate some of the wild stunts seen throughout the series in one 25th scale. What could go wrong right, Music? So with that said, let’s have a look at the car that i’ll be using. What you see here is a half completed rc 69 dodge charger and 125th scale. The chassis is a 3d printed ffrsc1 size to fit mpc69 charger model kits. The pros of this chassis is that it’s a perfect fit and has the correct drivetrain layout, with the motor up front and rear wheel drive in the back through a solid axle rear end, similar to a full size charger from this era. The cons are that it’s by no means designed to be jumped also similar to the full size chargers of this era. But hey give me some points for authenticity. At least i could just pop a 110 scale, polycarbonate body onto a rally, car or basher, and that would be cool, but did the folks who made this series build ultra lightweight bodies and mount them on a highly customized off road chassis with 30 inches of suspension? Travel, no, they did not. This chassis is available on our site. Pre assembled just like i have here. The only differences are the one i’m using here i’ve painted and i installed stronger brass gears in the axle which is optional on the chassis. We sell it’s a great platform for your model car to rc conversions.
But if you care even slightly about the car you’ve just built, please don’t drive your car like you’re about to see me drive mine throughout the course of this series. This chassis is not designed for 125th scale. Creek jumps. Admittedly, though, i am a little morbidly curious to see just how much abuse the car will take i’m not expecting much, but the beauty of 3d printing chassis is new parts are just a click away and on that note, all of the 3d printable parts of this Chassis can be downloaded from our patreon page i’ll, be sure to include those links in the description below also worth noting on this car is that i’ve made some different body mounts for this project long time. Viewers know that i often like to use magnets to secure the body to the chassis as they’re, easy to install and makes removing and securing the body effortless on this car. However, i don’t want the body just popping off after a jump that never happened in the show. At least i don’t think it did no for this car. I need it to be secured with screws, which is what i did here, simple, but effective. Just a little l shaped piece which i secured to the chassis then glued to the body and it’s solid as a rock. Well, at least i hope so we’ll see, i guess a little bonus of this mount is there’s, also a little bit of adjustment for the location of the body, which is nice again.
The stl files are on patreon and i do plan on making some variations of this mount so be on the lookout for Music, those Music. The 69 charger body is from an older, mpc kit, it’s okay, but not the best 69 charger kit out there. In fact, some of the more recent mpc 69 charger kits i’ve got have way better details and less imperfections really overall, it’s, alright, but let’s just say, there’s a reason. I chose this body to be the one that i used to reenact all the dukeboy shenanigans with also this body was quite thick, especially on the one side i needed to work a little magic with the rotary tool to clear out enough space for the tires, but No big deal there. I definitely didn’t go through the body on the right, rear quarter panel requiring filler to patch a hole it’s the perfect, imperfect platform to build my own screaming orange 69 charger ready to jump over whatever lays in its path Music. Before i can start driving this car, like it’s a rental, i need to install all of the remaining electronics, including the battery esc and receiver, the position of each isn’t super critical since there won’t be any interior. I thought about adding one, but i didn’t think it would really be worth the time and effort, as well as having an interior will increase the weight. I wanted to keep the car as light as possible for bigger jumps and hopefully a little less destructive landings.
I also tried to keep the weight distribution, at least relatively even i ended up placing the esc in the rear receiver on the right and the battery on the left. As far forward as i could Music, one final bit of soldering was required, so i could connect the motor to the esc Applause. All that was left to do was tidy up the wires and power on the car for the first time, Music. At first i had trouble getting the steering servo to work, but long story short. I accidentally broke one of the wires right behind the connector, so a little soldering work later it’s good to go Music with the chassis completed and working well, it’s time to work on the body. As i said at the start of this video, this body isn’t the best, but overall it looks pretty cool since i’m. Essentially, building a stunt car that’s going to be abused i’m, going to build it like a stunt car in the sense that i’m not going to invest massive amounts of time, making it flawless just good enough to make some cool videos with. That said, though, i did take a little time to sand away some of the larger imperfections to improve the final appearance. One thing that became apparent as i began test fitting parts is that not much seems to want to fit well out of the box. I needed to do some serious, sanding and cutting in a few spots just to get everything to fit.
I think by rc car standards, especially one that’s, going to be jumped, it’s fine, but by plastic model standards. You can do a lot better. Almost surprisingly, the windows fit great, but i do need to make some side windows they’ll all be blacked out, so you won’t be able to look in and see the electronics. Finally, i sanded the entire car with some 600 grit sandpaper to help with paint adhesion. I washed the body to remove any dust from sanding. After that i applied the bright orange paint skipping any primer. It says paint plus primer on the can so we’ll put that to the test. The car is already looking great with the orange paint again to save time. I used a silver sharpie to paint all of the little chrome details didn’t end up looking too bad Music. Next, i applied all of the water slide. Decals Music, i use transparent, orange and red for the side. Marker lights and hood turn signals Music to seal everything and hopefully offer some protection. I applied the clear coat over top while that dries. I turned my attention to the remaining parts of the body i painted the windows black, so they can’t be seen through Music. The front bash bar and grill pieces needed some work, but after a little sanding i painted them Music here’s. A look at everything painted all that’s left to do now is to glue each part to the body. It’S always a good idea to test fit everything before painting, especially on a car like this, where nothing really wanted to go together without a lot of sanding.
In the end, though, everything went together pretty well and looks nice Music with the body complete. I secured it to the chassis and i’m loving the look it’s honestly better than i expected when i first started and considering it was a bit of a rush job. One thing i forgot to do to make the car more accurate was paint the rear panel black, like the car in the show. I guess we got to give the critics something to complain about so you’re welcome. I guess aside from that, though, i think it really looks the part and i’m really happy with how it turned out. Final thing to add are the tail pipes which are from the kit i wasn’t too particular with how they’re mounted, hopefully they stay on, but we’ll see Music. Once again, i just colored them with a sharpie Music. With those final pieces in place, the car is complete. Music, Music, Music. The finished car is looking great and i’m looking forward to sending this thing over some jumps. But for now i wanted to just do a quick test drive to make sure everything was functioning: Music correctly, Music, so Music, the car works great and it’s. A lot of fun to drive almost too nice to jump almost. I hope you all enjoyed watching this build and you’ll stay tuned for future videos, where we’ll be trying to recreate some of the wild stunts seen in the dukes of hazard.
That should be a lot of fun, like i said before, if you want to do a similar, build of your own be sure to check out the links in the description below. I want to conclude this video by showcasing some of the awesome work. That’S been posted in the make it rc facebook group, i always enjoy, seeing all the awesome vehicles and projects that have been posted. There feel free to join and have a look for yourself and post some pics of your own rc vehicles, that’s going to be all for today’s video.