Category Archives: Painting

like watching paint dry …

the recipe for watching paint dry:

a bit of PS-5 Black  follow up with  PS-59 Dark Metallic Blue, back it with PS-1 White to brighten it up a bit, then add PS-57 Pearl White and back it all with PS-12 Silver and you get this :


now to let it dry overnight , tint the windows and maybe do a coat of PS-55 Flat Clear. I like it a lot even though i forgot to mask off the rear lights 😀


Painting stock Axial 1.9 beadlocks … a short guide

I’ve decided to repaint the stock Axial 1.9 beadlocks from the Dingo RTR kit , The chome look is a bit too flashy for my preference, and with the gear head RC rings it really needs a new color .

so here is a small guide on how to repaint them.

Step 1: Removing the Chrome.


ready for de-croming

Place your stock beadlock in a plastic container, then spray it with owen cleaner , leave it for 1-2 hours , rinse it off , and repeat until the chrome is gone , if only a small patch is left you can scratch it of with an X-acto knife.

Step 2: Degrease 



Wash the de-cromed wheels with a degreaser and dry them .

Step 3:  Prime 



Use some primer to prepare the surface , a good coat will do .

Step 4: Paint 



Paint with the desired color , i used Satin black from the Auto supply store. if you are in the US you can Krylon Fusion, also with that you can skip the primer.


The example pictures were performed on my spare wheel, and painted by me , so the quality is lacking .

For the 4 primary wheels i’ve handed the paint can to Mojca for her expertise .

primed and dried

primed and dried



Soft paint

Oh boy that weather, the horror !

Enough about that , here is what came by mail :

Tamiya PS-52 Champagne Gold Anodizied Aluminium 

Tamiya PS-33 Cherry Red

Tamiya Ps-35 Blue Violet

Pactra RC272 Candy Blue

Pactra RC278 Fluorescent Orange

Pactra RC266 Metallic Green 

2x RC4wCD Z-T0060 Mickey Thompson 1.9 Baja Claw 4.19″ Scale Tires

The paint is for the FJ40 , not all of it though , i got it for a good bundle deal for 19 eur for all of the paints and since the champagne gold costs 12 by itself, it was a done deal, also the Candy Blue is one of the colors missing from Tamiya’s arsenal .  The Tires were are a present to myself from, I never was satisifed with the performance of the proline flat irons on the SCX10 .



Baja Prototype

The Blitzer Beetle Baja lexan shell is finished with the painting . For the first time i’ve mounted it to the chassis . I still need to clean the overspray as the kamtec shell doesn’t come with it, and apply the decals, also clean the chassis for a proper photo shoot.  I like the clean prototype look , so here’s a couple of shots . The masking isn’t perfect, but its a bitch to mask as no line is straight on this car, but Mojca did a great job non the less with the painting .




Drying in the wet

Wraith progress is slow but steady , yesterday i took the cage apart to find the longer screw i was missing. Also started the painting which continued into today,  the goal for the wraith paint job was to use leftover paints aka the “leftover special” . Today i planed  to finish the painting but a big thunder storm cooled everything down.  I’ve also modded the wraith (second mod already and the car hasn’t been run yet). i’ve replaced the tapping screws on the axles with machine screws, shame on you axial , the screws cost me 2 euro , i imagine you get them cheaper. During the installation i’ve put some m6 threaded r0d into the axles to stop them flexing. Also with Mojca’s help we have programed the ESC into crawler mode with drag brake and all .

Tomorrow , the electronics go in the box and esc gets fixed into space, also the interior will be painted along with the last layer of the wraith side panel. Oh yeah , the Blitzer Beetle Baja Shell is painted , just needs decals .

Limited legend

Today culminated with a mega delivery from Germany, Norway and Japan .

lets start with the best :

from  RC Champ International  ,  a big thanks to Masayiko for all the help with customs, and who also went above and beyond the usual service expected . This is my second order and they have made a customer for life!

Tamiya 49377 TA03F Pro Drift Spec (my first limited edition Tamiya, and what better chassis to get than my favorite TA03F )

Tamiya 53779 GT Tuned Motor (a mix up as i’ve only enquired about the price, but i will pay it as soon they get back to me)

from Norway

Tamiya 53238 Quick-Release Battery  Holder (a quite vintage part , but necessary to make the pro version of the TA03f lipo friendly)

from my favorite Tamiya dealer Tamico

Tamiya 51004 TT01 G parts (Mojca striped spur gear replacement)

Carson 13427 19turn module 0,6 steel pinion (for the above, why doesn’t tamiya make steel pinions, it would all be so much easier)

Tamiya 50746 Super Mini shock set (for the M02 Alfa, lets see how this will improve on the handling) 

2x Tamiya Ps-12 Silver paint (i’ve should have ordered that in the last shipment, but somehow forgot, has kept painting progress at a standstill)

Tamiya 87004 Thread lock (to keep those pesky grub screws in the pinion gears in place)

from another german dealer

Tamiya TS-16 Yellow paint 

Tamiya TS-36 Fluorescent Red 

Tamiya 87118 Polycarbonate cleaner (one of the Audi TT bodies has a bit of a black blemish , which really annoys me. this should take care of that)

so this is it for a while, if all goes to plan the shopping is done for the summer .

UPDATE : the Tamiya polycarbonate cleaner does remove Lexan paint extremely well, so if you have paint mishaps or want to repaint a shell , its highly recommended . It really works !  

UPDATE #2 : Heard back from Rc Champs Masayiko, who informed me that the Motor was a gift , what a great service, again , highly recommended !

6 time World Rally Champion

its finished , Mojca did the decaling today in a one big decal session.

Tamiya 51401 Body Set Lancia Delta Intergrale in all its glory!

Beauty contest

The Giulia GTA and Delta Intergrale are ready for decaling , i’ve just put the solid plastic pieces on it which were fantastically painted by Jure , for a quick photo shoot . aren’t they beautiful ?


Paintjob part 1

over the last week as the weather allowed with Mojca’s help we painted most of the bodies , some are just waiting for smoke on the windows, some need backing, some need a full paint job .I hope we can continue on wednesday if the weather gets better again .

Total paint cans spent : about 8

The Nissan leading the paint job line for Black color first

Mojca’s Subaru and one of the Audi TTs

Giulia GTA , Peugeot 306, Delta Integrale all backed with silver

the Blue Audi TT backed with White, and the 155 Alfa’s black stripe

A couple of things learned , to go even easier on the first coat on white bodies as its a bit more picky if you add too much at first and you will have pealing problems with the mask , never use cheap tape when masking ,as it will pull the overspray film when you remove it , and you will have to clean up residue . Buy more paint than you think you need (more on that in the next post and Part 2 of Paintjob)

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