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indyber 02-03-2019 01:37 AM

Resistance of styrene body?
Hi all,

I’m starting a project that I’ve had in mind for many time...I will try to make a Daf Turbo Twin II body to be used in my TRX4 Chassis (so it won’t be 100% scale, it will be a little bit wider than it should)...

My question resistance to use it would be? Good enough to use it normally as a lexan body? (rolls may happen....). I’m good with some scratches and so on, but not with a complete loose....

I’ll hate to get it broken or distroyed after few drives, but I’m not looking for a shelf queen....

What’s your experience?


markbt73 03-01-2019 01:04 PM

Hiya, sorry this place is so dead these days. In answer to your question: it's as strong as you make it.

The styrene itself is pretty strong, at least in slowly-applied pressure (ie, rollovers) but it will crack if given a sharp impact (crashing into a rock head-on). It will not have the "bounce back" that Lexan has, but it has one advantage: it can be repaired much more easily than Lexan can.

In terms of designing for strength: use nice thick styrene (.060 or so) and a good weld-type adhesive (Bondene and Tenax are two well-known brand names). This type of adhesive literally makes one piece of plastic out of two, instead of holding two pieces together like cyanoacrylate "super glue". You can reinforce the corners and window pillars with a second layer of plastic on the inside and it will help immensely.

Expect to get some cracks, and dab some adhesive into them to repair them, and expect to lose mirrors and door handles and little details like that once in a while, but in general, don't be afraid to drive the truck hard. After all, if you made it, you can fix it, right?

indyber 03-18-2019 12:03 PM

Resistance of styrene body?
Thanks Mark!

I thought that the forum was more active....

I appreciate your tips and comments, I’m around 70% of the not 100% scale, I need some ”licenses” to fit it in my Traxxas TRX4 chassis and also because I will do more rock crawling than kind of Dakar trails bushing at high speed...

But it doesn’t look so bad at all....

Still long way to go !

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walter 06-17-2019 07:41 PM

very nice

frizzen 06-18-2019 02:40 AM

Very cool!

Are you going for a Dakar rally or Trial truck?

2redrovers 06-18-2019 03:17 AM

Very cool. It does look like it goes very fast sitting still

indyber 10-19-2019 05:18 PM


It’s for crawling rather than Dakar.... in happy with the final result... not perfect but good enough being the first body I made...

I just got new wheels (here in my Defender body), I have to see the effect on the Daf body...

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frizzen 10-19-2019 06:02 PM

That body looks awesome!!!
I love that dusk trail ride picture. If it had wipers and the shadow of a driver inside, i'd think it was the real one you modeled it after.

Not sure about how it would look with those billet beadlocks. I think I could see it more with some type of steelie wheel. Something like 16-holes, Wagon wheels, Jellybeans, Stamped steel would do it more for me.

caprinut 12-11-2019 08:38 AM

It looks awesome!

Yeah it's kinda slow here, but hope that will improove.
We need to get the FB builders over here.
I think there is lot of builders out there.

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